I was totally not prepared for Spring collections when they started hitting stores before Christmas, and to some extent, weary of more pastels… but Chanel really surprised me yet again with their modern, and imho very avant gaarde approach. First on everyone’s list is that blusher of course, which I am loving so very much that I’m going to reserve it for a completely separate post on its own tomorrow! Today, I’d like to show you a handful of other items that I think you should not miss from the Chanel Spring 2016 LA Sunrise Collection.
At first sight, Chanel Spring 2016 LA Sunrise Collection seemed much more summer in vibes than spring, and I’m really loving the energy from the bold hues. However, since I started my new job, I’m finding it harder to pull off bright eye shadows as I’m now in a client-facing role in a somewhat conservative industry. Also, I realised that many of my readers are in similar situations like me, who need to find that balance between fun and safe. So, I went for a easy to wear, everyday office appropriate Illusion d’Ombre in Moonlight, but paired with a cheeky punch of colour via Mascara Le Volume in Ardent Purple. The Rouge Coco Shines surprised me with their juicy pops that perks up the visage yet is not overbearing in the least. Let’s take a closer look at each of these!
The new Chanel Illusion d’Ombre is something that I’ve gotten to really love as they are much less shimmery, more opaque in colour, and just so brainless to apply. There are 3 this season, and Sara has swatches of all of them over on her blog. Moonlight Pink (118) is one of those rare pinks that I would actually wear as it is perfectly neutral, does not at all resemble barbie doll pink, and not so warm they make my eyes look swollen. I like wearing it on its own paired with a coloured liner or mascara. I’ve also found Moonlight Pink to be a lovely base over which I can pat on just a bit of shimmer (like Impulsion here), or darken the outer edge for a smokier feel. It is perfectly flexible, and I expect to be getting lots of use out of this. Moonlight Pink is the only one of the 3 Illusion d’Ombre released this season that is limited edition, and I suggest you take a closer look if you hadn’t already done so.
I discovered my love for the Chanel Le Volume Mascara last year with the release of the limited edition Rouge Noir [reviewed here] shade, and this season’s Ardent Purple is no exception. Though it looks light on the wand, when layered on my lashes the color is subtle though visible to the observant eye. The formula is easily one of my favourites – lightweight enough without weighing my lashes down, volumnizes, lengthens, and lifts! For those who would like to have some fun with their makeup but dare not venture into bold eye colours yet or who are simply unable due to work decorum, a nondescript coloured mascara is definitely 1 of the ways to go!
I’m so happy to see the return of Chanel Rouge Coco Shine this season as this incredibly moisturising and high shine formula is a wonderful way to wear a pop of colour on the lips. Last year was mostly about high intensity, fully opaque lips, and the shift into sheerer formula suddenly feels quite refreshing somehow. The rounded domed bullet is slightly difficult to be precise around the lip corners, and I much prefer the slanted tips of the Rouge Coco and Rouge Allure, but this is a minor inconvenience easily rectified with either a lip brush or a liner. And since there is so much slip to it, I do like to first fill in my lips with a pencil to extend the wear time of the Rouge Coco Shine. There are 3 new shades this season, and the 2 shown here are Shipshape – a warm-toned coral red, and Energy – a cool-toned raspberry red.
And here are arm swatches of all 4 items discussed today:
Here are a couple of makeup looks to put things into context. First up, Moonlight Pink all over my lids, Ardent Purple on my lashes, and Energy on lips.
Now witness the transformative effect of just switching out the lipstick to Shipshape!
And here is a closer look at the eye makeup…
Nothing fancy, very ubiquitous and clean makeup… Illusion d’Ombre in Moonlight Pink all over the lid and Le Volume de Chanel Mascara in Ardent Purple on the lashes. I had wanted to get the Stylo Yeux in Ardent Purple too, but realized I’ve got too many coloured pencil liners in my stash and not making any headway with any of them. But in any case, I lined the outer half of my lash line and water line with a matching dark purple liner and smudged it out.
I wonder if I’ve gotten rather boring with my makeup lately, and I’m wondering when the urge to go all crazy coloured will strike again. But this is the makeup I’ve been wearing on a daily basis, and I’m rather enjoying it. What about you?
I’ve also been having lots of fun with the Sunkiss Ribbon face palette, and as a teaser, I’ve found it suitable not just on the cheeks! Stay tuned for the full details tomorrow!
This post featured products that were kindly provided for my consideration. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.