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Chanel Presage (62) Le Blush Creme de Chanel

Chanel Presage (62) Le Blush Creme de Chanel
Chanel Presage (62) Le Blush Creme de Chanel

Chanel Presage (62) Le Blush Creme de Chanel ($38.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as an “apricot.” It’s a medium-dark orange with a hint of rosy pink in it and a satiny finish–not quite matte, but not really shimmery–really a natural-looking finish. Edward Bess Secret Affair is pinker, powder. MAC Ripe for Love is more shimmery, powder. MAC Fiery Impact is darker, powder. Illamasqua Rude is a touch brighter but very similar. Dior Coral Glow is lighter, powder. Chanel Frivole is darker, powder. Le Metier de Beaute Coral Nymph is lighter. Burberry Blossom is pinker, powder. See comparison swatches.

Presage had very rich, true-to-pan color payoff that applies easily at full intensity or can be applied with a very light hand for a sheerer/softer look (just use less). The nice thing about the formula is it has a lightly creamy, thin consistency that blends out very readily, even if you apply more than you wanted. The texture feels creamy in the pan, but as soon as you apply it to the skin, it feels more like powder–with just the smallest amount of slip–that makes it easy to blend. I’ve used an assortment of duo-fibre, stippling brushes, and they’ve all worked well with the blush formula (like MAC’s 188, 159, 131, 187). I wore this shade yesterday, and it wore quite well and lasted eight hours on bare skin with minor fading noticeable after eight and a half hours, and then nine hours of good wear over foundation with slight, but noticeable, fading after ten hours.

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Chanel Alchimie, Elixir, Mysterious Le Vernis Nail Colours

Chanel Alchimie (591) Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Alchimie (591) Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Alchimie (591) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “golden khaki.” It’s a warm-toned, golden-shimmered olive green with threads of metallic shimmer. It’s warmer, more yellow-toned, than a true olive green. I used two thicker coats to minimize streakiness (thin coats produced quite a bit of that), and while it self-leveled somewhat, there was still a good deal of visible brush strokes with this shade. OCC Ripley is much darker, more blackened and less green.  The consistency seemed a little watery. Cult Nails in a Trance has less shimmer, so it appears darker. China Glaze Peac eon Earth is more metallic, warmer. China Glasze Agro is much darker. See comparison swatches.

Elixir (589) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “milky pink.” Not sure where milky pink comes from, but it’s a warm-toned, strawberry pink with a cream finish. This shade was almost fully opaque in one coat, but I still applied two for consistency (and sometimes, it looks opaque in person but the macro version will show visible nail line). It applied well, too, with even, fluid color and no pooling or streaking. Rescue Beauty Lounge Smile has slight pearl and is a touch brighter/redder. MAC Vivid Effect is warmer. MAC Impassioned is slightly lighter. Chanel Fracas is pinker and lighter. Deborah Lippmann Girls Just Want to Have Fun is warmer, more orange. See comparison swatches.

Mysterious (601) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep khaki.” It’s a deep, dark olive green with a cream finish. It applied evenly and easily with full color coverage in two coats. MAC Fatigues is lighter/ Dior Amazonia is very similar. Chanel Khaki Brun is greener, lighter. Deborah Lippmann Billionaire is cooler-toned, darker. See comparison swatches.

Both Elixir and Mysterious were quite nice and exactly what one would want from a high-end polish: richly pigmented, easy to apply, and a natural shine.  Alchimie was more troublesome and requires a very patient, steady hand to minimize streakiness and to keep the brush stroke from going wonky (I lack the steady hand, unfortunately!).  I typically get a week out of Chanel’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

Chanel Mystere (43) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Mystere (43) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel Mystere (43) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Mystere (43) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a new and limited edition palette for fall that features shades of “golden khaki, golden ivory, silver taupe, and matte khaki.” This quad is only interesting if you like softer, sheerer neutrals; the color payoff, with the exception of the golden shade, was sheerer, while the texture of all four shades was slightly dry and ranged from slightly powdery to somewhat powdery. As a result, they all look very barely-there applied to the lid, and the colors lost a lot of contrast and dimension as a result. I experienced noticeable fading after six and a half hours, and after nine hours, it was like I hadn’t put on any eyeshadow (I felt like my lids thought the eyeshadow made for a tasty morsel!).

