Jun 302011

Chanel Quadra Eye Shadow in Prelude ($57 #33) (Les 4 Ombres/Ombres a Paupiers Quator) is a neutral eyeshadow-lover’s dream.  The colors are gorgeous for any time of the year.  Unlike most of Chanel’s neutral palettes, Prelude has a cool edge.  In fact, you can see in the upper left corner a tiny touch of teal sparkle in the soft putty-taupe shade.  Who would have thought to add a this touch?

As all Chanel eyeshadow palettes, Prelude comes in the luxurious, familiar palette that will fit within your existing collection.  Here is a picture in softer indoor light, where you can see that the sparkle softly recedes:

Four gorgeous colors:

  • A light softly shimmering beige highlight (upper right)
  • A putty-taupe with teal sparkle (upper left)
  • A very soft tan with subtle microsparkle that is mostly white but with multicolored reflects
  • A deep brown infused with a plum tone–the deep plum seems far less apparent when worn

Close up in direct sun:

I did some comparison swatches, but all of my other Chanel palettes seem quite warm by comparison, well except for Stupendous which has a more silver/plum tone.  For example, here is Prelude next to Chanel Dunes and Chanel Shimmering Dunes:

If you love cooler neutrals, you have found your perfect palette.  Also, Prelude seems like a promising palette to mix with some of the Illusion D’Ombre eyeshadows, including Epatant, Ebloui and Illusoire. So mix it up a little! More swatches, applying Prelude dry:

Applied wet:

Applied very quickly on Liz’s eye.  We didn’t have time for mascara or liner, we were running out of time and so we thought one picture that shows the texture applied to the lid would be of assistance:

Overall:  Chanel Prelude is highly recommended.  Especially if you are cool-toned, you need it. So many neutral, high quality palettes lean warm.

I understand that Prelude is joining Chanel’s permanent collection, thankfully.


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Chanel Rouge Coco Etole: Review and Swatches

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Jun 292011

Chanel Rouge Coco Étole ($32 #80) is a medium warm red with a strong hint of copper and a touch of plum. This shade fits well thematically with the other items in Chanel’s Illusion D’Ombre collection and very vaguely reminded me of the soft red used on the runway (in the soon-to-be released Rouge Allure Velvet collection later this year) (yes, I know the colors aren’t the same, but there’s a plum-red tone that I think is consistent).

You can see the deep tones evoked by Rouge Coco Étole will coordinate nicely with the Chanel Glossimer in Braise (reviewed here) and the lip pencil in Rose Cuivre (reviewed with Etole here at The Beauty Look Book, soon to be reviewed here).

In the deep toned Rouge Coco family, I present comparisons with Chanel Rouge Coco in Vendome, Rouge Coco in Rivoli (reviewed here) and Rouge Coco in Baroque (reviewed here).

Here is a lip swatch on Liz (no liner, applied directly on lips):

This is a pretty, medium toned color that is going to look lovely when the fall weather arrives. Do we love, or do we love it not?   I love the little glow that this formula gives.  I think that the light, reflective texture of this lipstick pushes this somewhat safe and classic color into a youthful interpretation.  Medium rose tones can work on lips of all ages.

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Jun 292011

Chanel Rouge Coco Plumentis ($32 #79) is a soft nude with tones of pink, peach and a hint of mauve that reminds me of the U.S. version of Joues Contraste Orchid Rose blush (reviewed here).   It’s a soft, neutral color that will work with a wide variety of skin tones in a beautiful, moisturizing formula.

Don’t let its quiet neutral color fool you.  Plumentis is one of those lovely colors that you can keep in your purse and wear almost any time.  Although not dramatic, this type of color is invaluable for adding just a touch of natural polish to your look.

Here are some comparisons with some other neutrals in my collection.  First, Chanel Rouge Allure in Mythic, the timeless nude.  Next is Chanel Plumentis.  On the right are Chanel Rouge Coco in the more brown Patchouli (reviewed here) and the deeper toned Stunning (reviewed here).

On lips (no liner):

One more that shows how easily this fits into almost any makeup wardrobe:

Bottom line:  Yes, yes, a thousand times yes.


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Jun 282011

Chanel Glossimer in Pampille ($28.50 #156) (Levres Scintillantes Pampille) is a sheer soft, softly glimmered pink.  The word “pampille” translates to “tassel,” which brings to mind a little flourish or extra.  If you are in need of a Glossimer, Pampille is this season’s contribution to a legendary line of nicely textured, easy to wear lip glosses that make lips look fabulous.  Liz is now the pleased owner of Pampille–she loves Glossimers and this is well inside anyone’s comfort zone of colors.  I have no doubt that she’ll use it up in a few months.  Enjoy the gloss, Liz!

You can see that Pampille fits well within the color theme of the Illusion D’Ombre collection–here, pictured with Coralline lip pencil and Rouge Coco Plumentis.  You can see that the colors and tones will work well together.

Here are some swatches of the sheer Chanel Pampille with comparable Chanel Glossimer colors–Chanel Paillettes, Chanel Seashell and Chanel Star:

As you can see, Pampille is on the sheer side of the glossimer range.  Here is Pampille on Liz (no lip liner or lipstick–applied directly on lips):

Pampille is another pleasant addition to Chanel’s glossimer family.  It’s not an earth-shattering shade, but given that there is plenty of drama elsewhere in the Illusion D’Ombre release that may be all to the good.


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Jun 282011

Chanel Glossimer in Braise ($28.50 #158) (Levres Scintillantes Braise) is a color enigma.  The word “braise” translates to “ember,” evoking a glowing orange-red tone if read literally.  In the tube, Braise appears to have a warm burgundy glow-I was expecting this color to display a deep browned burgundy tone.

I expected it to be a glossimer twin of Chanel Rouge Coco Etole, also released in this collection.  Well, Chanel’s Illusion D’Ombre collection surprised me (once again!)  Instead, I found Braise to very complicated and shifting, depending on how it is worn.

I found that Braise swatched on the gold-orange end of the ember scale.  In my mind, Braise had a strawberry jam or even plum feeling.  However, compared to Chanel Glossimer in Nakkar (reviewed here), Braise is a far warmer tone.

Chanel Braise does not have the strawberry red feel of Nakkar, nor the plum tones of Chanel Ironic Tonic.  It is far warmer than the deep Chanel Fatale (reviewed here).  Instead, Chanel Braise swatches as an ember (umber?) toned brown-red-orange.  You can see that Sabrina at The Beauty Look Book has a picture of Braise with a very warm-gold red feel.

Another surprise–on lips, Chanel Braise showed more red than I expected from my arm swatch.  On Liz, you can see it has an ember-orange-red tone with a dash of copper/brown.  Because of its sheerness, please expect that the color will vary on you depending on the underlying color tone of your lip.

Overall, I find Chanel Braise to be an enigma–like a glowing ember, the color tone is complex and varying.  The words “your mileage may vary” do not do this color justice–your mileage WILL vary! I’m a fan of deeper glosses and have warm tones in my skin that will make the most of Chanel Braise. Overall, an intriguing and unique mix of tones that I’m sure that I’ll enjoy.

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