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CHANEL | From Paris to Havana Cruise 2016-17, Backstage Beauty

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The venerable House of CHANEL, ever a leader where trends are concerned, staged their latest Cruise 2016-17 Collection in beautiful Havana, Cuba along one of the city’s most revered Avenues, the Paseo del Prado. Since the days of Coco Chanel, the House has sought out exciting new cities to host this ‘collection between two seasons‘ and taking cues from the energy of the landscape and its people, created a collection full of vibrant life, colour, and plenty of tropical touches.

The makeup followed suit with glowing skin, glossy lips with soft pops of colour, and dreamy bedroom eyes — all looks that are so easy to recreate, not to mention totally wearable too (except for the no mascara part – that’s something I refuse to part with). The breakdown:

Face:

  • Prepped with La Solution 10 de CHANEL
  • Les Beiges Teint Belle Mine Naturelle (2016)
  • Éclat Lumière
  • Correcteur Perfection
  • Les Beiges, Poudre Belle Mine Naturelle

Eyes & Brows:

  • Stylo Yeux Waterproof N°925 Pacific Green (Spring 2016)
  • No mascara
  • La Palette Sourcils de CHANEL (2016)

Blush:

  • Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour Duo N°01 & N°02 (Summer 2016 Collection)

Lips:

  • Rouge Coco Shine N°114 Shipshape (Spring 2016)

Nails:

  • La Base
  • Le Vernis N°167 Ballerina
  • Le Gel Coat (2016)

2016-17 Cruise Show Makeup CHANEL © CHANEL 2016

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Venue: The Paseo del Prado, an emblematic avenue that runs through Havana from the city’s historic 16th century district to its modern heart of today

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Image: Cuban Illustrator Edel Rodriguez, CHANEL Cruise 2016-17 

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CHANEL | Le Vernis Canotier, Espadrilles & Émeraude, Summer 2016

CHANEL Summer 2016 polishes opener

 

There are five new shades that will be released with CHANEL’s Dans La Lumière de l’Été Summer 2016 Collection, three of which I have to show you today. Drenched in summer-bright colours, these are all in the brand’s new formula that is enriched with ‘ceramides and bioceramics to provide nails with calcium, iron, zinc and magnesium for continuously reinforced nail health and an even longer lasting chip-free finish’, especially when paired with the new Le Gel Coat (previously reviewed here) which contains an oligomer that becomes activated by natural light, providing nails with a super-glossy finish. Let’s just dive right in, shall we?

Previously reviewed from this collection:

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CHANEL | Le Vernis Canotier, Espadrilles & Émeraude, Summer 2016

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CHANEL | Le Vernis Canotier, Espadrilles & Émeraude, Summer 2016

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CHANEL | Le Vernis Canotier, Espadrilles & Émeraude, Summer 2016

CHANEL Canotier

532 Canotier, limited edition (CAN $32.00) | A gold-leaning pewter metallic with a good mix of both cool and warm undertones and that applies slightly sheer with the first coat, becoming fully opaque by a second layer. The pros: self levelling, comes to a brilliant finish, and is relatively quick drying. The cons: you definitely need to work quickly (again, due to how quickly it dries) and have a steady hand in application in order to minimize visible brush strokes, although some lines will smooth themselves out naturally as the polish sets. One thing to note is that you should avoid base coat underneath to ensure your polish lays down as smoothly as possible; for some reason, base coat appear to not mesh well with this formula. Very minor glitter spread seen upon removal.

Coats: 2, plus CHANEL Le Gel Coat

CHANEL Canotier macro

CHANEL | 532 Canotier, Summer 2016

CHANEL Canotier swatch 1

CHANEL | 532 Canotier swatch, Summer 2016

CHANEL Canotier swatch 2

CHANEL | 532 Canotier swatch (alternate light), Summer 2016

CHANEL Espadrilles

534 Espadrilles, limited edition (CAN $32.00) | A fiery red-orange hue in a crème/jelly hybrid formula that can be summed up in one word: SUPERB. With its excellent flow, density, opacity and coverage all of which is literally seen from the very first coat, you can also add a self-levelling application and über-glossy finish to that list of accomplishments. Bonus: non-staining upon removal (and by the way, will this not make THE most perfect pedi shade against a light tan?)

