Chanel Holiday 2010

Chanel, holiday, 2010, displayChanel’s holiday collection delivers a lot of surprises. The eyeshadow quad is European (round pans; baked shadows); there’s no holiday highlighter; the collection includes a number of repromoted items… and where last year’s holiday collection was very “resort,”  this year’s collection is in a much different vein. Does brown and pink say “holiday” to you this year? I confess, my head was in a different place.

Tentation Cuivree ($56) is unusually sparkly for a Chanel quad. It includes a warm cocoa with silver sparkles; a very soft, gauzy, whitened pink; a peony pink with silver sparkles; and a darker, richer, wet-earth, warm red-brown with copper sparkles.

I was surprised by the color of the newest “Ombres d’Eau” Fluid eyeshadow ($32). Splash was officially described as pewter — it’s not.  I was expecting a metallic gold-silver mix (see Bobbi Brown’s Pewter Chrome shadow); Splash is actually taupe (cool brown).

The new nail polish for the collection is bright pink Pulsion. Mica Rose is a repromote (and some counters had put another shade in its place). These are $23 each.
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There are also two new Rouge Coco lipsticks ($30): Patchouli is a shimmery peachy, rosy brown. Magnolia is a somewhat sheer creme pink.

Stylo Yeux Waterproof eyeliners ($28) Espresso and Cassis are both repromoted shades. I didn’t swatch them, but the collection also repromotes Inimitable Intense Noir Mascara, Eclat Lumiere highlighter pen in Beige Rose, and eyeshadow duo Misty-Soft.
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There are four holiday Glossimers (each $27). 237 Charming, 227 Pleasing, and 247 Pink Pulsion are new. Different counters had different opinions on whether the fourth Glossimer should be 131 Mica or 139 Futile — they’re both pale pinks.

There’s also a new “Tweed” blush, Tweed Fuchsia ($45). I didn’t really know how to swatch this one… it’s almost three blushes in one. On first swatch, it has a lot of gold sparkle, but that’s all overspray. As you work through the gold, the color is a warmer, lighter, more watermelon pink — the result of color variations (the tweed patterning) in the powder, mixing a lighter pink with the darker raspberry/fuchsia underneath. But as you continue to work your way down, the blush appears to be a solid fuchsia (unlike the other Tweed blushes, which are two-color, split-pan blushes, under all the decoration). I settled for swatching a relatively well-loved tester, to show you that final, bottom color.

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6 Responses to “Chanel Holiday 2010”

  • Splash looks absolutely my sort of colour. I like the quad and the Pulsion nail varnish but Splash is definitely calling to me.

  • Valerie says:

    So pleased to see these swatches! Rouge Coco Patchouli was already on my list, but after the advertisement I was considering Magnolia as well. However, it appears the saturated color on the model is pulled more from the Pink Pulsion gloss than the Magnolia lipstick (which appears to be quite sheer and light).

  • Liliana says:

    I must admit Tentation cuivree spells fall, not holiday for me, but it is still very, very pretty :)

    Thank you for the swatches, as usual your blog is a delight to read.

  • switch says:

    Splash is gorgeous! Thanks Karla!

  • Valerie Pierzina says:

    Splash vs. Taupe Gris. . . which would you recommend (if you could only have one)!

  • KarlaSugar says:

    Ack, how do you choose? They’re different colors, different formulas… Do you like the purple in Taupe Gris ( Will you use a liquid shadow, or are you more of a powder girl?

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