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CHANEL SS/17 · Codes Subtils, Noir Pétrole, Libre & Noir Moderne

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Last post was all about cheeks; today’s focuses on eyes and lips with a few more selections from the CHANEL Coco Codes Collection for Spring/Summer 2017 (it’s crazy to even contemplate Spring — or even Summer right now, but that’s the beauty industry for you). What makes everything here so unique, in my honest opinion, is the utter wearability of each and every hue and even though I don’t mind stirring things up from time to time with pops of unexpected colour, there’s something comforting about going with standby favourite shades. Especially when they’re all such amazing performers … along with sporting those alluring double C’s.

Previously reviewed from this collection:

“My favourite time to wear Rouge Coco Shine Noir Moderne is in the Spring. I like the idea of a shade of black. I also wanted elements of comfort in the collection – beauty is not just about artifice” ∼ Lucia Pica

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Les 4 Ombres 278 Codes Subtils, limited edition (CAN $68.00) | One of two eyeshadow quads released with this collection (the other being 275 Codes Élégants), this one somewhat softer-leaning with shades that can be used to create a subtle look for day, or amped up for evening by applying them with a dampened brush.

  • top left – shimmering rose/peach
  • top right – platinum bronze/taupe
  • bottom right – warm intense pewter (with a strong olive undercurrent)
  • bottom left – bronzed mid-brown

Ever since CHANEL reformulated their 4 Ombres formula, I have been really impressed with the level of pigmentation and how smoothly the shades apply. This palette is no exception; seen in the swatches below, all have been applied dry and it’s clear that the saturation level is excellent, although using a fluffier brush (and going in with a lighter hand), you can also diffuse each shade for a softer effect. Each has shimmer of varying complexity that lends depth of tone and a subtle radiance, and all display very little powdery kickback when swirling brushes across their surface. Staying power (over primer) is outstanding, with the colours staying true until removed.

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Stylo Yeux Waterproof 931 Noir Pétrole, limited edition (CAN $35.00) | One of my favourite eyeliner formulas is CHANEL’s Stylo Yeux Waterproof, and while there have been a few misses for me colour-wise, I still fall back on these time and time again. With a smooth application (which means no tugging along the sensitive skin of the eyes) and strong colour saturation per swipe, I get easily 6+ hours of wear — even when applied along the waterline — before needing to touch up.

What makes this shade unique, however, is its intense mossy green base colour which is also a great alternative to wearing straight ip black, made even more special via the bronze glints in its depths. Total ♥!

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Rouge Allure Velvet 62 Libre (CAN $43.00) | Adding two new shades to the Rouge Allure Velvet roster (61 La Secrète not shown), the finish on this lipstick formula is exactly as the name implies: velvety. Very hydrating in feel throughout the wearing, this rosewood-tinged beige hue is ultra wearable by a broad range of skin tones and provides a touch more colour than a straight up nude would. Makes a perfect swipe-and-go shade too.

Rouge Coco Shine 128 Noir Moderne (CAN $43.00) | Another standout of the collection, this is a wearable version of cult-fave shade Rouge Noir. The sheerness and slip of the formula take the scare factor out of what looks to be an über-vampy hue and turn it into wearable sexy. I’m having a major moment with Noir Moderne and I’m already planning a backup. Seriously.

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At the risk of repeating myself, there’s really no other better way to put it than to say that all the pieces I’ve seen of this collection thus far, are all so worth your time to look into when everything launches. Gabrielle Chanel, whose love of these classic codes (red, black, gold, white & beige) was definitely stated, was all about making women feel liberated and empowered; Lucia Pica continues the tradition by delving into the archives and reworking these shades with modern formulas and textures — all while keeping their integrity intact. So well done … #slowclap

Available early January 2017 at all CHANEL counters

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PR samples/As always, all opinions are my own

CHANEL SS/17 · Coco Code Blush Harmony & Élégance Blush

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How’s this for an interesting contradiction; while a snow storm rages outside my window, I’m bringing you pieces from the CHANEL’s Spring/Summer 2017 Coco Codes Collection. Then again, this may just be the perfect antidote to the blizzard, no?

