Les Essentials De Chanel (Holiday 2012)

Chanel released the final collection of goodies for the year, including the highly anticipated Volume de Chanel Mascara (which lives up to the hype). They’re doing some funky pre-order thing online, with anticipated sales for Black Friday, and the stores only sold them for one day. Now, everyone has to wait until next Friday to get the rest. All this hype… for what is reportedly going to be a permanent addition to the makeup roster.

But back to the collection:

Liquid Eyeliners in Platine and Purple, Volume de Chanel Mascara, Illusion d’ Ombre in Abstraction, Illusion d Ombre in Vision.

Liquid Eyeliner in Platine
Liquid Eyeliner in Purple
Volume de Chanel Mascara
Now, here’s the funny thing about this formula. It lengthens and curls your lashes (without need of a lash curler) beautifully. The volume is okay. It’s not amazing. So I find it funny that it’s being marketed as a volumizing mascara. It’s the best mascara Chanel has come up with yet, in my opinion. 
Illusion d Ombre in Abstraction
Illusion d Ombre in Vision
(much brighter and more glittery than Apparence)
There is also a black liquid liner that I was inclined to skip. This collection is already out at my local Macy’s and Bloomingdales stores. I hear that Nordstrom has it as well. It is not up on the Chanel website yet, but I imagine they will catch up soon. Must have of the collection is the mascara, for sure. The Vision Illusion d’ Ombre is a bigger standout than Abstraction, and the Platine liquid liner is to die for (I have every intention of using it as a waterproof eyeshadow). 
I’ll put these babies to good use in upcoming projects and FOTD’s. Ciao for now!

Violet Femmes

MAC’s Violetta lipstick is always worth a second pass, and a third, and a fourth! While it’s a Pro permanent, many people were only able to get their hands on the lipstick during promotions. It’s now being repromoted in the the Disney ‘Venomous Villans’ collection. The collection debuts September 30th.

The shade is a pigmented violet, with fuschia undertones. It’s just stunning on about every skin shade, but it really pops on brown skin. Observe:

On the rest of the face:

Chanel Mat Lumiere Foundation
MAC Sculpting Powder
Rock & Republic Blush in Kinky

MAC Pigment in Lithe
Kat Von D Tattoo Eyeliner
Shu Uemura Eyebrow Pencil in Seal Brown
YSL Faux Cils Mascara in #1

Nars Lip Pencil in Rosebud

ETA: Random addition… MAC nail polish in So Rich…So Pretty.

It was part of the Alice & Olivia Collection.  I broke it out because of the lipstick. Violet rules!

Rain Of Flowers

MAC’s new Nail Trend collection features a rather distinct purple… called Rain of Flowers. It’s stunning. A warm purple shot though with a blue shimmer… it really exceeds my expectations:

I’ve said it before: I never met a purple that I didn’t like. This time is no different. It may do for me to pick up a second bottle of this polish. It’s really that beautiful. MAC has a hard time with purples in my opinion. With the exception of the polishes (Illegal Purple and Rain of Flowers), I tend to steer clear of the brand when I’m in search of a good purple or aubergine. If I had one wish, it would be that their accuracy of hue with the polishes, one day make it to the eyeshadows. Then, I’d truly be a happy MUA.