May 042011
 

I’ve had several emails asking to update my experiences with Chanel Vitalumiere Eclat powder foundation, which I purchased in France (initial review here).  Here are a few thoughts:

  • I love applying this with the enclosed brush.  It’s the perfect size to give light , even coverage.
  • This is a nice foundation for every day errands and casual wear, brushed over sunscreen.
  • This gives the slightest glow–which is a nice change from matte powders.
  • As you can surmise from its name, this is not a mattifying powder. However, it does not add any shine to my skin either.
  • This acts as a nice finishing powder over foundation as well.
  • Applied with a damp brush, this gives medium to heavy coverage.

The downside to Vitalumiere Eclat is the available shade range–the lightest available in France is B30, which is a bit deeper than my B10/20 skin tone.  Applied lightly dry with a brush, the difference is acceptable.  Unfortunately, when I tried to use this foundation applied with a sponge (wet or dry) for medium to heavy coverage, the color is too dark.  I noticed that the Chanel website for Great Britain has a widely expanded shade range that goes up to B10 and down to BA60.

As we are nearing the warmer months, I’m using Vitalumiere Eclat several days every week brushed on for a light coverage. I really enjoy it.

I’m not sure how to obtain this in the U.S., although you could try calling the Nordstrom Seattle store.  There is a Chanel Studio at that location, which can frequently obtain international Chanel items.

Here is an ingredient list which is not official (this is from Makeupalley.com):  Talc, boron nitride, methyl methacrylate crosspolymer, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, alumina, PTFE, magnesium myristate, magnesium stearate, aluminum dimyrustate, caprylic/capric triglyceride, ammonium silver zinc aluminum silicate, C9-15 flouroalcohol phosphate, dimethicone, mythylparaben, propylparaben, polyester-3, hydrogenated vegetable oil, triethoxycaprylylsilane, jasminum grandiflorum (jasmine) flower wax, aluminum hydroxide, parfum (frangrance), lecithin, tocopherol, ascorbyl palmitate, glyceryl stearate, lavandula stoechas extract, glycerol oleate, polyurethane-15, CI 77891 (titanium dioxide). +/- may contain: CI 45370 (orange 5), CI 45380 (red 22), CI 77007 (ultramarines), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (iron oxides), CI 77891 (titanium dioxide)

 

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May 042011
 

Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner in Ebene ($29/ #10) is an automatic, twist up liner that does not require sharpening.  Because I lack patience, I love this style eyeliner.  Twist and go.  Sadly, the other end does not have a built-in smudger.  I always miss those when they’re not there.

Ebene’s texture is soft and creamy, giving you just a few moments to smudge the line.  Then it sets into a waterproof, budge-proof line.  This liner really does last until you take it off.  Numerous reviews on Makeupalley confirm that this is the weapon choice for the waterline.  I must admit that it did not last more than four hours on mine, but no liner ever has.  It did give me all-day wear on my upper lashline.

Ebene’s color is a soft near-black with a subtle blue pearl.  It shows as a deep, deep cool dark gray (a bit like a black pearl), rather than a straight black.  Love it lightly touched under the eye.

Here is a comparison with Ebene on the left (swatched light and heavy), compared to another standard black pencil that I have in my stash–Armani’s standard black pencil in Smooth Silk #4 (by the way, this is a great standard black pencil).

Really, one of my favorite black pencils right now.  Highly recommended.  I love it.

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May 022011
 

If Chanel Sylo Yeux Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner in Rose Platine ($29/ limited edition for Summer 2011/ #47) were a literary character, it would be Nick Carraway –the narrative voice of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.

This is because despite the word “rose” in the name, Rose Platine would say (as Nick did), “I am not even faintly like a rose.”  Although I was expecting a berry or interesting pink, Rose Platine defied those expectations–thankfully so, because those colors are tricky to wear next to the eye.

Instead, Rose Plattine is a warm platinum color, actually quite close to titanium.  The effect is a soft, blonde gold that is just gorgeous.  It is subtle, eye-brightening, and shimmery.  And no one does shimmer like Chanel.  It’s never “too much;” rather, it sets the standard for “just enough” glimmer to awaken some light around the eye.  The shimmer looks expensive, not glittery or obvious.

