Chanel Coco Codes for Spring 2017

January 3, 2017

Chanel Spring 2017 Coco Codes Collection Review

Happy New Year! I’m excited for the new year, new opportunities and new adventures. My first review of the year starts out on a positive note with a post on the Chanel Coco Codes for spring. I ordered a few pieces from spring 2017 sight unseen. Based on the online stock photos I did not really expect to be wowed as the colors looked pretty but fairly basic and almost boring. After extensive testing I am pleased to report that everything far exceeded my expectations! The Coco Codes collection might appear to consist of standard color options but everything performed really well. Quality and textures are great true to usual Chanel quality standards and as a whole, the collection works well for a pretty updated modern but classic look. What I ordered:

The cheek colors for this collection run on the neutral warm side on me both the Coco Code Blush Harmony Quad and Elegance Blush look very similar on me, the first is slightly deeper and more luminous because of the red and caramel brown tones. The Coco Code Blush Harmony is the most beautiful item in the collection. It’s a quad with a mix of satin and soft mattes that you can swirl for a warm peachy bronzed cheek. The colors can be applied individually but since each portion is on the small side you’ll need a small detail brush to pick up one color at a time. The colors swirled together give a naturally luminous glow – no frost or overpowering shimmer. They blend nicely for a smooth finish that is easy to layer.

Chanel Coco Code Blush Harmony Cheek Quad Spring 2017

Elegance Blush is a soft peachy nude. It has a slight sheen to it and I’m pleased to find that the one sold in the US is indeed the regular US version versus the baked option you see in other countries. For those not familiar with Chanel blushes there are two versions, most of the time the ones released in the US have a different finely milled perfect smooth texture. Countries outside the US receive blushes that are baked, pull very powdery and chalky on my skin and don’t show up as well.

Chanel Spring 2017 Blush Elegance Review via The Beauty Look Book

Chanel Spring 2017 Coco Code Blush Harmony and Blush Elegance Review via The Beauty Look Book

There are two eyeshadow quads Les 4 Ombres and both are excellent in texture and pigment. They come in the round pans but aren’t the baked version. They are similar in texture to that of Les 4 Ombres in Tisse Rivoli and Vendome – almost creamy in texture with rich beautiful shimmer pigment but still powders. Codes Elegants is the golden option which pulls on the yellow side but is still very wearable even though I tend to prefer more neutral gold colors for my olive skin. Codes Subtils is prettier in person than online stock photos show. It has a unique and pretty mix of soft pink, salmon, bronze and brown.

Chanel Spring 2017 Codes Elegants and Codes Subtils Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad Review via The Beauty Look BookChanel Spring 2017 Codes Elegants and Codes Subtils Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad Review via The Beauty Look Book

For the lips I picked one lip color in the Rouge Allure Velvet formula called Libre. It’s been a while since I’ve paid attention to the lip velvets launched so I’m not sure if it’s a new or repromoted shade. It’s new to me and is a perfect flawless neutral rose. It has a velvet matte finish but still looks like it has a very subtle luminous sheen to it – perfect for me as pure matte lips often make my lips look dry. I would have liked to see some glossimers or rouge allure glosses for the launch but if you follow sneak peeks on social it appears they are reformulating the formula sometime in the spring. Back to the lipstick, Libre has smooth medium to full coverage with a moisturizing feel. It feels comforting on the lips and lasting power is pretty good.

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Libre Review

Some comparison swatches, to me it looks almost identical in color to MAC Liptensity in Smoked Almond:

  • MAC Liptensity in Smoked Almond and Toast and Butter – swatched here
  • Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Stoned Rose – swatched here
  • Tom Ford Lips and Boys 2016 in Christopher – swatched here
  • Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick in Mademoiselle – swatched here
  • Tom Ford Lips and Boys 2016 in Ashton – swatched here
  • MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick – swatched here

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Libre Comparisons

Last but not least are the Le Vernis nail polishes. I bought two shades, one is Blanc White which is a sheer white cream color. I need three coats to get the color to show up. I think it makes the hands look polished and clean and even though I know it’s supposed to be a sheer I do wish the pigment was a bit more opaque. Beige Beige is a warm beige that looks almost tan. It’s not the most unique color but I like that it doesn’t have too much of a yellow base like some beige colors do which can make olive skin look sallow or sickly. This one seems to have enough peach to give it some life. Coverage on this one is perfect and I get full smooth coverage with two coats.

Chanel Le Vernis Blanc White and Beige Beige Spring 2017 Chanel Le Vernis Blanc White Spring 2017 Chanel Le Vernis Beige Beige Spring 2017

How the cheek colors will vary depending on your skintone – I found both the face quad and blush have a similar effect on my skin so I wouldn’t call them both must-haves. The blush is more subtle and lighter in color for a more natural look while the cheek quad has more pigment and more color. I don’t favor one over the other however the Coco Code Blush Harmony is more unique and more versatile in the event you want to use individual colors on the eyes or to highlight the cheeks.

