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Chanel Glossimers in Liaison and Blossom

July 12, 2011

Le Blanc de Chanel includes two Glossimers (Levres Scintillantes/ Brilliant Extreme Glossimers):  Liaison (#154) and Blossom (#152).  In keeping with theme of this collection, both are very lightweight and sheer.

First, Liaison is a sheer, nearly clear, soft transparent white with tiny multi-colored sparkles. There may be women waiting for a very subtle clear gloss with Chanel’s famous glossimer texture.  If so, now is your chance. Liaison adds a dab of moisture, so that your lips look like they’ve been kissed by dew.

Liaison adds no additional color to your natural lips, except for a hint of microsparkle that gives a slight glow in the tube.  Of course, Liaison makes a lovely Glossimer to add shine when worn over a lipstick.

Liaison Glossimer on Liz brings out her natural lip color, and adds a small touch of sparkle (here, Liaison is applied directly on the lip with no base, pencil or lipstick underneath):

 Second, Blossom is a cool pink in the tube that applies quite sheerly.

The shimmer factor in Blossom is in the medium range, compared to glossimers of the past.  Close up in the tube:

Liz and I found that Blossom gave a pleasant wash of cool color and sparkle to the lips.  It would look lovely over Chanel Rouge Allure Joyeuse.  Here is Blossom applied directly on Liz’s lips (no pencil, lipstick or primer):

Whether these appeal to you depends on your preference for color.  The formula is excellent, the packaging luxurious.  If you are still undecided, look at Sabrina’s reviews at The Beauty Look Book —here for Blossom and here for Liaison.

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Chanel Pampille Glossimer: Review and Swatches

June 28, 2011

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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Chanel Braise Glossimer: Review and Swatches

June 28, 2011

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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Holiday 2010: Chanel Pleasing Glossimer

October 18, 2010

Chanel Holiday 2010 Les Tentations de Chanel features a bronze-gold theme that is exemplified by Chanel Pleasing Glossimer ($27 Levres Scintallantes #227), a warm amber bronze shade.  This is tailored for those who love warm tones on the lips.  Like the other Glossimers in this collection, Pleasing has a sparkling glimmers throughout.

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Holiday 2010: Chanel Charming Glossimer

October 17, 2010

Chanel Holiday 2010 includes Charming Glossimer ($27, Levres Scintillantes # 237), a sheer slightly milky baby pink.  This is one of the softer, sheerer glossimers that I own.  As with many other Glossimers, this one has a soft sparkle glitter suspended in the gel.

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Chanel Fall 2010: Pink Teaser Glossimer and Pink Explosion Blush

July 8, 2010

Chanel’s Fall 2010 collection includes several clear pink and peach-toned colors to compliment the smoky eyeshadows and deeply colored blushes that are in this same release.  One of the ones that caught my eye is Pink Teaser Glossimer #142 ($27)(limited edition).  Pink Explosion is the most opaque gloss from this collection and has a similar medium pink feel as Pink Explosion blush.

Chanel Glossimers have a gel-like texture that has dimension and staying power without a sticky feel.  When someone asks me for a duplicate for a Chanel Glossimer, I cannot answer them.  If you own any, you already know that they have a depth and dimension that I have not found in less expensive glosses. Glossimers have no scent or smell.

Here, Liz is wearing Chanel Lift Lumiere foundation in Ivoire (Intensity 1.0) topped with Caron translucent powder, Maybelline Colossal mascara, Prestige Total Intensity liner in Deepest Black, along with Chanel Pink Explosion blush and Pink Teaser Glossimer.

This shows Pink Explosion blush, where Liz applied this lightly to the apples of the cheek to give a glow:

Both Pink Teaser and Pink Explosion are universal colors that can be worn year-round.  Both seemed fine to wear yesterday, even in July.  Of course, these colors will look beautiful in the Fall and Winter, when paired with the deeper smoky colors of those seasons.

Karlasugar has swatched the rest of Chanel’s Fall 2010 lip collection here.

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