Chanel Spring 2020 | Review, Photos & Swatches

Chanel spring 2020 beauty

Spring is fast approaching and this year Chanel delivered one of the prettiest drops for the season.

The collection includes some new and interesting products in a gorgeous colour palette!

I was most excited to see the Ombre Premiere Laque liquid eyeshadows. I love a good easy eyeshadow when i’m rushing off to meetings or running errands; these have been my go-to most days.

Here’s what I have for todays review :

Les 4 Ombre 354 Warm Memories

Ombre Premiere Laque 24 Rising Sun, 26 Quartz Rose, 28 Desert Wind

Stylo Ombre Et Contour Contour Brun

Les Vernis Day Dream, Mirage

Chanel Warm memories Eclat du desert

Warm Memories is a striking mix of reddened mauvy plums and a muted peachy orange.

Chanel warm memories

Overall the payoff of these are on the sheerer side, with quite a bit of powder kick up in the deepest plum (shade 3).

I’ve tried various looks but somehow the three mauves always tend to blend together into one and end up with pretty much the same look every time. The main culprit was the deepest plum, it applies on the lid much lighter than seen in the pan.

Other than that, the palette will work better paired with the liquid shadows to help them adhere better.

For todays look I chose eyeshadow placements that would clearly separate the colours so they don’t blend together too much.

Overall I feel it’s one of those rare ‘misses’ from Chanel releases in recent times. The palette should show up much better on someone with a lighter complexion even though the colours seem a lot darker in the palette.

Chanel Ombre Premiere Laque

The Ombre Premiere Laque are soft shimmery liquid eyeshadows with a transluscent quality to them. The pigmentation on these are good but sheer out when blended; fortunately they are buildable, and the formula is fairly thin so they won’t feel uncomfortable or heavy. Once set, these wear all day, (with some  minimal creasing around the 6 hour mark on me) but more or less budge proof.

My verdict, they are awesome. The colours are sooo good! You really can’t go wrong here.

I reach for Desert Wind for a subtle eye look when I’m in the mood for something neutral; it’s a great everyday shade. In comparison to the others, this contained more pronounced shimmers that catch the light making it livelier. The sparkles are elegant and very typically Chanel. Never ott.

Quartz Rose as of now is my favourite and most worn. A must have in my opinion if you are keen to try these eyeshadows. It’s a sparkling metallic pink which on me tends to pull almost sandy and not outright pink. I find this adds a little something extra to the makeup look while keeping things polished.

Rising Sun is a medium copper. You can see why it fits so well into this collection! It perfectly compliments the Warm Memories Eyeshadow palette and brightens up the mauves. I like to use these as a base to extend the wear of powder eyeshadows on days I skip a primer. But on their own they look stunning too just a lot more sheerer than expected. I find the more you blend, the more pronounced the shimmers look as the base colour sheers out. I’d suggest a patting motion for application to retain as much colour possible on the lid.

Here’s a look at the Chanel eyeshadows along with one of my favourite liquid shadow formulas, the Armani Eye Tints.

If you already own these you probably LOVE them as well. The deeper shades are far more pigmented than the Chanel counterpart, and less sparkly. The lighter Armani Eye Tints can be blended out on the lids to look like what can be best described as a ‘glow’.

Stylo Et Contour are some of my favourite eye products from Chanel, I have a few from previous launches and Contour Clair is one the most used. I was happy to see Contour Brun (a medium brown) in this years Spring lineup and it’s perfect for a smudgy smokey eye (you can see it in action in todays makeup look below). The product is a twist up style jumbo eyeshadow stick and perfect to scribble on and blend with fingers (or a brush). The formula is emollient and doesn’t tug when applied, once set these are matte and long wearing,

Chanel Day Dream Mirage

For spring Chanel nailed it with the most gorgeous nail polish colours! There’s two shades, Day Dream and Mirage. Day Dream is a light mauvy nude, and Mirage a creamy grape.

For both colours I did two coats for a fully opaque finish; without a top coat it lasted beautifully for 4+ days with minimal tip wear.

I feel between the two Mirage was something I didn’t expect to love as much as I did, once applied I really appreciated the contrast Mirage provides and the somewhat unexpected colour choice for spring.

