Surprise! You weren’t expecting a post today were you? LOL! Well, neither was I, but I figured I’d put this off long enough for Fall collections to start appearing, and I’m feeling a serious case of guilt. Guilt, because I’m not even sure if you can find these in store anymore!
But I hope you can, because I really want you to have a look at one of these from the Chanel Dans La Lumiere de L’Ete Summer 2016 Makeup collection. Incidentally, it means “In the Summer Light” and having recently experienced summer light, I have to say, it’s disconcerting! How does one go to sleep when the sky is still light at 10pm I ask you?!
This isn’t the whole collection, naturally. It’s just the key products, and what is for me, the star product of the whole range – the Chanel Empreinte du Desert eyeshadow palette. Here’s a fairly quick run down of what I think, and if you already own any of them, I’d love to hear what YOU think, naturally! :D
Chanel Empreinte du Desert Eyeshadow palette – RM215 | US$65
Of the whole collection, this was the only item I was really interested in. I haven’t used colour on my eyes in a while, primarily wearing neutrals, but if there was one colour I was more than happy to go back to, it is green. On Asian skin, and for those with brown eyes, green eyeshadow really looks amazing. I used to only wear green back in the day!
But I love how Chanel kept that pop of green grounded by the bronze, brown and gold shades in this palette. It makes this a very versatile palette because you can wear the more earthy, neutral shades if you’re not feeling too adventurous, but you can then pop on some of that green for an earthy pop of colour.
I took this palette with me to Paris recently, and it was great, because I didn’t feel like wearing a lot of eye makeup, so all I did was brush on some of the bronze and gold, line with eyeliner, and go. If I were feeling more fun, I could have added on some of the green, maybe on my lower lash line or as a pop of accent colour.
I would show you how it looks, except that was the reason I tardied so long to write this post. I kept trying to take a decent makeup shot, only to realise that my skills are pretty shit. I have the most rudimentary of eyeshadow application skills and it was only after I spoke to a friend, who told me that all she really wanted to know was whether the quality was any good, with a FOTD being optional, that I finally decided to put up this post.
So, swatches are below (and they are impressive!) but you’ll have to work out for yourself how you want to wear this. It’s not hard. I even wear just 1 shade sometimes, dusted on with a fluffy brush. So easy!
The texture is like all of Chanel’s reformulated eyeshadows – sublime. The colour is easy to pick up whether with fingers or a brush, and it applies and blends like a dream. For me, it stays on a long time, or you can apply it over a lid primer and have it stay on all day. I love this palette, and if there’s just 1 item you should check out from the Chanel Summer 2016 makeup collection, this is the one.
Chanel Aqua Glossimer – RM106 | US$30
I was very surprised to see the shades of the Chanel Aqua Glossimer or Levres Scintillantes Aqua Lumiere Glosses I was sent.
The one that really floored me was Dzhari, the deep red one. This looked a colour more suited to a Fall collection than a Summer collection, but it was refreshing! The other shade I had is Sahara, a nude peach with shimmer.
Aqua Glossimers are a Chanel classic product. They are the lip glosses, and although I haven’t looked at them for a while (I’m not much of a gloss girl) I must say I was quite impressed. They weren’t goopy, and felt relatively lightweight on my lips without that thick oil-slick feeling. The high shine is very flattering, and the slight shimmer in them makes your lips look more pouty.
Dzhari is a colour you’ll wear on its own. The colour is fairly even and it is quite flattering, albeit a little dark. Sahara on the other hand, isn’t a shade I’d pick for myself because I don’t do heavy smokey eyes nor do I do nude lips. But this can make a pretty gloss topper over a lipstick, just to add body and character. Or if you like nude lips, this is a shade to consider.
They feature a traditional sponge tip applicator, and really, there isn’t much else to say about these. Chanel Aqua Glossimers come highly rated, as they have been over the years, and you know, I used to say they were expensive. But in the bigger scheme of things, with the rise in price in other makeup brands, they aren’t any longer. They are good quality lip glosses, with good pigment, shine and flattering shimmer, and they are worth looking at, even if these shades may no longer be available.
While I did say I don’t do FOTD well, here’s how these Aqua Glossimers look on me. I can do lipstick (I’d be really bad at makeup to not be able to swipe on lip colour LOL! :D ) but eyeshadow eludes me. That said, I am wearing the eyeshadow palette here too in just the neutral shades, but naturally, YOU CANNOT TELL! LOL! :D
It always amazes me how a lip colour can change the whole look :D
On left is Sahara, which on my fairly pigmented lips, shows up as a shiny nude. It isn’t a shade I’d wear or pick for myself. But Dzhari on the other hand, flatters my complexion so much better! It’s a lovely shiny deep plummy red that will flatter almost anyone because it’s quite neutral in tone. If you like a lip colour with some shine (and not those matte lip trends) you will love this!
Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof – RM92 | US$33
In the summer collection, Chanel included their signature waterproof eyeliner in Sable, a metallic bronze. Chanel pencil/crayon eyeliners aren’t bad actually, although I’m not sure when I’d use this shade. Perhaps it’ll look best on the waterline? I’m still trying to figure it out. I’m not that great at eye makeup remember? :P
And here are the swatches for the products I’ve shown you here.
The eyeshadow swatches were done with just 1 swipe of my finger. They transfer beautifully onto the skin, and are shimmery without being glittery. There’s just the right amount of shimmer to add dimension. I love how I can wear it as just plain neutrals, or add in the green for a pop of colour, yet keeping it fairly neutral. The quality is smooth and while some people may complain that it is a little sheer, I don’t find it to be a problem. It’s a beautiful palette and ever since Chanel reformulated their eyeshadows, they’ve been churning out some winners!
The Aqua Glossimers you can see, are fairly pigmented and shiny. And that Sable eyeliner is really pretty! If I can find a use for it LOL! :D
Did you check out the Chanel Summer 2016 makeup collection? Are these colours you might like?
My pick from this collection is the Chanel Empreinte du Desert eyeshadow palette because of its quality and the wearable colour combination that is flattering to most. I feel the others are imminently colours or textures you can find in other brands. But I do hope you can still find these, because I’m so erm… late. Sorry! :P