Opulent Opalescence: The Chanel Les Perles de Chanel Collection for Spring 2011

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Chanel Les Perles de Chanel Collection for spring 2011

Don your best tweed jacket and pearls, ma chérie (and dab No. 5 on your pulse points), because it’s time to say bonsoir to the new Chanel Les Perles de Chanel makeup collection.

There’s plenty of photographic evidence that proves our girl Coco wore a lot of pearls. In point of fact, she practically dripped in them because she believed their delicate glow enhanced a woman’s natural beauty.

Her heirs apparent at Chateau Chanel must agree. Remembering how much Coco loved pearls, they created the Les Perles collection for spring 2011, with its preponderance of pearly finishes destined to impart natural-looking luminosity to cheeks, eyes, lips and nails.

Since he joined the team — nay, the movement! — Chanel Global Creative Director Peter Philips has done a fantastic job (in my opinion) keeping Gabby’s spirit and her iconic style alive, and, with Les Perles de Chanel (just look at those shades of black, gray and white!), he’s done it again.

Les Perles is coming next month to Chanel counters but is available now on chanel.com.

Chanel Les Perles de Chanel Spring 2011

Here’s a brief look at a few items from the collection, with more to follow over the coming days. :)

Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Espiegle ($42) — A warm peachy pink blush with a subtle golden sheen. It reminds me a little of NARS Orgasm in the pan but applies lighter, with a less frosty finish, and it gives my cheeks a soft, candlelit glow.

Rouge Coco Lipstick in Jersey Rose ($30) — Is it wrong to refer to this lipstick as The Jersey Shore? Yes…Yes, I think it is. Terribly wrong. Jersey Rose is a long-lasting, moisturizing peachy pink with a sultry satin finish, and it lends a lovely hint of shine to the lips.

Rouge Allure Lipstick in Flamboyante ($32) — As soon as I slipped into Flamboyante I said, “Wow! That’s a straight-up red!” Chanel describes it as an intense pink, but it looks more reddish pink on me.

Levres Scintillantes Glossimer in Aragonite ($27) — What it lacks in pigment, Aragonite makes up for in sparkle. This glittery gloss, with a name Jason (of the Argonauts) would love, looks like crushed pearls in a tube! Look closely, and you may see flecks of purple, pink, blue and gold.

Le Crayon Yeux in Gris Scintillant ($28): A gunmetal gray with silver glitter. I think of it as a naughty alternative to a basic black liner.

chanel spring 2011

chanel spring 2011

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Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Espiegle ($42)

chanel flamboyante rouge allure rouge coco lipstick spring 2011
Rouge Coco Lipstick in Jersey Rose ($30) on the left and Rouge Allure Lipstick in Flamboyante ($32) on the right

chanel aragonite glossimer spring 2011
Glossimer in Aragonite ($27)

chanel aragonite glossimer spring 2011

chanel gris scintillant precision eye definer spring 2011
Le Crayon Yeux in Gris Scintillant ($28)

chanel les perles de chanel spring 2011 collection swatches on arm
Swatches from left: Powder Blush in Espiegle, Rouge Coco Lipstick in Jersey Rose, Rouge Allure Lipstick in Flamboyante, Levres Scintillantes Glossimer in Aragonite and Le Crayon Yeux in Gris Scintillant

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Rouge Coco Lipstick in Jersey Rose

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Rouge Allure Lipstick in Flamboyante

chanel les perles de chanel spring 2011 collection on karen of makeup and beauty blog aragonite glossimer lip swatch
Levres Scintillantes Glossimer in Aragonite

chanel les perles de chanel spring 2011 collection on karen of makeup and beauty blog gris eye definer swatch
Le Crayon Yeux in Gris Scintillant

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Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Espiegle on cheeks, Le Crayon Yeux in Gris Scintillant on eyes and Rouge Allure Lipstick in Flamboyante on lips

chanel les perles de chanel spring 2011 collection on karen of makeup and beauty blog jersey rose and aragonite glossimer
Rouge Coco Lipstick in Jersey Rose and Levres Scintillantes Glossimer in Aragonite on my lips

I plan to haunt the website until these arrive on counters next month. I can’t wait to see the eyeshadow quint and the polishes in person.

