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CHANEL | Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder

CHANEL Camélia de Plumes opener

 

The Holiday 2014 Collection Plumes Précieuses de CHANEL includes eight limited edition pieces, and while it’s hard to say which item is the most standout, the Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder is undeniably the centrepiece here. If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, then you already know what a fan of this brand I happen to be (some might even go so far as to say I’m obsessed, but never to my face) and I happen to have a weakness for CHANEL highlighters in particular. Impractical as they may appear, there is something about a well-crafted highlighter that adds that perfect finishing touch to your makeup – provided it’s done right.

 

CHANEL Camélia de Plumes box 2

CHANEL Holiday 2014 | Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder

 

CHANEL Camélia de Plumes label 2

CHANEL Holiday 2014 | Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder

 

CHANEL Camélia de Plumes pouch

CHANEL Holiday 2014 | Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder

 

CHANEL Camélia de Plumes brush

CHANEL Holiday 2014 | Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder

 

CHANEL Camélia de Plumes compact label 2

CHANEL Holiday 2014 | Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder

 

CHANEL Camélia de Plumes

Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder, Limited Edition (CAN $76.00) | No one does detail as exquisitely as CHANEL; The Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder comes with a banded velour sleeve that has an integrated pouch for the accompanying natural-bristled angled brush (which is quite soft and surprisingly useful). The surface of the powder bears a uniquely interpreted version of the brand’s signature camelia, in the form of 6 leaves in an intricately raised relief pattern, that’s almost too beautiful to destroy by running a brush over it.

The colour of Camélia de Plumes is a mystery; what appears as a silver/pewter shade to the naked eye, is in fact so much more than that. This powder is not only finely milled but exceptionally so, as well as filled with the smallest reflects of pink, gold and green that add warmth and a nice overall depth of tone. Applied and lightly buffed in,  it almost seems to meld with the skin and provides a stunning glow – almost ethereal – definitely not the type of product that just sits at the surface level of the skin. Lasting power (applied over foundation), went well for at least 10 hours before any fading.

*Beauty Bonus: I was able to pick this up at The Bay (Canada) $10.00 less by exchanging some of my Bay points – something my Canadian readers might be able to take advantage of as well!

 

CHANEL Camélia de Plumes macro

CHANEL Holiday 2014 | Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder

 

CHANEL Camélia de Plumes side

CHANEL Holiday 2014 | Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder

 

CHANEL Camélia de Plumes 2

CHANEL Holiday 2014 | Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder

 

CHANEl Camélia de Plumes 3

CHANEL Holiday 2014 | Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder

 

CHANEL Camélia de Plumes 4

CHANEL Holiday 2014 | Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder

 

CHANEL Camélia de Plumes swatch

CHANEL Holiday 2014 | Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder swatches

 

CHANEL Camélia de Plumes swatch blurred

CHANEL Holiday 2014 | Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder, blurred to show sparkle

 

CHANEL Camélia de Plumes swatch comps

I pulled out four previously released CHANEL highlighters to compare Camélia de Plumes to from my collection, but I already knew that I didn’t have any duplicates. How they compare:

  • Lumière Sculptée de CHANEL (reviewed here) – Released in 2011, this is the whitest in tone and bears almost no discernible shimmer
  • Mouche de Beauté (reviewed here) – Released in 2013, the quality of this powder bears the same quality of shimmer, although this is much warmer leaning due to its coppery hue
  • Dentelle Précieuse (reviewed here) – Released in 2014, this powder has the most finely-milled shimmer I’ve seen, and makes the best highlighter for daytime wear (and I so regret not getting a backup)
  • Poudre Signée de CHANEL (reviewed here) – Released Spring 2013, this powder is not as finely milled as the others and has a much more distinctive gold sparkle

 

For me, the Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder is major love – there is something so special about the glow it gives to the skin, that it’s almost as though you’re seen through a filter. Don’t let that dirtied silver colour fool you; one quick swatch at the counter will show its versatility, as it appears to suit both cool and warm complexions with equal ease. Definitely priced at the higher end of the scale, the beauty is that you wear so little of this at a time (or at least, I sure hope you do – unless you happen to enjoy glowing like a disco ball) that it almost seems to cushion the splurge. If you’re looking for that one perfect highlighter for the holidays (and definitely beyond that as well), then I can’t recommend Camélia de Plumes enough – well worth investing in.

Available in Canada now (but limited for the holidays) through The Bay and Holt Renfrew.

 

CHANEL Camélia de Plumes closer

Dior 5 Couleurs | 796 Cuir Cannage

 

Dior Cuir Cannage opener new

 

One of 12 new 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palettes recently released by Dior (previously reviewed: Bar, Carré Bleu, Rose Tutu, Pied-de-Poule and Trafalgar), 796 Cuir Cannage is a gorgeous grouping of totally wearbable neutral hues. Even with the recent glut of similarly toned palettes flooding the market lately, 796 Cuir Cannage still manages to somehow stand out, and I’ll go on record as saying that the buttery texture of each shade definitely has something to do with that.

