A Soft, Pretty Ballerina From La Perle de Chanel Collection for Spring 2015

February 18, 2015

Today is the eve of Chinese New Year, which is traditionally a celebration of spring, the mark of fresh beginnings. And there is nothing more appropriate to talk about on the blog than the latest Spring 2015 La Perle de Chanel Collection!

La Perle de Chanel Collection for Spring 2015

Typically Chanel releases a special Asia-exclusive makeup range in the spring, about two months after the main collection launches worldwide, but this year the collection is also made available on Chanel.com. La Perle de Chanel provides a lovely counterpoint to the unexpectedly bold looks from the earlier Reverie Parisienne Collection. Inspired by the graceful world of ballet, La Perle de Chanel features delicate eyes, soft rosy cheeks and fresh lips. The overall look is very harmonious, both eyes and lips are well balanced, neither overshadowing the other. To capture that spotlight though, there is a pop of glimmering metallic interjected.

As a complete collection, this is probably my favorite from Chanel so far, and it was with great difficulty that I narrowed my picks to 3 items from the collection – Les 4 Ombres #248 Tisse Rhapsodie (limited edition), Stylo Yeux Waterproof in #916 Perle de Lune (limited edition), and La Crème Blush de Chanel #80 Invitation (repromote).

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Tisse Rhapsodie

La Perle de Chanel Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad #248 Tisse Rhapsodie draws on Chanel’s classic formula of a purple with pink. As a self-confessed purple addict, I thought I had overdosed on so much purples over the past 2 years that I have seen them all (and probably owned them all too!), but I found Tisse Rhapsodie to be completely irresistible! And the reason for that was the stunning shimmering charcoal that is surprisingly complex.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Tisse Rhapsodie swatches

Swatches from left to right correspond to shades on palette in clockwise direction starting from top left:

Chanel Stylo Yeux Perle de Lune

To complement the shimmery charcoal in Tisse Rhapsodie, La Perle de Chanel includes a limited edition Stylo Yeux Waterproof in #916 Perle de Lune. I’ve found the quality of Chanel Stylo Yeux to vary quite a bit between the shades, and some of the limited edition ones were particularly dry and stiff (for example True Blue from Chanel’s Summer 2013 L’ete Papillon Collection). Perle de Lune, on the other hand, is quite possibly the softest and smoothest Stylo Yeux that I’ve ever tested! It is a shimmering taupe that leans towards purple, making it perfect for layering with Tisse Rhapsodie.

Chanel Illusion d'Ombre Mysterio

For a pop of theatrical zing to the eyes, there is a limited edition Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow #102 Mysterio. Mysterio is a straight laced, center of the line, silver filled the lots of metallic shimmers. Personally, I don’t find it particularly complex, certainly not the way other Illusion d’Ombres have intrigued me, and it frightens me a little. However, I have seen it in action – just a tiny dash in the inner corner of the eyes, or just a light dab on the center of the eye. It gives that instant shine that will draw all eyes to you.

And here are the swatches of Perle de Lune and Mysterio next to Tisse Rhapsodie to give you a better idea of how they coordinate:

La Perle de Chanel eye swatches

The La Perle de Chanel Collection also includes a limited edition Joues Contraste Powder Blush #250 Crescendo.

Chanel Joues Contraste Crescendo for Spring 2015

Crescendo is a medium pink that pulls just slightly warm-toned on me even though it doesn’t appear that way in the pan. I don’t own this so I can’t tell you how it performs in real life, but when I first swatched it, it felt sheer and less pigmented than some of the other Joues Contraste blushes.

Le Creme Blush de Chanel Invitation

Given its success last year, Chanel has re-introduced for a limited time, the Le Blush Crème #80 Invitation. Invitation was actually a repromote from last year, although I didn’t remember seeing it for some unspeakable reason. It is an incredibly gorgeous peach pink, not as pink as Affinite nor coral like Presage, but somewhere in between.  On my skin it looks fresh and healthy, very much my skin but better. What makes it special is the sprinkling of micro-shimmers that I’ve not seen in any of the other permanent Le blush Crème de Chanel, which basically melts into the skin when blended to give a luminous finish.

Chanel Invitation Crescendo blush swatches

Although when swatched, Invitation seems quite pink and very shimmery, when blended out properly, it is the most wonderful cream blush evaahh! Just to put things into context, I used to own 3 of these cream blushes from Chanel, and recently destashed 2 of them because I just didn’t feel for them at all (would have sold the 3rd but Fantastic is limited edition so it stays).

There is also a limited edition 5-color lip palette, 1 Rouge Allure lipstick in #158 Virevoltante, and 2 Aqualumiere Glosses #91 Tutu and #92 Corset. But as usual, you’d have to look to a better blogger for swatches of those as I’m (a) too lazy, and (b) have too many lipsticks to last a lifetime #onepairoflipsonly, and (c) was immobilized by the goo-goo-gaa-gaa-ing over Tisse Rhapsodie.