Chanel Spring nail polish day dream

Lastly, a quick look created with Warm Memories and Rising Sun. I also added Contour Brun on the lower lash line.

The placement for the eyeshadows are, orange on the lids, matte mauve on the crease blended up towards the brow bone, with the deep plum on the lower lash towards the outer corner.

Bottom Line

The must have’s from the collection are the nail polishes & the liquid shadows. I wouldn’t mind adding more to my collection. Rayon looks like a great highlight to compliment the lineup. The truth is i’m a sucker for easy wearable makeup and these fit the bill! The quality of the product is A+ with luxurious glass packaging. They are exactly what’s expected from Chanel.

On the flip side, Warm Memories palette wasn’t really WOW for me; the quality could have definitely been much better and the colours lacked enough contrast (when applied). Overall it looked dull on the eyes. I feel all the shades look better worn as singles rather than together.

The products I skipped were the highlighter palette and the other eye quad Elemental. The highlighter was too subtle for my skin tone and the eyeshadow palette barely showed up on my light medium skin. I usually prefer well pigmented deeper colours for decent contrast on my eyes. Taupes and shimmery bronze is usually my jam since i’m a light-medium in complexion.

Have you picked anything from this collection? I know i’m terribly late to post up the review but currently in the process of warming up to blogging more consistently again and clearing up the backlog.

I hope you enjoyed todays post and found it useful. x

Rouge Allure Ink Fusion Review, Photos & Swatches

Late last year Chanel extended their shade range of Rouge Allure Inks while releasing a brand new matte version. The Rouge Allure Ink Fusions (SGD52 each).

Rouge Allure Ink Chanel

Rouge Allure Inks have been a staple in my lipstick collection. Ultra light on the lips with impressive wear these have come to be my go-to for night outs and events. See original review here.

The new Rouge Allure Ink Fusions come in 12 shades.

I was gifted some by the Chanel PR team but later added more to the collection since I loved them so much. Shockingly I’m obsessed with the deeper tones, something I never usually go for!

Top to bottom we have,

204 Metallic Bronze (Rouge Allure Ink) – A metallic bronze

208 Metallic Red (Rouge Allure Ink) – A metallic true red

224 Harmonie (Rouge Allure Ink) – A neutral rose brown

804 Mauvy Nude – A medium rosewood

806 Pink Brown – A rosy nude

812 Rose-Rouge – A vibrant hot pink

816 Fresh Red – A bright poppy red

818 True Red – A true red

822 Deep Pink – A deep rich pink

824 Berry – A medium toned berry

826 Pourpre – A berry with heavy purple tones

828 Rouge Noir – A deep burgundy red

The shades i’m missing are Beige Naturel, Vibrant Pink & Coral Peach.

Chanel rouge allure ink fusion

Chanel describes this formula as ‘A new generation liquid lip colour that immediately fuses with the lips to leave it’s imprint and make a bold impression. A second skin coating with intense, ultra matte colour that stays in tact all day for a weightless sensation of comfort’.

In my experience I found these to be truly weightless, pigmented (but thin) and ultra long wearing. I find these don’t accentuate lip lines (like cheap liquid lipsticks do) and have a subtle softness to them. They truly do look elegant on the lips.

Rouge Allure Ink Fusion

Between the original Rouge Allure Inks and the Rouge Allure Ink Fusions, I find both have their merits though I do like the Fusion formula better for the reds especially as they doesn’t wear off easily. It’s thinner consistency makes it super lightweight, dries down completely matte with no tacky feeling and lasts longer with minimal need for touch ups.

The wand of the new Fusion formula is a tapered doe foot as opposed to the flocked paddle type wand of the Rouge Allure Inks. It makes for easier application and gives more control for applying the runnier formula of the Rouge Allure Ink Fusions. I like that there’s plenty of play time to lay down the application too. Liquid lipstick can be tricky when the formula is thinner and takes time to apply carefully with neat edges!

The lipsticks have a slight floral scent. Something to keep in mind if you prefer minimally scented or unscented lip products.

So far my favourites are Mauvy Nude, Pink Brown, True Red (which I practically reach for every time I do a red lip) & Berry which was one of my faves for fall.

The deeper shades Rose Rouge, Berry & Pourpre seemed to swatch slightly runnier and needed a little layering to even out the application. However they apply a lot more evenly on the lips and a little smoothing out gives you good coverage free of streaks. This formula also can be layered a little and never feels heavy.