Do you see anything you like?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. In the picture at the very top, that’s Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Espiegle on my cheeks, Le Crayon Yeux in Gris Scintillant on my eyes and Rouge Coco Lipstick in Jersey Rose on my lips. Ooh-la-la! :)

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  1. Swoon worthy!! Flamboyante looks amazing on you!!! I’ve seen pics of ther eye shadow palettes and they are fab!The glossimer looks very similiar to Constellation glossimer–with maybe a little less pink sparkles? I better start saving my pennies because it looks I need it all!

  2. Kim says:

    i really really LOVE your necklace! it’s what first caught my eye in this post!

  3. Toni says:

    Karen, you look fabu with these Chanel colors! I love everything! I’ll take one of each please. The eye liner looks really nice. Does it go on smoothly? I have the Chanel waterproof and it doesn’t tug, but it’s not as smooth and creamy as my Urban Decay liners. Thanks for sharing!
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  4. Rae says:

    Ooh, Jersey Rose is super cute! And I love the photo you’ve taken of Aragonite on your lips — complete with a little glitter twinkle :P
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  5. BeautyMaven says:

    I literally hyperventilated when I saw this post. LUCKY YOU TO HAVE THESE!!! I think I’m ordering the eyeshadow palette after I finish here.. =D
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  6. Natalie says:

    I ordered the quint and Black pearl nail polish, but I am going to get the quad, more nail polishes, Coquette lippy and definitely the blush (it looks FAB on you!!). I thought my wallet would be safe until January, but couldn’t believe how Chanel released it so early!! Grr

  7. Toni says:

    Karen, these colors look really gorgeous on you! Of course, you know I love my Chanel! I really like the look of the lipsticks and the eyeliner. I’ll have to try these out when they arrive at my Chanel counter. Does the eyeliner apply smoothly? I have Chanel waterproof liners and they don’t tug, but they’re not as smooth/creamy as my Urban Decay 24/7 liners. Thanks for sharing!
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  8. Lindsay says:

    Why oh why are spring collections coming out now…. stop tempting me chanel! love the gloss
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  9. xiao says:

    i actually saw it in saks today!

  10. Ooh gorgeous, the glossimer is calling my name! (as are the lipsticks). I love your necklace :)
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  11. switch says:

    Hi Karen, these are great pictures! Can you compare Jersey Rose RCs to Magnolia and Rose Dentelle?
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  12. applepark says:

    ZOMG! That quad looks right up my alley. I’m also interested in the quint. I’m so happy to be getting excited about Chanel again. I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve liked a collection as a whole. Some new products have been rave-worthy, but collections-wise I haven’t seen anything as exciting as this in a while! :D
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  13. Karen B says:

    Can we say drool? That quint is calling my name…
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  14. Paris B says:

    I love the look of the blush in Espiegle (do we know if its LE?)! As well as that Ombres Perlees de Chanel too. Will definitely be keeping my eye out for those two :D Plus I love that gold sparkle in the picture of Aragonite on your lips :D
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  15. elle says:

    The glossimer is so gorgeous.

  16. meibaola says:

    I love this collection! Especially all those peachy colours… Unfortunately I don’t think I can get myself more than a Chanel item in a decade and since I bought a Rouge Allure Laque in Ming last year… I will have to pass! :(

  17. gio says:

    The blush is very pretty! And I love your necklace, it’s beautiful!
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  18. irini says:

    Karen hi :) this is completely irrelevant with this post-great post btw-but I dont know where else to ask.Do you know any products that reallyyyy pump up the volume in the hair?And do you have any tips?Sorry,hating to be irrelevant :(

  19. YadiQ says:

    Omg Karen – I am in love with this collection I have been letting quite a few Chanel collections because they are too similar to past collex – I have the quint and black pearl polish !!! I just got it last night! I was in macys here in ny ( herald sq) buying my sisters compact pressed powder from the Chanel counter and there it was in all it’s luminescent glory!!! The quint is gorgeous exudes class – typical chanel and the polish I haven’t swatched yet but in the bottle looks so unique!!! I would call your nearby counters!!

    Hugs Karen !!!

  20. Carol says:

    Hi Karen.
    Am looking for an eye kohl in grey.
    I used to have one from Lancome, gris, which had a color that I absolutely loved but it just won’t stay on so I started searching for another one.
    The problem I’ve had however is that the ones I’ve tried have been way too cool and for the eyes I need warm colors.
    Do you have any tips? Would Le Crayon Yeux in Gris Scintillant work?

    Have you tried Chanels eye kohl in Ambre btw, oh, I love that color!

