I knew Printemps Précieux was going to be very tempting for me, when I saw the collection in person I wasn’t disappointed at all.
Here are the items I have selected, a lot, but surprisingly all were interesting – even the Raffinement quad in the EU version :
As you may know already, Chanel Poudre Signée is a masterpiece. The compact is slightly bigger than other compacts like the Lumière d’artifices or the Ombres Tissées, but the product weights 8g, vs 18g for the Lumière d’artifices.
Both the color and the texture are exquisite. That’s the glow I am looking for, natural glow with a very subtle iridescence.
Some highlighters here are completely different but you may want to see how they compare, the Trish looks dark when swatched heavily but this Trish makes me look like a sex bomb 😀 no, seriously, it delivers a bronzey glow absolutely gorgeous on my skintone and I can’t wait for the summer days to abuse it 🙂
The Chanel Lumière d’Artifices Beige was a great find, the finish is more satin, it evens out my skin, I have been loving it in 2012 and will continue loving it in 2013… and I will pay extra to get a second one.
The Empreinte is a bit too gold for me, looks amazing on darker skintones though. It has solid micro-sparkles and they are pretty obvious, after blending the finish is much more wearable although it delivers quite an opaque gold shine.
Ombres Tissées de Chanel is supposed to be for the eyes, blends to a nice glowy-shimmery finish but doesn’t have the complexity of the Chantecaille Petales de Rose of the Chanel Poudre signée.
Armani Platinum is a gorgeous shade, the closest to the Poudre Signée but the Chanel is much more creamier. When applied I don’t see much difference between the two. The iridescent gold finish is a bit more obvious on the Armani, when blended the Chanel will be more subtle but I love both equally. I might prefer to wear the Chanel for the office and the Armani for casual or party days.
The Armani Madrepela 2 is for the eyes but I don’t see why you could not use it on the cheeks… For the eyes it’s not that pigmented for me.
Chantecaille Petales de Rose is a perfect highlighting shade and worth every penny, very fine, extremely beautiful. It’s pink with a golden iridescence. A must-have and if you still can get your hands on it, don’t even hesitate. If I had to keep only one highlighter this would be it.
My favorites are the Chantecaille, the Chanel (poudre signée and Lumières d’artifices), the Trish and the Armani Platinum.
There are two other Chantecaille that look a bit similar (but they are LE), the Chantecaille Baleine Blanche is more pink than gold, the glow and iridescence are more subtle than the Chanel, also very finely milled and a must-have if you love Chantecaille. Not sure you can still find it but if you do, you should have a closer look at it. I found out that at the UK Chantecaille counters, sometimes they don’t have the testers but they still have some LE palettes in their drawers.
The eyeshadow quad was a surprise, I don’t even bother buying the European versions of Chanel quads, they are not pigmented enough for me but when I swatched it I loved it, probably not as much as I would love a US version though, I actually intend to get both and then swatch them side by side for you. In the meantime, I have swatched it with Kaska Beige just for you to see how the shades compare.
I was also playing with the Lancome Ombre Hypnose Mono Eyeshadows and swatched one of the taupes side by side with the Chanel quad, the Chanel had much better pigmentation and staying power so I left the Lancome and got the quad instead. If Chanel is expensive, Lancome is obscene, ~40$ for one single eyeshadow is way too much. Maybe some are exceptional, I don’t know, the only shades that I liked weren’t pigmented enough and most of them are easily dupeable…
You can also see more swatches here and here but it looks like the darkest shade might be a bit more matte in the European version. It does apply evenly, I am wearing it today and the result is sultry and not over the top sparkly, I just need to control the application of the shimmery shades when I wear it at the office. It does makes my eyes pop and will wear it for any occasion.
I also don’t bother for EU version blushes, not a fan of baked products, it doesn’t appear to be baked but it is, mine has 4g of product and the same US version has 6g. Maybe it’s the same amount of product at the end but the weight differs.
I have swatched just two other blushes near the Frivole EU, the Espiègle US and the new Dior Tender Coral (my only purchase from the Dior spring collection). They look similar, the Chanel Frivole is more a coral-orange and the Dior a coral-raspberry. Also wearing it today, actually I am wearing the Dior on one cheek and the Chanel Frivole on the other 😀 both are gorgeous, the Chanel has a more matte finish and seems to be lasting longer but both are really right up my alley.
