I have a look at two different product launches from Chanel! They recently added eight new shades of the Le Rouge Duo Ultra Tenue and also three re-promoted blushes in special edition packaging to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Joues Contraste Powder Blush.
Chanel Le Rouge Duo Ultra Tenue
The Chanel Le Rouge Duo Ultra Tenue Gloss is a long-wear full coverage liquid lip color with a high shine top coat. These are double ended tubes with two sides. One has the lipstick with a sponge tip wand applicator, the other has a shiny gloss with a brush tip. Out of all the long-wear lip products I’ve tried this is one of the longest lasting formulas. The color does not budge once it sets, but you will need to reapply the top coat as needed.
I’ve tried a few of these in the past and really love the formula. It’s best to apply on a clean lip. You can apply liner first if you prefer, but I usually just apply straight out of the tube. New shades include:
164 Chic Beige is an ultra pale light beige cream
166 Timeless Beige is a perfect neutral beige
172 Light Mauve is a light blue-based mauve pink
174 Endless Pink is a medium warm pink
176 Burning Red is a bright bold classic red
180 Passionate Red is a deeper bold red
182 Light Brown is a taupe brown
184 Intense Brown is a dark cool-toned brown plum with a hint of shimmer
Swatches below alongside a few of my other favorites (you can see other ones on the face in this post here, Intense Nude and Intense Caramel are still my favorites).
Quality and pigment is excellent for me. The only ones that didn’t work for me were just because the colors didn’t suit my coloring. Chic Beige is too pale for my complexion and Intense Brown is too deep/cool toned. Out of the new colors I think Timeless Beige is the best easy to wear everyday color. Beige can be hard to pull off as many are too pale, too yellow or too flat. Timeless Beige is perfect! I also love Endless Pink for a pretty warmer brighter but still neutral pink shade. I think the reds are phenomenal too.
Chanel 40th Anniversary Joues Contraste
This year marks an anniversary milestone for the Joues Contraste Powder Blush. They launched classic colors in a special limited-edition compact with a burgundy colored CC logo instead of the white. Colors are existing shades so if you already own them I don’t think there is a need to repurchase unless you are a Chanel collector and love the packaging. I do believe that different countries featured different colors in this launch. The US colors include:
02 Rose Bronze a soft shimmery pink with an iridescent sheen (this color was one of my first Chanel splurges when I started getting into makeup!)
260 Alezane a classic beige with a hint of gold shimmer
320 Rouge Profond is a classic flushed red
All three have that classic soft texture all Chanel blushes have. I do think the formula and color payoff has improved over the years and these have very good pigment while still having a natural look.
Looks wearing 6 of the 8 new lip colors and all 3 blushes below. Full beauty breakdown wearing:
Most of the looks have the gloss top coat on top of the liquid lip color.
Overall I think Chanel launched some beautiful classic colors that you can wear on an everyday basis. I want to try a few more shades of the Le Rouge Duo Gloss. I used to love and own Darling Pink and think I may repurchase it. A number of you have mentioned you loved Intense Rosewood so I will probably give that one a try as well.
I think the three repromoted blushes perform well. They have a soft but buildable texture that is easy to wear. All three show up on my medium tan skin. If you’ve used Chanel for a long time you know that their blushes have been sheerer in the past – I do think the formula has improved over the years.
You can find the new Chanel launches online at Chanel.com now.
Have you tried these yet? What did you think?
6 of the Le Rouge Duo Ultra glosses and 3 blushes provided for review.
There are three Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Eyeshadow Quads. Candeur Et Experience is a repromote and there are two new colors in Candeur Et Provocation and Candeur Et Seduction. Everything has a pink and red theme for a trendy eye look. I found the matte version the easiest to pull off for my neutral-loving self. I also like the look of Candeur Et Provocation because of the brown and light pink mix.
