Readers, I’m very excited to discuss with you a collection I’ve been fondly referring to as Chanel’s “Fall 2″ (or post-fall, or pre-winter). It’s their Sophisticated Eye Collection, one of those interstitial collections that lands between major seasonal releases (in this case, fall and holiday).
This collection feels bigger and more important than past in-between collections. First, almost everything you see on the display is a permanent addition to the line. Second, it represents the introduction of Chanel’s new Crayon Sourcils brow pencils (which will entirely replace the previous formula). Third, I’ve been waiting to see the eyelash curler!
I curled my lashes using the tester at the counter, and I was actually impressed. The silicone pad is quite springy (meaning it gives a nice curl without crimping), and the “head” of the tool seems smaller than my Shu Uemura curler, meaning I was able to get much closer to the roots of my lashes (and do so more comfortably). This lash curler is limited edition, $34 (with two replacement pads in the box, though Chanel does not currently sell additional replacement pads after that).
This collection features two eyeshadow quads — Vanites and Lagons. They’re $57 each, and both are quite pigmented.
I feel compelled to tell all my purple-loving friends about Vanites. It includes a dark, very pigmented blue-purple satin; a shimmery pale lilac; a shimmery lavender; and a shimmery golden-purple-brown. Is it golden brown that reflects purple or purple-brown that reflects gold? Either way, gorgeous.
Everyone’s doing blue this fall, and Lagons is right on trend. The quad includes a shimmery powder-blue/ice-blue; a satin muted denim blue with blue shimmer; a more saturated Wonder-Woman-dark-blue satin; and a “Cinderella” dreamy periwinkle blue shimmer.
There are four eyeshadow singles (each $28.50). Magic Night is a red-purple-brown shimmer, a repromote from Spring 2009. Fauve is a purple-silver shimmer. Twilight is a cotton-candy-pink shimmer. Both Fauve and Twilight appear to be baked. Lily is a matte pink-beige-white.
This collection also introduces one new shade of Stylo Yeux waterproof mechanical eyeliner pencil: Taupe, which is a shimmery purple-silver halfway between Rose Platine and Guerlain’s Oriental Metal. (Black Ebene is repromoted, so I swatched it, too. Stylo Yeux are $29 each.)
Most brow pencils are so firm that they don’t mark on skin, but the new Crayon Sourcils were soft enough to be able to swatch. Blond Clair is an ashy blond khaki. Brun Naturel is a cool wood brown. Brun Cendre is a darker cool brown. And Noir Cendre is actually a super dark cool brown (near black, but not quite black).
I wasn’t sure which pencil would look best on me, so I put Blond Clair on one brow and Brun Naturel on the other. The Blond Clair was subtle (a good “fill” color), but the “blondness” of it added a warmness that doesn’t naturally occur in my brows (so the color didn’t look quite right). Brun Naturel was a bit dark, but the coolness made it a better match. It made for a nice complement to smoky eyes, but looked like a bit much without other makeup on.
The brow pencils are $29 each, and my sales associates are really enthusiastic about them. They like the new colors better, and say they prefer the glide of the new formula.