Coco Chanel was inspired by 5 shades: red, black, gold, white, and beige and for Spring 2017, Lucia Pica, Global Creative Makeup and Color Designer for the brand has found a way to reinvent these classic hues with several new twists, yet still manages to maintain their harmonic purity.

“Elegance is being equally beautiful inside and outside” ∼ Gabrielle Chanel

“Red, black, gold, white, beige: these are the ‘secret codes’ of CHANEL beauty” ∼ Lucia Pica

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Coco Code Blush Harmony, limited edition (CAN $70.00) | The undisputed star of the collection as well as being the namesake piece, these are four blush hues — two matte and two satin — in one compact with raised lettering embossed across the surface, that are “wearable and more radiant reworkings of the original codes”. Create a customized shade by swirling all the colours together; the level of intensity will depend on which shade you pick up more of. Alternatively, you can use the top right shade as a warm-leaning contour product, or use it to tone down the red hue. Both the peach-leaning beige (top left) and the honey gold (bottom right) can serve as softly elegant highlighters, or combined with either the tan or red to add radiance. Honestly, there’s no limit (well, maybe there’s some limit) to how many combinations can be created.

There is some powdery kickback seen in the pan when a brush is swirled across the surface, but which doesn’t translate as any fall down, while the texture lays absolutely smoothly along the skin. CHANEL has mastered the art of creating a powdered blush that applies perfectly seamlessly and blends like a dream, and lasting power (over foundation) stays true for the duration.

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370 Élégance Joues Contraste (CAN $53.00) | As a huge fan of the Joues Contraste formula and considering the fact that I’ve actually been on the hunt for a blush this exact shade, I believe there may have been some squealing involved when this beauty came in. A gorgeous mix of peach, nude, and dusty pale rose, there’s also some ultrafine gold shimmer thrown in — but not the obvious kind, mind you — to create a unique subtle rose-gold hue. Considering its pale nature, this shade is actually quite pigmented and even though this too displays the same powdery kickback as Coco Code, it nevertheless applies seamlessly along the skin. Absolutely STUNNING and a colour that will be universally wearable on so many skin tones.

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I couldn’t think of a more appropriate way to kick off CHANEL’s Spring/Summer 2017 Coco Code Collection than with this lovely cheek duo. Apart from the obvious aesthetics, each piece is also eminently worth of adding to one’s ‘blush wardrobe’ (I’m going to make this a thing) and both can easily transcend the seasons by virtue of their wearability — no crazy colours found here, thank you very much. Yes, the price point veers towards the steep side, but that’s not exactly unexpected for a luxury brand; thankfully the excellent quality makes up for that.

Available early January 2017 at all CHANEL counters

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PR samples/As always, all opinions are my own

CHANEL · Cheeks, Lips & Nails – Collection Libre de CHANEL

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To harmonize with the more somber tones of the eye products in the collection, Lucia Pica selected a vibrant and fresh palette of colours for cheeks, lips, and nails. The theme of the Collection Libre Synthetic de CHANEL is all about the play of shadow & light, texture, and mood, revisited and reimagined in unique new forms. Then there’s that explosive blush shade … you won’t want to miss out on it, believe me.

Previously reviewed from this collection:

 

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Collection Libre de CHANEL · Rianne Van Rompaey, photographed by Karim Sadli for CHANEL

 

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CHANEL · Joues Contraste 360 Hyperfresh

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Joues Contraste 360 Hyperfresh, limited edition (CAN $53.00) | Acting as a counterpoint to the more industrial-like shades of the eyes, this blush is like finding a flower blooming unexpectedly in concrete. A vivid and almost neon pink (neon + CHANEL … who would have thought?), this is an über-pigmented hue that needs a very light hand to start with. Bearing the brand’s signature rose fragrance which dissipates fairly quickly once applied, the texture is incredibly refined and appears flawless when buffed lightly into the skin. There’s the lightest whisper of gold thrown in (visible in the macro shots, below) to add a nice touch of warmth, thus making Hyperfresh wearable by a broad range of skin tones. Lasting power (over foundation) is bang on, staying true & without fading until removed.

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CHANEL · Joues Contraste 360 Hyperfresh

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CHANEL · Joues Contraste 360 Hyperfresh swatches

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The only shade that come close to Hyperfresh from my collection of CHANEL blushes, is 270 Vibration (from Fall 2015, which I believe may no longer be available in Canada) and while both are bright pops of colour, there are still enough differences between them with Hyperfresh leaning slightly more peony pink.

