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CHANEL N°5 L’EAU

CHANEL No5 L'Eau opener

 

I’m that woman who’s always wanted to wear CHANEL’s iconic N°5. But the sad truth is that I just can’t; something about the aldehydes in the formula coupled with its powdery notes, so totally does not agree with my body chemistry. As a master CHANEL-phile, you have no idea how real the struggle has been … until now, that is.

Originally created in 1921, CHANEL N°5 has had new life breathed into it for this generation by Olivier Polge, son of Jacques Polge, the brand’s master perfumer. Introducing CHANEL N°5 L’EAU (CAN $119.00/50 ml, $168.00/100 ml), the newest member of the N°5 family. Neither a cologne nor a diluted version of the original, this is a brand new olfactory creation that nevertheless manages to pay homage to the one that began it all — and then takes it to a whole new level of freshness and modernity.

At the start of the Summer (which seems eons ago now. Sigh), I met with my CHANEL rep and after enjoying a delicious lunch at Holt’s Café of sushi tartine, truffle fries, & wine, she presented me with a nondescript white box; nestled inside was this jewel of a fragrance. Forget dessert (which I didn’t, actually) … I was done.

 

CHANEL N°5 L'Eau Holt's Cafe

How pretty is the sushi tartine I had from Holt’s Café, Montréal?

CHANEL N°5 L'Eau Holt's Cafe 2

CHANEL always goes with coffee & dessert

CHANEL N°5 L'Eau newCHANEL N°5 L’EAU purity (from my Instagram feed @ommorphia)

Marilyn Monroe & CHANEL No5

My idol, Marilyn Monroe and her CHANEL N°5

CHANEL No.5 L'Eau

Lily-Rose Depp for the CHANEL N°5 L’EAU campaign

Olivier Polge

Olivier Polge, creator behind the fragrance

CHANEL No5 L'Eau boxed

CHANEL N°5 L’EAU

CHANEL No5 packaging

CHANEL N°5 L’EAU

CHANEL N°5 L'Eau

As someone with a rather sensitive nose (read that as extremely sensitive), I’m exceptionally particular about my fragrances; the wrong combination of notes will trigger an instant migraine that will put me out of commission for hours, sometimes days. My preferences tend to run towards anything with vanilla notes, woody and/or amber-based scents, and even some light orientals. I’ve also been known to wear masculine fragrances, mainly because they seem to mesh so well with me. Flowery notes have never been my thing, but lately I have been captured by vetivers and some florals have surprisingly drawn me in.

CHANEL N°5 L'Eau 2

Fragrance is one of those incredibly personal things that truly is unique to each and every one of us and while I may not be a ‘nose’, I know what I like and what works for me. After having tested out CHANEL N°5 L’EAU for several months now, I can say with certainty that this combination so totally works for me ∗insert chorus of angels singing

CHANEL N°5 L'eau 3

In creating N°5 L’Eau, Olivier Polge first looked to the original formula, then with the precision of a surgeon he began dissecting its individual components to truly understand the role each ingredient played in this time-honoured masterpiece. Then, he started playing. Creating a new balance that would embody the N°5 spirit but capture the essence of today’s generation, he began by:

  • including the aldehydes of the original that bore the scent of orange rind but abandoning the more metallic ones
  • increasing the vibrancy of the zests
  • removing the powder from the base
  • rendering the woods more dynamic and adding green to the ylang-ylang
  • making the jasmine light as air and finally…
  • decreasing the vanilla

CHANEL N°5 L'eau 4

So what does all this mean? In a nutshell, this isn’t your mother’s (or grand-mother’s) fragrance; this is the CHANEL N°5 of today, made lighter, fresher, younger, sexier, and a whole lot more fun.

