Chanel Holiday 2011 presented a mixed collection.  At first I was a little struck by the absence of an eyeshadow quad or a new Joues Contraste blush. Unlike Fall 2011 which presented the innovative Illusion D’Ombre eyeshadow line, Chanel Holiday largely provided variations of items in their standard line that added a touch more for the holiday season.  This exercised restraint may have yielded some crowd-pleasers, and a few standouts where things came together beautifully.  The Tweed Brun Rose Blush, Rouge Extrait de Gloss in Triomphal and Natural Loose Powder in Feerie seemed to me to be the most successful in this line. In its own quiet way, Beige Lame eyeshadow won my heart.  The lip products are well worth a look on an individual basis. But perhaps because their star highlighter was a disappointment to me personally, I found that the collection did not have the breathtaking quality of collections past.  The Lumiere Sculptee highlighter, the Liquid Eyes Or eyeliner (both the utility/look of the packaging and the shade) and the Rose Cache nail color did not seem to keep up with the upward trajectory that we’ve seen from Chanel over the past few seasons.  But, I may be a tough grader and so much of makeup is personal.  Your mileage may vary, as the saying goes.

A short review of the products reviewed here on the site.

Chanel Rouge Extrait de Gloss in Triomphal (reviewed here) is stunning.  It’s a gorgeous red that complicated yet classic.  I love everything that Chanel has done with this formula.

Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Empire (reviewed here) is a highly versatile, well executed light peachy pink:

Chanel Rouge Allure lipstick in Famous (reviewed here) is a standout red in the same color family as this year’s Chanel Rouge Allure in Rouge Byzantin (reviewed here):

Chanel Rouge Allure lipstick in Enivree (reviewed here) is an easy to wear soft pink:

Chanel Natural Loose Powder in Feerie (reviewed here) is a beautiful rose tone with sparkle.  Many readers are reporting that the sparkle is too noticeable for day, so for many this may be an evening-only product.  I think it’s gorgeous, and one of the highlights of the collection–it’s a very luxurious soft, finely milled powder:

Chanel Lumiere Scupltee Highlighter (reviewed here) acts to my mind more as a setting powder. Although the presentation is beautiful, I would opt to buy a finishing powder in Chanel’s Poudre Douce line instead (and trust me, I almost never buy the lower priced spread):

Chanel Le Vernis Rouge Carat (reviewed here) is a beautifully formulated red with fuchsia sparkle.  One of Chanel’s “one coat wonders,” this color is beautiful:

Chanel Blush Duo in Tweed Brun Rose is extremely well done.  The color is a soft nude-rose-gold that is extremely finely milled and looks very natural. It’s going to be very difficult to find a duplicate for this very complex and beautiful color, particularly one that is as well-executed as this:

Chanel Liquid Eyelines in Or (reviewed here) is a color that didn’t work for either Liz or I.  The brush-pen design is in the classic Chanel black packaging, but I find it neither pretty nor especially helpful.  The formula seemed fine, but the color leans far more yellow than gold.  This one’s a challenge for me to love, and in the end I didn’t:

Chanel Beige Lame eyeshadow (reviewed here) is a beautiful, softly-toned classic. This color is one of the easiest lidwash colors for me to wear. The slightest hint of teal sparkle adds a touch of pretty, pretty, pretty…without going over the top:

Chanel Blazing Gold (reviewed here) was not successful for me. The formula was chunky and the bright yellow color was not flattering on my pale warm skin tone.  Also, the color is very close to Chanel Gold, previously released in the same line:

Chanel Eyeshadow Duo in Noir Ivoire (reviewed here) does more than a capable job of a quick and easy eye for day or evening, depending on the amount of drama that you wish to add using the black shade.  I find the shimmery shade flattering on my lids–the sheen adds a touch of glow. The black is a good liner, and can also be added to the crease.

On a personal note, if you’ve been following along, thank you for your patience. Although I typically try to get Chanel reviews up quickly, this one has been a challenge.  Both Liz and I are going through a number of things in our non-blogging life right now, and things are likely to be spotty for the next month or so.  We appreciate your support reading the site and all of the great comments that you’ve left (even if we don’t have time to respond).

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