Apr 282010
 

Chanel Summer 2010 has a delightful pink nail polish, Riviera ($23)(Le Vernis Nail Colour Riviera #537) which has the capability of putting me in a summer frame of mind.  Although there are many pinks on the market, I particularly enjoy Chanel’s vibrant creme nail color formula and so I knew that I had to have this one.

Two coats gives me a vibrant look that somehow looks appropriate without moving into the neon category.  Somehow, Chanel still makes the color looks special.  I have several medium-to-dark pinks, it’s a color that I love, and I’m  hard pressed to find a duplicate with precisely the same look.
Riviera will (as you can see in Chanel’s promotion picture) look fabulous with this summer’s Rouge Allure in Super–they have the same color tone.

Here is my on-the-nail swatch, taken with a flash as I had already lost the sun for the day:

I find this formula very easy to work with–it seems to spread without any problems.  The above was done over Creative Nail Design’s Stickey base coat and with a topcoat by Poshe.

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Apr 142010
 

Chanel’s Summer 2010 included three lip products that fall within the category of neutral lips.  With a soft beige, peach and golden tones, these evoke a sophisticated glow that will look good on many shades of warm-toned wearers.  I’m less certain that cool-toned skin types will love them just as much.  Here’s a look:

Chanel Glossimer in Bikini Peach ($27) is a warm, sheer peach with golden glitters.  This has the typical Glossimer-gel feel, it’s easy to wear for those who do not want a strong color.  This gives a nice sophisticated glow either alone (my favorite way to wear a glossimer) or over a lipstick.  However, you would need more than one coat to see a strong peach color come through.

Single coat lip swatch:

Chanel Aqualumiere Gloss in Bondi Beach ($27) has a much sheerer feel and wear compared to the Glossimer.  You get a more neutral beige tone, but these do tend to wear off somewhat quickly.  I have also had a few Aqualumiere gloss caps and containers split over my years of use, so you might be a bit more careful with the packaging on these.  If you tend to toss your glosses into your beloved Birkin/Marc Jacobs/LV/(insert bag of choice here) and head out for the day, you’ve been warned.

I like this gloss. On my pigmented lips, it tends to knock down the color down and add a layer of shine and a creamy-beige tone.  The Aqualumiere glosses are undeniably pretty, and that’s what makes me keep buying them despite the fact that I’m unhappy with the packaging.

No one is more surprised than me to report that of all of the neutral lip products from Summer 2010, I liked the Aqualumiere lipstick in Bondi ($28.50) best.  I don’t typically like Chanel’s Aqualumiere lipsticks–they feel dry to me and some of them have had flakes of glitter in them.  Yeah, ugh.  Fortunately, Bondi is a nice, neutral glowing lipstick that I’ll use frequently over the next few months.   Yes, you can layer this with the gloss–but I prefer easier looks for summer. Bondi works well with a single swipe, which is wonderful if you’re going to sipping water (or something else?) all summer long.

Swatches, swatches, swatches:

Chanel’s Summer 2010 Collection went up online at Chanel.com yesterday.  The lack of eyeshadow and liner products is curious, I don’t think that I’ve ever seen Chanel skip over those for a summer launch.  Chanel’s counter display has a repromote with the Demure quad shown, which makes me want to buy Demure (how did I miss that one before?) but that’s not a new quad.

There are two limited edition bronzers in the collection–Terre d’ore and Terre Halee ($50 each). I was able to play with these at a a counter over the weekend, but didn’t buy them (at least yet). Terre D’ore is a light golden bronze for the palest skin tones.  It’s a barely-there bronzer.  Terre Halee is a deeper color than Terre Epice, despite the appearance of the swatches on Chanel’s website.  It’s a pretty, neutral tan that’s going to work easily on the NC35’s and higher.  I’m paler than that, but I’m fearless when it comes to bronzers.  I didn’t purchase either because I have three other Chanel bronzers that will never end, including Terre Epice which is right in between the other two.  Seriously, I’ve had one of them since 2005 that I’ve use every day for months at a time and the level of product seems almost unchanged.  I can’t justify buying two more but we’ll see.

