Jan 272013
 

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Here are a few images of Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder ($80/ .42 oz). My beautiful friends, this is what Cafe Makeup refers to as a Chanel Emergency. Because I have a feeling that this product is about to go onto Chanel.com for only a very little while, I thought I would post these now, rather than wait until sell out to do a full review. I purchased mine from the Chanel Boutique in San Francisco, although I understand that Chanel Studios (Nordstrom Seattle and elsewhere) will stock as well. I do not know (but I doubt) that these will be sold at department store counters.

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 I am currently mustering the courage to try this. The Best Things in Beauty, who is braver than I, has swatches here.

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Chanel Mouche de Chanel comes in an elasticized velveteen pouch housing a sponge applicator and a standard size square Chanel compact.

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The illuminating powder is a reproduction of the decor at the Château de Versailles. To my mind, it evokes the Hall of Mirrors or perhaps a ceiling architectural detail. The pan has the image of a bee, the symbol for French royalty.

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Close up of the pan which show that this is a gelee type product:

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This is a beautifully worked pattern. 

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This was released in connection with the Chanel Cruise 2013 show, which took place at Versailles.

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I hope you enjoy these images. I haven’t learned anything official, concrete or specific about its availability–I simply called the Chanel boutique as the items arrived late last week. If you like, I suggest calling your own Chanel boutique to reserve one or to have it sent to you. Otherwise, I would look for the item on Chanel.com in case it appears there. 

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Jan 202013
 

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Chanel Spring 2013 introduces Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense in Envoutante ($34 /#116). This is a deep shimmery mauve which drew me in immediately when I saw it at a counter. For my fair (Chanel Clair/Ivoire, Mac NC15/20) coloring and my taste, it is a must-have.

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Over the past few months, I’ve been obsessed with deep berries and aubergines. My accessories and nail polish has been reflecting that. For me, it’s a sophisticated take on the “pop of color” idea that happens to work very well with my coloring.

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Chanel Envoutante has a similar deep, beautiful shimmery quality as the Louis Vuitton monogram vernis. You can see the depth in the bullet.

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Here is Chanel Envoutante on Megan, who came by to help out Cafe Makeup the other day. Because my lips are deeper in tone (similar to Megan’s), this is how the color looks on me. You can see that although it gives a very rich color, the formula does not cake up:

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Chanel Envoutante (which roughly translates to “spellbinding”) is not as deep as Chanel Rouge Noir, but deeper than Chanel Rivoli (which I still love). Here are swatches next to some other deep colors that I have in my collection–Chanel Rouge Coco Rivoli, Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Rouge Noir, Chanel La Provocante (Fashion’s Night Out 2012, limited edition), MAC Hot Chocolate (Apres Chic colleciton, limited edition, and the very sheer Givenchy Liv’s Lips (available exclusively at Sephora):

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As you can see, Chanel Envoutante is more mauve that the comparatively redder, deep Chanel Rivoli. Chanel Envoutante is lighter than either Rouge Noir or Chanel La Provocante (both of which approach black when worn on the lips). Mac Hot Chocolate is a friendly mauve-nude-brown by comparison. Givenchy’s Liv’s Lips looks deep in the tube, but applies quite sheerly compared to the other lipsticks.

Overall, I love Chanel Envoutante as a statement color. It has the same gorgeous formula as the other Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense shades (all former shades are swatched here). It adds a rich, beautiful touch of color to your look.

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Jan 182013
 

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Spring 2013 includes Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Attirance ($32/ # 70), a warm peach gold with subtle sparkle. Attirance is an elegant neutral. As with many Chanel colors, it can be worn with a formal suit or jeans. Although it looks a bit orange in the tube, it applies with a light tone and slight sheerness that allows one’s natural pink, red or mauve tones to show through. This has the effect of enhancing, rather than coloring, one’s natural lip color.

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On the left, a swatch of Attirance. On the right is the shimmery mauve Chanel Spring 2013 in Merveille (reviewed here).

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As you can see, Attirance applies as a peach gold wash:

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Here is a look on Liz, who is wearing the blue color from Nars Mad Mad World (new for Spring 2013, review forthcoming) on her lower lashline for a bit of cool contrasting color. She’s also wearing Tom Ford bronzer in Gold  Dust and Guerlain Les Fauves eyeshadow quad.