CHANEL N°5 L'Eau 5

CHANEL N°5 L’EAU

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CHANEL N°5 L’EAU

 

I have always had a love affair with fragrances and lately my collection has been growing to include new scents with unconventional note combinations, although the one that’s always been missing from the group has been the iconic CHANEL N°5 bottle with its instantly recognizable silhouette. But that was then and this is now — and CHANEL N°5 L’EAU now has a place of honour on my vanity … was well as along my pulse points.

Available now at CHANEL counters nationwide

CHANEL No5 L'Eau closer

Press sample by the CHANEL team kindly provided/All opinions my own

CHANEL | Le Rouge Collection N°1 Fall 2016 – cont’d

CHANEL Le Rouge extras opener

 

Recently arrived, I have a few more pieces from CHANEL’s Le Rouge Collection N°1 for Fall 2016 to show you — and the reason why they weren’t included in my earlier posts. Lucia Pica’s first collection for this beauty giant, is based on red – a favourite hue of Coco Chanel herself, and a colour that invokes the strongest and most intense reactions from any other in the spectrum. Plus it’s sexy as all get-out, and you can’t go wrong with that.

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

 

CHANEL Le Rouge extras 128 Rouge Brûlé

128 Rouge Brûlé Illusion d’Ombre, limited edition (CAN $41.00) | A cream-to-powder eye shadow in a high-shine metallic copper/rose gold colour. I’m going to put this out there: I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS SHADE TO COME INTO MY LIFE. Bearing absolutely faultless pigmentation, this can be worn alone for megawatt impact or layered under similarly hued powdered eyeshadows to provide staying power and more depth of tone. You do have about a minute to play/blend before it sets because after that it will not budge (that’s over prime lids).

CHANEL Le Rouge extras 128 Rouge Brûlé macro

CHANEL | 128 Rouge Brûlé Illusion d’Ombre

CHANEL Le Rouge extras 128 Rouge Brûlé 2

CHANEL | 128 Rouge Brûlé Illusion d’Ombre

CHANEL Le Rouge extras 128 Rouge Brûlé swatches

CHANEL | 128 Rouge Brûlé Illusion d’Ombre swatches

 

CHANEL Le Rouge extras 58 Rouge Vie

58 Rouge Vie, Rouge Allure Velvet (CAN $43.00) | This is the brand’s version of matte, done the CHANEL sophisticated way. A positively perfect red hue with both cool and warm tones in the base, making it wearable by a broad range of complexions. The finish is as described: velvety — but it’s also plush and quite opaque, offering amazing coverage from the first swipe. Staying power is excellent as well, with some obvious fading seen after eating/drinking.

97 Désir Precision Lip Definer (CAN $33.00) | A searing orange-red lip liner hue in a creamy formula that has enough give to provide an effortless application (no tugging or pulling, thank you very much) but still manages to stay stiff enough that you can use it for more precision lining as well. It comes with a separate sharpener, and while I love using retractible pencils, you can only get the sharpest point by sharpening it the old fashioned way.

TIP: Using a lip liner that’s a few degrees lighter in colour than your lipstick may provide a slight illusion of fullness to lips (which is exactly what I’ve done in the swatch photo below).

CHANEL Le Rouge extras 58 Rouge Vie 2

CHANEL | 58 Rouge Vie Rouge Allure Velvet

CHANEL Le Rouge extras 58 Rouge Vie macro

CHANEL | 58 Rouge Vie Rouge Allure Velvet

CHANEL Le Rouge extras Rouge Vie & Désir swatches

CHANEL | 58 Rouge Vie Rouge Allure Velvet swatches

 

CHANEL Le Rouge extras Désir & Agapé

CHANEL | 97 Désir Precision Lip Definer & 929 Agapé Stylo Yeux Waterproof

CHANEL Le Rouge extras Désir & Agapé macro

929 Agapé Stylo Jeux Waterproof, limited edition (CAN $35.00) | For the most part, CHANEL’s Stylo Yeux eye liners are my absolute favourites and for a number of reasons: excellent colour payoff, smooth & gliding feel to application, non-irritating and quite long-lasting. This shade is a complex rich hazelnut brown with burgundy glints in its base, and will look amazing on everyone, not to mention being a great alternative to wearing black.

