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CHANEL · Rouge Allure Ink, Gris Obscur & Bi-Phase Makeup Remover

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CHANEL recently released their latest lip products, Rouge Allure Ink, a matte liquid lip colour that might be a little late to the party, but then again, this brand will always beat to its own drum. Slipped in with this collection is 538 Gris Obscur, a darkly brooding nail polish in a shimmering slate hue, a colour that not only has Fall written all over it but sits comfortably in my wheelhouse of deep & vampy shades. The last item I received was the Le Bi-Phase Visage makeup remover, a product which turned out to be quite timely in my swatch fest.

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CHANEL · Bi-Phase Makeup Remover, Rouge Allure Ink & Gris Obscur

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CHANEL · Luxuriant & Amoureux Rouge Allure Ink

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CHANEL · Luxuriant & Amoureux Rouge Allure Ink

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Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour (CAN $43.00) | Housed in a glass bottle, I was initially surprised by how small it is (in comparison to other lip products from the range), but it’s comfortably sized just the same and appears to hold a good amount of product. The flocked applicator has a unique bevelled flat paddle-like shape that makes it easy to scoop the colour out, as well as deposit it quickly and easily all along the lips with minimal fuss. Bearing a lighter version of the typical rose scent that CHANEL is known for, this appears to dissipate fairly quickly after application — good to know for anyone with sensitivities.

The ‘melt-away’ formula is composed of a specific wax that is meant to impart softness, suppleness and a velvety feel, while jojoba oil in the mix delivers moisture, hydration and protection. Other active ingredients include:

  • sappan wood
  • matcha green tea
  • sweet almond oil
  • vitamin E derivative

Calling this a matte lip product, however, might be a touch misleading; while it does not have the brilliance of a gloss, it definitely does not come to that flat & light-absorbing finish that’s typical of what we think of when we hear ‘matte’. Something else to note is that the colour never fully dries down either, displaying a slight sheen upon initial application that can then be lightly blotted for a more matte-like effect, if desired. On the plus side, the shades have an incredible buttery-smooth feel — both during application and throughout the wearing, along with excellent staying power; Amoureux, the lighter of the two shown here naturally lasted less but still left a rosy pigment behind, while Luxuriant went on easily for 7+ hours and left a much deeper stain behind.

If you’re like me and love the look of a matte lip but hate the desiccating feel that most leave behind, then Rouge Allure Ink is a beautiful compromise; applies like a gloss, is pigmented like lipstick but dries down to a semi-satiny finish, and all while leaving lips feeling hydrated, both during & long after. I’d call that a win-win. BONUS: applying a matching lip pencil to the entire lip before applying your chosen Rouge Allure Ink shade will not only increase the longevity, but intensify the colour.

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CHANEL · 140 Amoureux Rouge Allure Ink

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CHANEL · 150 Luxuriant Rouge Allure Ink

 

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CHANEL · Le Bi-Phase Makeup Remover

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Le Bi-Phase Anti-Pollution Makeup Remover (CAN $53.00) | A dual phase face makeup remover that combines known anti-pollution properties in the formula to deliver effective cleansing and protection at the same time.

Comprised of two phases each of which contains one of the key active ingredients, this lightly (and pleasantly) scented makeup remover needs to be shaken before using, turning it into a pale blue milky solution. The water phase contains blue micro-algae with known de-polluting strength, while the emulsion phase holds the moisturizing and fortifying properties of marine salicornia extract. Using a dry cotton pad to apply it to the skin (avoiding the eye contour area), it effectively removes all traces of makeup without leaving behind any greasy feel — no further rinsing needed, plus you have the added benefit of knowing your skin is left nourished and protected from external aggressors.

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After putting Le Bi-Phase Visage to the test, I have to say that I absolutely LOVE how my skin felt after using it to remove my makeup; soft & hydrated without that tight-skin sensation. That being said, it can also become quite the pricey investment if you wear a full face of makeup that needs removing daily (unless cost isn’t a factor for you — then by all means, go to town), so I’ve come up with a couple of solutions. In order to maximize the product, I actually cleanse with either a skin oil beforehand then go in with Le Bi-Phase, or use a less expensive micellar water cleanser first to remove the bulk of my makeup, then follow up once again with Le Bi-Phase. This way, not only am I ensuring my skin is thoroughly cleansed, but left nourished and protected afterwards. BONUS: I used Le Bi-Phase to remove the Rouge Allure Ink swatches and it not only worked like a charm, but left my lips feeling totally hydrated afterwards.

