Chanel Rouge Coco Etole: Review and Swatches

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Jun 292011

Chanel Rouge Coco Étole ($32 #80) is a medium warm red with a strong hint of copper and a touch of plum. This shade fits well thematically with the other items in Chanel’s Illusion D’Ombre collection and very vaguely reminded me of the soft red used on the runway (in the soon-to-be released Rouge Allure Velvet collection later this year) (yes, I know the colors aren’t the same, but there’s a plum-red tone that I think is consistent).

You can see the deep tones evoked by Rouge Coco Étole will coordinate nicely with the Chanel Glossimer in Braise (reviewed here) and the lip pencil in Rose Cuivre (reviewed with Etole here at The Beauty Look Book, soon to be reviewed here).

In the deep toned Rouge Coco family, I present comparisons with Chanel Rouge Coco in Vendome, Rouge Coco in Rivoli (reviewed here) and Rouge Coco in Baroque (reviewed here).

Here is a lip swatch on Liz (no liner, applied directly on lips):

This is a pretty, medium toned color that is going to look lovely when the fall weather arrives. Do we love, or do we love it not?   I love the little glow that this formula gives.  I think that the light, reflective texture of this lipstick pushes this somewhat safe and classic color into a youthful interpretation.  Medium rose tones can work on lips of all ages.

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Jun 292011

Chanel Rouge Coco Plumentis ($32 #79) is a soft nude with tones of pink, peach and a hint of mauve that reminds me of the U.S. version of Joues Contraste Orchid Rose blush (reviewed here).   It’s a soft, neutral color that will work with a wide variety of skin tones in a beautiful, moisturizing formula.

Don’t let its quiet neutral color fool you.  Plumentis is one of those lovely colors that you can keep in your purse and wear almost any time.  Although not dramatic, this type of color is invaluable for adding just a touch of natural polish to your look.

Here are some comparisons with some other neutrals in my collection.  First, Chanel Rouge Allure in Mythic, the timeless nude.  Next is Chanel Plumentis.  On the right are Chanel Rouge Coco in the more brown Patchouli (reviewed here) and the deeper toned Stunning (reviewed here).

On lips (no liner):

One more that shows how easily this fits into almost any makeup wardrobe:

Bottom line:  Yes, yes, a thousand times yes.


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Jun 282011

Chanel Glossimer in Pampille ($28.50 #156) (Levres Scintillantes Pampille) is a sheer soft, softly glimmered pink.  The word “pampille” translates to “tassel,” which brings to mind a little flourish or extra.  If you are in need of a Glossimer, Pampille is this season’s contribution to a legendary line of nicely textured, easy to wear lip glosses that make lips look fabulous.  Liz is now the pleased owner of Pampille–she loves Glossimers and this is well inside anyone’s comfort zone of colors.  I have no doubt that she’ll use it up in a few months.  Enjoy the gloss, Liz!

You can see that Pampille fits well within the color theme of the Illusion D’Ombre collection–here, pictured with Coralline lip pencil and Rouge Coco Plumentis.  You can see that the colors and tones will work well together.

Here are some swatches of the sheer Chanel Pampille with comparable Chanel Glossimer colors–Chanel Paillettes, Chanel Seashell and Chanel Star:

As you can see, Pampille is on the sheer side of the glossimer range.  Here is Pampille on Liz (no lip liner or lipstick–applied directly on lips):

Pampille is another pleasant addition to Chanel’s glossimer family.  It’s not an earth-shattering shade, but given that there is plenty of drama elsewhere in the Illusion D’Ombre release that may be all to the good.


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Jun 282011

Chanel Glossimer in Braise ($28.50 #158) (Levres Scintillantes Braise) is a color enigma.  The word “braise” translates to “ember,” evoking a glowing orange-red tone if read literally.  In the tube, Braise appears to have a warm burgundy glow-I was expecting this color to display a deep browned burgundy tone.

