Friday, December 16, 2011

Chanel Spring 2012 Selected Items - Part II: Swatches

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: 

swatched heavily

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! 


  1. gorgeous photos and look! the quad is made for you!

    ty for the link love ;)

  2. I love June, but am so torn. I feel like it is a beautiful color, but perhaps I could find a cheaper version. Thanks for the swatches, and your face shots are so beautiful ;)

  3. Gorgeous photographs as ever. You are so pretty and I love how that blusher looks on you. I'm very taken with your top too, it's such a lovely colour and design.

  4. Hi BlushingNoir - thank you!! I like the quad more than I though I would. I almost passed it up, but got it at the register when I was checking out! :)

    Hi Larie, June is unusual - I haven't seen anything like it exactly, but I'm sure there must be a dupe somewhere! If not, perhaps another brand will come out with something similar. Revlon has been doing a lot of Chanel dupes lately :) Thanks so much for the kind comment!! :)

  5. You are so pretty, you have a lovely glow about you!
    I'm tempted to get quite a bit from this collection, even the June nail polish though I am sure it will not look right on my skintone! :)

  6. omg that blush looks amazing on you! it's creating a lemming >_< kinda reminds me of the Guerlain G blush and i think i love the names of the nail polishes more than the actual colors xD although they are lovely colors

  7. After seeing your swatches, I like this collection a lot more than I thought I was going to. The blush looks lovely on you!

  8. You look so gorgeous and that is the perfect lip combo. Love the entire look actually. Definitely going to get some of the Chanel Spring items

  9. Beautiful!!! You are absolutely stunning! Love your quad swatches in particular :)

  10. Hi Jane (Modesty Brown), thank you so much for the sweet comment! I got the layered ruffle top at Banana Republic a few months ago. I'm not sure if they're still in style, but I love anything with ruffles! :)

    Hi Replica, Thanks very much! Ah, I feel the same way about June. I contemplated skipping it but felt like I would feel incomplete without the entire trio! :)

    Hi Charlie, I think spring collections have such pretty colors!

    Hi Isabella, Thanks for the kind comment. I haven't tried the Guerlain G blush, but I know it is gorgeous! BeautyLookBook has a great comparison of these two. Love the names of the polishes!

    Thank you dempss01! :) I think the stripes attracted me the most but the color is nice as well! :)

    Hi Flyavsted, Thank you very much! It's not new, but I really like the Flirt Rouge Allure. These spring colors will look great on you! :)

    Hi Sabrina, Thanks for stopping by & thanks so much for the sweet comment! I had the most difficult time getting decent swatches of the quad. The lighter colors are so hard to photograph sometimes!

  11. The blush looks so good on you! Your whole spring look is very beautiful. What a gorgeous haul you have there. I wasn't thinking of getting the eye quad but your swatches are so pretty.

  12. I love the colors! Not harsh at all. Love your blog. Thanks for stopping by.:)

  13. You are so beautiful! And, all of the products look perfect on you. I picked up that blush last weekend, but still haven't given it a go. You make it look like a must-have!! :D <3 xxx

  14. Haha I had to google the meaning of eclosion too and agree it is very apt! This quad is really calling to me although I know I am unlikely to use the peach or the ivory, though do look lovely on you.

  15. I am so torn about the pink polish. I don't have it on order, but I know I'd like it. I didn't order the eye quad because I really want to see it in person but it looks great on you, it looks great on Brooke and it looks great on Sabrina's arm. Uh oh, I feel the caving coming are such a beauty, this collection looks made for you. I find Chanel quads the most difficult cosmetic item to photograph but you have done it so well. There must be a secret!

  16. Thank you for the link! Beautiful pictures as always. I am going to have to pull out my Coral Love glossier to put over Flirt.

  17. Hi Jacqueline, Thank you!! The eye quad is very soft, but the dark plum gives it a little bit of drama :)

    Hi Tamara, Thanks! Love your blog as well :)

    Hi Rachel, Aw, thanks as always for your sweet comments! I know all of these colors will look great on you! :) xxx

    Hi ihavemostlybeen, I wasn't sure at first about the quad because the peach looked a bit frosty, but it is very subtle and not bad at all! :)

    Hi Polarbelle, I think all of these colors would look lovely on you, but you are wise to wait to see it in person & give it a try. Thanks so much for the kind compliment. I find with my camera the only secret is making sure there is plenty of light, as without it all of my pics are awful!

    Hi Martha, Thank you!! :) I just realized after this post that there is a different Flirt lipstick (a Rouge Coco Shine) in the new spring collection, but the one I used is an older Rouge Allure.

  18. Hi!!! You look absolutely stunning!! :) The lip combo you have on goes so well with your complexion, blush and blouse! Love it!! I just got this blush today and I really enjoyed wearing it, nothing earth shattering like you said, but very very pretty! I do think the subtle gold pearl infused into it makes it just a bit more special than the average pink blush...
    Amongst the nail polishes, I can only carry off April because the orange creamsicle June looks too stark against my skintone, I'm still kinds tempted by it to wear on my toes in the spring/summer though... ;)

  19. Aww you look so beautiful! The blush looks absolutely gorgeous on you with such a lovely soft pink glow. I wish it looked like that on me :) The quad has nice neutral colors but yet I still feel underwhelmed. Perhaps it's the case of owning too much makeup!

  20. Hi Lakshmi! Nice to hear from you :) Thank you!! I feel the same way about June -- I'm not too crazy about it, but am going to save it to wear in the spring on toes! :) Happy holidays :)

    Hi Kristie, Thanks so much!! I felt the same way about the quad when I first saw it in Macy's and I almost didn't get it, but I think it will come in handy for everyday quick & easy looks. Happy holidays :)

  21. The make up from Chanel's spring collection compliments your skintone very well. You look so pretty! <3

    Unfortunately for me, I don't care much for pink eye makeup (it doesn't look good on me) and the Chanel's promo ad didn't really grab my interest, so I was planning on skipping this collection altogether. However, your awesome pictures had me did a double take on the nail polishes. I like the pinkish red color of April so I may check that out later. Thanks for sharing :)

  22. Hi Paige, Thank you :) I like April -- it's a pretty, classic color that I think will work nicely year-round! :)

  23. You look great with this make up!!! I love your blog!!!!

  24. Hi Il mio grosso... Thank you so much for the kind words! Happy holidays :)

  25. Wow, you look gorgeous! I love how perfectly coordinated the top is with the collection. :) I think this collection was made for someone with your colours. I didn't realize it wasn't out in Canada yet and picked up only April in Singapore. The pastel lean doesn't flatter me, especially when I'm more tanned, but it is absolutely stunning on you!

  26. Aw, thank you Liz for the very kind words!! I thought it was the perfect time to pull out this pink top -- I really like the color, but don't wear it very often! :)

  27. Hi Red lips, Black hair - thank you so much for the sweet comment! :)

  28. You are looking gorgeous. I love your lip makeup.

  29. That' a beautiful quad. You wear it well!

    1. Thank you Missy! :) This quad is a favorite!


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