As someone who tends to stick to coral-based blush shades, I was surprised to see that I owned 2 more neon-ish shades in my stash: Starscape (LE) from the NARS Christopher Kane Collection (Spring 2015) and Se Pomponner from Surratt Beauty. Again, while both of these are almost retina-searingly bright (especially when swatched heavily as I have here), neither is a match to Hyperfresh. Starscape, while extremely close, does appear to be a couple of degrees lighter & more true pink, while Se Pomponner is more blue-based and definitely the more vivid of them all. Quality-wise, apart from the fact that all are highly colour-saturated, they also display an extremely refined texture that makes them easy to blend seamlessly into the skin (just make sure to start off with a light hand).

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CHANEL · Joues Contraste 360 Hyperfresh vs 270 Vibration swatches

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CHANEL · 360 Hyperfresh, NARS Starscape & Surratt Beauty Se Pomponner swatches

 

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CHANEL · Rouge Allure Gloss 137 Super Nude & Rouge Allure 247 Ultraberry

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There are five lip products in this collection and I have my two favourites to show you here. Playing harmony to the more urban eye shades, both hues are fresh and easily wearable, while the textures offer up a smooth application and continuous hydrating feel to lips.

Rouge Allure Gloss 137 Super Nude, limited edition (CAN $43.00) – I have a total weakness for CHANEL glosses and in particular the Rouge Allure Gloss formula. There’s a nice thickness to the texture that helps it adhere well to lips without feeling tacky, seeming to level out and even fill in lip lines as it settles in. Super Nude is a beautiful mix of both cool & warm undertones which makes it universally wearable by all (without disappearing into one’s skin tone) and probably my fave neutral to date. Staying power is about average for a shade this light, approx. 3-4 hours without eating and/or drinking.

Rouge Allure 247 Ultraberry, limited edition (CAN $43.00) – Having been revamped over a year ago, the Rouge Allure formula provides excellent colour saturation with a rich moisturizing feel. Ultraberry is one of those wine/berry shades that can be worn several ways; lightly blotted to give that “bitten” effect, or layered for more depth of tone. Do note that it will leave a light stain behind, which in itself can also be yet another cool look to this shade.

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CHANEL · Rouge Allure Gloss 137 Super Nude swatch

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CHANEL · Rouge Allure 247 Ultraberry swatch

 

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The three nail shades of this collection (CAN $32.00/limited edition) each offer up a unique look and texture, and can even be mixed and matched (as seen in the swatches below).

542 Pink Rubber – a white based pale pink hue that has the finest pearly shimmer (seen more in direct sunlight) that applies in a self-levelling way but will probably show some patchiness with the first coat. Giving this shade a ‘rubberized’ finish takes it from dainty to something a lot more modern & unique, and also eliminates the need for using a matte top coat (I do love a matte nail). As seen in the swatches below, adding a glossy top coat (Le Gel Coat used here) gives a more classic look, while a layer of Hyperrose Glass gives a playful twist.

544 Hyperrose Glass – a semi-transparent cool pink hue with blue pearl reflects (and even some random darker pink pieces) in a super glossy jelly-like formula. Worn alone, 1 coat provides a pretty pink flush of colour while 2 coats gives a more colour depth, although don’t expect it to reach opacity any time soon. Layering Hyperrose Glass over other shades creates unique new colour combos, thus adding to its versatility.

540 Liquid Mirror – a dark silver metallic (with a grey/steely undertone) in a formula that’s not without it’s share of issues. On the plus side, the colour saturation is intense enough that you get great opacity even by the first coat, but you’ll need a very steady hand to minimize visible brush strokes. Some lines will level out as the polish dries, but do note that it will be impossible to eliminate them all. Another option is to add a layer of Hyperrose Glass which will not only camouflage some of the more obvious lines, but also provide a really cool mauve-y overtone. Apparently the inspiration here lies in the mirrored look and lines of urban skyscrapers and while I appreciate the imagery, I personally don’t feel it’s one that translates as well worn along the nails.

