Chanel's Fall 2014 Collection États Poétiques hit the beauty counters (in the U.S. at least) sometime during the month of June. Being ridiculously early for a 'fall' collection, I didn't immediately rush out to look at the collection, but when I finally got around to it I was more than impressed. I ended up picking up several things from the collection, as you can tell from the photo above. I grabbed the Joues Contraste Blush in 160 Innocence, a Rouge Coco Shine in 93 Intime, a Glossimer in 191 Songe, and the pièce de résistance: a Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow Palette in 234 Poésie.
|Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow Palette in 234 Poésie|
*The six current palettes that are being retained are: 14 Mystic Eyes, 33 Prélude, 34 Éclosion, 43 Mystère, 79 Spices, and 93 Smoky Eyes. The rest will be gone once they've sold out, so if there are any you've always wanted, don't wait (I've got my eye on Raffinement, which is a longtime lem...)
A Chanel representative was at my counter the day I stopped by, showing the employees the new Chanel products, including the new quads. One of the salespeople was kind enough to take out the new quads and gave me a sneak peak! If you are interested, there are many European bloggers who have reviewed the shades released there already (I've got my eye on Tissé Rivoli, which you can see over at Color Me Loud). These should be hitting counters next week (the second week of July), but they're already up on Chanel.com.
|Apologies for the grainy photo--my camera was not cooperating yesterday! |
Hopefully it gives you a sense of the colors, though!
|L to R: Upper Right Corner (highlight shade), Upper Left and Lower Left (lid shades), |
Lower Right Corner (liner shade)
The consistency of the new quads, including Poésie, is fantastic. They are a powder, but have an almost gel-like texture and apply incredibly smoothly. There was literally zero powder kicked up by my brush. And while the shades are pigmented, they blend easily and are highly wearable. They also have far more dimension and depth than a normal Chanel quad. All of the shades have a shimmer, but it is a shimmer that comes from the new formulation (aka magic) and not from actual chunks of shimmer or glitter in the shades. Does that make sense? Whether or not it does, you should go have a look at these in person!
|Rouge Coco Shine in 93 Intime|
|Glossimer in 191 Songe|
|L to R: Intime, Songe, Intime with Songe layered on top|
I also added a Glossimer, in 191 Songe, to my collection. The Chanel Glossimers are some of the prettiest and least sticky glosses out there, so if you are normally a gloss-hater, you might want to give these a chance. Songe is a beautiful mother-of-pearl shade. You can see in the picture above that it pulls cream, green, and purple all at the same time! It is apparently quite similar to MAC Oyster Girl, which I don't own to do a comparison but you can see them swatched side by side on The Beauty Look Book. Songe is beautiful worn alone on the lips, but it is really something special when applied on top of a lip stick. It adds dimension and softness to virtually any lip look.
|Joues Contraste in 160 Innocence|
I was surprised by how much I loved the Joues Contraste in 160 Innocence. I've found that I dislike most of the Joues Contraste line (with the shade 71 Malice being a huge exception). I normally find them a bit patchy and powdery and often ignore the ones in my collection for other blushes. I wanted to give Innocence a fair shot, though, and was blown away by its quality and pigmentation. The shade is a medium dusty pink with a (mostly) matte finish. I say 'mostly' matte because it isn't a flat color. It has a bit of a silky sheen that gives a natural radiance to the cheek. The color adds a bit of soft warmth to the cheek, making it perfect for fall. But with that said, this blush (and all of the products I picked up, come to think of it) could most definitely be worn in spring and summer!
It is worth noting that Temptalia's review of Innocence absolutely slated this blush as being thin, dry, unpigmented, etc. I do not know if she got a dud, but I feel exactly the opposite! It might be wise to look at this in person, though, as there are clearly mixed reviews out there!
I am also testing out the semi-new Perfection Lumière Velvet Foundation. I need to wear this a few more times for a more in-depth review, but my initial impression is that it is good, but not great. I certainly don't like it as much as my Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation or even my Jouer Matte Moisture Tint. But it did hold up well in the heat, so I'll give it another few chances to wow me!
The Chanel Fall Collection États Poétiques is available now at Chanel, Nordstrom, and elsewhere. Chanel even has a handy feature where you can buy the entire collection for the bargain price of $580.50 with the click of a single button! I kid, I kid. I mean, that is a real thing Chanel does, but I can't imagine ever doing that!
Have you picked up anything from the collection? What products are tempting you?