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Chanel Dernieres Neiges de Chanel Collection

February 22, 2018

Chanel Dernieres Neiges de Chanel Collection Review

There’s a new collection out for spring called Dernieres Neiges de Chanel. For the moment the entire collection appears to be a Chanel.com exclusive but you may be able to also find the pieces at Chanel boutiques. At this time I’m not sure if the items will trickle into retail stores and counters. I ordered a few pieces online and after testing these for several weeks now I’m about 50/50 on this collection. Everything is limited-edition.

At first glance all the colors look right up my alley with soft pinks. What I ended up with:

Premiere Fleurs Harmony of Powders and Les Tissages de Chanel in Evanescent

Chanel Premiere Fleurs Harmony of Powders and Tweed Evanescent Blushes

Premiere Fleurs Harmony of Powders ($70 for 13 g) is a highlighting powder with three colors of powdery white, light peach and pink. The white has an overspray of glitter and underneath is a sheer satiny powder. I had high hopes for this as I’m usually a huge fan of the limited-edition highlighter powders. This ended up being chalky, fairly pale and barely had any glow. I’m not sure how it would look on fair skin, but on medium tan or darker I’m pretty certain this would be almost non-existent. It swatched so well on the arm but on the face it pretty much disappeared into the skin.

Les Tissages de Chanel in Evanescent ($45 for 5.5 g) is a medium-deep pink. It has a lovely shimmer in the pan and if you swipe it on your fingers. Once applied either on the arm or face the shimmer almost disappears into a soft semi-matte looking blush. It seems a little darker than most pink Chanel blushes I’ve tried, many are often brighter or more blue based. This one is so pretty on the skin.

Chanel Premiere Fleurs Harmony of Powders and Tweed Evanescent Blushes

One look with the Premiere Fleurs Harmony Powder packed on heavily and the Rouge Coco Shine in Dernier Givre. Foundation worn is the Diorskin Forever Undercover in 21 + 31 mixed together set with MAC Next to Nothing Pressed Powder in Medium Plus.

Chanel Premiere Fleurs Harmony of Powders and Magnolia Rouge Coco Gloss

Below wearing Chanel Tweed Evanescent and the Rouge Coco Gloss in Camelia. Same base as above.

Chanel Tweed Evanescent Blush and Camelia Rouge Coco Gloss

Rouge Coco Gloss, Rouge Coco Shine and Rouge Coco Stylo

Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss in Magnolia and Camelia

 

Rouge Coco Gloss in Magnolia ($30 for 5.5 g) is a very sheer light warm pink with lots of sparkles. The color is so sheer on my pigmented lips there is practically no color. If it had enough pigment to look more like what you see in the tube I’d give it a thumbs up. For me I’ll use it up as I think it is pretty, but it’s not unique enough to justify if you already own a lot of sheer shimmering glosses.

Rouge Coco Gloss in Camelia ($30 for 5.5 g) is a deeper pink, this one is also very sheer but the brightness gives this more color payoff than the lighter option. There is a lot of sparkle in this shade as well but it’s smooth and cushiony in the shine.

Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo Poesie and Rouge Coco Shine Dernier Givre

Rouge Coco Stylo in Poesie ($37) is a medium nude pink cream. Coverage is medium with this one and it has a semi-sheer shiny finish. Since it’s a glossy lipstick lasting power isn’t going to be long. It’s like the Rouge Coco Shines where you will have to reapply every few hours.

Rouge Coco Shine in Dernier Givre ($37 for 3 g) is a pale sheer pink opal shimmer. Color payoff is also very sheer but the iridescent quality makes it actually show up on the lips. It has a smooth hydrating feel and adds a pretty sheen.

Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss Magnolia, Camelia, Rouge Coco Stylo Poesie, Rouge Coco Shine Dernier Givre

Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss Magnolia, Camelia, Rouge Coco Stylo Poesie, Rouge Coco Shine Dernier Givre swatches

Le Vernis Aurore

Chanel Le Vernis AuroreChanel Le Vernis Aurore swatches

Le Vernis in Aurore ($28 for 13 ml) is a warm pink with a hint of blue undertone. It has a very subtle hint of pearl if you look closely in the bottle. On the nails it acts more like a cream. Coverage is full and opaque. Above applied with two coats.

