As is usual for a Chanel seasonal collection, Les Impressions has a lot to the offer. Attracting a lot of attention so far is the Kaska Beige eyeshadow quad ($56) — the shades are light matte/satin peach, matte purpley wood brown, a shimmery purple brown (not quite as dark as last Spring’s Magic Night, more purple than the darkest shade in the Mystic Eyes quad), and a shimmery copper-sand.
There’s a new Le Crayon Yeux eyeliner ($28): 68 Khaki Dore. There’s also a new liquid eyeshadow (Ombre d’Eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow, $32) — 100 Torrent — in the exact same shade.
There are three single eyeshadows ($28.50), and they should be 84 Lily, 85 Sillage, and 86 Trace. My counter apparently never received a tester of light pink Lily, so they substituted Slate instead. Though I hate incomplete swatches, I’m kind of glad I got to see this one — Slate is ridiculously lovely.
There are three nail polishes ($23) in this collection, and in my mind, Particuliere was an absolute stroke of genius. I can’t stop staring at it. It’s a chocolate mousse shade that takes on purple tones when I swatch it on my skin — I think it’s going to look a little different on everyone. Pale sheer peach Inattendu and pale sheer pink Tendresse didn’t hold the same magic for me.
I get a little “Joues Contraste blindness” every time Chanel puts out a new blush. Call it blush goggles. Would newcomer Imprevu look good on me? I can’t think clearly enough to decide, but I want to try it.
There’s also a limited edition highlighter, Empreinte de Chanel ($65). I swatched this very heavily to make sure I knew what the color was (peach-gold); I don’t love it quite as much as I did holiday’s brighter Les Tissages/Tweed.
For some reason there’s also a limited edition shade of Chanel’s Poudre Universelle (110 Beige Clair, $44). And Chanel is repromoting one shade of their otherwise discontinued Sheer Illuminating Fluid ($48, this product is very much like Armani’s Fluid Sheers).
And finally, spring lips. The lipsticks are all Rouge Allures (my favorite formula, tragically $30); the glosses are Glossimers ($27).
Impertinente is surprisingly berry for spring; Delicieuse is a bright coral. Insouciante is a pinky nude beige; Incognito is rose. Futile is clear with lots of silver sparkle; Maline is very sheer peach with lots of silver sparkle.
Les Impressions de Chanel: Kaska Beige, Sillage, Trace, Empreinte de Chanel, Imprevu, Beige Clair, Khaki Dore, Torrent, Inattendu, Particuliere, Tendresse, Futile, Maline, Impertinente, Delicieuse, Insouciante, Incognito, Soleil Tan de Chanel