Found my first real “spring” collection at the mall this past weekend! I think people have been excited for Chanel spring since the first images of the eyeshadow palettes made their way across the web.
If this collection has one signature piece, it’s probably the limited edition, five-shade Ombrees Perlees de Chanel eyeshadow palette ($65). This palette is all shimmery. The shades are a somewhat sheer shimmery white, shimmery subdued pink, shimmery black-violet, shimmery green-grey (with purple sparkles), and shimmery charcoal. The texture is somewhere between Dior’s iridescent quints and that of their “topcoat” shades. The Ombrees Perlees shadows are powder, but perhaps a bit more crumbly than usual (or maybe this tester had been attacked). According to Cafe Makeup, this palette is more about the pearl finish than heavy pigment.
There’s a new, permanent Precision Eye Definer (eyeliner pencil): reflective gunmetal Gris Scintillant ($28). I generally prefer matte eyeliners to metallic, shimmery, or reflective ones. I want my eyeliner to darken my lashline, creating the illusion of fuller lashes.
There’s also a new, permanent, U.S.-exclusive eyeshadow quad: Regard Perle ($56). The shades are very-dark, almost black/grey green with a few sparkles; satin pink, satin beige-peach, and satin white.
I was (naturally) excited to hear about the new Joues Contraste blush. Espiegle is a peached pink with gold sparkles. The shade is also U.S. only (so don’t look for a baked version). Joues Contraste blushes are $42, and Espiegle is permanent.
When I swatched Chanel’s holiday collection, I wondered about the “flagship” piece (in a holiday collection, it’s usually a highlighter). So I was amused to see the limited edition highlighter in this collection. Did Rose Merveille get delayed by a season?
Rose Merveille is beige-white with silver sparkles, the Poudre Universelle Compact formula/packaging. It is $44 — quite reasonable for a limited edition highlighter.
There are also three spring nail polishes ($23 each). Pearl Drop is a pearly white that reflects gold. Peche Nacree is peach-pink. Black Pearl is Tahitian pearl: a green-blue grey. All three are frost finish.
And finally, it wouldn’t be spring without some peach-pink lips. I’ve heard conflicting reports on the lifespan of these lipsticks. My sales associate was sure that the new Rouge Allures, Rouge Cocos, lip liners, and Glossimers were permanent. Chanel’s website lists them all as limited edition, but they also list repromoted Extrait de Glosses Insouciance and Genie as limited edition, and we KNOW that’s not right. So I’m not sure. The only item everyone agrees on is Ultra-Wear Lip Color Cristal Rose: definitely limited edition.
Coquette (85, if you need to know the number) is a lovely, bright, warm pink. Flamboyante (84) is a bright, pinkish red. Peregrina (78) is a sheer peach-pink. Jersey Rose (77) is a warm, medium pink. Rouge Allures and Rouge Cocos are both $30 each.
There are two new Le Crayon Levres lipliners ($28): coral with a very few gold sparkles Peche (38), and warm red Framboise (37).
There are also two new Glossimers ($27): white/clear with pink, blue, and silver sparkles Aragonite (151), and warm, bright, watermelon pink with a few gold sparkles Nakkar (149).
Cristal Rose is very sheer, a pale, warm pink, best for fair girls who want subtle lips. This double-ended gloss has a pigmented side and a clear topcoat — so the first swatch is the color alone, the second is with the clear topcoat. Ultra Wear Lip Colors are $34 each, and Cristal Rose is a U.S. exclusive.
Thoughts? Feelings? Which are your must-have items?