Barely recovering from a lovely flight and jet lag, I headed out to the stores today in Paris to update you on the latest and greatest from Chanel. As you know, Chanel releases different products, and sometimes at different times, in different regions. Sometimes looking at releases in France can give us a picture of what’s ahead.
Along the way, I stopped in a bakery and found a pastry called “Rouge Coco,” which is a very pretty, somewhat heavy, complicated confection. It’s bigger than a doorknob, tastes like coconut and berry and is going to take two days to get through.
On the Chanel front, here’s what I found so far:
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks First up, you will remember that Chanel pre-released one shade (Boy) of the Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks in the U.S. (reviewed here and here). In France, all of the colors are released. They all appear to have that marvelous, balm-like moisturizing texture. Second, these colors are sheer. Although a few have a bit more color than Boy, none reach the full pigmentation of the Rouge Coco lipsticks. Many are sheerer than some of the Chanel Glossimer line. If you are interested in a full-color lipstick with a balmy, moisturizing feel, go for the re-released Dior Addict line (reviewed here and here). Third (and most importantly), I find myself absolutely loving the Chanel Rouge Coco Shines.
Here’s my prediction–most of you will gravitate toward 2-3 colors in the line, and use them up. For myself, my first round is going to be Bel Ami (reviewed here), Chance (a clear, slightly cool pink) and Monte Carlo (a soft red-coral). Then I’ll re-buy a few more. The combination of the irresistibly luxurious balm-feel, the soft well-chosen colors and the compact size will always keep me coming back for more. Plus, the formula does not last for hours, and my sense is that each tube will go quickly. Most importantly, they look really, really good on the lips. I just love the look of freshly-moisturized lips with a wash of color, and this formula delivers exactly that.
So, today I stopped by one of the many Parisian Sephora locations for Chanel (cause that’s how Sephora rolls over here). From the display, I picked up Bel Ami, which looks very dark and mauve in the tube.
This looks quite dark, yes? In fact, this is a very sheer, shiny color that looks like I’ve been drinking red wine when applied. It virtually erases all of my lip lines and adds a soft glow. Here is Chanel Bel Ami swatched next to another dark berry, Nars Velvet Gloss Pencil in Club Mix. As you can see, Nars Club Mix is far darker and more pigmented than Chanel Bel Ami.
By the way, my Sephora bag included this little white Euro Beauty Insider card–how cute is this?
Second, there is a small release here that I haven’t seen in the U.S., which I didn’t purchase (at least, yet). This one is focused on eyes, built around a new mascara called Sublime de Chanel, designed for lengthening and curling. The wand of Sublime de Chanel has several combs:
The collection has a new mascara base (Beaute des Cils), two liners (Marine and Expresso) and four new shades of a brow pencil (Crayon Sourcils).
There are a few additional color products for eyes. First, two new Ombres Essential single eyeshadows: Fauve and Twilight. Although Fauve looks taupe in the pan, it swatches very deep purple with a touch of grey. The pan has visible sparkles, but these seem to minimize when applied. Twilight swatches as a cool pink with silver sparkles. (The other colors you see in this picture, Magic Night and Ivory, are available in Chanel’s permanent line.
Finally, there is an eyeshadow quad called Lagons that features a series of blues. One of the colors is a very unique periwinkle, and the others are quite pretty. This is only in the European baked formula, which seems rather hard-textured compared to the U.S. line. Lagons seemed typical of this line, although I only finger-swatched it, the pigment did not give up easily.
Third, I made a quick stop into the Collette-Chanel pop-up boutique (photos here at Stylebubble). The shop was accessible and fun, with cupcakes and a DJ. It’s set like a stage for anyone looking for that once-in-a-lifetime unique purchase. Visiting artists customize your Chanel handbag purchase, Mademoiselle dolls wearing pearls are for sale (1200 euros each), and the fashion is very unique and fun.
I looked around for a unique beauty or nail polish item, but found nothing specially released for this pop-up event.
Because I’m traveling, I can’t promise reviews or swatches of everything I mention, or traditional everyday posting. I’ve brought some photo’s that I took before I left, so you’ll see traditional reviews pop up in the meantime.