Coats: 2, plus CHANEL Le Gel Coat

CHANEL Espadrilles swatch 1

CHANEL | 534 Espadrilles swatch, Summer 2016

CHANEL Espadrilles swatch 2

CHANEL | 534 Espadrilles swatch, Summer 2016

CHANEL Emeraude

536 Émeraude, limited edition (CAN $32.00) | Be still my beating heart: a rich emerald green hue (yellow-based undertone) that is also filled with CHANEL’s magical and ultra-fine shimmer in a bronze/gold shade to further add a unique complexity. The formula applies in a self-levelling way and comes to a brilliantly glossy finish, although there is some stringiness that may be seen with the first layer (similar to that of Sunset Trip, although nowhere near as tricky to work with) therefore do not overload your brush with too much polish. Becoming a few degrees darker in colour, completely opaque, and smoothing out with the second coat, this shade also has the added bonus of being totally non-staining upon removal.

Coats: 2, plus CHANEL Le Gel Coat

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CHANEL | 536 Émeraude, Summer 2016

CHANEL Émeraude swatch 1

CHANEL | 536 Émeraude swatch, Summer 2016

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CHANEL | 536 Émeraude swatch (detail), Summer 2016

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CHANEL | 536 Émeraude swatch, Summer 2016

 

The pictures speak for themselves, don’t they? I’ll break it down for you: Canotier, while not without its application challenges, is still a stunning metallic and will suit all skin tones across the board – but it most definitely is the trickster of the bunch. If you somehow have managed to avoid owning an orangey red up until now (or even if you have 15+ like I do), then you need look no further than Espadrilles for that perfect blazing hot Summer hue. The pièce de résistance, however, is none other than Émeraude, with its striking jewel-like reflection and definitely the shade you’ll be wanting once the collection launches. Another fact that makes it unique is that CHANEL rarely does bright green, and certainly none with the multi-tonal complexities of this beauty. While you don’t necessarily need the new Le Gel Coat to complete any of these shades, I suggest you invest in a bottle just the same as it really will make a difference in how these lacquers will wear. Plus it’ll look chic on your vanity (and yes, I can be shallow that way).

Anything here grab your eye? Let me know!

Available at The Bay May 29 and June 14 at all other CHANEL counters

CHANEL Summer 2016 polishes closer

 

Thank you to CHANEL for providing these limited edition lovelies/As always, all opinions are my own

CHANEL | Stylo Yeux 817 Oasis, Le Volume Mascara 27 Mirage & Aqua Glossimer 610 Sahara, Summer 2016

CHANEL Gloss & Eyes Summer 2016 opener

 

CHANEL’s Summer 2016 Dans La Lumière De l’Été Collection steps away from the usual brights we see at this time of year and draws inspiration from the earth, with shades that emulate the shimmering light seen bouncing off sand and sky. Today’s post focuses on three other pieces from the collection that in truth, are also all you need for an effortless beauty look spent on a yacht. Or poolside. Perhaps even the beach. Anywhere you like, in fact.

Previously reviewed from this collection:

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CHANEL | Dans la Lumière de l’Été Summer 2016 Collection

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CHANEL | Aqua Glossimer Sahara, Stylo Yeux Oasis & Le Volume Mascara Mirage

CHANEL Oasis Summer 2016

817 Oasis Stylo Yeux Waterproof, limited edition (CAN $35.00) | An emerald green hue that’s filled with complex shimmer, in a retractible pencil format that keeps the contents hygienically safe and eliminates excess product waste. The texture is glidingly soft along the skin, which means there will be no pulling or tugging along that sensitive area, and you have about a minute to blend/smudge before it sets. The tone is much lighter when applied to the waterline, although it’s still quite visible (as seen in my mascara swatches below) and lasts quite well – a good 6 hours before you need to freshen it up.

The Stylo Yeux eyeliners from CHANEL have been some of my favourites for years and while there have been a few misses colour-wise, overall the formula is one of the best out there, with impressive staying power sweetening the deal.

