Chanel Spring 2012: Harmonie de Printemps

Chanel, spring 2012, displayChanel’s spring collection was one of the first on counter this year. The collection chiefly offers variations on pink and orange (is this the color palette you’re craving right now?). The collection also presents a lot of lip options, but I’ll save those for the end.

First, let me introduce the eyeshadow quad ($57, permanent). Eclosion includes a satin peach-pink, a sheer light beige-pink with tiny gold sparkles, a shimmery-satin rose-sand, and a satin red-purple-brown (lighter, brighter, more red than Magic Night).

The two eyeshadow singles are also a permanent addition to the line ($28.50). Tigerlily is a pale orange with a few tiny gold sparkles. Rose de Mai is a warm matte light pink.

Grenat ($29) is a Stylo Yeux waterproof eyeliner pencil. It’s a sheeny plush red-purple, and another permanent addition to the line.

And then there’s Ombre d’Eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow ($32) in 40 Source. It’s a repromoted shade, a pale, shimmery ballet pink.
Chanel, spring 2012, swatches, Eclosion, Tigerlily, Rose de Mai, Source, Grenat, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar
For me, the most eye-catching item on the display was the stripey, limited edition Blush Horizon de Chanel ($58). I love patterned blushes, but I’m really bad at “color math,” so I can never guess what blended color they’ll produce until I swatch them. Blush Horizon de Chanel is a pink satin (warm, but unquestionably pink, not peach).

Another limited item in this collection is the Poudre Universelle Compacte (Natural Finish Pressed Powder) in Jasmin ($45). Jasmin is a sheer invisible golden peach beige with tiny golden sparkles. It’s much too subtle to use as a highlighter — instead, use it all over the face for a delicately warming golden glow.
Chanel, spring 2012, swatches, Blush Horizon de Chanel, Jasmin, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar
Chanel is not always 100% consistent in its lipstick formulas. The Rouge Cocos, the Rouge Allures — they all have some shades that are sheerer and some that provide fuller coverage. There are five Rouge Coco lipsticks in the collection, and it seemed to me that the four new shades (particularly Superstition and Charme) were somewhat more sheer than the repromote.

Superstition is a muted nude beige-pink with tiny gold sparkles. Chalys (repromoted from last fall) is coral. Paradis is a cool flamingo pink with pink sparkles. Charme is a more muted mauve blue-pink. Destinee is a deeper blue-violet-rose.

There are two new shades of Rouge Coco Shine. Candeur is nearly invisible. It’s a very sheer, very pale baby pink with tiny pink and blue sparkles. Flirt (so pretty!) is a soft, warm guava pink. All seven lipsticks (Rouge Coco and Rouge Coco Shine) are $32 each.

There’s also a new Rouge Coco Shine Baume, which I didn’t swatch, because it’s clear. The balm is $32.50.

And there are two Crayon Levres lipliners ($29): Rose Corail is a sheeny, warm, strawberry-candy pink. Bois de Rose is slightly deeper and ruddier (more red) — and it’s more matte.
Chanel, spring 2012, swatches, Rouge Coco, Superstition, Chalys, Paradis, Charme, Destinee, Rouge Coco Shine, Candeur, Flirt, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar
There are three Glossimers ($28.50). Bagatelle is Barbie-/bubblegum-pink with gold sparkles (and offers more coverage than the other two options). Petillant is clear with tiny pastel pink and purple sparkles. Bonbon is sheer pale pink with gold shimmer/sparkle.

There are also three nail polishes ($25). April is clearly the awesomest (okay, that’s my birth month). It’s a berry wine creme. May is bubblegum pink. June is the only limited edition shade, a pale peach/orange.

Last but certainly not least, the U.S. exclusive: Rose Topaz Rouge Double Intensite ($34). Rouge Double Intensite is a long-wearing, double-ended lipgloss. The colored end is super long-wearing (and kind of drying), so the clear gloss end keeps your lips feeling comfortable. Rose Topaz is a mauve rose.
Chanel, spring 2012, swatches, Glossimer, Bagatelle, Petillant, Bonbon, Rose Topaz, April, May, June, nail polish, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar
Unfortunately, I don’t have any deals or gifts with purchase to tell you about, though NeimanMarcus.comicon and Nordstrom.comicon are both offering free shipping. (Use code SHOPNM on; no code required for Nordstrom.)

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9 Responses to “Chanel Spring 2012: Harmonie de Printemps”

  • Victoria says:

    I love coral pink theme throughout the products! I saw the products at Nordies but they were out of Horizon :(

  • Marjorie says:

    Do you know if the lipsticks are limited editions?

  • mee says:

    Your way to swatch things is really unique. I can always spot a picture is from your blog/website, when i do a research about a beauty product or something lol (:.. How come you’re not allergic to the stuff you put on your arms? ecspecially the nailpolish? (:

  • Jackie says:

    Hi Karla!
    Any dupes for the Horizon de Chanel blush? How does it compare to Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in dollface or MAC dainty?

  • eri says:

    I’d just like to give you a little more info about the Blush Horizon de Chanel… it is actually three blush colors in one compact. If you swipe your brush on only the top half of the blush, you’ll get a soft pink color. If you swipe the bottom half, you’ll get a coral-peach color. Swirling your brush over the whole compact equals a warm peachy-pink. Therefore, this compact is great for someone who wants a pink blush somedays and (peachy) coral other days. You can think of the darker reddish horizontal stripe in the middle as the dividing line.

  • Laura says:


    I was wondering what products were used on the promo ad in this collection, especially the lip shade used. Thanks.

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