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CHANEL · Le Bi-Phase Makeup Remover

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538 Gris Obscur (CAN $32.00) | A medium-sheer charcoal grey base hue that’s filled with steel-tinted ultra fine shimmer particles that can display a slight prismatic effect seen in direct light. The formula is a crème-jelly hybrid and applies in a self-levelling way without any pooling at the cuticles or nail edges, and leaves behind a cushy gloss finish – but I feel it totally benefits from a top coat to really make it stand out. Interestingly, the shimmer seen in the bottle doesn’t really show up as strongly when seen in natural/indoor lighting but does serve to add depth of tone and a nice edgy flair to this shade. BONUS: non-staining upon removal.

The formula is in CHANEL’s newly rebooted version, which is meant to provide long-lasting & chip-free wear with a high powered shine. While I’ve read of some people mentioning that CHANEL polishes chip easily on them, I personally have never had any problems in that area, as polish in general (including CHANEL) lasts like iron on my nails. If there’s one area I feel this brand needs to work on where nail lacquers are concerned, then I would say it’s with the brush shape and while I had no issues here, I would still like to see them come out with a brush that is more chiselled and tapered (along the lines of Dior or Guerlain).

Coats: 2, plus Le Gel Coat top coat

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CHANEL · 538 Gris Obscur

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CHANEL · 538 Gris Obscur

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CHANEL · 538 Gris Obscur swatch

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CHANEL · 538 Gris Obscur swatch

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CHANEL · 538 Gris Obscur swatch (macro)

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CHANEL · 538 Gris Obscur swatch

 

I really like how meticulous and well-thought out CHANEL releases are; just because everyone is releasing a certain type of beauty product, doesn’t mean that CHANEL jumps on the bandwagon, but rather the House takes a wait & see approach — then comes up with their own spin. Rouge Allure Ink are lovely, albeit a far cry from matte (more along the lines of the new NARS Velvet Lip Glide) although they make up for that with an incredible lip feel. Makeup Removers have been getting more comprehensive and if you’re in the market for a product that throws in extra skincare benefits, then you may want to give Le Bi-Phase Visage a try. And Gris Obscur … grungy, sophisticated, sexy and modern. Plus it’s a fabulous alternative to black and one that upon removal, will not leave your nails looking like you’ve been digging around the garden. Only killer gorgeous vibes here.

Available at The Bay & CHANEL counters nationwide

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Press samples/As always, all opinions are my own

CHANEL | Le Rouge Collection N°1 Fall 2016 – Nails

CHANEL Le Rouge nail polish opener

 

Several weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to get a preview of the new Le Rouge Collection N°1 Fall 2016 from CHANEL and even though I basically fell hard for EVERYTHING, it really comes as no surprise that my eyes figuratively devoured the two nail lacquers. I expected at least one red shade (it is Le Rouge, after all) but a sheer gloss? In red? Colour me intrigued.

Previously reviewed from this collection:

 

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Kristen Stewart for Chanel Le Rouge Collection N°1, Fall 2016

 

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CHANEL | Le Rouge Collection N°1 Fall 2016

CHANEL Le Rouge Collection Rouge Radical Nail Gloss

530 Rouge Radical Nail Gloss, limited edition (CAN $32.00) | A sheer tomato red hue in a jelly-like formula with a medium/thick density that nevertheless applies easily (do not overload your brush to avoid any pooling along the cuticles or along nail edges). Self-levelling to the point where it can even smooth out any light nicks on its own as it dries, the finish is incredibly brilliant — more like liquid vinyl in fact, and stays that way even once dry. Interestingly, this shade is much more opaque than I thought it would be, giving good coverage at 1 coat and appearing almost fully opaque at 2 (longer nails will still show through, however). With its stained-glass kind of effect, Rouge Radical is one of the most unique ways to wear red that I’ve seen in a long time, as it can even be layered over any other hue to transform it into something completely new (and thus create colours unheard of before). BONUS: non-staining upon removal.

