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Urban Decay | Mrs. Mia Wallace Nail Color (LE), Pulp Fiction Collection

 

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From the movie that spawned a nail polish colour (dark, blood red) that became a world-wide cult trend, Pulp Fiction celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and Urban Decay has recently released a capsule collection commemorating the event. Starring Mrs. Mia Wallace Nail Color, this shade will definitely help you channel your inner mob-girl vamp … or at least, your nails will.

The ingredients that are needed to create a ‘cult following’, are not obvious, but after decades of the same old/same old in the world of nail lacquer (read that as: neutrals, pinks & reds), the beauty world was ripe for something new, something avant-garde … something that would make us all sit up and take notice. What most people don’t know about the by now-iconic vampy hue worn in Pulp Fiction by Mrs. Mia Wallace (portrayed by Uma Thurman), was that it was actually inspired by black marker; CHANEL’s legendary #18 Rouge Noir that was worn in the film, was never seen on the fashion runway as most people believe – although the dark nail trend was born then just the same; at the last minute, models’ nails were quickly coloured in with black marker before hitting the catwalk, which subsequently sparked the birth of a deep & edgy nail shade, #18 Rouge Noir.

The year was 1994 when Pulp Fiction exploded onto our consciousness, and apart from making religious rhetoric combined with foul language fashionable, giving rise to an entire new beauty trend, and getting to see John Travolta dance on the big screen once more (for those of you too young to remember Saturday Night Fever, go rent it), something even more exciting happened to me: I gave birth to my beautiful daughter. Oh yeah, I also bought the first run of CHANEL’s #18 Rouge Noir, which I still have AND still wear to this day – 20 years later, but now Mrs. Mia Wallace will be sharing the spotlight with it.

 

Mrs. Mia Wallace

Uma Thurman as Mrs. Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction

 

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Urban Decay | Mrs. Mia Wallace Nail Color (LE), Pulp Fiction Collection

 

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Urban Decay | Mrs. Mia Wallace Nail Color (LE), Pulp Fiction Collection

 

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Urban Decay | Mrs. Mia Wallace Nail Color (LE), Pulp Fiction Collection

 

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Mrs. Mia Wallace Nail Color, Limited Edition (CAN $18.00) | I am obsessed with details and this product pushes all the right buttons: for starters, there’s the instantly recognizable lettering on the box along with a [blood]red interior bearing a printed excerpt from the movie, followed by the bottle cap – adorned with a skull on top – that has been re-issued in a darkly shimmering jet black colour. The lacquer is a deep blood-red hue which bears a cool-leaning blue undertone in the base, and filled with ultra fine shimmer in shades of bronze, copper and oxidized gold to balance it all out, making it suitable for all skin tones. There’s an amazing overall depth of tone to Mrs. Mia Wallace, and the final look is as though nails are lit from beneath – the glow that emanates from the nail centres is mesmerizing, at other times giving off a look of lustrous moiré satin. The formula is medium-thick in consistency which works in this shade’s favour, helping it stay exactly where placed without any pooling along the cuticles or nail edges. Highly pigmented, the first coat shows the bluer base notes which darkens significantly by a second coat – all of it laying down in a completely self-levelling & brush stroke-free way, coming to a high gloss natural finish. Due to the intense colour saturation, do not skip applying base coat first, to avoid any possible staining. Coats applied: 2, plus top coat

NOTE: The brush is long, tapered, and thinner than what we’ve seen lately (most brands seem to be heading to bushier, chiselled, and/or shorter brushes) and according to Urban Decay, is made with ‘a 400-strand brush to pick up & deposit more product’. There’s a flexibility to the brush that had me re-thinking the way I usually apply my polish and even though it felt a little floppier than what I’m used to, the pro is that it makes for a very precise application – something very good to have when dealing with a shade this pigmented.

In deference to Pulp Fiction‘s ‘Nail Polish Hall of Fame‘ status (yes, I made that up but seriously, I can’t think of any other movie that had such an impact on nail polish), I decided to show Mrs. Mia Wallace alongside CHANEL’s #18 Rouge Noir (reviewed here), and included CHANEL’s #637 Malice (reviewed here) due to the closer colour match (see last swatch). How they compared:

  • CHANEL #18 Rouge Noir (2 coats) Same base hue as Mrs. Mia Wallace, but without any shimmer and which appears browner beside the rest (more dried than fresh blood)
  • CHANEL #637 Malice (2 coats) Similar tone to Mrs. Mia Wallace, although several degrees deeper and with magenta ultra fine shimmer

 

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Urban Decay | Mrs. Mia Wallace Nail Color (LE), Pulp Fiction Collection

 

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Urban Decay | Mrs. Mia Wallace Nail Color (LE), Pulp Fiction Collection – skull detail on cap

 

