Primer/ Corrector -Chanel -Le Blanc Light Creator Brightening Makeup Base SPF 40/PA+++

on 8/25/2017 3:04:00 PM

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I only tried this product twice: one in the pink shade and another in the yellow one. I normally don't write reviews until I have tried a product extensively, but I wanted to leave this here in case anyone has questions about these two shades and does not have access to samples. I searched high and low for reviews on the shades of this product and could only find one on Youtube. While that reviewer and I have similar skin tones, her experience was very different from mine. I can say right off the bat that the yellow one is not for me. I am Latin, any my skin tone is very similar to America Ferrera's. I have a neutral undertone that leans yellow, and some of my foundation shades are MAC NC30 and Chanel Beige 30. My skin is combo-oily, acne-prone and I have large pores all over my face. In sum, I have messy skin. Here is what happened when I tried this product:

1) Rosee - this is the pink one. The formula feels light, non-greasy and a little goes a long way. At first, it seemed like it was going to leave a white cast on my face, but this was not the case. I wore Vitalumiere Aqua in Beige 30 on top of it, and my face looked rosy and healthy. It was a like a fresh tan with a natural glow that came from within, if that makes sense. Very pretty look! I didn't notice any shimmer or sparkles. I thought for sure that the pink shade was meant for fair skintones, but it looked surprisingly good on me. The coverage was light to medium and I could see my freckles through my foundation, which is how I like it. I applied my makeup at 10 am and left the house. By 11, I needed to blot it, but this is par for the course with me. I had lunch, ran my errands, blotted it once more and checked my face again at 4pm. By then, the foundation on my T-zone had disintegrated. My face still looked OK, but my makeup was starting to fade. I drove 2 hours back home and checked my face again once I arrived. My face looked surprisingly uniform, but it was one shade lighter (?), and this is the way it stayed until I took a shower and washed my makeup off. It was not an unnatural look, but nowhere near the tan, rosy glow I had when I first applied my makeup. In addition, I noticed that some of the product had collected in my larger pores. It wasn't anything too bad, but noticeable if you took a close look at my face. I don't know if this was caused by the foundation or the by the primer, so I'll have to figure that out. I bought a full bottle of this product in the Rosee shade, and hope it will continue to give me that natural glow I saw when I first tried it.

2) Mimosa - this is the yellow one. Remember the Youtube reviewer I mentioned above? Well, she also has medium skin tone with an olive undertone, and she prefers this one. She stated that the pink one gave her a whitish cast and that it should suit fair skins. Well, I could not disagree more. The yellow one was a disaster on me. It looked sallow, uneven, greasy and all-around unflattering. In addition, it highlighted every scar and freckle I have on my face. Go figure. After testing the yellow one, I was sure that Rosee was the right shade for me and bought a bottle.

There are two more shades - Orchidee (sheer white) and Lys (lilac). I haven't tried those, so I can't say anything about them.

I guess my point is, you'll need to try it to find out which one works for you.

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Loose Powders -Chanel -Poudre Universelle Libre Natural Finish Loose Powder

on 8/24/2017 11:51:00 AM

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I bought this powder because i love the large tub and its so hard to find a brand with as much powder as this. I'm a NC25 and Clair is a perfect match. I have oily/combi skin and this does nothing to control the oiliness. In fact i have tried most (if not all) all of Chanel's foundation and none of them controls oil, from the yester year's cream-to-powder foundation, creme foundation, compact foundation, liquid foundation, pressed powder, loose powder.. Yes! I have tried them all and nothing works. its a shame. these would most likely sit wel with dry/normal skin type

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Mascara -Chanel -Le Volume De Chanel

on 8/24/2017 12:27:00 AM

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Just let me add my two cents worth of feedback for this product to the already extensive reviews on MUA: I really like this mascara because of how it makes my lashes look as if I have on perfectly chosen false ones.

My lashes naturally curl, so I don't use a curler. I received this mascara, in sample size, as a gift about a week ago, yet I know that it is an expensive puppy! The first day I tried this mascara, I wiped off the applicator-brush with a tissue because I want my lashes to look natural, not overly coated with mascara. The effect was beautifully fanned lashes. I don't do my bottom lashes because my upper ones are naturally long, thick and full.