The only shade with tricky application is Rouge Noir. I found this really needed patience and a lip liner to help it go on streak free. I wish the formula was a bit more workable since the colour was just stunning, it’s probably the only vampy shade i’d ever consider wearing.

Chanel rouge allure ink fusion

On to some more swatches,

 

Chanel rouge allure ink fusion

Bottom line,

These are absolutely lovely and I can’t get enough.

Within the extended shade range of the Rouge Allure Inks, Harmonie is now my new love, they feel soft and cushiony on the lips and definitely something to look into if you prefer a less matte feel on the lips.

Have you tried these yet? If not, which shades are you keen on trying?

 

 

Luxury Holiday Gift Guide 2019

For me Christmas is all about spoiling the loved ones. Nothing excites me more than discovering that perfect gift for a friend or family member that I KNOW will bring a smile to their face.

Personally I believe there are no ‘terrible gift givers’, just lazy ones and some who just don’t have the time to be out shopping. Whatever reason for being behind on checking off that gift list (me included this year), i’ve rounded up a few luxurious gifts that are sure to be enjoyed.

Holiday gift guide luxury

As you might have guessed, there’s a theme for todays gift guide. All things golden and shiny! Who doesn’t love a little extra sparkle during the holidays right? Gold packaging has this magical ability to instantly transform the most simple everyday things into something decadent!

1. Louboutin Beauty Metallic Eye Colour 

Finally Louboutin Beauty has made its way to Singapore this year and now easily accessible. My very first Louboutin Beauty product was a lipstick from a few years ago and I remember being smitten. When I finally got to see everything in real life I found the eyeshadows to be just as Ah-mazing, if not better! There isn’t a huge shade range but the colours are beautiful and are super long wearing (read budge-proof).

I chose two shades, Morganite (shimmering pink) and Black Sapphire 

2. Chantecaille Eclat Brilliant Highlighter

is total packaging goals! But of course Chantecaille do in-fact make fantastic highlighters. This years holiday collection featured a gorgeous true gold highlight Eclat Brilliant, just perfect for the festivities coming up! The texture is ultra silky and applies without looking powdery. I find the quality excellent!

P.S- While you are browsing, do check out the three limited edition Lip Cristals for some extra shimmer this holiday season. The packaging is gold of course with a chic, almost jewelled bullet that is a pearl pigment formula.

ALSO for each lipstick purchased Chantecaille continues with the 1 lipstick = 1 tree campaign, where they pledge to plant one tree in Kenya for each lipstick sold! It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

More swatches here.

Chantecaille holiday 2019 Lip Cristal

3. Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow Holiday Trio 

If it’s gifting glitter, Hourglass is the way to go! I’m a sucker for adding some extra shimmer to my holiday makeup looks and nothing quite does it for me like these. They can be applied with fingers and add the most brilliant sparkle to the lids. This year (again) Hourglass have released a gorgeous limited edition holiday trio . The pots are slightly smaller than the regular size but just perfect to dip a finger in to grab some iridescent sparkle!

Hourglass scattered light glitter

 

4. Byredo Perfume Sampler Set 

Personally I dont gift perfume unless it’s for my girlfriends or family. It can be tricky picking something without knowing their preferences and generally fragrance is a very personal thing.

However I make an exception for mini/trial sized perfume sets, I think it’s a great way to try a brand and also ideal for gifting. Byredo, one of THE most luxe fragrance houses out there does a sampler kit called La Selection. There’re several fragrance groups to pick from. If you know what the recipient normally favours, why not let them try something new! I have been loving my La Tulip Roll On for quite some time now, the smaller handy size makes it great for keeping in my makeup bag and travels so well! Most of all why I love Byredo is the fragrances are so unique and special, they make the most lovely gifts.

5. YSL Sequin Crush Eyeshadow.

YSL Sequin Crush Eyeshadow

What’s the point of Christmas if you don’t get to throw on some extra glitter…right? ,I guess I just successfully justified another glitter shadow as a gift idea 😉

Have you seen YSL’s new(ish) Sequin Crush Eyeshadow . I spotted a gold and a silver and couldn’t resist picking them up! Packaging is A+, and so is the glitter inside! It’s pigment galore with these. The overall effect is a high sheen foiled look rather than outright glitter. Count me obsessed!