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Urban Decay | Mrs. Mia Wallace Nail Color (LE), Pulp Fiction Collection – raised logo detail

 

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Urban Decay | Mrs. Mia Wallace Nail Color (LE), Pulp Fiction Collection – closer look at the brush

 

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Urban Decay | Mrs. Mia Wallace Nail Color (LE), Pulp Fiction Collection

 

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Urban Decay | Mrs. Mia Wallace Nail Color (LE), Pulp Fiction Collection

 

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Urban Decay | Mrs. Mia Wallace Nail Color (LE), Pulp Fiction Collection

 

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Urban Decay | Mrs. Mia Wallace Nail Color (LE), Pulp Fiction Collection vs. CHANEL #18 Rouge Nior & #637 Malice

 

Deep red hues are not that rare anymore, but even in this colour family, Mrs. Mia Wallace stands out; I know that a lacquer is special, when I don’t want to remove it. There’s a pulsating intensity to this shade – a look of freshly spilled blood, if you will – which makes it all the more perfect when you consider the inspiration behind it. The fact that it’s drop-dead gorgeous, doesn’t hurt either. Plus, I love the little skull on the cap.

Available through select Shopper’s Drug Mart stores (Canada), Sephora, and Urban Decay. Find more information:

 

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*Disclosure: Press sample provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

CHANEL | Le Vernis Secret, Atmosphère & Orage – Collection États Poétiques Fall 2014

CHANEL Fall 2014 polishes opener

 

CHANEL has released three new nail lacquers with their Fall 2014 États Poétiques Collection, #625 Secret – a nude crème, #629 Atmosphère – a pearly duo chrome, and #631 Orage – a dusty navy. I absolutely love Fall launches (the cosmetics, not the fact that the weather’s cooling) and look forward to wearing deeper and more jewel-like tones, but I also appreciate how these 3 new CHANEL shades will work beautifully throughout the entire year – versatile, as well as gorgeous.

 

CHANEL Secret, Atmosphere & Orage

CHANEL États Poétiques Collection | Le Vernis #625 Secret, #629 Atmosphère, #631 Orage

 

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CHANEL États Poétiques Collection | Le Vernis #625 Secret, #629 Atmosphère, #631 Orage

 

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CHANEL États Poétiques Collection | Le Vernis #625 Secret, #629 Atmosphère, #631 Orage

 

CHANEL #625 Secret swatch

#625 Secret (CAN $27.00) | A nude crème hue with a combination of pale pink & light beige/mauve undertones (will suit both cool and warm skin tones), in a formula that bears jelly-like properties: self-levelling, plush finish and ultra glossy. Managing to be both crisp/clean looking as well as diffused, this is a modern yet totally feminine shade with no hints of chalkiness whatsoever. On shorter nails, 2 coats will give good coverage, while longer nails may need a 3rd layer for complete opacity. Biggest surprise? How much I absolutely LOVE the way this shade looks on me – not to mention how easy it is to apply. Coats: 3 (thin), plus top coat

With 1 coat of #629 Atmosphère layered on top, it gives a unique iridescence to #625 Secret – at times grey-tinged, at others golden, but always with a pink shimmery glow in the middle. So hard to capture in photos, but a truly gorgeous combination.

 

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CHANEL États Poétiques Collection | Le Vernis #625 Secret (in sunlight)

 

CHANEL Secret & Atmosphere swatch

CHANEL États Poétiques Collection | Le Vernis #625 Secret with 1 coat of #629 Atmosphère layered on top

 

CHANEL Secret & Atmosphere swatch 2

CHANEL États Poétiques Collection | Le Vernis #625 Secret with 1 coat of #629 Atmosphère layered on top (in sunlight)

 

CHANEL #629 Atmosphere swatch

#629 Atmosphère (CAN $27.00) | A semi-sheer pearly grey base hue with violet/pink, gold and more random green prismatic colour shifts – although the pink/violet colour flashes the most dominant. A steady hand is needed here to avoid any visible brush strokes, which does tend to level out somewhat on its own just the same. For a subtle look, this shade can be worn alone (1 coat gives decent coverage, 2 coats intensifies the duo chrome effect and adds to the opacity) and depending on your preferences, anywhere from 2-3 coats should do but layering #629 Atmosphère over any other shade is best for bringing out its multi-dimensional beauty. Coats: 2, plus top coat

 

CHANEL #629 Atmosphere swatch 2

CHANEL États Poétiques Collection | Le Vernis #629 Atmosphère

 

CHANEL #631 Orage swatch

#631 Orage (CAN $27.00) | A dusty navy blue with strong charcoal grey undertones with CHANEL’s ‘secret’ shimmer (mainly visible in sunlight), in a jelly-esque formula: self levelling, cushiony look, and super glossy at the finish. The first coat lays down slightly sheer, but becomes totally opaque by the 2nd layer and even though the shimmer is ultra-fine and all but invisible in deeper light, it still serves to add an overall lustrous depth of tone. BONUS: non staining upon removal. Coats: 2, plus top coat

One coat of #629 Atmosphère layered over #631 Orage, does all kinds of crazy wonderful things, with too many colour shifts to count: pink, green, gold, amber, grey, as well as unique gradient effects seen under certain lighting.

