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June 2011

Chanel Eyeshadow

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre: Update and Application Tips

June 28, 2011

After playing with the new Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Eyeshadows, I now have some thoughts to share.

Wear time: I experienced very good wear time.  My personal assessment is that these last as well as a powder eyeshadow on my lids, or better.  I have normal skin on the lids–not particularly oily, not dry.  I advise trying one color to judge your individual wear time–products can perform differently on different people.

How to Apply: Liz and I both agreed that dabbing these on with fingers worked best for us.  For use as a liner, we used the brush that was included with the shadow.  The thin edge did a nice job laying down the product in a precise line.

Incorporating the Look: I advise keeping the rest of your look matte, especially to start.  It is no surprise to me that Peter Philips paired these with Rouge Allure Velvet matte lipsticks on the runway.  These shadows can add a lot of glow.  To keep the emphasis on the eyes, and to avoid looking too shimmery, I powdered down my foundation.  I avoided high-shine lipgloss and added no highlighter on cheeks.

We’ve tried simple looks so far.  Here’s a close-up of Liz with a simple wash of Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Ebloui (reviewed here) touched with Mirifique (reviewed here) under the eyes as a liner:

Although these shadows can be very dramatic, I found that this simple dark wash would be fine for the office.

We also played with layering.  Here’s Liz with Chanel Fantasme (reviewed here) over Ebloui for a high-glitter look:

We both found the formula fool-proof.  After playing with the combinations on the backs of our hands for a few minutes, we found them very easy to use.

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Preview: Guerlain Fall 2011

June 27, 2011

Guerlain Fall 2011 will feature nine (9) new eyeshadow palettes of four colors each (Ecrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadows), and are set to sell for $59.  The promotional pictures promise something for everyone–there is a variety of tones, colors and neutrals for experimentation.  This picture literally makes my heart race.  Some swatches of one of the palettes, feature blues and greens, are here.

Each palette has four eyeshadow textures:

  • Iridescent, with tiny pearl particles
  • Matte, for an extra-matte, ultra-soft finish
  • Velvet Satin, for a soft, delicate velvet finish
  • Alcatar’s eyes, a metallic finish with an unbelievable softness

Here are the names of the new shades:

  • 01 Les Violets
  • 02 Les Bleus
  • 03 Les Verts
  • 04 Les Bois de rose
  • 05 Les Gris
  • 06 Les Fumes
  • 07 Les Cuirs
  • 08 Les Perles
  • 09 Les Noirs


There will be three (3) new eyeliner pencils ($30 each) in:

  • 20 Khol Me Navy (rich celadon)
  • 30 Khol Me Ebony (Brown)
  • 40 Khol Me Jungle (green).

There will be a new liquid eyeliner in 05 Brun Cendré ($35).

Three new shades of the Guerlain’s Rouge G lipstick will be released ($47 each):

  • 25 Garconne (red)
  • 70 Gigolo (deep plum)
  • 71 Girly (rich pink)

In addition, Guerlain will be releasing Shalimar Parfum Initiale eau de parfum in three sizes (ranging from $67-119), and a Shalimar Parfum Initiale Body Lotion for $57.

There are also two skincare to be released–Abeille Royalle Up-Lifting Eye Care ($120) and Orchidee Imperiale Longevity Concentrate ($490).  I’ve been waiting for an Abeille Royale eye product–I’ve been using the serum and really enjoying the results.

According to Guerlain, these will be released in August 2011 in the U.S.

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Chanel Le Vernis Graphite: Review and Swatches

June 26, 2011

Chanel Le Vernis in Graphite ($25 #529) is a rich metallic gray with a slight hint of gold.  This warmth seems to give a slight hint of green in warm light.  There is a rich metal/glass sparkle effect that gives Graphite depth and life.

The formula is the familiar excellent, smooth and fast-drying metallic formula that I’ve come to know and love from Chanel.  Graphite is opaque in two coats, but this is three:


This color is strong, edgy and dramatic.  A lovely choice for fall, although perhaps a bit strong for summer.  You can see how there is a very subtle hint of metallic green that appears in the strong warm sunlight.


This is the sort of little trick of light from Chanel, executed with mastery.  Graphite lives up to the name “Illusion D’Ombre.”  Bravo, Peter Philips!

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Chanel Le Vernis Quartz Review and Swatches

June 26, 2011

Chanel Le Vernis in Quartz ($25 #525) is a  soft mink brown with a touch of champagne.  This is one of those extremely easy colors to wear on days when you have no idea what to wear.  The slight silver sparkle gives this warm color a cool, neutral edge.  At the same time, there is a soft gold color that works well with warm toned skin.  The delicate frost gives it dimension galore.  This is a very rich, light everyday color that can hold its own with business formal clothing.

The above photograph, taken in sun, shows there is a subtle multi-dimensional sparkle that  is can never be mistaken for glitter.  It’s the soft, fairy-like sparkle that is reminiscent of a subtle glass fleck.

In shade, the color goes to a soft cashmere tone:

One more in sun:

Bottom line:  So pretty–so Chanel.

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Chanel Le Vernis Peridot Review and Swatches

June 26, 2011

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Color in Peridot ($25 #531) has the life of the jewel after which it named.  A release for Fall 2011, this color is designed to add an intense flash of shifting color to your deep-toned winter wardrobe.  As a lover of deep, matte wools as the weather cools, I know that Peridot will be a beautiful addition to the dark colors that I wear during that season.

The color is a chameleon, changing as the light plays across the surface of the nail.  There is a strong clear metallic peridot-green-gold effect, plus the slightest blue duochrome that mixes with a metallic sparkle.  In sun:

The color is opaque in two coats–this is three in the pictures.   Each layer dries in about 2-3 minutes.  In shade:

One last:

The color is dramatic and unusual. It’s going to look epic if you love to wear black.  For me, this is spectacular. If you love it, you’ll need a backup.

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