6. CHANEL Gabrielle Shower Gel

Luxury shower gels are a total splurge and make the best gifts. I know I love receiving them.

CHANEL Gabrielle is for the floral lover. A mix of Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang, Orange Blossom with a hint of Tuberose. This comes in a decent 200ml bottle that’ll look perfect in anyones shower.

For other delectable gift worthy shower gels, check out Aerins selection. I love the Tuberose Body Wash and the Body Cream. A must have if you love white flower fragrances. This one’s extra decadent with it’s silky, creamy formula!

Chanel Gabrielle Shower Gel

7. Chanel Sublimage Gel-to-Oil Cleanser

Skincare is always a welcome gift in my books, and one of the most luxurious additions to my shelf is the newly launched Sublimage Gel-to-Oil Cleanser. It’s a major love for me. Review here!

Cleansers are pretty much fool proof, so I like to make it extra luxe so it’s truly special. A very lucky someone deserves to have one slipped in their stocking.

8. Silke London Hair Wrap

Something extra luxurious and a truly unique gift is a silk hair wrap by Silke. It protects your hair from tangling and eliminates frizz therefore minimizing hair damage while you sleep.

Also great for keeping the hair away from the face when you get ready in the morning. Order via Net-a-Porter! They deliver within 2-3 days, definitely making it in time for Christmas.

9. COVETEUR Coffee Table book

Gifting Coffee Table books will never go out of style. One of my favourite books to date is Coveteur. Be it flipping pages taking in the drool worthy editorial photography or reading about celebs wardrobes dripping in couture. This one’s for the girl who enjoys the finer things in life. Plenty of inspo in here.

10. A Spa voucher 

If you made it at least halfway through holiday shopping by now, you KNOW how hard the holidays can be! Every friend deserves a little pampering and some me time especially after Christmas. Be it a new mom, a corporate rockstar or even Mommy dearest who deserves a little me time of her own. It’s honestly one of the easiest ways to make someone happy! I’m all for gifting experiences, it’s less stress on our planet and eliminates any need for unnecessary packaging. Do you think of zero waste gifting ideas too?

That wraps up todays guide. I’m working on a few more linked guides before the weekend since it’s the very last weekend before Christmas! I hope you manage to pick up the perfect presents for your loved ones before it’s too late. ❤ Happy Shopping!

CHANEL Sublimage Cleansing Collection Review

CHANEL just launched a new line of cleansers under the Sublimage range. Their most premium (anti-aging) line especially formulated for mature/dry skin. Sublimage has been missing a ‘Cleansing Ritual’ in their lineup, therefore super excited to see these new additions!

The packaging for the collection is next level! All the jars are glass, including the Cleansing Water that instantly registers as ultra luxe in it’s hefty glass bottle. I find glass packaging very travel unfriendly, though I doubt the collection was created for on-the-go use if you get what I mean!

Chanel describes the collection more than just a cleansing ritual; rather an opportunity to enjoy a peaceful moment in the morning and evening to calm and relax the mind.

This ultra sensorial cleansing experience is enriched with natural-origin Vanilla Planifolia Water and Harungana extract for their antioxident and detoxifying properties. Promising real results for skin that appears more luminous day by day.

The collection consists of,

Sublimage Vanilla Grain Scrub  (50g)

Sublimage Gel-to-Oil Cleanser (150ml)

Sublimage Cleansing Water (125ml)

Sublimage Soap (115g)

Among these new additions the Vanilla Grain Scrub is one of my favourites! It’s made up of vanilla pod seeds to gently exfoliate and tiny jojoba microbeads that lift away any residual impurities.

Sublimage Vanilla Scrub

The grains are suspended in a very thin gel and feel ultra fine, I use two scoops with the spatula that’s provided.

The round beads ensure skin isn’t damaged and exfoliated gentlest as possible without dragging or scratching. Once rinsed off, skin is left feeling silky without any tightness or dryness.

P.S- The scent of the Scrub is a very subtle vanilla (a true vanilla and not the artificial kind) which makes the experience that much more enjoyable as you polish off dull skin for that luminous glow!

P.P.S- The other cleansers of the range have more of the original Sublimage (perfume like) scent. Though not overpowering.