 

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CHANEL États Poétiques Collection | Le Vernis #631 Orage (in sunlight)

 

CHANEL Orage & Atmosphere swatch

CHANEL États Poétiques Collection | Le Vernis #631 Orage with 1 coat of #629 Atmosphère layered on top

 

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CHANEL États Poétiques Collection | Le Vernis #631 Orage with 1 coat of #629 Atmosphère layered on top (in sunlight)

 

While all three shades are new releases from CHANEL, nothing I’ve come across lists them as limited edition so I’ll assume they’re to become permanent (if anyone has other information on that, let me know). Of the three, I absolutely adore #625 Secret – mainly for how beautifully this nude works against my skin tone, but for the formula as well, and #631 Orage because I find near-black shades like this very sexy. There’s no denying #629 Atmosphère is pretty to look at, but I find that it didn’t impress me as much and therefore not a must-have … unless you’re a CHANEL collector like me (damn this addiction).

Available now, I purchased mine through The Bay (Canada)

 

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CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour SPF 15 N° 01 & N° 02 (Limited Edition)

CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow opener

 

Following the huge & instant success of the Les Beiges range of face powders released last year (see my review here), CHANEL has launched 2 new – and limited edition – versions for 2014: Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour SPF 15 N° 01 & N° 02. Combining a highlighter, face powder, and blush in one compact, the key word here is ‘subtle’, as these are meant to impart a healthy and natural looking glow to the face.

And if that doesn’t get you, then there’s that signature beige lacquered casing …

 

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CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour SPF 15 N° 01 & N° 02

 

CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow boxes

CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour SPF 15 N° 01 & N° 02

 

CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow ingredients

CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour SPF 15 N° 01 & N° 02 (ingredients list)

 

CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow compacts & pouch

CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour SPF 15 N° 01 & N° 02

 

CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow compacts

CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour SPF 15 N° 01 & N° 02

 

CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow with brush

CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour SPF 15 N° 01 & N° 02 (included demi-lune brush)

 

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CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour SPF 15 N° 01 & N° 02

 

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CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour SPF 15 N° 01 & N° 02

 

CHANEL No 01 Healthy Glow

Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour SPF 15 N° 01 (CAN $64.00) – In the same square lacquered casing and beige colour as the earlier Les beiges compacts, each with its own demi-lune brush housed inside, N° 01 is the lighter of the two compacts and offers 3 stripes of colour: an oyster highlighter, a light tan face powder, and a peachy pink blush. Each segment is wide enough that it can be applied individually by using a narrower-headed brush, if desired (might be a bit tricky, but it can still be done). Combined, the 3 tones produce a more diffused and lightly tinted effect; by concentrating more on the lower portions of the compact, you can dial up the intensity – but only slightly, in particular with this trio. There is very little powdery kickback upon swirling my brush along the surface of the palette and even through multiple uses, I love how the 3 shades don’t get muddied up all together. The powder itself has that patented ultra-fine CHANEL shimmer seen on the surface, but translates into a more matte-luminous finish on the skin, not the glowy type, but more of a natural radiance.

My favourite method of applying N° 01, is by using a powder brush (such as the CHANEL #1 Powder Brush) for an all-over dusting using all three shades, then going in with a smaller headed brush and concentrating more on the blush portion, which I then add to the apples of the cheeks. This gives a natural looking flush to the skin, albeit not as evident on my lightly tanned skin now, but still enough to add a spot of colour. Another option for N° 01, is to use it as a setting powder that also happens to have a slight tint to it – this will impart a nice warmth and overall even tone to the skin, while setting your foundation at the same time.

N° 01 is definitely better suited for fair to light complexions, as the tanned portion will not overpower natural skin tones, but rather give a very gentle and believable tint. Darker complexions (light to medium) will probably find that while this trio doesn’t show up as overtly on the skin, it can still enhance the complexion by giving it a radiant (but very subtle) flush of colour, although those with the darkest complexions will not find much use for these 3 shades at all – be warned.

