The Chanel holiday collection is extensive and warm (my favorite!). I think the only pieces not swatched are the Poudre Precieuse Or (gold highlighting powder) ($75), the nail polishes ($20), and the gloss trios ($50).
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The Chanel collection includes:
1. Beiges de Chanel (Chanel Beige) eyeshadow quad – $56
Yes, you have seen swatches of this recently (compared to Dior’s Iridescent Leather quint), but I didn’t realize I was looking at a holiday collection item. I still think this quad is lovely, but it’s an interesting choice for holiday: it’s not particularly shimmery or sparkly. But I like that it provides variations on gold and brown without that stray shade of pink or purple, so it’s a great choice for me. The quad is limited edition.
2. La Ligne de Chanel (cake liner) – $45
Chanel recently released a cake liner duo in black and sparkly black (aka Noir-Lame). Brun-Lame is the limited edition brown duo for holiday. Once again, I was impressed by how pigmented the liner was, but I couldn’t distinguish at all between the sparkly and non-sparkly sides. The first swatch (on the left) is the “matte” side, the second swatch is the sparkly side. For more information on cake liners, click here.
3. Le Crayon Yeux Precision Eye Definer – $28
Noir Scintillant (#27) is black-with-gold-sparkles, a limited edition eyeliner shade. It comes with a sharpener, and the back end of the pencil is a smudge sponge.
4. Le Crayon Levres Precision Lip Definer – $28
Rouge (#24) is not a limited edition shade. This lip liner comes with a sharpener, too, and the back end of the pencil is a brush.
5. Creme Gloss Lumiere Brush-on Creme Lip Colour – $32
These are sparkly click-pen glosses. Click-pen applicators — for any kind of makeup — are not my friends. Canele (#78) is a permanent shade; Praline Rose (#77) is limited edition.
6. Eclat Lumiere Highlighter Face Pen – $38
Chanel and YSL both released click-pen highlighters for face in their holiday collections. Chanel’s is called Beige Rose and will be available on a permanent basis.
7. Rouge Allure lipstick – $30
You know how much I love these lipsticks (best formula ever. Also best packaging ever). At the moment, Exaltation is at the top of my wishlist. It’s coral-red-apricot, shiny, cream finish, and it looks like no other lipstick I own. I’m having those holiday-party fantasies again.
Ardent is a very similar color to Exaltation (I realize they look identical in arm-swatches), but it’s softer and more shimmery (not at all over-the-top). Ardent and Exaltation are limited edition; Nude and Audace are permanent.
I like Nude, but at $30, it’s not an immediate priority. I’d say it falls between Naive and Flirt in terms of pigmentation. Naive (everyone’s favorite nude-pink) looked — on me — like I wasn’t wearing lipstick. If you have somewhat pigmented lips, I think Nude will be just over your “is she wearing lipstick” threshhold. It’s subtle; it’s pretty — but this is one of those cases where “nude” means “a bit corally, a bit bronzey, just slightly shimmery.”
8. Aqualumiere lipstick – $27
Aqualumiere lipstick is supposed to be extra moisturizing — I never liked the formula as much as Rouge Allure, but that is by no means the majority opinion. Aqualumieres contain SPF 15, and this shade, Cancun, is limited edition.
9. Glossimer (Levres Scintillantes) – $26
Chanel’s beloved, doe-foot-applicator, non-sticky glosses have added two more colors to their already extensive color range. Gold Shine is limited edition, Red Shine will be permanent.
10. Ombre d’Eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow – $32
Chanel has a few shades of something called “fluid eyeshadow.” It comes in a little square tube and has a doe’s foot applicator. A Touch of Blusher did a brilliant review of these, which I totally recommend reading. There are two new colors for holiday: Riviera (which is limited edition, and pale, peachy gold) and Source (not limited edition according to Chanel’s website; pale pink).