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Chanel – Spring 2008 – Blue Satin Le Vernis Nail Colour (Polish) Review

Chanel’s Aurora Blues spring 2008 collection is centered around shades of icy blues, including Blue Satin, which is a dark, rich navy blue that’s nearly black with extremely subtle shimmer. It is already sold out at many online retailers (including Chanel’s site), but it is available at department stores already — I picked up mine just this Wednesday. Unfortunately, while they had the stock available, there was no display, so I couldn’t play with much and only purchased Blue Satin. I apologize for my shoddy application, in advance, as I was just testing it out and cleaned it up later.

What makes it worth it: If you are a fan of Chanel polishes, this one will not disappoint you in color pay off, texture, or application. What I have always liked about Chanel polishes is how much depth each color has, and I love that even one coat can almost be enough. Two coats makes it absolutely dreamy, but you would never even have to consider going for a third with a Chanel polish. The color itself is a gorgeous shimmery navy-blue-black in the sunlight, but in regular, indoor lighting, it looks like a matte blue-black (more like black with undertones of blue).  I have heard some compare this to OPI’s Russian Navy, but I personally find that Russian Navy has too many purple-blue undertones and reflects to be a good substitute–at least not in terms of similarity–because Russian Navy is divine in its own right. The polish hasn’t chipped yet after three full days of wear, and I actually do not have much visible tip wear, either, which is surprising. This polish definitely holds up in terms of wear. Blue Satin is also ultra glossy, which I love, and the shine hasn’t worn off over tmie, either.

Why you might pass: I wish it had more noticeable shimmer, especially in regular lighting.  Sure, it’s nice that there’s a different look to my nails in sunlight, but considering I’m indoors the majority of the time (hello, it’s cold outside!), I’d like a bit of reflecting shimmer from time to time.  Also, the price of Chanel polishes are expensive: $19.00.  This is not exactly an easy price to pay for a bottle of nail polish, especially when there are so many shades that are less than $6 a pop (so you could end up with three for the price of one Chanel polish!).  I personally wouldn’t say that this shade is worth the $19.00 unless you’re a polish fan and addicted to blue hued lacquers.  If you have the money to spend, go for it, because the shade is lovely, but there’s no shame in admitting that it’s out of your budget!

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Chanel – Galaxy, Glaze, Spark, and Unity Glossimer Review

Chanel is often a brand that inspires jealousy, because the price point is just high enough that it is out of reach (or justification) for so many makeup addicts. I include myself in this group, because I tend not to be able to justify a purchase at Chanel, no matter how pretty everything looks to the eye. I recently tried four Chanel glossimers:  Galaxy, Glaze, Spark (above), and Unity. I thought I would review them for those who have only admired, but never put down the money for them before.

What they are: Glossimers are thick glosses that come in a variety of colors, opacities, and shimmer amounts. Some, like Glaze, are buttery and have nearly no shimmer and go on sheerly; while others, like Galaxy, are opaque and with plenty of sparkles. Like most lipglosses, opacity depends on the gloss itself, so it’s always a good idea to test when you are able to; sheerer glosses will enhance or add shimmer and a tint of color to your natural lip color. In general, I prefer my glosses to be opaque in color, because if I wanted my natural lip color, I’d go with a clear gloss.

What I liked: I did like the amount of shimmer found in the glosses, and I felt like they reflected and shimmered in just the right way. They have a full range of glosses to choose from, which means you’re bound to find a few that suit your tastes and style. In general, they’re smooth, gel-like and don’t have too much stickiness (some say none at all, I felt there was a bit, here and there). These would look amazing over lipsticks, though.

What I didn’t like: I just have trouble succumbing to the cult of Chanel glossimers, because I don’t feel like they out-do any other lipgloss by leaps and bounds. I felt like this gloss didn’t settle as nicely into my lips as I’d like. Despite using a mirror and meticulously applying the gloss, I just couldn’t get it to look even. At $25.00 a pop, I doubt I’ll become an avid collector of the product. I might splurge here and there on a spectacular shade, but I’m quite satisfied with my lipglass.

What do you think of Chanel glossimers? Love them, hate them? Favorite shades?

See photos of Galaxy, Glaze, Spark, and Unity glossimers…

Chanel – Spring 2008 – Aurora Blues Accent Spring Collection

Chanel goes icy blue for their Spring 2008 makeup collection.  Soft pastels in the Camelias palette, while Bleu Célestes is a gorgeous trio of shades of blue and a lovely highlighter.  Blue Satin is supposed to be the next “it” polish amongst addicts, so be sure to scoop it up if you’re loving rich, navy blues.

AURORA BLUES

  • Camelias x4
  • Les 4 Ombres in Bleu Célestes
  • Joues Contraste in Enchanteresse, Luna
  • Mascara Inimitable in Noir-indigo
  • Ombre d’Eau in Rivage
  • Crayon Levres Cardamone
  • Rouge Hydrabase in Rose Drop, Rose Secret, Enigma
  • Rouge Allure in Frivole, Exquise
  • Le Vernis (Nail Polish) in White Satin, Blue Satin, Rose Satin, and Azur
  • Glossimers in Moonlight & Waterlily
  • Le Blanc de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Base
  • Poudre Cristalline

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Holiday 2007 Madness – Chanel Holiday 2007 Collection

CHANEL HOLIDAY 2007 GIFT SETS ANND PALETTES

Chanel is always a delight to peruse, because every product is so enthralling with its sleek, classy packaging and gorgeous hues. There are two amazing palettes coming out, Soleil Naturel and Soleil Lumiere. Each palette includes a blush, four eyeshadows, two lip glosses, and two lipsticks ($85.00). Holiday Chanel goodies also include an eyeshadow quad called Radiant Gems, blush in Neroli Rose, natural finish loose pwoder in Merveille, ultra wear lip color in Violet Sapphire, and glossimers in Bronze Crystal and Rose Crystal. Expect these lovely products this month at www.chanel.com.