 

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CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour SPF 15 N° 01

 

CHANEL No 01 Healthy Glow label

CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour SPF 15 N° 01

 CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow N° 01 swatch

CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour SPF 15 N° 01

 

CHANEL No 02 Healthy Glow

Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour SPF 15 N° 02 (CAN $64.00) – The darker and more ‘bronzer-looking’ of the two shades offered, N° 02 is sublime (at least, on my skin tone). The 3 hues – a champagne highlighter, a warm tan middle portion, and a salmon tinged blusher, should suit all complexions, except for the very fairest, where it may fall too dark. As with N° 01, the three segments can be used individually, although I found the effect of this compact to be much more wearable when all the tones are swirled together. Leaning on the lighter end of the spectrum as far as bronzers go, you can certainly intensify the depth with multiple passes of your brush, but just remember that it is meant to provide that carefree and oh-so-very French ‘bonne mine‘ (which directly translates to ‘good looks’) effect, and not perform as a true bronzer.

TIP: While I don’t often use the brushes that can come with such compacts, I do make an exception for the demi-lune (and natural bristle) brush included here, as I find it gives a good light and even wash when swept across the face – no need to carry any extra tools with you.

After applying a light dusting but concentrating more on the planes of the face, ie: cheekbones, bridge of the nose, temples – by using a large headed brush (such as the CHANEL #1 Powder Brush), I like going in with a denser-headed brush (such as the CHANEL Les Beiges Retractable Kabuki Brush) and buffing N° 02 into the skin – this gives a soft-focus look and overall seamless finish. Once again, the shimmer on these finely-milled powders is there more to provide depth and luminosity (think: sunlight hitting your face), not any overt glow (as a highlighter can).

 

CHANEL No 02 Healthy Glow macro

CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour SPF 15 N° 02

 

CHANEL No 02 Healthy Glow label

CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour SPF 15 N° 02

 CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow N° 02 swatch

CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour SPF 15 N° 02

 

Being a CHANEL fiend has its drawbacks: resistance is futile. Happily, my addiction indulgence in this brand has yet to leave me disappointed and if there’s one thing CHANEL knows with absolute certainty how to do, it’s to create face powders of incredibly superb quality. Of the two compacts, I would have to say that N° 02 is my favourite and the one I turn to more often, primarily because I have a touch more colour to my face now – although I do like the look of N° 01 when added on top as a blush – the two work incredibly well together, but a similar effect can also be achieved using a separate blush. It basically comes down to 2 things: availability (these are limited edition and will soon be gone from shelves) and personal skin tone/preference. I hedged my bets by getting both.

I purchased mine through The Bay (Canada)

 

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CHANEL Illusion d’Ombre #94 Rose des Vents (LE), Jardin des Camélias Collection

CHANEL Rose des Vents opener

 

Along with the Jardin Zen eyeshadow quad (reviewed here), CHANEL has also released #94 Rose des Vents (limited edition) as part of the Jardin des Camélias Collection, a true pink hue with loads of smooth shimmer in their cult-fave Illusion d’Ombre format. There’s a beautiful versatility to #94 Rose des Vents, with its ability to be either worn alone for a quick swipe of bright colour, or used as the foundation to layer a matching shade on top for more drama, and this shade in particular, seems to draw light and warmth to the eyes.

 

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CHANEL #94 Rose des Vents

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CHANEL #94 Rose des Vents

 

CHANEL Rose des Vents label

CHANEL #94 Rose des Vents

 CHANEL Rose des Vents 2

Illusion d’Ombre #94 Rose des Vents, Limited Edition (CAN $38.00) – A medium-deep pink hue which leans neither too cool nor too warm,with finely milled & incredibly brilliant shimmer, in CHANEL’s innovative crème format. For those unfamiliar with the Illusion d’Ombre range, the texture is a mousse/crème/gel hybrid with a soft spongy feel upon touching it. Experience has shown that using your fingers for application is best, although synthetic haired brushes are also recommended (natural bristle brushes absorb too much product, resulting in a patchier application). Once applied, you can definitely then go in with your usual blending brush to smooth out any edges, if desired. The wear time will depend on your lids and skin type; as my eyelids tend to run more oily than dry, I absolutely need a primer first. Without primer, I can get about maximum 2 hours before I see noticeable ceasing, but with a primer underneath, the wear time is then extended easily past the 9 hour mark for me.

As this formula isn’t quick-setting, you have time to build it up for more intensity or blend it with other eyeshadows (powder or crème). I noticed absolutely no fallout with #94 Rose des Vents, primarily due to its shimmer being of the smoothly laying variety, as opposed to chunky glitter.With its complex mix of gold and slight bluish glints, this is a highly complimentary pink shade for basically all skin tones and eye colours (not to mention absolutely no fear of looking like you’ve got an eye infection).

