Jul 132011

Le Blanc de Chanel includes the Rose Envolée Quadra Eye Shadow Palette ($57/ # 31), in the baked formula.  This should not be surprising, given that this collection was formulated for a non-U.S. market and imported for the Nordstrom Anniversary sale this year.

 Chanel Rose Envolée includes:

  • A shimmery white highlight color
  • A sheer soft pink/peach
  • A bright, pigmented pink that is very cool and has a lot of blue.
  • A deep cranberry with microshimmer (liner)

I was not sure what to expect from Rose Envolée.  I do not own many pink eyeshadows, and do not tend to think that a cool pink on the eye area is flattering.  Also, very light shades on the eye can look dated unless one is very careful.

I was pleasantly surprised.  I used the deep cranberry as a liner, which is a very flattering color.  I then swept the light pink/peachy tone all over the lid.  I touched my brow bone and socket with the white shade.  I touched the deep blue-pink on my lid.  I did get some fall-out from this baked formula in the process, but found that the texture was otherwise quite creamy.

I then let the color sit for a few hours—in fact, I went to the gym and ran errands in the summer heat for a few hours.  When I returned, I really liked what I saw.

Except for the liner color, these colors have a luminous transparency that adds a brightening tone to the lid.  The pink-peachy tone is transparent enough, so that it adds a veil of brightening color.  I suppose I should not have been surprised, given that the theme of this collection is Le Blanc de Chanel, and it was introduced with a number of brightening skin care and foundation products.  I really, really love it. In truth, it made me very curious about the foundation and skincare items released with Le Blanc that were not sold in the U.S. as part of the Nordstrom sale (see Iris’ review here)

There is something about the texture of this eyeshadow that allows it to look very fresh and modern.  I’m not entirely sure whether I’ll successfully integrate the cool pink, but otherwise Rose Envolée is a win, win, WIN for this pale-toned makeup lover.  If you are near a Nordstrom, I strongly encourage you to try it.  I was quite surprised that relying on three of these colors gave me a very youthful, fresh and very delicate look.

You can see Sabrina’s review of this palette here at The Beauty Look Book.

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Jul 122011

Le Blanc de Chanel includes two Glossimers (Levres Scintillantes/ Brilliant Extreme Glossimers):  Liaison (#154) and Blossom (#152).  In keeping with theme of this collection, both are very lightweight and sheer.

First, Liaison is a sheer, nearly clear, soft transparent white with tiny multi-colored sparkles. There may be women waiting for a very subtle clear gloss with Chanel’s famous glossimer texture.  If so, now is your chance. Liaison adds a dab of moisture, so that your lips look like they’ve been kissed by dew.

Liaison adds no additional color to your natural lips, except for a hint of microsparkle that gives a slight glow in the tube.  Of course, Liaison makes a lovely Glossimer to add shine when worn over a lipstick.

Liaison Glossimer on Liz brings out her natural lip color, and adds a small touch of sparkle (here, Liaison is applied directly on the lip with no base, pencil or lipstick underneath):

 Second, Blossom is a cool pink in the tube that applies quite sheerly.

The shimmer factor in Blossom is in the medium range, compared to glossimers of the past.  Close up in the tube:

Liz and I found that Blossom gave a pleasant wash of cool color and sparkle to the lips.  It would look lovely over Chanel Rouge Allure Joyeuse.  Here is Blossom applied directly on Liz’s lips (no pencil, lipstick or primer):

Whether these appeal to you depends on your preference for color.  The formula is excellent, the packaging luxurious.  If you are still undecided, look at Sabrina’s reviews at The Beauty Look Book —here for Blossom and here for Liaison.

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Jul 122011

Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in Désinvolte  ($32 / #86) is a sophisticated soft peach infused with nude tone.  This combination keeps the color closer to the neutral family, unlike many peaches and corals that can pull very warm.

I love Désinvolte (which translates to “casual” in French).  It would not attract attention at a counter.  However, it gives that famous soft, moisturizing glow that is typical of the Rouge Allure line. I swear, you would think that there are a 1,000 colors just like it.  Until you wear it, or see it on a celebrity, and realize that there are not many lipsticks that quietly enhance a woman’s coloring without out-shouting her.  I can see this being worn from anything from jeans to a beautiful dress.

I found Désinvolte slightly more beige than the peachier Chanel Rouge Coco Peregrina (reviewed here).  The color of the two are close, but the feel of Désinvolte is sophisticated nude.  Peregrina is more peach.  If these lipsticks were people, Désinvolte would be Catherine Deneuve.  Peregrina would be Kate Middleton.  Both lovely, just a different experience.  To orient you, I’ve included a bright peach-coral (Lancome Chris and Tell) so you can see how soft Désinvolte is by comparison.

On Liz, who has a natural pink tone in her lips:


Between Joyeuse and Désinvolte, I prefer Désinvolte.  Liz prefers Joyeuse, she loves pinks and the color goes better with her blonde hair.

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Jul 122011

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lipcolor in Joyeuse ($32 #87) is part of Le Blanc de Chanel collection that was originally sold exclusively in Asia. Currentlly, it is part of the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. This collection seems to brighten, and it is populated with lovely, luminous color.

