I was headed over to the Chanel counter at Nordstrom to get a look at the new fall collection and I ended up staying for a bit of a makeover. I had already made up my mind to buy the limited edition Les 4 Ombres Tissé in Poisie before I even went into the store. I can tell you if you’ve been looking for that quad (since it sold out almost everywhere) my local Nordstrom in Tacoma happens to have a whole bunch. Just give them a call and ask them to ship it to you! The lovely Chanel rep working the counter (Nicole) hadn’t gotten any testers of the limited edition Poisie so no one was buying it. We both wanted to see what it could do so we just decided to do a full face showing some of the fall collection mixed in with Chanel staples to create my personal Chanel makeover. I will point out in these photo’s I’d been wearing the makeup for hours by the time I got home (close to 5) and I wore the makeup for a total of 16 hours as I went to a party that evening. The makeup looked the same as it did in the photos when I took it off and I NEVER touched it up at all!
Here is the full face shot which is not retouched in any way. You can see the hives on my neck and chest from an allergic reaction from the day before still angry and red. What I notice most about this is I don’t look too made up but definitely pulled together. I also look a bit more well rested and possibly even younger. We’ll get to a product breakdown for the Chanel makeover soon but I’ve got some close ups for you first!
EXTREME CLOSE UP!
Here you can see the smoothness of the under eye and how my dark circles and bags are concealed. I have a huge vein under this eye and you can’t even see it! The brows look full and groomed. The eye is defined and colored a bit but it’s by no means heavy. We went for an all purpose look.
You can Le Volume in Prune in action in this shot as well as the Cassis liner set with the darkest color in Poisie.
Here is a close up of the foundation, the contour and blush, and sheen of the Poisie quad. Mind you this is full afternoon sun, no filters and no photo touch ups.
Now for the product breakdown for my Chanel makover and my initial thoughts!
1. Chanel Hydra Beauty Gel Créme $87: I liked that it felt very moisturizing and soothing. It seemed to help calm my redness and left a good base for makeup which was applied asap while the cream was still absorbing. I didn’t like the overpowering scent. Don’t get me wrong it smells glorious but it’s like paying the perfume spritzer in the mall to spray you in the face for five straight minutes.
2. Chanel Perfection Lumiére in Beige Rose 12 $57: This initially felt quite heavy. Mind you I’m normally wearing a TM or nothing at all. It was also quite heavily perfumed. This scent seemed to dissipate during application or was just drowned out by the Gel Créme! Once it sat on the skin for a few moments, it felt fine. I liked that the coverage is medium to full and we didn’t need to use concealer anywhere. This was applied with the Chanel #7 brush. It’s a duo fiber brush thats used for both blending and stippling. It’s more dense then a MAC but not quite as dense as my SK Flat Top. It was an excellent brush. We applied the foundation mainly to the T-zone and then buffed it out to the sides. Very little product was used and we barely needed to blend it into my neck because the color match was very good when applied sheerly. The foundation dealt with ALL my skin issues in stride. Pores were concealed, Rosacea tamed in a moderate flare up, no dry patches, and nothing hanging out in the minor expression lines I have.
3. Chanel Les Beiges in 10 and 30 $57.50: We used 10 to set the T-zone and 30 to contour my cheeks. I liked the powder but I think 30 may have been a touch too warm for me. If you are looking for a sheer bronzer with no sparkle this is great at layering color or leaving just a veil of warmth.
4. Chanel Éclat Lumiére in Beige Rose #3o $40: As you can see this corrected my undereye problems believably and almost completely. It never migrated or faded either. It’s thicker than both the YSL and Dior versions. I’d also say the illumination is more realistic and better for anyone predisposed to fine lines or oiliness creeping up from the cheeks that might make the other ones highlight imperfections as the day went on.
5. Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in #80 Jersey $45: If you are fair with Rosacea you need this blush. It’s a peach pink blush with a hefty dose of beige and taupe with no detectable shimmer once applied. It’s got a bit of sheen to it but it’s not overly glowy either. It’s absolutely perfect at “glossing” over the redness and making the cheek look ever so lightly flushed.
1. Chanel Base Ombre Á Paupiéres in Beige $32: Very thick and heavy feeling on initial application. Much more so than my favorite NARS base. It did seem to work though and never felt heavy after it was blended in. I honestly think the base was a bit dark for my skin tone but it didn’t seem to affect the eyeshadow or liner shades.
2. Chanel Le Volume Mascara in #30 Prune $30: FINALLY! A rubber brush I don’t hate with the fiery passion of a thousand suns. It adds nice volume and the color is perfect for anytime wear. It’s just a bit softer than black but not as warm as brown. If money grew on trees, I’d have bought a tube. I think I might have been able to apply it better myself but it still looked nice! It gave good volume but didn’t give additional length or separation. As I said I think the result would have been better if I was applying.
3. Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner #83 Cassis $32: I love the color. It’s a charcoal mixed with a blue based purple. It lasted well without migrating at all yet came off with my Derma E cleanser with no problem. I don’t like how hard the liner is. On Moh’s scale of hardness it’s like an 11. For those of you who don’t know Diamond is 10 on the scale. It actually hurt when applied. I’m not sure if it was the method used or what!
4. Les 4 Ombres Tissé in Poisie $61: I really love the quad from it being used on me. I like that it’s adaptable to create many kinds of looks. There is a light beige shimmer, a pale pink lilac duo-crome, and peach champagne color with a satin finish that is slightly deeper than the other two light shades. My favorite shade is the plum brown shade with a burgundy sheen. The quad pulls a tad warm on me because I’m cool toned but that doesn’t stop it from working well and adding dimension to the eye. I bought it so I will do a full review of it when I’ve had some time to play with it. I’d recommend this quad for anyone looking for a travel friendly all in one solution.
5. Chanel Crayon Sourcils Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil #30 Brun Natural $29: Another product I almost walked out with. I love the results. The crayon is medium in it’s hardness and only slightly waxy. It was just enough control and volume. The color is actually a warm light brown color with a hint of warm taupe to it. My brow hairs are a bit darker and cooler toned than the crayon but the effect is natural when the brows are brushed.
1. Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in #96 Aura $35: Another piece from the fall collection used in my Chanel makeover. This is limited edition. I applied it hastily before the makeover just to test it’s sheerness and we forgot to correct/touch up during the makeover so it’s only one swipe and not even covering certain parts of my lip. I liked the sheerness of the product and the texture. The color is fantastic and pretty much just accents my own lip shade. When swatched on my hand it’s a reddish plum color. Aura actually stained my lips all day but the glossiness lasted about 2 hours. Even though it looks intimidating in the tube it’s only ever so slightly vampy on the lips making it a great fall workhorse!
My husband and quite a few others loved the look. I got compliments in Sephora from the SA’s and one customer. Three young men flirted with me at the grocery store and my neighbor told me I looked beautiful and sexy and asked if we’d been on a date before coming to the party! I guess if your fishing for compliments and flattery you need to bait the hook with Chanel! My husband actually said “Wow” when I returned to the house from the makeover. His favorite parts were the foundation and the eye makeup in general but he kept sneaking glances at the foundation and praised it again after the initial shock wore off. Even though everyone loved it, I’m not sure it’s something I could commit to everyday due to the 40 minutes this look took to create and the $$$ of the products. I’d love to hear your feedback on what items you may have tried from Chanel that you think are worth the investment or what you like best about this look to help me narrow down any further purchases. I did get two small samples, one of the foundation and one of their base product Le Blanc because I’ve wanted to try it for years. Nicole put together a little bag of mini’s too so I have a few others to try out! Don’t worry I will report about it all!
Don’t forget to leave feedback on what products you like from Chanel or the Chanel makeover I had!