Oct 222010
 

Guerlain’s Fall 2010 introduction of beautifully detailed 6-eyeshadow palettes includes 10 Rue des Francs-Bourgeouis ($84 Ecrin 6 Couleurs).  This series, each one named after a Guerlain boutique in Paris, includes several neutral shades that are intended to be used in a tone-on-tone manner that can be built to smoke the eye, with a centerpiece color intended to add some spark.

Café Makeup previously reviewed the overall architecture of these palettes here.  Created by furniture designer India Mahdavi, these are both elegant and usable.

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Oct 182010
 

What is that expression about “saving the best for last”? Chanel Holiday 2010 collection features a mix of warm coppers and bright pinks.  Generally, I feel as though many of the items are intended to be gift-able crowd pleasers, and there is not necessarily anything wrong with that.  I must say that the modern edge is what I loved about Chanel’s Soho Collection;  for me, Soho was about color innovation, creativity, excellent editing and wearability. By contrast, in large measure Chanel’s Holiday 2010 collection was a pleasant collection, although I was left with a vague sense that I had seen close variants of many of these pieces before.

My favorites from the collection were the Rouge Coco lipsticks in Magnolia and Patchouli, and the Chanel Ombre D’eau eyeshadow in Splash ($32/ # 757).  I’ve reviewed many of the Ombre D’eau liquid eyeshadows before, and explained the theory and application tips for these eyeshadows here.  In my opinion, Splash is a complex, beautiful taupe that is the must-have from this collection.

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Oct 182010
 

The two Rouge Coco lipsticks from Chanel Holiday 2010 were some of the best of the collection, in my view.  Chanel Rouge Coco Patchouli ($30 / #107) is a soft, glowy bronzy-brown color that is a beautiful near-neutral color.

I must admit that as we began this century, the notion of wearing any color resembling ’90′s brown on my lips was not very appealing.  The wonderful thing about Chanel Patchouli is that the color has enough copper-gold metal glow to set it apart from the dark, heavy shades that now look so dated.  As a person with pale, warm skin, Patchouli is one of the few shades in this category that I can comfortably wear.  Here is Patchouli swatched next to Pleasing Glossimer, which would make a wonderful pairing:

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