Spring beauty collections are usually my favorite of all the seasonal releases and the first one I'm reviewing this year is the Chanel Collection L.A. Sunrise launch for Spring 2016. I saw the collection a couple weeks ago in stores and picked up a few items. This one seems very different from the typical spring collection for Chanel - everything is very bright, vibrant and has a more summery vibe. I would say that at first glance most of it was not my cup of tea, but I think there are a couple stand outs that are not to be missed. The items I picked out:
Sunkiss Ribbon Blush ($70)
Rouge Coco Shines in Shipshape, Mighty and Energy ($37)
Le Vernis Nail Gloss in Sunrise Trip ($28)
Stylo Yeux Waterproof in Purple Croc ($33)
Quick swatches of my picks and then more closeups and thoughts on each item:
Sunkiss Ribbon Blush is the star of the collection. It's a stunning blush with a mix of five different shades. The surface is embossed in the most beautiful print, like a ribbon. I swatched the colors individually with a detail brush, but for the face, I just swirl a blush brush and apply to the cheeks. It's a warm pink with coral on me - almost has a bronzed effect but in blush form if that makes sense. It adds life and warmth to the complexion with a subtle luminous glow. The powders do have shimmer but it's not frosted and it's finely milled. Texture is smooth and easy to blend. It's pure love.
Many have asked how it compares to the Horizon Blush de Chanel from Spring 2012 - I miraculously still own it and swatch compared it below along with some other shades. The Spring 2012 is more pink while this year's is more coral.
Blush Horizon de Chanel (discontinued)
Le Blush Creme de Chanel Affinite (discontinued, review here)
Chanel Blush in Tumulte (discontinued)
NARS Dual Intensity Blush in Panic
NARS Dual Intensity Blush in Panic
Rouge Coco Shines in Shipshape, Mighty and Energy ($37) are three bright but medium-sheer glossy lipsticks. I was immediately drawn to Mighty a cool pink. I decided to pick up the other two as well even though they are outside my comfort zone. They are bright but can be sheered out for a more wearable look. I like to apply these straight from the tube, but you can get more coverage and pigment if you apply with a lip brush. These are scent-free and taste-free. Lasting power is average - it has a glossy finish so it's not super long lasting. At the same time it's not one that will disappear within the hour (as long as you don't drink or eat) but I don't mind reapplying. They have a smooth luxurious feel and I find them moisturizing on the lips.
Swatches straight from the tube and then with a lip brush next to it:
On these lip swatches the colors are applied straight from the tube:
Le Vernis Nail Gloss in Sunrise Trip ($28) is a new formula of nail polish for Chanel. It's called a Nail Gloss and it is indeed different from the regular Chanel polish. It looks almost navy black in the bottle but it has a jelly finish which applies as a bright gel-like color. It's a bright but deep blue purple color. In some light it looks more purple, in others it appears more blue. It has a flawless smooth jelly finish that is streak free. I do get even coverage with two coats and the coverage is impressive for a jelly gel. You can still see a tiny bit of the nail underneath but there are no streaks.
Here it is with two coats and one coat of the Chanel Le Top Coat, but even without the top coat it has a very high-gloss finish that is very reflective, it's so shiny it twinkles in direct sun as captured by the shot below:
Stylo Yeux Waterproof in Purple Croc ($33) it's been a while since I've given anything a blatant thumbs down review. I am really picky with what I feature on this blog, and I am particular about what I purchase. If I'm going to share something with my readers I want it to be worth their while to read about. Even with items I am iffy about I try to review it with the thought that something that doesn't appeal to me, might still appeal to someone else and try my best to be objective. I swatched this on my hand at the counter and it looked so pretty. It's a unique metallic pencil with the prettiest bright violet shimmers. It's possible mine could just be a dud, but I am really sad that this one is a complete fail.
Swatched with a very heavy hand:
The upside is that it's smooth and glides onto the skin without any tugging. The downside is that it's super sheer with one swipe, with several swipes back and forth I can build more color, but it's very blotchy as a liner. Another downside is that it's so creamy it never really set on my eyes which is strange because I've had such good experiences with other colors in this formula. I thought since the pencil acted more like a cream shadow I could smudge it on my eyes along the lash line as a cream shadow but once smudged the color just disappeared and it looks like a smokey mess. If you've tried any of the eyeliners in the spring collection please let me know your thoughts. I've tried several attempts to make this one work and so far it's not going well.
There are some other items in the collection that I passed on. There are three Illusion D'Ombres and I thought I would fall in love with the Moonlight Pink shade - it's a lovely nude pink, but when I swiped it on my hand it matched my skintone so I suspected it wouldn't show up on the lids. It's still calling my name so there's a chance I might go back and try it again. The other two Griffith Green and Ocean Light were clearly outside of my comfort zone so I passed. There is also supposed to be a quad but I haven't seen it anywhere yet - I've heard that it's a bright one and that my local counters didn't receive it but are expecting it to arrive any day. There are two other Stylo Yeux Pencils in a Blue and Green Shade, they looked super bright at the counter so I didn't swatch them. The last item I passed on was the Rouge Double in Tender Beige. I'm not sure if this is a new color or a repromote - but I passed as well.
Overall, I think the winner is the Sunkiss Ribbon Blush. It's so pretty and the pigment and texture are really good. It's easy to blend and adds a nice glow to the skin. There's enough color that it shows up but it's not over the top bright. Sunrise Trip is a lovely color with a unique gel formula. I really like it but for right now it seems to have more of a summer vibe rather than spring. Still I do recommend it - I don't own anything like it and do think it's unique.
You can find Chanel spring at counters now. Online at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman and Chanel.com.
Did you pick up anything from the Collection LA Sunrise launch? If yes, what did you think?