Chanel Summer 2012

Chanel summer 2012 promoOn first “walk-by,” Chanel’s summer collection didn’t dazzle me — stripey bronzers? I saw those last summer, right? But on closer inspection (swatching, actually looking at the promo photo), I have to say I am totally digging their fantasy of summer.

Let’s start with the odds and ends. There’s a lovely, neutral, can-you-believe-this-is-limited-edition eyeshadow duo. Sable Emouvant includes a dark, satin, warm-mulch-brown with tiny shimmers and a shimmery beige (a little bit peachy, a little bit pink). It’s $42.

There’s a limited edition Crayon Khol eyeliner, shimmery beige-peach Peche Cuivre (a color clearly intended for use on the waterline). This pencil is $28.

Crayon Yeux eyeliner Khaki Dore (a shimmery olive) actually doesn’t belong in this collection; someone had swapped out a tester and I realized a little too late. The actual Crayon Yeux eyeliner from this collection is Brun Intense. It’s limited edition, a dark satin brown. Crayon Yeux eyeliners are $29 each.

There are two Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks ($32.50). En Vogue is a sheer, warm, watermelon pink. Empreinte is a very sheer, warm, light pink with a few gold sparkles.

There are also two Glossimers ($29.50). I LOVE Calypso, a saturated orange/tangerine with some pink and gold sparkles. Obviously it’s the more opaque of the two; Sirocco is basically clear with a few gold sparkles.
Chanel summer 2012, swatches, 37 Sable Emouvant, 75 Peche Cuivre, 68 Khaki Dore, 47 Brun Intense, 447 En Vogue, 437 Empreinte, 337 Calypso, 327 Sirocco, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar
Chanel, summer 2012, Soleil Tan de Chanel, Harmonie Poudre de Soleil, striped bronzer Last summer, I swatched the striped bronzing powders both by shade and blended together. This year’s powders feature stripes too narrow to use individually, so I just swirled them for light and heavy blended swatches.

I was surprised by how subtle these were — maybe blush/bronzers, rather than “bronzers.” Sable Beige is a light peach-gold-sand with gold shimmer. Sable Rose is a more pigmented pinked peach with gold shimmer. Sable Beige is more shimmery; Sable Rose is more sparkly (but still subtle). These are limited edition (of course), $60 each.
Chanel, summer 2012, swatches, Soleil Tan de Chanel, Harmonie Poudre de Soleil, 907 Sable Beige, 917 Sable Rose, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar
The collection also includes three limited edition nail polishes (each $26). Island was the first to sell out in most places, which surprises me to no end. I would have thought Holiday (or even Delight) was the prize of the group. Holiday is a deep, saturated, (almost red) orange creme. Delight is a bronze foil (looks slightly gritty but feels smooth — I prefer this finish to frosts). Island is a champagne-pearl frost.

The collection also repromotes the permanent Soleil Tan de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Fluid, Sunkissed (but it’s so widely beloved I thought I’d swatch it again). It’s a shimmering, delicate golden highlight ($48).
Chanel, summer 2012, swatches, nail polish, 917 Holiday, 607 Delight, 597 Island, Soleil Tan de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Fluid Sunkissed, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar
Traipsing around Northpark, I found everything but Island still available for sale. If you desperately need something that’s sold out near you, try Chanel’s website (free two-day shipping with code MERCI2012, valid through through August 15th).

Or call Maya at the Chanel counter in Dillard’s Northpark: 214-373-7000 extension 5015. They have just about everything, and she said she could ship for free with a $50 purchase.

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One Response to “Chanel Summer 2012”

  • zoelarue says:

    The striped bronzes are to die for. They are lovely for my skin coloring. I intended to buy only one but ended up buying both. Couldn’t choose!

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