All the quads performed well for me. They have a soft easy to blend pigment that layers nicely and applies smoothly on the lids. Below left to right:
Candeur Et Experience has a warm matte brown, a tan canel, matte brown-red and a deeper matte brown with a satiny feel
Candeur Et Provocation has a cool pink shimmer, a pink rose gold shimmer, a raspberry shimmer and a warm coffee brown
Candeur Et Seduction has a raspberry matte, a pale white-pink shimmer, a bold red satin and a brown brick red
Stylo Yeux Waterproof
There are two new Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliners this season. Romance is a shimmery soft mauve-pink (I think I want to try this as a lip liner!) and Psyche is a matte plum brown. I swatched these next to a few other liners for color reference. The Stylo Yeux Waterproof this season are smooth and pigmented. Psyche is a deep color that is a nice alternative to black or brown.
Baume Essential Multi-Use Glow Stick
There’s a new Baume Essential Multi-Use Glow Stick in Rosee. I have mixed feelings about this but I still keep on trying them out. These are a glossy twist up glow stick with a balmy glossy finish. I think they’re nice in photos to add a glow on the cheeks but they’re too dewy for my skin type and Florida heat to wear anywhere except the lips. Rosee is a sheer rose, on the cheeks it’s fairly sheer although I can see a pinkish tint on the skin.
My favorite things in the collection are the two new Le Vernis Nail Colors. Egerie is a really pretty peachy pink cream. Interdit is a deep blackened brown-red (very similar to Rouge Noir and Vamp, just a different more brown undertone). I get full smooth coverage with two coats. I almost always top with the Chanel Le Gel Coat on top for added shine and lasting power.
Fall-Winter Lip Colors
Last is a look at the fall lip colors for the season. There are mostly dark vampy shades with a couple lighter options in the mix.
There are two Rouge Allure Ink Fusion colors. These are the long-wear liquid lips and since these are darker the coverage and pigment is very good. Ambiguite is a fawn mauve brown. Idyllique is a classic deep brick red.
There are also two Rouge Coco Flash lipsticks which are a sheer finish. Flushed is a pretty coral pink with gold shimmer mixed. Lust is a sheer mauve brown.
And lastly there are two Rouge Coco Lip Colors. This formula is a classic lipstick with medium coverage and a satiny finish with a subtle shine. Adrienne is a repromote which is a pale beige pink. Attraction is a plum brown which layers to an almost black color on my lips when I give it a few swipes.
Lip Colors listed below in Flushed, Lust and Idyllique
That wraps up my review and swatches of the Chanel Fall-Winter 2020 Collection for beauty! For me the standouts are the Le Vernis nail colors as I’m a die-hard collector, although Interdit is very similar to Rouge Noir and Vamp so I can’t call it a must-have. I love the Rouge Coco Flash in Flushed. The other items performed well true to Chanel quality standards. The color palette is very pink and red which isn’t the easiest to pull off for everyday as they pull more on the trendy side.
Hope you found this post helpful! You can find the Chanel Fall-Winter 2020 Collection out now at Chanel.com. The items should be arriving at other retailers and counters soon.
Chanel Fall-Winter collection provided for review. Baume Essentiel stick purchased by me.
Chanel launched their 2020 Les Beiges Collection and I finally have swatches of everything I hauled today! A few of their classics have been reformulated and repackaged in this collection. The entire vibe of this year’s Les Beiges is true their classic line but with a slight summery twist. If you like a natural glow there are some nice options in this collection. I ordered everything except one of the polishes (which I skipped):
The cult classic Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Cream has been discontinued and replaced with the new Les Beiges Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream. The question you all want answered is: are they the same or is it completely different? I’ve seen a few other reviews on the new version. Some say it’s performs the same, others say it does not. The ingredients are different but performance and color-wise I feel they are the same. On my skin there’s no detectable difference in color. Texture is the same – creamy, soft, easy to blend, has a semi-matte dry down. It is on the warm side. I really hope they add some other shades in the future like a cooler tone bronze or perhaps ones with shimmer! For those who did not know, Chanel started adding ingredients to their product pages. Simply scroll down to the area you see tabs like, Description, Ingredients, Reviews, Q&A etc. They have their current ingredient list there! This one right now has:
Pearly Glow is a new color that is a sheer champagne gold and Sunkissed is similar the original which is a sheer soft beige tan shimmer. Both have a very lightweight fluid texture that is thin and easy to blend/layer. On my skin they apply very sheer. Out of all the liquid highlighters I own these are among the most natural looking and on my medium tan skin from a distance they look very similar when on the face.
