Chanel Sophisticated Eye Collection

Chanel, Sophisticated Eye Collection, displayReaders, 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).
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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.
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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.

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14 Responses to “Chanel Sophisticated Eye Collection”

  • fleurissante says:

    Thank you for swatches: )

    What is interesting is the fact that Lagons quad, as well as Twilight and Fauve single were launched in Europe at the same time as Spring 2011 collection. They were launched together with Sublime de Chanel Mascara as a part of L’Ame d’un Regard collection.

  • Jennifer A. says:

    So Karla, could you clarify, is the eyelash curler the only limited-edition item?

  • KarlaSugar says:

    Yes, the lash curler is the only piece that’s limited edition.

  • AlexandraRC says:

    Wow so glad this is permanent. The Vanites is TDF.

  • Lexie says:

    I have already bought the Lagons in spring and been using it all the time. It’s soo gorgeous!!

  • Gail says:

    The MA at my Nordstrom claims Vanites is LE. I hope she’s wrong as I can’t quite decide on it yet. ;)

  • G says:

    Vanites is a repromote from many years ago – I pulled my old one out & the lower left color hit pan so I must have loved it at one point. I’m a little disappointed with the brow pencils – they did not make a taupe – not sure if you are familiar with the old taupe – if so how do you feel it compares to the blonde clair -Kalasugar that it was more yellow – my store did not have the brow pencils but I did pick up the curler (needed a new one) and the taupe pencil which is kinda plummy.

  • G says:

    Sorry I meant to say Cafe Makeup said the pencil was more yellow – Boy I’m reading too many blogs – LOL

  • Jaime says:

    I couldn’t actually see any of those brow pencils working for me either. Glad it’s not just me.

  • Jane W. says:

    I went to a local Chanel event and Vanities is dreamy. Just say’n.

  • sensina says:

    I got Lagoons in spring in Spain and they are gorgeous! Although I hardly ever use them.

  • Emily says:

    I love the promo picture of Olivia Wilde, but I definitely don’t think the artist used the fall shades exclusively. There’s a pink-beige shadow on her lids and in her crease/outer corner that isn’t in the collection as far as I can tell. I wonder what shadow they did use for it…. anyone know?

  • KarlaSugar says:

    Oh, now that you mention it, I can see how this model looks like Olivia Wilde. I’m pretty sure it’s not her, though (Chanel’s been using the same model for the last I-forget-how-many campaigns).

    Also, I think that crease color is Twilight. Anyone else want to weigh in?

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