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CHANEL | Arabesque Harmonies Lèvres, La Perle de CHANEL Collection

 Press sample provided for my unbiased consideration

 

CHANEL Arabesque opener

 

CHANEL’s Arabesque Harmonie Lèvres (Limited Edition, CAN $75.00) released as part of the La Perle de CHANEL Collection, is a grouping of 5 complementary lip shades in one convenient compact. Inspired by the beauty of the ballet, these 5 rose-hued lip shades (2 glosses, 3 lipsticks) can be worn individually or mixed & matched to create plenty of interesting and personalized layering combinations.

Other items from La Perle de CHANEL Collection previously reviewed, include:

CHANEL Arabesque box

CHANEL | Arabesque Harmonie Lèvres, La Perle de CHANEL Collection

CHANEL Arabesque compact

CHANEL | Arabesque Harmonie Lèvres, La Perle de CHANEL Collection

CHANEL Arabesque label

CHANEL | Arabesque Harmonie Lèvres, La Perle de CHANEL Collection

CHANEL Arabesque

CHANEL | Arabesque Harmonie Lèvres, La Perle de CHANEL Collection

CHANEL Arabesque 2

 

CHANEL | Arabesque Harmonie Lèvres, La Perle de CHANEL Collection

 

CHANEL Arabesque 3

 

Arabesque Harmonie Lèvres, Limited Edition | A selection of five lip shades in one palette, consisting of 2 glosses (the lightest hues) and 3 lipsticks. The compact bears a large mirror on the inner lid (convenient for on-the-go touch ups) and includes 2 dual-ended & slant-headed lip brushes that are surprisingly well made, enabling you to apply each shade with ease. Fragranced with CHANEL’s signature rose scent (relatively undetectable when applied) it’s still worth noting for those with sensitivities.

Both glosses are non-sticky in feel and come in a slightly thicker formula than what you’d typically find in the brand’s tube glosses, bearing CHANEL’s patented extra-fine shimmer that feels ultra-smooth upon the lips. With regards to staying power, the glosses wear typically about 2-3 hours on me and always leave my lips feeling well nourished. The three lipstick shades need a bit of work initially to build up the colour (most noticeable when the palette is new, not an issue with continued use) and are unique in that the colour seems to almost intensify once applied (or so it appears to me), becoming fully pigmented upon the lips and with a finish that is less than a gloss, but more than satin. I’m able to get between 5-6 hours wear out of the lipstick shades, with a light stain left behind on the lips once the majority of colour has worn off and a well hydrated sensation upon the lips throughout the wearing, as well as after the colour has faded.

  • Arabesque 1 – pale peach-tinted pink gloss with a ultra-fine silver shimmer (non-gritty)
  • Arabesque 2 – warm rose gloss with fine sparser silver shimmer (non-gritty)
  • Arabesque 3 – true rose-pink, warm leaning, pigmented, no shimmer, gloss/satin finish
  • Arabesque 4 – bright pink, cooler-leaning, pigmented, no shimmer, gloss/satin finish
  • Arabesque 5 – rosewood pink, both cool & warm leaning, ultra-fine shimmer (detectable more in the pan than on the lips), lighter pigmentation, gloss/satin finish

In the past, I’ve tended to pass on lip palettes for a variety of reasons, whether that was because not all shades drew me in, or the fact that they have the potential to become rather messy with use. That being said, there is something so lovely about Arabesque, that resisting its allure becomes pointless. Factor in that every shade is easily wearable by a wide variety of complexions and the excellent texture of each individual colour, and you have a winner. Another advantage to Arabesque, is in its versatility; rather than carrying around a bevy of lip products, these five hues can literally take you from day/work to evening with just a quick change-up. To round things off, there’s the numerous layering possibilities of these shades, where creating a unique customized lip colour is basically in the palm of your had.

