Upon touching finger to keyboard, I’m letting out a long, defeatist sigh. I wasn’t going to do it, you guys. I’d passed up on the Chanel Mediterranee Summer 2015 collection on numerous occasions – online and in store (while abroad). Even after reading so many glowing reviews and watching countless YouTube videos, I resisted the haunting call of “Add to Cart”. As time passed and the collection faded from memory, I thought I was safe. BUT it was not to be. The other day, I happened to pass our local MAC Store and noticed that the Wash N Dry collection was on display. What does this have to do with Chanel, you ask?
Well, the way things work here is that collections usually arrive a little later than everywhere else in the world. Our local retailers get their new stock at around the same time, after it all clears customs and whatnot. So when the MAC store (or Cosmetic Boutique) receives its new collections, I can be sure that the parent company (John Bull), would have gotten new stock as well. BTW, not all major designer brands are available in The Bahamas, but if you want to know which ones are you can check out this post.
Anyway, I was hooked. No saving me. It was autopilot toward the Chanel counter to see what was new (we sometimes don’t even get the limited edition stuff). You know what happens next….
From the Chanel Mediterranee Summer 2015 collection, I selected two of what I’m not ashamed to admit are the more popular items (because I saw them everywhere): the Chanel Méditerranée Lumiere D’ete Illuminating Powder and Chanel Stylo Fresh Effect Eyeshadow in Laurier Rose.
The Limited Edition Chanel Méditerranée Illuminating Powder retails in the U.S. for $65.00 USD and in the U.K. for £46.00. For some strange reason, it is more expensive here, I paid $73.00 BSD (before tax)! (This is equivalent to U.S. dollars). It’s the first time this has ever happened to me, where I paid more for a designer makeup product at the official retailer in The Bahamas than I would have in the U.S. This wasn’t the case with the Stylo Eyeshadow which cost me $31.00 BSD (before tax). I believe the Stylos retail for £23.00 in the U.K. and $34.00 USD in U.S. Part of me thinks it is an error in John Bull’s pricing system. Traditionally, designer cosmetics are either the same price or a few dollars cheaper in The Bahamas than the U.S. But don’t be too jealous, it’s the opposite case for drugstore cosmetics which tend to be nearly double the price here. Oh, well. Tangent over. Back to the review.
The Chanel Méditerranée Illuminating Powder is basically a shimmering bronzer that is offered in a single shade: a warm, yellow toned medium brown. Chanel says “embossed with a lush camellia blossom, this golden-bronze powder adds sun-kissed radiance to the complexion, eyes and décolleté”. Purely as a bronzer, Chanel Méditerranée is probably best suited for light to medium skin tones. However, because it also illuminates, darker skin tones may be able to use it as a subtle highlight. BTW, if you know of any reviews on this powder on darker skin, please link them below. 🙂 On its own, applied around the edges of the face, the powder add a beautiful golden bronze sheen to my light/medium complexion. And although “shimmering”, the finish is not glittery or shiny in any way. I’ve also been pairing it with my (recently acquired) YSL Healthy Balm Bronzer. Together, they pack quite a punch. I also love the velvet pouch! In addition to a little separate “home” for the brush that’s included, there is a strap which holds everything together securely.
As for the Summer 2015 Stylos, Chanel says: “the best-loved eyeshadow stick returns…in five shimmering, long-wearing shades. A lightweight, water-infused formula glides on effortlessly and cools lids at the touch for instant comfort”. You may recall that six stylos were released (for the first time, I believe) in Chanel’s Summer 2013 collection. I’d never owned one before or any Chanel eyeshadow product for that matter. I tend to go for the brands’ bases, lipsticks and blushes (and let us not forget the beloved Le Volume mascara). But something about the shadow sticks really appealed to me.
Of course, I chose the shade Laurier Rose. Everyone said it was the best of the bunch and although, I can’t compare, she’s pretty darn good. A beautifully deep and reddened rose gold, it’s pretty obvious why this shade is one of the more popular from the collection. It’s the perfect kind of color for a “one shadow look” and reminds me of a more pigmented version of Marc Jacobs Twinkle Eyes in Leila. Some have said that they have problems with the shadow setting much too fast – like as soon as the stick hits the eyelid. But I didn’t have that issue. Yes, it does set quickly but I found that I had at least 30 seconds to work with it.
Lasting power is at about 7 hours before I notice fading and minor creasing. One more thing – don’t use it on your water line and be very, very careful if you are going to use it on the lower lash line. I’m pretty sure someone had already warned or mentioned it in their review but this product will sting like crazy if it gets in your eye. Silly me had forgotten. It does. Don’t get it on your eye ball! On the lid, though, it’s fine and doesn’t transfer or migrate.
As of today’s date, a limited selection from collection is still available in The Bahamas at the John Bull, downtown location including the two products mentioned here. The Chanel Méditerranée Lumiere D’ete Illuminating Powder is sold out on the Chanel website, but still available online at Nordstrom
Neiman Marcus. The same goes for the Chanel Stylo Fresh Effect Eyeshadow in Laurier Rose which I’ve seen online at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and John Lewis.
Did you snag anything from the Chanel Mediterranee Summer 2015 collection?
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