Mar 092014

Chantecaille Lip Chic01

Chantecaille’s Lip Chics ($35) have long been on my radar as a must-try. This time around, I picked up Chantecaille Amour (a pretty, wearable soft pink) and Isis (a complex mauve-brown with subtle shimmer).  These soft, moisturizing sheers offer a gorgeous colors that are easily wearable everyday.  They offer a soft, amped glow that is very flattering. They are also wonderful at moisturizing imperfections in the lips, to give a youthful appearance.

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 Chantecaille Amour is a  universally flattering medium rose. I find the wear time on this pretty good for a sheer–just under a medium time frame. They feel wonderful.

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Chantecaille Amour on Liz:

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Chantecaille Isis might be an unusual choice, but I love mauve nudes. I had read that this color was similar to MAC’s Huggable in Rich Marron, which is a color that I backed up and use several days a week.

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In my opinion, the sheerness and glow of Isis, together with the dash of red, keep the color from being too 1990’s. It looks quite polished with a nude-themed makeup look.

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Chantecaille Isis on Liz:

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Here are comparison swatches with some other pretty sheer, neutrals. On the left is Chanel Rouge Allure Troublant. I’ve also compared MAC Rich Marron Huggable with Isis. As you can see, Isis is more complex. However, they are quite close in color. Overall, Chantecaille feels even more cushiony, moisturizing, and lasts a bit longer. I’ve also swatched Chanel Rouge Coco in Avant Garde.

Chantecaille Lip Chic comparison

My small experiment into the Chantecaille Lip Chic line is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. I find these “swipe and go” lipsticks very flattering in both their color and formula.

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Feb 212011

I had several requests to swatch compare the Chantecaille Sea Turtle palette (reviewed here) with Chanel Regard Perle (reviewed here).  To do this, I removed all of the gold overspray from my Chantecaille palette so that you would see the colors in their purest form.

As you can see, the palettes are in the same feeling but hardly duplicates.  Here are differences:

  • Chanel Regard Perle has about half the product amount–Chanel has .24 ounces ($56) versus Chantecaille with .42 ounces ($79).
  • Chanel’s highlight color is more of a true white;  Chantecaille’s is a beige-gold
  • Chanel’s brown has a lot of gold-peach, while Chantecaille’s is a softer gold-brown
  • Chanel’s peach has more pink.  Chantecaille’s is more gold-peach with a touch of pink, and is large enough to use as a blush.  You’d burn up a lot of product to use Chanel’s peach as a blush.
  • The greens are close.  Chanel’s deep green is slightly more intense;  Chantecaille’s is only subtly different with a slight hint of silver.

As a reminder, these swatches were taken with all of the Chantecaille’s gold overlay off.  As you can see, all the colors remain quite shimmery even without any gold mixed in.  One more, with Chantecaille on top:

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Feb 152011

When I first saw the promotional pictures of Chantecaille’s Sea Turtle Palette ($79) I was impressed with its perfection.  The promotional picture (above) is a work of art.  I ordered it the day it became available.

The palette exterior is gorgeous glossy perfection–it’s a very large 3 1/2 inch by 3 1/2 inch luxurious flat mirrored piece.  Really, it’s a gorgeous thing–heavy, but not too heavy.  It’s slim and elegant.  It has a presence. It’s designed to with “the finest pearl and pigment particles to create a natural, satin, sheer veil on the skin with a glowing effect.”  5% of proceeds will help WIDECAST ensure the survival of sea turtles.

When I opened the palette, I felt as if I’d ordered a gorgeous dessert that arrives with a bite already missing.  The palette is packed with a paper overlay that destroys the overlay color you see in the promotional picture, above.  The end results are very patchy little turtles that look shop-worn and sad.

Back of the paper overlay with gold residue

I understand from reading the message boards that other palettes are being shipped in this same state.  I don’t want to sound unappreciative, but this palette’s beauty is the elegant coloring effect.  There was fair amount of powder around each pan too.  Some of the pans had smudged green, even when it didn’t belong there. This is not an inexpensive palette, nor is overspray a new technology.

Mirror residue

On a brighter note, the pans are huge.  The palette states that it contains .42 ounces, so each pan holds quite a bit more than the average MAC eye shadow–this one, Fountainbleu, is marked at .05 ounces.

The other good news is that the destruction of the turtle shapes allowed me to dig into the color without any worry about spoiling it (that was already done).

All of these four cl0se-up are out-of-the-box, before I started swatching.

The colors include a beautiful light sandy base shade.  This is my new favorite lid-wash.  It’s gorgeous.

Next is a luminous brown for a liner or crease color:

A multi-dimensional sea green with black reflects:

Finally, a lovely coral-gold-pink blush with a delicate, luminous shimmer (this poor little guy lost a lot of his color and his little foot is contaminated with the green):

The colors are buttery soft and so luminous.  I really want more of the Chantecaille line based on my experience so far with these shadows.  Their blendability is amazing, and they go onto the lid like a dream.


Overall, gorgeous quality once you get past the questionable presentation.  Chantecaille should do something to fix this.  I considered sending it back, but my guess is that a replacement will be the same.

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