Chanel Dernieres Neiges de Chanel Collection Review and Swatches

Overall I love the Aurore Nail Polish, Tweed Evanescent Blush and Camelia Rouge Coco Gloss. The others I like but don’t think are must-haves due to the sheerness and fact that they seem very easy to dupe from previous Chanel launches. That being said I did find myself reaching for the sheer Rouge Coco Shine quite a bit in the past week.

Everything from the Dernieres Neiges de Chanel Collection is limited-edition. Available now at Chanel.com. If you’ve spotted it at counters or know if it will launch in stores at a later date let me know in the comments.

Have you tried anything from this launch? What did you think?

 

Chanel Fragrance Lips

Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Blush + Valentine’s Day Picks

February 12, 2018

Chanel Beauty Rouge Coco Lip Blush Review and Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Chanel has quite a few new launches this spring and today I’m thrilled to give you a peek at the new Rouge Coco Lip Blush along with some other picks for Valentine’s Day in fragrance, nails and lips. Right now it appears most of these are exclusive to Chanel.com, I suspect they will trickle into stores and counters soon.

First is a selection of options in the scent Chance Eau Tendre. This is a bright fruity floral that has grapefruit, green notes and quince mixed with jasmine and a bit of mush. It’s very spring-like and romantic. If you like this scent in the Eau de Toilette form you can now wear it in a number of ways including the Body Oil Spray (lovely lightweight feel with excellent packaging), Moisturizing Body Cream (luxurious smooth and cooling on the skin) and Hair Mist. My favorite is the Hair Mist because it has enough throw but is still soft enough that it’s not overpowering. The entire line smells like spring.

Chanel Chance Eau Tendre Review

The Rouge Coco Lip Blush is a unique lightweight gel product for lips and cheeks. The colors are vibrant and bold in the tube but once you blend the color sheers out quite a bit for a soft tint. On the lips I can layer easily for more color – it’s not something you have to pack on to get to show up. On the cheeks however the gel is quite sheer and a tiny bit dewy for a very natural youthful glow perfect for spring. There’s no detectable scent and these come with a soft double sided sponge applicator.

Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Blush Review and Swatches via The Beauty Look Book

On the lips I apply directly with the sponge. On the cheeks I make three to four dabs of color and then blend with the fingers. I was initially worried that my foundation and powder would get the sponge dirty but as long as you dab lightly there’s no issue. Also these work really well over foundation and powder. As long as your base isn’t super matte and super heavy you can layer on top and blend without it looking like you caked on product on your face.

The six colors include:

  • 410 Corail Naturel sheer medium peach pink
  • 412 Orange Explosif bright orange
  • 414 Tender Rose sheer medium warm pink
  • 416 Teasing Pink bright sheer cool pink
  • 418 Rouge Captivant bold classic red
  • 420 Burning Berry deep brown plum

Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Blush Review and Swatches via The Beauty Look Book

To me, Corail Naturel and Tender Rose look almost identical on me. The difference is very slight with Tender Rose having just a bit more pink. Those two are also the sheerest. Swatched below blended versus layered to show how much the color sheers out:

Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Blush Review and Swatches via The Beauty Look Book, Corail Naturel, Orange Explosif, Tender Rose, Teasing Pink, Rouge Captivant and Burning Berry

Close up of the applicators:

Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Blush Lip Swatches via The Beauty Look Book, Corail Naturel, Orange Explosif, Tender Rose, Teasing Pink, Rouge Captivant and Burning Berry

Wearing each of the colors on both lips and cheeks. As you can see below the colors on the cheeks are very sheer when blended. They give just a soft hint of color with a dewy finish. Also wearing on the face is the Estee Lauder Doublewear Nude in 3W1, MAC Next to Nothing Pressed Powder in Medium Plus, Hourglass Arch Brow Pencil in Warm Brunette (I can also pull off Soft Brunette).

Everything is swatched on bare lips, nothing else is ever added unless I list it in the descriptions above. Corresponding color is also on the cheeks blended except for 414 Tender Rose which you can see dabbed on one cheek and blended on the other.

Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Blush Lip Swatches via The Beauty Look Book, Corail Naturel, Orange Explosif, Tender Rose, Teasing Pink, Rouge Captivant and Burning Berry

Overall lasting power is medium, on the cheeks they stay put for a few hours but due to the dewy nature they can get a tiny bit shiny looking. On the lips these feel like a weightless gel. Lasting power is good for a few hours and the deeper shades leave a tiny bit of a stain. The lighter shades fade on me fairly fast. Overall thoughts are that these are true to Chanel’s style of the simple classic kind of beauty. I wish the neutrals had a bit more pigment because the colors are PERFECT! They do make for a very nice barely there polished look though. My favorite out of the entire bunch is Teasing Pink. It’s a sheer hot pink, the sheerness makes it wearable for me.

There are a lot of other coordinating products to go with the new Rouge Coco Lip Blush in lipsticks and nail polishes. I don’t have any to review at this time but if you’re interested in anything let me know in the comments.

Last but not least are two classics, they aren’t new, but the Chanel Le Vernis in Shantung is a classic red perfect for Valentine’s Day, but really wearable for year round. Rouge Allure Velvet in Rouge Feu is a classic warm bright red fr the lips if you’re looking for something bold.

Chanel Le Vernis Shantung and Rouge Allure Velvet Rouge Feu

Chanel Le Vernis Shantung and Rouge Allure Velvet Rouge Feu swatches

Bottom line lots to love for me. The weather is warming up here which makes me feel ready to break out the spring scents. Chance Eau Tendre to me is a perfect warm weather fragrance that’s feminine and light but not too strong. For the Rouge Coco Lip Blush I really like the colors as I think they’re going to be flattering on a number of skintones and would have bought them even if I didn’t receive them as press samples. I’m still trying to get used to the formula as I’m normally not really into gel products but I like that they give a very fresh faced look. Given the lightweight practically weightless feel I know I’m going to appreciate it a lot more once the weather warms up and humidity rises.

You can find the Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Blush, Chance Eau Tendre, Shantung and Rouge Feu all on Chanel.com. For a limited time they’re offering complimentary overnight shipping on all US orders placed by Tuesday February 13 at 2 PM, I do believe anything with nail products have to ship ground though.

Have you tried the Rouge Coco Lip Blush yet? If yes what did you think?

Chanel items sent courtesy of Chanel for review.

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Chanel Beauty Spring-Summer 2018 Collection Picks

January 30, 2018

Chanel Spring-Summer Makeup 2018 | The Beauty Look Book

I finally have a roundup of my picks from the Chanel Spring-Summer 2018 Collection! I ordered a few items sight unseen from the Chanel website and overall the colors have a summery vibe with lots of brights. I skipped quite a few items as I can’t really pull off greens or yellows very well and some of the lip options seem very bold and red.

What I ordered:

Up first is my favorite item of the collection which is the Joues Contraste blush in Foschia Rosa. It’s a medium bright coral that brightens the face with a very nice flush. It’s not too dark and not too bright for my skin tone but I do apply with a light hand. It has a soft smooth texture in the US blush formula (non-US countries usually have a baked version for the Chanel blushes). There’s a tiny sheen but it’s pretty much a satiny matte.

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Foschia Rosa | The Beauty Look Book

Swatch comparisons below to a few other coral/reds:

  • Chanel Les Beiges Duo No 2 (discontinued)
  • Chanel Foschia Rosa (spring-summer 2018)
  • Chanel Rouge Profond (review here)
  • Natasha Denona Diamond and Blush Palette in Citrus cream and powder blushes (full palette swatched here)
  • Tom Ford Cheek Duo in Paradise Lust (review here)

Coral Red Blush swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Next are the lip products. I’m already a fan of the Rouge Coco Gloss formula (other shades reviewed here). They’re cushiony high shine glosses with a sponge applicator. There’s no detectable scent and the shades are so so pretty! I love all the new spring shades although the blue one is pretty much clear. Colors are sheer with a subtle tint of color. Scroll down a little and you will see some swatch comparisons. There are similar options in the existing Rouge Coco Gloss lineup. You might want to shop your stash if you already own some of these.

  • 786 Sibylla soft peach coral
  • 788 Parthenope honey beige shimmer
  • 792 Aphrodite sheer blue
  • 794 Poppea bright coral pink

There are also new shades of Rouge Allure Ink and even though I’ve never had much luck with this formula I still ordered one in Eterea which is a light but bright pink if that makes sense. I’m obsessed with the color although it is very streaky when I apply it. It needs some layering and drying to make it smooth but the color is so good I’m determined to make it work!

