Hi everyone! As promised, here are a few swatches and additional photos of the items I purchased from Chanel's Spring 2012 collection, Harmonie de Printemps. I hope they are helpful to anyone who may be considering purchasing these.
Blush Horizon de Chanel
The photo taken at an angle, above, better displays the shimmer. It is, however, very subtle once applied.
It's nice that you can pick up more or less of the white and dark rose with your brush to tailor the intensity to your liking. When swirled together it produces a lovely peony pink. Although the overall color and texture is not entirely unique or revolutionary, I foresee getting a lot of use out of this because it's just plain pretty!
Here are some links to other blogs that have published features on this item:
Éclosion Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow
Éclosion* contains a softly frosted peach, an iridescent taupe-beige, a shimmery deep maroon/plum, and a sheer ivory with fine gold sparkles. I did experience some fall out with the ivory when used dry. This particular shade definitely calls for a sticky base or a primer. I also tried using it with a damp brush, which really brought out the sparkles and helped it to better adhere to the lid. I think it adds a nice touch for evening wear, though it is not over the top for daytime either, if used with a light hand. The texture of the shadows is soft and velvety.
Below are some pictures to give you a general idea of how these colors look on the eyes. I didn't do anything elaborate or dramatic, but enjoyed wearing this simple look to work and found it to be surprisingly neutral. I used NARS Smudgeproof shadow base, applied the beige on the lid, the ivory on the inner corner and below the brow, the maroon on the outer corner and in the crease, and the peach above the crease. I used MAC's Dark Diversion fluidline, which is a dark plum/burgundy shade, somewhat similar in tone to the Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner included in this collection, Grenat #85.
Next I think I'll try this palette without the maroon, and just use the three lighter colors along with black liner, for a different sort of look! Overall, this is a basic, but lovely and easy-to-wear palette, that would be nice to have if you don't already own something similar. Below are some links to a few other blogs that have published features on this palette:
*By the way, I was curious about the meaning of the word eclosion and read that in insect terminology it means "to hatch" - as in a butterfly emerging from its case (known as a chrysalis). Very spring appropriate!
On lips I used Chanel's Rouge Allure Flirt topped with Glossimer Coral Love #146, and Trish McEvoy's lip liner Barely There. (Coincidentally, there is a Rouge Coco Shine in this collection that is also called Flirt. I think the Rouge Allure Flirt might be discontinued.)
In conclusion, here is a closer look at the three nail colors in this collection: April, May, and June. I think my favorite will be May but I haven't had a chance to wear all of these yet. The pale apricot June is definitely unique in my collection. I have nothing else quite like it!
Shown below with only one coat:
Shown below with three coats and no topcoat:
Shown below with Poshe topcoat (sorry they look so messy -- I painted them in a dark room the night before and didn't see that the topcoat didn't cover very well!)
Thank you for visiting and have a great weekend!