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Chanel Rouge Allure L’Extrait Review

March 30, 2022

Chanel Rouge Allure L’Extrait

Chanel launched their new Rouge Allure L’Extrait ($55 each) which is their first refillable lipstick ($40 for the refills). I saw the collection earlier this month in Miami and hauled 6 of the 20 colors in the new launch. The Chanel team also sent a selection of colors so I had a few more bolds to share! They are available now online at Chanel.com.

A closer look in one of their beauty boutiques in the Brickell City Center below!

 

The Rouge Allure L’Extrait is one of the best high-pigment lipsticks I’ve tried. They are ultra creamy, smooth one swipe wonders with a comfortable hydrating feel. Formula adheres nicely to the lips (almost hugs them!) and stays put remarkably well. No bleeding, sliding, creeping!

Chanel Rouge Allure L’Extrait review

These come in a slim black case with the pop up end. They are tiny for the price and since these are refillable the cases aren’t labeled on the bottom. If you have more than one you will have to pop open each lipstick to check the shade. The shade names are in tiny print on the gold tube casing which is hidden once you insert it into the base.

You do need the full case to use the lipstick. There is a click component in the base of the refill portion that allows you to twist it up. Without it you cannot twist up the lipstick.

There are two neutral colors, a few pinks and a wide range of reds, orange shades and bolds. For the red lipstick lover you will really love this launch because they’ve thought of every variation, brightness and undertone of red! For the neutral lip lover (like me) you will still find a couple of nice lighter options. I hope they add more neutrals!

Chanel Rouge Allure L’Extrait review

Chanel Rouge Allure L’Extrait swatches

Colors I have:

  • 812 Beige Brut is a perfect flawless beige
  • 814 Beige Imperieux is a medium coral peach
  • 818 Rose Independant is a pretty rose pink
  • 822 Rose Supreme is a medium cool rose
  • 824 Rose Invincible is a deeper rose pink
  • 828 Brun Orgueilleux is a plum brown
  • 832 Rouge Libre is a blue red
  • 862 Brun Affirm is a brown pink red

Below swatches on the lips below! Quick note that most reds look REALLY red on my complexion. Also wearing:

Chanel Rouge Allure L’Extrait 812 Beige Brut

Chanel Rouge Allure L’Extrait 814 Beige Imperieux

Chanel Rouge Allure L’Extrait 818 Rose Independant

Chanel Rouge Allure L’Extrait 822 Rose Supreme

Chanel Rouge Allure L’Extrait 824 Rose Invincible

Chanel Rouge Allure L’Extrait 828 Brun Orgueilleux

Chanel Rouge Allure L’Extrait 832 Rouge Libre

Chanel Rouge Allure L’Extrait 862 Brun Affirm

Chanel Rouge Allure L’Extrait

My favorites of course are 812 and 814. I’ve already made a sizeable dent in 812 so I’m happy to have a refill on hand! Sunglasses featured are the Butterfly Sunglasses style. They were quite a splurge but I love them! You can see them in action in my Reel here too.

You can find the Chanel Rouge Allure L’Extrait available now online at Chanel.com. Have you tried these yet? What did you think?

Chanel Rouge Allure L’Extrait purchased by me. A few shades also provided by Chanel.

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Chanel La Comete for Spring 2022

March 1, 2022

Chanel La Comete Rouge Allure Velvet Review

I have a look at the Chanel La Comete Collection for spring today! Chanel launched eight new shades of the Rouge Allure Velvet ($42) lipsticks and two new Blush Comete ($70) shades, all available now online at Chanel.com.

New Rouge Allure Velvet La Comete

Chanel La Comete Rouge Allure Velvet Review

The new Rouge Allure Velvet La Comete lipsticks are beautiful! Most of them far surpassed my expectations. They’re a smooth, weightless luminous matte with a slight hint of shimmer. Pigment is medium but layerable. I like all of them all with the exception of one shade which I found terribly patchy. The colors have a classic vibe, some may feel they’re more fall-winter colors. I do think there are a few that are neutral-enough to wear year round. The bolds are more classic colors I think you can wear for date nights, or if bolds are more your style.

These come packaged in the classic Rouge Allure lipstick case but the ends have an embossed star which is supposed to be the good luck symbol for Gabrielle Chanel.