Chanel Spring-Summer 2018 Makeup Lips

Chanel Spring-Summer 2018 Makeup Lips

Chanel Spring-Summer 2018 Rouge Coco Gloss Swatches

Rouge Coco Gloss comparisons swatches, other colors reviewed in this post:

Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Rouge Allure Ink comparison swatches, Cle de Peau Radiant Rouge reviewed here, NARS Lip Cover in Summer Fire swatched here, Sisley Phyto-Lip Twist #2 Baby reviewed here

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Last but not least are the Le Vernis nail products. There are four colors total and I bought three. Nuvola Rosa is hands down a must! It’s one of the prettiest baby pinks I’ve ever tried and it has full smooth coverage with 2 coats. Verde Pastello is a fun aqua color I think will be nice for toes but to me this is definitely more of a summer color rather than spring. Arancio Vibrante is a very bright deep orange color and the formula on this is amazing – it’s a one coat wonder, but I still usually always apply 2.

Chanel Spring-Summer 2018 Le Vernis Nuvola Rosa, Verde Pastello, Arancia Vibrante

Two coats in each swatch photo. For reference you can see my How I Maintain Hands for Healthy Looking Nails post for my DIY tips and tricks. I don’t wear a lot of nail polish like I used to but I probably get salon manicures once every other month now. The rest of the time I trim and cut myself and paint them on my own.

Chanel Nuvola Rosa Le Vernis | The Beauty look book

Chanel Verde Pastello Le Vernis

Chanel Arancio Vibrante Le Vernis

Beauty look below wearing:

Quick tip – my favorite brush to apply super pigmented blushes is the Wayne Goss #11 because it’s fluffy enough to pick up color but give a sheer application.

Chanel Spring-Summer 2018 Beauty Look

My favorites below, pretty much everything I bought minus the blue and aqua items:

Chanel Spring-Summer 2018 Favorites | The Beauty Look Book

My ABSOLUTE fav items are the Joues Contraste Foscia Rosa and Nuvola Rosa nail polish. I highly recommend both! Most of the collection is limited-edition. You can always see the indicators on the Chanel website if you’re unsure but these days I usually assume most everything is limited-edition.

You can find the Chanel Spring-Summer 2018 collection at counters now. Online at Chanel, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and all other Chanel retailers.

Have you checked out this collection yet? What did you think?

There’s also a Denieres Neiges de Chanel collection out which I’ll review soon!

 

Chanel Highlighters

Chanel Highlighters Poudre Lumiere and Le Signe du Lion

December 3, 2017

Chanel Highlighters Poudre Lumiere in Ivory Gold and Rosy Gold, Le Signe du Lion in Or Blanc and Or Rose Review | The Beauty Look Book

There are new Chanel highlighters that come in two formulas. One is called Poudre Lumiere Highlighting Powder ($58 for 8.5 g/0.30 oz, made in Italy) and the other is called Le Signe du Lion Illuminating Powder ($70 for 9 g/0.31 oz, made in Italy). Both are listed as Chanel.com exclusives and limited-edition. At this point I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels like the world does not need another highlighter. I still love these and think they are quite stunning. That being said if you already own a lot I don’t think any of these will be must-haves as I do think you can get a similar effect with other Chanel launches or even ones from Dior. I would have liked to do a handful of comparison swatches, however if you have followed along on @beautylookbook you know I’ve been traveling! We made a quick stop to Los Angeles for a wedding and up next is Miami for Art Basel. Due to the traveling I didn’t have time to search for dupes or swatch them. Notes and thoughts below. As a die-hard Chanel lover there would have been practically nothing to stop me from buying these four. First a look at all four Chanel Highlighters Poudre Lumiere and Le Signe du Lion and side by side swatches:

Chanel Highlighters Poudre Lumiere in Ivory Gold and Rosy Gold, Le Signe du Lion in Or Blanc and Or Rose Review | The Beauty Look Book

Chanel Highlighters Poudre Lumiere in Ivory Gold and Rosy Gold, Le Signe du Lion in Or Blanc and Or Rose swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Poudre Lumiere

Up first is the Poudre Lumiere formula. This is one of Chanel’s more sparkly options. Chanel describes this as an illuminating face powder that captures and reflects light for a sheer radiant finish. I do think it’s light reflecting and radiant, but I didn’t find these sheer. You can definitely apply with a light hand or fluffy brush for a sheer finish, but I found these fairly pigmented. The texture is stiffer than a traditional powder. I find they have a similar feel in texture to the Dior Nude Air Luminizers but the Chanels have tiny flecks of sparkle. They are really pretty for holiday, I don’t mind the shimmer but if you want more of a glow, opt for the other two. Ivory Gold is a golden champagne and Rosy Gold is a deeper pink/peach version. Lasting power is really good. On me they don’t emphasize pores or texture. I actually think these are amazing as eyeshadows.

