Sep 26 2014

Birthday Haul 2014 Part One: Chanel Makeup


Chanel Makeup - Birthday Haul 2014 Part One

As promised in Wednesday’s Sneak Peak, Part One of the Birthday Haul. I’m focusing this post on the Chanel Makeup I received. Most of the items are from the Chanel Fall 2014 Collection with a few additions from the regular line.  Prior to this haul, I didn’t own many Chanel products. Regular readers will know I am a fan of the Le Volume de Chanel and I picked up one of the limited Les Beiges this past Summer. But that was it in terms of Chanel makeup….until now. 🙂


Chanel Makeup - Birthday Haul 2014 Part One (2)


Chanel Permanent Line


Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Smooth Effect Makeup SPF 15


The Lumiere Velvet is described as “a lightweight second-skin foundation. It naturally smooths and evens out the complexion for a velvety matte makeup result”. It is designed for normal and combination to oily skin types, “transforming into a natural powdery matte finish that disappears onto the skin”.


Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet


Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet - 20 Beige

Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet – 20 Beige


I’ve been lusting after this foundation ever since its release. Prior to ownership, I’d sampled it several times and absolutely love it! It does a pretty good job holding up in the hot weather too which is always a bonus. The finish on this is satin-like and your face is left feeling extremely soft and smooth. Great wear time, the coverage, to me, is about medium. I’m in the shade 20 Beige.


Chanel Rouge Allure Intense Long Wear Lip Color –  Déterminée (108)


The Rouge Intense line was re-formulated back in 2012 (I think to be more moisturizing) and the new formula promises “concentrated, ultra-thin pigments [for] a radically intense, long-wearing colour with full coverage and a satin finish”.


Chanel Rouge Allure Intense Determinee


The Allure Intense formula was on my wishlist, but I hadn’t really thought about a colour. Déterminée is a plum-brown mauve that doesn’t look like all that much at first glance but once on your lips, its perfection (especially as a deeper nude for fall). I’ve been wearing it two days in a row and can’t get enough. And speaking of packaging, this one is an A+ in my book. Heavy, luxurious, you click the bottom and the gold bullet which contains the product pops out. The finish verges somewhere between satin and matte. When you first apply there is definitely a slickness to it that makes application more comfortable, but once it dries down it becomes semi-matte for sure. It wears for about 4-5 hours through eating and/or drinking. I don’t use straws when I drink so this means the colour wears faster for me. If you don’t plan to eat or drink anything, this may well last much longer. Love this one – the gift-giver had excellent taste!


Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine – Boy (54)


The Coco shines are “an innovative formula with intensified pigments to take colour and sheen to a new level of vibrancy” a “hydratendre complex softens and plumps lips for a healthier, fuller appearance”. Don’t expect high pigment, here, as the Coco Shines are a very sheer and designed for easy wear.


Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Boy


Boy is a light pink-beige color with subtle micro-shimmer. This shade is quite popular as a “your lips but better colour”, imparting a hint of pink with some healthy shine. It is indeed very comfortable on the lips and one of those products you want to keep reaching for to re-apply because it feels so good. It lasts about 2-3 hours without eating or drinking.


Chanel Fall 2014 Collection


Chanel Joues Contrast Powder Blush –  Innocence (160)


Chanel claims that they’re “unique powder blusher offers buildable coverage, from natural to dramatic, and imparts a flattering radiance to cheeks” with a “remarkably silky texture ensures easy application of seamless colour”.


Chanel Makeup - Chanel Blush Innocence


Chanel Makeup - Chanel Blush Innocence


Chanel Blush Innocence Swatch

Chanel Blush Innocence Swatch


Innocence is a mellow, warm dusty-pink. Some of the swatches I’d seen online made this appear cooler but it’s definitely warm. Innocence has a semi-matte finish. I’ve only swatched this so no comments as to application or wear, but the texture is quite nice (softy and smooth) and not too powdery. This is definitely a buildable blush though – not wham, bam in your face pigment. Innocence was released for Fall 2014 but is Permanent.


Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Lipshine – Aura (96)


Aura is a very subtle, warm, plum with a hint of burgundy which leaves a wash of sheer colour on the lips that can be built up somewhat. It’s perfect for those wanting to try a darker lip in a more conservative way. Actually it reminds me of MAC Cyber’s more timid cousin. It lasts about 2-3 hours on the lips without eating or drinking and feels amazing on the lips. Aura was released for Fall 2014 but is Permanent. 


Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Aura


Chanel Lipstick Swatches - Aura, Boy, Determinee

(From Left to Right) Aura, Boy, Determinee


Chanel Glossimer – Songe (191)


The Glossimers come a wide range of shades and finishes ranging from shimmers to shine, with some being more sheer than others. Chanel promises a conditioning formula that is comfortable, hydrating and long wearing. Not everyone seems to be keen on the Glossimers because they lack pigment but this is my first one so I can’t comment on that.


Chanel Glossimer Songe - Chanel Fall 2014


Chanel Glossimer Songe - Chanel Fall 2014


Chanel Glossimer Songe Swatch

Chanel Glossimer Songe Swatch


This wasn’t included in the gifts and I had no intention of getting it. But (of course) while browsing the counters with gift certificates in hand, I swatched this randomly and it just looked so beautiful! Songe is sheer in pigmentation, a breathe of pink with a lavender duochrome  and tons of shimmer. Unfortunately the duo home does not translate on the lips, but the shimmer definitely does. It’s really hard to capture it in a swatch, but it is beautiful. Songe is Limited Edition.


Thus concludes the Chanel Haul – what are some of your favorites from the line?