Below left wearing Pearly Glow over the Soleil Tan Bronze Universel Cream Bronzer. On the right wearing Sunkissed on top of the cream bronzer. Foundation shade right now is the Chanel Ultra Le Teint Velvet in B40 (I wear B50 in the summer). I pump 1-2 pumps of the highlighter on the back of my hand and dab in my fingers to apply or use a foundation brush. I used the Tom Ford Foundation brush here. You can definitely mix it in with foundation to add glow to your base.
I think these are nice if you want a subtle highlight on the cheekbone. Once they’re blended on the skin they sheer out quite a bit! If you want more shimmer or pigment, opt for any of the others I swatched below.
Healthy Glow Illuminating Powder
Above Sand and Sunset
The new Les Beiges Healthy Glow Illuminating Powders are soft luminous powders that offer the skin a very subtle glow but with color. Sand is a highlighter on me. When applied with a loose brush I can apply all over kinda like a setting powder with glow. With a denser brush it adds a very subtle lit from within glow. Below worn on just one side so you can see the difference. Wearing Sand below:
Sunset is a warmer bronze color that looks like a soft warm bronzer with a hint of gold shimmer. This one is really nice to warm up the complexion.
Both have the same scent as all the other Les Beiges powders. They have a beautiful embossed rope pattern on the surface adding a lovely touch! Texture is soft and easy to blend. Long-time Chanel lovers will know that the 2019 Les Beiges powders from last year were stiff in texture (which I did not mind but many of you did not like). The 2020 versions have a softer texture making it easier to pick up product.
Healthy Glow Lip Balm
There is one new shade of Les Beiges Healthy Glow Lip Balm this season in Warm. It’s a sheer warm peachy coral shade. Looks bright in the tube, swatches sheer on the hand, applies somewhere in between on the lips. Warm is a nice healthy summer color. I was hoping for a softer cantaloupe peach to be launched, maybe next year!
Swatches next to the other existing colors. If you want the lip swatches, you can check out my posts from past years. Light/Med/Deep on the lips/face in the 2018 Les Beiges review. Intense worn in the 2019 Les Beiges review.
Healthy Glow Natural Eyeshadow Palette
I have mixed feelings about the Les Beiges Healthy Glow Natural Eyeshadow Palette in Warm. This palette has a very soft texture. Powders are very finely milled and soft with a delicate finish. When layered together on an emollient base the colors show up nicely. I do have to apply the brown with a slightly damp brush for it to show up on my skin. Applying the colors on dry lids made them all look like a sheer wash of peach. I do realize the Les Beiges collection is supposed to give a barely there glow, but the palette runs a bit sheer.
It’s workable and I do think it is lovely, I think colors will show up better on lighter or deeper skin with the contrast. The first two times I applied this I felt a slightly itchy sensation from the powders. I feel that the powdery debris and kick up fell into my eyes and caused some irritation. Luckily I did not have an allergic reaction! Adding an emollient cream shadow base underneath helps keep them in place on the skin better (at least for me, I have dry lids).
Colors include a sheer satiny beige, soft blurred brown, shimmery coral peach, soft lighter peach shimmer and a sparkly champagne.
Last is the Le Vernis in Cruise. There are two shades which seemed like your standard orange and red polishes. Pretty, not entirely unique, and in my mind not must-haves. I decided to pick up the orange one Cruise which is almost identical to the older discontinued Mirabella. The difference is slight and barely noticeable. Mirabella has a tiny bit more blue undertone. Cruise is a cream. It’s bright orange and I can get full coverage with 2 coats. I have a feeling Cruise is close to Orange Fizz but I searched all of my boxes and it appears I no longer have it to compare. To date I still think Chanel’s best orangey shades were Holiday, Sea Whip and Resplendissant.
Overall a lovely collection adding some sunshine and beauty into my life right now! I think there are a lot of natural glow products that are easy to wear and perfect for the conservative makeup-lover. That being said I do think there is a lot of summer beauty newness on the horizon so you might want to wait and see what launches from other lines.