Like the other lipsticks in Chanel’s Rouge Allure line, Joyeux is very moisturizing and luxurious. The texture is slightly more sheer.  Also, Liz and I both felt as though there was a slight gel feel to the lipstick, unlike the  more creamy texture of the Rouge Allure lipsticks in Chanel’s line.  A single swipe of Joyeuse gave me a sheer wash of cool pink.  After several swipes, one can build up the color to opacity.  On Liz:

Here are some comparisons.  I used several swipes of Joyeuse next to a single swipe of Chanel Rouge Allure Super (reviewed here, limited edition and no longer available).  Chanel Rouge Coco in Magnolia is also compared (reviewed here).


 Chanel Rouge Allure Joyeuse fits in beautifully with the theme of Le Blanc de Chanel, as well as the Chanel Rose Tourbillon blush.  As a sheerer color, Joyeuse provides an unusual dimension to the Rouge Allure line.  I do not know many lipsticks with the texture of Joyeuse, the touch of gel gives it a luminosity that is lovely and interesting.  It really does add a brightening, pretty effect to lips.

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Jul 112011

Chanel Poudre Lumière Perlée Pearl Glow Powder Highlighting Powder ($60) is a soft, sheer, yellow-gold highlighting powder product that has a beautiful luminosity.  It comes packed with a large, paddle shaped sponge paddle applicator that would provide heavy coverage.

This product gives a diamond-shimmer in the pan.  Some highlighters are simply yellow powder mixed with sparkle.  I recently threw one of these away.  Chanel’s Pearl Glow is made of a more luminous formula that reflects light without adding a significant amount of opaque color to the skin.

Pearl Glow reminds me of the Ombres Perlees de Chanel (reviewed here) in texture, although they are not identical. Instead, Pearl Glow acts more a bit like a traditional powder than the Ombre Perlees, which seemed to be made of some scientifically advanced magic (it is my dream that Chanel would release a highlighter using the identical formula of the Ombres Perlees–Chanel, are you listening?).  But Pearl Glow does have a some of that sheer luminosity that makes the Ombres Perlees so unique.

Although the included sponge applicator is useful, I recommend using a brush for your first try.  A brush gives you a sheerer finish, but you can layer the product using several passes.  I use a standard powder brush, the smaller the better for more precise placement.  Liz and I have also played with Chanel Pearl Glow on the lid and browbone and liked the result.

Comparisons of Chanel Pearl Glow, swatched  next to Nars Albatross, Giorgio Armani Gold Rush Platinum Highlighter (reviewed here), and just a little corner of the peach-toned Yves Saint Laurent Metallic Colorama Highlighter (reviewed here).

It is difficult to get any of these highlighters to show on pale skin, which is a good quality in a highlighter.  Luminosity is usually transparent–one wants the glow, not just a pasty yellow or peach tone.  For these swatches, I used a darker tinted moisturizer over my natural skin so that you could see some of the color differences.  One more try:

Of these, Chanel Pearl Glow as the most transparent and natural.  It was closest to the Armani Platinum.  By comparison, Nars Albatross was much more obviously gold-yellow.  YSL Colorama is really pretty, but it leans far more pink-peach than any of the others.

I also compared Chanel Pearl Glow to the limited edition Estee Lauder Pure Color Luminious Powder (reviewed here).  I found that the Estee Lauder was more peach-pink, and that the formula of the Estee Lauder was more fragile–it tends to crumble a bit in the pan with pressure.  Chanel Pearl Glow is more of a traditional powder, and more robust in the pan.

We experimented on Liz’s upper cheek, ringing below her eye area on the upper cheek, in full sun so you could see some of the effect:

As you can see, the effect is very natural and subtle. This is a few layers, applied a bit heavily with blush brush over blush and foundation.

Bottom line:  An excellent high end highlighter. Sheer and finely textured.  Unlike drugstore products, Chanel Pearl Glow gives a natural, expensive-looking finish even at close proximity.  If you have Armani’s Gold Fever Platinum highlighter, I’d think long and hard before purchasing because these are somewhat close.   The Chanel is more sheer than the Armani (and of course, if you missed Armani’s it was limited edition and is no longer available).

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Jul 102011

Le Blanc de Chanel was released this spring as an exclusive collection available exclusively in Asia.  As originally released, the group included foundations, skincare, and makeup.  Rouge Deluxe has a lovely overview of the entire line as originally released at this link.  This year, the Nordstrom Anniversary sale brings the collection to the U.S.  Nordstrom card holders can buy the collection now, and everyone else will have access on July 15th.

Here is an overview of the items available through the sale:

  • Poudre Lumière Perlée Pearl Glow Powder Highlighting powder $60
  • Rose Envolée Quadra Eye Shadow Palette $57
  • Joues Contraste Blush in Rose Tourbillon Blush $43
  • Rouge Allure Lipstick in Désinvolte and Joyeuse ($32 each)
  • Glossimer Lip Gloss in Blossom and Liason ($28.50 each)

I’ll be posting reviews of the items to help you put your shopping list together.

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