Mystere #1 is a blackened brown with small gold shimmer. It had so-so color payoff, and it was a bit dry and powdery to work with. I applied it using a small crease brush, and it gave more intense payoff but did need some extra patience while blending. Disney Cinders is similar. Bobbi Brown Black Gold has larger shimmer. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #4 is less shimmery. Dior Night Golds #3 is cooler-toned, lighter. Chanel Topkapi is cooler-toned, darker. bareMinerals VIP is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Mystere #2 is a creamy, pale gold with warm, yellow-y undertones and a golden pearl finish. It had good color payoff, and the eyeshadow applied smoothly but was slightly powdery. Chanel Convoitise is yellower, more frosted, cream. Disney Sand in the Glass is warmer. MAC Femme-fi is similar. Guerlain Calligraphy #1 is also similar. Chanel Pearl River #2 is yellower. Buxom Poodle is yellower, cream. bareMinerals Carte Blanche is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Mystere #3 is a subtly warm-toned, medium-dark taupe with a soft sparkle. It was semi-opaque and was a bit dry and powdery. MAC Romance Me is darker. MAC Earthly is browner. MAC Era is similar. Chanel Prelude #3 is slightly grayer. See comparison swatches.

Mystere #4 is a cool-toned, olive brown with a blackened base and green pearl that’s really not noticeable applied. It was sheer and powdery. theBalm Sophisticated is more shimmery. MAC Mystery is darker. See comparison swatches.

It is listed as a U.S. exclusive, but check with your local Chanel artist to verify–my guess is the baked version will be available globally (which is the norm for for the majority of Chanel quads), just not this formula. I don’t know why Chanel has two formulas, and I can’t fathom why they continue to have two formulas when time and time again readers confirm that the baked version is almost always inferior.

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Chanel Inspiration (64) Le Blush Creme de Chanel

Chanel Inspiration (64) Le Blush Creme de Chanel
Chanel Inspiration (64) Le Blush Creme de Chanel

Chanel Inspiration (64) Le Blush Creme de Chanel ($38.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “soft blue pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin-matte finish. theBalm Argyle is brighter, darker. Edward Bess Filled with Desire is similar. MAC Stay Pretty is slightly darker. MAC Rosy Outlook is warmer. MAC So Sweet, So Easy is a smidgen lighter. Bobbi Brown Nude Pink is darker. See comparison swatches.

Though it’s a paler color, it had really buildable, true-to-pan color payoff that still enabled the color to show up on my medium complexion–and surprisingly, it didn’t turn ashy or chalky against my skin tone, either. For really pale complexions, this would be a lovely everyday kind of blush, and one of the easier shades to use from the Le Blush Creme de Chanel range, because it’s nearly foolproof compared to some of the darker shades. On bare skin, it lasted well for almost eight hours and was noticeably faded after nine hours. Over foundation, it didn’t turn patchy and sat well on it for nine hours and I saw faint signs of fading at ten hours (really!).

Chanel Fantastic (66) Le Blush Creme de Chanel

Chanel Fantastic (66) Le Blush Creme de Chanel
Chanel Fantastic (66) Le Blush Creme de Chanel

Chanel Fantastic (66) Le Blush Creme de Chanel ($38.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “burgundy.” It looks like a deeper, plummy red in the pan, but applied, it takes on a pinky-plum coloring with a natural, not-quite-matte finish. It has cool, bluish undertones. If you worried that Chanel Affinite would be too similar, it is lighter and warmer. Tom Ford Narcissist is similar but shimmery (and a powder). Burberry Hydrangea Pink is slightly redder and a powder product. See comparison swatches.

The color payoff is fantastic (ha, ha) with rich, full color coverage that’s buildable and blendable. It’s easy to go overboard, so use a light hand and less than you think you’ll need. The consistency is lightly creamy and almost turns to a powdery feeling as soon as it hits the skin, but it’s not truly a powder. It remains lightly blendable and is very easy to sheer out and soften along the edges while maintaining even coloring. I could see this shade working well across all skin tones. When I wore this, the blush lasted a full nine hours without fading, and even after ten hours, there was only very slight signs of fading.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour SPF 15 Launches in August


Introducing a new approach to makeup: Simple, intuitive, natural. Gabrielle Chanel’s sense of liberation and love of the outdoors is radiantly brought to life in new LES BEIGES Healthy Glow Sheer Colour SPF 15. This innovative, versatile powder makeup gives women freedom in their beauty routine to declare their personal style.

With an effortless touch, seven no-fail shades allow each woman to enhance, brighten or bronze the complexion for a custom glow. On its own, LES BEIGES heightens skin’s natural beauty; over foundation, the makeup provides a sheer, luminous finish. Advanced technology protects against skin-dulling environmental stressors, while White Rose and Cotton Flower offer absolute comfort for even the most sensitive complexions. A sculpted half-moon brush, contoured to the curves of the face, delivers seamless application of sheer colour for a look of instant vitality year-round.

Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour SPF 15 ($57.50)

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Availability: Pre-order now @ Chanel.com; August 2013 at Chanel counters and boutiques

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