Stick it, Winter: L’Eté Papillon de Chanel for Summer 2013

by Janine on 19 March 2013 · 11 comments

L'ETE PAPILLON DE CHANELTo take your mind off Mother Nature’s soggy end-of-winter tantrum, how about an early peek at Chanel’s colourful summer 2013 makeup? Highlights include stunning nail lacquer shades (Azuré has all the butterfly iridescence anyone could desire), creamy eye shadow sticks, and playful yellow, mint-green and vibrant blue mascara.

I’ll post photos and details later (see below now); for now enjoy this odd stills video Staff decided to put together, featuring a selection of items from the collection. (When Staff actually wants to work, I don’t stop her.)

L’Eté Papillon de Chanel hits counters in May 2013. (Music: Stopwatch Hearts by Delerium feat. Emily Haines.)

UPDATE Chanel always provides a gorgeous press book for each launch (part of the reason mascara is $36 and nail polish is $27). The pages of the summer 2013 kit somehow found their way into my samples snapshots.

Chanel Summer 2013 nail polishI blame the limited-edition nail polishes.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in 647 Lilis_summer 2013Chanel Nail Colour in 647 Lilis, a vibrant coral I can’t help adoring ($27, department stores).

Chanel summer 2013 Azure nail polishChanel Nail Colour in 657 Azuré, an amazing iridescent blue-green ($27, department stores).

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in 667 Bel-Argus_summer 2013

Chanel Nail Colour in 667 Bel-Argus, an iridescent deep blue ($27, department stores). According to Chanel, the iridescent pigment in Bel-Argus and Azuré is exclusive to the brand.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in 667 Bel-Argus_press kit image_summer 2013_photography Richard Burbridge

This is Bel-Argus in a press-kit image. Pretty!

Chanel Summer 2013 lip gloss 427Chanel Glossimer lip gloss in 427 Envolée, a shimmery semi-sheer mandarin ($31, department stores). The collection includes two more semi-sheer shades: 377 Zéphyr, a pearlized beige, and 437 Eden, a juicy raspberry.

Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow pens in Black Stream_Moon River_Jade Shore_Blue Bay_summer 2013Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow ($36 each, department stores) promises a cool-on-contact sensation (from the formula’s a high water content perhaps) and a long-wearing finish. At the moment, this shadow format is only limited edition. From left: Black Stream, a silver-shimmer black; Moon River, a platinum beige; Jade Shore, a soft golden-shimmer green; and Blue Bay, a silver-shot azure blue. Not shown: Pink Lagoon, a shimmering coral pink, and Cool Gold.

Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara in Zest_Lime Light_Blue Note_summer 2013Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara ($36 each, department stores) in Zest, a happy yellow; Lime Light, a milky green; and Blue Note, an electric blue. Not shown: Aqua Blue, a blue-green.

Chanel summer 2013 coloured mascarasThese coloured mascaras make me want to wear coloured mascara.

Summer2013_1_collection Chanel summer 2013 press image L’été-Papillion-De-Chanel-Summer-2013 Chanel-summer-2013_LEté-Papillon-de-Chanel_coral-nails_Le-Vernis-in-LilisMaybe someone ought to send this collection to Mother Nature so she’ll let go of sodding winter already. Maybe she’d be in a better mood if she, too, were thinking about summer 2013.

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YouLookHotToday 19 March 2013 at 11:42 am

Ermahgerd! It’s all so iWantThat! I’m in love with that blue nail colour. Like, IN LOVE. And those mascaras!


Janine 19 March 2013 at 10:08 pm

It’s a pretty amazing blue, innit You? I love those mascaras too. I kinda wanna try them. I might.


Ange 19 March 2013 at 3:19 pm

Beautiful colours! And Staff did excellent work on the video… pay raise in order?


Janine 19 March 2013 at 10:09 pm

If Staff worked like that all the time, at least some kind of pay would be in order. *grin*


Natasha 20 March 2013 at 9:31 pm

I’m really excited at the thought of the Stylo’s!!!


isabella 10 April 2013 at 10:47 pm

omg the collection is so beautiful Bloomingdales 59th st has it at counter. they told me they have it 2 weeks before any other store. you better move on this gals i bought all 3 shades of nail, blue and yellow mascara, and the blue, taupe and gold shadows. they are so easy to blend and stayed in place all day. collection as always is limited so build your kits fast on this collection.


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