Chanel Mademoiselle and Chanel Chance Eau Tendre

I’m planning to make a few posts over the next couple of days on a range of products, I have two fragrances and three make up products to give my opinion on.  I thought I’d start with a mini post on the fragrances since it’s 22:23 at the moment and I’m pretty tired.  Now obviously I am no perfume expert,  I am a teenage girl so you’re only getting a layman’s thoughts, but like everyone else I love to smell nice and luckily enough I’ve found two beautiful perfumes that I want to share with you.

 

Last Christmas I was given Coco Mademoiselle by my parents, I chose it with my mother after weeks of searching for a signature perfume.  This was the first one I tried out at the Chanel counter and fell in love with the delicate and feminine scent.  You hardly need any so even though it is quite expensive, £50 for 50ml of eau de toilette,  it lasts a very long time and as you can see my bottle is still pretty full.  Even though I have only the eau de toilette it’s strong enough to rub off onto my clothes and scarves,  leaving them smelling faintly of this beautiful scent.  I would recommend this as a daytime perfume, and when I spray it on in the morning the fresh sweet scent instantly gives me a little boost,  so taking into all these points I give it a 9/10.

After spending some time abroad, hence the lack of posting recently, I decided to treat myself to another Chanel fragrance.  So I bought Chance Eau Tendre in a French parfumerie and luckily got a special “Scottish person discount” so I got it for about £38 instead of £48.  I wear it every day and I have to admit even though I’ve only had it a few weeks it has to be my favourite out of the two, it’s fruity, floral, and comforting. I think this perfume in particular is perfect for younger women and teenage girls as it’s so light-hearted and youthful, I’m giving it the perfect 10/10.

Chanel Haul

So I haven’t posted in quite a while,  I felt quite bad about this so I decided buy a few things for the blog that I thought would be well received.

I’ve been stalking the Chanel Fall 2011 collection since the previews appeared online,  and I loved every single piece.  To be honest this collection was pretty big and I know a lot of people thought it was overkill,  but I share the opinion at ‘cafe makeup’ –  you can never have enough Chanel,  and those beautiful colours and luxurious feel of the products give me a lovely glowy feeling in my stomach.  But like almost everyone else I’m on a budget and that certainly doesn’t stretch to $633 for the entire Fall line.  So I picked the stunning quad ‘Prelude’ which I thought really complimented my cool skin tone,  the contour shadow brush,  and the shadow blending brush.

The Prelude quad cost £37,  the contour shadow brush was £18,  and the shadow blending brush was £25.  These are my first  “proper” brushes and I found the actual process of choosing them very difficult as there are so many options out there.  Most people seem to like the MAC brushes,  but my experiences with MAC have not been all too good so I chose to give them a miss and go with my favourite,  trusty Chanel.  To be honest I wanted Burberry but I’m not made of money.

All of the items came with a little velvet pouch which is emblazened with the Chanel logo,  I found these very useful as you can locate them by touch from inside your handbag and it also keeps the black plastic quad from being damaged or  scratched,  and the bristles of the brushes being bent out of shape.

Living in Scotland means I’ve got the European version which is baked unlike its US counterpart,  which means the colour payoff is supposedly not as great.  But I don’t care,  I still think it’s a wearable and buildable palette.  The texture is in my opinion smooth and the shadows blend together easily with great results.

These are my descriptions of the shades from top to bottom,  and just so I don’t repeat myself,  they all have an ever so slight shimmer that adds a lovely depth to the lid;  it does not show up too well but this is purple-black with a satin finish,  below that is a grey-purple taupe,  below that is a very useful beige taupe with a nice sheen,  and then below that there is an ivory- champagne colour which I adore.

I’ve been using the top shade as a liner in my upper lash line,  the second top colour is nice for defining the crease or for smoking out the outer corner of the eyes,  I’ve been using the third colour everyday as a blended wash all over my lids and then I drag the colour along my bottom lash line,  and the last shade is a little shimmery for an everyday brow bone highlighter but is perfect for the inner corner of the eyes to give that wide-eyed bambi look.

The top brush is the No. 14 contour brush,  the bristles are natural and the curved brush is firm but not overly so,  I haven’t noticed any shedding so far.  I use this mainly for lining but it’s also useful for adding small bits of colour to the lid or for highlighting the corners of the eye.  The bottom brush is the No. 17,  it is densely packed with natural bristles which blend out eyeshadows like a dream.  I have been using this brush for blending mainly but when I’m feeling lazy I also use it for applying a simple wash of colour from the crease,  this is perfect for applying makeup in a rush as it picks up lots of pigment but does not scratch at your eyes at all.

Overall I’m going to say this shopping spree has left me slightly desperate for more Chanel,  as with each piece I add to my collection I fall slightly more in love with the products.  I believe the products,  when applied correctly,  give a beautiful simplistic look that can be used for both daytime and evening.  I rate these brushes really highly at 9/10 as I think they preform superbly and even though they are quite pricey I believe they will be a good investment.  Although the palette has some of the nicest and well matched shades I’ve ever seen,  I’m a bit dissappointed that the formulation in the US is apparently so much better when I’m paying the same amount for supposedly the same product,  that irks me,  but I can’t deny the colours are stunning so I think 8/10 is appropriate.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine and Chanel Rouge Coco lipsticks

When I was sitting my exams a few months ago I was basically spending all day trapped inside studying,  so to prevent myself from going insane I would go uptown and buy a little treat.  So weeks of study leave resulted in three Chanel lipsticks and oodles of baked goodies.  After hours of browsing online looking at swatches I chose two Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks in Fetiche and Bel-Ami,  and a Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick in Rivoli,  and just for reference both these lipsticks are currently £23.

