The item everyone’s talking about is the eyeshadow quad, Quatuor Boutons de Chanel — designed after the buttons of Chanel jackets (did you know Chanel owns its own button factory to control production?). The quad is $65; the eyeshadows are round pans (instead of the American rounded-squares); and the texture of the powder is very smooth, really nice.
Chanel frequently causes makeup-lovers some anguish, because the European and American products are so different (trans-Atlantically, different formulas, different shades, may share the same name). I’ve heard that Chanel is “going global,” making the effort to standardize names and numbers worldwide (though Asia and Latin America will continue to receive certain exclusives). I’ve also heard that Chanel will be transitioning all their production to France, and that we can expect to see this change happen over the next few years — so maybe this round-pan/square-pan difference won’t be around forever.
Nordstrom is also receiving a limited edition nail polish: 440 Gold LamÃ© ($23).
There’s a really nice little Coco Mademoiselle set for $45: a 3.4 oz Coco Mademoiselle Fresh Moisture Mist (a spray-on body milk) — plus a Coco Mademoiselle rollerball.
The “half” item is the new shade of Chanel’s Inimitable mascara: Inimitable Intense Rouge Noir. It’s a burgundy color (think of Chanel’s Rouge Noir lipstick). It’s $30, and is exclusive to Nordstrom for now, but might be offered at other retailers after anniversary is over.