 

CHANEL Le Rouge extras 929 Agapé swatches

CHANEL Fall 2016 | 929 Agapé Stylo Yeux Waterproof

 

I have to bow to CHANEL’s genius with the release of this collection: every single piece I have tried (which is basically the entire collection; I’ll be picking up the last two items I don’t currently own) has been nothing short of STELLAR. Building an entire collection around the colour red, was a bold & inspired move from the brand’s new makeup head and her gamble paid off because it totally rocks. For the record, I have been totally vibing on red, berry, & rust hues for some weeks now and the results slay me every.single.time.

Available now at CHANEL counters nationwide

CHANEL Le Rouge extras closer 2

 

Kindly provided by the CHANEL team for review consideration/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:

 

CHANEL Le Rouge Collection N°1 Kristen Stewart

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

 

CHANEL Le Rouge nail polish duo

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

CHANEL Rouge Radical Nail Gloss swatch 3

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)

CHANEL Rouge Radical over Rouge Puissant swatch 2

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 Rouge Collection N°1 Fall 2016 – Eyes

 

CHANEL Le Rouge eyes opener

 

CHANEL’s Le Rouge Collection N°1 for Fall 2016 proves beyond a shadow of any doubt, that the colour red is just as easily wearable along the eyes as upon the lips. Far from looking vampiric, there’s a chic unexpected and oh-so-dangerous look to sporting this shade on one’s peepers, enhancing your natural eye colour while ensuring no one can escape your gaze. How’s that for a hypnotic effect?

I have to add that every so often I receive a press package that includes the most amazing extras (the tote bag above, the zippered folder seen in my previous post, the collection’s ‘colour chips‘ seen below – and several other items as well) and when you factor the CHANEL effect in all that, well let’s just say that much swooning on my part was definitely involved.

Previously reviewed from this collection:

CHANEL Kristen Stewart for Le Rouge eyes

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

CHANEL Le Rouge eyes

CHANEL | Le Rouge Collection N°1 Fall 2016

CHANEL Le Rouge eyeshadow palette

268 Candeur et Expérience (CAN $68.0) | For the first time, CHANEL has released an eyeshadow quad that consists only of matte shades, all made even more unique by their ultra smooth velvety texture. The breakdown:

  • soft taupe (top left)
  • milky beige (top right)
  • burgundy red (bottom left)
  • chocolate (bottom right)

Matte they may be, but with the most subtle sheen that provides depth of tone and that will never come off as flat. All shades blend beautifully and can even be applied with a dampened brush for more intensity. Pigmentation is quite excellent as well, especially with the red shade – start of with a scant amount on your brush as this baby is pretty saturated. An eminently wearable palette that will not only appeal to neutral & colour fans alike, but that will suit all skin tones across the board.

CHANEL Le Rouge eyeshadow palette 2

CHANEL | 268 Candeur et Expérience, Le Rouge Collection N°1

CHANEL Le Rouge eyeshadow palette macro

CHANEL | 268 Candeur et Expérience, Le Rouge Collection N°1

CHANEL Le Rouge eyeshadow palette swatches

CHANEL | 268 Candeur et Expérience, Le Rouge Collection N°1 swatches

CHANEL Le Rouge illusion d'ombre

132 Rouge Contraste Illusion d’Ombre Velvet, limited edition (CAN $41.00) | A brown/burgundy muted red hue in a cream eyeshadow finish that is exactly as described: velvety, without any shimmer but still leaving behind a very subtle sheen. The spongy texture is not without its learning curve; I’ve found that fingers really do work best for application with the Illusion d’Ombre shades, although I’ve also had success by using a flat synthetic-haired brush first then buffing out any edges with a fluffier brush. Be aware that as soon as you touch the surface that the texture will change by becoming flatter and smooth, an effect that actually makes it even easier to work with. Once applied you have a few minutes to work the shade before it sets; apart from looking great as a stand-alone colour, it also makes for a great anchoring/layering base as well. Staying power (over primer) is quite good, although those with drier lids may find they can skip that step.