And before I dash out the door for my reunion dinner with the family, here is a LOTD featuring Tisse Rhapsodie on the eyes, and Invitation on the cheeks!

Chanel Spring 2015 LOTD

On face: Estee Lauder Perfectionist Foundation, Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultra Radiance Concealer, Guerlain Meteorites Compact #03. Also wearing: Surratt Artistique Blush in Grisaille for contouring, YSL Desir du Jour for highlighting, Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting lipsticks Dominant and Infamous on lips.


A closer look at Tisse Rhapsodie:

Chanel Tisse Rhapsodie EOTD

For this EOTD, I wore the shimmery charcoal in the crease, and patted the medium-dark purple in the outer corner. Light-medium pink all over the rest of the lid, and light pink in inner corners to highlight. Lined upper and lower lash lines with Stylo Yeux Perle de Lune.


And that’s all folks!  Have a blessed Year of the Sheep to all those who are celebrating, and for the rest of the world, happy hump-day! I may be gone for the rest of the week as I stuff myself silly with goodies!!!  Baaaah!

xo Linda


17 responses to “A Soft, Pretty Ballerina From La Perle de Chanel Collection for Spring 2015”

  1. Sil says:

    I totally get you, purple eyeshadows always tempt me too! That is one beautiful palette, it looks so amazing in your eyes!
    Previous to seeing your LOTD photo, my favorite item from this collection was the eyeliner. I had seen some swatches, and fell in love with the color.
    Now I’ll have to check if we get this collection here, so i can see them in person.

    And I hope you had a great New Chinese Year! It sounds like a fun celebration 🙂

    • silverkis says:

      Hi Sil, you need to get the eyeliner for sure! I don’t own many Chanel Stylo Yeux, and they’re not the 1st i reach for in the mornings, but Perle de Lune has been my favorite lately!

  2. Noodles says:

    So stunning!! The various pinks and purples are so lovely on you! I didn’t know Invitation was a repromote! There’s a chance the shade never made it to TW last year as we didnt get all the shades last year, so perhaps it didnt come to Asia altogether?

    • silverkis says:

      I think you may be right, Noodles. I really did not remember seeing Invitation last year… and there wasn’t a whole lot of talk about it either. The BAs were telling me it’s new and LE…

  3. Alison says:

    Love your FOTD, and I adore Perle de Lune so much I got a backup. I like to wear Ardoise on the upper lash line and Perle de Lune on the lower– definitely HG for me.

  4. Lily says:

    Gong hei fatt choy 🙂
    Love the look here, Linda. And Invitation looks gorgeous! If I wasn’t on a cream product ban, I’d pick it up.

  5. Sunny says:

    Ahh such a pretty luck! Very romantic and feminine! I am super duper interested in the cream blush, since Chanel makes my favorite cream blushes! I think this is the only one that has a bit of shimmer I’ve ever seen, which makes me even more curious 🙂

    • silverkis says:

      Have you seen this before, Sunny? Invitation was supposedly already out last year… at least i’ve seen it floating around some forums… but I don’t think it ever got to Singapore. I’d have remembered a shimmery cream blush!

  6. Mirifique Beauty says:

    ahhhh it annoys me when Chanel do this. Release this in Asia and on website and none of us in UK or Europe can buy it. Very annoying Chanel! I love that Illusion D’Ombre eyeshadow, cream blush, (Chanel need to release some new colours in these) and the Stylo yeux. Lucky you. haha

    • silverkis says:

      Hahahaa Mandy…. i think most brands do an Asia-exclusive collection together with their whitening skincare stuff around spring. But they usually make it to stores in other parts of the world later in the year. If you’d like, I can send them to you. Just drop me an email!

      • Mirifique Beauty says:

        Ahh thanks Silverkis and i will bear that in mind. I think the Illusion D’Ombre is going to be part of the LE Chanel Blue Summer Collection so i might be able to get it here afterall. There are so many goodies i’ve missed out on in the past.

  7. Hi Linda,
    happy holy Sheep! 😉
    Have a nice celebration I love your blouse and how stunning you look in purples and pinks.

    I haven’t noticed Cream Blush was a repromote, I own all the cream blushes, yes all…
    I was lazy to check out although the name was familiar, ugh, I hope I don’t own it twice now lol.
    And all the time we waited for it would just be in vain 😉

    • Alison says:

      If you have a dupe of the cream blush, please send it my way, Sara, and I will send you something from the U.S. “Winks.”

    • silverkis says:

      Hi Sara, thank you! It’s actually a full dress with the same print…. i love it! I’m so sorry, i didn’t know it was a repromote either until I did some sleuthing online when I was writing the post. Well, if you own it twice, that’d be a great blessing. And it’s really just a few days… so no sweat! 😉

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