Hello my dears!! Hope everyone had a memorable New Year Eve celebration, and are all geared to start 2015 on a high note! It feels funny to start the new year in the middle of the week, but there’s no better time to admire the gorgeous Spring 2015 collection from Chanel!
Chanel Reverie Parisienne Spring 2015 was inspired by the springtime gardens of Paris, and was the most anticipated collection for me this season thanks to that blush!
Chanel Jardin de Chanel Blush Camelia Rose features a beautiful 3-dimensional floral sculpture on the surface of the pan. It is not a mere embossing like in past seasons (e.g. Chanel Jardin de Camelias Illumination Powder and Dentelle Precieuse Illuminating Powder), and will hopefully last longer with use. Blush Camelia Rose contains 2 shades of pink – a medium baby pink with a matte finish and a slightly darker, warmer rosy pink with a satin finish and some sparse shimmers. The differences in color serves more as a visually pleasing contrasting design, and the blush is meant to be worn swirled together. It would be quite impossible to pick up the colors separately since the blush pan is smaller than the regular joues contraste blushes. The resultant shade on my skin is a medium neutral pink with a semi-matte finish and slight bits of shimmers.
Apart from the gorgeous intricate design, Blush Camelia Rose is rather unremarkable and highly dupeable. As you can see from the comparison swatches above, there are several pinks in the Chanel Joues Contraste family although there are slight differences. Rose Initiale is warmer and carries more shimmers; Rose Tourbillon is much cooler with strong blue-tinge and very shimmery; Pink Explosion is less pink than Rose Tourbillon but still cooler than Camelia Rose. Amongst all the Joues Contraste blushes swatched here, Blush Camelia Rose is the sheerest, and took several swipes to get the level of pigmentation shown above. It is also more expensive at USD55 for 3gm of product versus USD45 for 6.3gm for a regular JC blush.
Chanel released 2 Les 4 Ombres eyeshadow palettes this spring, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that even though they were both pink-themed as expected, they were also quite smokey with the potential to build up for some spring-time drama. I was most drawn to Tisse Fantaisie (#236) for its interesting mix of warm-toned hues.
The shades in Tisse Fantaisie from left to right are:
Lovely as Tisse Fantaisie is, and it swatches beautifully on my arm, I couldn’t seem to achieve the same color intensity on my lids. And when layered with each other, it turns a murky grey. The bronze and sage green work best on my lids, but I had a lot of difficulty getting the coral to show up. The frosty white is easily distinguishable due to the strong sheen, but it’s also great to pat just a bit of it over the middle of the eye for some added dimension.
And here is how Tisse Fantaisie looks on me. As you can see, the coral turns murky on me, and it is not due to dirty brushes! The green and bronze do show up beautifully, and I’ve also added a dash of white over the center of my lids for dimension.
I also managed to swatch Tisse Paris (#238) for your reference.
The shades in Tisse Paris from left to right are:
My initial impressions when swatching Tisse Paris were that it was not the same level of pigmentation that I had come to expect from the Les 4 Ombres family. In fact, it was all rather sheer and took many swipes to get to the level of color intensity shown above. On the other hand, that bottom right shimmery black surprised me by how beautiful and bold it is, making Tisse Paris much more interesting than I had initially expected.
Here is a spring-themed look featuring Tisse Fantaisie on eyes, and Blush Camelia Rose on cheeks.
Both Tisse Fantaisie and Tisse Paris are priced at USD61, which is the same as the regular Les 4 Ombres. Tisse Fantaisie is listed as a limited edition palette on Chanel.com whilst Tisse Paris (#238) looks like it may be joining the permanent collection. Overall, a very visually exciting collection from Chanel for Spring 2015, but application-wise, the pieces may not be on par with the high standards I have come to expect.
Too bad that the blush isn’t that great. But perfect for my wallet!
I also had great expectation from Tisse Fantaisie, it looks so pretty on the pan! Still, it seems to have the same problem that the blush. (At least they make for beautiful photos! :P)
I think I’ll pass on this collection.
