So I had a mini Chanel haul recently (sometimes a bad day just calls for it, ya know?) and I have had a week or so to try out some of my picks…..and well I have some thoughts. I purchased the Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet, Illusion D’Ombre in Emerveille, and one of the new Les Beiges for Summer 2014. So pretty to look at, but to be honest, I have had mixed reviews on all three. I typically love Chanel products…the mascara, the blushes, the eye shadow quads, but these products did not blow me away. There were aspects of them I liked, and aspects I didn’t. Let me explain….
1. Illusion D’Ombre in Emerveille – Absolutely stunning in swatches (see last pic, far right swatch), and goes on like a dream. But I have extremely oily eye lids and this just creased like mad. *insert major sad face* I only got a few hours wear out of it before I was touching it up with my fingers. Now that being said, I will continue to wear it because I adore the color, but will simply save it for days that I don’t plan on needing it to go the distance, i.e. 8-10 hours worth of wear. An afternoon of shopping? Yes. A weekend brunch? I’m wearing it. And I putting a bright pink cheek and punchy lip with it. 
2. Perfection Lumiere Velvet in 10 Beige (far left swatch on bottom pic) – The reviews are all over the place for this foundation, but I had to try it for myself. (I’m stubborn like that) Designed to be more matte, I was immediately drawn to it, but I quickly found that the shine broke through just an hour or two after application. The initial look of it on the skin is flawless – absolutely stunning. A velvet-y finish that makes the skin look like satin. But after a few hours, it began to break down a bit, and by late afternoon there were parts of my face that were without foundation. I am quite oily, but that is pretty rare for me to experience. The final verdict – I will keep using because I love how it makes my skin look initially, but as with the Illusion D’Ombre, it will have to be worn for less hours. No desk to dinner situation for this one. 

3. Les Beiges No. 1 Limited Edition (middle swatch below) – Best feature of this product: the texture. It is so finely milled that it almost feels like a cream to the touch. So silky and smooth. Worst feature of this product: I have to apply a TON onto my face for it show up! Me. Casper. The palest girl on the planet needs to apply a product heavily to appear on her face.  That is madness. Even with the swatch below, I had to really dig in there to get it sufficient for the shot. I know it is not meant to be a strong statement blush or face color, but I was hoping for something with a tad more oooomph. Will I keep using? Yes. And here is the sad truth why. I just think it is so darn pretty. There you have it folks…..a brutal confession from a true makeup addict. I am using a product because I think it is pretty. Don’t get me wrong, there is some color payoff, but not enough to make me buy backups so I never run out.

So that’s my two cents on some popular products. You win some, you lose some. And some you just use because they are pretty.
Have you used any of these Chanel products? What are your thoughts?

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