Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Chanel | Spring-Summer 2019 Collection: Review and Swatches

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Chanel | Spring-Summer 2019 Collection: Review and Swatches
Inspired by her trips to Japan and South Korea, Lucia Pica (Chanel's Global Creative Makeup and Color Designer) drew inspirations from the refined, nuanced beauty of East Asia for the Chanel Spring-Summer 2019 Collection. Offering luminous, bold hues that celebrate different facets of Asian beauty, the range is named Vision d'Asie: L'Art du Détail (which translates roughly to "Visions of Asia: The Art of Details") and is available starting January 7th. I've got review and swatches of the collection to share with you. To read on, click......
Chanel Spring-Summer 2018 | Baume Essentiel in "Sculpting" & "Transparent": Review and Swatches
Chanel Spring-Summer 2018 | Baume Essentiel in "Transparent" & "Sculpting"
Chanel Spring-Summer 2019 | Baume Essentiel ($60 CAD for 8 g):
Housed in a sleek twist-up and retractable tube, the Baume Essentiel is described as a silky gel stick designed to add a dewy freshness to the complexion. Available in two shades, the balms have a fresh, lightweight formulation that adds a noticeable sheen to the skin. They won't fully set so the finish is "wet" to the touch but not tacky. In the tube, "Transparent" appears as a sheer balmy pink with just a hint of sparkles; when applied, however, the shade basically provides a natural sheen with no tint or shimmers. For that reason, I didn't bother photographing any swatches.
Chanel Spring-Summer 2018 | Baume Essentiel in "Sculpting" & "Transparent": Review and Swatches
Chanel Spring-Summer 2018 | Baume Essentiel in "Sculpting"
"Sculpting", on the other hand, is a subtle pink champagne that provides a gorgeous pearly sheen. To me, the Baume Essentiel is a lovely product in theory. However, I'm not sure just how practical it is. If you have dry skin and always wanted a touch of dewiness, then this can definitely add a little glow. However, for those that have combination or oily skin, or prefer to wear heavier makeup, it would be hard to incorporate the balm without adding too much shine or compromising wear.
Chanel Spring-Summer 2018 | Retractable Highlighter Brush: Review
Chanel Spring-Summer 2018 | Retractable Highlighter Brush
Chanel Spring-Summer 2019 | Retractable Highlighter Brush ($66 CAD):
Specifically designed for use with the Balm Essentiel, the Retractable Highlighter Brush is a small tapered brush made with what feels like natural fibers. I personally think the balm formulation works better with a stippling brush as this one is a bit too dense for cream application and the retractable feature doesn't bode well for preventing product build-up inside the bristle shield. With that said, the brush is very well-made and travel-friendly so I would recommend it if you are looking for a mini brush for powder application.
Chanel Spring-Summer 2018 | Rouge Allure Velvet Lipsticks: Review and Swatches
Chanel Spring-Summer 2018 | Rouge Allure Velvet Lipsticks
Chanel Spring-Summer 2019 | Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick ($46 CAD for 3.5 g):
Two new shades of the Rouge Allure Velvet Lipsticks are offered as a part of this collection. "71 Nuance" is a soft apricot beige. The formulation is sheer but buildable and the finish has a flattering natural sheen. I found the texture just a touch patchy and silicone-heavy so I would definitely recommend pairing it with a lip liner in a similar shade. "73 Impérial" is a rich persimmon red that's a lot more pigmented and creamier in formulation as compared to "71 Nuance". I've tried many red lipsticks from Chanel and I'm always surprised at how unique each one is. This red to me is perfect for those that want something bold yet sophisticated. In terms of wear, both shades are prone to transferring and will require touch-ups but the higher pigmentation of the red will last better through eating and drinking.