Chanel Poudre Lumiere Highlighting Powders | The Beauty Look Book

Chanel Poudre Lumiere Highlighting Powders - Ivory Gold and Rosy Gold

Wearing below: Tom Ford Waterproof Foundation/Concealer in Natural + Tawny mixed, Urban Decay Naked2 Palette on the eyes, each corresponding highlighter on the cheeks, Chanel Le Rouge Crayon in Rose Violine.

Chanel Poudre Lumiere Highlighting Powders - Ivory Gold and Rosy Gold

Le Signe du Lion

The Le Signe du Lion Illuminating Powders have a more creamy smooth feel to them. I absolutely love these! They give the skin a lovely soft sheen. Pigment is medium and easy to blend or layer. On my tan complexion they look similar – Or Blanc is a white gold and Or Rose is a peachy pink. If you’re light to fair these will most likely look darker on you. Lasting power is also really good, even in humid weather. They stay put all day without getting dewy looking or greasy.

Chanel Le Signe du Lion Illuminating Powder Review | The Beauty Look Book

Chanel Le Signe du Lion Illuminating Powder Highlighters

Wearing below: Tom Ford Waterproof Foundation/Concealer in Natural + Tawny mixed, Urban Decay Naked2 Palette on the eyes, each corresponding highlighter on the cheeks, Hourglass Confession Lipsticks in If Only + I Woke Up.

Chanel Le Signe du Lion Illuminating Powder Highlighters

Each powder comes with its own brush. They’re nice for touch ups, but as usual I prefer full sized brushes to apply makeup. The Le Signe du Lion ones come with a red compact and the other comes in a classic black one.

Chanel Highlighters Poudre Lumiere in Ivory Gold and Rosy Gold, Le Signe du Lion in Or Blanc and Or Rose Review | The Beauty Look Book

One last look:

Chanel Highlighters Poudre Lumiere in Ivory Gold and Rosy Gold, Le Signe du Lion in Or Blanc and Or Rose swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Chanel Highlighters Poudre Lumiere in Ivory Gold and Rosy Gold, Le Signe du Lion in Or Blanc and Or Rose Review | The Beauty Look Book

 

Overall the four are excellent in quality, pigment, smoothness, lasting power and texture. I think that the Poudre Lumieres are more sparkly and inline with the current shimmery more intense highlighter trend. The Le Signe du Lion is smoother and has a softer glow. After testing these I don’t think it’s necessary to own all four but they are beautiful. My favorites are the Le Signe du Lion out of the bunch, I really like Or Rose. While they are quite the splurge I think they are worth the price. That being said if you already own a lot and are looking for something unique, you may find these too similar to what you already own.

You can find the Chanel Poudre Lumiere and Le Signe du Lion highlighters online now at Chanel.com, both are limited edition.

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Chanel Jardin de Chanel Blush Camelia Peche

November 27, 2017

Chanel Jardin de Chanel Blush Camelia Peche Review | The Beauty Look Book

There’s a new Cyber Monday launch from Chanel and I’m thrilled to give you a first look at the Jardin de Chanel Blush Camelia Peche ($48 for 3 g/0.1 oz, made in France, limited-edition, Chanel.com exclusive). This is a beautiful soft silky peach and pink blush with an embossed camellia flower design. According to the description it has a mix of blush shades in Espeigle and Malice intertwined. As a peach-obsessed makeup lover I think is just stunning.

The description online describes this as a Joues Contraste formula featuring baked powder technology. Long-time Chanel lovers know that there are different formulas across countries. This one appears to be softer than the non-US baked formula – it’s delicate and soft, just like the Jardin de Chanel Blush Camelia Rose from 2014 (pink version, scroll down lower for a comparison).