On the arms/hands the pearlescent quality is more noticeable, but on the lips the shimmer translates into a subtle luminous quality – not really shimmery, but not fully matte either.

  • 108 Terre D’Etoiles is a gorgeous wearable brown pink
  • 118 Bois de Rose Astral is the perfect kind of medium rose pink I’ve been looking for for AGES!
  • 128 Rose Eclatant is an electric warm red
  • 138 Rouge Vie Radiant is a deeper red with cool tones
  • 148 Rouge Cosmique is a classic red
  • 158 Brun Solaire is a red brown
  • 168 Pourpre Etoile is a plum
  • 178 Brun Celeste is a sheer blackened plum with silver sparkle, this is the only one I found patchy

Lip swatches below of each color on bare lips, also wearing:

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet 108 Terre D’Etoiles

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet 118 Bois de Rose Astral

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet 128 Rose Eclatant

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet 138 Rouge Vie Radiant

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet 148 Rouge Cosmique

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet 168 Pourpre Etoile

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet 178 Brun Celeste

Blush Comete

Next we have a look at the two Blush Comete Soft Glow Blushes. They have a stripe embossed texture and a star on the surface. It’s not quite an overspray because it takes a few uses and brush swipes before the star design disappears. I really loved the texture and finish of these! On my medium tan skin tone Peche Cosmique is almost a highlighter, it’s pale on my skin and adds a soft diffused pale glow. Corail Etoile is a pink coral with a subtle shimmer to it. Both have a subtle sheen but they aren’t frosty or too shimmery.

Swatches of the whole collection below

Chanel La Comete Collection Review

Chanel La Comete Spring Collection

Bottom line: Excellent quality, beautiful colors, lovely textures. Solid A+ (except for one of the lipsticks). That being said there are lots of new launches coming out, the new Rouge Allure L’Extrait Lipsticks just launched online and I’m excited to try the new formula! Colors look brighter and more spring-summer like to me.

Have you tried anything from the Chanel La Comete line? What did you think? Available at Chanel.com.

Chanel La Comete Rouge Allure Velvet lipsticks provided for review. Blush Cometes purchased by me.

Chanel Skincare

No 1 de Chanel Haul + Review

January 26, 2022

Chanel No 1 de Chanel Revitalizing Foundation Review BD41

I hauled a few items from the latest No 1 de Chanel Skincare collection and have a review with some thoughts to share today! The lineup has products with their Red Camellia extract and oils to refresh and hydrate the skin. You can find the collection now at Chanel.com and Ulta Beauty. What I hauled:

I skipped most of the new skincare and tested everything with other Chanel skincare items I own and love including the Hydra Beauty Water Cream, Hydra Beauty Micro Serum and La Solution 10 de Chanel. The new foundation formula worked beautifully with these.

No 1 de Chanel Haul + Review

Revitalizing Foundation

Chanel Revitalizing Foundation in BD41

The No 1 de Chanel Revitalizing Foundation is a fluid illuminating foundation with sheer-medium coverage. It’s very lightweight with a nice glowy finish. On its own it’s very glowy but I liked that it wasn’t greasy feeling. It has a plumping smoothing effect on the skin with the Red Camellia Oil. Finish has medium lasting power even when set with a powder. Since it’s dewy/luminous adding a powder on top will cancel out the shine and glow with most formulas. I found the Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder added on top helped set and tone down the shine but still allowed the glow to show through.

I picked B40 and BD41 and my perfect shade match now is BD41. I also picked up B50 for summer.

Overall feels and looks nice on the skin. If you have oily skin it may be too hydrating for you. Right now it works for me but in the summer months I suspect I will gravitate more towards the Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation or CC Cream.

Compared to the Les Beiges Moisturizing Tint the new No 1 de Chanel Revitalizing Foundation has more coverage, a more fluid texture and is more lightweight.

Just the Revitalizing Foundation in BD41 on the skin:

Chanel Revitalizing Foundation in BD41

No 1 de Chanel Revitalizing Foundation Review BD41

Full makeup look wearing:

Swatches below compared to other formulas including the Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Foundation in 6 Neutral, Les Beiges Healthy Glow Moisturizing Tint, Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation and NARS Light Reflecting Foundation.

