Mar 072012

Chanel has just released its new brush series in the U.S.  Last weekend, I picked up a few to test the waters at my local Nordstrom counter. As we’d expected, they look very much like the former European (non-U.S.) series formerly released, although the shapes and designs are different.

I thought I’d post a few pictures in case anyone is considering them. Generally, the handles are the matte black resin-composite material that is lightweight. The balance is quite good, and they are thick enough to feel substantial. I’m hopeful that these handles hold up better than my wooden-handled brushes that have tended to split after several years of use.

The Chanel Concealer Brush No. 10 (Les Pinceaux de Chanel/ Pinceau Correcteur Concealer Brush No. 10 $32) has a nice wide flat shape. As with other concealer brushes, the bristles appear to be synthetic. The tips of the brushes are soft and feathery, and the base of the bristles are stiff. This should allow natural placement of cream makeup products, given the softer tip. At the same time, the base doesn’t have so much “give” that the brush becomes floppy.

The backs of the brushes are clearly marked in silver with the number and title.

One more (very close):

This concealer brush is made in China, although others in the line are made elsewhere. The backs of each box is helpfully marked with the type and picture of the brush inside.

The Chanel Large Tapered Blending Brush No. 19 (Grand Pinceau Paupieres Rond/ Large Tapered Blending Brush N0. 19 $38) is larger and rounder than the pencil-like design of the Burberry Beauty Brush No. 10.

Chanel’s Large Blending Brush, as the name suggests, is built for blending shadow into a crease. Its fairly small scale should work well for my medium-to-small lidspace.

Even closer, you can see how the soft bristles are tapered to allow for soft blending:

Chanel Large Eyeshadow Brush No. 25 (Grand Pinceau Paupieres Douceur Large Eyeshadow Brush $38) is the familiar flat paddle-shaped eyeshadow brush used for laying down a wash of color all over the lid.

This one feels very lush and soft, and might be my new favorite go-to for an easy everyday look. Closer:

As the name implies, the surface area of this brush is slightly larger than the former Chanel eyeshadow brush. Chanel now sells a smaller version of this brush for $34.

Both the Chanel Large Tapered Blending (#19) and Chanel Large Eyeshadow (#25) are made in France.

I hope you enjoyed this first look. I haven’t played with these brushes for very long, and I’ll have to update as I purchase more and gain more experience with these. For now, they seem quite well made, nicely balanced and intuitively easy to use. For the full line, see your local counter or look at



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  10 Responses to “First Look: Chanel New Brush Series”

  1. Looks like you have a peaces from the whole world in your new brush collection! Can’t wait for the new European collection.

  2. I love what I see! Too bad that the handles are painted black! I find most cosmetic brushes are black and I wish there was a different color used, for example, cream with symbol of Chanel C.

  3. My mom just gave me an OLD set of Chanel brushes she got from Paris when she was working for Chanel. I haven’t bought any of the new ones yet so I’m curious to see how the older ones match up. Thanks for the review!

    • Hi Zeynep,

      If you have “OLD” brushes, they won’t be the same. Chanel has upped their game and the new brushes are hand made to take advantage of the naturally tapered tips of hair. The new brushes are all on display at the Chanel counters. Why don’t you take one of your old brushes with you and go compare them. I think you’ll find the new brushes are much softer and give a smoother application, but whether or not you actually need new brushes will be determined, in part, by how much of a brush enthusiast you are.

      • I thought of that too Eileen…thanks! I’m actually most interested in the Foundation Brush as I’ve been using an old Bobbi Brown brush for a while so it’s probably time to invest in a new one.

        • Oooooo . . . The paddle foundation brush is so soft. I just kept stroking it when I was at the counter 🙂 Had I been in the market for a paddle brush, I probably would have gotten it as well as the blending brush which I did need.

  4. love your blog…Great style.
    i have the European version, i bought some of them last year, but they are so different

  5. I just treated myself to the new Blending Foundation brush which is a dua fiber stipling/ blending type of brush. My old MAC was falling apart, but rather than replace it, I thought I’d check out the new Chanel after having read a review of it. I’m glad I did because the Chanel brush is far, far superior to other stipling brushes I’ve owned in the past. It is incredibly soft and blends without leaving any streaks thanks to the finely tapered bristles, both natural hair and fiber. The soft tapered bristles are not cut into shape which is what gives cheaper brushes a scratchy feel. Rather they are shaped by placing the hairs just so and then cut at the end that is bound by the ferrule. Only the soft tips come in contact with the skin. This is the method used by hand crafted brush manufacturers like Hakuhodo and Suqqu. The result is a luxuriously soft brush–the proverbial kitten’s paw. At $54, Chanel’s blending brush is definitely a splurge, but one that any brush aficionado will find worth while.

  6. I would love it if Chanel would indicate where their brushes are made. I just got a couple from my recent trip to London and Paris and was quite disappointed to see that both were from China (n° 4 blush brush and n° 26 small contour/shadow brush). Had I even thought to look before I bought, I think I would have left them behind. Their brushes were always from France before. If anyone knows about any of the others from the new line, I’d love to have that info.

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