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Unsung Makeup Heroes: Chanel Black Satin Nail Polish

Published in: Chanel, Guest Post, Nails, Unsung Heroes

Chanel Black Satin Nail Polish

Chanel Black Satin Nail Polish ($27), available now at Chanel counters and online

Kelly Keeton of Vampy VarnishAbout the Author
The following guest post was written by Kelly Keeton of Vampy Varnish. You can also find Kelly on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+.

Do you own a shade of eyeshadow, lipstick or nail polish that started you down a long and perhaps expensive makeup collecting path? I sure do, and her name is Chanel Black Satin (available now in the Chanel permanent collection).

I’ve been into nail polish for as long as I can remember, but there have been phases where I didn’t really think about it much for months at a time. I was in one of those slumbering “dry spells” when Chanel Black Satin came out.

Chanel Black Satin Nail Polish

When I first saw it in fashion magazines, I liked it, but I wasn’t completely smitten . I was, however, very interested in any black nail polish that had fashion editors and people in general going gaga.

The long-running Unsung Heroes series features much-loved permanent collection products from a variety of bodacious beauty brands.

Previous to Chanel Black Satin, black nail polishes weren’t really ever seen on anyone other than musicians, artsy types and those into various genres of music, like punk rock, heavy metal and goth. Now, all the sudden it was going mainstream. After seeing it over and over, it started this spark within me that grew and grew, and I knew I HAD TO HAVE IT.

I searched high and low but couldn’t find it anywhere in stores. Finally, I resorted to eBay and spent more on it than I had ever spent on any nail polish before. A whopping $35! At the time, that seemed completely outrageous, but now, after many years of collecting, I can say that it’s not the most I’ve ever spent on a nail polish (yikes!).

Chanel Black Satin Nail Polish

Black Satin, as the name implies, has a black base with a silver satiny shimmer running throughout. It has a great smooth and creamy formula, and covers perfectly in two coats.

It might not be the most unique black polish out there anymore, but this beauty definitely started bringing dark nail shades back into the spotlight, and for that, I am grateful!

What item in your makeup collection do you have a great fondness for?

- Kelly

Kelly Keeton of Vampy VarnishAbout the Author
This guest post was written by Kelly Keeton of Vampy Varnish. You can also find Kelly on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+.

2-Minute Review: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine in 76 Gourmandise

Published in: Chanel, Lips, Makeup, Product Reviews

Chanel Gourmandise Rouge Coco Shine

Wearing Chanel Gourmandise Rouge Coco Shine ($32.50) on my lips

In less time than it takes to open a can of gravy for Tabs, or buy roundtrip tickets to Paris, or try on a pair of Jimmy Choos, or buy the entire Chanel Fall 2013 makeup collection on chanel.com, you can also find out if Chanel’s new 76 Gourmandise Rouge Coco Shine is right for you.

Ready for a 2-minute review?

WHAT IT IS: A shiny, peachy pink limited edition lippie from Chanel’s Les Délices de Chanel collection, Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine in 76 Gourmandise ($32.50) lives to soften, hydrate and plump lips for a fuller, healthier appearance.

Chanel Les Delices de Chanel Collection Rouge Coco Shine in 76 Gourmandise

Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Lipshine in 76 Gourmandise, $32.50

WHAT IT DOES:

  • Rose flavor and scent (yum)
  • Packed with tiny flecks of silver glitter (cute)
  • Very, very sheer on my pigmented lips (almost like wearing a balm), but I can see this still being a flattering “my lips but better” color for gals with lips lighter and more pink than mine
  • Extremely hydrating
  • Smooth, non-sticky, lightweight and comfy
  • Can’t really tell if it makes my lips look plumper, but it’s not one of those plumpers that tingles or stings
  • 1-hour wear time

Chanel Gourmandise Rouge Coco Shine swatch

“The next chapter in the brilliant ROUGE COCO SHINE story: ROUGE COCO SHINE Hydrating Colour Lipshine, an innovative formula with intensified pigments to take colour and sheen to a new level of vibrancy. Sheer, shiny, colour-rich shades are effortlessly chic, infinitely wearable. Hydratendre Complex softens and plumps lips for a healthier, fuller appearance.”

chanel.com

THE VERDICT: Highly moisturizing, and the bits of glitter give it a little something extra, but unless you’re a die-hard Chanel fan, Gourmandise may seem like little more than a fancy, expensive lip balm. You can probably find something similar for less than $32.50 (but it wouldn’t be Chanel).

PRICE: $32.50
AVAILABILITY: Limited edition, and available now at select Chanel counters and chanel.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

2-Minute Review: Getting to Know Chanel Purple Berry Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner

Published in: Chanel, Eyes, Makeup, Product Reviews

Chanel Les Delices De Chanel Collection Stylo Yeux Waterproof in Purple Berry

Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Purple Berry ($30) from the Les Delices De Chanel collection

Got time for a 2-minute review?

