Archive for the 'Chanel' Category

A Belated Merry Christmas to You All!

December 29, 2009

Hey everyone! So I’m back from my little holiday hiatus (which really wasn’t much of a hiatus – I just couldn’t find the time to blog as work has been a madhouse) with some amazing new products and fun new ABS developments (including a big giveaway) coming your way very soon.

The lovely Nicole sent me the most amazing Christmas package and of course I had to share! She included:

  • Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Dragon (seriously the most gorgeous red I’ve ever seen)
  • OPI DS Nail Lacquer in Reserve
  • Cle de Peau concealer (this has been on my wishlist for YEARS!)
  • Amore Pacific Clarifying Mask (smells yummy)
  • and a bunch of fun Hello Kitty goodies that really brighten up my office space

My other big Christmas gift came from the SO in the form of a Flip, which will finally enable me to post some (hopefully) great quality videos up on the ABS YouTube channel.

More photos (and details on my cute Flip skin) after the jump!

I’ve been lusting after the OPI Designer Series polishes since receiving DS Fantasy (photos here) and know that Reserve is going to be just as drool-worthy.

Chanel’s Rouge Allure Laques have a wonderfully creamy formula and are amazingly long-wearing – I loved Ming (photo here) and Dragon is one of the most stunning reds I’ve ever seen and pretty much universally flattering. My dear friend Cathy gave it a shot last night and it looked stunning on her.

I love Amore’s Treatment Enzyme Peel and I now have this Clarifying Masque which leaves my face looking toned, smooth and radiant. And it doesn’t hurt that it smells delicious to boot.

Cle de Peau’s concealer has long been hailed as the holy grail of concealers, and thanks to Nicole’s generosity I finally have it in my hands. It’s painfully small for something that’s so painfully expensive, but I’ve been playing with it for the past few days and it’s definitely living up to the hype thus far.

And now for the Flip! 🙂 I’ve been wanting one for the longest time so that I could post some HD videos for you on YouTube (I’ve been thinking of doing videos of my favorite pink lipsticks, product reviews, demonstrations, swatches, etc.) and the SO was kind enough to oblige. I ordered myself a skin from DecalGirl and now I’m good to go!

How have the holidays been treating you? Share with me in the comments!

Chanel Rouge Allure Laque Luminous Satin Lip Lacquer in #76 Ming Review & Swatches

September 29, 2009
Chanel Rouge Allure Laque Luminous Satin Lip Lacquer in #76 Ming ($32)

Chanel’s newest addition to their lippie family is a lipstick/gloss hybrid liquid lacquer that provides rich color payoff and gorgeous shine along with a creamy, long-wearing texture.

It was a little tough for me to bite the bullet and plunk down the $32 + tax for this one, but I’m actually glad I did as the Rouge Laques are absolutely gorgeous, chicly packaged and perfect for someone like me!

Check out the rest of the review, more photos and swatches (including a lip swatch of course) after the jump!

Packaging: The bottom portion of the Rouge Laque tube is comprised of this black glass/ceramic-like substance that’s reminiscent of Chanel’s J12’s ~ it’s really chic-looking and pleasant to the touch. It’s got some nice weight to it as well, which I always like to see in a product that I’ve paid a hefty sum for.

The Shade: Ming is a soft medium pink that for most of us will be less of a pop of a color and more of a subtle enhancement of our existing lip shade. I love it for a creamy pink-lipped look that lasts and lasts, and I appreciate that admist the creaminess is a bit of sparkle and shine so that my lipcolor doesn’t look too flat. You know I’m all about the pinks, and this is currently one of my favorites.

The Formula: You all know I’m a skeptic when it comes to claims about long-wearing color ~ long-wearing products are either horribly drying, or just not long-wearing at all. Rouge Laque strikes a happy medium between these two in that it’s beautifully hydrating feeling on the lips and leaves your lips looking beautifully coated in creamy, glossy color while being able to last for a good 5-6 hours with minimal eating.

You get medium to full color-coverage from these so if you like sheer glossy glosses these won’t be for you, but if you love the look of a lipstick combined with the subtle shimmer and shine of a gloss you’ll love these. The formula is relatively thin, non-sticky, long-wearing and looks beautiful on the lips ~ I really couldn’t ask for much more!

The Verdict: I hope to collect more shades in the future, budget permitting!

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in 493 Jade Rose Review & Swatches

September 17, 2009
My cute little Chanel shopping bag. Am I the only one who collects these?

