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Chanel Spring/Summer 2012 Sneak Peek


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Chanel Spring/Summer 2012 Sneak Peek

Peter Philips, Creative Director of Chanel Makeup used the following Chanel products to create the runway beauty looks:

  • Face: Vitalumiere Aqua Fresh and Hydrating Cream Compact Makeup SPF (April 2012), Natural Finish Loose Powder, Highlighting Face Pen, Long Lasting Concealer
  • Eyes: Fantasme and Emerveille Illusion d’Ombre, Ebene Stylo Yeux Waterproof, Clair Le Crayon Khol, Crayon Sourcils, Inimitable Waterproof Mascara, Chanel Precision Eyelash Curler
  • Cheeks: Blush Horizon de Chanel Glowing Blush Harmony (January 2012)
  • Lips: Rouge Coco Baume Hydrating Lip Balm (January 2012), Plaisir Glossimer (March 2012)
  • Nails: April, May, and June Le Vernis Nail Colours (January 2012)

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Chanel Holiday 2011 Collection: Les Scintillances de Chanel


Chanel Holiday 2011 Collection: Les Scintillances de Chanel

The iconic colours of Chanel — gold, red, beige and black — are a never-ending source of inspiration for Peter Philips, Creative Director of Chanel Makeup. The glamorous proof: his Holiday 2011 Collection, Les Scintillances de Chanel. Golden reflections delicately sculpt the face with light, while eyes and lips shimmer in festive tones.

Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder ($72.00) (Limited Edition)

A true visionary, Mademoiselle Chanel found inspiration everywhere. Today, the Paris Makeup Studio does similarly — capturing the gilded beauty of Mademoiselle’s treasured belt buckle in LUMIÈRE SCULPTÉE DE CHANEL Highlighting Powder, an illuminating powder that gently highlights the skin with a sheer blend of tender pink and pearlescence. Shades of ivory and pink dusted with tone-on-tone mother-of-pearls make this palette the height of glamour and sophistication.

Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip Colour ($32.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Enivree Shimmering pink (Limited Edition)
  • Famous Bright shimmering red (Limited Edition)

Le Vernis Nail Colour ($25.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Rouge Carat Luminous red (Limited Edition)

Poudre Universelle Libre Natural Finish Loose Powder ($52.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Feerie Soft shimmering pink

Les Tissages de Chanel Blush Duo Tweed Effect ($45.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Brun Rose Brown rose

Ligne Extreme Liquid Eye Liner ($32.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Or Gold

Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($28.50) (Limited Edition)

  • Blazing Gold Shimmering gold
  • Beige Lame Bright shimmering beige

Ombres Contraste Duo Eyeshadow Duo ($42.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Noir-Ivoire Black, ivory

Rouge Allure Laque Luminous Satin Lip Colour ($32.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Empire Pink rose

Levres Scintillantes Glossimer ($28.50) (Limited Edition)

  • Sparkle d’Or Gold shimmer
  • Sweet Beige Beige shimmer

Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss Pure Shine Intense Colour Long Wear Lip Gloss ($32.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Discretion Luminous beige
  • Triomphal Shimmering red

availability: October 2011

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Chanel Les Jeans de Chanel Collection Swatches, Photos, Reviews


Chanel Blue Boy Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Chanel Les Jeans de Chanel Collection Swatches, Photos, Reviews

Chanel Les Jeans de Chanel Collection features three new and limited edition shades of lacquer (each retailing for $29.00 and containing 0.4 fl. oz., which is $4 more than the polishes are normally). Blue Boy (deep, rich blue denim), Blue Rebel (dark wash jeans), and Coco Blue (muted blue) make up the collection of blue-hued lacquers.

  • Blue Boy is a slightly faded, medium-dark blue with a cream finish. I needed three coats for opaque color, though it was more opaque than not at two.The closest dupe I could think of was Essie Lapis of Luxury, which is significantly lighter. Rescue Beauty Lounge Catherine H. has a similar faded quality but the multi-colored shimmer makes it look rather different.
  • Blue Rebel is a dark, navy blue with a cream finish. I used two coats for opaque color coverage, and I felt like the formula was better than it was on Blue Boy and Coco Blue. Rescue Beauty Lounge Dead Calm is deeper, richer. Though still more intense, China Glaze First Mate comes closer.
  • Coco Blue is a light-medium sky blue with barely-there white micro-shimmer. I used three coats for mostly opaque color, but I found the formula to be prone to streaks. The drying time was longer, too, so the polish pulled in places. Chanel Riva is much, much lighter and has less blue tones. Nubar Blue Hydrangea is more similar than Riva, but it’s more vibrant and more of a robin’s egg blue.

What struck me most about this collection had more to do with a slight case of sticker shock. I understand the luxury/designer brand model, and by no means is Chanel lacquer–dollar for dollar–any better than a polish at a fraction of the cost, but what’s with the $4 increase? I was expecting Chanel to add some marketing jargon about a rare ingredient, mixing technique, etc. that would justify the price increase, because Le Vernis jumped from $23 to $25 from the end 2010 to early 2011 already.

