Saturday, October 5th, 2013

Chanel Bronze Ligne Graphique de Chanel
Chanel Bronze Ligne Graphique de Chanel

Chanel Bronze Ligne Graphique de Chanel ($34.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “bronze khaki.” It’s a dark, gold-shimmered bronze with olive undertones and a pearly sheen. The brush doesn’t apply opaque product in a single stroke; it really has to be layered, but it dries fairly quickly and doesn’t apply perfectly smooth, so building in layers tends to result in an uneven texture. The color is striking, but the application leaves something to be desired. Once applied, it doesn’t budge, smudge, or fade–I wore it for a total of twelve hours–and didn’t seem to streak or run when my eyes watered (and later, when I dabbed water on it to test its water-resistant claim). The wear was good, but the color payoff and application were where it needed improvement. Buxom Come Over (P, $17.00) is less warm-toned. Urban Decay Smog (P, $19.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Roach (P, $19.00) is redder-toned. Urban Decay Hustle (LE, $19.00) is more muted. Illamasqua Wisdom (P, $27.50) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Bronze Platine Mascara Gel Irise ($34.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as a “platinum bronze.” It’s a warm-toned, metallic bronze with gold and copper shimmer. It’s supposed to be a top coat for lashes and deliver “sheer, bronze-platinum iridescence,” which can be applied over bare lashes or over black mascara. I really wasn’t able to see difference when applied over bare lashes. I thought–at best–it lightened my black-brown lashes a little bit, but I could have been wishing that given how subtle the impact was. I didn’t see sparkle, shimmer, or color change. Maybe my lashes are too fine to show the effect or catch the sparkles, because when I applied over mascara, I was able to see very, very tiny bits of sparkle sparsely over the lashes. I think the effect is too subtle to really merit the product; you could get a similar effect by dusting a loose, shimmery eyeshadow on lashes (or mixed with clear brow gel/mascara for better hold). You can also use liquid glitter eyeliner and paint across the tips of lashes for a sparkly effect. I don’t have any actual dupes for this, as I can’t say I’ve tried many (possibly none previously) top coats for lashes. Normally, I’d consider this a loss for dark lashes like mine but Chanel actually expects this to be layered over black mascara, so that’s not really an excuse.

The Glossover

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product

Bronze

C-

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

2.5/5

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Dupes
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product

Bronze Platine

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Almost nothing shows up over bare lashes and only a faint dusting of shimmer is visible when layered over black mascara. It was not an effect that was ever even remotely visible unless I had my nose to the mirror. It seemed pigmented when I brushed the wand against my arm, but on lashes, not so much. It's supposed to be sheer, but this was too close to invisible.

Product

3/10

Pigmentation

4/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

2.5/5

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Dupes

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Chanel Bronze Ligne Graphique de Chanel
Chanel Bronze Ligne Graphique de Chanel

Chanel Bronze Ligne Graphique de Chanel
Chanel Bronze Ligne Graphique de Chanel

Chanel Bronze Ligne Graphique de Chanel
Chanel Bronze Ligne Graphique de Chanel

Chanel Bronze Platine Mascara Gel Irise
Chanel Bronze Platine Mascara Gel Irise

Chanel Bronze Platine Mascara Gel Irise
Chanel Bronze Platine Mascara Gel Irise

Chanel Bronze Platine Mascara Gel Irise
Chanel Bronze Platine Mascara Gel Irise

Chanel Bronze Platine Mascara Gel Irise
Chanel Bronze Ligne Graphique de Chanel + Bronze Platine Mascara Gel Irise

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40 thoughts on “Chanel Bronze Ligne Graphique de Chanel & Bronze Platine Mascara Gel Irise Reviews, Photos, Swatches

  1. I like the color of the liner.

  2. I don’t like the idea of wearing metallic mascara.

  3. Lucy English

    Thanks for these reviews Christine – from the descriptions I was thinking that I ‘needed’ both of these products, but after seeing your swatches I am happy to skip and get the Illusion D’Ombres instead. You’ve made me and my purse very happy!