Chanel Spring-Summer 2018 | Rouge Allure Velvet Lipsticks: Review and Swatches
Chanel Spring-Summer 2018 | Rouge Allure Velvet Lipsticks
Chanel Spring-Summer 2018 | Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick in "71 Nuance": Review and Swatches
Chanel Spring-Summer 2018 | Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick in "71 Nuance"
Chanel Spring-Summer 2018 | Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick in "73 Impérial": Review and Swatches
Chanel Spring-Summer 2018 | Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick in "73 Impérial"
Chanel Spring-Summer 2018 | Rouge Allure Liquid Powder: Review and Swatches
Chanel Spring-Summer 2018 | Rouge Allure Liquid Powder
Chanel Spring-Summer 2019 | Rouge Allure Liquid Powder ($46 CAD for 9 ml):
A newer lip formulation released back in Fall 2018, the Rouge Allure Liquid Powder is an interesting mousse-like liquid lip color that provides the lips with a tinted, matte finish. Formulation-wise, the Rouge Allure Liquid Powder is difficult to build and will pill and patch when layered too thick. Therefore, it is best worn as a very thin layer. The finish is not completely transfer-proof and will fade with eating and drinking. If you are curious about the formulation, check out my in-depth review of the original shade range here. Two new, limited edition colors are introduced as a part of the Spring-Summer Collection. "962 Electirc Blossom" is a bright coral red while "964 Bittersweet" is a deep plum. Both shades are fairly sheer and "964 Bittersweet", in particular, is prone to settling into fine lines of the lips.
Chanel Spring-Summer 2018 | Rouge Allure Liquid Powder: Review and Swatches
Chanel Spring-Summer 2018 | Rouge Allure Liquid Powder
Chanel Spring-Summer 2018 | Rouge Allure Liquid Powder in "962 Electric Blossom": Review and Swatches
Chanel Spring-Summer 2018 | Rouge Allure Liquid Powder in "962 Electric Blossom"
Chanel Spring-Summer 2018 | Rouge Allure Liquid Powder in "964 Bittersweet": Review and Swatches
Chanel Spring-Summer 2018 | Rouge Allure Liquid Powder in "964 Bittersweet"
Chanel Spring-Summer 2018 | Le Vernis Nail Polish: Review and Swatches
Chanel Spring-Summer 2018 | Le Vernis Nail Polish
Chanel Spring-Summer 2019 | Le Vernis Nail Polish ($33 CAD for 13 ml):
Last but not least, two new Le Vernis shades are included as a part of the collection. "646 Bleached Mauve" is a gorgeous beige nude with just the slightest hint of mauve. The formulation is unfortunately sheer. With a skillful application, you can probably get away with two coats but I needed three to obtain a completely even and opaque finish. "648 Techno Bloom" is a bright neon pink that looks a lot cooler in the bottle than it actually wears on the nails. The formulation is nicely pigmented but the finish dries matte and streaky so a top coat is preferred. I used two coats for the swatches below.
Chanel Spring-Summer 2018 | Le Vernis in "646 Bleached Mauve": Review and Swatches
Chanel Spring-Summer 2018 | Le Vernis in "646 Bleached Mauve" | Three Coats with No Top Coat
Chanel Spring-Summer 2018 | Le Vernis Neon in "648 Techno Bloom": Review and Swatches
Chanel Spring-Summer 2018 | Le Vernis Neon in "648 Techno Bloom" | Two Coats with No Top Coat
I'm always in awe with the beautiful and harmonious colors Lucia Pica dreams up for each seasonal collection and the Spring-Summer 2019 line-up, in particular, has such a bold and playful palette that nicely represents the current Asian beauty trends. Unfortunately, some of the products (ex. Baume Essentiel and Rouge Allure Liquid Powder) are definitely more editorial than practical so I can't see myself incorporating them into my everyday routine. With that said, the Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick in "73 Impérial" is a must-have if you love red lipsticks so make sure to check it out in person once the collection launches in January.

Availability:
The Chanel Spring/Summer 2019 Collection is available starting January 7th, 2918 at all Chanel Beauty counters and www.chanel.com.
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