The best products to me are the Healthy Glow Illuminating Powders and Highlighting Fluids. I think they’re nice additions to my daily makeup routine. I do think the Highlighting Fluids might not be for everyone since they are very sheer. I do love the new Les Beiges Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream – to me it’s nearly identical to the original in color and performance. Since I already own the original and still have a lot left I don’t think it’s a must-have for me.
If I were to do my purchase over again I would have skipped the nail polish. Also while I love both of the highlighting fluids, I don’t think I needed both since they look similar on my medium skin. I would have picked just one although trying to figure out which one is better is difficult as they’re both lovely.
You can find the Chanel Les Beiges collection available now at Chanel.com. Have you checked it out yet or ordered anything? What did you think?
There are three La Palette Sourcils Brow Wax/Powder Duos in Light, Medium and Dark. These come with a tinted wax on one side and a powder on the other. The Brow Duos are cased in a compact with four mini tools including a tweezer, spoolie, angled brush and soft small sponge applicator. I tried Medium which is a neutral medium brown color. The wax is soft and easy to apply with the angled brush. It’s been a long time since I’ve tried a wax and this had enough color to wear alone. It filled in my brows and held them in place. The powder is interesting to me. It’s a stiff but pigmented powder. It’s more pigmented than the older brow duos. I haven’t tried a small detail applicator before – most of my brow brushes are angled. The small applicator made it easy to apply in soft strokes although since the handles are so small it took a bit of work to hold. The pros for the applicators are they are compact and easy to travel with. They are usable and well made although full size brushes and tools are easier to hold and use for me.
Lasting power is very good. I didn’t experience any fading or smudging. The brows stayed put all day long!
Natural brows vs just the wax:
Wax plus powder:
Le Liner de Chanel Liquid Liner
Out of the three items in this launch I found the Le Liner de Chanel Liquid Liners to be the most exciting to me! They launched some of the most beautiful shimmers I’ve ever seen! These dry down to a semi-matte finish although the shimmers still have a slightly wet look because of the shimmer. The brush is well designed to apply in one stroke or a feathering motion. I found these took a few seconds to dry depending on how thick a line you draw on. Formula is thin but smooth and very pigmented. Once it sets it does not budge. As one who struggles with pencil liners during the summer months I was really excited to see a brown and plum matte – I think they’ll be excellent for the warm humid months.
Le Volume Stretch de Chanel Mascara
Last is a look at the Le Volume Stretch de Chanel Mascara. This comes in one color and has a rubber twisted brush. I think this is a decent formula to lengthen and define the lashes. The brush did take a bit of practice for me to get used to because of the angles but it’s not impossible to use. It miraculously did not smudge even though it didn’t really hold the curl. I like it a lot but it’s not my favorite. I still think the classic Le Volume de Chanel is the best for me (or the waterproof version). It was easy to remove since it’s not a waterproof formula. Since it did not smudge on me I give it a thumbs up.
Just for fun my little ragdoll buddy keeping me company. He doesn’t like to take photos lol! He’s 7 years old now and I cannot believe it.
Overall a solid line of eye makeup staples. I think the liquid liners are special because of the color selection. I really like the brow duo because of the wax and compact but don’t think it’s essential. The verdict is still out on the mascara because I think it’s really good but I think there are better options.
This year’s Chanel Le Blanc makeup collection is a stunning one! The Chanel La Fleur Et L’eau Collection is currently available at Chanel.com and today I finally have swatches of everything! The colors have a soft wash with pastels for eyes and bold colors for lips.
Le Vernis ($28 each) in Fleur de Pecher and Petale
The lip colors are the stand outs for me with new Rouge Coco Flash colors in Ondee (sheer bright coral) and Eau de Rose (sheer rose). I think both are must-haves in my opinion, I especially love the glossy rose color! Both have a sheer smooth finish with high shine. There are two Rouge Allure Ink Fusions in Fleur de Lotus which is a bold coral and Pivoine which is a bold raspberry color. Both are fluid and lightweight in texture but since both are bolds they cover the entire lip and apply smoothly.