 

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CHANEL #94 Rose des Vents

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CHANEL #94 Rose des Vents

 CHANEL Rose des Vents swatch

CHANEL #94 Rose des Vents

 

CHANEL Rose des Vents & comparisons

There are two other CHANEL Illusion d’Ombre shades in the pink range, but as can be easily seen in the above photo, neither is remotely similar to #94 Rose des Vents. How they compared:

  • #93 Impulsion – The palest in tone, with a stronger white/silver shimmer, cool leaning
  • #88 Abstraction (reviewed here) – Looking more peach beside the other two, shimmer slightly more toned down, warmer leaning

 

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CHANEL Illusion d’Ombre #94 Rose des Vents, #93 Impulsion, and #88 Abstraction

 CHANEL Rose des Vents & Comparison swatches

CHANEL Illusion d’Ombres #94 Rose des Vents, #93 Impulsion, and #88 Abstraction

 

You might say that I have a bit of an obsession in collecting CHANEL’s Illusion d’Ombre shades (only Rivière, has managed to elude me – which was never released here in Canada) and even though they are definitely nowhere near as long-lasting as the brand claims, or come close to the iron-clad staying power of the Armani Eyes to Kill Intense line of eyeshadows, there is still something very ephemeral about the tone and look that the Illusion d’Ombre shades can give to the eyes. #94 Rose des Vents is a welcome addition to my collection – unique in tone, yet still a most totally wearable vibrant & shimmery shade. Just perfect for hot Summer nights, no?

Purchased from The Bay (Canada), available now and part of CHANEL’s limited edition Jardin des Camélias Collection.

 

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CHANEL Ombres Tracées Jardin Zen (LE), Jardin des Camélias Collection 2014

CHANEL Jardin Zen & Rose des Vents opener

 

Taking inspiration from Gabrielle Coco’s love of the camellia flower but fused with a Japanese Zen aesthetic, the latest capsule collection to be released from CHANEL, Jardin des Camélias, is an elegant and soft-spoken grouping of products. The Ombres Tracées Jardin Zen quad, showcased in today’s post, features a quartet of silky hues with an intricate embossing on its surface – reminiscent of a Japanese Zen Sand Garden with its undulating lines – and holds shades that range from satin, luminous, to semi-matte, in the European baked formula that can be applied either dry, or dampened for more emphasis.

This past Sunday was Mother’s Day, and I am fortunate to be blessed with a daughter who knows my weaknesses (CHANEL) well, and who gifted me with this stunning eyeshadow quad and accompanying Illusion d’Ombre #94 Rose des Vents, limited edition (to be reviewed soon).

 

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 CHANEL Jardin des Camélias Collection 2014

 

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Japanese Zen Garden (source)

 

CHANEL Jardon Zen quad

CHANEL Ombres Tracées Jardin Zen, Limited Edition (CAN $66.00) – The four shades of the quad are (clockwise from the top left): gray/mauve, champagne/oyster, glimmering ebony, and dusty pink. Bearing a finely milled texture, each shade (with the exception of the darkest) is a study is subtle colour when applied dry – although still buildable, but given much more drama when applied damp (see swatch photo). The colours all blend beautifully and easily, and I didn’t notice any significant powdery kickback when I swirled my brush in any of the shades. Each colour holds that sophisticated unique CHANEL shimmer, which may not be overt (definitely seen in the pan, however), but serves to add a beautiful overall depth of tone. Lasting power (on primed lids) extends easily past the 10 hour mark with no creasing or fading.

 

CHANEL Jardin Zen quad pouch

CHANEL Ombres Tracées Jardin Zen, Limited Edition

 

CHANEL Jardin Zen compact

CHANEL Ombres Tracées Jardin Zen, Limited Edition

 

CHANEL Jardin Zen label

CHANEL Ombres Tracées Jardin Zen, Limited Edition

 

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CHANEL Ombres Tracées Jardin Zen, Limited Edition

 

CHANEL Jardin Zen quad 3

CHANEL Ombres Tracées Jardin Zen, Limited Edition

 

CHANEL Jardin Zen quad 4

CHANEL Ombres Tracées Jardin Zen, Limited Edition

 

CHANEL Jardin Zen quad 5

CHANEL Ombres Tracées Jardin Zen, Limited Edition

 

CHANEL Jardin Zen quad 6

CHANEL Ombres Tracées Jardin Zen, Limited Edition

 

CHANEL Jardin Zen macro

CHANEL Ombres Tracées Jardin Zen, Limited Edition

 

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CHANEL Ombres Tracées Jardin Zen, Limited Edition

 

CHANEL Jardin Zen quad swatches

CHANEL Ombres Tracées Jardin Zen – swatches shown applied both dry (left) & wet (right)

 

That this is an understated grouping of colours, is a given; it may also pass undetected by most, given the fact that no major fanfare seemed to accompany this collection. If its high-voltage impact you seek in your eyeshadows, then the Ombres Tracées Jardin Zen quad will fall short of expectations. In my opinion, however, this quartet of shades is actually quite sublime; their silky/satiny texture makes them eminently wearable, while the colours will suit a variety of skin tones and compliment eyes to the max. Then there’s the design: like miniature works of art for your eyes.

