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 Vision, a 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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