Foundation Swatch Comparisons Chanel, NARS, Charlotte Tilbury

Lip and Cheek Balm

No 1 de Chanel Lip and Cheek Balm in Healthy Pink, Wake-Up Pink, Lively Rosewood

There are six shades of the Revitalizing Lip and Cheek Balms. I picked three to try knowing that there would be a chance I would not like these on the cheeks and I was right. These are luminous tinted balms. Applied with the fingers you will get a more lightweight tint but if you apply them with a lip brush you will get more pigment.

I have mixed feelings about these. They’re not bad, the quality and performance is quite good. But they are too dewy for my personal taste on the cheeks and I found they had no dry down which makes them have a sticky texture. They have a more sticky/tacky feel compared to the Baume Essentiel sticks but have the same amount of glow/shine in the finish.

On the lips they’re more comfortable and easier to wear but I would have preferred something in a twist up stick format instead.

No 1 de Chanel Lip and Cheek Balm in Healthy Pink, Wake-Up Pink, Lively Rosewood

No 1 de Chanel Lip and Cheek Balm in Healthy Pink, Wake-Up Pink, Lively Rosewood

Healthy Pink is a medium nude pink color, applied on lips (with lip brush) + cheeks

No 1 de Chanel Lip and Cheek Balm in Healthy Pink Makeup Look

Wake-Up Pink is bright coral pink on lips + cheeks 

No 1 de Chanel Lip and Cheek Balm in Wake-Up Pink Makeup Look

Lively Rosewood is a mauve plum (on lips + cheeks)

No 1 de Chanel Lip and Cheek Balm in Lively Rosewood Makeup Look

No 1 de Chanel L’eau Rouge Fragrance Mist and Revitalizing Serum-In-Mist

Chanel L’eau Rouge Fragrance Mist + Revitalizing Serum-In-Mist

The last two items I hauled are my favorite! The No 1 de Chanel L’eau Rouge Fragrance Mist was a huge surprise for me. It has a soft refreshing soothing kind of scent to it. To me it’s hard to describe, it has a similar vibe to the Hydra Beauty skincare line and also smells like some of the Shiseido skincare line. Chanel describes it as:

“Opening with an energetic burst of citrus and red berries, the scent unfurls into a heart of jasmine and rose, the iconic signature of the House’s fragrance, along with comforting iris and musk notes.”

To me this is a must-have but I know scent is so personal it might not be for everyone. It’s currently sold out at Chanel but still available at Ulta and I am ordering a backup.

I also really adore the No 1 de Chanel Revitalizing Serum-In-Mist. It’s a bi-phase formula with Red Camellia Oil and camellia water for a dewy refreshed mist of moisture. The oil is noticeable on the skin but it’s still lightweight. If you don’t like the emollient feel I’d recommend their Hydra Beauty Essence Mist instead for a more lightweight feel.

No 1 de Chanel Haul + Review

No 1 de Chanel Haul + Review

Overall some nice pieces in the collection. I think the foundation is beautiful but it’s not my favorite simply because I prefer something with more coverage and something less dewy. The stand outs are the L’Eau Rouge and Revitalizing Serum-In-Mist. I like the concept of infusing makeup with skincare.

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Available now at Chanel.com and Ulta Beauty. I suspect it will be available at other stores soon! Have you checked out anything from the collection? What did you think?

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Chanel Spring-Summer 2022 Makeup Collection

January 3, 2022

Chanel Spring-Summer 2022 Makeup Collection Review

Chanel Spring-Summer 2022 has arrived and I’m thrilled to share a look at the entire collection with you! The color palette is beautiful and fresh with wearable colors. I really love all the pieces and you can find the collection available now online at Chanel.com. Items and new colors are available on each product page.

Blush Lumiere + Baume Essentiel

There are new colors for cheeks called Blush Lumiere ($70 each) in two shades Peche Rosee and Brun Roussi. These are soft powder blushes with a unique texture. It’s a soft smooth texture. I initially thought they were bouncy, but after some thought, I don’t think “bouncy” is the right word. They’re soft powders with a buildable texture. Shimmer is very subtle in these for a subtle glow. Each powder is embossed with a pattern that mimics rays of light.

Chanel Spring Summer 2022 Blush Lumiere and Baume Essentiel

Peche Rosee is a coral with gold shimmer and Brun Roussi is a darker brownish shade. Both are medium in pigment level but easy to sheer out or layer. For skintone reference I’m in the Chanel B40 / MAC NC35 range but I’m on the lighter side as I’ve lost my tan right now.

