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Chanel Holiday 2010: Glossimers in Pleasing, Charming & Pink Pulsion

October 7, 2010
It looks like this week will be all about Chanel’s Holiday collection. I apologize for being slow with the roll out of reviews. I need to figure out a way to manage my off-work time better. These days time just seems to fly at all hours of the day. Chanel, however, makes each part of the day better whether it’s having a pretty manicure, a gorgeous gloss to touch up with, or just having a sneak peek into your purse during break time and catching glimpse of that sleek black Chanel compact.

The new glossimers released this holiday include Pleasing 227 (complex cinnamon brown pink sparkle), Charming 237 (sparkling light pink) and Pink Pulsion 247 (sheer but sparkling hot pink). All are gorgeous and I think you’ll love these if you don’t mind shimmer. These are slightly-thick but not super sticky in typical Chanel style. I personally love glossimers and while these are very pretty I have noticed a few things that while slight, still have me thinking hmmmmm …


If you have ever looked at the bottom label of your glossimers you might notice some come with a black sticker label with a number while others come with a clear sticker with a word name. I was told by one of my Chanel specialists a few years ago that the black labels indicate “limited edition” or “European produced” while the clear labels with names were made in the US. I have not confirmed this with anyone else but I have noticed that the recent glossimer releases with the black labels have been slightly more glittery/sparkley than what I see in my older shimmer glossimers. It’s not that I don’t love the finish – I just remember loving glossimers like Pagoda, Spark and Twinkle for their lovely sophisticated shimmer. These days the color seem significantly more sparkley with tiny micro glitters. I find that they still apply beautifully, especially when layered over lipsticks. So what I’m trying to say is that while I find these newer glossimers different, different doesn’t mean bad. Different is just, well, different. They are still gorgeous, wearable, non-gritty and luxurious.

Anyhow – I found Pleasing very unique and pigmented. It’s simply stunning even though it’s more on the frosty side. Charming is gorgeous, but I prefer some of my other pink shades. Charming is very sheer and goes on practically clear on me. Pink Pulsion is hot though. Everyone knows I’m a huge neutral-makeup lover, but Pink Pulsion is absolutely stunning. I couldn’t find dupes for any of the colors but pulled some from my extensive Chanel stash to do some comparisons for you. Are they a must have? If you’re asking me this question I will say you’re asking the wrong person. If asked “is this Chanel product worth having?” 8.5 times out of 10 I will say yes. So if you’re looking for someone to talk you out of buying something from Chanel – don’t look at me.

Comparisons, swatches in different lighting plus close ups:


Note that the swatches are not in the same order as the photo above:



Close ups of the comparisons:




Chanel’s Holiday collection has also been swatched by the lovely Karla Sugar. Be sure to check out her post here if you haven’t already.

Also check out NaturalNChicMakeup for lovely swatches and you’ll see how different this collection looks on all three of us.

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  • Cosmetics Aficionado October 7, 2010 at 3:12 am

    The colors are pretty, but I am not a fan of near glittery lip glosses.

  • Jennifer October 7, 2010 at 3:18 am

    I absolutely agree with you. I've noticed that the more recent Glossimers seem to leave stray sparkle on/around my lips as they wear off. I never notice that with my older Glossimers. 🙁

  • Gisele October 7, 2010 at 3:28 am

    I agree about the newer glossimers containing a less fine shimmer. Futile is about as far as I'll go with shimmer on my lips. I've got Pink Teaser and it seems to be a milder version of Pink Pulsion.

    I plan to buy Patchouli l/s and am tempted to buy Pleasing to go with it. Hard to resist Chanel beauty.

  • DeeDee October 7, 2010 at 3:32 am

    Thank you for the possible explanation of the difference between the black and clear stickers. I recently bought Delight and it had a black sticker. I compared it to my others and noticed that the ones with black stickers were limit edition. I am praying that Pink Pulsion is hot pink. And I agree about the glitter. Why can't Chanel make more glossimers like Glaze?

