May 022012

For Spring 2012, Chanel released an Asia-exculsive collection, Le Blanc de Chanel (previewed here at Rouge Deluxe). Through the kindness of a fellow beauty lover, I was able to obtain the Fleur de Lotus Joues Contraste Blush (#69). My hope is that this might be picked by a U.S. source and released in this country (and elsewhere in the world).

Because of its current limited availability, this review will be short. Essentially, Fleur de Lotus can be summed up in a single word:  Spectacular. This is a finely-milled, brightening coral that adds a beautiful glow. Yes, it is the baked formula, but we’ve talked about this before. I found that the overall texture of Fleur de Lotus was sufficiently soft, a standard blush brush was fine (I found it similar to Rose Tourbillon in texture).

Here are swatch comparisons with Chanel Malice (which is more pink) and Chanel Espiegle (which is more peach):

I found that the closest that I had in my stash is MAC Hipness, swatched on the far right for comparison.

Obviously, the Joues Contraste formula sets Fleur de Lotus apart.

Maybe if we all contact our favorite department stores (do you hear me Nordstrom?? Neimans? Saks? hellooooo?), and we all do lots of good deeds for others we can all get our hands on one. I’d certainly get another. This thing’s gorgeous.

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May 022012

Every year, Chanel has been releasing an Asia-exclusive collection. For 2012, Chanel’s released a beautiful Le Blanc collection based on a brightening them previewed here at Rouge Deluxe. Last year, Nordstrom brought this collection to the U.S. during the July Anniversary sale, and I’m hoping that they do this year as well. I was able to obtain only two pieces (although I’d pick up more if I was able to find them from a U.S. department store or on

I was able to buy the Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Rivière, from Chanel’s gel-like eyeshadow line (discussed here). Rivière is a soft silvery light mint, with the lightness and touch of sparkle emblematic of the Illusion D’Ombre line.

 As a person with blue-green eyes, I was concerned that this shadow would be “too green,” however I found that the color is quite silver, cool and light. Because of the texture of this shadow, the color does not apply like a block of mint at all–instead, it’s a touch of eye-brightening silver with a faint hint of mint. I like to pair this with Emerveille, although this formula plays very well with powder eyeshadows as well. Here are swatches of  Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Rivière swatched lightly and heavily (I prefer to wear it lightly), and also a comparison with Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Epatant (the other green in the Illusion D’Ombre line):

I agree with The Nonblonde that this is “gorgeous”–her thoughts about Rivière are here. Since she posted her review, Rivière has gone out of (that was my source for this product as well).

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