Saturday, October 6, 2012

My Picks from Chanel Holiday 2012

 

Hi everyone! I went to the mall today to pick up lunch and do some browsing. I wasn't expecting to do much shopping but when I stopped by the Chanel counter I found that the holiday collection had already arrived! It's still as hot as blazes here in Miami, so I'm not in full holiday mode just yet, but I didn't let that stop me from bringing home three items that I couldn't resist:  Harmonie du Soir eye shadow palette, Illusion D'Ombre in Apparence, and Malice nail colour. Today's post won't be a detailed review but I wanted to share a few photos and swatches in case they might be helpful to anyone who is considering these items.






The formula and design of the Harmonie du Soir eye shadow quad is much like last year's Topkapi palette, released in the Byzance de Chanel collection. With Harmonie du Soir we get a metallic yellow gold, an iridescent medium taupe, a softly shimmery reddish-plum, and a shimmery pale pink. I like the diversity of shades offered here, which should make it easy to achieve a wide range of looks. I'm not always a fan of red tones near the eyes, but I think it will be fun to layer the plum with the gold and taupe to see what sort of effect I can come up with! 


 

Malice is a deep burgundy-wine shade with subtle shimmer. The photo above was taken in sunlight which really brings out the shimmer, but on the nails it is darker and much more subdued. The shimmer is most noticeable when light hits the color--only then can you see the sparks of shimmer, like glowing embers in a darkened base. I feel like I've seen similar versions of this color from many other brands over the years--nevertheless, this one is very pretty, applies nicely, and is perfect for the fall and winter seasons (visit The Beauty Look Book and Makeup and Beauty Blog to see this shade applied on the nails). 

Apparence Illusion D'Ombre is a beautiful metallic yellow gold. I love this type of gold as it is not overly warm or cool...it's just right! As you can see below, it is very similar in tone to the gold shade in the Harmonie du Soir palette. I think Apparence would work nicely as a base for the shades in this palette or any powder shadows you may already have in your collection. I've long coveted the Illusion D'Ombre in the shade Visiona metallic brassy gold that was released earlier this year but couldn't get my hands on it, so I'm happy to have Apparence, which has now satisfied my gold craving! 



The first four swatches are the shades from the Harmonie Du Soir palette and the gold at the far right is  Apparence Illusion D'Ombre. The shadows were applied lightly on bare skin without any base or primer. 

   

Do you have your eye on anything from Chanel's holiday offerings? 

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42 comments:

  1. That quad is absolutely gorgeous !!!

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    1. I agree - it's really beautiful! It wasn't easy to swatch it and ruin the perfect design, but now I can actually start using it! :)

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  2. Beautiful! When I saw the promo picture, I immediately thought of Topkapi, my all time favorite quad. The texture is buttery smooth. Glad to know this one is the same. I'm still wavering on it. The red shade won't work on me so will have to see in person first to decide. Thanks for the great swatches.

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    1. Hi Kristie, :) The Topkapi quad was beautiful! This one might not appeal to everyone because of the burgundy and pink shades. I couldn't pass it up though... I love the gold Illusion D'Ombre shadow and the nail color is nice but quite dupe-able I think!

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  3. The Chanel Quad I've tried isn't really that pigmented and smooth.. But this quad looks stunning and very promising.. I love that Nail Polish shade too!

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    1. Hi Delyteful Speaks, :) The texture of the quad I purchased seems nice, but I have yet to put it to the test on my eyes!

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  4. Drooling now! All I can say is, I want! :) That gold! Oh my!

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    1. Hi Jacqueline, :) I'm loving the gold! This is a great time of year for makeup!

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    2. I'm definitely picking up the gold Dom. Have you seen the Guerlain palette Turandot? I'm waiting to see that to decide which palette to get.

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    3. I did see the Guerlain Turandot palette in Neiman Marcus on Saturday - it's beautiful, but I was worried the tones might not look that great on me, so I got the Chanel palette instead, although I would still love to have the Guerlain, but can't really afford it :/

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  5. I got the Ombre shadow too! Soooo pretty. Ideal for Xmas time.
    Love your photos as usual :)

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    1. Hi Mercedes, :) thank you! It is beautiful, isn't it? I'm a big fan of golds!