Swatches shown with: 1 coat, 2 coats & 2 coats in indirect light to highlight the glossiness

CHANEL Rouge Radical Nail Gloss 1 coat

CHANEL | 530 Rouge Radical Nail Gloss, 1 coat

CHANEL Rouge Radical Nail Gloss 2 coats

CHANEL | 530 Rouge Radical Nail Gloss, 2 coats

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CHANEL | 530 Rouge Radical Nail Gloss, alternate light

CHANEL Rouge Puissant

528 Rouge Puissant (CAN $32.00) | A true red hue with a perfect balance of both cool and warm undertones, making it wearable by all. Bearing an excellent flow and coverage, this hybrid crème-jelly formula is almost opaque at 1 coat where it looks a touch more blue-based, but becomes definitely deeper with a second layer. Self-levelling and coming to a natural glossy finish, I wouldn’t skip base coat first as this pigment-rich lovely has some stain potential.

Coats: 2 (no top coat), layered with Rouge Radical Nail Gloss on last 2 swatches

CHANEL Rouge Puissant swatch 2 coats

CHANEL | 528 Rouge Puissant, 2 coats

CHANEL Rouge Radical over Rouge Puissant swatch

CHANEL | 530 Rouge Radical Nail Gloss (1 coat) over 528 Rouge Puissant (2 coats)

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CHANEL | 530 Rouge Radical Nail Gloss, 1 coat

 

Taking a colour as classic and ubiquitous as red and reinventing it? That is exactly what CHANEL has done with Rouge Radical Nail Gloss. First seen in Sunrise Trip (L.A. Sunrise Collection), this particular formula has been totally improved upon, turning this new version into the must-have shade of the season. While Rouge Puissant is definitely nothing ground-breaking in terms of colour, it does happen to be that perfect red that falls neither too blue nor orange based and worth looking into if you’re a red polish aficionado (I’d suggest shopping your CHANEL stash first, however). As stated above, Rouge Radical Nail Gloss is limited edition and we all know what that means … you’ve been warned.

Available August 6 at CHANEL counters nationwide

 

CHANEL Le Rouge Collection N°1

 

 

Glorious red nail candy kindly provided/As always, all opinions are my own

CHANEL | Le Vernis Canotier, Espadrilles & Émeraude, Summer 2016

CHANEL Summer 2016 polishes opener

 

There are five new shades that will be released with CHANEL’s Dans La Lumière de l’Été Summer 2016 Collection, three of which I have to show you today. Drenched in summer-bright colours, these are all in the brand’s new formula that is enriched with ‘ceramides and bioceramics to provide nails with calcium, iron, zinc and magnesium for continuously reinforced nail health and an even longer lasting chip-free finish’, especially when paired with the new Le Gel Coat (previously reviewed here) which contains an oligomer that becomes activated by natural light, providing nails with a super-glossy finish. Let’s just dive right in, shall we?

Previously reviewed from this collection:

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CHANEL | Le Vernis Canotier, Espadrilles & Émeraude, Summer 2016

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CHANEL | Le Vernis Canotier, Espadrilles & Émeraude, Summer 2016

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CHANEL | Le Vernis Canotier, Espadrilles & Émeraude, Summer 2016

CHANEL Canotier

532 Canotier, limited edition (CAN $32.00) | A gold-leaning pewter metallic with a good mix of both cool and warm undertones and that applies slightly sheer with the first coat, becoming fully opaque by a second layer. The pros: self levelling, comes to a brilliant finish, and is relatively quick drying. The cons: you definitely need to work quickly (again, due to how quickly it dries) and have a steady hand in application in order to minimize visible brush strokes, although some lines will smooth themselves out naturally as the polish sets. One thing to note is that you should avoid base coat underneath to ensure your polish lays down as smoothly as possible; for some reason, base coat appear to not mesh well with this formula. Very minor glitter spread seen upon removal.

