For Holiday 2009, Chanel released its annual over-the-top “creation” called Les Tissage Lames de Chanel ($60). This year, its a tweedy gold shimmery compact, with a surface that resembles the classic Chanel tweed fabric used on its iconic suit developed by Coco so many years ago. As every year, the product is packaged and sold beautifully, with a silver shimmer overspray that sparkles like diamonds. When I opened it, it was gasp-worthy.
I demand more from beauty products than to sit on a counter looking pretty. I want them to actually work well. And confronted with this product, I had to ask myself–could I use it? Could I wear it to Starbucks without looking like “The Crazy Sparkling Chanel Lady”? In other words, could it make me happy?
I rarely go anywhere draped in pearls and shimmer. I never play with mini-birdcages. But I did want to use the product several times a week to make the purchase price worth it.
So after purchasing Les Tissages online, I went to my local Chanel counter. As luck would have it, a Chanel representative was visiting that day, and gave me a lot of ideas. After a demonstration, I was convinced that I could actually use the item to pan. First, she showed me that I could use this as an eyeshadow wash for an everyday look. It leaves a sheer gold sheen that’s really pretty.
Second, she showed me that it could be used under foundation to give a subtle dewy look. Here are the steps:
1. Apply foundation
2. Apply Les Tissages on the upper cheek, over the brows (yes, over), on the chin and even on the bridge of the nose. If this is too shimmery for you, apply another layer of foundation over the highlighted areas. These areas are circled on the facechart, below. Stand back and gasp. Yes, that’s actually your dewy skin.
Third, it can be used as a beautiful, sheeny highlighter all by itself. This will give you the strongest look, but can work for daytime looks. I’ve done a swatch in the shape of an “x” below, on my arm so you can see the full color and highlight effect.
As I left, I felt that although $60 is high. However, I will use a substantial amount of the product. And, it is a beautiful and useable product once you know how. I especially like the “under foundation” trick.
For comparison, I would say that this has about the same amount of shimmer (tiny tiny glimmer bits) as a Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick, but more overall light-reflecting sheen. The silvery sparkle that you see on the surface does come off with the first use. This will mean that the shimmer bits will only be obvious for the first few uses, but the sheen goes through and through.