I have to say Chanel Holiday collection didn’t really appeal to me on first, second and third glances. The eyeshadows looked nice but not very exciting, the lip colours didn’t excite me, the Feerie powder looked stunning but useless for me and that lovely Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel highlighting powder looked gorgeous but didn’t really call my name either. But the more I looked, the more things I saw that I really liked and then before I knew it’d placed a little order for four teeny weeny things. And all were a bit of a gamble if I’m honest as I’d not seen any of them in person and I wasn’t at all sure they’d work on me. Turns out I’m absolutely thrilled will them all, one thing in particular.
Lets have a look!
First up, Rouge Allure Laque in Empire.
My first Rouge Allure Laque, It’s a beautiful formula and a gorgeous everyday colour. I’m so happy with this but it really doesn’t look on my lips anything like it does on swatches. I don’t know if that’s just me or not and it’s not a grumble. In the swatch a bit further down, you can see if you look closely there are gold sparkles in the swatch, but I can’t see them at all on my lips.
Next, the Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Blazing Gold.
The first of the two pictures is more colour accurate. This is a very yellow gold which is what appealed to me about this shadow. It does have a tendency to be a bit chunky but I’ve not had any problems with the application, in fact I really like it. A good purchase. It’s shimmery but it’s not sparkle city.
Next the Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Beige Lame.
The second, out of focus, shot is the colour accurate one and although it’s out of focus I’ve included it because it shows off the true colour of this shadow. It’s a warm beige on me full of minute pink, green and gold sparkle. It’s absolutely beautiful and I really like it. The sparkle is very special and it isn’t invisible once you put it on, you can see the sparkle, admittedly only if you’re close, but it’s there and very pretty. I must say though that within a few hours under my eyes and the tops of cheeks were covered in tiny pink and green specks of sparkle. So yes there is fall out, not on application, but over the course of the day. I don’t mind though, it’s not like it’s big chunks of sparkle.
Finally, my absolute favourite the Liquid Eye Liner in Or.
It’s a bright yellow gold and so far as I’m concerned the absolute highlight of the collection. I’ve pretty much given up on black liquid liners, I’ve tried gels with brushes, felt pens, fine brushes and all sorts and I never get a decent line, black is just too unforgiving for my wobbly hand. When I discovered Illamasqua’s Glister Precision Ink I fell in love with a lighter look liquid liner on my upper lid. And to date Glister was my most favourite liquid liner ever, until now, Chanel’s Or is perfection in application, consistency, and colour. But only if you don’t mind your golds very yellow!
Here are swatches of all of the above:
Do you agree with me about the lip colour swatch, it looks much brighter and deeper in the swatch than it does on my lips? It’s not a complaint, I love it.
So here are the shadows and liner on my eyes, Blazing gold all over, Beige Lame in the crease:
And my full face, including the Empire Rouge Allure Laque. I don’t know why I’m looking a bit orange in the first one, given that in the third one its not so orange.
And the last picture is a shocker of a photo but I think it does a good job of showing accurately the colours.
Beautiful products and well worth a second look if you’d previously dismissed this collection as a bit dull. I love the combination of the products and find them incredibly flattering.
Oh and before I forget, they sent me a sample of the Vitalumiere foundation which is unfortunately the wrong shade for me, but the finish is gorgeous and it’s an absolute dream to apply!
All products were bought by me from the fabulous http://www.garden.co.uk/ which is not an affiliate link, just one I recommend!