Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Turning a Chanel Loss into a Big Win!

I don't own a whole lot of Chanel products probably because of the hefty price tag attached to it. Yes, I only have a handful of glosses, eye pencils and lipsticks. Sadly, I had to return the two Rouge Coco Shines I reviewed a few weeks ago because once the dust settled I realized I only wanted them because everyone seemed to be loving them. I should have learned from the heartbreak of trying to obtain a Limited Edition MAC piece - for the most part, it's hype. Okay, wait I am not saying a classic Chanel item is like a flashy MAC Limited Edition Mineralize Finish Powder. I am just reminding myself that I shouldn't always follow everyone else, especially if it's going to be part of a permanent collection. I didn't wasn't feeling the RCS because I didn't like how once the color fades it would settle in the crevices of my lips - not cute. Maybe I need to try a different color. Also, I have way too many orange/red and coral glosses - something I never thought I would say.

Okay so luckily I was able to redeem my Chanel loss with a current upgrade from the Summer 2011, Les Fleurs D'Ete Chanel - the Bronze Corail palette:

(Bronzing goodness!)

Yes, the one on the right. As you can see the tester has been a bit beat up but the color on this picture is better and is not as flat as this:

This picture reminds me of an Neopolitan Ice Cream Sandwich...mmm....Ice Cream Sammich! Seriously, the coral shade is lot more vibrant in person and there is a fine shimmer in this palette that Chanel does so well - it's lovely. It leaves a shimmer on my

Corail palette on my NC 42 forearm.

The pearly, peachy champagne highlight shade is a new favorite - it gives my tan skin a lovely glow. Especially when combined with my favorite liquid highlighter than is still on my shopping list:

Instead of showing you guys a picture of this traditionally on my cheeks, I want to share on how the top 3 shades of this palette looks on my eyes.

So first off  I used UD Primer Potion in Greed (gold shimmer)
Lid is the first shade of the palette - light golden brown shimmer stripe
Crease - third shade of palette - bronze chocolate with coral bits of shimmer stripe
Highlight - second shade - champagne stripe.

I finished with LM Caviar liner in Chestnut and lots of black mascara - Chanel Inimitable Intense.

Lips: LM Lip Glace in Ambre Rose
Face - LM Tinted Moisturizer, Caramel/ Chanel Bronze Corail Palette.

(I think I got it right this time - please ignore the bright light above my head)

For $50, I'd say I'm getting my money's worth and I'm becoming a better multi-tasker. I am sensing a new, unhealthy addiction to bronzers. This is what happens when you live in the fog!

Retail - $50 - I bought this at my local Nordstrom (SF).


  1. I almost bought the rouge coco shines too, just because the advertising and blog presence is overwhelming. It made no sense since I don't like sheer shiny lip colors! After taking a step back, I think the bronzers ARE the best choice =) Hope you're enjoying yours!

  2. Ha - so glad I'm not the only one thinking twice about the Rouge Coco Shines. They are lovely to look at but just not for me after all. Did you get the bronzer as well?

    Yes, loving mine!

  3. i'm glad that you used it on your eyes too! i totally forgot about that!

  4. Thanks girl - I need to come back for that Lillium quartet. I am still thinking about it!

  5. What a shame you didn't get on with the Coco shines, still that bronzer looks lovely, I am planning to pick up the lighter toned one, I have a feeling that I will end up with quite a lot fo their summer collection when it gets released here :)

  6. Hi Replica,
    Yes, I am quite sad myself but being the "never give up" type of girl, I still want to try a different color.

  7. Haven't gotten one yet! I keep looking back and forth at posts on the bronzer; I think I'll just have to try to get in-store and check them out in person!

  8. Yes, a personal appearance and swatching always seals the deal for me.