  21. Kim says:

    You do realize that every lipstick color known to man looks fabulous on you, right?! :)

    I love the Glossimer in Aragonite (has that LOTR thing on with the name). I’m actually giggling trying to picture what Coco’s reaction might have been to the Jersey Shore. :)

  22. Michelle says:

    I think I just died. Everything looks so gorgeous. I ordered Espiegle blush and Jersey Rose l/s as soon as it was on the Chanel website. You look very glam!!
    I can’t wait to see your review of the quad!!

  23. saku says:

    They look so pretty on you. That eyeliner and lipsticks may be on my list.

  24. Nina says:

    that is the PERFECT spring collection — everything is so soft and lovely and just sooooo pretty! i want want want … and i <3 your FOTD !!

  25. Christa says:

    Thank you so much for the pics. Everything looks gorgeous on you!!

    Karen how does Flamboyante compare to Cambon Rouge Coco?? They look very similar. I LOVE Cambon but I don’t think I need two different formulas of the same shade. I would also love to hear how Jersey Rose compares to some other pink Rouge Cocos. Thanks!!!!!

  26. lexi says:

    you look gorg in these pics! the cheek color and lip goodies look great on you!

  27. I adore your necklace in those pics! Where’d you get it?
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  28. Glosslizard says:

    Oh! I die! I’m so gaga over that quint already! I’m also loving Aragonite (reminds me of a certain adventurer-king in Lord of the Rings)! I’m very curious to see the Black Pearl lacquer, I got Laura Mercier’s Caviar Dreams a few years ago and I want to see if they’re identical!

    Happy Weekend! Stay warm and dry! :)

  29. Alison says:

    I love it all! Looks like i’m going to be broke in the new year, I’m kinda hoping Chanel isn’t going to keep up with these gorgeous collections so I can save some pennies!

  30. Johanna says:

    OMG! love this post i can always count on u to bring me the beauty and a good laugh..thank you :)

  31. Evelyn says:

    The collection is out! I accidentally (yeah right, who am I kidding, I made a bee-line for the Chanel counter) came across it the day it came out at my local Century store. I bought the black perle polish and jersey rose lipstick, but I went home, thought about the rest and decided I want the white perle polish as well and the pressed powder – which is really lovely.

  32. Evelyn says:

    Btw, Nakkar, at least to me, doesn’t look anything like a raspberry gloss to me. In person it seems like a dark coral peach? maybe? strange!

  33. Antonia says:

    How do they do it?! Every time I want everything from Chanel’s seasonal collection!!=(
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  34. Joyce B says:

    I’m so excited to get a sneak peek at these. I definitely want to look in the stores for the Rouge Allure in Coquette. And I’d love to try the Rouge Coco in Jersey Rose with the Glossimer in Nakkar over it. Thank you, can’t wait!

  35. Jacqueline says:

    I’m been eyeing this collection. Flamboyante and Coquette and Espiegle are must haves for me. I can’t wait to see the eye palette.
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  36. Gail says:

    Saks here in Florida has had this for a couple of weeks – Man – I hate that these collections come out so early – I bought the quad/blush/powder/pencil & both glosses – Geez – its not even Christmas yet.

  37. kalcedon says:

    Oh, I NEED a gloss like Aragonite! :)

  38. Michele DiCola says:

    Hi- I had to order everything from chanel.com Macy’s did not have he 2011 update yet,
    Michele.
    I am happy!

  39. Cristina says:

    Hi Karen: gorgeous swatches! Do you think the blush is similar to Reflex or even In Love? Thanks:)

  40. Polarbelle says:

    You make everything look good! I plan to get most of this after Christmas.

  41. HC says:

    I LOVE YOUR NECKLACE!!

  42. leslie says:

    Hey Karen!

    Luv your blog! Do you think MAC Utterly Game is a dupe for the Chanel Espiegle? I bought the Black Pearl polish and the Nakkar lipgloss. The color does look like a dark peach.

  43. LRW says:

    whoa! Flamboyante is YOUR color! absolutely stunning

  44. Lauren says:

    i haven’t checked the collection out yet, but the lipsticks have me quite curious. It seems as though Flamboyante is the Rouge Allure equivalent of Rouge Coco Cambon, which I adore. Great post :) xxx
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  45. Cheryl says:

    Superior coverage of this new Chanel collection. You’re the best :-). And this collection has reignited my love affair with Chanel!

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