So if you know me, you know it had to happen: the Chanel Fall 2015 Collection Les Automnales. The Fall/Autumn color palette tends to be my favorite and I’m always drawn to the associated beauty collections. If I could have picked up everything from the Chanel collection, trust me, I would have. But alas, with due consideration to the budget, I narrowed it down to three selections: the Illusion D’ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Rouge Gorge, the Rouge Allure Velvet Intense Long-Wear Lip Colour in La Bouleversante and the Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Alezane.
You may have noticed that Chanel Las Vegas bag tag in the background. I wish I could say it was me who was lucky enough to hit up those fabulous boutiques but a kind family member brought back these goodies for me.
Oh, and just a heads up, but this post was getting too long so I decided to reserve the Illusion D’ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Rouge Gorge for a separate post which will go live tomorrow.
There are four lipsticks included the Chanel Fall collection: a sheer nude Rouge Allure (Pensive), two Rouge Coco Shines (Téméraire and Mélancolie) and a Rouge Allure Velvet. Being a fan of the the formula, I decided to go with the Rouge Allure Velvet Intense Long-Wear Lip Colour in La Bouleversante (51) which is a beautiful medium, sort of cherry red. To me, it’s more of a “Winter” shade than Fall/Autumn, but it’s still gorgeous. And believe it or not, I don’t really have a red like it in my collection at the moment (well, now I do). I believe La Bouleversante will be part of the permanent line.
Chanel says of the formula: Elevating matte to a new elegance, this next-generation, non-drying matte lipstick glides on lips with intensely rich, long-wearing colour and a sumptuously soft, velvet matte finish. And I couldn’t agree more. The Velvets are a one of the best lipstick formulas I’ve ever tried. Generally, they offer semi-matte finishes without being dry or flat, while feeling incredibly comfortable and lasting well on the lips (about six hours). La Bouleversante is slightly “shinier” that the other Velvets I’ve tried (more of a satin) and leaves behind a cherry red stain that’s so seductive!
Next up we have the Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Alezane (260) which is a bronzed rosy brown with gold shimmer. At first glance, when the product is brand new, the golden shimmers aren’t as noticeable. And, in fact, my first swatch of the product did not really capture them (I may re-take/re-post this photo at some point). However, after the first use, they become more apparent (better seen in the comparison swatches below).
The texture of Alezane was soft with the pigment building and blending easily and I was surprised by how well the gold glitter/shimmer translated on the skin (especially for someone like me who has larger pores). To me, this kind of shade is the ultimate nude – and more specifically, the ultimate Fall nude. It goes so well with those deep lips! As such, I decided to compare it to two of my other all-time favorite nudes – which have a similar sheen finish: Benefits Rockateur and MAC’s Warm Soul (the original version which I hear is less peachy than the newer formula).
While Rockateur has more rose/pink to it, Alezane and Warm Soul are actually pretty close. So if you were one of those sadden by the color change reflected in the new Warm Soul, Alezane may be an (expensive) alternative.
The two items that I wanted but had to skip over were the Rouge Coco Shine in Téméraire and Illusion D’ombre in New Moon. I may consider both when the collection launches here in The Bahamas (which probably won’t be another month or so at least). Don’t forget to look out for the review of Rouge Gorge tomorrow!
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