Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in “52 Genie”

I find Chanel’s lip glosses too sticky for my liking — even though time and time again I will purchase one just because it’s so pretty, lol. On a random whim, I ordered the Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in “52 Genie” because it looked so pretty. Partnered with the Notes de Printemps Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colours, the Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colours, and the Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Colours, the Rouge Allure Extrait de Glosses are designed to be premium glosses in Chanel’s gloss range.

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The Rouge Allure Extrait de Glosses are formulated to be rich with pigment and intense shine. Because they’ve been inspired by the iconic lipsticks ‘Rouge Allure,’ it’s only natural for the glosses to be just as bold. Formulated “with the smoothest, silkiest gel texture for luxurious hydrating wear and deeply dramatic effect,” these glosses are extra thick as they lay on color and hold in the moisture. While my lips do feel comfortable when wearing this, it feels heavy and sticky on the lips. The shades are admittedly beautiful and there’s something about the formula that allows your lips to look luminous, full, and sensuous. The “double-sided flocked applicator is beveled to deliver ultra-precise definition,” and out of all the lip glosses I’ve tried, this doe-foot applicator is simply the best.

The packaging is heavy with the opaque black glossy tube looking and feeling so luxurious. You can’t see the color of the gloss through the packaging, but it doesn’t really bother me. The effects of the gloss are high shine and high pigment — which makes the gloss well worth the money. Lasting power is truly amazing — even after eating and drinking, there’s not a lot of transfer unless you’re wiping your lips.

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“52 Genie” is an intense coral color that leans very peachy-orange. In some lighting, it feels like the color is more red-orange than anything else. It’s highly pigmented and lasts very long on the lips — leaving the leftover pigment to linger even after the gloss has worn off. It’s very pretty and can be a versatile shade for all seasons. However, the formula is just too thick for me. It applies so smooth but it lays heavily on my lips; I feel like it’s getting in the way of everything, including talking, eating, and drinking. If you don’t mind that kind of texture, you’ll love this gloss. It deserves all the hype and attention — I’m not denying that. But for me, I prefer a lighter-textured formula since I don’t mind normally thinner glosses don’t last as long.

Made in France.
Retails for $32.00 USD.

REVIEW: Chanel Les Beiges All-In-One Healthy Glow Fluid

Lately, I’ve been using the Chanel Les Beiges All-In-One Healthy Glow Fluid as a light, summer foundation because it provides the most perfect glow and dewiness on the skin. I’m still thoroughly enjoying the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour and it pairs nicely with the All-In-One Healthy Glow Fluid. The Chanel CC Cream – Complete Correction Sunscreen is packaged similarly and retails for $55.00 USD. However, I believe that the two products are entirely different — with different results, finish, and texture!

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The Chanel Les Beiges All-In-One Healthy Glow Fluid “is an ultra-light, sheer foundation with added sun protection to keep your skin healthy, protected and hydrated while smoothing and evening out your complexion.” It is designed to “enhance all skin types with lasting radiance” and allows the “complexion [to] look fresh and rested.” The “soft focus powder and gel blend together to smooth out skin irregularities and…reduce the appearance of pores.” The concept, to me, is just like a BB cream or CC cream because this product is not quite a foundation and shouldn’t be used as such. The plus side of the Les Beiges All-In-One Healthy Glow Fluid is that it keeps the skin supple, soft, and hydrated. The texture is light and creamy, but almost gel-like so it’s blendable and dries down semi-matte. My skin felt comfortable and soothed; but, best of all, my skin looked radiant and smooth without looking cakey or heavy (like foundation can).

Coverage is super minimal; in fact, this is probably the sheerest base product I’ve ever owned. At first, it seems like you’ve done/applied nothing because the effects are so subtle. The soft focus abilities of this product is truly the best part because it looks so natural and your skin looks like skin. The “glow” seems to come from super tiny shimmer particles; but, overall, it doesn’t look like much on the skin.

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I chose the shade N10, which is the lightest shade available and correlates with the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour powder in N10. The shades can be pretty forgiving since it’s so blendable, so I think it will be quite flexible if you tan during the summer. Another great thing about the All-In-One Healthy Glow Fluid is that it’s perfect for the summer time — since your skin will look so fresh and dewy. I think it allows the skin to breathe and just look healthy, so it will be great for the day time or for when it’s the weekend. I’d recommend to pair this with a higher coverage concealer if this is all you plan on wearing. I think paired with a powder foundation, this will be a great base/primer as well. Worn alone — it would be best to wait for one of those “good skin days,” lol. It’s super easy to apply — if I’m not using a synthetic buffing brush, I’m slapping this stuff on with my hands.