I expected it to be a glossimer twin of Chanel Rouge Coco Etole, also released in this collection.  Well, Chanel’s Illusion D’Ombre collection surprised me (once again!)  Instead, I found Braise to very complicated and shifting, depending on how it is worn.

I found that Braise swatched on the gold-orange end of the ember scale.  In my mind, Braise had a strawberry jam or even plum feeling.  However, compared to Chanel Glossimer in Nakkar (reviewed here), Braise is a far warmer tone.

Chanel Braise does not have the strawberry red feel of Nakkar, nor the plum tones of Chanel Ironic Tonic.  It is far warmer than the deep Chanel Fatale (reviewed here).  Instead, Chanel Braise swatches as an ember (umber?) toned brown-red-orange.  You can see that Sabrina at The Beauty Look Book has a picture of Braise with a very warm-gold red feel.

Another surprise–on lips, Chanel Braise showed more red than I expected from my arm swatch.  On Liz, you can see it has an ember-orange-red tone with a dash of copper/brown.  Because of its sheerness, please expect that the color will vary on you depending on the underlying color tone of your lip.

Overall, I find Chanel Braise to be an enigma–like a glowing ember, the color tone is complex and varying.  The words “your mileage may vary” do not do this color justice–your mileage WILL vary! I’m a fan of deeper glosses and have warm tones in my skin that will make the most of Chanel Braise. Overall, an intriguing and unique mix of tones that I’m sure that I’ll enjoy.

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Jun 282011

After playing with the new Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Eyeshadows, I now have some thoughts to share.

Wear time: I experienced very good wear time.  My personal assessment is that these last as well as a powder eyeshadow on my lids, or better.  I have normal skin on the lids–not particularly oily, not dry.  I advise trying one color to judge your individual wear time–products can perform differently on different people.

How to Apply: Liz and I both agreed that dabbing these on with fingers worked best for us.  For use as a liner, we used the brush that was included with the shadow.  The thin edge did a nice job laying down the product in a precise line.

Incorporating the Look: I advise keeping the rest of your look matte, especially to start.  It is no surprise to me that Peter Philips paired these with Rouge Allure Velvet matte lipsticks on the runway.  These shadows can add a lot of glow.  To keep the emphasis on the eyes, and to avoid looking too shimmery, I powdered down my foundation.  I avoided high-shine lipgloss and added no highlighter on cheeks.

We’ve tried simple looks so far.  Here’s a close-up of Liz with a simple wash of Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Ebloui (reviewed here) touched with Mirifique (reviewed here) under the eyes as a liner:

Although these shadows can be very dramatic, I found that this simple dark wash would be fine for the office.

We also played with layering.  Here’s Liz with Chanel Fantasme (reviewed here) over Ebloui for a high-glitter look:

We both found the formula fool-proof.  After playing with the combinations on the backs of our hands for a few minutes, we found them very easy to use.

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Jun 262011

Chanel Le Vernis in Graphite ($25 #529) is a rich metallic gray with a slight hint of gold.  This warmth seems to give a slight hint of green in warm light.  There is a rich metal/glass sparkle effect that gives Graphite depth and life.

The formula is the familiar excellent, smooth and fast-drying metallic formula that I’ve come to know and love from Chanel.  Graphite is opaque in two coats, but this is three:


This color is strong, edgy and dramatic.  A lovely choice for fall, although perhaps a bit strong for summer.  You can see how there is a very subtle hint of metallic green that appears in the strong warm sunlight.


This is the sort of little trick of light from Chanel, executed with mastery.  Graphite lives up to the name “Illusion D’Ombre.”  Bravo, Peter Philips!

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Jun 262011

Chanel Le Vernis in Quartz ($25 #525) is a  soft mink brown with a touch of champagne.  This is one of those extremely easy colors to wear on days when you have no idea what to wear.  The slight silver sparkle gives this warm color a cool, neutral edge.  At the same time, there is a soft gold color that works well with warm toned skin.  The delicate frost gives it dimension galore.  This is a very rich, light everyday color that can hold its own with business formal clothing.

