Jan 082014
 

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I’ve always had an affinity for the rebellious spirit of the punk movement. I was around to see some of the ending phases of it in California, and enjoyed the Punk:  Chaos to Couture show last spring at the Met in New York City. I could go on (oh, could I!), but let’s move on to the makeup instead.

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When MAC recently released the Punk Couture collection that included several deep toned lipstick, I couldn’t resist picking up MAC Instigator and Studded Kiss ($15) to add to my vamp colored lip collection.

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But first, let’s start at the beginning.

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To do this post properly, I reached into the vault to see three Chanel near-black lipsticks released in a very limited production in 2009. These three colors–Hysteria, Obscure, and Maniac–have not seen a lot of use. Perhaps I needed Punk to experience a re-awakening to really appreciate their edgy beauty.

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Here are the three colors:

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More recent additions to my vamp collection include Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet La Provocante from a Fashion’s Night Out release, the comparatively sheer Rouge Allure Envoutante, and Rouge Allure Rouge Noir (#109).

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Here is a lip swatch of La Provocante:

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And Chanel Rouge Allure Rouge Noir:

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Currently, MAC has released four deep colors as part of Punk Couture. I picked up MAC Studded Kiss and Instigator, which have a matte formula. These melt pretty well on the lips, and look incredible under a gloss.

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MAC Studded Kiss reminds me of Chanel Rouge Noir–it is a deep red black jewel. The pigmentation is incredible. I wore it for most of the day today, and it’s vibrant color wore for hours without drying out my lips or fading until at least four hours had gone by.

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MAC Instigator leans deep black purple, and reminds me of Chanel La Provocante:

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I haven’t played with MAC Instigator extensively yet, but as this collection is selling out so quickly I thought it best to get some images up as soon as possible.

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Here are swatches of MAC Studded Kiss and Instigator:

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Here are more swatches that include the Chanel deep colors, Hysteria, Obscure and Maniac:

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Here are my modern Chanel acquisitions, Chanel La Provocante, Envoutante, and Rouge Noir:

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Here is the entire group (click to enlarge):
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You can see that the original 2009 set is the deepest and darkest of the group. Here is one more set of the entire group:

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I hope you enjoyed this little overview of some of my deep, dark lipsticks. Although these aren’t always in my comfort zone, I’ve always found it fun to use these on days when they feel right. If you’d like to get the MAC, do not wait a moment longer. Nordstrom has MAC Instigator and Studded Kiss up for order (they’re back-ordered for February delivery) and I do not know whether they will last the night.

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Jan 082014
 

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When Chanel’s Spring 2014 Collection released last month, I went to several different counters to test the products. I was unable to find products that captured my imagination, although I’m still looking at the lip pencils as potential items. I found that this collection’s items–as much as I tried to love them–were just a bit off for my coloring, or didn’t really seem to have the uniqueness that I’ve come to expect from the line.

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Although I’m very excited about several upcoming items from Chanel this year, for now I chose a single lipstick as the one “must have” item for me this season. I know that some of my readers will be surprised. Indeed, although I have not always had time to cover them on Cafe Makeup, I’ve continued to buy extensively from Chanel collections for the past several years. Spring 2014 is the least that I’ve purchased from a Chanel release in a very, very long time.  Hopefully, the rest of the year will look much better.

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 At any rate, I chose Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in L’Adorée ($34). This matte-satin deep mauve is an unusual shade, yet still has enough sophistication to look fabulous.

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I love the Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet formula, and I would have purchased the other velvet in this collection (Diva, a neon pink), except it seemed a bit too bright. Chanel L’Adorée is a near-opaque, but has enough transparency to be modified slightly depending on the color of your natural lips.

Chanel L'Adoree7Alternatively, you could tweak it toward the red side by using Chanel’s Vamp/Rouge Noir lipliner, or more purple with Amarante. Here are swatches to show Chanel L’Adorée against the more red Chanel Rivoli, and the comparatively darker Chanel Rouge Coco Rouge Noir and the Chanel Rouge Allure Rouge Noir.

