Jun 23 2015

Oh, Chanel Mediterranee Summer 2015, You Got Me!


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?


Chanel Mediterranee Summer 2015


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….


Chanel Mediterranee Summer 2015


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.


Chanel Mediterranee Summer 2015 - Lumiere Dete Illuminating Powder Bronzer
Chanel Mediterranee Summer 2015 - Lumiere Dete Illuminating Powder Bronzer


Chanel Mediterranee Summer 2015 - Lumiere Dete Illuminating Powder

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.


Chanel Mediterranee Summer 2015 - Lumiere Dete Illuminating Powder


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.


Chanel Mediterranee Summer 2015 - Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow Laurier Rose


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.


Chanel Mediterranee Summer 2015 - Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow Laurier Rose
Chanel Mediterranee Summer 2015 - Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow Laurier Rose Swatch


Chanel Mediterranee Summer 2015 - Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow Laurier Rose

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.



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  1. Laurier Rose is just too pretty but I had no idea that it stings the eyes that bad! Eekk! I haven’t been splurging on any makeup stuff yet, living in a small town far away from all the temptations had made it easy but I really want to get my hands on Laurier Rose. I have no shade like it in my collection!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    1. Hehe. I thought moving back home would curb my spending habits as there isn’t as much shopping or access to brands here…but somehow, I find a way. Lol. Laurier Rose is really pretty, I’ll let you know if I come across a drugstore dupe. xo

  2. The packaging for these are just too beautiful! My gosh that shadow is gorgeous and looks absolutely beautiful! I would buy into Chanel purely for their beautiful colour ranges and the care they put into packaging their products too 😀

    Serene | I Am Serene L

    1. I hear you on that. Packaging gets me most of the time and Chanels’ packaging in particular is hard to resist! xo

  3. That bronzer looks beautiful and the sheen you described it’s something I would certainly love but I’m not planning on splurging on Chanel anytime soon 🙂 x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    1. I completely understand…I often see so many things that are beautiful and interesting but we all have to budget and make the decisions that are best for us, right? Hope you’re well my dear. xo

  4. Listen to me: YOU DID THE RIGHT THING haha ;)! Both items are seriously *gorgeous*! That blossom embossing and eyeshadow shade *swooooon* at both!



    1. Haha. So happy to have your support, Karen. They are swoon-worthy, aren’t they? And Laurier Rose has become a fast favourite! xo

  5. Oh my god these are both so gorgeous, how nice is that bronzer powder!!! And love the colour of that eyeshadow!

    Emma x
    Writing Essays With Wine

    1. The bronzer is really, really nice especially for lighter complexions. I highly recommend, Emma, if it’s in the budget of course. 🙂 xo

  6. These are gorgeous! I feel like that camellia blossom embossed design mold has been passed around from brand to brand… time to retire it! 😛
    Side note, the store name “John Bull” made me chuckle.
    Sorry you had to pay more than usual for these items, and limited edition stuff, you just can’t wait on them to correct the price!

    1. Hehe. I know what you mean – but it’s actually the first camellia blossom or flower type designed product I own, lol. xo

  7. Ok the powder is just a beauty, such gorgeous pattern & a really lovely shade too, but what impresses me the most is the eyeshadow stick. I love the shade, so pretty, the only shame is that it stings the eyes x

    Beauty with charm

    1. Yeah, it does sting when I put in on the lower lash line but for some reason its perfectly fine on the lid and doesn’t budge. I wore it every other day for almost two weeks straight without problems. Go figure. 🙂 xo

  8. I’m so glad you got these! Sorry to hear about the creasing. I don’t have that with Caroube, but I guess every shade and everyone is a little different. It’s super pretty on you tho!

    1. The creasing wasn’t really bad – just a little at the 7 hour mark which isn’t a deal breaker by any means. It’s actually become a favourite of mine that I can’t see to put down. 🙂

    • Dee on June 26, 2015 at 10:13 am
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    Hahah…it happens:)) Glad you love the things you got! That bronzer is soo gorgeous and…nice brows btw 😉 Lucky for me I dont have the chanel counters too close to where I live!!

    1. Aww, thanks Dee. I struggle with my brows so I really appreciate that compliment. You made my day. xo

  9. The bronzer look just gorgeous! I love the design on it x

    Pink Frenzy

    1. It’s definitely a visual stunner! xo

    • Jaa on June 29, 2015 at 11:16 am
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    Laurier Rose does indeed look like a more pigmented version of Marc Jacobs Leila that I have and love! I’m glad you didn’t have a problem with it setting too fast which sometimes can be a problem with so many cream shadow sticks out there. The Illuminating Powder is such a thing of beauty. Truly beautiful! I would have a very hard time swatching it. Haha

    1. Yes, you do have Leila! I’m thinking of buying it as a back up as the MJ Twinkle Pops are permanent. Actually, your posts had me putting a couple of those in my cart the other day. Hehe. It’s going to happen, I just don’t know when. 🙂

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