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The much-anticipated CHANEL Collection Mediterranée for Summer 2015 has finally landed at counters across the country, pieces filled with the sun drenched colours of the French Riviera. I was kindly send three eye pencils to test out: N°107 Campanule & N°147 Caroube in the Stylo Eyeshadow Fresh Effect format (first released in 2013) and N°997 Orchidée Stylo Yeux Waterproof – all limited edition.
The Stylo Eyeshadow Fresh Effect bears a unique cream eyeshadow formula made with a higher than usual concentration of water, which provides a ‘cooling’ sensation upon the skin at first application. The travel-friendly & retractible pen style has a tapered edge (although that does wear down and round out with use) which can deposit a dense layer of colour or sheered out for a lighter wash along the lids. There are 5 shades released with this collection (all limited edition), all in a satin finish and with each bearing a complex shimmer. Note that all shades can be worn alone, or mixed & matched for more effect.
The Stylo Eyeshadow Fresh Effect formula is meant to be long-lasting, but I still need to apply primer first (the curse of oily lids) in order to keep the colour intact and crease-free. The cooling sensation is indeed noticeable, but dissipates quickly and if you’re planning on any blending or smudging out of the colour, you do need to work relatively quickly because once it sets, it’s near impossible to move around. The formula is a soft-solid in the pen with the tip wearing down and taking on a rounded shape by just a few uses – which actually makes application even easier, but not conducive for detailed work (although perfect for a more diffused eyeliner application).
CHANEL’s Stylo Yeux Waterproof range of eye pencils are slim retractible pencils that never need sharpening, are soft enough to avoid stressing the delicate skin of the eyes but bear a solid enough density to help deposit colour easily. Long-lasting, they are safe for use on the waterline (inner rim of the eye) and are meant to stay in place.
I have been a fan of CHANEL’s Stylo Yeux Waterproof pencils for many years now (I swear by the black version as my go-to liner, especially for the waterline) and appreciate how easily they apply, as well as how long-lasting most can be. N°997 Orchidée is quite unique in my collection, with its vividly intense violet shade truly making my green eyes stand out.
CHANEL Collection Mediterranée 2015 | Stylo Eyeshadow Fresh Effect 107 Campanule & 147 Caroube, Stylo Jeux Waterproof 997 Orchid swatches
CHANEL Collection Mediterranée 2015 | 107 Campanule & 147 Caroube Stylo Eyeshadow Fresh Effect
CHANEL Collection Mediterranée 2015 | 107 Campanule & 147 Caroube Stylo Eyeshadow Fresh Effect swatches
N°107 Campanule (CAN $38.00) | Inspired by the Florentine Iris so beloved by Coco Chanel, this is a nice mix of lavender and violet tones with hints of blue reflects in the base. The shade can be intensified by layering (as well as complimented by the addition of N°997 Orchidée), or sheered out for a whisper light wash of colour.
CHANEL Collection Mediterranée 2015| 107 Campanule Stylo Eyeshadow Fresh Effect swatches
N°147 Caroube (CAN $38.00) is a complex bronze-brown hue with hints of taupe in the base. Inspired by the beauty of golden Summer skin, this shade is ultra rich in both texture and appearance, and is universal enough to suit all skin tones and eye colours across the board.
CHANEL Collection Mediterranée 2015 | 147 Caroube Stylo Eyeshadow Fresh Effect swatches
Upon first looking at N°147 Caroube, I was under the impression that it would be almost identical in colour to N°07 Moon River (released in 2013 – now discontinued) but the two couldn’t be more different; Caroube is obviously several shades darker and more chocolate hued, while Moon River is not only lighter and rather platinum-leaning, but displays much more shimmer as well.
CHANEL | 147 Caroube vs 07 Moon River Stylo Eyeshadow Fresh Effect
CHANEL | 147 Caroube vs 07 Moon River Stylo Eyeshadow Fresh Effect swatches
N°997 Orchidée (CAN $35.00) is a vivid violet pencil shade and much more intense than what’s seen by just looking at the pencil. Worn along the waterline, the colour seemed a little subdued at initial application, but once the pencil has warmed up and has been worked in a bit, the effect is definitely amplified. Applied along the lash line, this pencil stays in place until removed – when used in conjunction with N°107 Campanule, the effect is just gorgeous; a modern & still elegant way to wear vivid colour.
