Jan 132010
 

Chanel’s Kaska Beige Quad is beautiful mix of beige, gold and purple.

  • The lightest highlight shade is a warm cream, it’s very subtle on lighter skintones.
  • A warm, shimmery gold-taupe
  • A nearly matte, mid-tone mauve
  • A deep, shimmery jeweled amethyst

Based on my initial review, I recommend the palette.  It’s a neutral quad, but the mauve and amethyst keep this from being dull.  I love the mix of shimmer and matte.  I usually resist buying mattes, but when I put an entire eye together I realize that they are really needed to allow the shimmery colors to really sparkle.  After all, an all-shimmery eye can give a metallic cast to the eye area that detracts.  Enjoy the pictures and let me know what you think….

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Jan 102010
 

Previously, I posted a few different comparisons to Chanel’s Spring 2010 Particuliere.  Over the past several days, I uncovered a few more taupe options.

First, Sally Hansen has recently released Commander in Chic, which is more grey and significantly thinner.  Commander took four coats compared to Particuliere’s one to two coats.   Commander in Chic is about $8, compared to $23 for Chanel’s.

Second, those who prefer a mauve wash in their taupes may prefer China Glaze’s Channelesque.

Here’s a very quick comparison swatch:

Which is your favorite?  Click to enlarge the picture…

I’d love to find a polish that is the same silvery taupe of Parisian bicycles–any suggestions?

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Dec 302009
 

There are two pencil products in Chanel’s Spring 2010 line.  First, Le Crayon Yeux Precision Eye Definer in Khaki Dore ($28), a shimmery gold-green that is similar to Chanel’s liquid eyeshadow Torrent.  I have to admit, I love the smudge tool on one end of the eyeliner.  I always miss this feature when I buy a pencil and it isn’t there.  This eyeliner is a bit too light for me to wear on my upper lid alone.  I pair this with a darker black or dark brown, and/or use it smudged underneath the lower lid.

Second, Chanel’s Le Crayon Levres Precision Lip Definer in Beige ($28), which gives a nude effect to the lips.  Chanel has needed this type of pencil for a long time.  This is the perfect base for nude or neutral lips.

Each is packed with a separate sharpener.

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Dec 292009
 

Chanel Spring 2010 includes two new single eyeshadows from the Ombre Essentialle line (Ombre à Paupières Mono Douceur).  These are the Soft Touch Eyeshadows in Sillage and Trace ($28.50 each).  Sillage, which means “vapor trail” or “wake,” is a light shimmery highlight color with rosy bronze tones, with a hint of the mauvish tones that infuse the Kaska Beige quad.  Like some of the other shimmer products in this collection, the light makes this color into a chameleon–it can change quite a bit depending on how the light hits it.

Trace is a deep shimmery mauve-brown.  There is not enough grey in the color to call it a taupe, it is truly more in the brown family.  Of course, it will pair nicely with Sillage.  If you prefer a matte color, Chanel’s single in Beige will do well.

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Dec 282009
 

Chanel’s Spring 2010 collection includes a new blush from the Joues Contraste line, called “Imprévu” ($42).  This line of blushes is one of my favorites.  They have a shimmer and color dimension that defies description.  As you can see from the pictures, this one is a combination of peach, bronze, rose and shimmer.  Imprévu is nicely pigmented, if you are very pale you will want to start out very lightly and then add if needed.

Suggestion:   Try a dab of Imprévu in the upper center of the cheeks, without moving the blush brush back toward the ear.

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