Chanel’s limited edition Soho collection (celebrating the reopening of their Soho boutique) is pretty exclusive, available only online and in their Soho store. So I feel incredibly lucky to be able to share with you these guest swatches and first thoughts from Estelle (HusbandStillWontBeHappy). Estelle is NW20ish in MAC’s foundation system; she’s pale and cool-toned.
I’m pale enough that the Soho de Chanel powder can be built up to a really pretty bronzey-pink blush. I also tried it as a highlighter over Chanel’s Rose Dust blush, and liked it that way, too. It’s pretty and subtle, but not a must-have unless you’re a collector of Chanel. I’ll probably use it more in spring and summer when I’m doing more bronzey looks (if I haven’t swapped it away by then). The powder was swatched over Urban Decay’s Primer Potion, and it is $65.
I was kind of disappointed by Stupendous eyeshadow quad. I took pictures in sunlight, and indoors with a flash. The sunlight shows the shimmery depth of the three palest shadows — very pretty though it doesn’t entirely translate to the eye. On me it applied VERY cool-toned. The pigmentation and texture were average for Chanel quads, definitely NOT sublime like Kaska Beige. The silver shade was my favorite.
The eyeshadows were also swatched over Urban Decay’s Primer Potion, and the quad is $56
Star Glossimer ($27) is super shimmery (not quite frosty), sheer, cool-toned pale pink. I like pigmented glosses, so this one definitely didn’t ring my bell. However, over the other lip products, it does add TONS of shine.
This was my first time trying a Rouge Allure Laque — hello, creamy pigmentation (slightly too creamy, actually). Stunt is a very pretty, slightly-plum mauve. It has no shimmer, and did I mention the creaminess? It was a bit dark for my tastes, so I lightened it up with Star glossimer on top liked that better. I don’t think this one is a keeper for me. Rouge Allure Laques are $32.
Based on the rather dark promo pictures of Stunning Rouge Coco lipstick, I almost didn’t order it — but BOY am I glad I did! It’s my surprise favorite item of the whole collection, a PERFECT beige-pink lipstick with subtle shimmer (it swatched peachier than it looks on my lips; it really is a perfect beige-pink).
I don’t really care for any Chanel lipstick formulation (not even the new Cocos; I find them all drying) but this one seems a little better, especially after I topped it with Star Glossimer. My benchmark for lipstick perfection are Cle De Peau’s Extra Silky Lipsticks, and nothing compares to those in terms of pigmentation and softness (for me).
Anyway, Stunning had terrific staying power. I tried it yesterday evening and then ate dinner (pizza and salad with oil-based dressing) and was surprised to see traces of Stunning still on my lips about four hours later. And even though it has shimmer, it doesn’t leave sparkle behind as it wears off (I HATE that!). Now, if Cle de Peau would release an Extra Silky in THIS EXACT COLOR, I would be the happiest woman on earth. I may even buy a backup of Stunning.
As for the polishes, Strong was rather disappointing and dull, compared to how it looks in the bottle. It’s basically black in most lighting. When I swatched it on-nail, I had to compare it to another limited edition Chanel polish: Feu de Russie (FdR is on my middle finger). In my mind, Feu de Russie is the more interesting shade.
I didn’t expect to like Steel better than Strong, but I did. It’s a gorgeous dark grey shimmer, that looks dark grey (not black) in all lighting. And in sun (or with flash) — wow!
I swatched the polishes with no base coat and no topcoat. Each polish is $23.