CHANEL Oasis Summer 2016 macro & swatches

CHANEL | 817 Oasis Stylo Yeux Waterproof Summer 2016

CHANEL Mirage Mascara

27 Mirage Le Volume de CHANEL Mascara, limited edition (CAN $41.00) | Housed in the brands signature black lacquered casing, this is a rich expresso brown mascara shade with a slight burgundy undertone (adds a unique depth) that aims to provide your lashes with mega volume. My mascara criteria are quite specific: I want the colour to be deep and stay true throughout the wearing, add lushness and volume, be flake & smudge-free, and easily removed at the end of the day. In this case, Mirage scores high on every single point and while I’ve tended to avoid brown mascara hues in the past (mainly because the colour isn’t usually deep enough to give me the intensity I’m looking for), I’ll make an exception here as this adds a softness you just can’t get with black, but still provides visible definition.

As a self-professed mascara fiend, I admit that from the day CHANEL launched their Le Volume Mascara, I have been a devoted fan and have repurchased more times than I can remember – it’s THAT good. The only downside is that in the past this mascara tended to dry out in the tube faster than I liked, although the last few iterations CHANEL has released appears to have resolved this issue. Good on them for listening!

CHANEL Mirage Mascara macro

CHANEL | 27 Mirage Le Volume de CHANEL Mascara Summer 2016

CHANEL Mirage Mascara swatches

CHANEL | 27 Mirage Le Volume de CHANEL Mascara swatches

CHANEL Sahara Aqua Glossimer

610 Sahara Aqua Glossimer, limited edition (CAN $36.00) | One of 6 limited edition shades released with this collection, this is a pale peachy hue that’s filled with CHANEL’s magical ultra fine & complex shimmer (non-gritty in feel and which lays down smoothly upon the lips). The formula on the Glossimer range is yet another CHANEL fave of mine (are you surprised?), as it is non-sticky and gives a beautiful brilliance to lips, leaving them feeling nourished long after all traces of colour have gone. The brush appears to have undergone a facelift, and now comes in a tapered paddle-like shape for an effortless application. Staying power is average for a shade this light – about 3 hours, although some shimmer seems to linger even after the glossy part has faded.

What I’ve always found interesting with CHANEL Glossimers, is that they evolve; upon first opening the tube, application appears to be somewhat miserly and you need to go back in a few times to get good coverage. Then by about the 3rd time you use the product, that is no longer is the case and you not only get much more gloss on the brush head per use, but application becomes a breeze basically with one swipe. CHANEL sorcery, I tell you.

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CHANEL | 610 Sahara Aqua Glossimer Summer 2016

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CHANEL | 610 Sahara Aqua Glossimer (brush detail)

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CHANEL | 610 Sahara Aqua Glossimer Swatch

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CHANEL | 610 Sahara Aqua Glossimer Swatch

 

What’s not to love about any of the products shown here? An emerald green eyeliner that will not only look amazing against all eye colours, but will also withstand the Summer heat, a mascara that gives the fullness to lashes most of wish we were born with, and a lipgloss shade that adds a soft pop of colour and even the appearance of a fuller pout — every single item is a total winner (at least, for me) and worth your time to look into once the collection hits counters. Just don’t be surprised if you wind up getting a few more of the pieces while there.

Available at The Bay May 29th and on June 14th at all other CHANEL counters

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A huge thank you to CHANEL for providing these lovelies/As always, all opinions are my own

CHANEL | Empreinte du Désert & Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour Duo N°01, Summer 2016

CHANEL Summer 2016 quad & bronzer opener

 

For decades now, the one beauty collection that never fails to give me heart palpitations is none other than CHANEL’s summer release (for those of you who know me, this really shouldn’t come as any surprise), and this year’s version Dans La Lumière de l’Été (French for ‘in the light of Summer’ — so pretty, right?) so does not disappoint. Inspired by a shimmering desert oasis, these limited edition pieces are loaded with lush earthen and shimmering jewel-like tones and will have you reaching for them over and over again. Then there’s the quality … did I mention how fabulous these textures are?