The Sublimage Gel-to-Oil Cleanser is a clear thick gel; to be used by applying directly onto the skin  and massaged in till it transforms into an oil.

Sublimage gel to oil cleanser

Once rinsed, this leaves the skin ultra soothed and comfortable to the touch, without any tightness. It doesn’t leave any residue and rinses off completely taking with it all impurities and makeup.

Usually a single step cleanse isn’t enough when I wear makeup, however with this I feel it does an exceptionally good job and don’t feel the need to double cleanse. Hands down the best luxury cleanser i’ve tried.

Luckily the tube contains quite a generous 150ml, which makes parting with $100+ for a cleanser a little easier. A really good buy nonetheless and one of my favourites from this collection which i’d recommend trying.

Sublimage Cleansing Water.

A luxurious (oil-free) water cleanser that’s perfect for your morning skincare routine. Ideal for sweeping off impurities and residue skincare from the night before. The thicker lotion is suspiciously reminiscent of an essence. Leaving the skin deeply hydrated and already prepped for your next step.

Since a water cleanser is not meant to be rinsed off, the antioxidant benefits of the ingredients can be fully appreciated. This would be a great start to a morning routine delivering a healthy dose of antioxidant protection to keep the skin shielded through the day.

The fourth and final installment to the Cleansing Ritual is the Sublimage Soap.

A generous bar that lathers into thick lush foam with it’s natural-origin emulsifier and combination of shea butter and humectants. It allows for a very gentle cleanse without stripping the skin of it’s natural oils.

I myself tend to avoid soaps and feel it’s something of a personal choice being partial to liquid or bar cleansers, however as far as soaps go, I do believe this one’s rather nice. However in all honesty I don’t think i’ll ever bring myself to really purchase one at $100+.

Sublimage cleanser

In my opinion this would make an incredibly luxurious Christmas gift for any skincare lover, since the season is just around the corner! Maybe a combo of the luxurious Vanilla Scrub to make an even more precious!

Bottom line

If you are looking to splurge on just one product from the collection, i’d urge you to try the Gel-to-Oil Cleanser or the Cleansing Water. Both exceeded expectations in terms of sensorial experience and overall effectiveness. I love that these leaves the skin so soft & soothed. If you have dry skin, this line is a must-try if your budget allows.

Pricing & Availability

The collection launched on the 1st November and already available at CHANEL Beauty counters.

Vanilla Scrub – SGD114

Gel-to-Oil Cleanser – SGD134

Water Cleanser – SGD134

Soap – SGD121

Thank you CHANEL Beauty Singapore for this generous PR gift!

CHANEL Cruise 2019 | Review, Photos & Swatches

Three years in a row, CHANEL Cruise has been my favourite collection each year. It’s that final drop as summer hits and loaded with great colours for summer vacations. Usually the nail polishes are my first pick, glorious shades that work superb for sunny manicures and powders that are eventually must-haves in my makeup bag.

Lumiere Et Contraste is based on light and shade. The glow on summer skin with depth to make the features pop. I love smokier eyes for summer paired with nude lips and glowy skin. Isn’t it pretty much summer makeup 101?

Here’s the list of newness that’s Chanel Cruise 2019,

Duo Bronze Et Lumiere Clair & Medium

Les 4 Ombres Lumieres Naturelles

Ombre Premiere Gloss Lunaire & Solaire

Stylo Ombre Et Contour Pure Flesh, Metallic Flash & Vague

Rouge Coco Gloss Fraicheur, Aurora

Rouge Coco Flash Lumiere & Contraste

Rouge Duo Ultra Tenue Warm Beige

Le Vernis Afterglow, Open Air & Purple Ray

Duo Bronze Et Lumiere described as ‘matte’ bronzer/pearlescent highlighter duo. This comes in two shade variants, one intended for fair complexions (Clair) and Medium for medium skin tones. The formulation for the bronzer seems new, incredibly fine, luminous and blends like a DREAM. It almost feels a cream-powder hybrid when swatching.

The undertones are very neutral and work perfectly for a bit of sculpting. I love that the bronzers aren’t flat, there’s definitely some golden shimmer, for a more satin luminous finish.

The highlighters in these are equally stunning. Both with golden shimmer.

