Jul 022011
 

Liz did a quick makeup look with some of the Chanel Fall 2011 items:

  • Chanel Illusion D’Ombre eyeshadow in Mirifique as a liner (reviewed here)
  • Chanel Illusion D’Ombre eyeshadow in Emerveille as an all-over lid wash (reviewed here)
  • Chanel Illusion D’Ombre eyeshadow in Illusoire in the outer portion of the lid and into the crease (reviewed here)
  • Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara
  • Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Rose Ecrin (review forthcoming)
  • Chanel Glossimer in Braise (reviewed here)
  • Caron Translucent Powder (reviewed here)

How are you wearing Chanel’s Fall items?

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Jul 022011
 

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Rose Ecrin ($42 #68) is a medium rose-pink shade in this beautifully textured formula. Thankfully, this blush is in the soft powder U.S. formula, that has the familiar texture that seems to melt into the skin.

Rose Ecrin is a proper, “tea with the Queen” pink that always looks appropriate.  The blush seems to apply in a slightly deeper tone than it appears in the pan.  Despite the slight glow that you see in the picture above, Rose Ecrin applies as a near-matte on my skin.  It’s a very pretty, subtle blush that you will find yourself reaching for again and again, due to its versatility.

Another swatch:

As you can see, Rose Ecrin swatches neutral to very slightly warm.  For comparison, you can see that it is not as warm as the peachier In Love (reviewed here), nor as cool as Narcisse (limited edition and no longer available/ reviewed here).  Here is a picture of Liz wearing Rose Ecrin directly over foundation (no bronzer):

 

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Jul 012011
 

Chanel Fall 2011 features two Rouge Double Intensite Ultra Wear Lip Colour — Rose Quartz (#04) and Rose Morganite (#30) ($34 each).  Technically, Rose Quartz has been part of the Chanel line for quite some time, and Rose Morganite is newly introduced with the Illusion D’Ombre collection.

The Chanel Rouge Double Intensite glosses are dual-ended–one with an intense color, and the other with a clear gloss.  It is intended to be a long-wearing formula, and all of the shades that I’ve experienced are quite opaque.

The first layer goes on very opaque with one layer.  In about a minute, the color dries down to a matte look.  At this point, depending on your individuality and climate, your lips can look a bit dry but with full color.  Although you could wear the color as a matte opaque, I absolutely add the gloss to add life and shine.  This avoids the ‘too dry’ look.  My personal experience is that the gloss also contributes to the wear time.

There is a scent to this gloss that reminds me of a soft, luxurious vanilla-coconut.  I find it comforting.

Rose Morganite is the type of color I love-it’s an intense, deep and flattering plum-rose.  It gives a quiet emphasis.  On Liz:

Rose Quartz is the lighter one.  This has been part of my beauty stash for some time.  It’s a very flattering pink:

On Liz, you can the color is opaque and the color is a soft light-to-medium pink:

These certainly last longer than a typical gloss on me.  I’ve read reports that they last through an entire meal on some.

My experience is that these do last much longer than any gloss or a sheer lipstick–I’ll get a few hours of wear from them.  Today, I actually scrubbed Rose Morganite with Lush’s Ocean Salt and it didn’t remove the color (an oil cleanser did).  True story.  I get hours of wear even though I’m usually sipping water throughout. I didn’t expect to love these–using two products seems a little fussy–but I do.  If you want long-lasting, flattering color these are well worth a look.

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Jul 012011
 

Chanel Khaki Platine Eyeliner ($29 #70) (Le Crayon Yeux Crayon Contour des Yeux Precision) (Precision Eye Definer) is absolutely beautiful.  A nice accompaniment to the other shimmery green-grays in the Chanel Illusion D’Ombre collection, Khaki Platine adds a beautiful mix of shimmery silver-gold with a soft khaki green to touch on your eyes.

Khaki Platine is the eyeliner twin to Illusion D’Ombre Epatant (reviewed here) and they would be lovely paired together. Because I tend to wear blacks and browns on my top lashline, I plan to use Khaki Platine as a soft touch of color on my lower lashline most of the time.  As is Chanel’s custom, the liner comes packed with a convenient sharpener.

Here is a comparison between Khaki Platine and Chanel Rose Platine (reviewed here) and Khaki Dore (reviewed here):

One more swatch of Khaki Platine:

Bottom line-- This is one beautiful liner.  It will add a luminous soft touch of color.  Love.

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Jun 302011
 

Chanel Quadra Eye Shadow in Prelude ($57 #33) (Les 4 Ombres/Ombres a Paupiers Quator) is a neutral eyeshadow-lover’s dream.  The colors are gorgeous for any time of the year.  Unlike most of Chanel’s neutral palettes, Prelude has a cool edge.  In fact, you can see in the upper left corner a tiny touch of teal sparkle in the soft putty-taupe shade.  Who would have thought to add a this touch?

As all Chanel eyeshadow palettes, Prelude comes in the luxurious, familiar palette that will fit within your existing collection.  Here is a picture in softer indoor light, where you can see that the sparkle softly recedes:

Four gorgeous colors:

  • A light softly shimmering beige highlight (upper right)
  • A putty-taupe with teal sparkle (upper left)
  • A very soft tan with subtle microsparkle that is mostly white but with multicolored reflects
  • A deep brown infused with a plum tone–the deep plum seems far less apparent when worn

Close up in direct sun:

I did some comparison swatches, but all of my other Chanel palettes seem quite warm by comparison, well except for Stupendous which has a more silver/plum tone.  For example, here is Prelude next to Chanel Dunes and Chanel Shimmering Dunes:

If you love cooler neutrals, you have found your perfect palette.  Also, Prelude seems like a promising palette to mix with some of the Illusion D’Ombre eyeshadows, including Epatant, Ebloui and Illusoire. So mix it up a little! More swatches, applying Prelude dry:

Applied wet:

Applied very quickly on Liz’s eye.  We didn’t have time for mascara or liner, we were running out of time and so we thought one picture that shows the texture applied to the lid would be of assistance:

Overall:  Chanel Prelude is highly recommended.  Especially if you are cool-toned, you need it. So many neutral, high quality palettes lean warm.

I understand that Prelude is joining Chanel’s permanent collection, thankfully.

 

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