 

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CHANEL | Dans la Lumière d’Été 2016 Collection

CHANEL Summer 2016 quad & bronzer

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CHANEL Summer 2016 quad & bronzer macro

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CHANEL | Dans la Lumière de l’Été 2016 Collection

CHANEL Empreinte du Désert

Empreinte du Désert Quadra Eyeshadow, limited edition (CAN $70.00) | Housed in the brand’s black lacquered compact with a full-sized mirror on the inner lid and the iconic double C’s on the cover, it opens to reveal four shimmering eyeshadow hues embossed with an undulating sand dune pattern. Texture-wise, each displays a complex but refined shimmer (no glittery chunks or fallout, thank you) and an almost creamy feel to the touch – providing perfect opacity and coverage even at one swipe (seriously: the swatches below are all one swipe). All shades are effortlessly bendable and stay true until removed (when worn over primer). The shade breakdown (clockwise from top left):

  • coppery sand
  • golden champagne
  • rich chestnut
  • deep emerald

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CHANEL | Empreinte du Désert Quadra Eyeshadow Summer 2016

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CHANEL | Empreinte du Désert Quadra Eyeshadow Summer 2016

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CHANEL | Empreinte du Désert Quadra Eyeshadow Summer 2016

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CHANEL | Empreinte du Désert Quadra Eyeshadow Summer 2016

CHANEL Empreinte du Désert swatches

CHANEL | Empreinte du Désert Quadra Eyeshadow swatches, Summer 2016

CHANEL Les Beiges Summer 2016 Duo 01

Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour Duo N°01, limited edition (CAN $74.00) |   Housed in its signature beige lacquered square compact case with a full-sized mirror on the inner lid and accompanied by a demi-lune natural bristled brush (which actually works surprisingly well). One of two face powders from the collection (the other is a blush/highlighter duo), the Les Beiges claim to fame comes via the ultra finely-milled texture of the powder that is meant to provide your skin with a healthy-looking and flawless natural glow. A warm leaning duo, each segment of this duo is large enough that you can dip a brush in either without fear of cross-contamination, although you can always blend the two together for a uniquely customized hue. The bottom (darker) shade can be used for light contouring as well, while the lighter (upper) hue makes for a natural-looking bronzer that will suit a variety of skin tones (with the exception of those with really dark complexions). Staying power is excellent, easily lasting 10+ hours (over foundation) with only minor fading. The shade breakdown:

  • warm tan/sand
  • terracotta ochre

I have been a fan of the Les Beige formula since its inception, and I actually own all of the previous releases in my personal collection. The progression I’ve noticed over the years, is that not only does the formula continue to evolve and even improve, but the shade arrangement gets better and more user-friendly as well — but the biggest change is that this version seems to have eliminated the stronger scent of those that have come before, something I’m sure those with sensitivities will definitely welcome. That being said, I pulled out the two I felt were closest colour-wise for comparison: Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour N°02 and Les Beiges Healthy Glow Marinière N°02 (last swatch) and while the texture and finish of each powder is fairly similar, colour wise there are still enough variances between them. In fact, it’s almost as though if you were to combine the other two, you’d get the tone of Healthy Glow Duo N°01.

 

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CHANEL | Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour Duo N°01 Summer 2016

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CHANEL | Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour Duo N°01 Summer 2016

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CHANEL | Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour Duo N°01 Summer 2016

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CHANEL | Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour Duo N°01 Summer 2016

CHANEL Les Beiges Summer 2016 Duo 01 swatches

CHANEL | Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour Duo N°01 swatches, Summer 2016

CHANEL Les Beiges Summer 2016 Duo 01 & comparisons

CHANEL | Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour Duo N°01 swatch comparisons

 

There is absolutely nothing I don’t love about these two pieces; from the elegantly classic packaging, the colours, and the textures – I am stating that both Empreinte du Désert and Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour Duo N°01 are definitely worth splurging on. The tones of the quad will not only suit all eye colours, but can be dialled down or amped up to create a variety of looks and will easily take you from day to night. The Duo is basically all you need to complete your summer makeup, as it can double as both cheek colour and bronzer. Genius, wouldn’t you agree? All I can say, is well done CHANEL ∗slow clap

Available May 29th at The Bay, and on June 14th at all other CHANEL counters

CHANEL Summer 2016 quad & bronzer closer

 

 

Thanks to CHANEL for providing this fabulosity/As always, all opinions are strictly my own

CHANEL | L.A. Sunrise Collection Spring 2016

CHANEL LA Sunrise Spring 2016 opener

 

The L.A Sunrise Spring 2016 Collection from CHANEL launched across counters in a blaze of flamboyant colour and sizzling energy, albeit done in the typical refined manner that this brand has become known for. Aiming to capture the glorious landscape of this city in beauty form (you can read my review on the Sunkiss Ribbon Blush Harmony here), this collection certainly manages to do exactly that with shades that can take you from a Hollywood red carpet premiere to the free-spirited vibe of Coachella.