 

Purchased from The Bay (Canada)

 

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CHANEL – Joues Contraste #88 Vivacité & #89 Canaille, limited edition

CHANEL Vivacite & Canaille opener

 

Launched with the recently released Perfection Lumière Velvet Collection from CHANEL, are two limited edition blushes in the Joues Contraste Powder Blush formula, #88 Vivacité and #89 Canaille – both highly pigmented and despite their vivid appearance, have the uncanny ability to suit a large variety of skin tones. I was immediately drawn to the lush magenta hue of #88 Vivacité, but #89 Canaille‘s unique warmth called to me as well – a couple of quick counter swatches later, and they were both on their way home with me.

 

CHANEL Vivacite & Canaille

CHANEL Joues Contraste Powder Blush #89 Canaille & #88 Vivacité

 

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CHANEL Joues Contraste Powder Blush #89 Canaille & #88 Vivacité

 

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CHANEL Joues Contraste Powder Blush #88 Vivacité & #89 Canaille

 

CHANEL Vivacite

Joues Contraste Powder Blush #88 Vivacité (CAN $48.00) – A deep magenta hue in a velvet powder baked formula, scented with CHANEL’s signature rose fragrance (which doesn’t last past the initial application – at least not to my nose). While there’s no discernible shimmer or shine, this highly pigmented blush leaves a lush layer of colour on the skin; semi-matte but not flat looking. You would think that the purple undertones might make this shade appear cool-leaning, but its intensity helps it suit even warmer complexions. As #88 Vivacité is incredibly colour-saturated, a light hand in application is definitely advised – one light swipe of your brush, tapped first to remove any excess, can be all you need per cheek. Another option that I personally like, is to use a fan brush; this gives the most believable flush of colour.

I’ve seen #88 Vivacité applied on a variety of skin tones, and what impressed me from the start, is how incredibly brightening it is on everyone – as though it supplies luminosity to the face, along with a gorgeously youthful hue to the cheeks. This shade is even perfect for very dark complexions, as unlike other pink blushes, it will actually show up along the skin without any ashiness.

 

CHANEL Vivacite label

 

 

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CHANEL Vivacite 3

 

 

CHANEL Vivacite swatch

 

 

CHANEL Vivacite swatch 2

 

 

CHANEL Canaille

Joues Contraste Powder Blush #89 Canaille (CAN $48.00) – A rich cinnamon bark hue with ultra-fine pink/peach shimmer in CHANEL’s baked powder blush formula, and scented with the signature rose fragrance the brand is known for. As with #88 Vivacité, this shade is also incredibly colour saturated and a little goes a long way. Despite its warm-leaning tendencies, the finely milled shimmer adds a unique touch which should also help this colour suit cooler complexions as well. The beauty of #89 Canaille, is that it can perform double-duty both as a blush and/or a bronzer, making it a very versatile investment.

With the warmer weather finally here, this shade will be the perfect complement to lightly tanned skin, as it can add a light touch of colour (just make sure to not load up your brush first) as well as a subtle glow from the shimmer – and all you’ll need for skin that looks luminously sunkissed.

 

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CHANEL Canaille swatch

 

 

CHANEL Canaille swatch 2

 

 

Somehow, and only as CHANEL can, this brand has managed to not only create two very original blush shades, but has taken what can appear as scary-pigmented colour and made it 100% workable. Understanding the limitations of such incredibly saturated hues goes a long way in how successfully you’ll apply them, where following the ‘”you can always add more, but you can’t take away” mantra will serve you well indeed. Do you need #88 Vivacité & #89 Canaille? Yes, if you’re a) a CHANEL addict fan and b) if you’re looking for unique additions to your personal collection. I can’t think of a good NO reason.

I purchased these at The Bay (Canada), but they are also available at Holt Renfrew – just bear in mind that they are limited edition.

 

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CHANEL – Dentelle Précieuse Illuminating Powder (LE)

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Drawing inspiration from the delicate lace enhancing their haute couture designs, CHANEL introduces Dentelle Précieuse Illuminating Powder. Embossed with an intricate lace pattern (which, by the way, you’d swear upon initially viewing it, as being real fabric), the three complimentary hues of beige, rose, and copper add a soft luminosity and warmth to the face. If you can bear to dip a brush in it, that is.