Coats: 2, plus CHANEL Le Gel Coat

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CHANEL | 532 Canotier, Summer 2016

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CHANEL | 532 Canotier swatch, Summer 2016

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CHANEL | 532 Canotier swatch (alternate light), Summer 2016

CHANEL Espadrilles

534 Espadrilles, limited edition (CAN $32.00) | A fiery red-orange hue in a crème/jelly hybrid formula that can be summed up in one word: SUPERB. With its excellent flow, density, opacity and coverage all of which is literally seen from the very first coat, you can also add a self-levelling application and über-glossy finish to that list of accomplishments. Bonus: non-staining upon removal (and by the way, will this not make THE most perfect pedi shade against a light tan?)

Coats: 2, plus CHANEL Le Gel Coat

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CHANEL | 534 Espadrilles swatch, Summer 2016

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CHANEL | 534 Espadrilles swatch, Summer 2016

CHANEL Emeraude

536 Émeraude, limited edition (CAN $32.00) | Be still my beating heart: a rich emerald green hue (yellow-based undertone) that is also filled with CHANEL’s magical and ultra-fine shimmer in a bronze/gold shade to further add a unique complexity. The formula applies in a self-levelling way and comes to a brilliantly glossy finish, although there is some stringiness that may be seen with the first layer (similar to that of Sunset Trip, although nowhere near as tricky to work with) therefore do not overload your brush with too much polish. Becoming a few degrees darker in colour, completely opaque, and smoothing out with the second coat, this shade also has the added bonus of being totally non-staining upon removal.

Coats: 2, plus CHANEL Le Gel Coat

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CHANEL | 536 Émeraude, Summer 2016

CHANEL Émeraude swatch 1

CHANEL | 536 Émeraude swatch, Summer 2016

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CHANEL | 536 Émeraude swatch (detail), Summer 2016

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CHANEL | 536 Émeraude swatch, Summer 2016

 

The pictures speak for themselves, don’t they? I’ll break it down for you: Canotier, while not without its application challenges, is still a stunning metallic and will suit all skin tones across the board – but it most definitely is the trickster of the bunch. If you somehow have managed to avoid owning an orangey red up until now (or even if you have 15+ like I do), then you need look no further than Espadrilles for that perfect blazing hot Summer hue. The pièce de résistance, however, is none other than Émeraude, with its striking jewel-like reflection and definitely the shade you’ll be wanting once the collection launches. Another fact that makes it unique is that CHANEL rarely does bright green, and certainly none with the multi-tonal complexities of this beauty. While you don’t necessarily need the new Le Gel Coat to complete any of these shades, I suggest you invest in a bottle just the same as it really will make a difference in how these lacquers will wear. Plus it’ll look chic on your vanity (and yes, I can be shallow that way).

Anything here grab your eye? Let me know!

Available at The Bay May 29 and June 14 at all other CHANEL counters

CHANEL Summer 2016 polishes closer

 

Thank you to CHANEL for providing these limited edition lovelies/As always, all opinions are my own

CHANEL | L.A. Sunrise Collection Spring 2016

CHANEL LA Sunrise Spring 2016 opener

 

The L.A Sunrise Spring 2016 Collection from CHANEL launched across counters in a blaze of flamboyant colour and sizzling energy, albeit done in the typical refined manner that this brand has become known for. Aiming to capture the glorious landscape of this city in beauty form (you can read my review on the Sunkiss Ribbon Blush Harmony here), this collection certainly manages to do exactly that with shades that can take you from a Hollywood red carpet premiere to the free-spirited vibe of Coachella.