Left: Peche Rosee / Right: Brun Roussi

Chanel Blush Lumiere Peche Rosee and Brun Roussi

Spring brings a new Baume Essentiel ($45) in Ensoleille. I know a lot of you love these dewy like balm sticks for a glow on the cheeks or lips. Ensoleille is a sheer peachy pink glow. The effect is similar to that of the other Baume Essentiels – sheer, dewy, adds just a hint of color, but overall more on the transparent side.

Chanel Baume Essentiel Ensoleille

Chanel Spring Summer 2022 Blush Swatches

Les 4 Ombres + Ombre Premiere Laque

Chanel Les 4 Ombres in Mediterraneen

The eye colors this season are right up my alley! The overall tone is neutral, luminous, bright and golden. The Les 4 Ombres ($65) in Mediterraneen 747 has four shimmers in champagne, soft gold, sandy bronze and soft taupe. Colors are all sparkly and work on my skin tone as a soft all over ombre wash of color. I initially thought this was going to look like Tom Ford Nude Dip but a side by side swatch shows that Chanel Mediterraneen is warmer with a more luminous quality while Tom Ford’s pulls a bit more frosty/metallic.

Ombre Premiere Laque ($36) in Lumiere 46 is a pretty gold shimmer. On the lids blended it gives a soft pale gold sparkle veil. You can layer for more pigment/color. Once it sets it stays put.

Chanel Ombre Premiere Laque in Lumiere

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Mediterraneen and Ombre Premier Laque Lumiere

New Lip Balms

Chanel launched a new lip balm called the Rouge Coco Baume ($42). These are called the Hydrating Beautifying Tinted Lip Balm Buildable Color. They are hydrating with an almost waxy feel (but it’s comfortable). It’s not as emollient as the Rouge Coco Flash and not quite as creamy as the Rouge Coco Blooms. It has a smooth feel without the slip.

Chanel Rouge Coco Baume Spring-Summer 2022

Colors are sheer but buildable with pretty good coverage (except the white one which is clear). All of the tinted ones showed up on my lips with a few swipes. Lasting power is about what you would expect for a tinted balm. Not super long lasting but they don’t disappear quickly. I swatched all of them except 912 Dreamy White because it appears clear on my lips.

914 Natural Charm is a brown nude, 916 Flirty Coral is a sheer coral, 918 My Rose is a medium bright pink, 920 In Love is a reddish pink, 922 Passion Pink blue-based bright pink, 924 Fall for Me is a plum. There’s no detectable fragrance or scent on these lip balms.

Chanel Rouge Coco Baume swatches Spring-Summer 2022

Below 914, 916, 918 and 920 lip balms are worn with the Peche Rosee Blush. 922 and 924 are worn with Brun Roussi. Also wearing the Mediterraneen Les-4-Ombres on the eyes in all the photos.

Chanel Rouge Coco Baume 914 Natural Charm

 

Chanel Rouge Coco Baume 916 Flirty Coral

Chanel Rouge Coco Baume 918 My Rose

Chanel Rouge Coco Baume 920 In Love

Chanel Rouge Coco Baume 922 Passion Pink

Chanel Rouge Coco Baume 924 Fall For Me

Spring Nail Colors

Chanel Spring-Summer 2022 Le Vernis Riviera and Terra Rossa

Last we have a look at two new Le Vernis ($30) colors in Terra Rossa 917 (neutral warm brown pink) and Riviera 915 (fun pale yellow). Both are creams with smooth opaque coverage. I applied 2 coats for each one. Terra Rossa appears warm and more true to bottle with one coat. With the second coat the color darkens on my complexion. I think Riviera is a really fun color for spring-to-summer.

Chanel Spring-Summer 2022 Le Vernis Riviera and Terra Rossa swatches

Overall lots to love with this collection. I love every single piece and all the colors. If you have any of the other pink-toned Baume Essentiels I think you can skip the one in this collection as it will have a similar effect.

Are you checking out anything from this collection? What do you have your eye on?

Available now at Chanel.com and Chanel counters.

Spring-Summer 2022 collection provided for review.