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CHANEL · Le Vernis 542 Pink Rubber swatches (natural light & direct sunlight)

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CHANEL · Le Vernis 542 Pink Rubber swatches (with top coat & 544 Hyperrose Glass)

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CHANEL · Le Vernis 544 Hyperrose Glass

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CHANEL · Le Vernis 544 Hyperrose Glass swatches (natural light & direct sunlight)

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CHANEL · Le Vernis 540 Liquid Mirror

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CHANEL · Le Vernis 540 Liquid Mirror swatches (direct sunlight & with Hyperrose Glass)

 

Apart from the fact that this collection is not overwhelmingly large (as so many other holiday collections tend to be), I’m really liking the sophisticated direction CHANEL has taken. As seen in my previous post, the eyes were all about strong & graphic colours, while here the lips, cheeks & nails serve to soften up any harsh edges. Neon pink is not a shade I’d normally reach for but here’s the thing: a light wash of Hyperfresh serves to totally brighten up the face while also adding a youthful hue, and that touch is always welcome. Both Super Nude and Ultraberry are drop-dead stunning and wearable; enough said. As to the nails, I applaud the mix of textures and and I’m having fun with both Pink Rubber and Hyperrose Glass, but Liquid Mirror just didn’t make the grade as far as I’m concerned, and that’s with bringing my considerable polishing skills to the table. I’m not giving up on it yet, however, as I not only love the colour but the name too; I still have a few more tricks up my sleeve to try!

Available November 1 at all CHANEL beauty counters

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Press samples/As always, all opinions are my own

CHANEL · Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette & Calligraphie 65 Hyperblack, Collection Libre de CHANEL

 

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While it still feels more like Indian Summer here, the holiday collections have been landing across my desk at a furious pace and one that never fails to get my heart a-racing, is from none other than CHANEL. Taking a different direction this year from the season’s traditional golds & reds, Lucia Pica (the brand’s Makeup Director) has drawn inspiration from an urban landscape to create the Collection Libre Synthetic de CHANEL, a grouping that juxtaposes light, texture and colour.

Today’s post focuses on the eyes — stay tuned for my upcoming post on the rest of the collection. By the way, I’m totally obsessed with the model’s look (below) and plan on wearing it on repeat. Slicked-back hair & black turtleneck included.

 

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Collection Libre de CHANEL · Rianne Van Rompaey, photographed by Karim Sadli for CHANEL

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Collection Libre de CHANEL · Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette & Calligraphie 65 Hyperblack

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Collection Libre de CHANEL · Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette & Calligraphie 65 Hyperblack

 

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Collection Libre de CHANEL · Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette

 

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Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette, limited edition (CAN $70.00) | Housed in the brand’s iconic black lacquered casing, the five eyeshadows it holds are nestled within a mirrored insert. The innovative new texture combines the smoothness & almost fluid-like quality of a cream with the finish of a powder, offering not only excellent colour payoff but a superb lay down of all the shades. Alternating between matte & subtle shimmers, this colour harmony pays homage to the materials of a cityscape, perfectly rendered in makeup form.

  • Matte Midnight Blue – deep navy
  • Metallic Blue – steel blue
  • Platinum Grey – exactly that: platinum grey
  • Cement Grey – brown-based grey, matte
  • Mirror Grey – silvered grey

Displaying all the qualities I look for in a palette (excellent colour saturation, easy blendability, + wearable shades) the Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette goes a few steps further to also provide incredibly well crafted textures. The two matte shades provide a perfect counterpoint to the rest and both can be dialled up or down, depending on how deep you want to go (note: the navy is highly pigmented and needs a light hand), while the shimmery hues have just enough complexity to keep things interesting (without going overboard), laying down smoothly & without any fallout. Wear time over primer is spot-on, staying true and fade-free until removed.

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Collection Libre de CHANEL · Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette

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Collection Libre de CHANEL · Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette (applicators)

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Collection Libre de CHANEL · Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette swatches

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Collection Libre de CHANEL · Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette

 

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Collection Libre de CHANEL · Calligraphie 65 Hyperblack

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Collection Libre de CHANEL · Calligraphie 65 Hyperblack

 

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Calligraphie 65 Hyperblack Longwear Intense Cream Eyeliner (CAN $40.00) | A cream eyeliner in an ultra-black shade that also comes with a portable angled brush. The texture is unlike any other cream eyeliner I’ve seen to date; dense yet incredibly easy to apply, long-wearing and apparently water-resistant (although I haven’t put it to that test … yet) and one that won’t crack and flake off once dry. Once applied, you can also add to the intensity without fear of disturbing your initial layer, a welcome bonus — while dry-down takes about a minute; once it’s set, it becomes almost budge-proof. I prefer using my own brushes for the job (the NARS #47 Angled Eyeliner Brush is my go-to), although the one included works surprisingly well, considering its tiny size.