 

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CHANEL | L.A. Sunrise Collection Spring 2016

 

CHANEL Tissé Beverly Hills

Les 4 Ombres 262 Tissé Beverly Hills (CAN $68.00) | Ever since CHANEL reformulated all of their eyeshadow quads, I have been loving the formula and shades of every release. Done in a baked format that combines serious pigmentation with a smooth texture for effortless blendability, each shade of this quartet can be applied either dry or damp, and provides long-lasting colour (especially when worn over primer) that stays true without fading. They each have shimmer of varying degrees, with the teal and pink appearing to have the most metallic finish, while the darkest hue has ultra fine glitter specks thrown in for visual contrast as well. The shades, clockwise from upper left:

  • lavender/pink
  • champagne/oyster
  • eggplant/plum
  • teal

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CHANEL | Les 4 Ombres 262 Tissé Beverly Hills

CHANEL Tissé Beverly Hills macro

CHANEL | Les 4 Ombres 262 Tissé Beverly Hills

CHANEL Tissé Beverly Hills swatches

CHANEL | Les 4 Ombres 262 Tissé Beverly Hills swatches

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CHANEL | Les 4 Ombres 262 Tissé Beverly Hills

 

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CHANEL | Illusion D’Ombre 118 Moonlight Pink, 126 Griffith Green & 122 Ocean Light

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Illusion d’Ombre L.A Sunrise Collection, limited edition (CAN $41.00) | A cream to powder eyeshadow formula that is best applied using your fingers, although I’ve had pretty good success using a variety of both synthetic and natural bristle brushes. There is an almost ‘spongey’ feel when pressing a fingertip to the product’s surface and the texture is ultra smooth, gliding effortlessly along the skin. You have about a minute of play to do any necessary blending before the product sets, and each can be worn as a sheer wash of colour or layered for more intensity. Touted as being long-lasting, they definitely are all that — but for those with oily lids like me, you do need a primer first.

  • 118 Moonlight Pink – salmon pink, light peach undertone, the least shimmery of the three. Gives an eye-brightening effect when worn alone
  • 126 Griffith Green – pine green with a light emerald undertone, excellent pigmentation and a complex shimmer for added depth
  • 212 Ocean Light – applies lighter that the electric hue seen in the pot (although it’s easily layered for intensity), the most shimmery of the three but the variety that looks ultra smooth, never chunky

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CHANEL | Illusion D’Ombre 118 Moonlight Pink, 126 Griffith Green & 122 Ocean Light

CHANEL Ocean Light macro

CHANEL | Illusion D’Ombre 122 Ocean Light (detail)

CHANEL Illusion d'Ombre Moonlight Pink, Griffith Green & Ocean Light swatches

CHANEL | Illusion D’Ombre 118 Moonlight Pink, 126 Griffith Green & 122 Ocean Light swatches

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CHANEL | Illusion D’Ombre 118 Moonlight Pink, 126 Griffith Green & 122 Ocean Light

 

CHANEL Pacific Green & Purple Choc eyeliners

926 Purple Choc & 925 Pacific Green Stylo Yeux Waterproof (CAN $35.00) | A retractible pencil eyeliner in a formula that applies ultra smoothly and thereby minimizes any pulling or tugging along the sensitive skin of the eyes. Each shade has some shimmer – but without glitter – and can be built up for more opacity, if desired. Applied to the waterline, I get a good 7 hours worth of wear before needing to reapply, with Purple Choc lasting even longer than that.

  • 925 Pacific Green – forest green with emerald bronze highlights/shimmer
  • 926 Purple Choc – eggplant/purple with magenta and iridescent shimmer

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CHANEL | 926 Purple Choc & 924 Pacific Green Stylo Yeux Waterproof

CHANEL Pacific Green & Purple Choc Eyeliner swatches

CHANEL | 926 Purple Choc & 924 Pacific Green Stylo Yeux Waterproof swatches

 

CHANEL Ardent Purple Le Volume Mascara

100 Ardent Purple Le Volume de CHANEL, limited edition (CAN $41.00) | A deep violet shade shade in one of my favourite mascara formulas of all time, Le Volume delivers on its name so completely by giving lashes a lush density you can see even from the first coat. Relatively clump-free (although I actually don’t mind a little clumping as that can also give the illusion of fullness), smudge and flake-proof as well, it stays true throughout the wearing with the added bonus of removing easily (with a dual-phase makeup remover) so that it won’t stress lashes.