 

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CHANEL | L.A. Sunrise Collection Spring 2016

 

CHANEL Tissé Beverly Hills

Les 4 Ombres 262 Tissé Beverly Hills (CAN $68.00) | Ever since CHANEL reformulated all of their eyeshadow quads, I have been loving the formula and shades of every release. Done in a baked format that combines serious pigmentation with a smooth texture for effortless blendability, each shade of this quartet can be applied either dry or damp, and provides long-lasting colour (especially when worn over primer) that stays true without fading. They each have shimmer of varying degrees, with the teal and pink appearing to have the most metallic finish, while the darkest hue has ultra fine glitter specks thrown in for visual contrast as well. The shades, clockwise from upper left:

  • lavender/pink
  • champagne/oyster
  • eggplant/plum
  • teal

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CHANEL | Les 4 Ombres 262 Tissé Beverly Hills

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CHANEL | Les 4 Ombres 262 Tissé Beverly Hills

CHANEL Tissé Beverly Hills swatches

CHANEL | Les 4 Ombres 262 Tissé Beverly Hills swatches

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CHANEL | Les 4 Ombres 262 Tissé Beverly Hills

 

CHANEL Moonlight Pink, Griffith Green & Ocean Light cover

CHANEL | Illusion D’Ombre 118 Moonlight Pink, 126 Griffith Green & 122 Ocean Light

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Illusion d’Ombre L.A Sunrise Collection, limited edition (CAN $41.00) | A cream to powder eyeshadow formula that is best applied using your fingers, although I’ve had pretty good success using a variety of both synthetic and natural bristle brushes. There is an almost ‘spongey’ feel when pressing a fingertip to the product’s surface and the texture is ultra smooth, gliding effortlessly along the skin. You have about a minute of play to do any necessary blending before the product sets, and each can be worn as a sheer wash of colour or layered for more intensity. Touted as being long-lasting, they definitely are all that — but for those with oily lids like me, you do need a primer first.

  • 118 Moonlight Pink – salmon pink, light peach undertone, the least shimmery of the three. Gives an eye-brightening effect when worn alone
  • 126 Griffith Green – pine green with a light emerald undertone, excellent pigmentation and a complex shimmer for added depth
  • 212 Ocean Light – applies lighter that the electric hue seen in the pot (although it’s easily layered for intensity), the most shimmery of the three but the variety that looks ultra smooth, never chunky

CHANEL Moonlight Pink, Griffith Green & Ocean Light Illusion d'Ombre

CHANEL | Illusion D’Ombre 118 Moonlight Pink, 126 Griffith Green & 122 Ocean Light

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CHANEL | Illusion D’Ombre 122 Ocean Light (detail)

CHANEL Illusion d'Ombre Moonlight Pink, Griffith Green & Ocean Light swatches

CHANEL | Illusion D’Ombre 118 Moonlight Pink, 126 Griffith Green & 122 Ocean Light swatches

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CHANEL | Illusion D’Ombre 118 Moonlight Pink, 126 Griffith Green & 122 Ocean Light

 

CHANEL Pacific Green & Purple Choc eyeliners

926 Purple Choc & 925 Pacific Green Stylo Yeux Waterproof (CAN $35.00) | A retractible pencil eyeliner in a formula that applies ultra smoothly and thereby minimizes any pulling or tugging along the sensitive skin of the eyes. Each shade has some shimmer – but without glitter – and can be built up for more opacity, if desired. Applied to the waterline, I get a good 7 hours worth of wear before needing to reapply, with Purple Choc lasting even longer than that.

  • 925 Pacific Green – forest green with emerald bronze highlights/shimmer
  • 926 Purple Choc – eggplant/purple with magenta and iridescent shimmer

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CHANEL | 926 Purple Choc & 924 Pacific Green Stylo Yeux Waterproof

CHANEL Pacific Green & Purple Choc Eyeliner swatches

CHANEL | 926 Purple Choc & 924 Pacific Green Stylo Yeux Waterproof swatches

 

CHANEL Ardent Purple Le Volume Mascara

100 Ardent Purple Le Volume de CHANEL, limited edition (CAN $41.00) | A deep violet shade shade in one of my favourite mascara formulas of all time, Le Volume delivers on its name so completely by giving lashes a lush density you can see even from the first coat. Relatively clump-free (although I actually don’t mind a little clumping as that can also give the illusion of fullness), smudge and flake-proof as well, it stays true throughout the wearing with the added bonus of removing easily (with a dual-phase makeup remover) so that it won’t stress lashes.

