The Chanel Fall 2015 Les Automnales makeup collection did zero for me until I saw the above image of model Sigrid Agren. Now I'm in love with the Les Automnales palette, so much so that I might actually have to take a selfie when I put brush to shadow. The star eyeshadow palette, called Entrelacs, is not going into the beauty archives.
Let's review some of the limited-edition items, shall we? The shades, as the name of the collection strongly suggests, are all about nature's Fall wardrobe of hues, botanical and mineral.
And Canadians, here's an amazing bit of news: the Chanel Entrelacs eyeshadow palette is expensive, yes, but it's more expensive in the USA! (Sorry, US-based friends – I don't mean to gloat, but that never happens!)
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I love neutrals as much as the next person, but for some reason the Chanel Les Automnales Entrelacs eyeshadow palette ($70 at Hudson's Bay stores and $80 at nordstrom.com), a mix of matte and satin textures, did not appeal to me at all. Sure, it's beautiful, stamped with a relief inspired by Cistercian stained glass windows (this one mimics a design considered the inspiration behind the double-C Chanel logo). But that peachy-tan tone in the second pan (apparently "velvety beige") threw me at first. Could be too that the palette is so warm overall. I gravitate more toward cool or neutral-warmth tones. Chanel describes the shadows as follows: golden beige, velvety beige, bronze with golden shimmers, deep brown, and beige. But that eye makeup on Sigrid – I love it. And the more I look at the palette, the more I like it, probably also because summer insists on slipping away more each day.
This limited-edition Chanel Illusion d'Ombre eyeshadow in Rouge-Gorge ($41 at Hudson's Bay stores and $36 at nordstrom.com) is a striking, shimmery orange rust inspired by physalis husks (we know the fruit as cape gooseberries). As eye makeup this shade is a bit of a challenge for many of us, am I right? But I'm going try it layered as a light wash of colour over a neutral shadow to see how it looks.
This Chanel Illusion d'Ombre Velvet shadow, 106 Fleur de Pierre ($41 at Hudson's Bay stores and $36 at nordstrom.com), echoes the silvery slate tones of the dark chip of mineral (grey kyanite) in the photo with the Rouge-Gorge shade.
If you have very fair skin, very fair hair and light eyes, you know how super-black mascara worn without any other makeup can turn you into a set of black lashes being followed around by an otherwise featureless face. That's what happens to me, even though I have dark hair. Without makeup, my features all kind of recede and blur. But I still can't be bothered with blah brown mascara.
This Le Volume de Chanel Mascara in Ecorces ($38 at Hudson's Bay stores and $32 at nordstrom.com) ain't blah brown. It's a rich shade that delivers drama, yet it doesn't take over when I wear it all by itself. I dig it.
The limited-edition Chanel Les Automnales Joues Contraste powder blush in 260 Alezane ($51 at Hudson's Bay stores and $45 at nordstrom.com) is described as a brownish pink with golden shimmer. (Kinda reminds me of Nars Orgasm.) I know from our most recent Lipstick League blush post that I'm not the only shimmer-averse person when it comes to cheeks. But I'll have to give this a go if I'm dipping into the shadow – has any of you tried it?
Lip shades range from rosy beige to bold red to copper brown to brick. I do have the red, Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick in La Bouleversante ($42 at Hudson's Bay stores and $36 at nordstrom.com) – it's part of the core lip colour collection, and it's gorgeous; I'll add it here first chance I get. Then there's this vibrant, shimmering, brickish red gloss, Lèvres Scintillantes in Chêne Rouge ($34 at Hudson's Bay stores and $36 at nordstrom.com), inspired by the colour of hypericum fruit. It's one of the prettiest brick-red shades I've seen; brick tends to look muddy, but the Les Automnales brick red is bright and lively instead. You've seen Karen's swatch of the corresponding Le Vernis in 671 Ecorce Sanguine?
The Chanel Fall 2015 Les Automnales makeup collection hits counters at the end of this month; as you can see from the links, it's already available at Nordstrom. Does anything catch your attention?