Unlike oversprays, the life-like lace pattern printed on the surface of Dentelle Précieuse (CAN $76.00) doesn’t vanish the instant your brush touches it. This ultra-finely milled and relatively unscented powder is unique in several ways; not exactly a finishing powder nor a highlighter, it’s like a hybrid of the two, as it adds a light touch of colour (think really really light bronzer) but enhanced with a kind of softly glowing shimmer, like the way your skin would look in candlelight. Housed in a protective velveteen pouch, the accompanying angled soft natural-hair brush is actually quite usable, although I prefer my own brushes for the job. NOTE: the last 2 Illuminating Powders CHANEL has released both came with a rounded sponge applicator that was tricky to use at best – so I’m happy to see that the brand went back to the original angled brush format (as seen in the photo below of the 4 powders together).

I’ve worn Dentelle Précieuse a number of ways – on bare skin for a subtle sheen, over foundation but before blush – which gives a hint of a glow, and finally as a last step in my makeup routine, ie: over foundation + blush and applied to upper cheekbones, bridge of the nose, and temples – the best way to draw light to those areas, and my preferred method as well. Wear time was quite good, especially over foundation, easily passing the 8 hour mark – without oxidizing (changing colour as it merges with the skin’s natural oils) or emphasizing pores, as most shimmery products usually do.

What I find absolutely original with Dentelle Précieuse, is the finished look it gives to the skin which appears softly lit and boasting the barest hint of colour, a nice alternative to more visible highlighters (and more natural looking as well). If subtlety isn’t your thing, then this product will not be for you but for those who prefer a more understated kind of glow, you need to track this down.

I encourage you to click to enlarge the following photos for a closer look at the pattern detail.

 

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CHANEL Dentelle Precieuse closed compact


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CHANEL Dentelle Precieuse swatch

CHANEL – Dentelle Précieuse Illuminating Powder swatch, in direct sunlight & blended out at right


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CHANEL – Dentelle Précieuse Illuminating Powder, seen indoors


CHANEL Dentelle Precieuse & comparisons

I pulled three other Illuminating Powders from my CHANEL collection (to keep the comparison consistent, I deliberately excluded any with deeper tones or with too many varying colours), and here’s how they compared to Dentelle Précieuse:

  • Mouche de Beauté (reviewed here) – closest in overall tone, although without the same multi-dimensional colour with a larger & more evident shimmer
  • Poudre Signée de CHANEL (reviewed here) – paler and more beige-leaning, similar texture in application, although the shimmer seems more pronounced
  • Lumière Sculptée de CHANEL (reviewed here) – lightest and more white-leaning with an extremely subtle shimmer, appears chalkier next to the rest


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CHANEL – Dentelle Précieuse Illuminating Powder & comparisons


CHANEL Dentelle Precieuse & comparisons swatch

CHANEL – Dentelle Précieuse Illuminating Powder & comparisons, in direct sunlight


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CHANEL – Dentelle Précieuse Illuminating Powder & comparisons, different lighting

 

The stars must have all been aligned or something, because I’m not exactly sure how I lucked out on this beauty, especially when you consider that all info released thus far has it as a France early exclusive, slated for launch on April 1. Yet here it is, in Canada and in my possession, no less. The collector in me would have no doubt scooped this up no matter what, but it turns out that Dentelle Précieuse might very well be the most amazing illuminating powder I have ever come across and totally backup-worthy. A must-have? I’d say yes, if you prefer your face powders on the understated side but which can still add light to the face and no, if a more visible look is what you’re going for. Either way, it’s worth a look, if only to marvel at the stunning design.

I picked mine up at The Bay (Canada).


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CHANEL Backstage Beauty – Spring/Summer 2014 Haute Couture

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This past Tuesday, January 21st, the venerable House of CHANEL held their Spring Summer 2014 Haute Couture show at the Grand Palais in Paris (not to be confused with the CHANEL Spring Summer 2014 Ready to Wear show), where the theme appeared to a fusion of futuristic/minimalist chic, displaying touches of ethereal fantasy via the use of prismatic sequins and the most delicate of feathers (the invitation to the show is seen in the opening photo). The exquisitely detailed fashion was grounded by some harsher touches with the help of halo effect manga-styled hair (all by Sam McKnight), the athletically inclined footwear, as well as the bold yet simple eye makeup (created by Peter Philips). Music was provided by well-known French singer/songwriter & multi-instrumentalist, Sébastien Tellier, which also included a full orchestra as well as an opera singer. The venue was both modern and organic, with rows of undulating seating for invited guests, and a rotating stage that held double staircases, nimbly used by the models. The wedding gown finale was lighthearted and visually stunning, as the model appeared in a simple but embellished sheath with a train accompanied by an angelic-looking boy, while Karl Lagerfeld appeared to take a last bow.

The looks created by Peter Philips seemed crystalline and pure; faces were left flawlessly bare with just the faintest hints of blush, while the lips appeared more toned down and just lightly tinted, leaving the eyes as the focus with their heavy & graphic black strokes of liner on the upper lid, winging out to an almost 60’s mod cat-eye, while thick lines of prismatic glitter lined the bottom lashes – bringing light to the entire face, and providing a clean contrast. The nails were subdued as well, displaying a soft pink tone, staying well in line with the entire theme.


