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Building upon the huge success of the CHANEL Les Beiges range of products, the brand recently introduced Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick Blush (CAN $51.00 available in 3 shades), a portable crème blush format to help you achieve that healthy, sporty, nature-induced glow. No perspiring required in getting it, either.
Crème blushes may be all the rage of late, but I’ve always been somewhat ambivalent about using them, as my skin tends to run combination/oily and applying any kind of cream product – especially during the Québec Summers we get here with their ridiculously high humidity factor – is asking for a hot makeup mess. Adding a powder blush on top to set said blush, basically defeats the purpose (not to mention being rather redundant), so it was with some hesitation that I began testing this new CHANEL stick version in N°21 that I was kindly sent to try.
The short answer? I have been using this blush DAILY. That about says it all, wouldn’t you agree?
CHANEL | Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick Blush N°21
Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick Blush N°21 | A warm-leaning rosy pink hue with visible ultra finely-milled shimmer, that translates more as a ‘lit-from-within’ type of radiance upon application. Created with cotton and rose extracts, along with beeswax for that creamy second-skin finish, this blush definitely appears pigmented at first swipe, but sheers out beautifully & effortlessly, melding seamlessly into the skin. Bearing the same fragrance as CHANEL’s Hydra Beauty line of skincare (or at least, that’s how it smells to me), the scent is a pleasant fresh-floral, but worth noting for those with sensitivities.
There are several factors to recommend Blush N°21:
- portability – a slim tube that will fit in basically all makeup bags
- use – no specific beauty tools other than your fingers needed for application
- colour – the payoff is excellent with options to build up the intensity as desired
As stated above, fingers are usually the best tools for applying a crème product such as this, although using a soft buffing brush (such as the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush) yields good results as well. With its buildable formula, you have excellent control with how much colour gets deposited on the skin, while the slim tubular shape offers precision placement not found with powder blushes. Coming to a luminous satin finish, wear time will depend on your skin type – enduring longer with drier complexions, less so with more ’emollient’ (read: oilier) types such as myself. Overall, I get better longevity when I wear this blush over foundation, with minimal fading by the 8-hour mark — not too shabby for a crème blush, at all. Of the 3 shades available, I suspect that Blush N°21 is the most universally wearable hue and will suit basically all skin tones across the spectrum.
CHANEL | Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick Blush N°21
CHANEL | Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick Blush N°21 swatches (in sunlight)
CHANEL | Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick Blush N°21 (alternate light)
CHANEL | Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick Blush N°21 (ingredients list)
CHANEL has elevated crème cheek colour to new heights with the introduction of this Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick Blush, a product that looks as stunning as it is easy to use. Application is a no-brainer as well, with the formula merging so seamlessly on the skin, that it would be basically impossible to screw it up. Bottom line: I can’t recommend this enough. If you’re a blush fiend like me but have never jumped onto the crème blush wagon, here’s your chance to see what the fuss is all about. Moral of the story: I have to run out to my nearest CHANEL counter now and pick up the rest …
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This past Tuesday, July 7th, the Grand Palais in Paris was transformed into an actual working casino, creating a lavish backdrop for the CHANEL Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 2015-2016 collection. Drawing inspiration from jewelry sketches drawn in the 30’s by Paul Iribe (one of Coco Chanel’s boyfriends) stored in the CHANEL archives, Karl Lagerfeld created incredible pieces literally dripping with diamonds that adorned some of his closest celebrity-muses, namely Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Vanessa Paradis with daughter Lily-Rose Depp (yes, Johnny Depp is her father), Lily Allen, Geraldine Chapman and newcomer Rita Ora, to name but a few. After taking a turn on the catwalk, the stars then retired to the two centre-stage roulette tables where they continued to play as the show’s models then began to strut their stuff. In an interview after the show, Karl Lagerfeld stated that he was inspired by the fantasy image of elegant and glamorous women attending a casino, although the reality is that he personally hates gambling.
Using a Selective Laser Sintering machine, technology that could never have even been previously imagined, the runway pieces were literally spun from powder using a high-powered laser, which in turn created the clothing in 3D form. In fact, clients ordering any of the items from the show would need to have their body scanned in order to produce the piece.
The iconic CHANEL tweed suit was given a modern new look via a boxier silhouette and exaggerated shoulders. Some gowns displayed over 1 million hand-sown beads, while dreamy feathers wafted in the breeze on other pieces. One spectacular coat was swathed in layer upon layer of hand-shredded chiffon blooms, and there was no shortage of gossamer fine silk tulle. While no handbags made an appearance, shoes were either black or off-white, in a shape that was reminiscent of tuxedo lapels.
To compliment the runway creations, makeup artist Tom Pecheux created a look that focused on flawless skin, heavy brows, intense blush to carve out the cheekbones in shades that alternated between high-voltage fuchsia or a more subdued rosewood, with lips matching the blush colour. For hair, celebrity hairstylist Sam McKnight created sharply defined and angled brunette bobbed wigs, leaving some of the models own hair visible at both the front and nape of the neck. Nails were almond shaped and kept graphically simple: an edgier take on the classic French mani, with black tips on a stark white base.