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Collection Libre de CHANEL · Calligraphie 65 Hyperblack

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Collection Libre de CHANEL · Calligraphie 65 Hyperblack (brush detail)

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Collection Libre de CHANEL · Calligraphie 65 Hyperblack swatches

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Collection Libre de CHANEL · Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette & Calligraphie 65 Hyperblack

 

Don’t get me wrong; I love seeing the more traditional-like hues that most brands release for their holiday collections, but even now & then I like having things shaken up as well and The Collection Libre Synthetic de CHANEL actually made me go “oooh” (I’m serious). The Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette manages to still stay within my neutral-loving comfort zone, but provides enough of a twist to amp things up. And while I may not have mastered the ART OF LINING (yes, it all deserves caps because props to those of you who can line without needing a billion do-overs), I’m proud to say that I’ve been doing a pretty decent job with the help of Calligraphie Hyperblack. Final verdict: both pieces are a total thumbs up and well worth investing in (heads up: the palette is limited edition).

Available November 1 at all CHANEL beauty counters

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Press samples/As always, all opinions are my own

CHANEL · Rouge Allure Ink, Gris Obscur & Bi-Phase Makeup Remover

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CHANEL recently released their latest lip products, Rouge Allure Ink, a matte liquid lip colour that might be a little late to the party, but then again, this brand will always beat to its own drum. Slipped in with this collection is 538 Gris Obscur, a darkly brooding nail polish in a shimmering slate hue, a colour that not only has Fall written all over it but sits comfortably in my wheelhouse of deep & vampy shades. The last item I received was the Le Bi-Phase Visage makeup remover, a product which turned out to be quite timely in my swatch fest.

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CHANEL · Bi-Phase Makeup Remover, Rouge Allure Ink & Gris Obscur

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CHANEL · Luxuriant & Amoureux Rouge Allure Ink

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CHANEL · Luxuriant & Amoureux Rouge Allure Ink

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Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour (CAN $43.00) | Housed in a glass bottle, I was initially surprised by how small it is (in comparison to other lip products from the range), but it’s comfortably sized just the same and appears to hold a good amount of product. The flocked applicator has a unique bevelled flat paddle-like shape that makes it easy to scoop the colour out, as well as deposit it quickly and easily all along the lips with minimal fuss. Bearing a lighter version of the typical rose scent that CHANEL is known for, this appears to dissipate fairly quickly after application — good to know for anyone with sensitivities.

The ‘melt-away’ formula is composed of a specific wax that is meant to impart softness, suppleness and a velvety feel, while jojoba oil in the mix delivers moisture, hydration and protection. Other active ingredients include:

  • sappan wood
  • matcha green tea
  • sweet almond oil
  • vitamin E derivative

Calling this a matte lip product, however, might be a touch misleading; while it does not have the brilliance of a gloss, it definitely does not come to that flat & light-absorbing finish that’s typical of what we think of when we hear ‘matte’. Something else to note is that the colour never fully dries down either, displaying a slight sheen upon initial application that can then be lightly blotted for a more matte-like effect, if desired. On the plus side, the shades have an incredible buttery-smooth feel — both during application and throughout the wearing, along with excellent staying power; Amoureux, the lighter of the two shown here naturally lasted less but still left a rosy pigment behind, while Luxuriant went on easily for 7+ hours and left a much deeper stain behind.

If you’re like me and love the look of a matte lip but hate the desiccating feel that most leave behind, then Rouge Allure Ink is a beautiful compromise; applies like a gloss, is pigmented like lipstick but dries down to a semi-satiny finish, and all while leaving lips feeling hydrated, both during & long after. I’d call that a win-win. BONUS: applying a matching lip pencil to the entire lip before applying your chosen Rouge Allure Ink shade will not only increase the longevity, but intensify the colour.

