Chanel's spring collection is slowly making its way to counters. I absolutely love the look on the model in the promotional photos--simple, flawless, and quintessentially spring! I spotted the display in my local Saks recently and wanted to take home just about everything in the collection. It took great willpower to limit myself to three nail polishes, Accessoire, Emprise, and Fracas (review forthcoming) and one eyeliner, Stylo Yeux in Or Rose.
The two lip glosses included in this collection both look very lovely, as well as all of the lipsticks. I tend to reach for lighter shades, so my two favorite Rouge Allures were the light peach-nude Precieuse, and the cool pink Fantasque. Joues Contraste blush in Frivole is a pretty coral shade that is perfect for the spring season. It appears bright in the pan but is somewhat sheer, making it easily wearable.
The star product of the collection, the beautifully-embossed powder highlighter, Poudre Signée de Chanel, is gorgeous as expected. It has a pleasant, soft and smooth texture and imparts a veil of sheer white-gold shimmer to the complexion. (I am so sorry I was unable to get any clear photographs of this product in-store with my sad iPhone camera. If you haven't already seen it, visit Best Things in Beauty for a great review of this item.)
From left to right: Poudre Signée de Chanel highlighter, Frivole blush, and Raffinement eye quad
If you look very carefully at the far left above, you may be able to see some of the shimmer from the Poudre Signée highlighter. These photos were taken outdoors in sunlight, after I drove home from the mall. A bit of the highlighter had worn off in the interim, but the shadows and blush were still going strong!
The eyeshadow quad, Les 4 Ombres Quadra in Raffinement, has a selection of beautiful, basic (but not boring) neutral shades. It contains a medium-toned shimmery mink brown, a pale satin muted pink/flesh-toned nude, a medium-toned shimmery warm fawn, and a dark matte chestnut brown (this shade was a bit patchy in comparison to the others). I especially love the two medium-toned shades in this palette--so, so pretty! All of the shades were smooth to the touch and nicely pigmented. If you like neutrals and brown shades, this palette is highly worth a look. I am seriously tempted to go back for this!
Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner:
Top to bottom: Or Rose (pale gold), Santal (shimmery brown), and Beryl (pale lilac)
Rouge Allure Luminous Intense:
Top to bottom Precieuse (light peachy nude) and Fantasque (light cool rose/pink)
I'm sorry that these in-store swatches aren't the best, and regret that I don't have any product close-up photos but I hope this has been somewhat helpful anyway! I feel I should explain that I didn't purchase as many items from this collection as I would have liked, because I have been trying to cut back on makeup purchases (gasp!). This is for a few reasons, including financial, but also because I already have so many items, and I confess I don't have time to use up what I have. So in order to be responsible both fiscally and environmentally I think the trend for me in 2013 will be: reduce, re-use, recycle. In any case, though you may be seeing slightly less of the "latest and greatest" collections from me, I hope to provide some interesting material in the coming year, and I also have many things to share which I purchased over the last few months and have yet to review--including some of my first Tom Ford products. Stay tuned!
Do you have any items from Chanel's spring collection on your wishlist? Let me know in the comments!