Friday, March 20th, 2009

Chanel’s Cote d’Azur Summer Collection definitely stirred up some beauty temptations when we first learned about it. I ended up with most of the collection, and you’ll definitely get a full review soon :) I thought I’d break it up a bit, so you can at least get a sneak peek for now! My Nordstrom did have the summer collection on counter already, so I bet yours does, too — if you and Chanel are likethis, get your bum over to your local beauty counter!

Pictured above is the Iridescent Effects Eyes in Plein Soleil ($56.00), and it is an eyeshadow quad. It features four bronzy colors, ranging from coppery bronze to peach-bronze to medium bronze to deep, dark bronze. In-store, it swatched a little sketchy, but I was thinking that it might have just been because of the oil and gunk build-up from other customers swatching. However, the swatches included in this post are from the one I purchased, so it’s fresh and clean, and yet the colors didn’t quite swatch as smoothly as I would expect of Chanel. I’m definitely going to have to do a look or two with the quad to determine whether it will earn a spot in my beauty stash for keeps!

The next item I’d like to let you in on is Aqualumiere Gloss in Candy Glow ($27.00), which is part of Chanel’s normal Aqualumiere Gloss line-up, but it is repromoted with this launch. I’m not a huge glossimer fan (though I’m slowly warming up to them), but I adore the Aqualumiere Gloss formula. Talk about thick, non-sticky, pigmented goodness. Candy Glow is a pinky-coral with gold shimmer gloss that is so up my alley! I have the other three that came out with the launch, and they are equally as lovely, but I will tell you more next time :)

See swatches + Candy Glow…

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66 thoughts on “Chanel Cote d’Azur Summer Sneak Peek

  1. candy glow is soooo pretty, i love peachy/pink glosses with gold shimmer, def my fave kind to wear :)

  2. Nicole15

    i definitely think the gloss looks beautiful, but i am not sold on the e/s quad from the way the swatches look. christine, i am anxious to see what look you are able to create with these before i can make a sound decision on whether to purchase or not. that gloss though….mmmmmm….just looks so peachy & yummy.

  3. Anitacska

    The gloss is gorgeous. Not so sure about the eyeshadows though…

  4. Sasha

    O.m.g. I so need that gloss in my life

  5. NuNu

    Not hot on that quad….but that gloss ooooh….remind me that Rose Romance is coming out before I lose my self control!!
    Palette wise I think I’ll go for the Dior Iridescent Quint instead.
    Incidentally, which one would you recommend Christine?I heard Parisien Lights is really…light and virtually no colour payoff. I’m NC25.

    • Yeah, I am hoping the quad is magical when used. I barely remember Parisian Lights, I think it’s because it was boring and/or didn’t swatch super great.

      • hightea_xx

        parisian lights is a very nice palette, but all the colors are very soft. as being part of the iridescent 5-couleur series, they are more for the shimmer effect than the bold color. that being said you can easily add a medium/dark matte color to add definition to the palette very easily if you like more defined eyes (i like using their matte browns, be it a warm or cool undertone, but you can use anything really!).

  6. Oh wow… Candy Glow is gorgeous. O_O I’ve totally been looking for a peach/coral like that!!

  7. kleri

    The gloss looks so pretty!
    ? would love if you could do some lip swatches for some Aqualumieres Gloss.

  8. Faiza

    That Lip gloss is glamorous! I want it!

  9. cloudburst

    Yup that gloss is pretty – the eyshadows only seem okay to me.

  10. sprut

    the gloss is gorgeous but I’m not a fan of the shadows.

  11. Jenn

    I just picked this up yesterday along with the orange fizz polish. I didn’t think I would like the quad as much as I did, but I love the shimmer in the colors. I thought Candy glow looked familiar, I think it’s buried in one of my stashes. lol.

  12. Macaddict

    Went to Holt Renfrew (Canada’s equivalent of Nordstrom???)yesterday Didn’t have it yet… 😀 Was told not until may!!!!

  13. Angie

    Thank you so much for the swatches! I was so ready to pull the trigger on the quad, but now I’m a little disappointed. I’m definitely interested in the looks you come up with!

  14. Yaya

    This kind of reminds me of LORAC’s croc palette which is gorgeous. I can’t wait to see the swatch of this lipgloss. I’ve said I need to cool it on spending of makeup but I don’t think I have a gloss this color and it’s oh so gorgeous!

  15. Sarah

    i have candy glow and love it!!
    chanel’s aqualumiere has honestly become my HG lipgloss.
    i have three so far (candy glow, freeze and bon bon) but will go on to buy more.

    btw if you like aqualumiere, be sure to try ironic tonic. it’s a little too dark for my normal lipgloss colour range but from what i gather, you like a richer colour payoff and i feel ironic tonic will be your thing, maybe?

  16. lala

    Candy Glow looks so freaking amazing!!!!!!! perfect for summer.

  17. Susie

    try getting a sponge applicator and wet it. Better payoff with chanel eyeshadows. They were designed to be light when dry and more intense wet.

  18. Ashley

    I cannot wait to see how it will work out in a look. Love them!

  19. LuvJ

    Aqualumieres are awesome! I can’t wait for the review of the blush, I wanna make sure it’s gonna get some love.. I’m an NC30 I wanna know if it’s a good Coral Pink as described on the Chanel site. I didn’t do well with the original bronzers.. didn’t like the shades and looked unnatural on me.. so I’m curious as to how the LE one fares..

  20. Tanya

    I think I need candy glow….

  21. Amanda

    Candy Glow looks so pretty! Does any of MAC’s glosses compare to this?

  22. Roberta

    This pallet looks so pretty. I want it now!

  23. Donna

    I was so intrigued by the quad til I found out it was bronzy. In some of the promo pictures it looked more plummy. Another lemming killed.

  24. Aishah

    Wow! I love the colors. The price tag on the other hand… *sigh* Not in MY range

  25. jenn

    I saw this collection today, the one thing I had to have immediately was the Orange Fizz nail polish, but I am can’t stopthinking about the e/s quad & In Love blush *sigh* they are pretty, might need to go back& get them lol

  26. Colleen

    I must have that gloss! Oh, makeup is draining my bank account…

  27. Bernice

    darn, i need this quad
    it’s perfect for summer!

  28. Mikki

    I really need to get a job

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  30. gracieo

    gorgeous colors

  31. Nicci

    Oh no, why did I read this post?! :) I’m trying to cut back on lipgloss but Candy Glow is so pretty! I love those kind of colors.