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.

005

006

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.

008

“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!

004

005

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.

006

007

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 Le Blanc Light Revealing Brightening Makeup Base SPF 30

photo

Not that I need any more bases — but I just had to get the Chanel Le Blanc Light Revealing Brightening Makeup Base SPF 30 last weekend and I’ve been using it every day since then. Previously, this product was available only overseas. And, I remember testing out an old version a few years ago when I was visiting Korea. It’s nice to see products crossing over from Europe and Asia into the states and they’re worth checking out for sure.

On Chanel’s website, this base is described as a “culmination of light and colour expertise,” that is “unique, lightweight, [and] oil-free” to help “correct uneven skin tone, smooth imperfections and extend the wear of any foundation that follows to reveal a radiant complexion. Pearl Protein and Licorice Extracts counteract dullness, while Pure White Mineral Ceramic Pigments create a natural glow. Enriched with SPF 30 and Hyaluronic Acid, the complexion stays protected and comfortable.”

001

As a base, this product does just that — it’s oil-free and lightweight so it’s not heavy or sticky on the skin. It absorbs comfortably and leaves the skin looking and feeling fresh, even, and smooth. Pores, lines, and pigmentation are nicely blurred, so you use less foundation since the base did most of the work. There’s a slight sheen left on the skin — not glowy or glittery, but just healthy-looking. Foundation applies smoothly after the base application, but I don’t think it makes the makeup last any longer than it normally does.

Worn alone, your skin looks naturally pretty and effortless. On good skin days, I like to wear this alone and dust on the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour SPF 15 in N 10. If I need concealer I’ll add that before the powder, but for the most part, the base evens out my skin on its own. Personally, I like this alone instead of using it as a primer.

002

The shade “Rosee” is a creamy pink color that blends white and then turns translucent. I believe this tone is what helps correct pigmentation on the skin — allowing it to continue to look like skin, even though it’s being balanced out by this shade, “Rosee.” The scent is the Le Blanc scent and it doesn’t bother me. It’s still strong, like much of Chanel’s products. I really like that my skin looks radiant and translucent all at the same time.

I recommend the product and I think it deserves a spot in any makeup enthusiast’s collection. However, it’s not a necessity. Because I like to wear it alone more than as a primer, I think you’ll my post on my three favorite primers more effective.

Made in France.
Retails for $55.00 USD.

It’s a Chanel Kind of Day

I’m never a fan about stubbornly sticking with a single brand. But, for me, my collection is so vast my products have to be on rotation — even when I’m travelling or on vacation. A few days ago, I was really feeling the inner Chanel goddess within me; so, I decided I’d pamper my complexion with Chanel products — old and new. Sometimes it’s the little things that can really kick-start your day — like, starting your morning with a wee bit of Chanel.

My base makeup started with applying the Chanel CC Cream – Complete Correction Sunscreen, and I really made sure to apply an even layer all over my face. With CC creams, since they’re mostly a skincare item rather than a cosmetic item, I try to be quite liberal with the application — often, using it even on my eyelids and neck.

004

Then, I powdered with the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour in N10. Using a big, fluffy brush, I generously dusted the product all over my face. But, I concentrated most of the color/product on the center of my face since that’s where I wanted to really attribute some glow.

Also, I was inspired by YouTube’s MakeupByTiffanyD and her recent Chanel haul — so, I dug around my collection to resurrect my long-lost Chanel blush in Rose Ecrin. Years ago, I was obsessed with Chanel’s blushes and that’s all I used for months. It was nice to “shop my stash” and rediscover this blush; it’s truly a classic staple item. On a side note, Chanel blushes have a rose scent, which I know can be off-putting for some. But, the blushes are long-lasting, look pretty on the skin, and the thing will last years and years. Using this blush again reminded me why I love Chanel blushes and why I was so obsessed with them awhile back. I would have to say that my love the blushes have been rekindled. :)

005

I felt re-inspired using items that were already in my possession. This month, I’ve been dabbling in new products and really taking the time to research them — so, it was nice using what was already in my collection since they’ve surpassed the “trial period.”

I encourage all of you to shop from your current stash as well. What are you loving this week?

REVIEW: Le Blush Creme de Chanel – Chanel Cream Blush in 64 “Inspiration”

Fall2013_Blush_category

Say, what?? Chanel released cream blushes?

Yes. And, they’re selling like hot cakes right now. I had to track down the only color I wanted at Macy’s this time around. In the pan, the colors look much darker than I had expected. However, the color pay-off is pretty, the application process is easy and smooth, and nothing beats feeling pretty when wearing Chanel. That’s all. The Le Blush Creme is marketed as “an innovative powder-cream formula [that] offers an enticing new way to blush with sheer yet vibrant pigments for instant luminosity.” The “silky texture offers a long-wear satin finish—soft and comfortable for every skin type—and is simple to apply with fingertips or brush.”

photo (1)

I agree with everything. First off, the gel-mousse texture is easy to work with because it’s soft and creamy — not tacky and sticky like Bobbi Brown’s cream blush. Much like my beloved Illamasqua Cream Blusher in “Promise”, the product is soft to the touch and blends seamlessly into the skin. Basically, since it melts on contact, I don’t feel like I’m rubbing off any base makeup or wiping the blush color away. Also, the color leaves behind a soft glow that makes your cheeks look glowy without looking too shiny.

Wear time for this cream blush is average. To get a few additional hours of wear, I’d suggest dusting on some translucent setting powder, but on its own, the blush wears fine throughout the day as long as there’s no excessive sweating/activities. I chose the color “Inspiration” because it’s warm and would flatter my skintone the best. I apply this with any ol’ synthetic brush, but as always, the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush is my favorite. I recommend! :)

Made in France.
Retails for $38 USD.

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)

*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)
*Click on images to enlarge.

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