When CHANEL does a makeup collection, they look for inspiration. For this years summer makeup collection, Danis La Lumière de L’été, they not only looked at the desert adventure (another nod to the music festival culture?), they looked at the desert and shimmering sand itself. One glance at the beautiful Quadra eyeshadow palette and you will see what I mean.Read More
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Can you believe it's been 20 years since CHANEL introduced their VAMP nail polish? I remember it so well — I probably have a bottle of the stunning black-red shade stashed around here somewhere. It was a sell-out and it became legendary. For this years holiday collection, CHANEL has taken that Vamp shade and created an entire collection around it and the glamour that the shade represented for Collection Vamp Attitude.
Of course, my favorite piece of the collection has got to be the Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow with a shade that is oh so reminiscent of Vamp. It's so dramatic and goes beautifully with the gold, beige and lavender taupe shades that complete the palette. I always love the embossing the CHANEL shadows and this one features a double-C monogram.
The Joues Contraste Lumière Highlighting Blush is simply gorgeous and it is the perfect complement to the darker black-red shades in the rest of the collection. This blush in Coups de Minuit is a golden peach shade that is soft and golden on it own. I like to layer it over other blush shades.
Of course, the lippies are all beautiful and if you'd ask me to pick a favorite, I'd be hard pressed. I'm always drawn to the Glossimer's and the shimmering soft pink of Rose de Lune is certainly beautiful. I really like Ultra Wear Lip Colour in Merry Rose and have been wearing the grey pink shade quite a bit. It's a wonderful neutral lip shade that is very long-wearing.
Finally, I think everyone needs the Le Top Coat Gold Sparkle Nail Coat. This is a multi-effect top coat that contains a really unique combination of black-red lacquer with high-gloss metallic shine. It pairs perfectly with the original, trendsetting Vamp shade, of course.
The entire CHANEL Collection Vamp Attitude includes:
- Coups de Minuit - Peach Beige
- Signe Particulier - Satin Beige Pink, Velvet Purple, Black Red, Saffron Gold
- Or Safron - Warm Saffron Gold
- Rouge Noir - Black Red
- Rouge Noir - Shimmering Black Red
- Rouge Noir - Intense Black Red
- Ultra-Black - Intense Black
- Vamporeuse - Light Pink Purple
- Rouge Noir - Black Red
- La Merveilleuse - Intense Raspberry Red
- Rose de Lune - Shimmering Soft Pink
- Étincelle - Golden Black Red
- Merry Rose - Soft Grey Pink
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- Rose Fusion - Luminous Purple Grey
- Lamé Rouge Noir - Shimmering Black Red
CHANEL always launches a beautiful fall collection, but I think they totally outdid themselves this year. It's as if every piece of the Collection Les Automnales was made for not only me, but for every skin tone and to interchange with all of the other products in the collection. Inspired by fall foliage, earthy neutrals take center stage on the eyes and cheeks while lips are a bit more bold; the collection is simply breathtaking.
I love the balance of bold and neutral and the eye palettes are must haves - you just have to decide which one you want, if not both.
There is the fall exclusive, five-shade palette, Les 5 Ombres de CHANEL Eyeshadow Palette Entrelacs ($80), that features nude shades ranging from light to dark in matte and satin shades. This palette is my pick of my collection and I haven't put it down since I received it. Look at how intricate the embossed pattern of the shadow it! It was actually designed after the stained-glass abbey windows of Aubazine, in central France where Gabrielle Chanel spent part of her youth. I love her CHANEL pays homage to their history in each of their collections. The palette features a shimmering beige, velvet beige, luminous bronze, intense brown and satin pink.
The other eye palette in the collection is the Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow ($61) in Tissé D'Automne. This palette features shimmery shades of copper, peach and khaki for a subtle khaki smoky eye which is beautifully perfect for the season.
Both of the eyeshadow palettes pair wonderfully with the four Long-Lasting Eyeliner ($32) shades. This liner is super soft and easy to apply. It glides onto the lid and gives about thirty seconds of smudge time before it locks into place until you remove it. In this collection there is:
Feuilles - Intense Khaki
Ardent - Copper
Érable - Shimmering Bronze
Pomme De Pin - Charcoal Brown
For cheeks, there is a gorgeous neutral Powder Blush ($45) in Alezane that is a beautiful shimmering pink- brown shade. It is soft and pretty on the cheek that balances the neutral eyes with the bold lips.
For lips, there are a lot of choices, from nude copper to red like I mentioned above. I love the lighter Rouge Coco Shine ($36) shades, especially Mélancolie. Chanel describes this as copper, but I think it is a shimmery nude copper shade that is simply stunning. There is also Téméraire, which is a sheer deep brick red.
I love a red gloss, as I feel that is the easiest way to transition to a full on red lip, and there is a gorgeous Glossimer ($30) in this collection in the shade Chéne Rouge, which is a glossy Brick Red that is really easy to wear.
Also included in the collection is a Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour ($36) in Pensive which is described as an Intense pink beige. This is the only shade I haven't seen but I really think I need too just from that description. There is also a Rouge Allure Velvet which is a Luminous Matte Lip Colour ($36) in La Bouleversante which is a vivid red shade.