Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Chanel Bronze Corail Soleil Tan de Chanel
Chanel Bronze Corail Soleil Tan de Chanel

Chanel Summer 2011: Bronze Corail

For summer, there are two variations of Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel ($50.00 for 0.49 oz.) — the first I’m reviewing is Bronze Corail (and I will review Bronze Rose later). It is a striped palette with four shades: a warm, medium-dark tan with subtle gold shimmer; warm beige with shimmery sheen; deeper tanned brown with a satin sheen with red undertones; and a pop of coral-pink with a subtle sheen. Swirled together, the resulting color is a sheer, soft bronze with a champagne sheen.

Chanel describes the product as, “Worn alone or blended together, they highlight or ‘tan’ skin for a subtle, natural glow.” It’s definitely a product that is hard to overdo, because it is sheer and soft–certainly subtle. It will be a nice bronzer for light to medium skin tones, but darker skin tones will find it more a highlighter than a bronzing product. The included brush does enable one to use the shades on an individual level better than your average blush brush (which is more useful to swirl and blend the shades together). You can use all four shades to add more pinkness to the cheeks, or you could use the top three for a more traditionally bronzy look. The softest shade is very much like a highlighter, so it, too, could be used on its own as such.

Though the powder is soft as silk and each shade is seemingly pigmented, I felt like once applied, it looked somewhat powdery on my cheeks. There is a fair amount of powdery dust within the compact after using a brush (whether the one included or something separate). Normally, I’m a big fan of the Soleil Tan de Chanel editions, because they can create more multidimensional looks from the different variations in color–you can go lighter, darker, pop of color all bronze–but the product could have laid down more naturally over the skin.

The good news, though, is it lasted all day long (12+ hours), and you get one brick of a bronzer (0.49 oz.) for your money. You won’t run out of this one anytime soon!

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Bronze Corail

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I think Bronze Corail will best suit light skin tones with warmer undertones, though I do think those with cooler undertones could work this as well. It's a subtle bronzer, which means you won't overdo it, but it's a natural look and if you want more pigmentation, you should look elsewhere.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Chanel Pensee Glossimer
Chanel Pensee Glossimer

Chanel Summer 2011: Glossimers

For summer, there are three new shades of Chanel Glossimers ($28.50 for 0.19 oz.) that are limited edition. All three are varying degrees of sheer, but in general, they are on the sheerer end of the spectrum. Glossimers are designed as a sheerer formula often recommended for layering. Though the range varies from sheerer to more opaque, these don’t seem to deliver quite as much oomph as other Glossimers–perhaps because the base color is nearly invisible or the mix of shimmers does not stand out as much.

I love Chanel’s Glossimers for their highly reflective shimmer and comfortablep-to-wear formula. I typically get three to four hours of wear with them, but they are not sticky, which is rather noteworthy wear for a gloss without a tacky base.

  • Pensee (277) is a coral-orange with pink and gold shimmer. On my lips, it adds mostly glossiness and shimmer without much color.
  • Pink Peony (267) is a rosy pink with multi-colored shimmer, though predominantly pink and silver. Like Pensee, it is mostly just shine and shimmer when worn.
  • Aurore (287) is a pink and melon gold shimmered peach. It is highly reflective and almost a duochrome gloss. Of the three, this one seemed more unique and less dupe-able, though it is also quite sheer.

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Chanel Aurore, Pensee, Pink Peony Glossimers Review, Photos, Swatches

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They are certainly shimmery and pretty when worn, but they do tend to look alike once applied. Aurore has the most depth and dimension to it, and I can see it selling well, particularly because anything pink-peach always seems to do well--regardless of the brand!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Chanel Mimosa Le Vernis

Chanel Mimosa Le Vernis

Chanel Summer 2011: Mimosa Le Vernis

Chanel Mimosa Le Vernis ($25.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a bright, sunshine yellow with golden yellow shimmer. It applied fairly well–there was a touch of streakiness in the initial coat, but the pigmentation was excellent, because the color was nearly opaque on that first coat. I used two coats for even, opaque color coverage and found that worked best. The formula was on the thicker side, but it flowed well, and the drying time seemed faster than usual. I typically get a week of wear with Chanel’s polish using a base/top coat.

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Mimosa

B+
This is such a pretty summer color, and it's a really wearable shade of yellow. The warmth of the base color along with the warmth of the shimmer allows the color to brighten the skin rather than giving it a sallow look.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Chanel Lilium Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Lilium Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Summer 2011: Lilium Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Lilium Eyeshadow Quad ($57.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a collection of green and “brown” shades. The lighest shade is a soft peach beige with subtle warmth and a barely-there frost finis. The second lightest shade is a yellowed chartreuse green with a medium frost finish. Next, there is a smoky, bluish green with a blackened base and a metallic-frost finish. The final shade is the most complex, because it’s a mix of mauve, gray, and taupe with a dusting of cool bronze shimmer.

All four shades applied really nicely; pigmented enough to provide true-to-pan color but the texture was soft to allow for really easy application, where the colors blended seamlessly with each other and adhered well to the lid (over a base). There is a mix of tones here–the lighter shades are warmer and brightening, while the two darker shades are cooler, smokier. The size of the quad is nice, too — each eyeshadow is about 0.06 oz., which is a little higher than the average individual eyeshadow (0.05 oz.). When you start thinking about Chanel, their palettes are often the best bang for your buck.

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Chanel Lilium Eyeshadow Quad Review, Photos, Swatches

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The color palette of the quad is not at all what I think of when it comes to summer but yet it works. It's almost like a mix of spring and fall that pairs well with all of the corals of summer.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Chanel Summer 2011 Collection
Chanel Summer 2011 Collection

Chanel Summer 2011 Collection Sneak Peek

Just some group shots of Chanel summer! :) I bought everything yesterday at Nordstrom — I still have to get through quite a few photos and write-up the reviews so sit tight, but definitely expect to see a few go up this morning/afternoon!

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Monday, April 18th, 2011


Chanel Summer 2011 Collection – Les Fleurs d’Ete de Chanel

Le Vernis ($25.00)

  • Mimosa Yellow (Limited Edition)
  • Morning Rose Pink (Limited Edition)
  • Beige Petale Beige (Limited Edition)

Soleil Tan de Chanel ($50.00)

  • Bronze Corail (Limited Edition)
  • Bronze Rose (Limited Edition)

Glossimer ($28.50)

  • Pensee Coral (Limited Edition)
  • Aurore Peach (Limited Edition)
  • Pink Peony Pink (Limited Edition)

Soleil Tan de Chanel ($48.00)

  • Sunkissed

Les 4 Ombres / Eyeshadow Quad ($57.00)

  • Lilium

Ombres Contraste Duo ($42.00)

  • Khaki Discret Khaki

Stylo Yeux Waterproof ($29.00)

  • Rose Platine (Limited Edition)

Rouge Coco ($32.00)

  • Sari Dore (Limited Edition)
  • Gardenia (Limited Edition)

availability: Now @ Nordstrom

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