For the last few seasons, Chanel has been the first to counter — and this fall is no exception. Fall is usually a big collection for the brand, and this one feels like a crowd-pleaser. Another source of joy: a surprising number of these products are permanent additions to the line.
Let’s start with the eyeshadow quad, 38 Premier Regard ($58). No wonder this is permanent; it’s a great, easy palette of neutrals. Premier Regard includes a soft chocolate taupe satin; a matte, pale, peony pink; a satin/matte very soft peach sherbet; and a satin near-black.
The collection also includes several eyeshadow singles (which Chanel calls its “Soft Touch eyeshadow”). I think this actually provides a great illustration of how the “Soft Touch” formula is different from the quads (or even the eyeshadow duos). The Soft-Touch eyeshadows generally tend to be a little more sheer, a little softer, a little lower contrast.
93 Complice is a shimmery, warm beige-pink/blush-pink. 94 Eclaire is a shimmery yellow. 95 Furtif is a shimmery periwinkle-grey. 69 Black Star (a repromote) is sheer black with silver sparkles. 97 Infini is a sheer, shimmery white-silver. 47 Ebony (another repromote) is sheer black. These are $28.50 each.
There are two Stylo Yeux waterproof eyeliners ($30). 87 Silver Light is limited edition, a metallic silver. I almost didn’t swatch 88 Noir Intense. (“It’s black,” I thought. And because I’m reasonably fair-skinned, most blacks look black on me. On darker skintones, some blacks turn green or blue, and that’s where it’s important to have a “really black” black.)
The signature piece of this collection is the limited edition Lumiere d’Artifices Beiges highlighter ($65), embossed with a pattern of sequins. I swatched the gently shimmery peach-beige powder both lightly and heavily, and it seems like a pretty subtle highlighter — I’d venture to say you could use this as an all-over powder.
This collection also introduces a new Joues Contraste blush, cool, satin, candy-pink 72 Rose Initiale ($43).
There are three fall nail polishes (each $26). Even in the bottle, Frenzy and Vertigo caught my eye immediately, and I had visions of using them together in a chic funky French manicure (a French manicure in non-standard colors). Upon swatching, I find I like Suspicious, too. I have no willpower.
561 Suspicious is a rose-red creme. 559 Frenzy is a sheer, warm, sandpiper grey (very sheer in one coat, so paint at least two if you’re trying it on at the counter). 563 Vertigo is a very dark, cool brown taupe — in sunlight, tiny shimmers show this is not a true creme.
Light and heavy swatches of the powders.
Chanel’s fall lips run the gamut from sweet, approachable pink to deeper berries, in a plethora of formulas.
There are two Rouge Coco lipsticks ($32.50). 40 Charme is a blue pink; 45 Caractere is a deep mauve.
There are also two Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks ($32.50). 73 Chic is a very sheer fawn tan; 74 Parfait is a very sheer, pale, shimmery white-pink with pink and gold sparkles.
I’m sure everyone is thrilled about the return (and new “permanent” status) of Sweet Beige Glossimer. This lipgloss was an instant favorite upon its debut in the 2011 holiday collection. I’m pretty sure folks have been asking for it ever since, so I’m glad Chanel obliged. The shade is a dusty, cool, tea-rose beige-pink with gold sparkles. Glossimers are $29.50 each.
There are also two (Rouge Allure) Extrait de Gloss lipglosses ($32), both limited edition. 68 Troublant is a mauve berry with tiny shimmers. 67 Caprice is a warm candy pink with tiny shimmers.
There are two lipliners (Le Crayon Levres, $29). 54 Amarante is new, a dark wine berry. 34 Natural is a repromote (so different counters may have put out different shades). Natural is a pretty, slightly browned/beiged warm pink.
Rouge Double Intensite is a product more frequently promoted in the U.S. than in other countries. It’s a long-wear, double-ended lipgloss. One side (the side I swatched) is a long-wearing (but drying) lipcolor. The other side is a clear gloss — both for a shiny finish and to keep your lips comfortable. Almandine (red plush/crimson/slightly berried wine) is new. Cool rose-pink Rose Quartz is a repromote. These are $34 each.
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