Chanel Holiday Gift Guide

Chanel Cyber Monday Sets 2021

November 29, 2021

Chanel Cyber Monday 2021 Sets

This holiday Chanel has two sets for Cyber Monday, both are exclusive to Chanel.com and limited edition. The sets include a Beauty To-Go Lip and Fragrance Set ($74) and Travel Heroes Men’s Essentials Set ($76). If you’re looking for some last minute gifts I think these are great options!

Beauty To-Go Lip and Fragrance Set

Both sets this year come in a zip pouch that has a sparkle black tweed material and gold Chanel Logo embossing on the front. The pouches are the perfect size to carry a lot while still keeping everything compact and tidy. The Beauty To-Go Lip and Fragrance Set ($74) includes a Rouge Coco Baume and a Chance Eau Tender Eau de Toilette Twist and Spray Fragrance (light, floral and fruity).

Chanel Cyber Monday Beauty to Go Set 2021

Chanel Cyber Monday Beauty to Go Set 2021

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Travel Heroes Men’s Essentials Set

This year Chanel included a set for the guys with the Travel Heroes Men’s Essentials Set ($76). Andrew already got a sneak peek at this one and was excited to see one for him this year! It has the Boy de Chanel Lip Balm (which he has and uses) and a travel Bleu de Chanel Eau de Parfum Twist and Spray. It also comes in a limited-edition pouch.

Chanel Cyber Monday Travel Heroes Set 2021

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Chanel Cyber Monday 2021 Sets

Both sets contain items that are part of the permanent lineup, so the recipient can always replenish the items once they use them up. I think these sets they make for really nice gifts. The box has a festive holiday design I think is fun too! If you have your eye on them I suggest you act fast! Last year’s sold out almost instantly!

Nail Polish worn in this post is the Le Vernis in Rouge Brun.

Both sets are available at Chanel.com.

Cyber Monday sets provided courtesy of Chanel for review.

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Chanel Holiday No 5 Makeup Collection

November 24, 2021

Chanel Holiday 2021 No 5 Makeup Collection

I finally have a look at the Chanel Holiday No 5 Makeup Collection! This season I ordered a few pieces from Chanel.com. I had my eye on quite a few of the holiday sets but was surprised how fast they all sold out! Holiday has been out for a while now but in case you still wanted swatches and my take keep reading! I also have a quick look at the Black Friday Set at the end of this post.

Les 4 Ombres No 5

Chanel Les 4 Ombres No 5

This year’s holiday quad is the Les 4 Ombres No 5 ($65). It has the classic No 5 bottle embossed on each shadow’s surface. The colors are soft and easy to blend. I found pigment to be pretty good although the two pale golds/ivory shades are really similar on my eyes. I wish they had added a bronze or taupe shimmer in place of one of the lighter shades as I think it could have tied the look together. The palette itself is gorgeous, but colors aren’t entirely my vibe. I think it’s missing that warmer shade to make it wearable for me.

Shimmers have the most beautiful sparkle to them though. Almost like fairy dust!

Chanel Les 4 Ombres No 5 swatches

Ombre Premiere Laque

Chanel Ombre Premiere Laque 27 Or Ambre and 17 Or Noir

I hauled both Holiday Ombre Premiere Laque shades ($36 each) in 27 Or Ambre and 17 Or Noir. I think the Or Ambre is STUNNING! I love the color and shimmer and it blends out to lovely all over wash without disappearing. The darker shades have been tricky for me to work with and holiday is the same. The Or Noir is nice for a smoky eye look but it takes careful blending to make it work for me. The extra time it takes me makes it an easy pass. I would rather use a smoky deep brown or black powder shadow and blend it out. Lasting power on these is very good though!

Rouge Allure

Chanel Holiday 2021 Rouge Allure No 5 Collection

For this holiday all the shades are variations of red in the Rouge Allure Lip formula and in the holiday spirit decided to I try three of the shades: Rouge Allure in 191 Rouge Brulant is a warm pink red, 147 Emblematique is a bold classic red and 157 Legendaire is a plum red.