Clair overall has a slight peachy rosy undertone that makes it beautiful for fairer skin tones. I don’t think the bronzer in this will ever work for anyone, perhaps those with an alabaster complexion, even so as a finishing powder at best.

Here’s a look at the swatches.

Clair contains a peachy pink powder and a peachy pink highlighter with golden shimmer.

Medium is a neutral brown with a gold shimmery highlight.

I rounded up a few comparisons to see how these compare with my current stash.

My go-to is the Givenchy (which looks pretty beat up now!) and is my perfect shade. A mid tone warm brown with no orange tones. In comparison the Chanel is the deepest of them all, with hardly any yellow. probably why this works so well for some sculpting. It’s also much less warmer compared to everything else.

I also included the (NEW) Tom Ford Soleil bronzer Gold Dust which will be reviewed next along with the Soleil 2019 collection. It’s a peachier gold with a fantastic formula.

For the eyes it’s neutrals again (I feel like CHANEL’s been churning out neutrals non stop these days!). This time an easy to use no fuss combination of matte browns, shimmering taupe and bronze to help define this seasons sultry smokey look. The colours are easy to work with and the textures are beautiful. As always Chanel shadows are very easy to blend and always allow effortless application.

Lumieres Naturelles is one of those palettes that can definitely be an everyday staple. I found myself dipping into shade 3 and 4 the most, a quick eye look with some subtle contouring and bronzy lid.

Also within the collection are three eyeshadow pencils that can be used on its own or as eyeshadow bases. Metallic Flash is a shimmery silvery taupe and Vague a satin medium brown.

These glide on easily and can be smudged out with a brush or fingers before they set. They are pretty much budge proof then on for long wear. I notice a little creasing and fading around 5-6 hours later since I have very oily lids but overall they last much better than most cream pencils.

Also in the eye category are two interesting gloss toppers Solaire & Lunaire. Personally I shy away from high maintenance makeup. Specially in weather that’s pushing over ninety degrees! But I find myself drawn to Solaire. There’s noticeable gold flecks suspended in the gel that catches the light beautifully. If you skip eye makeup, a light veil of this looks sophisticated and fresh. A waterproof mascara is a must of course.

When testing these out I also added some to the tops of the cheek bones for a wet highlight effect and decided I prefer to wear them this way. When placed strategically these are gorgeous on the skin (as you’ll see from the look I created for the collection).

For the lips I was sent the two Rouge Coco Flash lipsticks. These are a brand new lipstick launch for 2019. An instant love for me. I have been accumulating quite a few and live for these glossy, vibrant shades. As expected from a glossy formula they don’t last as much but I don’t mind reapplying time to time so these work perfectly fine for me. Overall sheer lipsticks are my go-to for summers warm months and they look great applied.

Lumiere is a soft peachy rose and Contraste a deep neutral mauve. The pay off as you can see is quite sheer but they are somewhat buildable and look beautiful on the lips. The deeper shades do show up better, especially if you have pigmented lips.

The nailpolishes are always high on my wish list and the three new additions did not disappoint. I found they are sheerer in terms of pigmentation, though with two medium coats deliver a satisfying result. Purple Ray is my must-have and a gorgeous shade for summer, so is Open Air. I love how paler, neutral toned shades like Purple Ray compliment my warm skintone as I tan. Definitely something to check out when you visit the counter.

Afterglow is a beautiful neutral toned sheer beige with subtle golden shimmer. I wasn’t sure how much I was going to love this but it’s one of those polishes that can look great for a barely there groomed look.

As always the wear is approximately 4-5 days.

Moving on to a look I created with some of the collection.

I used the Duo Bronze Et Lumiere in Medium for the cheekbones, the eye gloss Solaire with Lumiere on the lips. I wanted to experiment with a slightly different look since I always post the brown neutral eye looks.

The gloss is absolutely gorgeous for summer, but obviously crazy high maintenance and creases if you apply too much. But as you can see topped over the highlighter it gives the most incredible wet glow. It’s probably one of my favourite looks so far!

Bottom Line

My must-have from the collection is the Bronzer duo Medium, the lipstick in Lumiere and the nailpolish Purple Ray. I would also add Vague to the mix as it was a great everyday shade that I’m sure you’d grab often. Just perfect for those rushed days when you need something on the eyes that wont take much time.