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CHANEL · 140 Amoureux Rouge Allure Ink

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CHANEL · 150 Luxuriant Rouge Allure Ink

 

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CHANEL · Le Bi-Phase Makeup Remover

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Le Bi-Phase Anti-Pollution Makeup Remover (CAN $53.00) | A dual phase face makeup remover that combines known anti-pollution properties in the formula to deliver effective cleansing and protection at the same time.

Comprised of two phases each of which contains one of the key active ingredients, this lightly (and pleasantly) scented makeup remover needs to be shaken before using, turning it into a pale blue milky solution. The water phase contains blue micro-algae with known de-polluting strength, while the emulsion phase holds the moisturizing and fortifying properties of marine salicornia extract. Using a dry cotton pad to apply it to the skin (avoiding the eye contour area), it effectively removes all traces of makeup without leaving behind any greasy feel — no further rinsing needed, plus you have the added benefit of knowing your skin is left nourished and protected from external aggressors.

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After putting Le Bi-Phase Visage to the test, I have to say that I absolutely LOVE how my skin felt after using it to remove my makeup; soft & hydrated without that tight-skin sensation. That being said, it can also become quite the pricey investment if you wear a full face of makeup that needs removing daily (unless cost isn’t a factor for you — then by all means, go to town), so I’ve come up with a couple of solutions. In order to maximize the product, I actually cleanse with either a skin oil beforehand then go in with Le Bi-Phase, or use a less expensive micellar water cleanser first to remove the bulk of my makeup, then follow up once again with Le Bi-Phase. This way, not only am I ensuring my skin is thoroughly cleansed, but left nourished and protected afterwards. BONUS: I used Le Bi-Phase to remove the Rouge Allure Ink swatches and it not only worked like a charm, but left my lips feeling totally hydrated afterwards.

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CHANEL · Le Bi-Phase Makeup Remover

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538 Gris Obscur (CAN $32.00) | A medium-sheer charcoal grey base hue that’s filled with steel-tinted ultra fine shimmer particles that can display a slight prismatic effect seen in direct light. The formula is a crème-jelly hybrid and applies in a self-levelling way without any pooling at the cuticles or nail edges, and leaves behind a cushy gloss finish – but I feel it totally benefits from a top coat to really make it stand out. Interestingly, the shimmer seen in the bottle doesn’t really show up as strongly when seen in natural/indoor lighting but does serve to add depth of tone and a nice edgy flair to this shade. BONUS: non-staining upon removal.

The formula is in CHANEL’s newly rebooted version, which is meant to provide long-lasting & chip-free wear with a high powered shine. While I’ve read of some people mentioning that CHANEL polishes chip easily on them, I personally have never had any problems in that area, as polish in general (including CHANEL) lasts like iron on my nails. If there’s one area I feel this brand needs to work on where nail lacquers are concerned, then I would say it’s with the brush shape and while I had no issues here, I would still like to see them come out with a brush that is more chiselled and tapered (along the lines of Dior or Guerlain).

Coats: 2, plus Le Gel Coat top coat

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CHANEL · 538 Gris Obscur

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CHANEL · 538 Gris Obscur

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CHANEL · 538 Gris Obscur swatch

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CHANEL · 538 Gris Obscur swatch (macro)

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CHANEL · 538 Gris Obscur swatch

 

I really like how meticulous and well-thought out CHANEL releases are; just because everyone is releasing a certain type of beauty product, doesn’t mean that CHANEL jumps on the bandwagon, but rather the House takes a wait & see approach — then comes up with their own spin. Rouge Allure Ink are lovely, albeit a far cry from matte (more along the lines of the new NARS Velvet Lip Glide) although they make up for that with an incredible lip feel. Makeup Removers have been getting more comprehensive and if you’re in the market for a product that throws in extra skincare benefits, then you may want to give Le Bi-Phase Visage a try. And Gris Obscur … grungy, sophisticated, sexy and modern. Plus it’s a fabulous alternative to black and one that upon removal, will not leave your nails looking like you’ve been digging around the garden. Only killer gorgeous vibes here.

Available at The Bay & CHANEL counters nationwide

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Press samples/As always, all opinions are my own