  4. I love the liner color and was jonesing for some of the mascara but poor performance is poor, even if CHANEL is my budding fave. Thanks for saving me a spendy mistake/return! I won’t test mascara in store for sanitary reasons usually and buy/take back annoys and disappoints me sometimes, though I’m good about returning not-great product.

  5. Avatar of Elyssa ceebee_eebee

    MAJOR bummer. I was really digging the idea of this mascara. Thanks for the money save.

  6. like dthe metallic sheen in the liner but it doesnt come of that well.. for mascara it didnt even made any difference.. skip skip skip!! :)

  7. I love the color of that liner!

    Sometimes colored mascaras show up better on blond lashes or over a white lash primer. It’s certainly not worth it to me to find out, but I just wanted to throw that out there.

    • Yes, if you have lighter lashes, it should help. I was thinking this would be better as Chanel actually says it can be layered over black mascara!

  8. I really like the color of the liner, but I’m surprised at how bad it swatched in real life :( My wallet is quite happy right now :)

  9. Christine, I actually bought this mascara yesterday! The SA used it on my bottom lashes to give a little pop to my brown eyes and I absolutely loved it. It actually didn’t seem all that sheer to me, but then I’m not used to putting makeup on my lash line (usually reserve that for going out). I’m sorry you didn’t like it as much as I did :(

  10. Carrie

    I keep wanting to love colored mascaras, but dang, they just seem to be so difficult to pull off properly, aren’t they?

    The color is pretty though!

  11. Shayna

    Are there any really good colored mascaras?

  12. Avatar of Mariam Mariam

    I had to cancel the order of mascara after seeing your review. I didn’t have any such thing in my stash and wanted to have it:(

  13. Ro

    I thought the mascara was going to be something unusual and beautiful, but it is pretty much invisible. Now I know I’ll skip on it and I’ll focus on the lipsticks :)

  14. Tori

    The mascara gel was one of two items I was going to get from the holiday collection. I was hoping that it would add a subtle but pretty bit of “oomph” to my lashes but I really can’t see anything on your lashes, even after command-plussing a few times… Oh well. Thanks Christine! :)

    • Sure thing, Tori! A couple of other readers seemed to have much, much better results with the mascara, though, so it may still be worth checking out if it was on your must list initially!

  15. I had bought a metallic mascara before (can’t remember the brand), but it was a total disappointment. I would try again if I come across a good one tho. Thanks for the info…

  16. Absolutely love the colors, but performance not so much. I also don’t know whether I love the color for a mascara. I’m not sure if it would give me the definition that I use mascara for. Maybe a color like this could work well over a black mascara? hmm

  17. Avatar of PinkProvocateur Pink Provocateur

    I skipped the Ligne Graphique, but that mascara is lovely! I wore it last night to dinner, and had a number of positive comments from people who noticed it from several feet away. I wore it over Le Volum mascara — it was hugely sparkly on me. I wore it this afternoon, and it is gorgeous in sunshine! So much so, that I am considering buying another tube simply because I expect to wear this often. I’m sorry you didn’t have better luck with it, Christine. It’s a winner for me.

  18. Christine, are there any dupes you can think of in liquid liners? I noticed the list only had pencils.

    • Hi Kate,

      I couldn’t think of any – the list is based off of all eyeliners I could think of, and I’m not aware of a liquid eyeliner dupe. There might be one in the MUFE or Stila range.

  19. Hi Christine! Ruth Crilly raved about this mascara in her last video. She is very fair and blond, so she said she sometimes finds black and dark brown too harsh for some looks. This mascara worked pretty well for her. I imagine it won’t do a thing for us, with dark eyelashes (I need to go really dark to get adequate definition), but it seems to work alright for blondes.

    • It’s weird, because Chanel actually mentioned it to be used over black mascara (or bare lashes) – so I thought it would work better over darker lashes.

      • Oh! I didn’t know that! Well, it’s on them if they wrongly advertise a product’s properties. It makes me mad when companies do that! :/

        • Me too! I don’t normally bother testing colored mascaras since it’s kind of like a given that they’re not going to work on dark lashes!