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Of Chanel’s Spring 2013, Chanel Attriance is a good, safe and pretty neutral that coordinates well with other warm-toned makeup. It’s one of those colors that can be applied throughout the day, to add polish without thinking very hard about whether the color coordinates with the rest of one’s face. Of the two Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss, Merveille is more difficult to duplicate. Nonetheless, no one does sophisticated neutral soft shimmer like Chanel. Overall, I know that I’ll end up using Chanel Attriance to the last drop (just as I used up several Chanel Twinkle Glossimers years ago), because it’s a great shimmery neutral.

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Jan 172013
 

By popular request, here are a few comparisons of Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in L’Eclatante (originally reviewed here) for Spring 2013 with some other vibrant pinks. These are Chanel Rouge Allure Insolente (reviewed here), Chanel Rouge Allure Exaltee (reviewed here) and Chanel Rouge Allure Extatique (reviewed here).

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One more:

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I hope you find these helpful! Cheers, gorgeous!

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Jan 162013
 

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Chanel Spring 2013 introduces the Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Merveille ($32 / #69). We’re huge fans of this formula, and Merveille delivered more of the qualities that we adore from this line.

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Chanel Merveille is a complex mauve shimmer formula that seems to glide over lips and leave a smooth, glossy finish. Here is a swatch next to Chanel’s other Extrait de Gloss released with this collection (Attirance/ review to come soon).

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Here is Chanel Merveille on Liz:

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Here is a look on Liz using Chanel Merveille, together with Tom Ford Gold Dust Bronzer.

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I like the way that this blue liner works with the cool tones in Chanel Merveille. Bottom line: We love Chanel Merveille. Merveille certainly plays well with my mauve undertones, and coordinates well with Liz’s lighter warm skin. I believe Chanel Merveille will coordinate beautifully on those with neutral to cool skin tones. Love.

Chanel Merveille is now available at Nordstrom.com.

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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:

Face

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

Eyes

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

Lips

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

Nails

– 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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Jan 012013
 

By popular request, here are some quick swatch comparisons between the Chanel Raffinement eyeshadow quad (reviewed here) and Tom Ford Enchanted (reviewed here). I hope you find them helpful!

First:

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You can tell that Tom Ford Enchanted as a more pink/mauve impression. Second:

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Third:

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Dec 302012
 

Chanel eyeliners

Chanel’s Spring 2013 collection includes three Style Yeux Waterproof Eyeliners in Or Rose (rose gold), Beryl (a light lavender), and Santal (a shimmering warm brown)($30 each).

In the past, I haven’t loved the Stylo Yeux formulation–I found the pencils very hard and requiring too much pressure to use easily. In the meantime, two things happened. First, other pencils from lower and similarly priced brands improved dramatically. Second, Chanel released Ebene, a deep, smooth, and highly pigmented shimmery black that worked beautifully. Other Chanel Stylo Yeux pencils seemed to have improved, which gave me hope for the three new shades in this Spring 2013 release.

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Unfortunately, I found Or Rose, Beryl, and Santal difficult to apply, with the same hard texture as pencils released during the pre-Ebene era. Although Chanel gets points for intra-line consistency with its older pencils, I really wished it had borrowed a page from Giorgio Armani, Nars, Bare Escentuals or even the drugstore brand Prestige, to give me a softer texture. I really had to work to get any pigment out of these, passing them 5-7 times over my lash line to get a good solid color. For example, for Santal I finally gave up and fixed the liner with a quick pass of Laura Mercier’s Brown Copper.

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Chanel Beryl is a light lavender. The color is embedded with multicolored particles, but the color applies as a single uniform (very soft) color.

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This type of shade might be used to add a pop of interest in an otherwise neutral eye. Because Chanel Beryl applies so lightly, I found that my best use is an inner corner highlighter. The soft color, which lightens but barely deposits color, gave me a soft cool bit of color that played a just bit with my blue-green eyes.

“Or Rose,” which translates to “rose gold,” is a shimmery warm metallic.

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Of these three, Or Rose seemed to have the best pigmentation.

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Here is Chanel Or Rose swatched next to Chanel Rose Platine and Chanel Taupe, both in the Stylo Waterproof formula (and both much better in softness and pigmentation):

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Liz used Chanel Or Gold in this eye look (on her lower lashline). Do not worry about your vision if you do not see the effect, it is very subtle:

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Chanel Stylo Yeux is Santal is a warm shimmering brown.

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This was my biggest hope, and therefore my greatest disappointment. When Liz tried to use it for her eye look, above, she also gave up and went over Santal with a trusty black Prestige Total Intensity liner in black.

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Here is Chanel Santal swatched next to Nars Via Appia and Laura Mercier Brown Copper (both of these applied much more easily than Chanel):

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Final verdict:  I’m not loving these. I found that they got a softer after 5-7 tries, but they never reached the level of pigmentation of Chanel Ebene or some of the newer formulations of eyeliner pencils.