I have nothing like Rose Platine.  Indeed, I suspect that there is nothing like Rose Platine.  Here, you see it next to Chanel Khaki Dore pencil liner (reviewed here), the nude matte flesh-colored Make Up For Ever Dual-Ended Concealer Pencil (reviewed here), and MAC Pearlglide in Wolf, another neutral-with-a-kick metallic liner that was limited edition and not currently available.

Although this pencil looks quite lovely under the eye, I also love it on top of a black liner on the upper lid.  It gives a little bit of life to the lashlines that is very pretty.  I would go so far as to say it’s backup-worthy.  Highly recommended.

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Apr 282011
 

Chanel Summer 2011 includes a new eyeshadow duo, Khaki-Discret (#17 Ombres Contraste Duo/ Ombres a Paupieres Duo/ Eyeshadow Duo). Although both are based on a green theme, this duo is entirely different from the Lilium eyeshadow eyeshadow quad (reviewed here), released in this same collection.

The texture of Khaki-Discret is extraordinary.  It’s soft, highly pigmented and extremely blendable. Unlike Lilium’s blue-based green, Khaki-Discret’s deep green is a mossy olive green that is very rich and looks absolutely beautiful on the lid.  Unlike Lilium, the deeper shadow in Khaki-Discret are easily made opaque, very slightly shimmery and have no sparkle effect.

The lighter shade is a pleasant inner-corner highlight shade that is a light, shimmery almost celery green.  It’s a pretty combination.  Swatches:

As you can see, the deeper shade evokes the deep, soft olive green.  I wanted to pass along that Khaki-Discret required a primer to get all day color.  Worn alone, the green faded after about four hours on the lid with no primer.  I found that NARS Eyeshadow Primer was too sticky, interfering with Khaki-Discret’s excellent blendability.  Urban Decay’s Primer Potion was a good compromise.  I’d like to try it with a Chanel eyeshadow primer or Laura Mercier Eye Basic;  based on my experience those would likely work best.

Here is the comparison with other Chanel greens:

Overall, this is an excellent quality eyeshadow.  Highly recommended.

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Apr 272011
 

Chanel Fluers d’Ete Summer 2011 collection includes the eyeshadow quad Lilium ($57) (#32 Les 4 Ombres a Paupieres Quatour/ Quadra Eye Shadow). Although two of the colors are medium-to-dark toned, the texture of the shadow is sheer, light and shimmery.  Applied, this gives an impression of a shimmery watercolor effect, more similar to the colors in a Claude Monet painting.

All of the four colors are shimmery and sheer when applied dry.  These colors have microsparkle that does appear on the lid when applied.  As with other Chanel eyeshadow quads, the colors are more intense when used wet:

  • A shimmery, sheer light pink
  • A very light, soft green
  • A very pretty cool medium-toned taupe (this looks gorgeous alone)
  • A deep very blue-toned green

The colors last easily when used over a base (for my testing, I used Urban Decay Primer Potion, which I happened to use because it was convenient.  I’m sure others would work equally well or better).

Swatches (applied dry):

Because I have blue-green eyes, I approached Lilium with some trepidation.  Usually, green eyeshadows on green eyes are not the best choice.  Fortunately, the green in Lilium has enough deep blue that the color is workable, especially applied wet as a liner.  I found that I liked the following combination best:

  • The light pink from lash line to brow as a highlighter/ base shade
  • Taupe all over the lid as a wash, and smudged lightly under the eye
  • The deep blue-green used wet as a liner

Here is Liz using the combination that she devised–the pink all over from lash line to brow, and the light green in the outer corner up to the crease:

Chanel’s Summer 2011 collection also includes a duo, Khaki-Discret, which I’ll review tomorrow.  In case you are wondering, the overall impression of the two palettes is completely different.  Particularly because Chanel has released a number of greens over the past few years, I thought it helpful to include a comparison of them for you to see:

Overall, Lilium is a pleasant and workable quad for fair toned Chanel lovers.  It’s very pretty–the light and sheer colors are designed to bring light and depth to the eye.  Those looking for deep or dramatic effects should keep looking–the colors apply sheerly, shimmery and with a touch of sparkle.  As you can see on Liz’s photo, we both enjoy lighter tones on the eye to add a touch of color and light without looking too heavy.  Whether because of eye shape, coloring, or taste, I find that opaque deeper colors on my eye have to be used carefully and so I’m unlikely to use these shades wet (except as a liner).  This quad will not be for everyone, but for those looking for a pleasant spring quad it is definitely worth a look.

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