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



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:



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



CHANEL · Joues Contraste 360 Hyperfresh


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.


CHANEL · Joues Contraste 360 Hyperfresh


CHANEL · Joues Contraste 360 Hyperfresh


CHANEL · Joues Contraste 360 Hyperfresh


CHANEL · Joues Contraste 360 Hyperfresh swatches


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).


CHANEL · Joues Contraste 360 Hyperfresh vs 270 Vibration swatches


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



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


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.


CHANEL · Rouge Allure Gloss 137 Super Nude swatch


CHANEL · Rouge Allure 247 Ultraberry swatch


chanel-holiday-2016-nail-polish-1CHANEL · Le Vernis 540 Liquid Mirror, 542 Pink Rubber & 544 Hyperrose Glass



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.


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


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


CHANEL · Le Vernis 544 Hyperrose Glass


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


CHANEL · Le Vernis 540 Liquid Mirror


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



Press samples/As always, all opinions are my own

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




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.



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


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


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



Collection Libre de CHANEL · Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette



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.


Collection Libre de CHANEL · Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette


Collection Libre de CHANEL · Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette (applicators)


Collection Libre de CHANEL · Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette swatches


Collection Libre de CHANEL · Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette



Collection Libre de CHANEL · Calligraphie 65 Hyperblack


Collection Libre de CHANEL · Calligraphie 65 Hyperblack



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.


Collection Libre de CHANEL · Calligraphie 65 Hyperblack


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


Collection Libre de CHANEL · Calligraphie 65 Hyperblack swatches


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



Press samples/As always, all opinions are my own

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


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


CHANEL · Luxuriant & Amoureux Rouge Allure Ink


CHANEL · Luxuriant & Amoureux Rouge Allure Ink


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.


CHANEL · 140 Amoureux Rouge Allure Ink


CHANEL · 150 Luxuriant Rouge Allure Ink



CHANEL · Le Bi-Phase Makeup Remover


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.


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.


CHANEL · Le Bi-Phase Makeup Remover


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


CHANEL · 538 Gris Obscur


CHANEL · 538 Gris Obscur


CHANEL · 538 Gris Obscur swatch


CHANEL · 538 Gris Obscur swatch


CHANEL · 538 Gris Obscur swatch (macro)


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



Press samples/As always, all opinions are my own


CHANEL No5 L'Eau opener


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

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

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


CHANEL N°5 L'Eau Holt's Cafe

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

CHANEL N°5 L'Eau Holt's Cafe 2

CHANEL always goes with coffee & dessert

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

Marilyn Monroe & CHANEL No5

My idol, Marilyn Monroe and her CHANEL N°5


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

Olivier Polge

Olivier Polge, creator behind the fragrance

CHANEL No5 L'Eau boxed


CHANEL No5 packaging



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

CHANEL N°5 L'Eau 2

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

CHANEL N°5 L'eau 3

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

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

CHANEL N°5 L'eau 4

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

CHANEL N°5 L'Eau 5


CHANEL N°5 L'Eau 6



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

Available now at CHANEL counters nationwide

CHANEL No5 L'Eau closer

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

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

CHANEL Le Rouge extras opener


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

Previously reviewed from this collection:


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


CHANEL Le Rouge extras closed

CHANEL | Le Rouge Collection N°1


CHANEL Le Rouge extras 128 Rouge Brûlé

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

CHANEL Le Rouge extras 128 Rouge Brûlé macro

CHANEL | 128 Rouge Brûlé Illusion d’Ombre

CHANEL Le Rouge extras 128 Rouge Brûlé 2

CHANEL | 128 Rouge Brûlé Illusion d’Ombre

CHANEL Le Rouge extras 128 Rouge Brûlé swatches

CHANEL | 128 Rouge Brûlé Illusion d’Ombre swatches


CHANEL Le Rouge extras 58 Rouge Vie

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

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

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

CHANEL Le Rouge extras 58 Rouge Vie 2

CHANEL | 58 Rouge Vie Rouge Allure Velvet

CHANEL Le Rouge extras 58 Rouge Vie macro

CHANEL | 58 Rouge Vie Rouge Allure Velvet

CHANEL Le Rouge extras Rouge Vie & Désir swatches

CHANEL | 58 Rouge Vie Rouge Allure Velvet swatches


CHANEL Le Rouge extras Désir & Agapé

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

CHANEL Le Rouge extras Désir & Agapé macro

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


CHANEL Le Rouge extras 929 Agapé swatches

CHANEL Fall 2016 | 929 Agapé Stylo Yeux Waterproof


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

Available now at CHANEL counters nationwide

CHANEL Le Rouge extras closer 2


Kindly provided by the CHANEL team for review consideration/As always, all opinions are my own