 

Dior 5 Couleurs – The Film

 

Dior Cuir Cannage compact - Version 2

Dior 5 Couleurs | 796 Cuir Cannage

 

Dior Cuir Cannage label - Version 2

Dior 5 Couleurs | 796 Cuir Cannage

 

Dior Cuir Cannage

796 Cuir Cannage (CAN $61.00) | Each 5 Couleurs palette is created to be a ‘wardrobe for the eyes’, with the centre shade acting as the anchor. The top 2 lighter shades are perfect for casual and/or daytime wear, while the 2 deeper hued bottom shades add depth and drama. Just as Dior fashion spotlights a variety of textural effects, the same concept has been applied to the eyeshadow palettes, combining matte, satin, iridescent and occasionally glitter textures, depending on the palette chosen. The bottom label shows a small pictogram of the colours within, and even the included brushes are of decent enough quality to be used in emergency situations. As an added bonus, all 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palettes can be applied either dry or with a dampened brush to amp up the intensity. The shades of Cuir Cannage (clockwise, starting from the top left):

  • brown/mauve (satin) with subtle plum iridescence
  • parchment/bone (pearlized) with subtle grey/pink pearl
  • blackened brown (matte/satin hybrid)
  • warm bronze (satin/shimmer hybrid) with incredibly complex shimmer
  • camel (matte)

The texture of each shade is absolutely stellar – no chalkiness or powdery residue visible when swirling my brushes across any of them them. The top right shade is quite subtle on me, but is perfect to be used on the inner eye corner or as a brow bone highlighter. All are easily buildable, and there’s excellent colour saturation even with the first swipe. The darkest shade is surprisingly not as intense as what you see in the pan, and gives a sooty charcoal-like effect (perfect for creating a smokey eye look). I found that every single one of these hues not only compliments each other so perfectly – which translates as numerous colour combinations to play with – but all blend so easily as well. Staying power is excellent: over primed lids, I was able to get a minimum of 10 hours wear, without any signs of fading or creasing.

 

Dior Cuir Cannage 2 - Version 2

Dior 5 Couleurs | 796 Cuir Cannage

 

Dior Cuir Cannage macro

Dior 5 Couleurs | 796 Cuir Cannage

 

Dior Cuir Cannage macro flash

Dior 5 Couleurs | 796 Cuir Cannage (with flash)

 Dior Cuir Cannage swatched dry

Dior 5 Couleurs | 796 Cuir Cannage, swatched dry

 

Dior Cuir Cannage swatched damp

Dior 5 Couleurs | 796 Cuir Cannage, swatched with a damp brush

 

Dior Cuir Cannage with CHANEL comparisons flash

I opted to compare 796 Cuir Cannage to other smaller similarly toned palettes in my collection (I didn’t bother with palettes that had more than 5 shades – that would have taken me weeks to go through it all), with 4 CHANEL quads showing the most promise. Apart from the difference in number of shades (5 vs 4), here are the breakdowns (click to enlarge):

 

  • CHANEL 226 Tissé Rivoli – closes in overall tone/colour, more shimmer, no mattes
  • CHANEL 234 Poésie – cooler leaning, significantly more shimmer, no mattes

Dior Cuir Cannage vs CHANEL Tissé Rivoli & Poésie swatches

Dior 5 Couleurs | 796 Cuir Cannage and comparsion swatches

 

  •  CHANEL 34 Éclosion – overall more pink toned, sheerer textures
  • CHANEL 42 Séduction – darkest & shades similar, sheerer textures

Dior Cuir Cannage vs CHANEL Eclosion & Séduction

Dior 5 Couleurs | 796 Cuir Cannage and comparsion swatches

 

In short, 796 Cuir Cannage is total love for me and an absolute must have, especially if you’re a fan of neutral shades, as I am. Everything is just right with this palette: from the colours of the shades and the many combinations you can create with just this one palette, to the textures and its portability – most useful when travelling and you don’t want to lug your entire vanity with you.

Available through all Dior counters nationwide. Find more information here.

 

Dior Cuir Cannage closer

Press sample provided for my unbiased consideration

CHANEL | ROUGE ALLURE GLOSS in Exotique, Sensible, Audace & Séduction

CHANEL Rouge Allure Gloss opener

 

Set to replace the Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss format, CHANEL has just launched the new Rouge Allure Gloss (CAN $40.00 each). Here in Canada, we received 9 shades, with 8 staying in the permanent range (#20 Audace is limited edition). Surprisingly, there were no nudes represented, although I know that 10 shades have been released in the US (with #20 Audace listed as limited edition for that market as well), which does include a nude (see Sabrina of The Beauty Look Book’s review here).