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  6. I really like the quad and the nail polish, I wonder about the red e/s, but it seems very wearable! / Claire

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    1. Hi Claire, :) The red/plum was the one shade I wasn't too sure about, but hope I can make it work. Overall it's a very pretty palette!

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    2. I hope to see a look with it on you :) overall, I really like those kinda colours but I am always aftraid to use them (eyeshadow only, I like those colours as lipstick and nail polish).

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    3. I'm looking forward to trying the palette out soon & will try to update with a look! You may have already seen it, but here's a link to a look Christine at Temptalia did using this palette:

      http://www.temptalia.com/chanel-harmonie-du-soir-eyeshadow-palette-review-photos-swatches

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    4. actually, I haven't (I guess I missed it). still, it's nice to see more options :) looking forward to your post xxx thank you for the link :)

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  7. OMG.. this is so beautiful. I can't wait to get my hands on those babies.

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    1. Hi giovanny, :) It's always fun to see what Chanel comes up with for their holiday collections!

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  8. Ahhh that palette is BEAUTIFUL! I love the understated shine of it...especially when swatched next to Apparence. Just beautiful! :)

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    1. Hi Becca, I also like that it is not overly shimmery! :)

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  9. That nail polish is gorgeous! I love a deep shimmery red!

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    1. Hi lov2read68, Me too - possibly one of my favorite colors! :)

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  10. This collection is not available in Canada till November, but I've put the quad and polish on hold for me already at my counter. We usually get a different formulation of e/s (baked) but my SA told me we get the same version as the US this time so I'm excited :)

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    1. Hi Shadowy Lady, Enjoy your new products in November! :)) Sometimes I put things on hold with MAC collections as they sell out within the first day of launch in my area, but I've had better luck with Chanel :)

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  11. Wow!! I just have no words. I can't wait to see you put these into action. stunning!

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    1. Hi Polarbelle, I'm looking forward to trying these out soon :) I have seen a look using this quad posted on Temptalia. :)

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    1. Hi Marina, It is an elegant shade. Very pretty! :)

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  13. That's my order you've got there!!
    We really have GREAT taste don't we:))

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    1. Hi Buggsiebee, We do have great taste, don't we? lol. Great minds think alike! ;)

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  14. Hi MM, I'm really liking all the pinks and reds I'm seeing here! Malice is absolutely gorgeous (and what a name too!)

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    1. Hi Dovey, Isn't Malice pretty? I'd love to see it offered as a permanent shade. With the quad I like that you can use just the pink and red-plum together for one look and then get an entirely different look by using the taupe & gold together. Should be fun to play around with this palette! :)

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  15. Just wanted to let you know that I was on Neiman Marcus's web site on Saturday and found the Vision eyeshadow. I almost died! I ordered it right away but it won't ship until November 2nd. I have seen swatches on line and it's just gorgeous!!!

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    1. Thank you Terri - that's great news! I was thinking it was not going to be offered in the States. I'm off to visit Neiman Marcus's website now! :)

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  16. Yay!!!! I am so excited for you!!!!

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    1. Thanks again - placed an order last night!

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  17. Fantastic post! Loving the eyeshadow quad ..everything about it except .. sigh .. no matte shades:( I have noticed of late that I am feeling more and more frustrated with I would say the majority of cosmetic brands, and their ceaseless production of shimmer and shiny shadows. I lovelovelove them and if I were 20 years younger I find them wearable! However, at 53, personally I would appreciate the brands perhaps gearing towards those of us who do use matte shadows predominatly, in their collections/palettes. This colour combination is outstanding without a doubt (thank you for the swatches!) and had there been at least one dark matte, I would have this on my wishlist! ox Care

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    1. Thank you Domestic Goddess :) Yes, I agree! I think every eye palette should have at least one or two matte shades. I like to use shimmer as an accent, but not all over. I have my eye on the Lorac Pro Palette which is nicely balanced with 50% matte shades and 50% shimmer.

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  18. Oh my..
    That quad is to die for!! SO gorgeous and the pigmentation must never be a disappointment :) The nail polish looks very pretty too!

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  19. great picks! I haven't seen this collection in person yet but it looks so pretty!

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    1. Thank you Nisha! I wish I could have picked up more from the collection, but I have to stick to a budget and there are sooo many nice items out at this time of year :)

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