They’re both so pretty!!! I’m still working on making Tisse Fantaisie work on my lids…. i’ll update if i uncover something cool. Have you got your eyes on other stuff?
Well, nothing from Chanel (even though I know I’ll still take a look when this collection launches here).
But I do want to check Guerlain’s collection! Specially the blush and the Meteorites compact.
Good save some money!!! The Guerlain collection… in a way i’m glad they’re not launching the same time as everybody else, but somehow i can’t seem to work up much excitement very much later. I’m most interested in the baby glow… but we’ll see!
Yeah, my excitement over the blush has dimmed, after reading so many reviews. It looks lovely, but just the other day I noticed that I already have a similar product from Paul and Joe, which I love (silly me!)
But, I still want to swatch the compact, I think it could be perfect for carrying on my purse for afternoon touch ups (after mattifying like crazy, my skin can look a little dull for a while)
Oh!!! I want to see that P&J!!
I had to search on the internet for a link, but you can see the blush here:
I have the pink one. It’s adorable. And super pigmented! (at least on my skin) I use a fan brush to apply it, and it gets me the perfect soft pink blush on my cheeks 🙂
Oh!! Bambi!!! *squeeal*
I know! Sometimes P&J have the cutest collections! I still regret not buying the cat-shaped lipsticks 🙁 (I would have never worn them, but still!)
It’s been a while since I’ve been reaaally tempted to buy one of their products, though.
You look amazing in the FOTD – one of my fave looks from you!!! 🙂 I missed commenting here – it’s just so tempting seeing all the shiny new stuff!! 🙂 I see how the quality is there but not quite, Chanel’s quads are quite hit-or-miss. But I love that the permanent reformulated ones are all hits! Sad this one didn’t quite make it 🙂
Thank you so much Shari! Always love having you here, thanks for popping in from time to time. You’ve got plenty of shiny new stuff over on your end, and I love seeing your FOTDs ALWAYS! :*
Again such a nice FOTD, I love Infamous on you, I have to try that one out.
As for Chanel offerings, I like the coral, too bad that you don’t like it that much. It is a great idea to pad the white in the middle, I must try it too, because I don’t know what to do with that one lol.
Thanks Sara. I’m so happy that Tisse Fantaisie worked well on you. I was disappointed by how it performed on my lids…. but i still love it.
I love the Camelia Rose Blush, and I was really excited by the whole collection. Too bad you don’t like the Tisse Fantaisie quad, I really like the shades, but won’t buy it until I see it in person first.
Yes, I hope you get to swatch Tisse Fantaisie and maybe even try it on your lids before committing! It’s a lovely palette nonetheless, and i still love it quite a bit.
Sharing the same sentiments. Slightly underwhelmed by this collection. Tisse Fantaisie I do like for all the shades except the coral, which sort of disappeared on me. Tisse Paris I’m passing, there are plenty of pink palettes this season anyway. Both blushers in the collection was meh. I do want the Tenderly polish still though.
Hi Noodles, i’m so glad to see that i’m not the only one who was disappointed by this collection. I really loved Tisse Fantaisie upon first sight, but it just didn’t perform quite so well on my lids. I bought that camelia rose blush cos it’s so pretty… that’s all. 😛
Ouch ouch ouch… I had high hopes for the collection, and it’s heartbreaking to hear it’s not all that! Oh well. I hope at least that berry lipstick is still good. That one is still high on my to-check-out list!
Hi Sunny, i really had high hopes for this collection too. And especially since I’m a big fan of the Les 4 Ombres formula. But it may just be my old lady lids…. try it and let me know!
I have not been taken by that blusher at all since I saw pictures of it a couple of months ago. I also own both Rose Initiale and pink explosion too so i don’t need it i guess. I do like the look of the other one on offer though because i don’t own a shade similar.
The eyeshadows look lovely though. I also like a lot of the lipsticks in this collection.
Hi Mandy, yes if you already have quite some pink blushes, you certainly don’t need Blush Camelia Rose. Angelique is a matte coral… it didn’t seem too appealing to me as I do love a bit of shimmer in my blushes, but you may love it for the same reason.