Oct 182010
 

What is that expression about “saving the best for last”? Chanel Holiday 2010 collection features a mix of warm coppers and bright pinks.  Generally, I feel as though many of the items are intended to be gift-able crowd pleasers, and there is not necessarily anything wrong with that.  I must say that the modern edge is what I loved about Chanel’s Soho Collection;  for me, Soho was about color innovation, creativity, excellent editing and wearability. By contrast, in large measure Chanel’s Holiday 2010 collection was a pleasant collection, although I was left with a vague sense that I had seen close variants of many of these pieces before.

My favorites from the collection were the Rouge Coco lipsticks in Magnolia and Patchouli, and the Chanel Ombre D’eau eyeshadow in Splash ($32/ # 757).  I’ve reviewed many of the Ombre D’eau liquid eyeshadows before, and explained the theory and application tips for these eyeshadows here.  In my opinion, Splash is a complex, beautiful taupe that is the must-have from this collection.

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Oct 182010
 

The two Rouge Coco lipsticks from Chanel Holiday 2010 were some of the best of the collection, in my view.  Chanel Rouge Coco Patchouli ($30 / #107) is a soft, glowy bronzy-brown color that is a beautiful near-neutral color.

I must admit that as we began this century, the notion of wearing any color resembling ’90’s brown on my lips was not very appealing.  The wonderful thing about Chanel Patchouli is that the color has enough copper-gold metal glow to set it apart from the dark, heavy shades that now look so dated.  As a person with pale, warm skin, Patchouli is one of the few shades in this category that I can comfortably wear.  Here is Patchouli swatched next to Pleasing Glossimer, which would make a wonderful pairing:

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Oct 182010
 
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Chanel Holiday 2010 includes Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick in Magnolia ($30 / #117) a limited edition, beautiful light-to-medium classic pink.  This is one of my favorite items from the collection, and apparently I am not alone.  It is already sold out on Chanel.com.  Hopefully other large department stores will maintain it in stock for another few weeks.

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Oct 182010
 

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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Oct 172010
 

Like Fuchsia Tweed Blush and Pulsion Nail Polish, Chanel’s Pink Pulsion Glossimer ($27, Levre Scintillantes #247) has a cool pink cast.  There is a generous sprinkle of glitter sprinkled through Pink Pulsion to add soft holiday sparkle to the lips.

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Oct 172010
 

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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Oct 172010
 

Chanel Holiday 2010 includes Les Tissages de Chanel in Tweed Fuchsia ($45/ Blush Duo Tweed Effect).   Consistent with the other Tweed Effect blushes in the line, Tweed Fuchsia has a pattern on top that resembles the fabric used the iconic Chanel suit.  An updated version of this fabric from Spring/Summer 2011 is below:

Chanel Tweed Fuchsia blush’s pattern echoes this fabric pattern, sprinkled with a gold overspray:

A close-up of the blush with the overspray:

Here is the blush after several brush swipes.  As you can see, the two-toned color underneath shows more clearly and the sparkle is far more sparse.  The slight gold sparkle that you see in the below picture appears to go all the way down the pan, as it’s still apparent on my Tweed Fuchia that  I’ve used at least five times:

Tweed Fucshia applies as a marvelous deep cool pink.  The look is very fresh, although not particularly multi-dimensional.  The gold seems to mostly brush away on application.  If you are looking for glow, add a separate highlighter over this blush; unlike Chanel’s Joues Contraste blushes, this blush does not have the glow built in.  The powder is extremely finely milled, delivering a gorgeous deep wash of color.  It reminds me of a good Shu Uemura blush–a beautiful wash of pigmented color that does not leave any “powdery” look.

From these comparisons, you can see that Tweed Fuchsia is brighter and cooler than the Fall 2010 Pink Explosion, although not as pink and bright as the former Turbulent.  Also, you can see that Tweed Fuchsia maintains a touch of sparkle, although these are easily brushed off when they appear on the cheek:

Here is Liz wearing Chanel Tweed Fuchsia blush over Chanel Lift Foundation in Ivoire topped with Caron finishing powder in Translucent.  She’s wearing Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick in Magnolia, Guerlain Le 2 Volume Mascara.  She’s also wearing Shiseido Hydro-Powder cream eyeshadow in Whitelights, and a touch of Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Opal on her upper lid, with the black Prestige Total Intensity liner.

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