There’s a Lip Palette called Camelias D’eau which comes with four colors that are in an embossed camelia pattern. Colors are bold classics with a bold bright raspberry, bright fuchsia, soft rosewood with a slight shimmer and blue-based red cream. Colors have medium coverage but can be built for full coverage. Each color has a slightly glossy finish. The compact does come with a tiny lip brush which is super cute!
Swatches alongside some of their newer Lip Liners in coordinating colors that launched last month:
There are two Les 4 Ombres eyeshadow palettes in this collection which have a soft washed pastel theme. I purchased both of these to review the complete collection even though the color scheme really isn’t something I gravitate towards. Au Fil Des Fleurs has a more lilac lavender pink vibe with soft shimmers. Au Fil de L’eau on the other hand has a more steel grey blue vibe. Both palettes have excellent pigment with smooth texture. They glide on flawlessly and stay put once on the lids.
Joues Constraste Blush
There is one new Joues Contraste blush called Rose Petillant. This is in the baked version which I’m normally not a fan of but this one surprised me with really good color payoff. It has a soft shimmer to it but once on the skin it’s more of a satiny matte soft pink. Lasting power is excellent!
Glow + Highlighter
The Chanel Le Blanc Rosy Light Drops highlighter has some of the prettiest shimmers I’ve ever seen! This is a liquid highlighter that has a soft light pink pearly sheen. It’s lightweight and blends easily onto the skin. It gives the skin a light opalescent glow. If you blend into foundation or use as a base you can definitely sheer it out to wear all over. I prefer it as a highlighter.
Also for the cheeks is a new Gloss Lumiere Multi-Use Top Coat in Miroir D’Eau. This is a translucent glossy opal that flashes pink and blue in a very subtle way. So far I’ve only liked using this on the lips as a soft gloss. It’s fairly sheer so the effect is a barely there glow. You can use on eyes or cheeks too but I don’t usually use glossy products anywhere but the lips.
The two Le Vernis colors in Fleur de Pecher and Petale are both also must-haves. Fleur de Pecher is a smooth shimmery pearly rose pink with noticeable silver shimmer. I love that it applies smoothly and doesn’t show any brush strokes! Petale is a perfect soft pink cream. I applied both with two coats to get full coverage.
Four Looks, Look 1 with Chanel Les 4 Ombres in Au Fil Des Fleur, Rouge Coco Flash in Eau de Rose and Joues Contraste in Rose Petillant:
Look 2 with Chanel Rouge Coco Flash in Ondee, Joues Contraste in Petale, Rosy Light Drops
Look 3 with Chanel Joues Contraste in Rose Petillant and Rouge Allure Ink Fusion in Pivoine
Look 4 with Rouge Allure Ink Fusion in Fleur de Lotus, Joues Contraste in Rose Petillant and the Rosy Light Drops
My top favorites are the two Le Vernis Nail Polishes, Rosy Light Drops and both Rouge Coco Flash colors. I do think everything is lovely and quality is top notch! The quads are a miss for me mainly because I don’t wear pastels on the eyes but quality is excellent. I think the blush has surprisingly good pigment for the baked formula and I think it is an easy one to wear with many different colors.
The Rouge Allures come in two formulas, Regular Luminous Intense and a Velvet Luminous Matte. These are cased in the beautiful click case and the ends are embossed with a gold camellia. Formula-wise these are really excellent. The Rouge Allure Luminous Intense colors are smooth classic lipsticks, have medium but buildable coverage and have a natural looking sheen to them. I cannot detect any scent or taste. Colors are really pretty for a soft pink or bold look.
The Regular Rouge Allures in the Camelia packaging:
Camelia Blanc 327 is a pale pink that is almost like a clear balm on my lips
Camelia Rose 337 is a soft medium girly pink cream
Camelia Rouge Metal 607 is a stunning metallic red that isn’t too frosty and has an ultra smooth pearl
Camelia Pourpre 637 is my favorite, it’s a wearable deep plum with a very subtle pearl
The Rouge Allure Velvets are luminous mattes. They have a soft almost airy feel to them. They’re ultra smooth, non drying, almost feel hydrating, with a soft velvet finish. Pigment is full coverage and very opaque – they’re like one-swipe wonders. I would have loved some more neutrals or lighter colors but every single one in this launch has flawless coverage. Since these are dark they leave a stain on the lips and when the color fades you can still see quite a bit of color left on the lips.