The above photograph, taken in sun, shows there is a subtle multi-dimensional sparkle that  is can never be mistaken for glitter.  It’s the soft, fairy-like sparkle that is reminiscent of a subtle glass fleck.

In shade, the color goes to a soft cashmere tone:

One more in sun:

Bottom line:  So pretty–so Chanel.

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Jun 262011

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Color in Peridot ($25 #531) has the life of the jewel after which it named.  A release for Fall 2011, this color is designed to add an intense flash of shifting color to your deep-toned winter wardrobe.  As a lover of deep, matte wools as the weather cools, I know that Peridot will be a beautiful addition to the dark colors that I wear during that season.

The color is a chameleon, changing as the light plays across the surface of the nail.  There is a strong clear metallic peridot-green-gold effect, plus the slightest blue duochrome that mixes with a metallic sparkle.  In sun:

The color is opaque in two coats–this is three in the pictures.   Each layer dries in about 2-3 minutes.  In shade:

One last:

The color is dramatic and unusual. It’s going to look epic if you love to wear black.  For me, this is spectacular. If you love it, you’ll need a backup.

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Jun 242011

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Long Wearing Luminous Eyeshadow in Illusoire ($36 # 83) has the potential to be my favorite color of all of those released.  This is a smokey mauve shade that looks absolutely gorgeous when applied, due to its very subtle reflective shimmer and the overall play of the shade with light.  As with the others in the line (overview here), Illusoire has a gel-mousse texture that sits lightly on the lids.

I live for this type of neutral-with-an-edge color.  Unfortunately, I haven’t had much time to test out this beauty.  Except for a few swipes in my crease, which worked well over Epatant, I’ve yet to dig too deeply into this gorgeous color.

Nonetheless, I know that if I were waiting for more information about these shadows, I’d be wanting to see things as soon as possible. In that spirit, I’m hitting publish so you’ll have as much information as I do as soon as I can send it.  Here are some comparisons, with Illusoire swatched lightly, then heavily.  I’ve also shown that Illusoire has a deeper grey base that Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Fauve (due in the U.S. in August/September).  Illusoire has more dimension and sparkle than Chanel Ombre Essentielle in Taupe Grise, still one of my favorite deep mauve-taupe colors.  I’ve also compared this with the mauve side of the Nars Habenera duo, as well as the lighter mauve-lavendar of Nars Nouveau Monde.

More swatches, which really shows how beautifully Illusoire catches the light:

And one final:

I’m promising to update you on wear time.  For now, this looks like it has real potential as a color.

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Jun 242011

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Long Wearing Luminous Eyeshadow in Emerveille ($36 # 82) is one of those can’t miss eyeshadow washes for warm-toned women who would like to use the shadow as a light wash or an inner corner lightener.  Having used up two pans of Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Abricot, which has a similar gold-peach color, it would have been impossible for me to miss getting Emerveille.  This is the crowd-pleasing color for those with a touch of gold in their skin tone.

Like the other eyeshadows in the Illusion D’Ombre series (overview here), Emerveille has a light gel-mousse texture that can be worn either sheerly or layered for more opacity.

Emerveille (meaning “marvel” or “wonder” in French) will look very sexy with Mirifique smudged as a liner.  I love a good black smudgy liner and gold-peach wash, don’t you?  Many will want to add a deeper shade to the outer corner or crease.  Illusoire or Epatant can be used quite nicely, or even a medium to deep brown powder eyeshadow should work well.

Here are some swatches and comparisons with Emerveille and other light glowy cream eyeshadows in my collection–here, MAC Rubenesque, MAC Vintage Selection and MAC Chilled on Ice.

Same eyeshadows, different lighting:

Last night I slept in Emerveille and woke up to find product still there–I’ll do an all-day test and update.

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