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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sneak Peek: New Chanel Le Vernis Shades

Chanel has released quite a few nail lacquers this season in various collections. I have a sneak peek for you today. There is a lot of red this year. I've run out of nail wheels for comparisons and my fingers can only take so much swatching each day, so I'll do comparisons where I can. Many of my polishes are still in moving boxes too, so comparisons will be limited to what I can find easily. (I have a huge amount of respect for full-time nail polish bloggers who put their fingers through so much every week.)

The new shades this season include:

The Holiday and Rouge Allure Gloss collection shades can be found at all Chanel counters and retailers now such as Nordstrom, Saks and Neiman Marcus. The Collection Les Rouges Culte are a exclusive, Sweet Star has been spotted at various Chanel Boutiques and

Here's another shot, there is a lot of glare from the flash and sunlight but it shows the differences in undertone for the various red options. I do think they are fairly similar in effect and color so for me I definitely did not need all of the reds but as a collector of Chanel Le Vernis nail polishes, I could not pass them up.

I hope to have Phenix and Sweet Star posts completed soon (fingers crossed I can finish them today). For now, if you've been debating whether or not to splurge I hope this line up of all the new shades helps you gauge how they look side by side.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Chanel Diwali Le Vernis - Bombay Express

Hints of new items from Chanel surfaced late last year at the Paris-Bombay Metiers d'Art Show (see the runway look on Café Makeup). The limited-edition beauty collection Bombay Express de Chanel has finally arrived in the US on (and soon to select counters and boutiques). I purchased two items Diwali Le Vernis and Brume D'Or blush. Diwali Le Vernis is perfectly described on "A glowing mix of pale gold and luminous silver ..." It has a highly metallic glow and rich pigment (not sheer like Gold Fingers or Graphite).

Here it is swatched with two coats, there are many different shades of shimmers in the bottle making it appear silver in some photos and then more glowy gold in others. 

The big question is how does this one lineup to past releases? Diwali is a special release and priced at a steep $30 per bottle. It is unique in the Chanel lineup. There are definitely similar shades that I'll show below. Two views of the same shades. Dior Timeless Gold, Dior Golden Era, Chanel Delight, Chanel Kaleidoscope, Chanel Gold Fingers (prior reviews linked).

Two sets of swatches, note there are some repeats:

I would say that Chanel Diwali is closest to Dior Timeless Gold. Diwali has more yellow while Timeless Gold has more warmth. I personally prefer Chanel Delight from the summer collection for a metallic gold.

I can't say I think Diwali is a must-have after comparing it to other shades (even though I had to have it). If you're a huge Chanel fan then I would suggest buying it sooner than later (to avoid Chanel regret and astronomical eBay prices). Diwali is a pretty edgy metallic that I think can be worn year round.

Are you going to buy Chanel Diwali? If you already have what are your thoughts?

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet La Distinguée 33 and La Furtive 31

Chanel's Rouge Allure Velvet formula was released last fall (see swatches on Karla Sugar, Messy Wands and Rouge Deluxe). Being a huge fan of the luxurious feel of the regular Rouge Allures, I was excited to try the new Velvet formula, however the two shades that caught my eye were not available to the US. Since the initial release, Chanel has released La Distinguée 33 and La Furtive 31 exclusively on for a limited time ($32.50 each). Unfortunately it appears that La Furtive (released online last November) is no longer available on their website. I'm not sure if they will bring it back or not. I hope they do.

Rouge Allure Velvets come in the same packaging as the regular Rouge Allures. I love the pop-up feature of the packaging and the sleek simple black tube. The coverage is full on me and the lipstick adheres well to the lips. To me these are like a velvet/cashmere blend for the lips. Even though these are described as matte, there is still a slight sheen to these and the texture is soft/smooth. They glide on the lips without any tugging. Lasting power is medium. Finish is rich but natural coverage. Texture settles in to mimic the feel of your natural lip.
  • La Distinguée 33 is a peach-pink with a velvet matte finish. There is a slightly luminous mixture of peach and pink in the color which gives it depth and a soft glow, even with the matte finish. La Distinguée goes on my lips a brightened peach tinged with pink. On my lips it leans more towards the warm/peach side. It glows and definitely brightens the face without looking too bright.
  • La Furtive 31 is a satiny peachy nude. This shade was featured on the runway at the 2011/2012 Fall/Winter show (as seen on La Chanelphile and Café Makeup). This color is borderline too nude alone. It doesn't make me look completely washed out, but almost. I think this one would look best with a slightly deeper liner blended over the lip first. While I feel the color can be easily duped by other neutral nudes (MAC, Bobbi Brown come to mind), I think the formula is absolutely to die for in terms of application and feel. I really hope Chanel brings this back online.
Photos and swatches below.
La Distinguée 33:

La Furtive 31:

Overall, a huge thumbs up for both shades. If I had to decide between the two, I would highly recommend La Distinguée 33. US girls note this is limited edition on, if you are contemplating this shade, order soon!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Chanel Beige 565 Le Vernis - First Look's exclusive Le Vernis shade in Beige 565 just arrived yesterday ($26 each). Here's a quick look at the color plus comparisons. I couldn't get good nail swatch photos before the sun went down. Hopefully I'll be able to post better photos this week. Chanel Beige 565 is a true beige. I was hoping it would be a pearly beige with pinkish/pearl tones like the promotional photos online. It does have a luminous pink glow that flashes (much like Jade Rose, Rose Cache, Distraction) but it's more of a nude-yellowish beige. I personally find it flattering and polished looking, although I'm not sure that fairer skins will like this. It might have too much yellow. Initial impressions are that this has decent coverage but it doesn't apply flawlessly like Dragon, Riviera, Blue Boy etc. It's not quite as difficult as say Mimosa or Riva to apply though. More thoughts to come later, but I'm happy I purchased this one.