Chanel’s Jade & Jade Rose polishes ($25 a pop) are going to be two seriously hot shades for Fall 2009, and while I’m not really into the mint green nails at the moment (who knows, I may later change my mind), Jade Rose is definitely right up my alley!

Jade Rose out of her box!

Jade Rose is this beautiful duty pinky peach with beige undertones in the bottle, and when the light hits it just-so, you’ll get flashes of an almost fuchsia vein of shimmer running throughout. Once on your nails the shimmer is really barely there and only visible under the best of lighting conditions, but it’s a beautifully elegant shade for the nails.

Check out the subtle flashes of pink shimmer in Jade Rose!

If you check out the two photos above you’ll see that you really can’t see Jade Rose’s shimmer unless you twist the bottle so that the light hits it at just the right angle, and you’ll notice in the photos below that the shimmer really is barely there ~ the only photo in which you can get a glimpse of it is the one in which the flash was really close to my nails.

Jade Rose on nails.

Close-up of Jade Rose on nails.

And a super close-up of Jade Rose on nails!

If you click to enlarge this last nail shot above, you should be able to see a hint of shimmer on my nails. What I love about Jade Rose is that while it can look like a simple peachy beige under most lighting conditions, it’s still a very interesting shade. The lighting at my office brings out a little more pink, making this look more peachy pink with just a tiny bit of beige, and the subway lighting makes this look more pinky peach. It’s always changing on me!

I’ve been on the hunt for an opaque fleshy nude/beige polish for the longest time, and while it takes three coats of Jade Rose to achieve the completely opaque coverage shown above, it’s pretty much exactly what I’ve been looking for. Search over!

And I just thought I’d thrown in a photo of some of the great samples that I got, including some items from Chanel’s new Ultra Correction Lift skincare line!

Have you tried Chanel’s Jade polishes yet?

New From Chanel: Rouge Allure Laque & Symphonie Blanche de Chanel

August 21, 2009

Chanel’s new Rouge Allure Laque Luminous Satin Lip Lacquer is a creamy lipstick/gloss hybrid with rich colour and shine that supposedly lasts for up to 8 hours.

Rouge Allure Laque- is the ideal weapon of ultimate seduction that gives the lips an even more “dressed-up” style. This little jewel in black lacquered glass conceals an “artist’s brush” applicator, the secret weapon of precision for perfectly defined lips. It offers a new, elegant beauty gesture. It combines the easy application of a gloss with the makeup finish of a lipstick.A brilliantly stylised signature for the lips. Its light, creamy texture, filled with “soft focus” coated pigments, coats lips in intense colour and lacquered shine. A botanical jelling agent provides perfect hold, while Jojoba oil extract ensures extreme comfort.

Available in 8 shades, Chanel’s Rouge Allure Lacque will run you $32 – ouch I know! Nonetheless these have been pushed to the top of my wishlist; I 100% blame Nicole for this. Ming & Phoenix both look to be gorgeous pinks. Check out a video of Rouge Lacque being applied HERE.

Chanel’s Symphonie Blanche de Chanel is a modern makeup collection that highlights the beauty of white. It’s comprised of:

  • Fleurs Celestes de Chanel (Natural Finish Face Highlighter): A captivating trio of highlighting powders with a subtle gradation of colour – white, pink, bronze – provides a natural-looking radiance to accentuate the gentle curves of the face and décolleté. Adding to the compact’s desirability: an artful arrangement of embossed flowers across a ‘field’ of snowy white
  • Les 4 Ombres (Quadra Eye Shadow) in White Whisper: Ideal for this luminous eye look, LES 4 OMBRES Quadra Eye Shadow features White Whisper, a quartet of shades – silver pink, pearly white, light gold, dark silver – that combine for a range of effects.
  • Poudre Douche (Soft Pressed Powder) in Rosee: Pure flattery for the face, POUDRE DOUCE Soft Pressed Powder features light-reflecting pigments that help minimize skin imperfections, in a convenient compact. In Rosée, a soft rose.
  • Le Blanc de Chanel (Sheer Illuminating Base): Prep the skin with LE BLANC DE CHANEL Sheer Illuminating Base, an ingenious multi-tasking fluid that highlights, contours and creates a lit-from-within luminosity.
  • Rouge Hydrabase (Creme Lipstick) in Simply Pink: Long-lasting ROUGE HYDRABASE Creme Lipstick delivers deeply moisturizing colour in a chic new shade: Simply Pink.
  • Le Crayon Kohl (Intense Eye Pencil) in Blanc: LE CRAYON KHÔL Intense Eye Pencil glides on for flawless eyelining – and eye-opening! – effects, in new Blanc, a pure white.
  • Le Vernis (Nail Colour) in Blanc Petale: Nails stand out with LE VERNIS Nail Colour, in new limited-edition Blanc Pétale, a crisp white.