The formula on Blue Rebel was the best; really good flow, pigmentation, and no streakiness. Coco Blue was the worst as it was streaky and needed three coats, while Blue Boy was in the middle–no streakiness and decent flow but needed three coats for opaque color. I normally get a week of wear with minor tip wear out of Chanel’s polishes.

I’m always surprised when seemingly simple colors aren’t ones I can easily find dupes of. I’m sure many of you have already picked these polishes up, so I’d love to hear from you if you’ve found any dupes!

Chanel Les Jeans de Chanel Collection Swatches, Photos, Reviews

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8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
83%
Total

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Chanel Gris Exquis Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Gris Exquis Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow
Chanel Gris Exquis Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Gris Exquis Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Gris Exquis Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($28.50 for 0.07 oz.) is a limited edition single eyeshadow described as “an elegant dove grey.” The Soft Touch formula is finely milled and can be applied wet or dry. Gris Exquis has a soft, silky feel against the skin, and the softness enables it to apply smoothly and blend out easily. It’s a satiny medium-dark gray–it doesn’t lean blue or brown. I like how it doesn’t venture into charcoal territory, but it’s also not too light that it starts looking silvery. theBalm’s Inspirational looks more gunmetal-like and has a more metallic finish. Inglot #339 comes the closest but almost looks a bit purpled around the edges in comparison.

It’s packaged in a shiny black plastic that is rectangular in shape and comes with a black sponge-tipped applicator.  Inside the compact, the upper half also has a compact-sized mirror.  I do find the overall size of the compact larger than necessary to house the eyeshadow–there is still a good amount of excess on the sides of the sponge-tipped applicator (which is wider than the eyeshadow pan).   You get a good amount given it is a single, but you’ll likely want to love the color before plunking down $28.50 for it.

Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow Gris Exquis
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

Chanel Pink Cloud Joues Contraste


Chanel Pink Cloud Joues Contraste

Chanel Pink Cloud Joues Contraste

Chanel Pink Cloud (66) Joues Contraste / Powder Blush ($43.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a limited edition rose-hued blush that is supposed to give “a soft, natural-looking flush to cheeks.” It’s a soft, pale rosy pink with subtle yellow undertones and a satiny sheen. Whether layered or blended, it has a similar look–just a very light pink.  It’s not as pale as MAC Play It Proper, but it’s a little lighter than MAC Oh So Fair.

Chanel nailed it in what they were hoping to achieve, but because of the overall lightness in the color, it works best on lighter skin tones. In person, I found it looked ashy–more like I was wearing foundation that was too light on my cheeks than a subtle rosy flush. On my skin tone (which is medium with warm undertones), it could work as a lightly dusted highlighter but not so much as a blusher. In reality–on my skin–the difference between wearing Bieges Ombres Tissees and Pink Cloud is minimal–they both add a little sparkle and shine, with the latter adding a lot more sheen.

The texture of Pink Cloud is just like other Joues Contrastes; it’s silky soft with a very finely milled powder that yields a glowy sheen but never a frosted look. The color is true-to-pan, and despite the softness of the powder, it doesn’t sheer out instantly. For our lighter friends, it might be worth looking into; especially if you find many blushes too intense and pigmented.

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Pink Cloud
Pink Cloud
Pink Cloud
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
91%
Total

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Chanel Beiges Ombres Tissees


Chanel Beiges Ombres Tissees

Chanel Beiges Ombres Tissee

Chanel Beiges Ombres Tissees (Iridescent Effects Eyes) ($75.00 for 0.46 oz.) is a limited edition illuminating powder that can be used on eyes and cheeks. It’s rather massive–plenty of product here–at 0.46 oz., which is double the size of your average blush. It’s many times larger than your average eyeshadow, which this can be used for as well (think highlighting the brow bone as the more go-to use).

It has a glitter-shimmer overlay that disappears after a few uses, though you’ll find bits and pieces still caught within the woven tweed pattern for several uses. When the glitter overlay is removed, the powder is still shimmery. As far as Chanel highlighters go, this is on the more frosted end of the spectrum. You won’t find large chunks of shimmer, but it has an obvious reflective sheen. Beiges wears well without fading over eight hours, and the texture is soft and finely milled (well, after you remove the chunkier glittery flecks!). I think the higher frost in the finish makes it a bit over-the-top, and if you do get the glittery bits in there, it looks heavy.

Though there are three shades, the differences between them are slight. When used together, it’s a pale, champagne beige. It consists of a pale pink, yellowed beige, and white-beige. It highlight cheeks well, and despite its frostier finish, it didn’t seem to emphasize pores. I find it’s pretty when worn, but whether it is worth the hefty price tag is another story. The shade itself isn’t particularly unique, and with the heavier sheen, easier to find in many brands (finding subtler, more refined highlighters is can be trying from my experience). It’s more a collector’s product than a must-have staple in your bag.

Chanel Effets Iridescents Yeux Iridescent Effects Eyes Beiges Ombres Tissees
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
88%
Total

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