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CHANEL | 100 Ardent Purple Le Volume de Chanel Mascara

CHANEL Ardent Purple Le Volume Mascara swatch collage

CHANEL | 100 Ardent Purple Le Volume de Chanel Mascara swatches

 

CHANEL Mighty Rouge Coco Shine

116 Mighty Rouge Coco Shine (CAN $43.00) | A Malibu Barbie-pink hue that leans slightly cool due to the blue undertone in the base, in the Rouge Coco Shine glossy and almost balm-like formula. You can definitely build the colour up to some degree – enough so that it gives lips plenty of coverage, but bear in mind that this format is not meant to be opaque. Also layerable over a matching lip liner or lipstick for more depth of tone. Bonus: feels hydrating throughout the wearing and leaves a nourishing effect behind as well. Staying power is average, lasting about 3 hours before reapplying (lightly staining as well).

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CHANEL | 116 Mighty Rouge Coco Shine

CHANEL Mighty Rouge Coco Shine swatch single

CHANEL | 116 Mighty Rouge Coco Shine

 

 

CHANEL Sunrise Trip Nail Gloss

683 Sunrise Trip Le Vernis Nail Gloss, limited edition (CAN $31.00) | One of the star pieces of the collection and released in a unique new format, Sunrise Trip is an electric purple/indigo/inky super glossy lacquer shade in a hybrid ultra-jelly/crème formula – with a whole new set of application rules as well. On the plus side, it’s incredibly shiny — so much so, that it really doesn’t need a top coat, and is in a colour unlike anything I’ve ever come across from either CHANEL or any other brand, for that matter. It also happens to be strangely non-staining upon removal, which was unexpected considering the deep purple base (but I’m totally not complaining).

Now for the cons: the formula is thick — as in quite thick, with an elastic-y spring-back effect that takes some getting used to, and thus making it somewhat challenging to apply. You need to almost load up your brush and work relatively fast in order to maintain an even level of colour across the nail. Another issue is some bubbling that can occur, especially if the ambient temperature of the room is a little cool, which is where a top coat can help smooth that over, even though this product doesn’t exactly need a top coat – at least, certainly not for shine. The last issue is not with the product itself but with the brush; mine was slightly splayed out at the tip and stiffer than I prefer, making it tricky even for someone with my experience to get the shade to apply the way it looks in the swatch photos below. Note: it should be said that this is the first time in my 30+ years of collecting CHANEL polishes, that I’ve ever had a brush like this.

All that being said, I still absolutely LOVE this shade because it’s just so damn unique in my collection and that makes it worth every little ache and pain.

CHANEL Sunrise Trip Nail Gloss macro

CHANEL | 683 Sunrise Trip Le Vernis Nail Gloss

CHANEL Sunrise Trip Nail Gloss swatch 1

CHANEL | 683 Sunrise Trip Le Vernis Nail Gloss swatch (1 coat)

CHANEL Sunrise Trip Nail Gloss swatch 2

CHANEL | 683 Sunrise Trip Le Vernis Nail Gloss swatch (2 coats)

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CHANEL | 683 Sunrise Trip Le Vernis Nail Gloss swatch (2 coats)

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CHANEL | 683 Sunrise Trip Le Vernis Nail Gloss swatch (2 coats)

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CHANEL | 683 Sunrise Trip Le Vernis Nail Gloss

 

With Summer collections rolling out at counters nationwide, there’s still time to score some of the lovelies of this L.A Sunrise Collection, and for CHANEL fans, you owe it to yourself to check out these unique new shades. Don’t let the limited edition title scare you off, as many counters could very well still have items stashed away – all you need to do is ask!

Available at The Bay, Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom and Saks stores nationwide (Canada). Find more information on the collection via www.chanel.com

CHANEL LA Sunrise Spring 2016 closer

 

 

Product samples kindly provided for my unbiased consideration