This mascara made them fuller and longer, really lush--I was really impressed.

Today, I tried the mascara without wiping off the brush, and I have to say, as I have previously read in MUA reviews for this product, there was too much applied with a wee bit of clumping. However, the mascara stayed wet long enough for me to comb through my lashes (approx. 3-5 mins.) so that I could remove the clumps and get that full, fanned look I like.

I'd say the CON in this approach was having to take the time to comb through the lashes; obviously, there are times when I wouldn't have that kind of time to do so. At the moment, this is the only CON, the cost of the mascara notwithstanding.

I'm not using the waterproof version, yet I'm not experiencing "raccoon eyes," etc. And yes, I do noticeably sweat on my face (though not constantly). Also, I like how easily the stuff washes off. I am "French trained" meaning I typically remove makeup and clean my skin with micellar water (using gentle scrubs or cleansing oils once in a while). I also use micellar water when wearing this mascara, but I also do a quick wash of my lashes (eyes, obviously, tightly shut) with Cetaphil cleansing bar (not the pump liquid) and a solid rinse following.

Voila! The mascara is completely removed!

BOTTOM LINE: If you're looking for a full, lush lash look, Le Volume de Chanel certainly does the trick! BTW, I'm using 10 Noir. I'd buy this mascara, but I won't rush out to do so. I need to do some more research as some MUA reviewers have commented on how different the applicator-brush SEEMS to be between the sample and the full-size tube, and the full-size seems to disappoint.

The applicator-brush is so KEY, isn't it? At any rate, this mascara is certainly a quality product!


Fragrances -Chanel -Coco Noir

on 8/23/2017 8:36:00 AM

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My absolute, favorite perfume. Fresh, elegant and clean.I always get compliments when I wear it.

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Eye Shadow -Chanel -Les 4 Ombres Tisse Essentiel

on 8/21/2017 5:26:00 PM

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I'll start by saying I'm not an eyeshadow kind of person. I wear it on special occasions usually paired with false eyelashes, but never on a daily basis. I did need a good neutral palette to enhance my natural eye, and use as a base for other eyeshadow looks. I have been looking for one for a long time, and to be honest, I was a little apprehensive about spending so much money on such a small palette with such unexciting colors. Now that I have it, I actually really love it and it is a piece missing from my collection.

Most other palettes run more brown or grey, this one is very neutral. Other palettes are more pigmented, but in my opinion, pigmentation isn't everything. What I like about this palette, and Chanel eyeshadows in general, is that the formula tends to be more elegant: easy to blend, hard to overdo. You can always build up the color, and you get a more effortless result. The combination of colors allow you to get a soft daytime look, or a smoky evening look. The colors also tend to have more dimension, and they don't look flat or one-toned. Although this is a matte palette, there is a tiny bit of shimmer in it, so that it doesn't look flat - but it still looks matte on the eyes.

If you have lots of other neutral eyeshadow palettes, if you like to wear more intense eye looks, or if you're an expert at doing eyeshadow, this probably won't be your cup of tea. If you don't have many palettes, if you like softer eyeshadow looks, and you're looking for something easy to use, this would be a great purchase. I think this is a good matte palette, and can be paired with other shimmers/colors.

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Blush -Chanel -Joues Contraste Powder Blush in 370 Elegance

on 8/18/2017 12:01:00 AM

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As we all know, Chanel products cost "the moon"! However, I think this blush is so worth the investment. It's lovely! Dense in pigment and goes on like silk. In natural light, ooh la la (as the French would say). I had a Chanel makeover done today, and the consultant used this blush on me.

I'm an older women whose makeup motto is, "less is more." The subtle glow and colour when this blush is applied is nothing short of spectacular. In natural light, it is smooth and dewy looking. It's quite dense in pigment, and the consultant advised me that you only need a little to do the trick. I'm not into drama makeup, so I typically apply it to look natural and very subtle, so this blush fits right into that type of makeup regime.

It comes with its own small brush, but I used Eco Tool brushes, and my "Full Powder" brush does a lovely job with my bronzer and my other powder blushes, so I'll likely use my Eco Too brush to apply this, too.