Before you answer that, it’s Chanel. :)

WHAT IT IS: Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Purple Berry, a limited-edition twist-up purple pencil liner from the Les Delices De Chanel collection.

Chanel Les Delices De Chanel Collection Stylo Yeux Waterproof in Purple Berry

Stylo Yeux Waterproof in Purple Berry ($30)

WHAT IT DOES:

  • The texture’s on the hard side, but it’s actually relatively smooth for a hard pencil…if that makes any sense, and it doesn’t skip, which is great.
  • The pencil itself is very thin, which makes it easy to apply right at the roots of my lashes and water line.
  • This particular purple color doesn’t have heavy red undertones, which I like, because sometimes the reddish tones in purple liners give me zombie eyes.
  • The finish has a subtle, elegant sheen to it that reminds me a little of Becca’s Cabrera.
  • This thing’s like Michael Phelps in the water! It’s extremely waterproof, especially along lash lines. I wore it to the pool yesterday, and it didn’t flinch after 10 cannonballs. :)
  • For a deep purple color that lasts all day long, I apply 2-3 layers along my lash lines.
  • I know that for a lot of women the Chanel Stylos perform well along their water lines, but I haven’t been so lucky. For me they’re just okay. Along my water lines, I have to apply 4-5 layers to really see the color, and then it lasts about 5 hours, tops.
  • It’s isn’t really a smudgy kind of liner. It’s actually pretty tough to blend the edges.

Chanel Purple Berry Swatch

Chanel Purple Berry

Additional Chanel makeup worn in this look: Convoitise Illusion D’Ombre Eyeshadow, Le Volume de Chanel Mascara in Prune, Fresque Joues Contrastes Powder Blush and L’Eclatante Rouge Allure Velvet lipstick


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Early Mornings, Late Nights and Crazy Cats Don’t Stand a Chance Against the Brightening Power of Chanel’s Convoitise Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow

Published in: Chanel, Eyes, Makeup, Product Reviews

Raising. The. Roof. Late ’90s style, for this shimmery pale golden cream, which I particularly enjoy on summer mornings when my cat wakes me up at 5 by using my boobs as his own personal obstacle course.

I think it’s the heat… It fires him up more than usual.

“Your body is a wonderland.” — Tabs the Cat

Chanel Convoitise Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow… Now that’s a mouthful.

It has a soft, almost bouncy texture — less dense than a MAC Paint Pot, but more solid than a Cream Color from Tom Ford — and lasts about 8-9 hours for me. With the littlest flecks of golden glitter, the reflective finish is definitely shiny, but it stops short of full-on metallic.

Chanel Les Delices de Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Convoitise

Illusion D’Ombre in Convoitise ($36)

The first time I tried it was after a rough night when it was so hot in my bedroom that I spent most of the evening trying to make the backs of my knees stop sweating through sheer force of will (didn’t work). I must’ve gotten three, or maybe four, hours of sleep, and I looked broken down and wasted the next morning.

Chanel Convoitise Swatch
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When Your Eyes Could Use a Little Fairy Magic, Give Them the Chanel Délicatesse Ombres Fleuries Quadra Eye Shadow Palette

Published in: Chanel, Eyes, Makeup, Palettes, Product Reviews

Chanel Delicatese Ombres Fleuries Quadra Eye Shadow

From the Land of Fey by way of Coco’s castle, the new $60 Chanel Délicatesse Ombres Fleuries Quadra Eye Shadow palette

Mermaids, elven archer girls and fairy princesses might not need the new Chanel Délicatesse Ombres Fleuries Quadra Eye Shadow palette because their immortal eyes already shimmer in sunlight, but mortal mavens looking for a luminous quad to fake their way into the Land of Fey could do a lot worse than this $60 quad.

The pink and plum shadows have an almost ethereal effect, like sunlight filtering through fairy wings, while the jade and mint green (yep, that white pan actually appears minty on my skin!) bring to mind images of water droplets glistening on a mermaid’s tail.

Chanel Les Delices de Chanel Ombres Fleuries Quadra Eye Shadow

Part of the limited edition Chanel Les Delices de Chanel collection, Ombres Délicatesse Fleuries Quadra Eye Shadow isn’t only about spritely eyes, soft spring-like colors and delicate shimmer. It’s also about the Benjamins, as in it costs $60!

Chanel Les Delices de Chanel Ombres Fleuries Quadra Eye Shadow

Ombres Fleuries Quadra Eye Shadow ($60)

Containing colors with medium coverage, it’s one of those quads where you can pile on the layers like sediments in the Grand Canyon and never look like you’re wearing too much makeup.

If you struggle with blending sometimes, this could be a good quad to consider, because even if you accidentally apply too much, you can just buff it out and be fine. It’s kind of magical that way.

Chanel Delicatese Quad swatches

Swatches


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