Shown below, Jardin de Chanel Blush Camelia Peche:

Chanel Jardin de Chanel Blush Camelia Peche Review | The Beauty Look Book

Jardin de Chanel Blush Camelia Peche mixed has a soft peachy pink tinge with a satiny sheen. It makes the skin glow in a natural way with sheer to medium coverage. It has the signature soft floral scent that Chanel powder blushes have but is non-irritating and isn’t overpowering to me. Lasting power is pretty good – it stayed on for several hours before it started to fade. Overall pigment is natural but you can layer it for a bit more color.

Chanel Jardin de Chanel Blush Camelia Peche Cyber Monday Launch | The Beauty Look Book

Each shade swatched individually and then mixed together. It looks softer and smoother on the skin than it appears on the swatch below. It’s suddenly incredibly dry here now that fall/winter has arrived in Florida and my skin has definitely felt it.

Chanel Jardin de Chanel Blush Camelia Peche Cyber Monday swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Shown below, on the left it’s layered with a heavier hand. On the right it has just a couple soft sweeps. Also worn on the face:

Chanel Jardin de Chanel Blush Camelia Peche Cyber Monday Launch | The Beauty Look Book

Chanel Jardin de Chanel Blush Camelia Peche Review | The Beauty Look Book

A quick comparison to the 2014 Blush Camelia Rose, I can’t believe I still had a backup of this! Both have the same soft texture so if you tried the Rose version know that the Peche version has the same finish and soft satiny sheen.

Chanel Jardin de Chanel Blush Camelia Peche vs Rose | The Beauty Look Book

Swatches, side by side – I have to emphasize that these blushes aren’t dry-looking on the skin, it’s just my arm that’s dry due to weather changes here. I’ve been applying lip balm like CRAZY for the last week. I’ve also started using coconut oil again on the body. Hoping it will help with the weather changes.

Chanel Jardin de Chanel Blush Camelia Peche vs Rose | The Beauty Look Book

Chanel Jardin de Chanel Blush Camelia Peche Review | The Beauty Look Book

You can find the Chanel Jardin de Chanel Blush Camelia Peche starting today exclusively at Chanel.com. It is limited-edition. Do you love peachy blushes? If yes what are your favorites?

Many thanks to Chanel for sending this as an early preview for me to share.

 

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10 Things I’m Loving From Chanel

October 26, 2017

Chanel Fall Beauty + Favorites | The Beauty Look Book

Happy Thursday everyone! Today I have a roundup of some newer favorites from Chanel. I’ve been a fan of the line for many years. Recent makeup launches to be hit or miss for me but I’ve found some new launches that I’ve truly fallen in love with. A lot of you have asked for a review on the new Gabrielle Chanel Perfume and La Creme Main hand cream – I have those to feature along with some other newer-ish Chanel discoveries today. Up first are two of the newest launches along with a long-time favorite.

  • Gabrielle Chanel Eau de Parfum is Chanel’s latest for perfume. It’s a bright but warm feminine sweet floral. It has notes of jasmine, ylang-ylang, orange blossom, tuberose. To me it’s a delicate and elegant kind of fragrance. Lasting power is quite good and I can detect it on my skin throughout the day by late afternoon. It has a bright feel to it that will lift the mood, but as perfume is so personal, I think this is one you’ll either really love or feel lukewarm about. I love this for fall and for daytime.
  • La Creme Main is one of the most uniquely packaged hand creams I’ve ever seen. It comes in a squeeze tube shaped like an oval. It has a removable cap that snaps onto the top. It’s described as a moisturizing, brightening and protective hand treatment formulated to absorb quickly. It has a light fresh clean almost linen-like scent and hydrating feel without any greasy residue. The drydown is very soft with a velvety feel.
  • Les Exclusifs de Chanel Fresh Body Cream is one of my favorite body creams. It comes in a large glass jar and while it’s pretty spendy it does last a very long time. It’s described as having a delicate floral musky whisper and I’d say that about sums it up. It’s a soft lightweight cream that adds a veil of moisture to the body without interfering with your perfume. For me it’s perfect to apply at night before bed because it gives me enough moisture without being sticky so I don’t feel like I’m sticking to the sheets or blankets. I’ve gone through one tub so far and this is my second one. It’s 100% worth the splurge but if you need something super hydrating you may want to opt for something like L’Occitane’s Shea Ultra Rich Body Creams or Kopari’s Coconut Melt instead.