CHANEL Collection Méditerranée 2015 | 997 Orchidée Stylo Yeux Waterproof swatches
I absolutely love the versatility & unique tones of the Stylo Eyehshadow Fresh Effect pencils, as well as how easy they are to use. Portable and long-lasting (although those with oily lids should prime beforehand), there are an infinite number of ways to wear/apply them for a wide variety of looks, not to mention how easily they can all mix & match. The Stylo Yeux Waterproof in 997 Orchidée is a wonderful addition to my Summer makeup wardrobe, and by just adding a few swipes of mascara I’m able to achieve an easy, yet fun eye look. Do yourself a solid and check these out next time you’re at a CHANEL counter – but don’t wait too long to do so, as they are limited edition and are sure to go rather fast (judging by how fast they sold out back in 2013).
Collection Mediterranée Summer 2015 is available now at all CHANEL counters across the Canada. Visit chanel.com for more details.
Press samples kindly provided for my unbiased consideration
The CHANEL Collection Méditerranée for Summer 2015, draws inspiration from the French Riviera, that luxe seaside resort area of France that was so beloved of Coco Chanel. Drawing upon the intense colour palette of azure skies, vivid beach umbrellas, and glowing tanned bodies, one of the undisputed stars of the collection is the Lumière d’Été Illuminating Powder Limited Edition: a heart-stopping beautiful bronzer in the form of the brand’s signature camellia blossom and a product you won’t want to put a brush to … it’s THAT stunning.
Vintage poster from the 20’s of the French Riviera
CHANEL | Lumière d’Été Illuminating Powder, ingredients list
CHANEL | Lumière d’Été Illuminating Powder, velour sleeve and included brush
Lumière d’Été Illuminating Powder, Limited Edition (CAN $76.00) is a soft beige/tan bronzer bearing an ultra finely-milled shimmer to achieve that gorgeous sun kissed glow, in a perfect blend of both cool and warm tones that render it wearable by basically all skin tones along the spectrum (with the exception of the darkest complexions, for which this will be much too light to appear). Encased in a protective velour sleeve with an outside pocket to hold the included brush (well made quality-wise and great for on-the-go touchups, but I still prefer to use my own brushes – in particular CHANEL’s N°2 Powder/Contour brush that works beautifully with this product), the powder comes in the shape of the brand’s signature camellia blossom, with each petal clearly visible and bearing a cross-hatch pattern on the surface, delicately scented and virtually undetectable once applied.
As with all bronzers, bear in mind that it will develop; in other words, after initial application, step back and wait a few minutes before going in with more product, since the colour will deepen as it merges with the warmth and natural oils of your skin (this tip will save you from accidentally overdoing it).
The surface of the powder is slightly hard (similar to that of CHANEL’s baked products) but does not affect what the brush picks up whatsoever; in fact, there is hardly any kickback at all (at least, none that I could see) when you swirl your brush across the surface, making for less waste overall. The shade is a bit of a paradox and depending on the angle/light, can appear either cool (beige) or warm (tan), but once applied that’s when the magic happens; what emerges along the skin is like stuff dreams are made of (ok, that’s probably going a little far, but seriously … it’s like CHANEL has found a source of unicorn dust to infuse this product with. Yeah, that was a stretch too ∗shrugs∗). As stated earlier, the product begins to fuse with the warmth and natural oils of the skin, and takes on a sun kissed lustre, giving a ‘fresh from a beach walk’ appearance and overall super healthy glow (an effect due to that ultra fine shimmer, I suspect), becoming even better with the wearing. As to longevity and when applied over foundation or primer, I easily get 9-10 hours of wear, before noticing any fading.
CHANEL Lumière d’Été swatch, direct sunlight – applied heavy & blended out
CHANEL Lumière d’Été swatch, alternate light – applied heavy & blended out
If you’re a bronzer or CHANEL enthusiast, you NEED this. With the multitude of bronzers recently released for the Summer season from every imaginable brand there is, the Lumière d’Été Illuminating Powder still manages to stand out by virtue of its impeccable finish and tone. Combining a distinctly elegant visual aesthetic (seriously though … that camellia flower pattern is to die for) with unbelievable quality, is something that CHANEL has become known for, and I am totally planning on getting a backup – something you might want to think about as well, especially since it is a limited edition product. Just saying.
Available as of May 4 at all CHANEL counters across the country, find more information on the brand by visiting chanel.com
Press sample kindly provided for my unbiased consideration
Press sample provided for my unbiased consideration
CHANEL’s latest addition to their foundation lineup is the recently launched Vitalumière Loose Powder Foundation (CAN $80.00/available in 5 shades and which comes with its own mini kabuki brush). This is a product that is somewhat of a hybrid foundation/face powder rolled into one and meant to give medium to full buildable coverage, all in a lightweight texture that feels undetectable on the skin but which still provides a flawless finish. Then there’s the totally adorable mini kabuki brush it comes with, which feels and behaves exactly like CHANEL’s larger version (reviewed), but better equipped size-wise to handle those tricky & smaller areas of the face. And just so damn cute.