I recommend this product and I really love it so far. However, coverage is minimal so it may be a hassle for those who require more coverage. For me, I like it best for its abilities to even out the skin, soothe irritation, and impart a subtle glow.

Made in France.
Retails for $45.00 USD.

REVIEW: Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation

To fulfill a reader’s request, I’ve decided to post my own review of the newest Chanel foundation: Perfection Lumiere. Much like all the Chanel foundations (besides Vitalumiere Aqua), Perfection Lumiere comes in a sleek, frosted, glass bottle; included is a black cap with the Chanel emblem on top, and a sturdy pump that is easy to control. Its label says that it is a “long-wear flawless fluid makeup” with SPF 10 (instead of SPF 15 featured in Chanel’s Pro Lumiere foundation).

Side note: Pro Lumiere foundation has been phasing out at various Chanel counters. I’ve been told by a Chanel representative that Perfection Lumiere, will in fact, take the place of Pro Lumiere in the very near future.

According to Chanel’s website, it indicates that this formula is “effortless to apply with seamless blendability for a naturally flawless effect.” They claim that this “breakthrough foundation” is ideal for every day for all-day wear. Also, the most important aspect of this new launch is that this collection of foundations features 20 shades – 10 in the “beige” range and 10 in the “beige rose” range. For those with yellow/golden undertones, the “beige” range will be more suitable; as for those with pink/reddish undertones, the “beige rose” range will be more suitable.

My thoughts: The claims that Chanel makes are actually met well, and the product surprisingly exceeded my expectations. In the past, I was disappointed with Chanel’s color range, as it was very limiting to those with paler skin tones and those with darker skin tones. It was impressive to see them come out with more than 10 shades this time around. It does provide a flawless and natural application, since its texture is light and pillowy. Though the formula is quite creamy, it feels gel-like at the same time allowing it to blend effortlessly into the skin. The coverage is medium to full, although it is quite buildable without getting cakey. However, for those who wish for lighter coverage, I recommend using a lighter hand with the application.

My only gripe is that it dries quicker than other Chanel foundations, so it’s best to work quickly in sections. Don’t put blobs of it all over your face and take your time blending out each cheek, nose, chin, and forehead. Work separately – otherwise the foundation will dry in a blob-like shape, which is obviously unflattering. No skin irritations, no oiliness, no overly matte-ness, and no oxidation either. I would say that this foundation wears beautifully for anywhere between 8-12 hours, depending on how much you’ve been sweating/out in the heat/out and about. For me, personally, I powder my t-zone if it’s going to be a long day; but, most days, I can skip the powder because I prefer the dewy look.

Pictured above is the shade B10, which is the lightest shade available in the “beige” range. I do not use MAC foundations, but for reference, I’m an NC15. In Chanel’s Vitalumiere Aqua, I’m a B10 as well, which is also the lightest “beige” range shade. Unfortunately, I don’t think that Vitalumiere Aqua’s shades and Perfection Lumiere’s shades correspond. It’s best to get matched at the counter – just in case.

I hope this has helped. Because this foundation has just launched, many counters don’t even carry it yet. I went to Nordstrom for my purchase, but call around and see if you’re interested.

Chanel’s Perfection Lumiere Foundation retails for $55.00 for 1 fluid ounce.

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A Day of Chanel

Because I was feeling rather fancy this morning, I decided to make it a “Day of Chanel” as I was getting ready. Though normally, I don’t plan on being ‘brand-loyal’ in the mornings, I enjoyed not mixing and matching today. I can confidently say that Chanel is my favorite luxury brand of cosmetics, but I do own other brands as well (and I use different items/products on a daily basis). However, I find that Chanel products are reliable – in a “no fuss” kind of way – and, I definitely believe that if I invest in certain products, I’ll receive good results.

With that said, here’s the product list:
1. CHANEL Blush in “Espiegle” #65
2. CHANEL Natural Finish Loose Powder – Poudre Universelle Libre in #20 “Clair”
3. CHANEL UV Essentiel Multi-Protection Daily UV Care SPF 50
4. CHANEL Vitalumiere Radiance Fluid Makeup SPF 15 in “Ivoire” #7
5. CHANEL Hydramax + Active Lip Care
6. CHANEL Ultra Correction Line Repair Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream (SAMPLE)

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Yup, all because I was feeling fanciful today. As cheesy as it sounds – it was a great way to start off my morning.