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 and at all Chanel counters. Ray, I believe is a limited-edition 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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  • Frankly Flawless October 26, 2017 at 7:01 am

    Oh wow I wish I hadn’t come across your post!! These look amazing especially those brushes – just the right size for perfect, precise application x

  • Frances Kayleigh October 26, 2017 at 7:15 am

    Thank you for sharing, it’s always great to have reliable reviews, especially on more investment products! I didn’t realise that Chanel had redesigned their make up brushes, I am in the market for a little update I will have to check them out! XX

    Frances Kayleigh | Fashion Beauty Lifestyle

  • Jessica October 26, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Those brushes look so soft. They look nice and small, perfect for my small lid space.

  • Jaynie Shannon October 26, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Those brushes look so nice. I love the Tan d’Chanel bronzer, I want to try some more of their stuff!

    Jaynie Shannon*


  • OonaBean October 26, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Oh this quad looks beautiful! Is it similar to Tom’s Ford’s Nude Dip? It kinda looks like I might not need both … 🙂

  • Glenda October 26, 2017 at 10:44 am

    I always wanted to try that mascara, it’s a cult classic. But I’m always wondering if it’s worth shelling out that much money for a product that the drugstore has plenty of stellar performers for… I guess it depends, as always.

    Those Flesh and Ray eyeshadows are gorgeous! Think those would make a good product for a one and done eyeshadow look.

    I have a sample of the Gabrielle perfume. I thought it was good, but nothing to write home about. And it does irritate my veeeeeery annoyingly sensitive nose and gives me a headache. I have such a hard time with perfumes, it’s not even funny.

    Gorgeous post as always!

  • SoSuSam October 26, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Wonderful review! I’ve been trying to avoid the Fresh Body Cream for years…it’s so tempting, but I keep thinking: really, can it be that good? You’ve inched me closer to buying it! I don’t know whether to thank you or weep. 😉

  • Amy Case October 26, 2017 at 11:52 am

    Thanks for this review! I fell in love with the Gabrielle perfume, but it has the absolute worst staying power of any perfume I have ever worn! I can’t figure out why…..Mademoiselle lasts forever on me, all day! My salesgirl at Nordstrom told me that she has heard a number of complaints about this. 🙁

  • Carolina October 26, 2017 at 11:57 am

    The only thing that I have from Chanel is the Perfect Lumiere Velvet Foundation, and I really love it! Need to try more of their products xx

    Carolina’s Makeup Life

  • Kate Rebmann October 26, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Have you ever done a review about the skincare line? I recently received some samples of the Hydra Beauty Serum, le Jour, La Nuit and La Weekend, Solution 10, and would love to know what you think!

    • Duffi McDermott October 26, 2017 at 3:25 pm

      I second this!

  • Federica October 26, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    I wore today Gabrielle Chanel perfume for the first time and you just post its review ✨ what a coincidence! By the way, my favourite Chanel’s products are Coco Mademoiselle perfume and Les beiges foundation! And on my wishlist there are the translucent loose powder and the Soleil de tan bronzer:)

  • missjbn October 26, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Oooohh that Chanel hand cream is soo adorbs, maybe I should splurge on one 🤔 My Chanel favorites are: Coco Mademoiselle perfume is my HG! and my go to red lippie – rouge allure in pirate 🙂

  • Mandy October 26, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Thanks for the review. Alwayslove seeing others top picks! I’ve been intrigued by the hand cream and have always wondered if it’s worth its price tag! I’m loving the Grabrielle fragrance! And city lights is such a versatile quad, love it!

  • Candice Petersen October 26, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Chanel has such luxurious products!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  • Anne Capitant October 26, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    I love, love, LOVE Gabrielle! And not just because it’s my middle name. I’ve been surviving off of samples but it’s top of my Christmas wishlist so here’s hoping. I also really love the look of that plum wine mascara. I love colored mascaras, and Chanel does these wonderfully subtle ones that I feel like work even in everyday looks, just with an extra “je ne sais quoi” factor. I keep meaning to check out the new brushes (ever since your post on them) and I just haven’t gotten around to it. I must remember to go check them out next time I go by my local Nordstrom.

  • Anastasiya October 26, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    I love Chanel le volume mascara and hydro beauty creme 😉

  • Yvonne Ashon October 26, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Looks so good.

  • Kim Mckain October 26, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    I loved Chanel for years and then some how gravitated to other brands. Your post and pictures are making me think I need to revisit my local Nordstrom counter and check things out. Thank you for your post!

