Chanel Jardin de Camélias…first impressions!

February 8, 2014

For Spring 2014, Chanel has a second collection titled Jardin de Camélias which is exclusive to Asia and  Most of the items are new and limited edition, with a couple of Aqualumiers and 1 Rouge Allure which are repromotes.  The collection has launched at Chanel boutiques at Ion and MBS last Friday, and will hit all Chanel counters next Friday.  Here are some quick shots and first impressions… enjoy!

Chanel Ombres Tracées Quadra Eyeshadow – Jardin Zen

Chanel Ombres Tracees Quadra Eyeshadow Jardin Zen

One of 2 centerpieces of the collection, Jardin Zen is a baked eyeshadow quad, but in a brand new formula.  It feels soft and silky which is typical of the US-pressed versions, but in a baked form (which allows it to be used both wet and dry!).  The print on top is designed to resemble a Japanese Zen garden, swirled around in the shape of a Camelia flower.

I am cursing Chanel inwardly to no end, because woe to me, all 3 variations of its Spring 2014 eyeshadow collection are based on pink-purple theme… my archilles heel!  Oh yes, I count 3 – the globally available Quadrille, US-only Rose Majeur duo, and this Asia exclusive Jardin Zen!  If you remember my previous post on Rose Majeur (here), I found Quadrille to be warmer – the pink is more salmon whereas Rose Majeur is peach-pink.  The pink in Jardin Zen is even cooler and softer, more baby pink.  The purples look the same in the pan, but Jardin Zen’s is more lilac whereas Rose Majeur leans closer to eggplant.

Chanel Jardin zen vs Rose Majeur

And here are the swatches:

Chanel jardin zen & illuminating powder swatches

The pigmentation is good, although the colors are still quite soft… beautiful!  That is a lovely pale gold and an impressive jet black.  Overall, a very sophisticated color palette… curses to Chanel!

Chanel Illumination Powder – Jardin de Camelias

The other heavyweight in the collection is an all-over illuminating face powder.  I included it in the swatch above, unfortunately the store lighting was not very conducive for photography, least of all for an iPhone!  But you can see how it is really just white… I can’t even say pale champagne or ivory white as it really truly feels just white to me.  There is some slight shimmer, but really very very little.  It also is not as sheer as most other highlighters that I know, but has the opacity of a very sheer pressed powder… NARS Translucent Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder comes to mine.  Jardin de Camelias can be dusted on the cheekbones as a highlighter, or swept all over the face for a brightening effect.

To be honest, Jardin de Camelias puzzles me… I’m not quite sure if I like my highlighter to be quite so white and opaque.  However, as an allover setting powder, it is quite pretty and brightening.  More importantly, this one is real preeetty!!

Chanel Illuminating Powder Jardin de Camelias

Chanel Illusion d’Ombre – #94 Rose des Vents

Aahh my gawd…more pink!  After the pink explosion of Impulsion (reviewed here), I didn’t think I needed more sparkly pink things of this mousse variety… but Rose des Vents is so… preeettyyyy……  And you layer it with either the pink or purple shades from Jardin Zen… gorgeous!

Chanel Joues Contraste – #87 Sakura

This is a lovely medium pink which has some peach tinges to it, but is overall a neutral color on me.  It has some very slight shimmer, and gives an overall satin finish.

Chanel Joues Contraste blush Sakura & Illusion d'Ombre Rose des Vents swatches

I couldn’t get around to swatching the Aqualumiers and Rouge Allures, there is too much to process!  Between Jardin Zen and Notes du Printemps, I think this is the stronger collection, too bad it is not available globally.  And now, let me dream pink-purple dreams…..