Chanel Holiday 2021 Rouge Allure No 5 Collection

Chanel Chanel Holiday 2021 Rouge Allure No 5 Collection swatches

I like the plum one the best! Formula is smooth, comfortable, long-wearing and luminous. Color-wise, it pains me to say this but I feel like the options this year are boring. I wish they would consider bringing back some of the old glossimer shades in the new Rouge Coco Gloss formula. Colors like Equinoxe, Seashell, Blizzard etc would have been fun for holiday! If you’re a neutral lip lover like me I still think Or Beige from Holiday 2020 is one of the best shades and it’s still available online (I just ordered a backup). Below wearing the holiday collection with lip swatches:

191 Rouge Brulant is a warm pink red

Chanel Rouge Allure 191 Rouge Brulant

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147 Emblematique is a bold classic red

Chanel Rouge Allure 147 Emblematique

 

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157 Legendaire is a plum red

Chanel Rouge Allure 157 Legendaire

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Fluide Enlumineur in Or Ivoire

Fluide Enlumineur Or Ivoire

Chanel launched a new liquid highlighter in Fluide Enlumineur ($48) in Or Ivoire and I think this is the star of the collection. It has a sheer subtle finish like the Les Beiges Highlighters (reviewed here) but with a little more bigger shimmer particles that have a more reflective sheen. I love this on top of the cheek bones. It is sheer so your mileage may vary depending on how you like your highlighters. I am considering ordering a backup since it’s limited-edition and I think the color is so lovely.

Fluide Enlumineur Or Ivoire

Fluide Enlumineur Or Ivoire swatches vs Les Beiges

I’m wearing it in this post with the Joues Contraste Blush in Jersey. My foundation shade is the Chanel CC Cream in 40 Beige.

Le Vernis in 913 Rouge Intemporel

Chanel Rouge Intemporel Le Vernis

Last I have a look at the Le Vernis in 913 Rouge Intemporel ($28). This is a classic red cream. It’s a one-swipe wonder, but Chanel has so many beautiful reds already. If you already own a lot of reds I think you can safely skip this one.

Sublimage Le Coffret Fondamental

Chanel SUBLIMAGE LE COFFRET FONDAMENTAL Set

Most of the sets have sold out online but the Sublimage Le Coffret Fondamental ($570)* is still available! This is the ultimate splurge gift in skincare with their Redefining Serum (designed to tighten and firm the skin) along with a limited-edition Massage Tool (quite hefty!). I have not tried the serum but I love the Sublimage line and am really excited to be able to try this out.

Chanel Les Beiges Swipe and Glow

Chanel Les Beiges Swipe and Glow Set

For Black Friday Chanel will be releasing their Les Beiges Swipe and Glow Set ($77) which includes the Baume Essentiel in Sculpting (swatched here) and Les Beiges Healthy Glow Lip Balm in Medium (swatched here and all shades swatched here). This was available as an exclusive to Nordstrom a while back but sold out in a day. I was lucky to get it back then and if you missed out you can Pre-Order it now online at Chanel.com. It is supposed to officially launch online on Friday.

Overall the Holiday Collection offers quality well-made pieces that perform true to Chanel’s standards. I love the extra embossed detailing on the eyeshadows and lipstick caps. Stand out to me is the Fluid Enlumineur Liquid Highlighter.

If you’re like me and missed out on all the holiday sets, keep an eye out for Cyber Monday. They have 2 sets available in the black sparkle tweed pouches. Also Spring Collection will be launching in a few weeks! I already have some of the product and cannot wait to share it with you! Review, swatches and everything will be up as soon as it launches online.

Chanel Holiday 2021 No 5 Makeup Collection

Did you check out the Chanel Holiday collection this year? What did you think? You can find everything available online at Chanel.com.

Sublimage Set gifted. All other items purchased by me.

Base Makeup Chanel

Chanel Ultra Le Teint Foundation + Le Correcteur de Chanel Review

October 18, 2021

Chanel Ultra Le Teint + Le Correcteur de Chanel review

Chanel recently reformulated two of their base products including the Ultra Le Teint Foundation ($60, available in 35 shades), Le Correcteur de Chanel ($43, available in 16 shades), and Le Correcteur de Chanel in a Color Corrector ($43, 4 shades).

I hauled the new foundation and concealer to put them to the test and have a closer look with swatches today.

Chanel Ultra Le Teint Foundation + Le Correcteur de Chanel

Chanel Ultra Le Teint

The Chanel Ultra Le Teint Ultrawear All-Day Comfort Foundation is a soft matte finish foundation with a lightweight texture and medium buildable coverage. It’s been a while since I tried the original Ultra Le Teint so I can’t exactly recall what the old one was like, but I think I remember it being on the thicker heavy side. The new reformulation has a more fluid lightweight feel compared to the original. Compared to current Chanel matte/velvet bases it’s not thin and doesn’t have quite as much slip as the Ultra Le Teint Velvet (reviewed here).