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CHANEL | 100 Ardent Purple Le Volume de Chanel Mascara

CHANEL Ardent Purple Le Volume Mascara swatch collage

CHANEL | 100 Ardent Purple Le Volume de Chanel Mascara swatches

 

CHANEL Mighty Rouge Coco Shine

116 Mighty Rouge Coco Shine (CAN $43.00) | A Malibu Barbie-pink hue that leans slightly cool due to the blue undertone in the base, in the Rouge Coco Shine glossy and almost balm-like formula. You can definitely build the colour up to some degree – enough so that it gives lips plenty of coverage, but bear in mind that this format is not meant to be opaque. Also layerable over a matching lip liner or lipstick for more depth of tone. Bonus: feels hydrating throughout the wearing and leaves a nourishing effect behind as well. Staying power is average, lasting about 3 hours before reapplying (lightly staining as well).

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CHANEL | 116 Mighty Rouge Coco Shine

CHANEL Mighty Rouge Coco Shine swatch single

CHANEL | 116 Mighty Rouge Coco Shine

 

 

CHANEL Sunrise Trip Nail Gloss

683 Sunrise Trip Le Vernis Nail Gloss, limited edition (CAN $31.00) | One of the star pieces of the collection and released in a unique new format, Sunrise Trip is an electric purple/indigo/inky super glossy lacquer shade in a hybrid ultra-jelly/crème formula – with a whole new set of application rules as well. On the plus side, it’s incredibly shiny — so much so, that it really doesn’t need a top coat, and is in a colour unlike anything I’ve ever come across from either CHANEL or any other brand, for that matter. It also happens to be strangely non-staining upon removal, which was unexpected considering the deep purple base (but I’m totally not complaining).

Now for the cons: the formula is thick — as in quite thick, with an elastic-y spring-back effect that takes some getting used to, and thus making it somewhat challenging to apply. You need to almost load up your brush and work relatively fast in order to maintain an even level of colour across the nail. Another issue is some bubbling that can occur, especially if the ambient temperature of the room is a little cool, which is where a top coat can help smooth that over, even though this product doesn’t exactly need a top coat – at least, certainly not for shine. The last issue is not with the product itself but with the brush; mine was slightly splayed out at the tip and stiffer than I prefer, making it tricky even for someone with my experience to get the shade to apply the way it looks in the swatch photos below. Note: it should be said that this is the first time in my 30+ years of collecting CHANEL polishes, that I’ve ever had a brush like this.

All that being said, I still absolutely LOVE this shade because it’s just so damn unique in my collection and that makes it worth every little ache and pain.

CHANEL Sunrise Trip Nail Gloss macro

CHANEL | 683 Sunrise Trip Le Vernis Nail Gloss

CHANEL Sunrise Trip Nail Gloss swatch 1

CHANEL | 683 Sunrise Trip Le Vernis Nail Gloss swatch (1 coat)

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CHANEL | 683 Sunrise Trip Le Vernis Nail Gloss swatch (2 coats)

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CHANEL | 683 Sunrise Trip Le Vernis Nail Gloss swatch (2 coats)

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CHANEL | 683 Sunrise Trip Le Vernis Nail Gloss swatch (2 coats)

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CHANEL | 683 Sunrise Trip Le Vernis Nail Gloss

 

With Summer collections rolling out at counters nationwide, there’s still time to score some of the lovelies of this L.A Sunrise Collection, and for CHANEL fans, you owe it to yourself to check out these unique new shades. Don’t let the limited edition title scare you off, as many counters could very well still have items stashed away – all you need to do is ask!

Available at The Bay, Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom and Saks stores nationwide (Canada). Find more information on the collection via www.chanel.com

CHANEL LA Sunrise Spring 2016 closer

 

 

Product samples kindly provided for my unbiased consideration

CHANEL | Le Vernis Longwear & Le Gel Coat Longwear

CHANEL new polishes

 

CHANEL has gone back to the drawing board and has completely revamped their nail polish range, and has launched Le Vernis Longwear and Le Gel Coat Longwear, both of which come in a new formula for longer lasting wear combined with an insanely glossy finish. With 14 shades to choose from, there are a few colours from the original line that have come over to this new finish, but the rest are all brand new and wait to be discovered.

