Jan 152013

Chanel L'eclatante

The minute that I saw the promotional image for Chanel Spring 2013, I wanted to investigate the strong pink lip color. I emailed Chanel, who responded that the following makeup was used:


– Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder (reviewed here)
– Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Frivole (reviewed here)


– Chanel Raffinement Eyeshadow Quad (reviewed here)
– Chanel Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Santal (reviewed here)
– Chanel Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Béryl (reviewed here)


– Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Colour in L’Éclatante
– Chanel Precision Lip Definer in Rubellite


– Le Vernis Nail Colour in Emprise

I found the lipstick in the promotional image–Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet L’Eclatante ($34), a striking deep pink.

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I was concerned that I would not be able to carry off a color this bright and saturated. My fears were unfounded. Chanel understands. This is a believable, deeply gorgeous and luxurious pink.Chanel L'Eclatante1

The formula is genius–it applies as a soft near-matter but there is a very slight sheen. There is no sparkle. It feels rich and moisturizing when I apply. Although nothing lasts on me, this formula gives me up to two hours (that’s unusual for me, because I sip water frequently) with some eventual fading.

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The color is saturating and brightening. Here is Chanel L’Eclatante on Liz (no lipliner or base):

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Here is Liz wearing Chanel L’Eclatante. She’s wearing Chanel Vitalumiere foundation (Claire 20). She’s also wearing Tom Ford Bronzer in Gold Dust (discussed here).

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Here are some comparison swatches of Chanel L’Eclatante with some other pinks:  Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense in Secrete and Seduisante (reviews coming soon), and Chanel Rouge Allure Imagination. I’ve also swatched Chanel Rouge Coco in Chanel Magnolia. As you can see, she kept the rest of the makeup very simple, refraining from adding strong color elsewhere and keeping the rest of her face as a neutral, glowing canvas (Liz is wearing Chanel Hydra Beauty Gel Creme moisturizer under her foundation).

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For more comparisons with other vibrant Chanel pinks, see this comparison post here on Cafe Makeup. As you can see, Chanel L’Eclante is an amazing color for Spring 2013. It’s a high end, sophisticated take on the “color is back” trend. I’ve worn it out for day and for dinner, and absolutely love it.

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