These are currently available at Nordstrom.com, as well as other department stores and online at Chanel.com.

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Dec 302012
 

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Chanel Spring 2013 brings three new Le Vernis nail colors ($26 each)– Emprise (#569), Fracas (#571) and Accessoire (#573).  This is a pleasant spring collection of pretty, wear-everywhere colors. However, some Chanel fans may feel that this collection has a familiar feel.

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First, is a pearly pink nude Emprise. One very carefully-applied coat gives a sheer, shimmery effect. This is two coats with Chanel Reflet de Laque High Gloss Top Coat.

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Some women will find Chanel Emprise hits a very sophisticated sweet spot. This subtle shell pink shade is very Chanel, and looks breathtaking when wearing almost anything, even black. Here are comparisons with Rescue Beauty Lounge Om, Chanel Rose Jade, and Chanel Beige:

Chanel Emprise Comparisons

Rescue Beauty Lounge Om is a cream texture which builds to opacity far more quickly. Both Chanel Rose and Chanel Beige have the very same sheer texture as Chanel Emprise–it takes some work to build to opacity if that is the look that you would like to achieve.

Chanel Fracas is a very warm pink. The color reminds me of Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Tea Rose in its very proper feel. Chanel Fracas is unquestionably a work-appropriate color (and honestly, the color will work almost anywhere).

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Chanel Fracas has a very subtle hot pink pearl that shows up in full sun. Here, with Chanel’s Haute Reflect top coat:

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Although when viewed in isolation Chanel Fracas looks l like a hot pink, it is quite warm. Here’s a comparison with a true hot pink, Nars Schiap:

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Finally, my favorite of this collection–Chanel Accessoire.  This is another extraordinary vampy color that is so striking, yet still works almost anywhere.

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There’s a slight brown tint to Chanel Accessoire. Although it is not a traditional Spring color, I find colors like Accessoire very refreshing and beautiful. It looks amazing with a shiny topcoat, here Chanel Reflet de Laque:

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Chanel Accessoire has some very close cousins. It is more brown that Chanel Rouge Noir, and less purple/violet than Dior Mystic Violine. Chanel Accessoire is just a shade lighter than Chanel Madness (you probably don’t need both if you have a good stock of Madness).

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Overall, I found this a nice, well-rounded and crowd-pleasing collection of shades for Spring 2013. If you would like to shave a bit off your total, I would recommend skipping Emprise–it’s a little challenging to apply smoothly. On some skin tones, a light nude like Emprise can gives one’s hands a reddish appearance.

Francas has a good formulation and I liked the little bit of pearl. It’s a safe bet, although I couldn’t swear that it’s entirely unique among other brands.

I love, love, love, Accessoire. The formula is perfect, and it just looks really amazing when applied. I do go through these bottles to their very end, so it made sense for me to get this newest version. However, as these comparisons show, Accessoire it is not a unique shade.

The Beauty Look Book’s review is here.  These are available at Nordstrom.com (with free ship) here.

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Dec 262012
 

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Chanel Spring 2013 introduces a new blush–Chanel Joues Contraste in Frivole ($43), a rich orange coral. Frivole is the marvelous pressed powder that gives a beautiful glow.

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Chanel Joues Contraste in Frivole is quite warm–some with cool tones may not enjoy them. Those with warm skin tones may not find it the most flattering everyday blush. However, I sometimes wear clothing with strong bright tones–a rich lapis blue, lime, or a strong coral, that seem to work well with orange toned blushes. Here is a comparison with Frivole and MAC Modern Mandarin (former limited edition product, no longer available, Chanel Tweed Corail, Chanel Espiegle and Chanel Reflex (the non-US baked version).

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Here are comparison swatches of all of these blushes. MAC Modern Mandarin is more shimmery and more red.  Chanel Tweed Corail is more pink, and less pigmented.  Chanel Espiegle is pinker and less pigmented. Chanel Reflex is far more shimmery and more brown.

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Here is Liz with Chanel Frivole, and the Chanel Raffinement eyeshadow quad on her lids (review coming soon), and a light dusting of the Poudre Singee de Chanel:

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Overall, Liz and I found that Chanel Frivole lived up the Joues Contraste name, having an excellent formulation, finely milled consistency, and overall glowing impression. Whether you wish to have a vibrant orange-coral in your blush selection is a judgement call. For its part, Chanel Frivole is an excellent choice if your answer is “yes.”

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