Jan 082014
 

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When Chanel’s Spring 2014 Collection released last month, I went to several different counters to test the products. I was unable to find products that captured my imagination, although I’m still looking at the lip pencils as potential items. I found that this collection’s items–as much as I tried to love them–were just a bit off for my coloring, or didn’t really seem to have the uniqueness that I’ve come to expect from the line.

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Although I’m very excited about several upcoming items from Chanel this year, for now I chose a single lipstick as the one “must have” item for me this season. I know that some of my readers will be surprised. Indeed, although I have not always had time to cover them on Cafe Makeup, I’ve continued to buy extensively from Chanel collections for the past several years. Spring 2014 is the least that I’ve purchased from a Chanel release in a very, very long time.  Hopefully, the rest of the year will look much better.

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 At any rate, I chose Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in L’Adorée ($34). This matte-satin deep mauve is an unusual shade, yet still has enough sophistication to look fabulous.

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I love the Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet formula, and I would have purchased the other velvet in this collection (Diva, a neon pink), except it seemed a bit too bright. Chanel L’Adorée is a near-opaque, but has enough transparency to be modified slightly depending on the color of your natural lips.

Chanel L'Adoree7Alternatively, you could tweak it toward the red side by using Chanel’s Vamp/Rouge Noir lipliner, or more purple with Amarante. Here are swatches to show Chanel L’Adorée against the more red Chanel Rivoli, and the comparatively darker Chanel Rouge Coco Rouge Noir and the Chanel Rouge Allure Rouge Noir.

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Here is Chanel L’Adorée on Liz, looking gorgeous (no base, no lipliner, and no gloss):

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Although I love Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in L’Adorée, I wish that I could have fallen more in love with Chanel Spring 2014. Based on their recent runway looks, I’m sure that there will be many more items to love this year. For now, I’m enjoying this Rouge Allure quite a bit.

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Dec 162013
 

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A new blush is always cause for celebration, and we are celebrating Chanel Joues Contrast Emotion #87 ($43) (designated as “87” on Nordstrom’s site). This has the Chanel Powder texture and is made in France. Note that The Beauty Look Book’s reviews and comparisons are here.

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Part of the reason that this blush is celebratory is its universality. It has enough color and tone to look good on a variety of skin-tones, from light to deep, as well as cool and warm. Also, the medium pink color will look good with a variety of looks and various situations.

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Chanel Emotion is a deep pink-rose:

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Chanel Emotion on Liz:

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I do not have anything quite the same in my collection, so I did some random swatches so that you can place the color between plums and pinks. Here is Chanel Emotion compared to Chanel Plum Attraction, Illamasqua Chased, and Chanel Rose Temptation:

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Overall, we’re applauding Chanel Emotion as a new addition to Chanel’s Joues Constraste line. True love!

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Chanel Le Blanc Light Revealing Brightening Makeup Base SPF 30 Review

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Oct 302013
 

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Chanel has recently introduced the Chanel Le Blanc Light Revealing Brightening Makeup Base SPF 30 ($55/ 1 oz.) in the pink-toned Rosée to the U.S. market.  Chanel describes that this is:

A lightweight, oil-free makeup base helps to correct uneven skin tone, smooth imperfections and extend the wear of any foundation that follows to give you a radiant complexion. Pearl protein and licorice extracts work together to counteract dullness, while pure white mineral-ceramic pigments give you a natural glow. The formula is also enriched with SPF 30 and hyaluronic acid to protect your skin. 

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 I’ve been using Chanel Le Blanc in Rosée for the past few weeks. First up, in my opinion, this is not a product for everyone.  I do believe, however, that there is a certain demographic that will absolutely adore the results, and I fit within that demographic and so I’ll provide my experiences.

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Have you ever noticed the glow that very young children seem to have? Even warm toned skins seemed to have a touch of dewy freshness. As we age, go through hormonal changes, acquire age/dark spots/scars, or even have a fading tan, our skin may seem to lean a bit darker or warmer than we are used to from our younger days. This manifests in unevenness that is hard to conceal unless one wears some spot-treatment concealers or medium to full coverage foundations. It makes cooler colors hard to wear on warmer skin tones–skin just doesn’t look bright, clear and super clean. Even so, these solutions don’t seem to have the same glow factor that’s so beautiful about younger skin. Chanel Le Blanc Rosée blurs, corrects, and helps hide uneven skin colors, and adds a fresh-faced base that mimics that youthful pink glow.

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When I use Chanel Le Blanc Rosée on my warm NC15/20 skin, it evens out the color imperfections, serves as a matte primer to extend the wear time of my foundation, acts as a sunscreen, and gives my skin a pretty, fresh, youthful, delicate, light, ethereal color cast that knocks off a few years. It’s surprisingly flattering.