Scottish sunlight at its best has given my pictures a lovely blue tinge and seems to have washed out the colour slightly.

Bare lips

 

Fetiche

Fetiche is a pinky shade with mauve undertones,  it has the signature glossy sheen and ever so slight shimmer to it that made my lips look fuller.  The Coco Shine formula is emollient based so glides on easily,  but unfortunately wears off within 2 hours usually and will also be used up faster than a traditional lipstick.  This shade is perfect for a daytime pick me up and is really quite a delicate colour so gets 7/10.

Bel-Ami

Bel-Ami was a brown based berry shade with the same sheen and shimmer.  With the emollient base it also only lasted 2 hours,  but it was a slightly deeper colour so left me with a staining that I quite liked so I didn’t have to be contantly applying it.  This lipstick get 7/10 again and I would probably purchase it again.

Rivoli

This was my favourite shade,  it’s a cool burgundy brown colour that had a slight sheen to it and no shimmer.  It’s a little sheer because of its moisturising formula but it still had great colour payoff with no tugging.  I found it lasted about 4 hours on me and even when it did wear off it wore off evenly so looked a bit like a lipstain.  This is only really appropriate for wearing at night but I feel it’s “my shade”  so for that I’m giving it 8/10 .

Swatches

From left to right is Fetiche,  Bel-Ami,  Rivoli.  Sorry about the poor lighting but anyone who lives in or has visited Scotland will understand,  I’ll see if I can get better pictures because I’m quite disappointed in these photos.

Chanel Inimitable Mascara, Urban Decay Super Curling Mascara, and Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Mascara

The staple of anyones makeup bag will always be a decent mascara,  it instantly lifts your overall appearance and makes you look more awake.  I only use one coat of mascara as more than that tends to clump on my lashes,  and these reviews are just based on my lashes which are short,  dark,  and thick,  so they might come out better on different lash types.  My opinion is based around the main qualities of a mascara;  the ability to lengthen,  curl,  volumise, darken,  and its value for money. 

No Mascara

Unfortunately as you can see I have quite short lashes, and in this picture an irritated eye.

Chanel Inimitable Mascara

    

This mascara is the most expensive out of the three, I paid around £21 but I think the price has gone up since then.  This I feel would be a reasonable price for a spectacular mascara that fulfilled all my eyelash wishes,  but unfortunately whilst Chanel Inimitable creates a  pretty,  natural  look I wouldn’t say it’s worth that price.  It lengthened my lashes slightly,  provided a little lift, and did give a my lashes a  deeper colour of black,  which provided a look that would be appropriate for school or work but certainly not one for a night out.  Although the results aren’t anything to rave about I must say I loved the brush;  the short,  spikey,  plastic bristles made for an easy and quick application,  I managed to get it right into the corners my eyes without causing any damage.  Being a clump hater I must always brush out my eyelashes with a Tweezerman lash-comb,  but this mascara didn’t clump on me at all.  It lasted for around 8 hours without flaking or giving me panda eyes, so I would say last a full working day.  Taking all this into consideration (including the scarily high price) I give it 7/10.

Urban Decay Super Curling Mascara

I was actually given this mascara as a present but if you’d like to buy this baby then it’ll cost you £15.  This mascara may not have given me ridiculously curly,  betty boop-esque lashes but it did manage to give them a sweet, feminine flick,  and it also lengthened my mini lashes to decent proportions.  This really is more of a lengthening than a volumising mascara,  so if you are already blessed with long, fluttery lashes you really shouldn’t bother with this product.  This brush in my opinion is great,  it cups my lashes and makes for fast application and doesn’t clog up too badly, there’s only ever a little excess on the end which is easily removed.  Clumping isn’t a big issue with this mascara which means major brownie points from me.  I’ve never really noticed any flaking with this one as the formula doesn’t dry completely,  it remains slightly tacky which means it can’t actually flake,  but don’t worry it doesn’t smudge onto your eyelids.  So,  overall of the three this was my favourite and surprisingly the cheapest and I’m giving it 9/10.

Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Mascara

My opinion on this mascara seems to be a controversial one as most people who buy this love it,  I on the other hand cannot stand it,  so much so I gave it to my mother.  It cost £18 and my first impressions of the product when I took it out the box was how small it appeared,  I thought the ones on display had been tester sized and was incredibly disappointed when I realised it was actually full-sized.  It did do a good job of lengthening,  darkening,  and lifting my eyelashes but considering how light handed I was when I applied it the clumps were unbelievable,  I felt like my lashes were doing an interpretation of a spider.  Even though I despise clumps I can usually just comb these out but this mascara dried like crispy,  concrete so I couldn’t even get rid of them without pulling out a ridiculous amount of lashes.  Another irritation was the whole removal “process”,  and yeah I’m not kidding it was an ordeal to get this stuff off,  it came off in rubbery tubes and gave me panda eyes that would only budge after minutes of scrubbing at my face.  I can’t comment on the wear of this product as every time I put it on I feel so clogged up and crunchy I just attempt to take it off.  Although this product doesn’t work well at all on me it looks amazing on my friend,  so maybe it’s just my lashes and I hope no one gets defensive about this mascara… I just don’t like it, sorry.  So to round up,  this mascara was a big let down for me so it gets 3/10.