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The venue: the nave of the Grand Palais, with its rotating stage and double staircases used by the models (behind the screen), and the organic looking auditorium style seating.

The following short video highlights some of the details behind the show:

 


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CHANEL Spring Summer 2014 Haute Couture, Bridal Gown


CHANEL SS 2014 Haute Couture details

The exquisite and iridescent beadwork, inspiration for the makeup look created by Peter Philips


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CHANEL Spring Summer 2014 Haute Couture


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Here’s the lowdown on the backstage kit straight from their make-up artists: Hydra Beauty was used to prep, Perfection Lumiere Velvet Eclat Lumiere foundation, Correcteur Perfection and Poude Universelle Libre powder was used as base. On the eyes artists used Ligne Graphique de Chanel in Noir-Noir, Le Crayon Khol in Clair, Mascara Le Volume de Chanel in Black and Chanel lash curlers, brow kit and pencil. For lips and cheeks they chose Joues Contraste in Espiegle and Rouge Coco Shine in Satisfaction. Fresh pink Le Vernis in Frisson was used on the nails. All by Chanel, naturellement. (source)


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CHANEL Spring Summer 2014 Haute Couture


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CHANEL Spring Summer 2014 Haute Couture

 

To say that I am in love with every single look from this show (although I could probably do without the knee and elbow pads seen on some of the models), would be a serious understatement. The lightness of the clothing, coupled with the iridescent detailing and the sheer fluidity of it all, left me breathless. Mlle. Coco’s classic tweed ensembles were given a boost with sculptural waistlines, yet still managed to stay true to its original spirit, appearing fresh and new again. I even want to try and recreate that visually arresting eye makeup, although I’m guaranteed to be stared at funny. I don’t care; I loved it. Bravo, Herr Lagerfeld … bravo.

Photo credits: Vincent Lappartient for CHANEL, Vogue


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The following 14 minute video is the entire Spring Summer 2014 show, and I was riveted the entire time – enjoy!

 

CHANEL Joues Contraste #84 Accent (LE) – Holiday 2013 & comparisons

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For Holiday 2013, the House of CHANEL has released a small-scale collection, filled with products that are exquisitely made and in completely wearable hues. While several items caught my eye, the Joues Contraste Powder Blush in #84 Accent seemed to stand out; there’s just something about it … something special, but in a completely understated way.


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CHANEL – Joues Contraste #84 Accent


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Joues Contraste #84 Accent Powder Blush (CAN $48.00) – A tawny/taupe hue with the barest hints of mauve and peach in the base to warm it up, and bearing an incredibly fine shimmer throughout. Surprisingly pigmented for a light shade, there was hardly any powdery kickback when I swirled my brush in the pan. Application couldn’t be easier as well, as this shade blends beautifully and seamlessly into the skin, while the shimmer serves to add a gorgeous yet soft, luminous glow. Lasting power was quite good – going easily 9 hours before any significant fading.

Don’t let the tan colour in the pan fool you; this is a universally flattering shade that will suit a broad range of skin tones, except for perhaps the darkest – where it probably won’t really show up at all.


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CHANEL – Joues Contraste #84 Accent


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CHANEL – Joues Contraste #84 Accent


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CHANEL – Joues Contraste #84 Accent (with flash)


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CHANEL – Joues Contraste #84 Accent (blended out on the right)


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CHANEL – Notorious (left) & Joues Contraste #84 Accent 

When the first promotional images began circulating, I assumed that #84 Accent was very similar to Notorious (previously reviewed here), but as can be clearly seen in the photos, they are nothing alike.


CHANEL Accent vs Notorious swatch

CHANEL – Joues Contraste #84 Accent & Notorious swatches


CHANEl Accent blush with comparisons

I then pulled out all similarly coloured blushes in my collection to compare to #84 Accent and while a couple looked like contenders, I was happy to note that none had the same tone or finish.

  • MAC Harmony – close in base tone, but without any shimmer
  • NARS Douceur – significantly lighter and less pigmented, similar base hue
  • MAC Garb – peachier and lighter hued
  • MAC Get-Away Bronze – the darkest, more orange toned and with an obvious golden shimmer


CHANEL Accent and comps swatches

CHANEL – Joues Contraste #84 Accent & comparisons

 

This is a blush that I find myself turning to almost on a daily basis. Perfect for when you want a light and natural looking flush along the skin, it also lends itself well to be used as a contour, then adding a pop of brighter colour on the apples of the cheeks. Note that this is a limited edition item (big mistake, CHANEL – you need to make this permanent) and still available at counters – but not for long, as the Spring 2014 Collection has already started making its appearance.


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