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More ingredients (click to enlarge):

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Chanel Le Blanc Rosée will certainly work on cool skin tones as well, indeed pinks look lovely on cool toned individuals. Note that there is no way on this planet or any other that I would wear Chanel Le Blanc Rosée without foundation–the pink is unnatural without at least a sheer wash of color that matches my skin tone.

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In the past, I’ve used a few other Chanel bases, including the former Blanc Lumiere (in 20 Mimosa, pictured above), the Asia-exclusive Le Blanc in 30 Lys, and the U.S. UV Essentiel sunscreen (which applies sheer/clear).  Lately, I’ve been reaching for Chanel Le Blanc Rosée because I love the fresh look and longevity that it provides. It makes my skin look prettier, and isn’t that the whole point?

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Blanc Rosée has been a wonderful brightening base product for the last several weeks–definitely my favorite primer so far. It really brings a youthful, tone-evening luminosity to my skin. So far, so much love!

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Oct 162013
 

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Chanel Joues Contraste Accent Blush ($43) is a new addition to the Chanel’s superior line of blushes. This U.S. purchased version is the beautiful pressed powder version with microsparkle that seems to disappear into the skin for a soft glow upon application.

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 I probably should have titled this post “first look,” because I’ve had scarce time to get to know this beauty as my schedule has been quite challenging lately. Nonetheless, I thought it best to post the information that I have so that it can be updated later on.

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From all of my experience with the blush so far, Accent seems to be worthy successor to Chanel’s prior nude blush range (and, in some ways, for the former Orchid Rose as well). Although it looks like a brown, sparkling product in the pan, keep in mind that the magic of Chanel’s Joues Contraste range has always, always emerged after application. As you can see from the below swatches, Chanel Accent applies as a soft rose brown with a touch of mauve.

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Here is Chanel Accent on the far left, followed by Chanel Tempting Beige, Chanel Mocha, Chanel Rose Bronze, and Chanel Tweed Brun Rose.  As you can see from the swatch of the Chanel Bronzer Terre Ambre, a true bronzer in Chanel’s line, Chanel Accent applies as a neutral brush and not at all similar to this warm, amber-bronze.

Here is Chanel Accent on Liz, as you can see it applies as a soft rose neutral on her skin tone:

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So far, Chanel Accent looks like a winner. I’ll update as we continue to work with the blush.

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Oct 152013
 

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Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet La Désirée ($34), newly released for within the new holiday collection, looks dark and vampy in the tube. Before playing with the shade, I had the impression that this was a velvet cousin of Chanel’s famous Rouge Noir lipsticks. Although we found that Chanel La Désirée applies on the deeper, saturated end of the color scale, it does not apply with any similar near-black darkness of some of Chanel’s past vampy shades.

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Instead, Chanel La Désirée is a warm dark velvet red that is more intense than Chanel Rouge Coco Rivoli (see below for comparisons). On Liz:

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Here are comparisons of Chanel La Desirée with Chanel Rouge Coco Vendome, the very intense Chanel Rouge Allure Rouge Noir (#109), Chanel Rouge Coco Rivoli, and Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet La Provocante.

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As with other Chanel Velvet formulas, the color applies with a moisturizing feel and a satin-matte texture. Chanel La Désirépulls a bit warm on me. It’s a striking, beautiful color that looks lovely for Fall and the holiday season.

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Oct 102013
 

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I’ve been falling in love with Guerlain Vega Nail Polish ($23). Actually, I’ve been loving any and all Guerlain nail products that I’ve gotten my hands on, including the Guerlain Gel Topcoat and Guerlain Rouge D’enfer. I can see that this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

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Guerlain Vega is a rich, dark vamp color. So-dark-it’s-almost-black, and not quite black. With a high gloss Guerlain Gel Coat, it looks very expensive and a little edgy (in other words, perfection). As soon as it starts wearing off, I replace it with the identical manicure. It’s a beautiful Fall color that applies perfectly in two coats. I love the big chisel brush, it gives me a steady application with about two swipes.

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On fingers, with the Guerlain Top Coat.

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Here are comparisons with Chanel Rouge Noir (redder, lighter), Chanel Madness (browner, lighter), Chanel Accessoire (lighter, redder), and Zoya Paris (closest in color, slightly lighter).

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I’ve been enjoying Guerlain Vega as my go-to Fall shade.  Highly recommended.

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Oct 092013
 
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There are two new Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Eyeshadows ($36 each)–the golden taupe Chanel Initiation and the rich cranberry-violet Chanel Fatal. If you love this formula, you will love both.

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Chanel Initiation is a sparkling metallic gold-taupe that can be worn sheerly. The color applies with a warm golden sparkle. As many of us predicted when this formula was first release (I have one of each from the original release), seem to creep away from the sides of the packaging and slightly harden over the months. Note that the formula is still eminently usable–I continue to use those original colors–although I tend to use more pressure to pick up the color on my finger. The first Chanel Initiation that I purchased had this same effect (which I’ve since exchanged for the one pictured, above).

