Autumn 2012: Chanel Les Essentiels

In the dead heat of Summer, Chanel has already released a very ‘Autumn-like’ collection called Les Essentiels:

I sometimes wonder if they’re trying to keep up with the likes of MAC, by releasing a collection every few weeks.I can’t imagine that this is a sustainable practice. While it constantly creates a collecting frenzy and keeps Chanel on everyone’s lips… it seems a bit expensive and exhausting in terms of long term business practice. It also lends a ‘flash in the pan’ feeling to a brand that ought to be well beyond that. Anyway…

Blush in Rose Initale, Lip Pencil in Amarante, Eye Shadow Quad in Premiere Regard

This is what I thought was the best of the collection. There are also six single eye shadows (mostly dupeable shimmers), three nail polishes, two lipsticks (both glittery), two glosses and two eye pencils (including a glittery silver… whyyyyy with the glitter?), and the strangest glittery (apparently overspray) highlighter I’ve ever seen. Chanel does not do glitter well. Why they insist on trying to force it into a collection every now and again is beyond me. They are best at ‘subtle’ finishes, I think. They’re great a shimmers and semi-matte finishes. And they always seem to shine with Autumn and Spring collections in particular.

I swatched this blush quite heavy. It’s a very soft cool rose color on me. I think it works perfectly for Autumn. It’s not an over the top color. I feel that it will work to bring a look together, rather than stand out on its own.

This is probably my favorite piece. Now, I’m an admitted sucker for Chanel Quads (they are simply unmatched in terms of quality and pigmentation). I think they succeeded in conveying a very cool ‘Autumn’ feel with this color selection and finish. There was some push-back on the blogosphere about the color selection. Many people seemed to be hoping for deeper colors and stronger (shimmer?) finishes. But I really like this color scheme. And that peachy beige just runs all over MAC’s Brule (my go to base shade). The formula really adheres to the skin. I also love the idea of ONE shimmer in the quad… instead of a quad of shimmers or a quad of mattes.

This is more of a brown-based plum shade. I think you have to have a particular kind of coloring to pull this off. I feel like unless you’re trying to convey a distinct Vintage finish, this pencil is better suited to warmer undertones. I feel like beauties with cooler undertones might end up looking like an 80’s throwback. Now if that’s what you’re going for, have at it. That certainly seems to be what’s going on in the Promo Picture for this collection. But if not, I’d go with a more ‘pink’ based plum color. This color is perfect for me (I have yellow and orange undertones), so I snapped it right up.

That’s it! Those are my favorites from the new Chanel Autumn 2012 Collection. Ciao for now!

4 Replies to “Autumn 2012: Chanel Les Essentiels”

  1. The blush is such a pretty soft rosy color, it seems like it would compliment a LOT of skin tones. The eyeshadows look kinda boring at first glance, but that peachy beige color really interests me. It looks like it has great pigmentation and won't go too ashy on brown skin.

  2. I thought the same thing about the quad until I saw it in person. That peachy-beige is perfect for me. It's nice and warm and will absolutely not go ashy. The blush has to be the most universally flattering shade that I've come across in a long time. You can use it on such a wide range of skin tones.

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