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Dior 5 Couleurs | 796 Cuir Cannage

 

Dior Cuir Cannage opener new

 

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

 

Dior 5 Couleurs – The Film

 

Dior Cuir Cannage compact - Version 2

Dior 5 Couleurs | 796 Cuir Cannage

 

Dior Cuir Cannage label - Version 2

Dior 5 Couleurs | 796 Cuir Cannage

 

Dior Cuir Cannage

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

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

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

 

Dior Cuir Cannage 2 - Version 2

Dior 5 Couleurs | 796 Cuir Cannage

 

Dior Cuir Cannage macro

Dior 5 Couleurs | 796 Cuir Cannage

 

Dior Cuir Cannage macro flash

Dior 5 Couleurs | 796 Cuir Cannage (with flash)

 Dior Cuir Cannage swatched dry

Dior 5 Couleurs | 796 Cuir Cannage, swatched dry

 

Dior Cuir Cannage swatched damp

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

 

Dior Cuir Cannage with CHANEL comparisons flash

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

 

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

Dior Cuir Cannage vs CHANEL Tissé Rivoli & Poésie swatches

Dior 5 Couleurs | 796 Cuir Cannage and comparsion swatches

 

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

Dior Cuir Cannage vs CHANEL Eclosion & Séduction

Dior 5 Couleurs | 796 Cuir Cannage and comparsion swatches

 

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

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

 

Dior Cuir Cannage closer

Press sample provided for my unbiased consideration

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

CHANEL Rouge Allure Gloss opener

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

CHANEL Rouge Allure Gloss tubes

 

CHANEL | Rouge Allure Gloss

 

CHANEL Rouge Allure Gloss wands

CHANEL | Rouge Allure Gloss

 

CHANEL Rouge Allure Gloss wands macro

CHANEL | Rouge Allure Gloss

 

CHANEL Rouge Allure Gloss open tube

CHANEL | Rouge Allure Gloss, pop-up closure feature

 

CHANEL Rouge Allure Gloss swatches

CHANEL | Rouge Allure Gloss

 

CHANEL #12 Exotique

CHANEL | Rouge Allure Gloss #12 Exotique

 

CHANEL #12 Exotique macro

CHANEL | Rouge Allure Gloss #12 Exotique

 

CHANEL #12 Exotique swatch

CHANEL | Rouge Allure Gloss #12 Exotique

 

CHANEL #15 Sensible

CHANEL | Rouge Allure Gloss #15 Sensible

 

CHANEL #15 Sensible macro

CHANEL | Rouge Allure Gloss #15 Sensible

 

CHANEL #15 Sensible swatch

CHANEL | Rouge Allure Gloss #15 Sensible

 

CHANEL #20 Audace

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

 

CHANEL #20 Audace macro

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

 

CHANEL #20 Audace swatch

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

 

CHANEL #18 Séduction mini open

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

 

CHANEL #18 Séduction mini

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

 

CHANEL #18 Séduction swatch

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

 

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

 

CHANEL Rouge Allure Gloss closer

Products purchased by me

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

 

UD Mrs. Mia Wallace polish opener new

 

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

 

UD Mrs. Mia Wallace polish box

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

 

UD Mrs. Mia Wallace polish label

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

 

UD Mrs. Mia Wallace polish open box

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

 

UD Mrs. Mia Wallace Nail Color

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

 

UD Mrs. Mia Wallace Nail Color macro

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

 

UD Mrs. Mia Wallace polish cap

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

 

UD Mrs. Mia Wallace polish logo

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

 

UD Mrs. Mia Wallace polish brush

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

 

UD Mrs. Mia Wallace polish swatch

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

 

UD Mrs. Mia Wallace polish swatch 2

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

 

UD Mrs. Mia Wallace polish swatch 3

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

 

UD Mrs. Mia Wallace polish & comps

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:

 

UD Mrs. Mia Wallace polish closer

*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

 

CHANEL Secret, Atmosphere & Orage macro

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

 

CHANEL Secret, Atmosphere & Orage 2

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.

 

CHANEL #625 Secret swatch 2

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.

 

CHANEL #631 Orage swatch 2

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

 

CHANEl Orage & Atmosphere swatch 2

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)

 

CHANEL Fall 2014 polishes closer

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 …

 

CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow with ad

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)

 

CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow

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

 

CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow 2

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.

 

CHANEL No 01 Healthy Glow macro

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)

 

CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow closer

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.

 

CHANEL Rose des Vents

CHANEL #94 Rose des Vents

 CHANEL Rose des Vents closed

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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