There are several changes to note with the new Le Vernis Longwear, one of which is the obvious downsizing of the entire nail polish selection (although I suspect that this new range will grow quite quickly). The other difference is in the brush, which has become a fraction longer, but slightly fuller at the tip to enable it to not only pick up more product, but to speed up the actual application process as well. The new Le Gel Top Coat has been created to work synergistically with the new lacquers, and has a formula that is light-activated to provide a ridiculously glossy finish, as well as up to ‘seven days of chip-free wear‘.

My first impressions when I began playing with this new collection, was a little mixed. For starters, my top coat seemed to not want to behave and caused major bubbling over the two deeper shades – however, that issue has since been fully resolved. I suspect the temperature of the room might have had something to do with that, because I’ve seen nothing but a smooth & brilliantly shiny finish since (as the swatches below clearly demonstrate). The brush has a bit of a learning curve as well, as my personal preference is for a shorter and more chiselled brush to work with, so I found the longer bristles here a touch floppy at first, but once I got the right rhythm going, application was effortless and rather quick, in fact.

*Many more shades will be shown in a future post – stay tuned!

CHANEL new polishes opener

CHANEL | Le Vernis Longwear & Le Gel Coat Longwear

CHANEL new polishes brush comparison

CHANEL | Le Vernis Longwear brush comparison to original

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CHANEL | Le Vernis Longwear brush comparison to original (alternate view)

 

CHANEL Monochrome swatch

#522 Monochrome | A greige crème hue with hints of green in the base that applies semi sheer upon the first coat but which becomes fully opaque with a second layer. Self-levelling and naturally glossy, this is the modern ‘palate cleanser’ (i.e.: a perfect pale hue to contrast against deep or other more colourful shades).

Coats: 2, plust Le Gel Top Coat

 

CHANEL Garconne swatch

#520 Garçonne | A concrete grey crème hue that has a definite khaki leaning, and which applies quite opaquely even with the first coat. Self-levelling, the formula has a jelly-like quality making this shade look cushiony along the nails and über-glossy at the finish.

Coats: 2, plus Le Gel Top Coat

 

CHANEL Rouge Essentiel swatch

#500 Rouge Essentiel | A red crème hue that’s about as true red as you can get, and which has an excellent mix of both cool and warm tones in the base to make it suitable for all skin tones. The formula is slightly thicker leaning than the rest but which nevertheless applies very easily and can even be considered a 1-coat-wonder. Totally self-levelling and super glossy at the finish with the added bonus of being relatively non-staining upon removal (but don’t skip base coat just the same).

Coats: 2, plus Le Gel Top Coat

 

CHANEL Roubachka swatch

#514 Roubachka | A deep blackened purple hue in a jelly-esque formula that applies semi sheer with the first coat (looks exactly like grape jelly at this point), but which becomes beautifully opaque by the second layer. There’s the typical ‘spring-back’ effect to the polish that comes with this type of formula, but it doesn’t affect application at all, as it lays down in a self-levelling way and comes to a plush, super glossy finish. BONUS: non-staining upon removal.

Coats: 2, plus Le Gel Top Coat

 

For those of you who’ve been reading my blog for some time now it’s no secret that I’ve been a fan of CHANEL for decades, with my personal collection going back some 30 years. That being said, I was so upset to learn that the existing range was being wiped out (with a few exceptions) to make room for this new formulation but as CHANEL hasn’t had any changes done to this sector of their products for many years, I guess it was about time. Change can be good, and I must say that I’m really loving this new version. One thing to note is that some brushes may be a touch wonky; if you do come across anything not to spec, then feel free to return it immediately as CHANEL is really quite good at standing by their products and should exchange/replace it for you without question. I’m also happy to see that the top coat issue was squared away, because it has quickly become one of my favourite top coats to work with. One last word: if there are any shades from the original lineup that you’ve put off picking up, I suggest grabbing them while you can – before they’re all gone for good.

CHANEL products can be found at The Bay, Holt Renfrew, and Nordstrom stores nationwide. Find more information on the brand via www.chanel.com

 

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Press samples kindly provided by the CHANEL team for my unbiased consideration

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