I never thought I would, but I miss blogging and chatting with you. This week has been crazy. There was nothing unusual going on but I was getting obsessed about planning of one of my lectures so I was focusing a little too much (read: day and night) on this issue and ended up not thinking about make-up very much. That said I have worn make-up almost every day and tried out some of the pieces I picked up from Chanel Vamp Attitude Collection last week. This just arrived to our shores recently so although it might be old news for some of you, I would still like to share my thoughts about the pieces I have picked up.
I was originally planning an epic haul of this collection. Rouge Noir is one of the shades which calls my name. I love the shade of the Rouge Allure Lipstick and the cult nail polish bearing this name so a collection around the theme was almost a dream come true. That said when I arrived the counter, I was less than impressed with some of the pieces. On the other hand some were even better than I thought they would be. All in all this collection was a mixed bag for me. I ended up with Illusion d'Ombre #857 Rouge Noir, Le Crayon Khol in Rouge Noir, Le Volume #27 Rouge Noir, (do you see a trend here?) to combine with the lipstick and nail polish of Rouge Noir which I already had. I was head over heels about Le Vernis #757 Rose Fusion so I decided backing it up. I also picked up the glitter Le Top Coat Lamé Rouge Noir although I am not so much into Glitter Top Coats but I collection Chanel Le Vernis. The last item I picked was the palette, Chanel Signe Particular, for which I had high hopes but ended up not loving. Here is more about it...
|Chanel Illusion d'Ombre #857 Rouge Noir, Le Crayon Khol Rouge Noir, Le Volume #27 Rouge Noir, Signe Particulier|
Two of the items which disappointed me most were the blush and the eye shadow quad. I reserved the blush, Joues Contraste Coups de Minuit and tried it at the counter just to see that the effect over my cheeks was so subtle that no one could see it. I went back another day to try it out on another blush, I failed again to see anything although I tried it at different lighting conditions. I concluded that Coups de Minuit is not right for light to medium complexion with natural undertones because it is exactly that so if you are close to me, you will probably only find it useful as an all over powder. Deeper skin tones might enjoy it fully, check out here Sabrina, who is a few tones deeper than me with olive undertones praise the highlighter. Melanie has fairer skin with cool undertones and she also loves it although Missfrankiecat and Silverkis agrees with me on how "invisible" the effect is.
Now off to the eye shadow quad, Signe Particulier. I love the new Tisse Eyeshadow quads of Chanel and find them to be one of the best in the market at the moment. But there has been even better formulas out of Chanel which come out each every two years in very limited quantities and these have reached cult product status. I am talking about Regard Signé de Chanel, such as Topkapi and Harmonie du Soir. From the signature pattern to the complex shimmer and buttery texture, these were "the perfection". Once the promo shots were surfaced out with a palette having the same embossment, everyone started dreaming of a third quad of this series, until...
|Chanel Signe Particulier Eyeshadow Palette|
... some of us seen the swatches. It was looking nothing like expected. The complex shimmer was not there, the pigment was lacking in 2-3 of the 4 shades too. From that point on, there were only the collectors and bloggers who were investing in this piece, plus maybe some who didn't have the possibility to swatch it and ordered online. I included some comparison swatches below for you to see how different is the textures. On those swatches I had to dig into Signe Particulier and layer it multiple times for it to show up. Not to mention that the texture feels rather dry compared to the buttery Harmonie du Soir and Topkapi. The issue is especially with the light pink and taupe shade. The deep burgundy and gold shades have better pigmentation but dry texture.
I also noticed that this quad is not named Regard Signé as the other two. That said, I checked the ingredients and found out that they were similar to the former quads. It is hard to conclude if it was meant to be a third one of the same series other than the similarity of embossment.
|Swatch: Chanel Signe Particulier Eyeshadow Palette|
The problem is not only with pigmentation and dryness but also the shades don't blend well and loose intensity over time. Here is a look I came up with this week. This lasted long on my eyelids (14 hours) but at the end of the day gold was looking more like a beige shade. The highlighter shade almost doesn't show up on me and taupe is good for a no make-up look, literally.
I also tried to wear the palette over Illusion d'Ombre in Rouge Noir but I was not impressed either, hence I didn't included that one here. Luckily Illusion d'Ombre Rouge Noir is very beautiful and wearable on its own, loving that one. Below I am also wearing Le Crayon Khol in Rouge Noir and Le Volume Mascara in Rouge Noir, which make up the look despite the bad quality eye shadow.
|Swatch: Chanel Signe Particulier Eyeshadow Palette|
Theme-wise Signe Particulier is somewhere between Topkapi (gold is close) and Harmonie du Soir (taupe and pink) but it is not repetitive in terms of color story, which is great. Still I am disappointed with how flat and unimpressive it looks on the eyes. *sigh* Hoping to get other quads of the Regard Signé quality in the future *prays to the make-up gods*. I might even try to be a good girl this year if this wish of mine would be granted ;-)
|Swatch comparison: Chanel Signe Particulier Eyeshadow Palette vs. Topkapi|
|Swatch comparison: Chanel Signe Particulier Eyeshadow Palette vs. Harmonie du Soir|
Now off to the pieces I love at the moment, Illusion d'ombre in Rouge Noir is to die for. I believe this one will be permanent. I wore it this week but it was too dark to take a photo that day. I will try to post some looks and comparisons of this one later on after I am done reviewing the limited holiday collections. By the way since I am not blogging everyday now, I found out that blogging makes much more fun. I was a little stressed to find time otherwise and "product". Now I write really whenever I have some minutes I would like to spend with the blog and only about the pieces and bits I love or have something to say about.
|Chanel Illusion d'Ombre #857 Rouge Noir|
Here is the swatches of Rouge Noir trio, so much love for all of these. I have already declared my obsession to Le Volume Mascara on this feature I wrote this week for innenaussen and included it in my 3 holy grail products together with Tom Ford Blush in Frantic Pink and Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer. It is the only mascara which holds the curl of my lashes. Le Crayon Rouge Noir is simply perfect for green eyes, it makes them pop like nothing else does.
|Swatch: Chanel Illusion d'Ombre #857 Rouge Noir, Le Crayon Khol Rouge Noir, Le Volume #27 Rouge Noir|
After preparing the swatches, I noticed that I already own Rouge Allure #109 Rouge Noir Lipstick which I used to love a few years ago. Since it is not an everyday shade, it went on forgotten in my drawer. Anyway, it is not the best formula but it is very flattering again for green eyes and matches so well with the rest of the collection. Here is my Vamp Attitude look.
|FOTD: Chanel Vamp Attitude Collection|
And to conclude, here is my haul from Vamp Attitude Collection. It ended up to be smaller than I anticipated it would be but I am happy with the pieces I got (minus the quad). I will post about the nail polishes hopefully in a separate post. I am still waiting for two of them which are missing from Rouge Allure Collection which never made it to Germany. I started to get worried so I will now go on making a back-up plan before these are gone. Thanks very much to the lovely SA at Breuninger who gave me three minis of Les Exclusives with my purchase after I told her that I am collecting those. Only if she knew I am also collecting the full sizes haha!
|Chanel Vamp Attitude Collection for Holiday 2015|
Final thoughts: My highlights of the Rouge Noir collection are Illusion d'Ombre in Rouge Noir, the matching Khol and Mascara. I hope all three are making it to the permanent line. I am obsessing over Rose Fusion Nail Polish which I had to back up. A big Rouge Noir fan here, love the tone so much!
What is your highlight of this collection if you ended up getting some of the pieces? Do you like Rouge Noir theme?
Disclaimer: The products in this post were purchased by me.