[unpaid/sample] Gosh, well, I’ve found myself in some colours I didn’t think I’d ever wear after testing some of the new Equinoxe de Chanel colours. Yes, I have pictures. There’s one shade that I have absolutely fallen for – Bois d’Amarante in the limited edition Ombre Premier Libre – loose shadows. I didn’t expect something like these from Chanel, particularly as they’re droppy – I worked my way around that one by doing my lids first, brushing any drops away and applying base etc after that. Quite honestly, I’d forgive that colour anything just to get it on my eyes and it’s a while since I’ve felt this enthusiastic about a single shade.
As you can see, these beautiful blushers, the centrepiece of the collection, are absolutely stunning with their leaf detail surrounding the double C. You need just a whisper – actually, half a whisper – of your brush to pick up the colour. These are pigment saturated and trust me, you need so much less than you could imagine – I learned the hard way! Funnily enough, the shade these blushers turn out on the cheek aren’t what you expect from the pan. Beige Rose et Mauve (the deeper shade) comes out as a rather healthy looking neutral pink, while Beige et Coral is more peachy than terracotta. They’re £54 each and very specifically seasonal in a way we don’t see very much of from Chanel – I see that the collection pays reference to the vibrancy and depth of autumn shades but I don’t think I have ever seen a leaf pattern from this brand before (tell me I’m wrong if you know better… I’ve been collecting these for a long time so something could have slipped from my memory).
There are six Rouge Coco Blooms for the Equinoxe de Chanel collection of which I have three (and have forgotten to photograph one which I will make amends for when I do a separate post for the nail colours). If you don’t know the texture for Coco Blooms, it’s buttery, soft, melty, shiny and alive with colour. The colours show here are Sweetness (152), a brown toned pink, and Bright (158), a vibrant red that to my eye has orange undercurrents. They’re £37 each.
So, here is Bois d’Amarante (left) and Sycomore (which I can take or leave). The tiny little applicator fixed into the loose shadow lid means, in theory, you can just apply and go. You maybe can do that with the lighter shades but not with any of the deeper ones which require some blend at the socket at least. They’re £34.
In this picture, on my lids is Bois d’Amarante, on my cheeks is Beige Rose et Mauve blush, and on my lips is Sweetness. The base and eyes remain the same in the next two pictures.
This is Wild – a true juicy blackcurrant and I think I love it! The eye shadow looks more true in the picture as well. Not sure I can do both at once but because there is so much light bounce with Wild, it’s a bit easier to wear than others in this vein that I’ve tried, especially mattes.
And back in my comfort zone with Bright!
The clever thing about the blushes is that they’re so versatile with other colours – I played around with what might look best with them and everything I have looks lovely with either blush.
I forgot to mention that each blush comes with its own brush – I find these round style brushes very effective and in this instance even more so because they’re quite thin so you’re not in as much danger of over applying.
Finally, the swatches! Bottom to top are: Beige et Coral blush, Beige Rose et Mauve blush, Bright lipstick, Sweetness lipstick, Sycomore Loose Shadow and Bois de Amarante Loose Shadow. Any of these taking your fancy? You can find the collection HERE.
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