Chanel Gabrielle Perfume, La Creme Main, Les Exclusifs de Chanel

Chanel La Creme Main Review

Up next for the eyes:

  • Ombre Premiere in Ray is a limited-edition shade that is part of the Neon Wave collection, as far as I know it is an online-exclusive, it’s not quite as pale as the stock photo but it does have a pale pearly champagne sheen. To me it’s similar in undertone to Flesh which I already own and love, Ray is a little bit lighter and a lot more shimmery in color. I live for these kinds of champagne shimmer colors!
  • Les 4 Ombres in City Lights is a color from the fall collection (reviewed + beauty look worn here) and while it’s a pretty basic quad, I’ve found myself reaching for it frequently. A lot of you asked for a comparison to Poesie which has long been discontinued. I was able to dig up a backup and swatched them side by side. As you can see I don’t use the applicators these come with but try to keep them in the compacts just in case. I really prefer to use full-size brushes instead as they are easier to hold and use.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres City Lights vs Poesie, Ombre Premiere in Ray vs Flesh | The Beauty Look Book

Chanel Les 4 Ombres City Lights vs Poesie, Ombre Premiere in Ray vs Flesh | The Beauty Look Book

For holiday, there is a new Le Volume de Chanel Mascara in Character which is a reddish plum wine color. I really love the Le Volume de Chanel mascara but some of the seasonal colors have been smudgy. This one performed true to the classic formula. It volumizes, holds the curl, doesn’t clump and this one didn’t smudge. The color once on the lashes is pretty dark but I really love playing with the tinted mascaras from Chanel so this was worth the splurge for me. Below is a swatch of the new Character plum wine colored mascara next to the classic Noir:

Chanel Le Volume de Chanel Character Mascara

Last but not least, I’ve really been enjoying the new design of Chanel brushes. I did a review on these when they launched a few months ago. I’ve found they still have held up really well and perform perfectly. Four that I’ve been loving include:

Chanel Makeup Brushes New Design

That wraps it up for my 10 things I’m loving right now! There’s actually eleven as I’ve fallen in love with the Sublimage Le Teint (I’m Shade 40) but I’m saving that for my luxury base roundup coming soon. You can find all of these at Chanel.com and at all Chanel counters. Ray, I believe is a limited-edition Chanel.com exclusive (correct me if you’ve spotted it at your local counter).

Do you have any Chanel favorites right now?

Press samples featured include Gabrielle, La Creme Main, Eye Contour Brush, Blending Eyeshadow Brush, and Precision Powder Brush. All other items purchased by me.

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Chanel Fall-Winter 2017 Makeup Collection

August 21, 2017

Chanel Fall-Winter 2017 Makeup Collection

Chanel is among the first to launch their Fall-Winter 2017 Beauty Collection this year with a California Travel Diary inspired set of colors. So many of you have requested a review and from the items I ordered I’ve found some hits and misses. I’ll say up front the Les 4 Ombres in City Lights is a the highlight for me and one of the prettiest neutral-cool palettes I’ve tried. Based on the color payoff and texture I’ll be looking at Road Movie once it hits counters but for now it appears everything is only available online at Chanel.

Up first is the Palette Essentielle in Beige Clair 150 which has a concealer, highlighter and cream color. All the items in this palette are creams and the one I ordered has a concealer that is definitely too light for me to conceal but it does work as an eye base to even out the lids. I ordered sight unseen so I can’t report on the pigment of the other two, but Beige Clair has a pigmented concealer with a matte finish, a soft medium-sheer light peachy pink cream and a pale white highlighter with sheer but buildable finish. On the face pigment is medium but on the soft side – you can build it for a super natural dewy finish. It’s not too dewy though and I was able to wear all three without it getting greasy looking by late afternoon. For me it’s neither a hit or miss. Quality, pigment and texture are very good. They give me a natural polished glow but based on the color I ordered it’s almost too natural for my skintone.