CHANEL glosses have always ranked as some of my favourites – even those of the sheerer variety – for a number of reasons, starting from how well the applicator picks up just the right amount of product from the tube, their long-lasting yet non-sticky feel, the gorgeous gloss they all impart, and how soft my lips feel once the gloss has worn off.

This new format is a more than a worthy successor to CHANEL’s Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss. These glosses come in a large tube encased in the brand’s signature black lacquer and bear gold initialled caps with a colour-coded label on the bottom. The cap is the clickable pop-up type, similar to that found on CHANEL’s Rouge Allure Lipsticks; after clicking on the top, I advise allowing the cap to rise on its own, and for the first couple of times, remove the wand from the tube slowly, in order to avoid accidentally splattering any gloss (as I did) on surrounding surfaces.

The formula feels a touch thick, but applies smoothly and adheres well to lips, without emphasizing lip lines. Initially, I picked up on the signature CHANEL rose scent, but it appears to fade almost immediately. Bearing in mind that these are glosses, their pigment level is excellent, with wear time averaging about 3 hours on me for the lightest shades and approximately 5 hours with the deeper hues. The sponge applicator has a flat wide surface that’s perfect for larger areas of the lips, or turned along one of its sides for more precision work. With one swipe and then a quick press of the lips, you get a sheerer, more translucent wash of colour. Multiple passes deepen the hue, as well as provide more longevity. Either way, I did not experience any feathering or bleeding into surrounding lip lines – even with the darkest shades.

On the day these launched, my CHANEL counter had a fabulous promotion: with the purchase of 3 products, I also received a signature pochette in glossy red (that happens to be the perfect size for storing these glosses), as well as a luxe sample of #18 Séduction, which turned out to be a great way for me to fully test out one of the brighter shades in this range (and yes, I will be going back for the full size).

  • #12 Exotique – soft apricot
  • #15 Sensible – baby pink
  • #18 Séduction (large sample size) – berry red
  • #20 Audace (LE) – plum/raisin

*PS: This is my first post on my blog’s new look – Feel free to let me know how you like it!

 

CHANEL Rouge Allure Gloss tubes

 

CHANEL | Rouge Allure Gloss

 

CHANEL Rouge Allure Gloss wands

CHANEL | Rouge Allure Gloss

 

CHANEL Rouge Allure Gloss wands macro

CHANEL | Rouge Allure Gloss

 

CHANEL Rouge Allure Gloss open tube

CHANEL | Rouge Allure Gloss, pop-up closure feature

 

CHANEL Rouge Allure Gloss swatches

CHANEL | Rouge Allure Gloss

 

CHANEL #12 Exotique

CHANEL | Rouge Allure Gloss #12 Exotique

 

CHANEL #12 Exotique macro

CHANEL | Rouge Allure Gloss #12 Exotique

 

CHANEL #12 Exotique swatch

CHANEL | Rouge Allure Gloss #12 Exotique

 

CHANEL #15 Sensible

CHANEL | Rouge Allure Gloss #15 Sensible

 

CHANEL #15 Sensible macro

CHANEL | Rouge Allure Gloss #15 Sensible

 

CHANEL #15 Sensible swatch

CHANEL | Rouge Allure Gloss #15 Sensible

 

CHANEL #20 Audace

CHANEL | Rouge Allure Gloss #20 Audace (Limited Edition)

 

CHANEL #20 Audace macro

CHANEL | Rouge Allure Gloss #20 Audace (Limited Edition)

 

CHANEL #20 Audace swatch

CHANEL | Rouge Allure Gloss #20 Audace (Limited Edition)

 

CHANEL #18 Séduction mini open

CHANEL | Rouge Allure Gloss (luxe sample size) #18 Séduction

 

CHANEL #18 Séduction mini

CHANEL | Rouge Allure Gloss (luxe sample size) #18 Séduction

 

CHANEL #18 Séduction swatch

CHANEL | Rouge Allure Gloss (luxe sample size) #18 Séduction

 

Overall, I am absolutely in love with the CHANEL Rouge Allure Gloss formula, and as always, the brand has definitely delivered with regards to packaging and quality. My only complaint is that the shade range seems to be rather limited (for now), with a more than higher concentration of reds & pinks, than neutrals although I really do hope they come out with more colours soon – or at the very least, add a nude like #11 Sensuel to the Canadian lineup. Most definitely a luxury priced lip gloss, but I do recommend looking them over as you certainly get your money’s worth.

 

CHANEL Rouge Allure Gloss closer

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