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  1. Kirsty

    Oh wow, lucky you! (and also happy belated birthday) Enjoy your new Chanel goodies! xxx

    Kirsty – http://www.effortlesslyexcessive.com

    1. Kimmy

      Thank you, Kristy! I am enjoying them, hehe! 🙂

  2. Adele

    Fab chanel post!! They all look so pretty, love the look of ‘Aura’ lipstick such a nice berry shade. Adele acesparklestar.blogspot.co.uk

    1. Kimmy

      Aura is definitely a beauty. Thanks for stopping by, Adele. 🙂

  3. Laura

    I will blame you if I can’t resist buying Chanel next time I’m beautyshopping 😀 ! Jokes aside, you must be so happy with all those birthday presents.. thoughtful friends and family you have. 😉 I really like the look of Aura – would look great in my lipstick collection ! xx

    1. Kimmy

      Lol, we’ll be even then! 😀 I really am so grateful, this was the first birthday I’ve received so much makeup. Aura is really lovely, it’s nice that they made it permanent. You should share your entire lipstick collection hehe. 🙂 xx

  4. Katie

    I pretty much want everything you have just posted! I use the Vitalumiere Aqua at the moment and have been wanting to try the Velvet one for a while now. So i might have to go and pick up a sample of it.
    Happy belated Birthday 🙂 I hope you had an amazing day


    1. Kimmy

      Thank you, Katie. I’ve not tried the Vitalumiere Aqua…if you end up picking up a sample of the the Velvet, you’ll have you tell me how they compare! 🙂

  5. anoushkaloves

    Love it all! It took me so long to like Perfection Lumiere but now I’m really quite happy with it!

    Anoushka xx http://www.Anoushkaloves.com

    1. Kimmy

      I’ll have to try them all now! 🙂 The Velvet is my first experience with Chanel foundations. 🙂

  6. Gyudy (@Gyudy)

    That’s what I was waiting for!!! Love your picks, show me Chanel and I will always say yes! They chose them without you there? They’ve been fab!!!

    (I think I fixed my link in the end, lol! Thank you!)

    Gyudy’s Notes Of Beauty | GIVEAWAY

    1. Kimmy

      Hehe. Thanks Gyudy. I’m glad it’s fixed now! I’m afraid I’ve awaken a beast in me when it comes to Chanel. I also was a bad girl today at MAC…I had received a few gifts before but got a call in the morning that the Novel Romance had landed…so needless to say I picked up a few things. :/ on another note, I have sooo many blogs to catch up with and I’ve got to work all weekend!

      1. Gyudy (@Gyudy)

        I totally get you, sometimes I have to “be absent” for a couple of days (I schedule tweets to avoid disappearing completely) and when I get to spend a couple of hours reading blogs again I feel soooo overwhelmed! That’s why I comment your posts in a totally random order, ahahah! 😉

        1. Kimmy

          It can be overwhelming for sure but we all try our best. I always smile when I see your thumbnail and comments though. 🙂

  7. Sunny

    Yay, birthday haul! With so much new makeup, I’m sure you’re having a great one!

    I loved Perfection Lumiere Velvet in summer. Actually, I think it’ll still wear well now, but maybe not when it gets even cooler. We’ll see! Aura is a fantastic autumn shade, and Innocence works all year round!

    1. Kimmy

      Thanks Sunny! I’m really so happy with it all…and there’s more, I feel so spoiled! But this is really the first year I’ve indulged this way. 🙂

  8. Belle D

    Happy belated birthday and what great goodies, I’ve fallen in love with Chanel makeup lately. I haven’t tried that foundation but am so in love with the perfection lumiere one which I started using recently, Boy was one of the cox shines I want to check out next time I’m in store, I have Flirt which is a gorgeous shade that I’d highly recommend. I love the blush and need to take a peek at these now too 🙂
    It’s such a shame about the Glossimers being hit & miss with the pigmentation, I;ve got a couple that are pretty good and also a couple that look so gorgeous in the tube but the pigmentation isn’t great once applied, still really pretty though
    Enjoy all your new goodies 🙂

    Belle x Part of Belle’s world

    1. Kimmy

      Hiya hun! It’s so true…one can truly become obsessed with the Chanel makeup, it’s so luxe, hehe! I’ll definitely check out Flirt next time I’m in store. Thank you for the recommendation, Belle, and the birthday wishes! 🙂

  9. elleseesyou

    wow! you got some AWESOME stuff! what a haul!

    1. Kimmy

      Thank you, Elle! xoxo

  10. kpsays

    Fabulous Chanel Birthday gifts!!!! I love the Rouge Allure lipsticks!

  11. Kiss & Make-up

    Oh my, those are some amazing Chanel goodies you got 😀 Happy birthday!

    1. Kimmy

      Thank you lovely, I’ve really been enjoying them. 🙂

  12. nerdylibrariangirl

    I love Chanel lipsticks. Aura is now on my wishlist (thanks). I have Innocence blush and its one of my absolute favs. Hope you enjoy it too.

    1. Kimmy

      I’ve tried Innocence a few times since this post and it’s absolutely lovely. I’m glad they made Aura permanent, let me know if you try it. 🙂

  13. MJ

    Oh Boy, those lipsticks!! *_*
    But yes, I’ll admit I wish Aura had been BANG! opaque 🙂

    Beautiful picks, but then again with Chanel you couln’t go wrong if you tried!! ^_^


    1. Kimmy

      I’m afraid of myself now that I’ve come to love my Chanel products so much – I must stay away from the counters! xx

  14. Calli

    Great haul!!! I’m so tempted to go shopping now 🙂
    xx Cal

    1. Kimmy

      Hehe. It happens! Let me know what goodies you pick up if you do! 🙂

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