I got the three waterproof eyeliners, I love them and I wanted to swatch them with all the others. I am always in the hunt for beautiful waterproof pencils, I love the Kose Addiction but the color range is quite small, same for the Rouge Bunny Rouge. Furthermore the RBR you cannot use them on the waterline (so I heard). These Chanel are sometimes a bit hard but that’s often the problem of waterproof textures, if I use the creamier By Terry waterproof for example, the downside is that they don’t last as long as the Chanel.
I often use the lightest colours on the waterline or on the bottom lash line, to open up my eyes, sometimes I mix a lighter shade in the inner corner with a dark shade in the outer corner, a gradient application that looks great and lasts all day. For darker colors, most of the time I apply the pencil on the tip of a smudging brush and then I apply it from the brush, it’s much easier to control the intensity and blend.
The Beryl is a Godsend, I wear lilac shadows on a very regular basis so this is just the perfect eyeliner to pair with. The Santal is a very easy to wear everyday eyeliner, both work very well with the Raffinement quad. The Or Rose will be an excellent option to wear on the bottom lash line.
The Armani 05 Copper (LE) is really similar, more creamy but the shade is almost the same. I don’t have a similar lilac shade but the By Terry could be an option if you prefer a creamier waterproof formula but the finish of the By Terry is a bit too metallic, but you may want a more brighter finish…
The lipliner Rubellite is very bright, scary bright, but I love Chanel lip definers, they last a very long time and don’t dry out my lips.
I intend to wear this lipliner applied as a lipstick with the extrait de gloss in Attirance on top. It tones down the pink and delivers a more long-lasting application. I always use a base (Chantecaille Lip Contour) then I apply my lipliners on top, helps to smooth the application and delivers a more even result.
I wanted to try the new foundation so they gave me a generous little sample and I was matched to 30, I am NW20/25. I have tried it today but I think this is going to be too matte for me, not sure this will work on dry skin but I will keep you updated anyway. So far, I love the coverage but it doesn’t do anything for me except for emphasizing my wrinkles and dry patches.
That’s it for the Chanel spring collection haul … big haul = big love !!
Now, for something a bit different but also in the spring collections theme, since I don’t want to create a special dedicated post but I still would like to say something about what I saw at the counters, I am adding a few comments on “why I did not purchase anything from Guerlain” and on my tiny Dior haul.
I have played very briefly with the Guerlain quads. I loved the idea of the purple and the green shades but I think I have similar shades that have better pigmentation and that are even more unique so after my huge Chanel haul I just did not feel like I needed to get more !
I can maybe give you some options for their Guerlain quads, although I am not sure they are exactly similar but you get the idea…
For the purple quad, if you get the Inglot Matte 392 you will be blown away, it’s a GORGEOUS shade and the quality is outstanding. I cannot believe it’s so cheap. Then Shu Uemura and Rouge Bunny Rouge have better pigmentation than the Guerlain, they apply more evenly and they are easier to work with. The Shu Au-M was probably in a palette, unfortunately I have no idea what kind of shade it is and if it exists in the permanent collection but Shu have gorgeous purples of superior quality than the Guerlain.
For the green/coral quad, I don’t know if you have ever heard of Stars Makeup Haven, if you haven’t maybe it’s time. The swatches below have not been photoshopped, it’s their real pigmentation and they are creamy and easy to use, some are very metallic but they also have more matte or satin shades. Metro and Light My Fire seem nice alternatives to the Guerlain and they cost only 6 $.
For the Dior Spring collection, well, I have tons of grey/pink Dior shadows so their spring look is not that extraordinary and innovative. But, I saw this Tender Coral blush and even if in the pan it doesn’t look that interesting, when swatched it’s a really gorgeous coral raspberry.
They gave me a Dior beauty bag because my total haul deserved it (really ? 😛 ). The bag is elegant, I love grey and white together, very sophisticated, it’s also a nice size for a daily bag. I will also try their new BB cream since they gave me a sample.
I have plenty of Dior blushes, when I started into high-end brands, Dior is something you could easily get here. I have to say they are not very pigmented but they will never make you look like a clown, easy to wear and flattering. I could have skipped a few but other than that, it’s the kind of blush that doesn’t need effort. You just need to pick up the “right color”, understand : “that will show up”.
My insane spring shopping haul will carry on with Suqqu *and others* but for now I am enjoying this huge high end haul and loving every single product I bought.