Click on over to Chanel’s site for more info on this refreshing, ice-princess reminiscent collection. I know I’d probably never be able to bring myself to use the highlighter but I want it simply for the fact that it’s gorgeous, and I’ve also got my eye on the sheer illuminating base. Budget permitting as always though!

Chanel Venice Collection for Fall 2009 Mini Review & Swatches

July 20, 2009
Swatches of Les 4 Ombres/Quadra Eyeshadow in Murano:
mossy green; pale pink; seafoam green; deep green shimmer

As many before me have mentioned (and as I’m sure many after me will also say), Chanel’s Murano quad (see a shot of it HERE) from their Fall 2009 Venice Collection is reminiscent of their much loved Garden Party quad ~ only more grown up and amped up a notch or two. While the quad would make a beautiful green-tinged smoky eye, I personally wasn’t a fan of the two darker shades which I just know would look muddy on me. The palette lacked the wow-factor that I’ve come to expect from palettes that cost an arm & a leg.

I did, however, absolutely love the two fall glossimers!

Glossimer Swatches (L to R): Arlequin, Courtisane

Arlequin is a shimmery slightly peachy/yellowy gold that great for giving your lips that sun-ksised, touched with golden shimmer look. You know how I love my shimmer, and this definitely contains copious amounts!

Courtisane is a bright Barbie pink and one of the prettiest glossimers I’ve seen in a long time! Chanel’s glossimers have been rather uninspired as of late, so I was so pleased to see the bold Courtisane being as part of the fall line-up. I’m definitely thinking I need to go back for this one.

I found Chanel’s Fall 2009 release as a whole to have a rather staid, heavy feel to it so other than perhaps indulging in a little Courtisane, I’ll probably be saving my pennies for the bigger and better things I sense coming with the Winter 2009 releases.

More Images from Chanel’s Fall 2009 Venice Collection

July 8, 2009

I posted some preliminary magazine shots of the quad and one of the polishes from the Venice Collection HERE, but here are few more products from the collection.

Chanel Eye Gloss Luminous Cream Quadra Eye Shadow ($65)
Glowing new emphasis for the eyes, this unique gel-cream texture blends from sheer to intense. The subtle luminous sheen has a surprisingly — and decidedly — sophisticated effect.

Les Tissages de Chanel Duo Tweed Effect in Tweed Sienna ($45.00)

Chanel Fall 2009 Makeup Collection Preview

July 1, 2009

I’ve had the latest Bergdorf Goodman catalog sitting on my table at home for weeks now, and only tonight did I find the time to actually flip through it. BG’s catalogs are always visually stunning, and this Fall 2009 Preview edition was no exception–look at the beautiful Chanel palette I found inside!

While I love Chanel, I’m often not a big fan of the colors that they choose to combine in their palettes–too often they either don’t work well together, or are a little on the drab side. But this Fall palette really seems to provide the perfect palette to transition from spring to fall.

I also found these 18K and yellow leather “Bikini Line” bracelets from a brand called Faraone Mennella on the back cover which I can easily see myself becoming infatuated with. I’m particularly in love with the lavender one (second one down on the right) but just thinking about the price makes me cringe.

Chanel White Essentiel Light Reflecting Whitening Compact Foundation Review

June 24, 2009

I know I’m a little late in adding the text for this post, but I’ve had the worst morning! My subway caught on fire halfway through my commute and idiot that I am I decided to stay in the station which was filling up with smoke to wait for my connecting train =X. Needless to say we were evacuated a few minutes into my wait and the station was floodeed with police and firemen. But onto our review!

I picked up Chanel’s White Essentiel Light Reflecting Whitening Compact SPF 25 in #30 Beige Cendre while I was in Korea (full haul photos HERE) for two reasons: (1) it’s not available here in the US, and (2) I loved the sleek white compact. It’s refreshing to have a non-black compact from Chanel, as fingerprints on a shiny black surface drive me a little nuts.

Like the Guerlain Parure Pearly White foundation I reviewed HERE, Chanel’s White Esesentiel Compact Foundation claims to be designed specifically for Asian skin, whatever that means. I’ve been using this on and off for over a month now, and as expected, I haven’t really noticed any whitening benefits, but then again I wasn’t expecting them. The foundation is enriched with a Vitamin C derivative which Chanel states is an active whitening ingredient, but really how well can a powder foundation whiten your complexion? Don’t get me wrong, that’s not to say that I don’t really like this!