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Here is Chanel L’Adorée on Liz, looking gorgeous (no base, no lipliner, and no gloss):

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Although I love Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in L’Adorée, I wish that I could have fallen more in love with Chanel Spring 2014. Based on their recent runway looks, I’m sure that there will be many more items to love this year. For now, I’m enjoying this Rouge Allure quite a bit.

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Dec 162013
 

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A new blush is always cause for celebration, and we are celebrating Chanel Joues Contrast Emotion #87 ($43) (designated as “87″ on Nordstrom’s site). This has the Chanel Powder texture and is made in France. Note that The Beauty Look Book’s reviews and comparisons are here.

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Part of the reason that this blush is celebratory is its universality. It has enough color and tone to look good on a variety of skin-tones, from light to deep, as well as cool and warm. Also, the medium pink color will look good with a variety of looks and various situations.

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Chanel Emotion is a deep pink-rose:

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Chanel Emotion on Liz:

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I do not have anything quite the same in my collection, so I did some random swatches so that you can place the color between plums and pinks. Here is Chanel Emotion compared to Chanel Plum Attraction, Illamasqua Chased, and Chanel Rose Temptation:

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Overall, we’re applauding Chanel Emotion as a new addition to Chanel’s Joues Constraste line. True love!

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Dec 112013
 

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Reports are just coming from last night’s Chanel Les Metiers D’arts show last night in Dallas, Texas. Although I won’t be doing a full re-cap, I wanted to post a look or two, as well as to note that Chanel will be introducing a new foundation next year called Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet which was used at this event.

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Nov 142013
 

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The Collection Nuit Infinie collection brings us the Chanel Charming Ombres Matelassees eyeshadow palette ($80), a neutral-with-a-twist palette that gives a foolproof dark smokey eye. This selection includes five workhorse shades that lean toward the deeper side of the neutral palette.

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 Chanel Charming is housed in the traditional 5-pan format of the Pearl River and 51, Montaigne.

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Inside are four near-matte shades and one near-shimmer. The overall impression of this palette is matte once applied to the skin:

Shade #1 is a neutral matte beige that is the only truly light shade in the palette, and it is not very light. In  tonality, it is close to my natural skin tone although it is a touch cooler/neutral. It can be used as a matte highlight (for example in the inner corner), or to add a bit of light once the other darker shades are applied.

Shade #2 is a neutral light brown that provides a good base color for the overall lid.

Shade #3 is a complex shimmery metal cinnamon color that applies as a soft red-brown.

Shade #4 is a dark neutral matte brown.

Shade #5 is a dark mauve grey.

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 The shades are finely milled, well-formulated and look appropriate in numerous work and play situations. As I said earlier, the overall impression on the eye is much deeper than many neutral palettes. Although it looks “dupable” compared to other palettes such as Urban Decay’s Naked, the superior, more refined texture sets Chanel Charming apart. In sun:

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However, I will say that I did experience a little deja vu using this palette–it reminded me of a deeper toned version of the Guerlain 10 Rue Des Francs-Bourgeois 6 pan palette (reviewed here) ($86), a palette in Guerlain’s permanent line which has been my neutral go-to eyeshadow palette over the past few weeks. The palettes are close in price (about a $6 difference). The Guerlain palette does not have the mauve dark shade of the Chanel Charming palette, and the metallic shade in the Guerlain’s is more prominent and brighter. Here are swatch comparisons (the Guerlain on top, Chanel Charming on the bottom row):

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Another (with Guerlain 10 Rue Francs-Bourgeois on top, and Chanel Charming on the bottom.

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As you can see,  Chanel Charming is the choice for a darker, smokier look. Given my paler skin tone, I find Guerlain 10 Rue Francs-Bourgeois a better choice for an everyday, work palette.

Overall, Chanel Charming is not the ‘star product’ of the Holiday 2013 line that I was expecting with Chanel’s unparalleled creativity that we’ve seen in past seasons. However it is a well-formulated, beautiful everyday palette and genius for an easy, dressy eye for the Holiday season and beyond.

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