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.