My first thought was that Rouge Contraste was similar colour-wise to Rouge Noir (reviewed here), but as the swatch below clearly shows that they are absolutely nothing alike, neither in colour nor in finish.

CHANEL Le Rouge illusion d'ombre macro

CHANEL | 132 Rouge Contraste Illusion d’Ombre Velvet, Le Rouge Collection N°1

CHANEL Le Rouge illusion d'ombre swatches

CHANEL | 132 Rouge Contraste Illusion d’Ombre Velvet swatches

CHANEL Le Rouge illusion d'ombre comparison swatches

CHANEL | 132 Rouge Contraste Illusion d’Ombre Velvet vs 857 Rouge Noir Illusion d’Ombre

 

CHANEL Le Rouge eyeliner & mascara

40 Subversif Dimensions Mascara, limited edition (CAN $41.00) | A blackened burgundy/brown hue in the brand’s latest mascara format, that provides both volume and length to lashes. Deeper and more intense than CHANEL’s Le Volume Mascara in Rouge Noir (reviewed here), this softer take on a traditional black colour is flattering on all and takes the harsh edge off your makeup look. Flake-proof, smudge-proof, and staying true until removed at the end of the day, I may have just found a new favourite (both in terms of colour & the formula).

928 Eros Stylo Jeux Waterproof, limited edition (CAN $35.00) | A wine/burgundy hue with a magenta undertone and refined shimmer, this is a retractible eye liner in a stay-put waterproof formula with a texture that glides smoothly along the skin, thus preventing any pulling or tugging of that sensitive area. Barring a few misses, the Stylo Yeux Waterproof formula is one of my favourite liners to work with, as it truly does an amazing job of staying in place (even at the waterline, although it will need period touch-ups especially if your eyes tear easily) and provides lustrous long-lasting colour as well. Once applied, you have about a minute to diffuse and/or blend it out; after that it sets like iron.

Once again, I was curious to see how this shade compared to the brand’s other red eye liner, Rouge Noir Le Crayon Khol (reviewed here), but as the swatch below proves: they are absolutely nothing alike.

CHANEL Le Rouge Eros eye liner swatches

CHANEL | 928 Eros Stylo Yeux Waterproof swatches

CHANEL Le Rouge Eros eye liner & comparison swatches

CHANEL | 928 Eros Stylo Yeux Waterproof vs 17 Rouge Noir Crayon Khol

CHANEL Le Rouge mascara swatches

CHANEL | 40 Subversive Dimensions Mascara swatches

 

It’s no secret that I adore CHANEL, but it takes much more than just a pretty collection to keep my loyalty; it takes uniqueness, quality, and consistency — all fully exemplified by every product I’ve tried thus far from the Fall 2016 Le Rouge Collection N°1. This is definitely the modern way to wear red along the eyes (trust me; no one will ask if you’ve been crying) and I suspect if more shimmer were involved, it would never have worked as beautifully – further proof that Lucia Pica’s first beauty collection for the brand is definitely one to look out for. Here’s to thinking outside of the box … bravo, CHANEL.

Available August 6 at CHANEL counters nationwide

CHANEL Le Rouge eyes closer

 

Seeing red and totally loving it – all kindly provided/ As always, all opinions are my own

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

CHANEL Le Rouge lippies opener

 

With Summer’s heat fully upon us, the last thing I want to think about is the upcoming colder season, but when a collection as stunning as CHANEL’s Le Rouge Collection N°1 (Fall 2016) landed across my desk, let’s just say that I immediately dropped whatever else I was doing.

