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making faces :: cuckoo for coco!

look how happy chanel makes me...
someone has evidently put something in the water cooler at chanel, because in the last few months, the company has burst forth with too many collections to count [actually, still in single digits, which doesn't say much for your counting skills -ed.]. they've introduced new items to their permanent collections, come out with new and limited items and reformulated existing products. as a chanel fan, it's been an exciting and exhausting time. as someone who doesn't have an income of a million dollars a month, it's been an instructive in the art of making choices and getting annoyed. here's a brief rundown of a few of the chanel developments...

new glosses!

chanel has been expanding their glossimer/ levres scintillantes gloss collection. a few months ago, they launched a half a dozen new shades and this summer, they've done it again. the nice thing about these glosses is that the shades are all being added to the permanently available selection, so you have time to make a decision.

of course, the excitement of having something new and shiny might win out, as it did with me. i picked up "crushed cherry", one of the summer's new shades.

first of all, i congratulate chanel for doing something increasingly unheard of: coming up with a name that's accurate and descriptive. because this colour really does look like crushed cherries, ready to be spread across a pie crust. it's a deep, shiny, rich cherry red. because it's not opaque, it can appear fairly bright, not full-on vampy [at least not on its own]. it's creamy, meaning that it has no sparkle and although deeper glosses like this can be a bit of a pain to apply evenly, i had no problems applying [or re-applying] this one.

crushed cherry
the glossimer is a favourite formula of mine, because it isn't sticky but has decent lasting power for a gloss. i do find that the sparkling glossimers have better staying power, though. shades like "crushed cherry" and "intrigue" [from last year's holiday collection] fade faster than their shimmering cousins. that means that touch-ups are going to be a necessity, especially if, like me, you're constantly sipping on water or coffee or tea during the course of the day. this is where the evenness of the gloss becomes especially handy, because at least you aren't fussing around more than you have to.

i find that glossimers are hydrating on my lips- something a lot of glosses surprisingly are not- and that the wear is at least even, not patchy. i did have some slight feathering around the edges of my lips later in the day, the sort of thing that you could see more on close inspection than at first glance.

i'm surprised at how few deep red glosses seem to be floating around on the market, or at least in my collection. maybe it's just that they tend to either be much sheerer or nearly opaque. the closest analogue i could find was bobbi brown's "black ruby", which is a high shimmer gloss and therefore loaded with sparkle. it's also warmer in terms of its base colour.

l to r :: crushed cherry, bobbi brown black ruby
the verdict? if it's going to drive you crazy that the colour will fade fairly quickly or that you'll have to reapply, this might not be for you. but if you can live with reaching into your purse to touch-up from time to time, it's a luscious, unique shade in a soft, comfortable formula.

I HAVE SO MUCH MORE TO SHOW YOU...



here's a look at it in action. that's burberry "pale barley" on my eyes, along with nars "mekong" [a dark espresso brown with gold flecks]. i have rouge bunny rouge "florita" applied lightly on my cheeks and hourglass "diffused light" ambient lighting powder. [i'd call this one a dark winter look, what do you think?]




at the same time, chanel has introduced a new variation of their successful "rouge coco shine" formula. i initially reviewed this here and while i continue to love the shade that i purchased, "antigone", i never ended up getting more because the shades were simply too sheer to show up on my lips. if you're like me, you'll be happy to know that chanel has introduced new shines that have 30% more pigment. they're still semi-sheer, but they'll show up more and last longer than the original formula. both variations will continue to have a home in the permanent chanel collection.

i picked up "fiction", which is a very typically 'me' sort of shade- a red berry colour with shimmer. it's not that dissimilar to "antigone", if i'm being completely honest, but it is more pigmented, darker and cooler-toned, whereas "antigone" is definitely warm. this one has been getting a lot of love lately, because it's just so easy to wear in any situation. it works day or night, office or crime spree [or whatever else the rest of you do when you're not at work]. the increased pigmentation means that it actually lasts quite well.

fiction
the best part for me, though, is that the formula seems a little more moiturising. i find the original coco shines can get a little drying after a few hours, whereas i love the feeling of these new additions.

although i have a lot of rose red/ soft berry shades, i didn't have a  match for "fiction". chanel "envoutante" is more plum- deeper, browner and purpler. mac "blood red" is brighter and pinker. keep in mind that because the formula is not opaque, your own lip colour will effect the final look.

l to r :: chanel envoutante, fiction, mac blood red [l.e.]
the verdict? this new pigmented formula has me excited for the rouge coco shines again and i'm just glad that they're permanent, so i have time to work on my collection.

here's a look at one of the many times i've worn "fiction" this summer. on the eyes, i'm wearing a combination of mac "crystal avalanche" [shimmery white] and le metier de beaute "fire lily" [pink-red]. i'm afraid i can't recall what i have on my cheeks... oops. i can't decide between calling this a bright spring or a bright winter.




and finally, chanel introduced a collection that was originally released in asia called "les delices". it features soft, pearl-like colours for the eyes, lips and cheeks, including a special, limited shade of their joues contrastes blush in "delice". as soon as i saw this, i knew it had to be mine.

"delice" is a highlighter rather than a blush, it's a shimmery white, which on its own doesn't sound that unique, but it's from chanel, so you know that isn't all there is to it. i used the word "pearl-like" earlier, which was kind of stupid of me, because now i basically have no choice but to repeat myself. because there is nothing to which i can compare "delice" that is as appropriate as the glowing sheen of a perfectly cultured pearl. it instantly brightens the complexion and helps you look fresh, young, luminous. i frequently get comments when i wear this that i look healthy, or well-rested, or just generally good.

delice
there are many white or near-white highlighters out there. "delice" stands out because it has a bit of a glow to it, without a strong sheen. if you want something that's a bit more dramatic and eye-catching, mac "lightscapade" would be a safer bet. that said, there is still a shimmer to "delice" that's more obvious the more of it you apply, so it's still quite appropriate for a night out. i've swatched it below next to bobbi brown's "porcelain pearl", which has very little shimmer or sheen. for daytime or office use, i have been favouring "porcelain pearl", but for moments when i really want the radiance, i reach for "delice".

l to r :: delice, bobbi brown porcelain pearl [l.e.]
one of the truly great things about this highlighter is that it doesn't turn ashy. that's great news if you want to use it slightly heavier for more effect, but it's even better for women of colour, who often struggle to find products that give a highlight to their skin without turning grey. it's a slightly cool white, which i think would make it tricky on the warmest of complexions, but i'd still argue that the vast majority of women should be able to pull this off without any issues.

the verdict? so much pretty! highlighters are amazing, because once you start using them, you wonder how you ever went without them. once you've mastered the technique of applying a perfect touch of light, the whole shape of your face becomes perfect from every angle. as the only limited product reviewed here, i'd recommend that if you're choosing one, grab this first.

and here's a final look at "delice". i've already posted looks with this product, but i did think that these photos captured the effect it gives rather well. i'm wearing shades from guerlain's "attrape-coeur" palette  on my eyes, with armani's "madre perla" on the lids. on the cheeks, i have mac "azalea blossom" for colour and "delice" applied to my cheekbones, as well as over my brow and even on my nose. on the lips is armani "604", one of the shades that made me fall immediately in love with this formula. as far as seasons go, i'd call this a true winter look. was thinking bright, but there's really nothing that brings any warmth to it.




you know what's really funny? none of these products is actually part of the official chanel summer collection. from that, i did grab "azure" nail polish, but that will have to wait for another day...

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