  • Meghan M October 26, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    Thank you for such a great post!

  • Jennifer Ryder October 26, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    I love Chanel Le Volume mascara. Right now I’m using Rouge Noir, but I still miss the Prune color.

  • Valerie Manke October 26, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    I got a sample of Gabrielle and it’s definitely full bottle worthy!

  • Merry Rower October 27, 2017 at 1:06 am

    I have mixed feelings about Chanel beauty. I adore the packaging, but find most formulas and colors easily bested by other brands. Chanel fragrance on the other hand, is a permanent favorite of mine. I will always have No. 5 (in every form and version, and especially the dry body oil) in my collection, and No. 19. And don’t get me started on the Exclusifs! Sycomore, 31 Rue Cambon, Coromandel – all so beautiful. But I’m indifferent to Gabrielle. It is pretty, but it smells flattened out and characterless, perhaps to appeal to those who think Chanel is for grandma. The new golden gel version of No. 5 is probably for the super-youth market too, but that I want!

  • Elena Lizabeth October 27, 2017 at 2:41 am

    I love the exquisite taste you have !!! Your photos are wonderful !!

  • Bojana October 27, 2017 at 4:32 am

    I had only one product from Chanel and it was lipstick, I got it as a gift and it was <3 <3 <3 It was designed from such materials that it was cold on touch. I read somewhere that it was done so that lipstick could be easily found in the bag, you just search for that cold feeling on your hand. Lovely products.. Greetings!

  • Joni October 27, 2017 at 5:10 am

    i am SO excited for your review of sublimage le teint!! i’ve been wanting it so badly but its pricy even tho it comes with a brush… (which I’m also excited to hear thoughts on!)

  • Genya October 27, 2017 at 10:03 am

    I am already a big fan of the chanel beauty products. I have tried some and they are really amazing! 🙂

  • Jeanie M. October 28, 2017 at 1:14 am

    I love that eyeshadow quad. One of these days I am going to breakdown and buy one.

  • roxymisha October 28, 2017 at 4:28 am

    I am waiting to see the holiday collection in person and have my lovely Chanel representative show me what she thinks are the best items.

  • Gail A October 28, 2017 at 10:27 am

    I love the Hydra Beauty Flash and the Micro Serum, also Le Weekend so nice to use when in a hurry..I have their original brushes from years ago and bought most of the last release. Working on the new ones now. Have purchased 4 and want them all..also love Le Blanc Base in Rosse…my sunscreen that I use under foundation.

  • Melissa.rva October 28, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    I really like the shades of the city lights palette, gorgeous !

  • Suzanna October 29, 2017 at 12:22 am

    I purchased City Lights in Jax a couple of weeks ago and love it. I had to see it in person to want it. I am a long-term user of Le Volume and yet somehow missed this seasonal color!

  • Erin Russell October 29, 2017 at 8:09 am

    I love Chanel makeup, and I love the Gabrielle scent it smells so Lush! I need to treat myself soon and get a Chanel quad!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  • Elena JG October 29, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    I only own a gloss sample from chanel xD I find their perfumes are unique but I am not that sure about their makeup, I think there are better options for the price point but that is only a feeling since I have never actually tried it

  • Maria Luiza Fatahi Bandpey October 29, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    I must say I have mixed feelings about Gabrielle…I’ve tried a sample and to me it doesn’t seem Chanel at all (I don’t know why…). I have to confess I’m not a big fan of Chanel perfumes, I only like Cristalle verte and the lighter versions of N°5 (I’ve never liked the original one). And although Lucia Pica is not one of my favourite, I love the other quad of the collection, the blue one!

  • msh111 October 29, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    I’ve had my eye on City Lights but have similar colors- this past week I purchased one of the new Dior quints “Dream” which is matte & I love it!
    Haven’t tried Gabrielle yet but will get a sample next time I am @ Nordstrom. The brushes look great too! Le Volume is my HG mascara, I may purchase this seasonal color.

  • marciaf October 29, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    I have so many palettes with shades like City Lights but that doesn’t mean I don’t want it. I just wish Chanel wasn’t so fragranced.

  • nelle October 29, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Lately the Chanel fragrance releases have been to powdery for me but Gabrielle Chanel is much brighter and lighter than the other releases! I may actually pick that one up around the holiday season! Thanks for the reviews!

  • Natalie Redman December 3, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Love these picks. Those eyeshadows are stunning.

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