What are your favourites from the collection?

CHANEL Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint | Review, Photos & Swatches

Les Beiges Water Fresh Tint

This summer CHANEL adds a brand new foundation to it’s base portfolio. The Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint. Using a patented microfruidics process, this new skin tint features cutting edge technology to deliver a result that mimics ‘nude’ skin. Imperceptible, like a second skin and luminous for that gorgeously dewy healthy look.

The pigments are suspended in an aqueous phase (92%). Which releases a wave of freshness on application as it hydrates the skin with a high dose of water, vegetal glycerin (read vegan) and tamarind extract. The other 8% is the oily phase, containing pigment capsules which burst once applied.  Encapsulating pigments in this manner enables the limiting of extra ingredients such as emulsifiers and helps deliver that exceptionally weightless feel.

Water-Fresh tint

Packaging

The packaging is a clear pump version with a signature black cap. It’s elegant, perfectly travel friendly (lightweight and less prone to damage) and pretty much a summer essential for your upcoming holidays.

The foundation comes with it’s own brush for application. Densely packed with a tapered edge & designed to give the best results with this base. The quality of the brush is pretty good. It’s washable, and is quite sturdy. Unlike some of the flimsy brushes that come free with products.

Application Tips

According to the demo videos i’ve seen online, Lucia Pica (CHANEL Global Creative Makeup & Colour Designer) dispenses the product to the back of her hand and blends the product with the brush to burst the micro droplets, after which it’s applied to the skin.

I’ve been working the other way around and found that pumping the product to the back of my hand and picking up product (water, micro-droplets whole) and then blending the solution on the skin itself works great and minimizes wastage. One observation was, you run through the product easily. And my method helps with getting most of the product on the face without wasting it on the back of your hand!

The finish of this is sheer and incredibly glowy. Very similar effect to the dewy Korean cushions from a few years back. The difference would be the CHANEL version almost feels like a gel foundation and sets. Working quite well with warmer humid weather of summer.

The extra thin layer means no excess product that can end up seeping into fine lines.Therefore I believe this will look amazing on mature skin, specially with it’s luminous youthful glow.

As seen in the ‘before’ and ‘after’ I appreciate how it evens out the redness around my cheeks and leaves my skin looking natural but perfected, & even-toned. If you are looking for more coverage, sadly this isn’t buildable and should suit only those who require light coverage. Overall the feel is, it’s very much like a tinted moisturiser. But a grown-up fancy version with slightly more coverage. For added coverage I usually pair this with my Clé de Peau Beauté concealer to any blemished areas I need extra concealing, leaving the healthy skin to shine through.

As far as longevity goes, it lasts pretty well on my combination skin. Doesn’t move around once (lightly) powdered. I would highly recommend this especially if you tend to wear minimal base during the day and prefer a natural look (like myself).

Here’s one last look on how this looks on the skin, outdoors. It’s absolutely imperceptible with a youthful glow when you compare the skin on my shoulders to the cheeks.

(P.S- this photo is not retouched in any way)

Bottom Line

It’s a great summer foundation. It does feel light and airy on the skin as it claims. Sheer coverage means it’s pretty easy to get a decent shade match too.

This comes in six btw. Light. Medium Light. Medium. Medium Plus. Light Deep & Deep.

The only problem I found with this was you really run through it fast! I have only used it about 7 times and it’s already at the 3/4 mark. I wish it would last a bit longer. But will gladly repurchase once I do finish this bottle as my skin loves it!

Shade matching

For reference I’m a MAC NC35 and the Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint Medium is my match.

Ingredients :

Aqua (Water). Hydrogenated Polydecene. Glycerin. Methyl Gluceth-20. Peg-75. Pentylene Glycol. Octyldodecanol. Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Extract. Phenoxyethanol. Butylene Glycol. Polyhydroxystearic Acid. Sodium Carbomer. Disteardimonium Hectorite. Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum. Aluminium Hydroxide. Propylene Carbonate. Amodimethicone. Disodium EDTA. Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate. Alcaligenes Polysaccharides. Parfum. Lysine. Magnesium Chloride. Ethylhexylglycerine. BHT. [+/- (May contain)CI 77007 (Ultramarines). Cl 77492, Cl77499 (Iron Oxides). Cl 77891 (Titanium Dioxide). Mica]

 

Pricing & Availability

At all Chanel Boutiques from the 25th April and counters from the 3rd May islandwide.