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Chanel Fatal is a deep cranberry-violet color with sparkle. Like Chanel Initiation, it can be applied sheerly or more opaquely. Fatal makes a nice crease/outer eye color to coordinate with Chanel Initiation.

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Here are some comparisons with Chanel Ebloui, Chanel Convoitise, Chanel Emerveille (which you can see is shrinking slightly in its glass container), Tom Ford Guilt, and Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill #15:

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Comparison swatches:

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More:

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I’m a fan of Chanel Illusion D’Ombre shadows–they’re both quite elegant and I find Chanel’s sparkle well done. These two are consistent with the other shadows in the line.  I cannot imagine not getting these, personally. If you like the formula, these are both must-haves.

Both currently available at Nordstrom and elsewhere.

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Oct 052013
 

Here are a few preview images of the products that I selected from Chanel Holiday 2013.  More detailed reviews will follow as we’re able to play with the products.

First, Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Precieuse, a stunning matte red ($34).

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Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Desiree ($34), a matte burgundy red.

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Chanel Rouge Allure Le Rouge Intense in Radieuse, a beautiful cool pink ($34).

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Chanel Le Vernis in Rouge Rubis nail polish, a vivid red ($27).

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Chanel Ligne Graphique de Chanel in Bronze ($34).

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There are two new Chanel Illusion D’Ombres in Initiation (the bottom platinum bronze) and Fatal (the top silver purple)($36 each).

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Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Accent ($43).

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I’m so excited to start playing with these!  Have you selected anything from this Holiday’s Chanel collection?

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Oct 022013
 

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There are two new Chanel Le Vernis shades–Rouge Moire and Rose Moire ($27). Both are good formulations of some classic metal and frost/shimmer shades.

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Although neither is headline-grabbing in uniqueness, I found the formulation of both quite good.  They weren’t prone to denting, didn’t require long dry times and the coverage was quite good.

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Chanel Rouge Moire is a slightly pinky red metallic shimmer.

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This was essentially opaque in one coat, so yay for the one-coat wonder. I’ll still use two, but it’s nice not to have to do three. These “moire” shades are said to be super glossy. I found Rouge Moire glossy for a metal shimmer —sometimes these formulas can dry down dull, and Rouge Moire did not. Here are two coats with no base and no topcoat, in sun with flash:

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Rose Moire is a softly metallic frost/shimmer light cream/pink.

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Rose Moire is not a shade in my comfort zone–lighter frosts can be a little 1970’s-ish (and not in a good way).  Chanel Rose Moire had enough color to bring it out of that era, although I’m not sure it’s entirely modern. A nice soft classic sounds  more appropriate for this shade.

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The formula was really good. Unlike some others that I’ve tried, the dry time was normal and I didn’t experience a problem with denting.  Two coats, no base or topcoat:

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 Another, just to bring out the pink satin ribbon qualities of Rose Moire:

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Overall, I thought that the Chanel Le Vernis shades–Rouge Moire and Rose Moire were nice, quiet additions to the Chanel line. I enjoy the Rouge Moire as a shade more in my comfort zone, and it is certainly a good one for Fall and to use during the holidays. There’s something very happy about that dash of pink mixed into the vibrant red; for that reason it is sweeter than the more blue-toned and stormy Chanel Malice. For Rose Moire, it is really going to come down to personal preference. The formula on both is very nice, these are both well-executed versions of some pretty shimmer/frost shades.

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Jul 102013
 

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Chanel’s Les Beiges collection includes the Chanel Les Beiges Retractable Kabuki Brush, an adorable and practical brush that’s both purse and travel-friendly.

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 This small, delightfully soft brush is every inch a “Chanel,” with the iconic logo on one end. Inside, there is a sleeve which squooshes the white bristles together (which enables the cap to be easily placed on and off).

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This sleeve slides down, revealing the dense, short brush.

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These bristles are remarkably soft and lush–truly, a luxury brush that’s well worth having. I own a Guerlain brush with a similar design.  Overall, the Chanel is much more pleasurable to use. Although the Guerlain works well, it cannot match the softness and density of the Chanel. The bristles of the Chanel are very, very fine.

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Here are the Chanel and Guerlain brushes side-by-side (sleeves up):

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Same, sleeves down so that you can see the bristles:

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Is the Chanel Retractable Kabuki a must-have?  It’s certainly worth a pause (and pet) when it arrives in the U.S. next month.  It’s certainly selling out here in Paris (I was able to get one just as it was being re-stocked one morning).  I strongly encourage you to take a look–although I’m still getting to know it, it appears to be a brush worthy of the Chanel name.

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