Apr 282010
 

Chanel Summer 2010 has a delightful pink nail polish, Riviera ($23)(Le Vernis Nail Colour Riviera #537) which has the capability of putting me in a summer frame of mind.  Although there are many pinks on the market, I particularly enjoy Chanel’s vibrant creme nail color formula and so I knew that I had to have this one.

Two coats gives me a vibrant look that somehow looks appropriate without moving into the neon category.  Somehow, Chanel still makes the color looks special.  I have several medium-to-dark pinks, it’s a color that I love, and I’m  hard pressed to find a duplicate with precisely the same look.
Riviera will (as you can see in Chanel’s promotion picture) look fabulous with this summer’s Rouge Allure in Super–they have the same color tone.

Here is my on-the-nail swatch, taken with a flash as I had already lost the sun for the day:

I find this formula very easy to work with–it seems to spread without any problems.  The above was done over Creative Nail Design’s Stickey base coat and with a topcoat by Poshe.

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Apr 282010
 

Chanel’s Orient Extrême Collection includes the Jet-Gold Eyeliner-Eyeshadow Duo ($45) (reviewed here) (limited edition), which holds a highly pigmented cake eyeliner and gold shimmery eyeshadow.  As promised, I’m posting some swatches which I was able to take as the sun was setting this evening.

The black cake eyeliner is a matte, true black.  If you already own Chanel’s La Ligne de Chanel Professional Eyeliner Duo in Noir Lame, I believe it’s safe to say that this black is the same as the matte black in the Jet Gold Duo.  So, you don’t need both honestly.  In fact, I slightly prefer the prior, permanent Noir Lame, because the black sparkle that comes in that duo makes a wonderful smudge-able shade to add over the matte liner.

The gold is Jet Gold is a very light and sparkling gold.  Here, you can see it applied without any base on my pale skin–the effect is very subtle.

As an experiment, I loaded up my arm with Guerlain’s Terracotta Tinted Moisturizer in Blondes-you can see that using this tinted moisturizer (which is darker than my natural skin tone) as a base makes the gold show up much more vibrantly and more yellow/warm:

Overall, Chanel’s Jet Gold is a unique and beautiful product.  When it first arrived, it seemed too pretty to use.  However, because this eyeliner is one of the best on the market, I’ve reached the conclusion that, “Hey, I paid $45 for it, I’m going to use this baby all the way till I hit pan.”

The one awkward thing about the product is that I am likely to use up the gold eyeshadow before the eyeliner.  This is because you only need the tiniest bit to line the eye. On the other hand, the gold powder has a more typical eyeshadow consistency and is fairly light in tone.  You need more gold  to cover the lid, or even the browbone, than you will to line.

Of course, the product is beautiful, and it is Chanel, so I would have bought it no matter what (I’m a Chanel addict, what can I say?).  If I weren’t a Chanel addict, I would go with the Noir Lame eyesliner duo and look elsewhere for a pretty gold eyeshadow.

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Apr 272010
 

Chanel’s Orient Extrême micro-collection includes a very promising eyeliner-eyeshadow duo Jet Black ($45) (Ligne et Ombre de Chanel Eyeliner and Eyeshadow Duo Jet Black).  The black side of the duo–classically, the eyeliner, is a deep black matte that must be applied wet.  The gold side has, if one looks very closely and under the right light, tiny sparkles that in a similar theme to Chanel’s Illusion D’Or nail polish.  What a beautiful touch, truly this is a gorgeous, integrated collection.

Here are a few photo’s that I had a moment to take last evening, so that if you are considering order this very limited edition collection from Chanel.com or a Chanel Boutique before it sells out you will have a chance to see this close up.  I own all of the other eyeliner duo’s by Chanel, and those have all be excellent quality.  Applying them wet with a flat-topped brush, I’ve found them eminently controllable, allowing me to use either a thin or thick lined application as I prefer.

Here is a picture that shows some of the sparkle effect in the gold pan:

I am hoping to have time later this week (or over the weekend) to swatch this beauty:

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Apr 272010
 

Chanel’s Illusion D’Or ($25) (Le Vernis Nail Colour Illusion D’Or #450) is part of Chanel’s very limited Orient Extrême release, a tiny collection of jewels introduced at Chanel’s Paris-Shanghai Ready-to-Wear 2010 show.  When I first saw Illusion D’Or, I honestly did not expect much.  Sometimes glittery polishes seem jejune and completely unwearable to me.  Of course, I’m attracted to sparkly things as much as the next beauty lover.  As much as I wish I could vow to wear glitter daily, I find that it takes more courage than I possess to venture out into the adult world with blinding sparkle on my nails.

I found that Illusion D’Or was a high-fashion version of the sparkle world.  And when Chanel does sparkle, I really have to pay attention. True to its name, Illusion D’Or (meaning “Gold Illusion”), is full of a gold, heart-stopping sparkling glitter interspersed with violet-blue-green pieces in a clear base.  The combination of the warm gold and cool blue is stunning.

For day, the polish can be worn over the nail without any color.  The sheerness and subtlety of the sparkle keeps the polish from overtaking the hand or creating a distraction.  To me, this looks like a Celestial Glossimer but for the nails.  It’s beach-worthy, and only a notch up on the sparkle scale from Chanel’s prior sheer sparkles such as Le Vernis in Cry Baby.  I’d wear this to work, actually.  This is two coats:

For an evening out, Illusion D’or gives my nails the appearance golden stars when worn over a black polish.  This color fully adopts the “nail polish as accessory” perspective.  Here are some pictures over Chanel Black Velvet as a base (click to enlarge):

Illusion D’Or is typical of glitter polishes in that it is very stubborn to remove.  I found that using Zoya’s Remove+ with a little more persistence than usual worked well.  It probably looks pretty spectacular over a gold, too–something I’ll have to try very soon.

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Apr 262010
 

From Rouge Deluxe, a previous of a beautiful Christian Dior palette.  According to the View on Fashion, this eyeshadow palette looks like it will be one of a series and extremely limited edition.  Also, extremely expensive (90 pounds, which converts to over $100 U.S.).  But, so beautiful…

This palette evokes the classic Christian Dior design (here, of the 1950′s):

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