Saturday, 20 November 2010

Les Tentations de Chanel - My Holiday Picks

I finally caved this week and gave in to Chanel temptation, I don't think it can ever be overcome. The tipping point came when Makeup Supremo Lisa Eldridge was wearing the Chanel blush and gloss in her recent video. It gave such a soft, pretty look that I felt the irresistible urge to dash to my nearest Chanel counter and hand over my credit card.

Here are the results:
Chanel Blush in Tweed Fuchsia, Chanel Lip Gloss in Pink Pulsion, Ombre D'eau in Splash
Blushers are probably my all time favourite Chanel product as I get the most use out of them. I rarely use blush from any other range. I already have the other tweed blushes but I was put off Tweed Fuchsia because it seemed so bright in all the pictures I saw off it. I am in a bit of a rut when it comes to pink on my cheeks so I thought I could easily give Tweed Fuchsia a miss. I was very wrong. Once I saw how the delicate flush it gave when applied (on Lisa Eldridge) I coveted it, and I was clearly in good company as I got the last one from my nearest counter.

If, like me, you were afraid this would give you the Aunt Sally look, don't be. The mixture of shades make the overall effect much more muted than you would think. If applied lightly it gives a healthy glow and because of the deep pink shade, it will look great on all skintones. I have applied it quite heavily in the swatch to show the overall colour, but on the cheeks I would never put on that much.

Left: Chanel Tweed Fuchsia, Right: Chanel Splash

Chanel Ombre D'eau in Splash
Next up was the Ombre D'eau in Splash. This is a liquid shadow in deep metallic taupe. I have a couple of these in much lighter shades and have only ever used them as highlighters for the inner corner of the eye and the brow bone. Splash is obviously too dark for this but it is perfect used all over the lid paired with the taupes from the le Metier de Beaute Kaleidoscope Eye Kit in Le Cirque. I have pictured it alongside my existing shades so you can see the contrast. I think these liquid shadows are really overlooked as they are so easy to apply and last forever.

I was originally drawn to the Holiday Collection by the beautiful promo picture and would love to be able to recreate such a look, particularly the chocolate eyes. I did ask the Sales Assistant if she knew exactly which products were used and how, but she didn't know. Obviously the Eyeshadow Quad was vital, but I was unsure whether the liquid shadow was also used. In the end, I decided to leave the quad as it was a bit too glittery and I thought I had enough similar shades already, however it may still get the better of me!

Left to right: 40 (source), 727 (ltd edition), 75 (splash)

Chanel Ombre D'eau Swatches - 40, 727, 75

Finally we have the lip products. I tried the new Rouge Coco in Magnolia but it was a bit on the light side for me. I think I might have just about learnt my lesson when it comes to pale lips. Instead I chose the Levres Scintillantes in Pink Pulsion, a vivid fuchsia pink with a touch of shimmer. It is very wearable because it is a lot less bright on the lips (I have quite pigmented lips so it might be brighter on those with paler lips). As a result, I prefer it used over the top of a blotted down coat of Tom Ford's Pure Pink, this gives a similar look to that in the promo. I much prefer lipstick to gloss, but the Chanel feel comfortable on, no stickiness, and makes a nice change to ordinary lipstick, giving it more dimension when layered.

Chanel released a similar bright pink lip gloss with their summer collection, Laser, but when swatched together you can see how different they are. I was very disappointed with Laser as it is so sheer, nothing like the colour it appears in the tube. Serves me right for not bothering to swatch it before I bought it. Luckily Pink Pulsion is much more me (although it could still be a little brighter for my taste!).

Magazines delight in telling us various rules of makeup, probably the most famous being that you never where heavy eyes and lips together, the emphasis should always be on one or the other. The Chanel Holiday Collection refuses to subscribe to that traditional view and perhaps that is one of the reasons I love it so much. I will have a lot of fun this season trying to emulate the beauty of promo shot, whether I am successful is another matter!

Chanel Levres Scintillantes Swatches, left: Laser, right: Pink Pulsion
All the products in the Chanel Holiday are limited edition and for the best price, try as they have 10% off and free delivery until Sunday night. If you got the Telegraph tickets, Fenwicks have 20% off on Wednesday evening, so it's a great chance to stock up on some beauty Christmas presents.

Chanel Holiday Collection Promo

Chanel Tweed Fuchsia - £31

Chanel Lip Gloss in Pink Pulsion - £19

Chanel Ombre D'eau in Splash - £21.50

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Pulsion - £16.50


  1. The promo for this collection is indeed absolutely gorgeous! I also got Splash and love it! I considered Pink Pulsion, but I found it too similar to the Autumn release Pink Teaser (well-used and well-loved) and opted for Pleasing instead. It is quite nice, but the colour pay-off on my pigmented lips isn't great. Will still get a lot of use from it however, over warm lipsticks.
    Have a lovely weekend!
    Nina x


    all the make up used in the promo

  3. What lovely things! I have been lemming Splash but it seems unavailable(probably sold out!) on the Chanel website (will have to ask my Mom to see if she can locate it for me at her Chanel counter). I envy you girls that can wear that hotter pink- I try and I just look weird.

    I may end up with that blush though- it's really gorgeous blended out and doesn't look overly shimmery (I love shimmer but at times it can settle in my pores). Great post- lovely goodies- well deserved haul! x jeanie

  4. Hi Nina,
    Once I saw the promo I knew I wouldn't be able to resist! I didn't buy anything from last year's Chanel Holiday Collection so I'm more than making up for it now. Have a great week X

    Hi Suzy, thanks so much for the link. I think it means I'll have to get the eyeshadow quad (I'll use anything as an excuse!).

    Hi Jeanie,
    The blush is definitely very wearable but the gloss isn't that bright on its own, only when layered over a brighter lipstick, so that might be a way to get a little bit of pink into your life! Am sure you wouldn't look weird wearing it. The two lipsticks might be more to your taste as they are a lot lighter, am very tempted by Magnolia (light pink). Jennifer X

  5. I adore Tweed Fuchsia -- such a gorgeous blush. I've been wearing it every day since I got it.

  6. Wow!
    the collection look warm and charm , would be great to put my hand on it , i love Chanel specially MAT Lumiere Long Lasting Fluid Makeup Foundation SPF 15 -Ginger

  7. HI Michelle, the blush is my favourite product, I can imagine it looking gorgous on your skin tone.

    Hi Shaimaa, thanks for commenting. I also love Chanel foundations, but I can find them a little yellow for very pale skin. Doesn't stop me waering them though!