Quick look with the Coco Code Blush, Codes Elegants Quad and Libre Rouge Allure Velvet:

Chanel Spring 2017 Coco Codes

Chanel Coco Codes Review for Spring 2017

For the quads I was really surprised by how wearable Codes Elegants is – especially since it has yellow gold tones that I find usually clash with my already yellow-olive skin. I do favor the other option Codes Subtils for the color selection – the shades are just so pretty and pigmented. If there were two things I would pass on they would be the nail colors I picked – they’re nice and pretty neutrals. Great for conservative work environments for for those who want a natural polished look, but they aren’t must-haves to me. That being said I do think finding a good beige can be challenging, so Beige Beige wins for being wearable without looking too sallow or yellow. Have you checked out the collection yet? What did you think?

You can find the collection now online and in stores. Most of the pieces are limited-edition. I bought my pieces online from Chanel and Nordstrom. Also available at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.






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  • Candice

    This is one beautiful collection

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  • This is so aesthetically pleasing! I really would like to try something from Chanel makeup but I’m an undergrad and broke student LOL x

    • Definitely something to save up for!

  • The Harmony Quad looks stunning! And so do those eyeshadow quads! I totally see what you mean about them being fairly standard colours but sometimes this is perfect because it just makes them so wearable. I know I am guilty of owning waaaaay too many neutral palettes – haha!xx

    • Hi Frances – glad you thinks so too! I thought “these are going to be so boring” but was pleasantly surprised how well they wear 🙂

  • LORI Jenkins

    Happy new year Sabrina! Lovely review to start the year off with! I’m def. ordering Codes Subtils. All the products look beautiful, but I’ve already got a peachy Joues Contraste that I rarely use. Looking forward to Chanel releasing the new glossimers!

    • Hi Lori – Happy New Year to you too lovely! I think the Codes Subtils is the one unique item worth splurging, but yes if you have similar colors for other items skip, shop your stash and save for the glossimers!

  • Gail

    I’m a lot paler than you and not a fan of Beige Beige on myself, but I love the Codes Subtils quad, Blanc White np, and the black top coat. The top coat is fun and easier to work with than I’d imagined. I think you might like it!

    • Hi Gail – I can totally see how Beige Beige would be different on fair/pale girls! I’ve been wondering about the black top coat! I bought one years ago from another line and just didn’t really love it. Since then the tinted top coat thing hasn’t been my thing but I’m going to give it a look at the counter since you say it’s good 🙂

  • Happy new year, Sabrina!
    Thanks for the reviews and swatches. They’re wonderful as ever. I was going to pass on the collection because like you I didn’t think it looked all that exciting. Now I want Elegance blush & Codes Subtils. 😉

    • Hi Lena! Happy you liked the review! I agree about the look of the collection – if you can get to a counter definitely try them out 🙂

  • moodboard

    I haven’t bought anything from the last three collections *cries*. I miss all the dreamy greens, blues, and pinks. I have seen some special highlighters floating around on instagram and crossing fingers and toes they are not just Asia releases.

    • Hi Moodboard – I agree with you about the dreamy collections of past launches. I remember years of literally dying of excitement with the beautiful colors from previous seasons! I am hoping that Le Blanc collection you mentioned is going to launch in the US, but I have no idea if it will!

  • Elise G

    Am I the only one who clicked on this link thinking “GWP Codes for Chanel OMG?!?!” LOL!
    And I did not know that Chanel releases different formulations depending on the market, that is very interesting!
    Lovely swatches and very helpful comprehensive review 🙂

    • Haha – yes the word “code” does indeed make me think GWP too.

  • Clothilde

    I’ve been so excited about this collection! So far, I have the Codes Elegants quad, the two nail colors you chose, and the Beige Dore Rouge Coco Shine. The quad is gorgeous, I love it, and I think I may need to go back for the Codes Subtils. Of course, I am lusting over Coco Code Blush Harmony and will probably not be able to resist, despite the fact I received the Lumieres de Kyoto Harmony Blush as a gift. But they are so different and one needs both, right? Right! So many beautiful things.

    • LOL! I haven’t seen the Lumieres de Kyoto yet so I can’t compare!

  • M Fay

    I REALLY wanted the white polish to be more opaque! I was bummed out when I searched it.

    • I hope I saved you some $$$ then! The search for the perfect opaque white polish continues!

  • SoSuSam

    Everything looks just beautiful on you. The only thing I got from the collection was the Noir Moderne RC Shine. I bought it unseen, worrying that it might be too close to RC Shine Aura, which I own and enjoy wearing during winter. (It’s old now. I should toss it; but I’m lazy.) Noir Moderne is more red than Aura, which is pretty purple, but they are about the same intensity/darkness, if that makes sense. Though they are distinctly different in color, they look pretty similar on my mauve lips, probably because the formula is sheer. If you have one, not sure you need the other; still, they’re both nice for winter. Libre looks beautiful on you–I didn’t give it a second thought, but you’re making me want to try it. (As always 🙂

    • LORI Jenkins

      I’m so glad you commented about Noir Moderne – I’m so intrigued by it and haven’t made it to a counter to check it out. The swatches online look so different on everyone!