Chanel Ultra Le Teint Foundation in BD41

Formula blends well for a soft demi-matte finish. I swatched a few at the counter and the sales associate agreed that I looked like I was in between shades B40/B50 possibly a BD41. The undertone of BD41 matched better for my yellow/olive/golden skintone but is just a tad too light. The next shade up BD51 was too deep and olive for me. If I were to get my exact match I’d probably be a mix of BD41 with B50.

Once on the skin it doesn’t really oxidize but I was surprised that it adjusts and blends out perfectly. Most matte foundations tend to darken once they dry on my skin and I was really pleased that this one does not.

Lasting power is pretty impressive. Finish can be a little streaky if you have dry skin, but this can be fixed with a good moisturizer underneath and some good blending. Overall I like it but I still prefer the Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Foundation for formula and how it looks on the skin.

A few swatch comparisons for reference. I’ll link my previous reviews to other formulas below:

  • Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 6.5 and 7 (review here)
  • Chanel CC Cream in 40 Beige (review here)
  • Chanel Ultra Le Teint Velvet in B40 (review + swatches here)
  • Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation in BD41 and B40 (more swatches here)
  • Cle de Peau Radiant Fluid Matte in O40 (review here)
  • NARS Natural Radiant Foundation in Vanuatu (review + swatches here)
  • Comprehensive Foundation + Concealer Shade Guide for current formulas I’ve reviewed in my Foundation + Concealer Reference Guide for Medium Tan Skintones

Chanel Foundation Swatches B40 BD41

Chanel Ultra Le Teint Foundation in BD41

Chanel Ultra Le Teint Foundation in BD41

Le Correcteur de Chanel Longwear Concealer

I’ve received a lot of questions over the years about the Chanel concealer and how it compares to other brands like Dior and NARS. To be frank, I’ve never been a super huge fan of the Chanel concealers. The formula isn’t bad, it’s just not what I prefer. Finish tends to be thin, not creamy enough and the colors have always been a little off for my skin. Either too pale, too dark or too pink in undertone. This round Chanel added more shades with their Le Correcteur de Chanel Longwear Concealer.

Chanel Le Correcteur de Chanel

Formula is lightweight with a gel-based formula. It does the job at brightening and concealing the under eye. It won’t crease, it’s easy to blend, it has soft-focus pigments to diffuse light with a brightening effect (but has no shimmer/glow).

Overall it’s decent. It performs as described. I prefer formulas that are more creamy and emollient. I don’t think it has enough coverage for spot concealing although I did not try the color correctors to see if those work better. I just don’t think it’s the best out there. For a similar coverage I prefer the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer by far for the emollient texture and creamy feel. I like the color range in NARS better too.

For a color match, the first counter I went to was sold out of B40 so I went to another store nearby and didn’t realize until I got home that they sold me the old formula which is 40 Beige. So I have both the old and new 40 colors to swatch for you side by side. A few videos I watched on YouTube also showed that the old and new in the B20 color are also different. I suspect this might be the case across the board that the colors are slightly different.

I ordered the new B40 along with the B30 and BD31 to compare. I know a lot of you like one 1-2 shades lighter than your skintone for brightening. For me after testing all three, the best one for me is B40 but I think it’s still a bit too light and the next shade deeper is too dark.

Chanel Le Correcteur de Chanel in B40

Chanel Le Correcteur de Chanel in B40

Swatch comparisons to a few other brands:

  • NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Macadamia, Ginger and Praline (formula is more creamy and easier to blend)
  • Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion in 3N (more swatches here, formula is thicker and more emollient)
  • Tarte Shape Tape in 35N Medium (formula is full coverage, thicker, more creamy, better for spot concealing)

Concealer Swatches Chanel, NARS, Laura Mercier, Tarte

 

Full below look wearing:

Chanel Makeup Look

Overall I think the new foundation is a good basic semi-matte base that will offer medium natural coverage and last all day. The concealer is decent but compared to other brands I would say a pass.

Have you tried the new base products yet? What did you think?

Available at Chanel.com and all other Chanel counters.

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