CHANEL Arabesque 4

CHANEL | Arabesque Harmonie Lèvres, La Perle de CHANEL Collection

CHANEL Arabesque 5

CHANEL | Arabesque Harmonie Lèvres, La Perle de CHANEL Collection

 

CHANEL Arabesque macro

CHANEL | Arabesque Harmonie Lèvres, La Perle de CHANEL Collection

 

CHANEL Arabesque macro 2

CHANEL | Arabesque Harmonie Lèvres, La Perle de CHANEL Collection

 

CHANEL Arabesque swatch 1

CHANEL | Arabesque 1 swatch Harmonie Lèvres

CHANEL Arabesque swatch 2

CHANEL | Arabesque 2 swatch Harmonie Lèvres

CHANEL Arabesque swatch 3

CHANEL | Arabesque 3 swatch Harmonie Lèvres

CHANEL Arabesque swatch 4

CHANEL | Arabesque 4 swatch Harmonie Lèvres

CHANEL Arabesque swatch 5

CHANEL | Arabesque 5 swatch Harmonie Lèvres

CHANEL Arabesque swatch 1 & 5

CHANEL | Arabesque 1 & 5 swatch Harmonie Lèvres

CHANEL Arabesque swatch 2 & 4

CHANEL | Arabesque 2 & 4 swatch Harmonie Lèvres

CHANEL Arabesque swatches sunlight

CHANEL | Arabesque Harmonie Lèvres swatches (in sunlight)

CHANEL Arabesque swatches alternate light

CHANEL | Arabesque Harmonie Lèvres swatches (alternate lighting)

 

I don’t own many lip palettes (apart from 1 from MAC, I actually own 3 from CHANEL that were released about 20 years ago – and they have surprisingly lasted rancid-free to now), and I confess to being skeptical about Arabesque at first – both in terms of usefulness and suitability. I’m so happy to to say that every shade I apply impresses me, both in terms of feel and how it appears against my skin tone. There’s something fresh and modern about these rose hues, and they add a gorgeous brightness to my completed makeup look (at least, the lipstick shades do – the glosses have their own unique brilliant beauty), while the layering possibilities make this one of the most versatile pieces you can own in your beauty arsenal. The only downside, is the steep price, although you might say that it’s offset by getting 5 totally wearable shades in 1 compact. Regardless, I’m absolutely loving these colours (and I never wear pink/rose hues, so that says it all).

Available now for a limited time. Find more information via chanel.com

CHANEL Arabesque closer

 

CHANEL | Les 4 Ombres 248 Tissé Rhapsodie

CHANEL Tissé Rhapsodie opener

Channeling the ballet with its airy grace, 248 Tissé Rhapsodie (CAN $64.00, Limited Edition) from CHANEL’s La Perle de CHANEL Collection (Crescendo Blush and Mysterio Illusion d’Ombre previously reviewed) is a quartet of ethereal shades meant to evoke movement in dance. This eyeshadow palette is not without its grittier side as well, with that one unexpected & complex earthy shade lurking in the corner, playing counterpart to the three pastels.

CHANEL Tissé Rhapsodie compact

CHANEL | Les 4 Ombres 248 Tissé Rhapsodie

CHANEL Tissé Rhapsodie label

CHANEL | Les 4 Ombres 248 Tissé Rhapsodie

 

CHANEL Tissé Rhapsodie closer

248 Tissé Rhapsodie | Inspired by the threads of CHANEL’s iconic tweed fabric, each hue in Tissé Rhapsodie displays undercurrents of a complex shimmer. The reformulated texture applies buttery-soft with hardly any powdery kickback upon swirling a brush through the four shades, and as these are in the brand’s baked format, they also have the ability to be applied with a dampened brush for stronger depth of tone and intensity. Each CHANEL eyeshadow quad typically includes 2 shades for colour, 1 highlighting hue, and 1 deeper contrast hue. The breakdown:

  • Upper left – tutu pink shade that leans slightly cool but can be easily worn by warmer skin tones as well, well pigmented for such a pale hue
  • Upper right – lavender tinged white with pinkish undertones, good pigmentation, can also double as a unique cheek highlighter
  • Lower left – shadowy purple, somewhat muted when applied dry but which comes to vivid life with a dampened brush
  • Lower right – intricate bronze/khaki hue with excellent pigmentation, regardless of whether applied dry or damp

What at first may appear as a rather weak range of shades, Tissé Rhapsodie holds several surprises; I was not prepared to see how pigmented the two lighter colours apply, and surprised that the purple didn’t display more depth when worn dry (although applying it damp makes up for that, plus it serves as a beautiful crease shade – almost casting the perfect shadow-like effect). The darkest tone seemed out of place nestled amongst the three pastels, and yet serves to ground them all and gives this palette a much-needed edge to balance the sugary-sweetness of the others.

