Most Chanel collections begin with an eyeshadow quad. This summer’s is Lilium ($57), featuring a shimmery peony pink, a low-shimmer rich emerald/forest green, a low-shimmer apple green (springy yellow-green), and a low shimmer purple-taupe (purple-warm-grey).
And Chanel rather brilliantly made that fourth shade into a glorious, metallic-finish, iced-violet waterproof eyeliner pencil ($29): Rose Platine.
There’s also a new summer duo: Khaki-Discret ($42, not to be confused with the previously released Khaki-Clair). Khaki-Discret includes a low-shimmer forest green (darker and not as blue-green as the color in Lilium) and a low-shimmer, very whitened, light yellow-green.
Khaki-Discret has more of a satin-finish compared to Khaki-Clair’s matte. Discret’s dark green is also more green and more blue (Clair’s green is very muted). And Clair’s lighter shade is white.
Chanel also has two… what should I call them, bronzing-blush? It’s Soleil de Tan, Moisturizing Bronzing Powder according to the website, but they look more like blush to me.
I swatched these powders three ways: first with a triangle sponge, all over all four shades equally — both light and heavy swatches. Then I swatched each of the four shades individually (because you may get a different “mix” as you run your brush over this product).
I was surprised that Bronze Corail was rather brown and mauvey on my arm. Bronze Rose is a natural pink. Both powders are $50 each.
And finally: the lips and nails. This collection offers two Rouge Coco lipsticks ($32): new, hot coral Sari Dore, and the repromoted Gardenia (this was Neiman Marcus’s exclusive shade for the original Rouge Coco launch).
There are three new Glossimers ($28.50): pink-with-silver-sparkles Pink Peony; sheer-coral-with-gold-sparkles Pensee; and clear-with-pink-and-gold-sparkles Aurore.
Of course the internet has been buzzing about Mimosa… since before they knew what the shade would be called. It’s considered the star of Chanel’s summer polishes — though I suspect the shade will look best on medium-to-darker skintones. It’s a bright, saturated yellow with a very subtle shimmer.
The other two polishes of the summer collection are “safer” — Morning Rose is a bright, warm pink with gold sparkle. Beige Petale is very, very, very sheer ballet beige-pink. All three polishes are $25 each.