Thursday, December 20, 2012

Chanel Spring 2013 Printemps Precieux de Chanel: Les 4 Ombre Quadra Eye Shadow in #39 Raffinement

 *Photo from Chanel Campaign

While we have been busy buying presents, drinking countless red-cupped beverages and painting our nails every shade of shimmery red imaginable, the beauty world has been one step ahead of us, debuting their Spring 2013 collections. Completely caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season, this was unbeknownst to me until last night when in Nordstrom, looking to find a few last minute gifts, I stumbled upon the Chanel Spring 2013 Collection, Printemps Precieux de Chanel. And ooooh boy was this discovery a doozy. According to my boyfriend, he has never seen my eyes that big before in his life. Yep, I'm not ashamed to admit I had a little moment right then and there in the middle of the cosmetics section in Nordstrom. Ladies, this collection is blow-your-mind gorgeous! It oozes femininity, refinement and effortless beauty.

Of the few stunners in the Chanel Spring 2013 Collection, I was particularly drawn to the shimmering nude and lilac eye liners, the breathtaking highlighting powder, and the new LE eyeshadow quad. Seeing as how I couldn't very well walk out with all of these items without leaving myself bankrupt right before the holidays, I allowed myself one item for the time being (key words, for the time being). Being the crazed eyeshadow lover I am, I picked up the new LE Quadra Eyeshadow in #39 Raffinement. 

This palette contains 4 shadows in shimmering and satin shades of plum-tinged taupe. If you are a neutral fan, you will have to exercise some serious self control to not pick this one up. In the past, I have been underwhelmed by other Chanel eyeshadow quads. They can be a little hit or miss. Some are not nearly pigmented enough to justify the hefty price tag. #39 Raffinement however, is pure genius. The colors are buttery soft, blend seamlessly together, and do magic for green or hazel eyes.  Once on the eyes, the effect reminds me of a slightly less-metallic, more sophisticated version of the NARS Kalahari Duo. If Kalahari is too metallic for your taste, the soft finely-milled shimmer of this quad might be more to your liking. 

Shade 1: Plummy taupe. Beautiful across the lid or to deepen up the crease slightly.
Shade 2: Very light silver lilac color. Great in the inner corners as a highlight.
Shade 3: Soft warm pewter taupe. Lovely all-over lid color.
Shade 4: Very pigmented satin eggplant shade. 

As far as the other releases in this Chanel collection, I just may have to go back for the breathtaking Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder. In general, highlighters aren't really my thing. I appreciate the effect they have on the skin, but none so far have really made me weak in the knees like beautiful eye shades or blushes can. But this powder...this is something out of this world. Embossed with a luxurious floral pattern and the traditional Chanel emblem, this buttery luminizing powder reminds me of a less garish version of NARS Albatross. Still golden, peachy goodness, but slightly less yellow and therefor a little more wearable on my neutral fair skin.

Check back soon for posts on looks featuring this palette!

Do you plan on picking up anything from the Chanel Printemps Precieux de Chanel collection? What Spring 2013 makeup collections are you lusting over?

Thanks for reading & Happy Holidays! xx

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1 comment:

  1. Gorgeous colors. I like the satin finish. Isn't it funny how the beauty biz is always one step ahead?
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