According to the company, this product promises to provide a ‘second-skin effect’ via:
- A new generation of high-definition light pigments that makes it possible to capture and diffuse softer light that is more flattering for the complexion
- Mica powder, which optimises light reflection for a natural satiny effect
- Canola oil derivative, which improves skin suppleness and provides a sensation of comfort on application and all day long
- A sunscreen for SPF 15 protection (I’m guessing that some bizarre Canadian regulation doesn’t permit the SPF amount to be listed on the packaging – as always)
I was kindly send shade N°30 to try out, which turns out to be an absolutely perfect match for my skin tone (although I suspect against a light tan, I’ll need to go up a shade).
The flattened round container comes with a protective & removable seal; underneath & helping to keep the contents under control is a mesh sifter to prevent the powder from flooding the upper section. There is a lovely floral scent to this foundation (reminds me of CHANEL’s Hydra Beauty skincare range), that becomes relatively undetectable once applied, but still worth mentioning for those with sensitivities. The stretchiness of the mesh sifter is genius; it has a ‘give’ when you press the brush down upon it, acting as both a barrier to excess powder being kicked up, as well as enabling you to get the right amount of product per use. CHANEL recommends that you tip the closed container over & tap it once on the bottom before righting & opening it, in order to release the powder into the upper compartment, but I find it just as easy to press my brush firmly down upon the sifter to pick up what I need.
I have oily/combination skin (although paradoxically as I’ve gotten older, my skin seems to need a lot more hydration – but the oily part is still alive & kicking, unfortunately) and while I’d love to be able to pull off the ‘dewy’ look, 99% of the time I wind up just looking greasy. Mattifying foundations are usually recommended for my skin type, but those can sometimes feel a little mask-like on my skin while having the added effect of emphasizing fine lines – which is a total deal breaker. Powdered face products meant to keep oiliness at bay can frequently look aging upon my skin, so finding that balance between toning down shine while providing coverage AND detracting from facial lines, can sometimes be a challenge. Enter CHANEL’s Vitalumière Loose Powder Foundation, or as I like to call it, my saviour.
It was recommended to me that using this foundation in conjunction (and on top of) Le Blanc de CHANEL (an illuminating primer and one which totally deserves its own post/spotlight) is the way to go, and after having experimented with applying this foundation several ways, I absolutely have to agree. After moisturizing my face (I give this step about 15 minutes to settle in before continuing with makeup application), I then apply a thin layer of Le Blanc de CHANEL and ensure it’s fully blended in (I give this a couple of minutes to settle in as well), then I’m ready to follow that up with the Vitalumière Loose Powder Foundation. After loading product onto my brush, I start with the fleshier part of the cheeks and blend out towards the ear/hairline; ears, jawline and neck are given a light sweep at the very end.
The initial appearance of this foundation upon the skin, is nothing earth-shattering, but as it warms up and begins to fuse with your natural oils, that’s when the magic happens: my skin simply looks luminous and flawless. It even seems to get better with wear, all while doing an excellent job of keeping shine away throughout the duration (although I do experience the slightest sheen at the end of the day – but nothing that makes me want to instantly reach for blotting paper). My only caution is that for those with dry skin, test-drive this foundation at the counter first, because my instincts tell me it probably won’t produce the same results I get. As to lasting powder, there’s some slight fading at the end of the day but the coverage manages to stay beautifully in place just the same, without any signs of oxidation.
I have tried a few powdered foundations, and none have impressed me enough to want to continue using them. Loose face powder is also not a staple in my makeup regimen (unless I’m doing a more evening look) and while CHANEL claims that this Vitalumière Loose Powder Foundation can provide full coverage, I would have to say that that depends on what your definition of full coverage is. I’m fortunate enough to have pretty decent skin to start with and prefer my foundation to be medium coverage at most – which is exactly the effect I get with this product. The beauty of this formula, is that you can basically dial up the level of coverage by which brush you opt for application (fluffier brushes will provide the lightest veil of colour, while dense Kabuki-style brushes give more opacity), but what has made this foundation hit Holy Grail status for me, is how gorgeous my skin looks throughout the wearing and how well it manages oil without any ensuing cakiness. Sigh of relief, I tell you.