Appointed as CHANEL’s Global Creative Makeup and Colour Designer in 2014, this is Lucia Pica’s debut collection for the brand and centres around the colour red with all of its visual strength, visceral emotion, as well as classic appeal. Perfectly expressed by Mlle. Chanel herself, “Mettez du rouge et attaquez” (French for: “Put on lipstick and attack”), this collection plays on variations of this intense hue, turning this primary colour at once edgy, rebellious, sensual, and yet still so powerful.

For convenience, I’ve broken down the collection into several reviews (lips, eyes, nails, face) as each category so totally deserves its own spotlight.

*Not shown: Rouge Allure 168 Rouge Ingénue (pink beige), Rouge Allure Velvet 58 Rouge Vie (rosebud red), and Le Crayon Lèvres 97 Désir (orange-red)*

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

CHANEL Le Rouge lippies caps

CHANEL | Le Rouge Collection N°1, Fall 2016

CHANEL Le Rouge lippies

CHANEL | Le Rouge Collection N°1, Fall 2016

CHANEL Le Rouge lippie & pencil

CHANEL | Le Rouge Collection N°1, Fall 2016

CHANEL Le Rouge lippie swatches 2

CHANEL | Le Rouge Collection N°1 (lipsticks & lip liner swatches)

CHANEL Le Rouge lippies 2

The lipsticks for this collection come in two formats: Rouge Allure (CAN $43.00), an ultra creamy formula that provides a gliding feel upon the lips, beautifully pigmented, and coming to a soft-shine finish and Rouge Allure Velvet (CAN $43.00), a texturally rich formula with intense colour saturation, a smooth application and a ending in a velvety finish. The Le Crayon Lèvres (CAN $33.00) includes a brush on one end and also comes with a sharpener, with chamomile extract along with Vitamins A & E in the formula, to provide a long-lasting yet hydrating feel coupled with a creamy texture.

All swatches below are shown with 98 Séduction Le Crayon Lèvres, with the exception of 56 Rouge Charnel.

  • 169 Rouge Tentation Rouge Allure – intense red, slightly warm leaning but can easily be worn by those with cooler undertones as well
  • 57 Rouge Feu Rouge Allure Velvet – orange red, warm leaning, vibrant, flirty and totally playful
  • 56 Rouge Charnel Rouge Allure Velvet – fire red, warm leaning, lush and killer sexy
  • 59 Rouge Audace Rouge Allure Velvet – rich chocolate burgundy, cooler base but works on all complexions equally, sensual & vampy
  • 98 Séduction Le Crayon Lèvres – rosebud brick

The staying power on all is excellent, with Rouge Tentation having a touch more slip due to the more emollient formula. With matte lips still going strong, I have to say that the Rouge Allure Velvet formula is still my favourite, as it’s not only incredibly long-lasting, but never seems to dry out lips and stays smooth and even throughout the wearing. I don’t own many CHANEL lip liners, but the ones I do have I swear by; with a formula that applies soft enough that there’s no tugging along the skin yet sharpens easily to a precise point, these pencils are definitely worth the splurge.

 

CHANEL Le Rouge lippie swatches

CHANEL | Le Rouge Collection N°1, lipstick swatches

 

Leave it to CHANEL to basically reinvent the wheel, turning a shade as ubiquitous as red into something fresh & new again. Of course, there are only so many shades of this colour and yet what makes these Le Rouge Collection N°1 lipsticks & lip liner stand out, is the formulation. No other shade is as statement-making as red, and yet it can be made playful or taken down into deeper, more sensual depths. Let’s face it, swipe on even a touch of red along your lips and you feel instantly powerful & fierce (and sexy, and mysterious, and feminine, and strong, etc.) Well played, Lucia Pica … well played indeed.

Available on CHANEL counters August 6th

CHANEL Le Rouge lippies closer

 

Vermillion bounty kindly provided/As always, all opinions are my own