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 Chanel.com.