  • Kristie October 7, 2010 at 3:47 am

    That's an interesting observation Sabrina. I also wondered how come some of the glossimers have names and others don't. Btw, your blog is a great enabler for my Chanel lemmings every single time!

  • reene October 7, 2010 at 3:51 am

    I love the colors and shimmer, but I find them difficult to use outside of a special occasion. Pink Pulsion is really pretty! However, I'm not bold enough to rock that color haha. Thank you for sharing!

  • pinkribbons October 7, 2010 at 4:07 am

    Interesting information about the labels. I'm sure you have made a lot of us love Chanel! Actually, I've bought a lot of my cosmetics after reading your reviews and I haven't purchased anything I've regretted.

  • Catherine October 7, 2010 at 4:16 am

    Ahhh, Pink Pulsion is calling my name! Thanks for the swatches and comparisons! 😀

  • PearlsandPolitics October 7, 2010 at 4:25 am

    I am not huge into glitter lipglosses either, but I might try these ones because they are gorgeous!

  • Eileen October 7, 2010 at 4:39 am

    When buying the new quad, I also picked up the Rouge Coco in Magnolia and the Glossimer in Charming. I found that Rose Delimma also works well with Magnolia and is different enough from Charming to make owning both worth while. Rose Delimma is not as sparkly and is cooler in tone. Charming is warmer and, as you pointed out, quite sparkly. It has a festive vibe that takes Magnolia from a soft demure daytime pink to a glam night out.

    Personally, I'm not having any problem with the new Glossimers. It's our same much loved gloss, but with a sparkle befitting the holidays. It's just a new look and nothing more. Chanel has done this before. Mica anyone? Or how about Silex? There are quite a few glittery glosses in Chanel's collection.

  • Ella Pretty October 7, 2010 at 4:48 am

    Love the swatches – I agree with your post – Chanel definitely makes my day better…love the packaging and the contents!

    I wanted to ask you – are you familiar with the shade Blizzard? I don't think they make it anymore, but I'd love to purchase a similar shade. Pleasing looks somewhat similar to it – do you think it is close?

  • Rads October 7, 2010 at 6:00 am

    I wish they would make nonglittery ones because I don't want glitter…yes, yes I am very selfish 😀 Thanks for taking the time to do the swatches and the comparisons. It really helps a lot because at the counter I am usually a confused mess..might get Pleasing..but again, it depends on the glitter – have to check at the counter 🙂

  • Stefanie October 7, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Hello shiny goodness!!I haven't purchased a Glossimer for ages; might be time to visit the Chanel counter

  • Cindy (Prime Beauty) October 7, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Thanks so much for the comparision photos Lina. I have Pink Teaser and at first glance thought it looked a lot like Pink Fusion but I can see that's not the case at all. Although these are pretty shades, they don't say Holiday to me.

  • Anna October 7, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Oh yes. Sabrina-the-Chanel-enabler! I was just wondering…could you do a swatch comparison between Le Metier de Beautè's Summerland gloss and Pleasing? They seem to be from the same family this side of the screen (not in the tube but in the arm swatch), am I way off? Great post as usual! x

  • lexi920 October 7, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    I'll have to check out Pleasing and Pink Pulsion. I am hoping it'll give me decent pigment for my skintone. I'll layer it over a lip liner of course!

  • vinna October 8, 2010 at 1:45 am

    Thanks for the swatches! I'm liking the look of Pink Teaser and Rose Dilemma….. but it looks similar to Magnifique which i already have and LOVE.

  • Lindsey October 11, 2010 at 2:43 am

    The beautiful swatches in this post inspired me to pick up Meteore and I have to agree with you (and many others who commented) about the glitter. I can apply Spark and the other older Glossimers straight from the tube for a shiny, polished look. Meteore is gorgeous, but a bit OTT if I don't blot it down. It works best for me if I apply it very sparingly over a lipstick. As much as I like Meteore, I miss the older style of Glossimers and will probably start buying more RA Extrait glosses instead.

  • Semona October 12, 2010 at 6:15 am

    Beautiful shimmery lip glosses.

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