Chanel’s White Essentiel Compact doesn’t offer much at all in the way of coverage as I really have to pack it on to get anywhere close to medium coverage, but it does really brighten the look of your complexion while smoothing out the surface texture. The foundation contains light-reflecting pigments which help to capture and diffuse light, creating the illusion of smooth skin.

And my favorite thing about the White Essentiel compact? The way it leaves my face feeling silky smooth post-application. White Essentiel has a micronized airy texture that really leaves your skin looking and feeling exceptionally smooth and almost airbrushed.

Silica microbeads in the foundation help to absorb any shininess without leaving you looking too matte, making this a pretty fabulous touch-up powder. This powder foundation has become an indispensable part of my makeup arsenal, and I always carry it in my purse for touch-ups throughout the day–it eradicates shine while leaving your skin looking smooth and radiant, all without disturbing your underlying foundation.

Unfortunately the color I picked up, #30, is a little on the dark/yellowy side for me, but this powder is so sheer that it doesn’t really me much. If you’re in Asian and have access to this, definitely check it out and let me know what you think!

The White Essentiel line also had these fabulous color-correcting, radiance-boosting primers that I LOVED but that I couldn’t purchase due to customs issues, and I’m also dying to try the whitening foundation, but those will have to wait until another trip.

Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Narcisse Review & Swatches

April 20, 2009
Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Narcisse ($42)

What It Is: Unique powder blusher imparts a flattering radiance to cheeks. Remarkably silky texture for easy application and subtle shading. Accentuate cheekbones for a youthful look. Softer tones around the eyes soften expression and rejuvenate.

What I Love: When Nicole tells me she loves something, I go with her on it as she’s never steered me wrong. So when this lovely bit of Chanel arrived on my doorstep a few months back, yet another gesture of generosity from the wonderful Nicole, I was pretty excited as she’d been raving about how wonderful Narcisse (and the Chanel JC blushes in general) were. Then I opened the box, popped open the compact and—*gasp*–I actually dared to second guess her! Sitting in the compact was this very pretty soft baby pink blush that I was totally and utterly convinced was going to completely disappear on my face.

BUT this blush is seriously amazing, and befitting the name, will definitely bring out your inner narcissist ~ when I’m wearing this I can’t stop admiring my reflection in the mirror! Narcisse is a gorgeous shade of soft pink that has a silky smooth, finely milled texture that blends beautifully and is really nicely pigmented for a paler blush. What makes this blush truly incredible though is the stunning candlelit glow things brings to your complexion–it’s really something special! Couple that with the blush’s pretty rose scent and I’m a goner.

While I am pale, I also suffer from some unsightly redness in my cheeks, and this blush is actually great for masking the redness a little and just giving me this perfect, gorgeous barely-there glowy flush.

Close-up of Narcisse in the pan.

Not So Much: It’s really hard to find anything wrong with this product, and honestly I can’t except for the horrendous, scratchy, oddly-sized little brush that the compact comes with. The brush seriously feels like I’m scratching at my face with straw, and its sized for blush-application on a doll face. I just don’t get it! My other gripe with this product would be the price~you get a seriously small amount for the seriously large price tag that you’re paying, but I can quite honestly say that I’d willingly pay it because the product itself is so wonderful.

Swatch of Narcisse (pre-blending)

Swatch of Narcisse After Blending

The Verdict: Lately this blush is the only one that beckons to me from the makeup-eating black hole that is my blush drawer. It’s shown me what a great blush can do for your complexion, and I really don’t see the need to reach for anything else. Although I do currently have a new blush lemming thank to Nicole: Shu Uemura’s Glow On blush in Pink 30.

Chanel Lumieres Celestes Collection for Summer 2009

April 17, 2009


Chanel’s Summer 2009 Lumieres Celestes Collection, launching in May 2009, consists of 8 Glossimers ($27) and 2 Le Vernis Nail Colours ($23). The glossimer shades are: Cosmos, Meteore, Mica, Mirage, Nebula, Jupiter, Silex, and Venus . The Le Vernis Nail Colour shades are: Mica Rose and Cosmic Violine.


I seriously love this promo image, and I need to know what shade the model is wearing on her lips ~ that golden shimmer against the soft pink backdrop is just to die for! Any volunteers to find out which Glossimer this is? 🙂