What will sell out first?  Nouvelle Vague nail polish and the Rouge Allure in Genial are my predictions.  What are yours?

Chanel’s site also added the three nail polishes from the Orient Extreme Exclusive Collection.  For the U.S., this will be a very limited release, only online and in the Chanel boutiques.  Where is the Jet – Gold eyeliner duo?  Why didn’t Chanel post that as well?  Who knows–the mysteries of Chanel’s online site have eluded many of us and will continue to do so. I called a Chanel boutique to get one of the eyeliners shipped to me.  Here’s some advice, if you get it use it wet.  It’s meant to be used wet.  No, seriously-go ahead, dab that brush in something before you dip!

Finally–the latest rumor that I heard about the new Chanel duo eyeshadows is that it will be released with the Fall Collection, although I have also heard that it would be earlier.  Hopefully, we won’t have to wait until July but that might be the case.  And yes, according to the Sales Associate at my local counter, the current Irreelle duo’s are being discontinued.

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Apr 132010
 

Chanel’s Summer 2010 collection includes the “it” polish– Novelle Vague ($23) (Le Vernis Nail Color), which has a refreshing blue look that blends in a touch of green and silver for summer nails.

After wearing this for a few days, I’m loving its refreshingly different take on the summer classics.  Based on the French phrase that connotes “new wave,” this polish attracts attention.  The polish color does not go so far as some of the more striking neons available this summer, rather, it’s a soft-yet-strong blue that evokes the freshness and classicism of a Tiffany (or perhaps even robin’s egg) blue.  The silver microsparkle gives the polish dimension so that it does not look flat or cartoonish.  Although it’s a brighter shade, I feel completely confident wearing this without being concerned that its over the top.

I’ve read that this color is similar to China Glaze’s “For Audrey” polish, although For Audrey is a less dimensional creme formula that lacks any sparkle or shimmers.

Although Nouvelle Vague is a strong, light color, I found application was quite easy.  Nouvelle Vague requires 2-3 coats to reach full opacity, although it seems slightly more pigmented than last fall’s Chanel Jade.  Nouvelle Vague is going to look nice with a lot of the colors that I wear for summer–pinks, peaches, khaki’s, bronzes and greens.

 

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Apr 122010
 

Chanel’s Summer 2010 Pop Collection includes two Gloss Fluo de Chanel in Pop and Laser ($27 each).  As with Chanel’s Fluo glosses released in the past, these two are very lightly pigmented, high-shine glosses with the familiar Glossimer gel feel.

In the tube, the colors look like electric jelly.  Despite the brightness, these are easy summer glosses, or at a minimum, as fun as a Chanel product gets (why do I imagine Coco Chanel wearing pearls to the beach?)  You can keep one in your beach bag or summer purse.  Pull them out, they’re fun little flashes of color that look great when you touch up your lips poolside.  They deposit a “just bit into a popsicle” touch of color and glow–barely any color, just full glossy lips with the faintest touch of tone.

The gel texture gives the lips a moisturized and deeply shiny look.   These will not give you an over-done or heavy lip.   The doe-foot applicator, which is visible through the sheer gloss in the tube, delivers a wash of glossy shine.  There is no glimmer, shimmer or sparkle.

Laser (#407) is a deep pink and Pop (#427) is the bright coral-pink.

Fair warning–if you’d like versions of these shade with opaque pigment, then buy the Rouge Allure lipsticks in Super and Genial.  These Fluo are not designed to apply with the same brightness as the tubes.

I think of Chanel’s Fluo’s as fun little accessories.   The tubes are pretty, unique and eye-catching.  They are in the distinctive Glossimer tube that says “Yes, it’s Chanel.”   The result is a sheer, glossy and summer-casual effect.  If you like, try these over a lipstick for a completely different, high-shine plus pigment effect.

Here are the swatches:

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Apr 102010
 

Here are two swatches of the new Chanel Rouge Allure lipsticks ($30 each) just released.

Genial, used on the Paris runways:

And the very pink Super:

I did my best with these working somewhat quickly–my “model” and I were headed out to go to lunch and shopping so I did my best.  I hope that these help you decide one way or the other!

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