 

 

CHANEL Tissé Rhapsodie 2

CHANEL | Les 4 Ombres 248 Tissé Rhapsodie

 

CHANEL Tissé Rhapsodie macro

CHANEL | Les 4 Ombres 248 Tissé Rhapsodie

 

CHANEL Tissé Rhapsodie macro flash

CHANEL | Les 4 Ombres 248 Tissé Rhapsodie, with flash

 

CHANEL Tissé Rhapsodie swatched dry

CHANEL | Les 4 Ombres 248 Tissé Rhapsodie, swatched dry

CHANEL Tissé Rhapsodie swatched damp

CHANEL | Les 4 Ombres 248 Tissé Rhapsodie, swatched damp

 

The Tissé Rhapsodie eyeshadow quad is a study in contrasts, playing light against dark but in a totally non-traditional way … which just works. Unless you’re going for an editorial look, pink and purple hues can be a little difficult to pull off but the intricacy of the three pale hues of this palette, make them much more user-friendly. That dark shade, however, is unbelievable and CHANEL needs to release it as a single (permanent) part of their range. For me, Tissé Rhapsodie is a winner – and not because I always wanted to be a ballerina, either.

Available now but limited edition. I picked mine up at The Bay (Canada).

CHANEL Tissé Rhapsodie

 

Purchased product

CHANEL | Joues Contraste 250 Crescendo

 

CHANEL Crescendo Blush opener

I was immediately drawn to the blush released as part of CHANEL’s La Perle de CHANEL Collection, Joues Contraste 250 Crescendo (CAN $48.00, Limited Edition), a hot pink confection that somehow manages to look both intensely cool and radiantly hot at the same time. The ballet inspiration behind this collection might have also had something to do with it; who wouldn’t want to shine like a prima ballerina?

CHANEL Crescendo Blush compact

CHANEL | Joues Contraste 250 Crescendo

CHANEL Crescendo Blush label

CHANEL | Joues Contraste 250 Crescendo

 

CHANEL Crescendo blush

Joues Contraste 250 Crescendo | A hot pink/magenta coloured blush in baked powder form. With its signature rose scent (and one that quickly dissipates upon application), CHANEL’s blushes are slightly dome-shaped in the pan, making it easy for your brush to pick up the right amount of product, as well as helping them wear down more evenly.

Don’t let the intense tone of 250 Crescendo scare you off; bright pink it might be, but application is a touch lighter than what you see in the compact, making for a highly wearable colour. There is a good mix of both cool and warm tones to keep the balance right, while the ultra-finely milled shimmer that CHANEL blushes are known for, will help add a gorgeous radiance to the skin. One issue with this blush, however, is that it seems to kick up some powder when you swirl your brush through it and can appear to be sitting at the surface level of the skin upon initial application – something easily remedied by using a denser brush to buff it in. The unique shade makes up for that little setback; 250 Crescendo adds a really lovely pop, drawing light and colour to one’s skin. I was able to get about 9 hours of solid wear time (when worn over foundation) before any noticeable fading.

CHANEL Crescendo Blush 2

CHANEL | Joues Contraste 250 Crescendo

 

CHANEL Crescendo Blush macro

CHANEL | Joues Contraste 250 Crescendo

CHANEL Crescendo Blush macro 2

CHANEL | Joues Contraste 250 Crescendo

CHANEL Crescendo Blush 3

CHANEL | Joues Contraste 250 Crescendo

 

CHANEL Crescendo Blush swatch

CHANEL | Joues Contraste 250 Crescendo

 

I’ve managed to collect quite a few CHANEL blushes over the years, although up until now, I never owned a pink as vivid as 250 Crescendo – making this shade unique in my collection. The powdery nature can be a little off-putting but as I prefer buffing my face products in anyway, it doesn’t detract from my feelings for this gorgeous colour. The slight sheerness of initial application also works in its favour, making it easily worn as a lighter wash for those with fair complexions, or built up for more impact on deeper skin tones. Either way, it’s a stunner and I don’t regret picking it up. As if; it’s CHANEL, and we all know how I feel about this brand #myachillesheel

Available now, I picked mine up at The Bay (Canada).

 

CHANEL Crescendo blush closer

 

Purchased product