Retail price-  SGD106.

*Sample provided by Chanel beauty for review consideration.

 

 

CHANEL Les Beiges Collection 2019 | Review, Photos & Swatches

Les Beiges Chanel

Each summer Chanel releases the Les Beiges collection. A mix of beauty essentials especially curated for sun kissed golden skin. The Les Beiges powders in limited edition packaging are my favourite, but the lip balms and summer eye quads are usually equally enticing!

This year, Chanel will be launching a 9 pan eyeshadow palette, a new shade addition to the Les Beiges Healthy Glow lip balm and a whole range of Les Beiges powders in beige packaging with the name Chanel in a handwritten style.

Also in the mix, there’s an even more exciting foundation launch, the Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint featuring microfluidics technology (to be reviewed soon).

Todays post will be focused on the colour collection, i.e the eye palette and the lip balm seen above.

Chanel les beige

Les Indispensables is a ‘natural eyeshadow collection’. A host of neutrals in a perfectly curated mix of mattes, satins and shimmers. It’s your wardrobe of essentials for all day, and night.

The palette clearly leans neutral, the colours and tones working harmoniously to enhance the beauty of nude skin.

I find the formula and payoff of the mattes similar to last years Clair-Obscur nude palette. The textures are silky and sits on the eyes like a second skin. They don’t feel powdery or dry. They blend very easily and create an eye look with no harsh lines; perfect for fool-proof application.

The paler shimmers go on smooth, (there’s one beige and a pale pink) creating simple elegant strokes of highlight adding depth to the eye looks.

The right side of the palette contains a cluster of rich neutrals in rust tones, earthy browns and taupe grey for added depth along the lash line and crease.

Here’s another set of swatches.

les indispensables swatches

 

I’ve been testing several eye looks with these over the Chanel Longwear Eye Primer. It extends the wear of all eyeshadows and creates a smooth canvas for application. (Something I absolutely recommend investing in). The colours never faded throughout wear and looked as fresh as it was applied till I removed them approx. 7 hours later.

My overall verdict on this palette is that it’s perfect for an understated sophisticated makeup look. Perfectly suited for the discerning clientele they cater to.

Personally I think it’s one of those palettes that can be a work horse in your collection, effortlessly churning out a multitude of natural eye makeup looks from soft defined eyes to smokier versions for the night time. Even the ‘red’ in the palette is the most wearable one i’ve ever seen!

 

 

For the lips, Healthy Glow Lip Balm adds the perfect hint of colour. A universally flattering warm brick red for a stained effect.

The texture is creamy and hydrating for maximum comfort. Perfect for a hint of colour but essentially a lip balm that’s great all day every day.

Swatches,

On to a look created with the collection.

I swapped out the balm and used a (new) nude Rouge Coco Flash instead. The colour is Casual (worn over a lip that was filled in with a nude lip pencil).

Bottom Line

If you missed out on the last matte nude quad Clair-Obscur (reviewed), this new 9 pan palette is well worth picking up. It allows a lot more variety in looks while still satisfying that need for everyday mattes.

If you’ve been deciding between the previous NARS Skin Deep palette (reviewed) and this, the two are actually quite different. I’ll add a swatch set for easy reference, but overall the Chanel is the safer bet for fairer complexions that prefer neutral tones over warm. I also see this palette appealing to the mature customer that prefers subtle definition over bold look too.

What are your picks from the collection? I’ve already been testing the new foundation and without giving too much away, I can say it’s not disappointing! Definitely something to look into if you prefer sheer coverage with a radiant finish.

Review to be up soon!; but i’ll be posting some of my initial thoughts on Instagram first. Follow me there, same handle BubblyMichelle

xx 

chanel les beiges

 

Collection details

Les Beiges Fresh Water-Tint – SGD106

Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder Shade N10, N20, N30, N40, N50 – SGD82

Les Beiges Healthy Glow (LE) Shade N10, N20 – SGD89

Les Indipensable Eye Palette – SGD139

Les Beiges Lip Balm – SGD52

Available May 3rd onwards, all Chanel counters. Pre launching at Boutiques April 25th.