You can see the shimmer when you hold the bottle at an angle in direct sunlight.

Comparisons to other beige-nudes below. Note that Chanel Beige Petale was not swatched because it's so sheer. You can see it reviewed here though. I believe most of the other shades swatched have been reviewed in the past (use the search bar to find more detailed reviews and swatches). You can see that Chanel Beige is fairly unique and more of a beige-yellow nude. All photos by me. Kindly respect the copyright and do not republish without permission.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Chanel Royallieu #58 Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Royallieu #58 Rouge Coco Shine is currently a Limited Edition exclusive. It's a relatively new release in the US and I would describe it as a lovely pale cool-toned pink. In the tube it appears slightly faded with a slight greyish undetone. If you look closely, you will see the prettiest tiny micro-sparkles. As soon as I opened the tube, I was worried it would be too pale on the lips. Royallieu Rouge Coco Shine is actually quite a bit paler than I anticipated, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it is sheer enough to not wash out the lips, but pigmented enough to give a soft pale wash of pink shine.

Here it is swatched on my lips, I'm a Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in 30 now:

If you love pale pinks, you will love Royallieu. It is similar to a few other shades I have so I wouldn't say it's the most unique, however it is a pretty pink that is very wearable. Of the existing Chanel lipsticks, it's lighter/pinker than Mythic. Also shown below, Dior Urban (shown here) and Rose Comete. I find that Royallieu reminds me a bit of MAC Oyster Girl Lipglass (not shown).

Overall I think for me this fits the bill of a goof-proof go-with-everything lipstick. I will be able to wear it for any occasion and apply without needing a mirror. I love that it goes on smoothly and streak-free. I envision this looking great with a smokey eye, in particular the Prelude Quad from the fall collection!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A Few Hard-To-Find Chanel Exclusives

I wanted to share a few hard-to-find Chanel exclusives I recently discovered.
  • From Saks - Liberté (#54) Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss
  • From - Baroque (#30) Rouge Coco & Berry (#58) Precision Eye Definer
As far as I know, in the US, the items are exclusive to each category listed above. I did not have in person access to any of these, but thanks to the blogs Café Makeup, Makeup Magpie and The Stash Archives, I was able to find out more about these colors and make a purchasing decision.

Up first: Chanel Liberté Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss #54 is a soft peachy-pink with subtle shimmer. The texture is creamy and thick yet smooth with medium coverage. The color is gorgeous but close to my natural lip color so it looks sheerish on my lips. (No lip swatches yet, it's been cloudy and dark so I can't get good lip photos.) I called up Nikki from Dolce & Gabbana at Saks Houston as soon as I spotted the Liberté gloss online and luckily she located a few for me. I can't rave enough about how awesome and helpful she is (more D&G reviews to come soon). Definitely check out Makeup Magpie and The Stash Archives for more amazing swatches/reviews from different points of view.

Compared to a few other RAEs, #55 Confidence and #56 Imaginaire, the exclusive Liberte is more peachy pinky, similar to Candy Glow Aqualumiere Gloss (scroll down for swatches):

Up second: Baroque Rouge Coco #30 is a hard one to describe and extremely difficult to photograph accurately. In the tube, it's a browned plum, leaning more towards brown, but depending on the angle you hold it, you will see it flash plum. On the lips, it's a deep brownish-red-brick type color. I don't own anything like it, but Sycamore Rouge Coco seems to be in a similar color family. I like it for holiday/fall but it will probably be too dark and dramatic once spring (the real spring season that is) arrives.

Finally: Berry Precision Eye Definer #58 is a beautiful taupe-plum frost. Hard to envision, but it's like a silvery purple. (Scroll down below to see swatches.) I love how different this is from anything I've ever seen. Not a straight plum, not quite brownish, not taupe - but rather a mix of all three. The application on these pencils is smooth with rich pigment. Staying power is average. It doesn't fade or disappear fast, but it definitely won't last from morning to night.

On the nails, OPI Holiday Glow (from 2009) over Dior Aztec Chocolate


Liberte - I love this color, it's right up my alley, but it's better when layered over a lipstick. By itself I find it too sheer. I think it will complement colors like MAC Ramblin Rose or Chanel Muse Rouge Coco well. For some reason, peachy colors blend in more naturally for me. The other pinks like Confidence (reviewed here) and Imaginaire, although similar in intensity (or lightness) show up significantly more because they are pinkish rather than peachish. Weird, right?

Baroque - Beautiful rich dark, but not too dark. Like Amy from Cafe Makeup says, it's good for right now.

Berry - Love. Definitely check out Amy's review (linked here). Her photos are better than mine and capture that beautiful silvery quality that is hard to photograph.

Swatches below (detail can be viewed better if you click on these images for larger viewing):


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