I would definitely recommend this blush to women who want a soft hint of colour and something that wears well.

COST: I paid $53 CAD (+tax), and I bought it at Shoppers' Drug Mart Beauty Boutique (Canada). I think the price is steep, but I know that Chanel is high-end, and thus, its products are in the high-end price range. The trade off is, however, I won't have to buy a blush anytime soon. This is August, but I think this blush will be just fine in the fall and winter seasons, too.

PACKAGING: Lovely! A nice hard case with a good quality mirror and a small blush brush. I think the blush cake is well protected and won't be prone to cracking.

I would, in theory, buy it again because of the quality of the product. I won't shell out, however, unless I can really splurge on it.

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Eye Shadow -Chanel -Les 4 Ombres Tisse Essentiel

on 8/15/2017 3:12:00 PM

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Colors are wonderful especially for a person who prefers natural earthy look. BUT I have to say there is nothing especial about it other than that. Colors don't look muddy when applied but their intensity is really weak save the dark brown. I really wish they were more intense and creamy. So I guess Chanel need to look back at the quality of this palette.

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Treatments (Face) -Chanel -Hydra Beauty Micro Serum

on 8/13/2017 10:43:00 PM

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I've had this product for about six months, and I had a chance to test in the Winter, Spring and Summer. I have skin that was excessively oily and very acne-prone between the ages of 13 and 38. I've spent thousands of dollars throughout the years in topical and oral medications for this condition, and in religious visits to facialists and dermatologists. Last year, my skin finally began normalizing itself, though I still get acne and excess oiliness during certain days of the month (you know those). Overall, I am much happier with my skin now. With this being said, here are my thoughts on this product:

Pros:

1) Did not irritate my skin. I am not particularly sensitive, but several Chanel products irritate my skin, ranging from a mild burning sensation (Le Lift, Le Blanc, Sublimage, Le Beige foundation) to full-blown hives that required a visit to the ER (Base Ombre a Paupieres). This is surprisingly mild.

2) It works. While if feels light on the skin, it does some heavy-duty moisturizing, at least on my skin type. I have a stubborn patch of flaky skin on the side of my mouth that does not respond to moisturizers, even ones prescribed by my dermatologist. This, along with an oil by Fresh (Seaberry) are the only two products that control those flakes.

3) The packaging is pretty and hygienic. The pump feels sturdy and efficient, and I like how much product it dispenses.

4) The product has a mild, fresh and pleasant scent that dissipates quickly. While this is a plus for me, it may pose a problem for those who are sensitive to fragrances. The texture of the product feels smooth, elegant and spa-like as well.

Cons:

1) Overpriced. I paid around 100 dollars for the smaller bottle, and I suspect that the formula is mostly fragrant glycerin.

2) Can make foundation too shiny and sticky for my taste. I don't get the whole obsession with greasy-looking skin (AKA "dewy"), and this product can definitely do that. If you like that finish, however, this should work well for you.

3) May not be moisturizing enough in the dead of Winter. At that point, I switch to the Hydra Beauty Crème.

4) Too moisturizing in the Summer. On those days, I just wash my face and skip moisturizer altogether. Really, what's the point?

Would I buy this product again? Probably.

I think people with the following skin types may enjoy this product: slightly dry, normal, slightly oily.

Very oily types - unnecessary, unless you wish to highlight the shiny aspect of your skin.

Very dry types - this won't be moisturizing enough for you, unless you layer it with a richer product.

Happy shopping!






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Mascara -Chanel -inimitable

on 8/13/2017 1:49:00 AM

The mascara was pricey but I can't remember exactly how much! I was so disappointed. The wand bristles were too short and it did absolutely nothing for my lashes accept make them look clumpy.
I don't think I was meant to use expensive cosmetics and will stick to Max Factor Clump Defy! Always great results but don't we all fancy a change now and again? Oh well, save my money and stick with what works.


Foundations -Chanel -Le Teint Ultra Tenue Ultrawear Flawless Foundation

on 8/12/2017 3:09:00 PM

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I have been usinf this foundation for 4 years now. It has quite a light coverage, I have to say. I use it along with the Le Teint powder.

