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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Oct 302013
 

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Chanel has recently introduced the Chanel Le Blanc Light Revealing Brightening Makeup Base SPF 30 ($55/ 1 oz.) in the pink-toned Rosée to the U.S. market.  Chanel describes that this is:

A lightweight, oil-free makeup base helps to correct uneven skin tone, smooth imperfections and extend the wear of any foundation that follows to give you a radiant complexion. Pearl protein and licorice extracts work together to counteract dullness, while pure white mineral-ceramic pigments give you a natural glow. The formula is also enriched with SPF 30 and hyaluronic acid to protect your skin. 

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 I’ve been using Chanel Le Blanc in Rosée for the past few weeks. First up, in my opinion, this is not a product for everyone.  I do believe, however, that there is a certain demographic that will absolutely adore the results, and I fit within that demographic and so I’ll provide my experiences.

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Have you ever noticed the glow that very young children seem to have? Even warm toned skins seemed to have a touch of dewy freshness. As we age, go through hormonal changes, acquire age/dark spots/scars, or even have a fading tan, our skin may seem to lean a bit darker or warmer than we are used to from our younger days. This manifests in unevenness that is hard to conceal unless one wears some spot-treatment concealers or medium to full coverage foundations. It makes cooler colors hard to wear on warmer skin tones–skin just doesn’t look bright, clear and super clean. Even so, these solutions don’t seem to have the same glow factor that’s so beautiful about younger skin. Chanel Le Blanc Rosée blurs, corrects, and helps hide uneven skin colors, and adds a fresh-faced base that mimics that youthful pink glow.

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When I use Chanel Le Blanc Rosée on my warm NC15/20 skin, it evens out the color imperfections, serves as a matte primer to extend the wear time of my foundation, acts as a sunscreen, and gives my skin a pretty, fresh, youthful, delicate, light, ethereal color cast that knocks off a few years. It’s surprisingly flattering.

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More ingredients (click to enlarge):

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Chanel Le Blanc Rosée will certainly work on cool skin tones as well, indeed pinks look lovely on cool toned individuals. Note that there is no way on this planet or any other that I would wear Chanel Le Blanc Rosée without foundation–the pink is unnatural without at least a sheer wash of color that matches my skin tone.

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In the past, I’ve used a few other Chanel bases, including the former Blanc Lumiere (in 20 Mimosa, pictured above), the Asia-exclusive Le Blanc in 30 Lys, and the U.S. UV Essentiel sunscreen (which applies sheer/clear).  Lately, I’ve been reaching for Chanel Le Blanc Rosée because I love the fresh look and longevity that it provides. It makes my skin look prettier, and isn’t that the whole point?

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Blanc Rosée has been a wonderful brightening base product for the last several weeks–definitely my favorite primer so far. It really brings a youthful, tone-evening luminosity to my skin. So far, so much love!

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