Camelia Fuchsia 347 is a bright bold pink
Camelia Rouge 357 is a bold orange red
Camelia Grenat 617 is a matte plum red
Camelia Carmin 627 is a perfect bold red
The Le Crayon Levres Longwear Lip Pencils have been revamped into all new colors. To me the new formula is very similar to the original, the main difference is the new ones seem more matte and more long-wearing. In the old original formula Nude 05 was the perfect universal pink brown with shimmer. Unfortunately there’s no dupe in the new line although I do think there are a couple colors that pull similar. I have 15 of the 19 new colors swatched. There is also a clear version which acts like a matte lip primer to extend the wear of lipstick. These also come with a lip brush on one end.
Neutrals below, the ones closest to my natural lip color is Rose Naturel or Pivone:
Peachy Nude 154 is a pale milky peach
Beige Naturel 156 is a light pink beige
Rose Naturel 158 is a medium pink rose peach
Nude Brun 162 is a medium brown
Pivone 164 is a soft rose
Rose VIF 166 is a bright warm pink
Swatch comparisons to the original 05 Nude, MAC Whirl, MAC Stripdown and Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk
Deeper and bolder colors:
Rose Caractere 168 is a bright electric fuschia
Bois de Rose 172 is a warm pinky rose with some shimmer
Blood Orange 176 is a bold bright orange
Rouge Cerise 178 is a bright bold red
Rose Framboise 182 is a deeper bright fuschia
Rouge Intense 184 is a brick red
Berry 186 is a hot pink
Rose Poudre 196 is a shimmery warm rose pink
Rouge Noir 194 is a satiny matte plum brown
Lasting power is very long with these. I find since they’re mattes there is a tiny bit of tugging on bare lips. These are best applied in a feathering motion for me or applied over a balm/lip primer. I’m still playing around with all the colors but really love the way Rose Naturel, Nude Brun and Pivone wear.
Overall some solid launches in the lip department from Chanel. I would recommend buying based on color preference. Formula-wise I think they all wear extremely well. For the lipsticks there aren’t many neutrals but the bold colors are classics that I think will flatter a wide range of skin tones.
By popular request I’m rounding up my favorite Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Polish neutrals! This has been one of my favorite nail polish formulas as long as I can remember. I’ve been a fan through several reformulations and love the colors they launch. I’ve also added a few other softer mauves and purples I think are nice for spring with swatch comparisons.
Most of these you can still find now at Chanel.com and most retailers, although some colors are limited-edition and are harder to find (like Afterglow and Chicness). Organdi is the one I wear the most and also the shade I get the most compliments on. A lot of you wanted swatch comparisons to see the different undertones and depth.
Below left to right is: Blanc White 548, Afterglow 703, Organdi 504, Bleached Mauve 646, Daydream 735, Chicness 612 (discontinued, from cruise 2018), Purple Ray 709 and Mirage 739
Swatches and comparisons on the nails, each swatch has 2 coats except Blanc White has 3 coats. All still available at Chanel.com.
I like to use these with the Chanel Le Gel Top Coat for extra shine and lasting power. If you apply properly you will find these last a long time. If you’re getting tip wear or chipping, it’s likely you’re not coating the tip enough with polish or the top coat. Just like any paint, when it dries, the product shrinks so make sure you paint all the way around to the tops. Also note that not all top coats are compatible. For example Seche Vite is a great brand for quick dry top coats, but it runs on the thick side and always shrinks on me no matter what brand of polish I use. As it shrinks it pulls the polish around the edges and causes early tip wear.
A few other nail articles I’ve written and resources you may find helpful!
You can find Blanc White 548, Organdi 504, Bleached Mauve 646, Daydream 735, Purple Ray 709 and Mirage 739 available at Chanel.com and all Chanel counters. Afterglow is currently still available at Saks.
Have you tried any of these colors yet? What did you think?