I tent to stay away from full coverage foundations as I feel like they make my skin loom worse. This one gives me a natural, flawless finish and my skin looks like silk in pictures.

I am under the suspicion that it clogs my pores a little. But if it does, then it is very little.

I used to use a brush to apply this foundation and it worked fine. Nowadays I use a beauty blender. Never had a problem spreading it, but then again my skin is oily so maybe that is why.

I try other foundations but I do feel lile this js my match!


Liquid -Chanel -Vitalumiere Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup SPF 15

on 8/12/2017 11:08:00 AM

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I've been using this for about 3 years, then changed it when I broke out because of the pill, so I was hoping to find something similar but with medium to full coverage. After a year of trying everything else I could find in my shade (including Sisley) I'm back to my old friend. Thankfully my skin cleared out in the meantime and, while I still get the occasional red spots etc, this foundation is still the best for me (I use concealer to cover any blemishes). I love the natural finish, the shade matches me perfectly, it doesn't dry on me and it stays put all day (I scrub and use hydrating masks once a week, I have combination skin; don't use primer, but I do moisturizer before foundation and use translucent powder after, to set it). I found it looks best on me if I apply it with a beauty blender.

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Brows -Chanel -Crayon Sourcils Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil

on 8/11/2017 2:22:00 AM

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Bought this several years ago along with some other items for my wedding makeup. There was a Chanel artist event at Nordstrom, and one of the gentleman gave me the best, most beautiful brows I have ever sported using this pencil and what felt like a thousand of the lightest application strokes using this.

Of course I bought the pencil after that! I haven't been able to recreate his magic entirely, but I come as close as I can.

I am fair skinned and use the blonde color. Works well whether I am (fake) tan or not.

Love love love the spoolie, love that it has its own cap.

Will I repurchase when I use this one up? Yes. It's not cheap (duh, right?!) So I may have to budget, but that is far enough in the future that I will cross that bridge when I come to it.


Concealers -Chanel -Eclat Lumiere Highlighting Face Pen

on 8/10/2017 2:36:00 PM

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No, and no.
The shade the SA gave me, 20 Beige clair. Initially, it did seem a little dark on my NC15 skin. After wearing it a couple of times and realizing the color was way off, I made multiple swatches on my arm, only to reveal that it oxidizes to about one shade darker (!), turning quite peachy orange.
I have had YSL TE multiple times, and I would say that the TE is more creamy (which is not really a very creamy concealer) and much more highlighting. Well, the shade in Eclat Lumiere was obviously too dark, so hard to tell really.
To compare with TE again, you get less product for your money. TE also has a much better colour selection and stays on way longer. TE is by no means my favorite highlighting concealer (technically a highlighter, I know), but it did last on me maybe 7-9 hours, while the EL seemed to have started to disappear by around 3 hours..! Which is quite unusual. Coverage was fine though.
If you don't have very dark undereye circles and want something concealing and highlighting in one, perhaps try out Dior's Skinflash (supposedly has more coverage than TE and is more luminous than EL). Actually, even drugstore concealers like Maybelline Lumi Touch outperformed this one. So do your research and trying before possibly wasting your money.


Eye Makeup Remover -Chanel -Gentle BiPhase Eye Makeup Remover

on 8/10/2017 2:01:00 AM

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Really wanted to like this but this was a total failure as far as I'm concerned.
It really irritated my eyes and rosacea and also barely removed the makeup.


Moisturizers -Chanel -La Solution 10 de Chanel

on 8/6/2017 6:26:00 AM

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I rarely write reviews but I'm in love with this product.
My skin recently flared up with random psoriasis patches on my neck due to stress and I was a bit sceptical before trying the product thinking it was only a normal moisturiser with Chanel packaging but the sales girl was so lovely during the consultation and let me try it out.
Ohh wow, my skin had hurt a bit (tmi) due to dryness and red patches but it was almost an instant relief as soon as I applied it in those areas. Since, I've been in love and use it twice a day morning and night for almost three weeks. My redness has calmed down a lot and I'm cringing at the thought of it running out due to the price tag.

Worth it if you can get a sample to try out before purchasing though, which is what I love about Chanel products!

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