Closing the show, Karl Lagerfeld’s latest star – Kendall Jenner – wore a creamy white double-breasted pantsuit in lieu of the more traditional bridal gown, complete with a luxurious tulle veil and train.
My bet: the house always wins … in this case, the House of CHANEL.
The Grand Palais, Paris
Making a runway entrance: Kristen Stewart with Julianne Moore
Lily-Rose Depp placing a bet
High rollers: Kristen Stewart, Julianne Moore, Lara Stone
One of two beauty looks, featuring intense cheeks and lips
The second beauty look with its softer palette
A closer look at the nails
The grand finale
In 1913, Mlle. Chanel opened her first store in Deauville, France where she revolutionized the fashion world by using a fluid fabric (jersey) to liberate women from the constricting styles of the time – in 2013, LES BEIGES were created in the spirit of that freedom, espousing the concept of a natural, glowing, healthy-looking, and unfussy makeup look:
‘With LES BEIGES, natural is now a style’
Joining the LES BEIGES lineup of face powders and drawing inspiration from the designer’s love of sailor’s stripes, the two limited edition versions for 2015 are Marinière N°01 (not shown) bearing rose & honey hues, and Marinière N°02 with its tan bands of colour in deeper and more bronzier tones. Enriched with white rose and cotton flower plant cells for skin soothing and protective actions, as well as shea butter and a Vitamin E derivative for optimum hydration and comfort throughout the wearing, both powders are also fortified with an SPF 15 as well. There is a soft and lovely rose/floral scent to this powder which seems to dissipate soon after application, but still worth noting for those with sensitivities.
*Please note that the presentation box shown was designed for press/media only and that the powder is not sold this way.
CHANEL | Les Beiges Collection 2015
CHANEL | Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour Marinière N°02 SPF 15
Healthy Glow Multi-Colour Marinière N°02 SPF 15 (CAN $72.00) | Housed in the brand’s iconic lacquered square compact with the double C logo on top – bearing a full-size mirror on the inner lid as well as an included demi-lune natural bristle brush – the LES BEIGES range of products are made unique by their light beige outer casings. The two bands of colour (camel/beige and deeper tan) of Marinière N°02 are wide enough that each shade can be picked up individually – but only if used with either a narrow brush or with the top of the demi-lune brush; in my opinion, the beauty of this product comes through when both shades are combined (I use a large fluffy brush for overall initial application, followed by a denser brush in areas I wish to emphasize – such as where the sun would naturally hit: upper cheeks, forehead, bridge of the nose and slightly along the top of the chin).
There appears to be the lightest hint of reddish undertones in the base of Marinière N°02, which helps to promote a healthy flushed appearance to the skin (so much better than yellow undertones, which can make skin look sallow) and the shimmer is ground so fine, that is serves to impart a radiant illumination that only gets better as the powder fuses with your skin’s natural oils and warmth. In fact, I’ll even go as far as saying that this product looks better after a few hours of wear. The pigmentation is excellent and when the two shades are swirled together, the colour you get is multi-tonal and so natural appearing, although you could probably dial it up by concentrating more on the darker portions, if need be. Those with fair skin will find this to be an excellent bronzer – but I suggest using a fluffy brush for a more diffused dispersal of colour, while darker complexions can go in with a denser-headed brush (such as a kabuki brush) to add luminosity and evenness to their skin (just don’t expect major colour).
As with all bronzers that have a ‘developing phase’, start with a light hand and wait a few minutes before adding more, so that you don’t risk overdoing it. Staying power is excellent, and I’m able to get an entire day’s worth of wearing without any fading or settling into fine lines.
CHANEL | Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour Marinière N°02 SPF 15
CHANEL | Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour Marinière N°02 SPF 15 (macro)
CHANEL | Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour Marinière N°02 SPF 15 (ingredients)
CHANEL | Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour Marinière N°02 SPF 15 swatch
CHANEL | Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour Marinière N°02 SPF 15 swatch (alternate light)
Even more impressive than the regular LES BEIGES range of face powders, Marinière N°02 offers up not just light coverage, but a sun-kissed warmth and that ‘lit-from-within’ radiance to the skin, thanks to CHANEL’s unique formula and ultra finely-milled shimmer. Bronzers come in so many varied forms and while I enjoy having choices, I frequently find myself layering them (usually a matte with one that bears more shimmer) to achieve a natural effect – both qualities that can be found in just this one compact. The only downside, is that this is a limited edition product which is a shame, as CHANEL has certainly hit it out of the ballpark with Marinière N°02 and should definitely look into making it permanent (as well as offering up a few more shade options, while they’re at it). Verdict: absolute LOVE and totally backup-worthy.
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