    • Thank you SoSuSam for the tip on the RCS! I think I can safely pass since I already own Aura (I think). I’ve lost track by now! LOL.

  • Rachel

    I absolutely love both the blush quad and the Elegance blush single. They look like they aren’t sparkly or matte, just the perfect satiny finish.

    • Perfectly put Rachel 🙂

  • Daisy chiu


    Happy New Year

    I have been on the lookout for a subtle blush and have been eyeing the Marc Jacobs air blush in Flesh & Fantasy. How does that compare to Elegance Blush?

    Thank you

    Love and warm wishes from San Francisco


  • Shelley

    In love with the Blush Harmony Quad and Codes Subtils!

  • HeyTrudi

    As usual your review is great. I so appreciate your honest reviews.

  • Tracey E.

    Exceptional review and pictures as always. Am most interested in the Coco Codes Harmony Blush. Trying to resist the eyeshadows until I see the next collection. I love that the pieces of this collection are so complimentary to each other.

    • Thanks Tracey – glad you liked the post! And yes I love that everything is so well coordinated in this collection 🙂

  • Santra

    I ended up getting the red nail color, Rouge Red. I need to go back and look at the quads again and I’ll likely purchase one. I have so many quads, but I was impressed with these when I swatched them. At the time I was Christmas shopping, so I just grabbed the nail color (Nordstrom Note ???? ) and said I’d go back later. Love your swatches as usual! ????

    • Hi Santra – I was tempted by the Rouge Red but decided to pass as I already have tons of reds! Hmmm… maybe I need to reconsider 🙂

  • Tanja

    Happy new year, Sabrina! I have been looking forward to your review of this collection. I completely agree with you on the products. Both eye quads have a sublime sheen, last forever and are really pretty colors. The noir pétrole eye liner is lovely, too. I also recommend both Coco shines worn together, the beige doré first and the noir moderne over it.

    • Thanks Tanja! I’ll look into the RCS 🙂

  • I was surprised too by the quality and pigmentation of those eyeshadows! I also like the look of Rouge Allure Velvet Libre on you!

  • I agree: the Coco Code Blush Harmony has to be the most beautiful piece of the collection, so gorgeous and, thanks to your description, I believe it would suit me! I also really like the nail polishes’ shades, I know nudes and neutrals aren’t very exciting but I also believe it is quite hard to create beautiful ones!

  • I agree: the Coco Code Blush Harmony has to be the most beautiful piece of the collection, so gorgeous and, thanks to your description, I believe it would suit me! I also really like the nail polishes’ shades, I know nudes and neutrals aren’t very exciting but I also believe it is quite hard to make beautiful ones!

  • What a fantastic collection! The blush harmony shades are so pretty. I’m instantly drawn to that product x

  • Kelly

    I had no idea the blushes in the US vs international were different! I wonder what version we get in Canada..? That quad blusher is gorgeous.

  • Bonnie

    Thanks for your review of the Chanel White polish. I agree it makes for a polished look and just might give it a second look. Originally it was a pass for me. Needing 3 coats is a bit of a bummer.

    • Hi Bonnie, I can totally see how 3 coats can be a deal breaker!

  • Mariann

    I have the Blush Harmony on hold for me to pick up tomorrow @ Nordstrom. I haven’t purchased a Chanel Blush in years, and am not missing this one. I do like Elegance but will pass & purchase the Harmony blush instead as I am warm toned and each color looks versatile and swatched together they look lovely. I am really loving the Codes Subtils as well but I have so many Chanel quads and eyeshadow in general, I am going to stick to a Blush this time.
    Thank you Sabrina for your wonderful blog and excellent reviews, & Happy New Year!

    • Happy New Year to you too Mariann! Hope you like the blush as much as I do!

  • The eyeshadows are fantastic and it’s been a while since I bought something from Chanel. I love the Codes Subtils and the nail polishes.I will definitely drop by their beautiful pop up store to see this collection.Thanks for the review! Happy New Year

  • nawi

    I just bought the codes subtils quads and the coco code Haroumy blush I did not want to risk them being sold out so I bought these without being able to even test them what I normally do not do but they look so gorgeous and are LE so I felt I needed to haha. I am so glad to read in your post how positive you are about these! I might go back for the two eyeliners as they seem to pair very well with the quad. Thanks for posting such a wonderful post about Chanel, my favorite brand, again!

  • 1montrealaise3

    Thank you for the swatches and review! I’m definitely getting the Elégance blush – it reminds me of a Chanel blush which I used to have and absolutely loved called Incognito but sadly it was discontinued.

    • nic

      Looks like Incognito and another one I am too lazy to look at! Sabrina, my wallet hates you but I love you! Been lurking for about 6 months. I have fallen in love even more with Edward Bess.

  • nawi

    Got the elegance blush and the libre lipstick after reading your review and seeing how beautiful libre was in you! And of course the two eyeliners to go with the quad. The sales lady said that beige dore pairs well as topper on the libre lipstick and could be also used as a highlighter. Haven’t read many reviews on the beige dore so I no sure about that one. I am tempted though. Haha as I have not bought enough yet. A girl cannot have too much Chanel I guess ????