In hindsight, swatching Chanel’s holiday collection was a mistake. If I hadn’t swatched, I could have lived in blissful ignorance — instead I’m placing my Nordstrom.com order.
The holiday collection includes two limited edition eyeshadow singles ($28.50). 407 Blazing Gold is a slightly chunky shimmery yellow. 417 Beige Lamé is a nutmeg-tan satin with very tiny blue and pink sparkles.
There is one new eyeshadow duo ($42): 27 Noir-Ivoire, a satin charcoal-black paired with a gently shimmery wedding-dress-ivory-beige. I’m surprised that such a basic and sensible duo would be limited edition, but it is. Buy now or forever hold your peace.
The collection repromotes Crayon Kohl pencil eyeliner in Noir (so I swatched it; $28). There’s also a limited edition Ligne Extreme liquid liner in 307 Or ($32). It’s a very yellow gold metallic shade with a fine brush applicator.
587 Rouge Carat nail polish ($25) is a rose-red with fuchsia pink shimmer — also limited edition.
Of course the signature piece of the collection is an ornately embossed highlighting powder: Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel. It is lovely, but at $72, I wasn’t prepared to buy it for looks alone. And then I swatched it.
I can’t think of another powder that’s so amazingly pearly. It’s white that’s simultaneously pink and gold. It’s really a remarkable shade.
I don’t totally understand Poudre Universelle Libre (Natural Finish Loose Powder) Féérie ($52). It’s a translucent powder with tiny pink and gold sparkles. It seems risky to put this all over your face.
And then the Tissages blush in Brun Rose swept me off my feet. It’s a slightly burned matte coral that — for me — is a must-have. All Tissages blushes are $45.
If you needed proof that life isn’t fair, all three of these powders — even the blush — are limited edition.
I swatched the lips in what I felt was a sensible color order, so the formulas are all mixed up.
You guessed it: everything on this arm is ALSO limited edition.
Famous (207) is a Rouge Allure lipstick ($32). It’s a pink-red with subtle pink sparkles.
Dragon (75) is a Rouge Allure Laque (full coverage lipgloss, $32). It’s a cool, deep, sexy red with a shine/slight shimmer. This is a repromoted color (see a swatch from its 2009 debut), but soon to be discontinued — which has caused a bit of a frenzy. I find Dragon too cool, too blue-red for me.
Triomphal (517) is a Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss ($32). Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss is a pigmented-but-sheer formula compared to Laque’s full coverage, liquid-lipstick finish. (Click here for swatches from Extrait de Gloss’s debut, plus a lip-swatch of EdG in Exces.) Compared to Dragon, Triomphal is a sheerer cherry pink-red with pink sparkles.
Enivrée (197) is a Rouge Allure lipstick ($32), a sheer warm pink with pink sparkles.
Empire (707) is a Rouge Allure Laque ($32), a medium warm rose with gold sparkles.
Sweet Beige (297) is a Glossimer ($28.50), a muted/greyed beige-pink with gold sparkles.
Sparkle d’Or (307) is also a Glossimer ($28.50); clear with tiny gold sparkles.
There should be one more Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss: nude-beige Discretion. I checked four counters and no one had received tester or product; they said the shade was MIA nationwide. Since Chanel’s website lists permanent shade Insouciance instead, I guess Discretion isn’t coming.