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:

Particulaire 1

Chanel Particuliere

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Chanel Spring 2010: Lip Pencil Beige and Eye Pencil Khaki Dore

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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.

Chanel Spring 2010 Pencils

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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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Chanel Spring 2010: Imprévu Joues Contraste Blush

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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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Chanel Spring 2010: Particuliere Nail Polish

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Dec 232009
 

Look, more places to wear taupe–your nails!  Chanel’s Spring 2010 offering, Particuliere ($23), is not the first to make a beautiful taupe nail polish.  It gives you a rich, taupe cream in one coat.  In the picture below, Particuliere is applied with two coats just to make sure, but it wasn’t really needed.

Here’s a comparison to some other popular taupes on the market:

  • OPI for Sephora Metro Chic (thumb, in picture below):  A touch of mauve sets this taupe cream apart.  Note, however, that Metro Chic requires at least three coats to give you an opaque color.  Dear OPI:  Please add pigment.  I’m juggling some things here and don’t have time.
  • OPI You Don’t Know Jacques (middle finger):  A deeper brown.  Must have two coats with this one, if not three.
  • Orly Country Club Khaki (ring finger, two coats):  A light colored taupe, which is lovely for summer.
  • Zoya Pasha (pinky, two coats but only one is needed):  A shimmery light taupe.

These are applied over CND Stickey base coat, covered with Poshe top coat.

EDIT UPDATE:  More comparison pictures are here.

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Dec 212009
 

It may be difficult to imagine, during this week of snow and cloud cover, the warm spring days that lie ahead–when we’ll be wearing both bronzer and sunscreen and may want to add some glow to the face.  As always, the beauty industry runs a season ahead and I can imagine that Chanel had these days in mind when it designed the Emprient de Chanel (Chanel Imprint) Poudre Eclat Illuminating Powder (Radiant Glow Highlighting Powder) ($65).

As the name implies, the surface has an imprint of the iconic Chanel logo in gold, surrounded by a multicolored circles which are packed with shimmer.  Aside from a light surface overspray, which quickly wears away, the bulk of the product applies as a warm, peachy-gold shimmer.  Despite the name, the product does deposit some visible color to the cheek.  For all but the palest skin tones, this amount of color will not be sufficient to substitute as a blush.

There is a small brush included, about half of the size of Chanel’s typical powder brushes that come with bronzers or the like.  It is sufficient for travel, and was probably included to assist with precise placement.  You may prefer to use a larger brush, depending on the area you wish to cover.

Below, I’ve swatched this next to Chanel’s Les Tissages Lames de Chanel highlighter released for this holiday (two slightly different swatches).  Here are some differences that were apparent to me:

  • The Empriente de Chanel’s large double CC’s give the impression that the palette is primarily gold, however the background textured area is a warm golden peach with a barest hint of pink
  • The Empriente de Chanel is not as gold as Les Tissages
  • Les Tissages has more — and slightly larger– glitter bits, where the Empriente de Chanel has a multidimensional smooth sheen

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Chanel Spring 2010: Ombre D’Eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow in Torrent

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Dec 202009
 

I’ve been a fan of Chanel’s Ombre D’Eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadows for years, but it took me several days after purchasing my first before I really understood them.  Let me save  you some time.  Have you ever seen an actress who looks like she’s not wearing any makeup, and yet her eyelids seem to have an ephemeral glow?  That’s the effect that an Ombre D’Eau can have when applied very sheerly.  There are various luminous tones, including sandy shimmery beiges, soft orange and a multi-dimension taupe.

Torrent, Chanel’s Ombre D’Eau released for Spring 2010, is unusually pigmented compared to the others in the line (there’s a deep cranberry that is comparable).  As you can see from the swatch, it’s a remarkably deep and shimmery golden khaki green.  Hopefully my picture can capture some of its qualities.

The packaging is genius.  It’s a small vial (these pack well, but count as liquids for travel).  The cap snaps cleanly into place, and doesn’t shake loose over time.  There is a doe foot applicator inside.

  • First:  Shake the product well, because the pigment tends to settle at the bottom of the vial overnight.  There are tiny balls inside that help stir up the product.
  • Second, do one swipe of the doe foot applicator over the entire lid.  Do not use a primer first. You don’t need one, and a primer can make the application patchy.
  • Third, even out the application (if you need to) with your finger.
  • Fourth, add another layer (or more) if you want more color than the first layer gave you.

Once the product dries, you can add other eyeshadow colors –including powder eyeshadows that you already have in your stash.  I usually wear them solo.  They are sort of perfect on their own, they don’t need a lot of fussing to look glowy and amazing.

Can you tell I love this?  Click on the second picture, the swatch below to see the iridescence of this beautiful shadow.  Also, keep in mind that because of the water base, this can be very very easily sheered.

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