Chanel Palette Essentielle Beige Clair

Chanel Palette Essentielle Beige Clair

Up next is the Retractable Dual-Tip Concealer Brush ($38, made in China). I was surprised to find this was made in China according to the box label but it performs exceptionally well. It works to pick up concealer from a pot or the tip of an applicator and the fluffy side works to blend. I personally feel this is best suited for cream shadow and powder like the Tom Ford Cream Powder Duos. For concealer application I like to apply with the sponge tip applicators and either blend with my finger, a beautyblender or the Marc Jacobs The Conceal Brush. The original Chanel Concealer Brush #10 is actually one of the best ones I’ve tried but they didn’t bring this out with the redesign. You can still find the original one at a few select places like Neiman Marcus but I don’t know how long they will be available.

The brush performs well and I really like the dual-ended retractable ends. Still given the number of brushes I own I do feel like I already have ones that do the same trick so I can’t call this a must- have. The convenience factor and packaging style is really well made though.

Chanel Dual Ended Concealer Blending Brush

The eyeshadows in the Les 4 Ombres City Lights and Ombre Premiere Cream in Memory are both gorgeous. The Les 4 Ombres in City Lights looks more on the warm side in the stock photo, in person it looks more neutral, swatched on my olive skin it pulls more cool-toned. Your mileage will definitely vary depending on your skin undertone. If you have pink or fair skin this will definitely not look as cool-toned as it does on me. It has four easy to wear neutral shimmers with excellent pigment and lovely shimmer.

Ombre Premiere in Memory is a stunning bronze shimmer. I can’t wait to wear this all season long. As with the other Ombre Premiere formulas I reviewed lasting power is quite impressive and pretty much budge-proof once you apply and let it set. It has a semi-matte finish but still has a shimmery look to it.

Both aren’t really the most unique colors. They have a very similar vibe to previous launches from Chanel and other brands. As I’m in the middle of moving and travel for the next 2 months I have most of my things in temporary storage and don’t have easy access to pull things for comparison.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres City Lights and Ombre Premiere Cream in Memory

Chanel Les 4 Ombres City Lights and Ombre Premiere Cream in Memory swatches

For the lips I picked out the neutrals. I had very high hopes for the Rouge Coco in Daylight which is a sheer soft peachy nude and Rouge Allure Ink in Lost – both are just not the best formula-wise. I can make them both work with some blending and layering but they are on the streaky side and with all the other formulas on the market that are pretty much opaque, smooth and flawless I found these to be a disappointment. I will say that this may be due to the fact I have naturally pigmented lips – if you have lighter tones in your natural lip color there may be less contrast and therefore less streaking. I feel like there’s a really good dupe with the Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylos in Believer or Idealist (swatched here) although since I don’t have them to compare at the moment I can’t say which color. I’ve even though I feel the Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim Lipsticks are overpriced I feel the formula is truly excellent and if price isn’t a concern (or price per oz that is), these are definitely superior in formula, pigment and color pay off.

For these Chanel lips, I can make them look smooth with blending but anything that touches the lips after – even if it’s my own lips touching each other makes the color budge and streak. If you have a different experience please share in the comments.

Chanel Rouge Coco Daylight and Rouge Allure Ink Lost

Chanel Rouge Coco Daylight and Rouge Allure Ink Lost

Chanel Rouge Coco Daylight and Rouge Allure Ink Lost

Last but not least are two gorgeous Le Vernis nail polishes. I’ve been in a bit of a nail polish funk for months. Long time readers know I used to be a die hard Chanel and Dior nail polish collector of every single color. These days I feel like I rotate between three colors: Chanel Coralium (swatch here), OPI Be There in a Prosecco (swatched here), and Chanel Organdi (swatch here). The new Le Vernis shades for fall are Chanel Horizon Line which is a soft grey mint color and New Dawn which is a muted dusty lilac. Both are really pretty and have smooth opaque coverage.

Chanel Le Vernis New Dawn (mauve) and Horizon Line (green) | The Beauty Look Book Chanel Le Vernis New Dawn (mauve) and Horizon Line (green) | The Beauty Look Book

A quick look with the collection wearing:

Chanel Fall Beauty Look

Chanel Fall-Winter 2017 Makeup Collection

I think the standouts are the eye shadows, both the City Lights quad and Memory cream shadow. The nail polishes are nice subdued shades that have a soft feel without that pastel vibe you usually get with spring launches so I think they’ll be really pretty once the fall season arrives. You can find the entire Fall-Winter 2017 Collection available online at Chanel.com now.