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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Chanel Côte d’Azur Collection is a must-have

There's nothing like a new lipstick or blush, or eye shadow to make me smile, Chanel cosmetics collections always please me the most. When it comes to Chanel's Summer 2009 collection; Côte d’Azur, I'm a bit behind in getting samples to review. But honestly, the items are so drool-worthy, so hot, these are bound to be coveted collectibles. The collection is varied and contains all the usual products for eyes and face, but the items I love the most are the six new shades of Chanel's Aqualumiere lipsticks. These moisturizing lipsticks slide on like satin and they're sheer and smooth and even better they have SPF 15 to keep your lips safe from the sun just a bit longer. For this collection, all of the shades satisfyingly compliment sunkissed skin (hopefully fake baked....).
So what's the scoop on these pretty pout-makers?
The colors are meant to flatter sunkissed skin, but they're all very sheer. That means you can wear any of them and feel good about it. But the colors do come in warm and cool shades, so you can find the tones that flatter you the most:
Ischia: A rose violet with glints of gold shimmer that flatter like a berry wash, not too harsh or deep.
Monte Carlo: This is a sheer, warm peach. It looks fairly intense in the tube, but it goes on almost as sheer as a tinted lip balm.

Lipari: A creamy, sheer, medium rose that is universally flattering. Just enough color for a dressy but not overdone lip look.
Porto Rotondo: this sheer, shimmery red is best worn, I think, as a swipe of cheery lip stain, but you can build the color quite a bit to make this more bold.

Panarea: a sheer, cool-toned, creamy mauve with just a hint of shimmer
Salina: this is a barely-there nude that is perfect when you really don't want to wear color, but you do want the merest hint of moist tint to keep your lips hydrated and pouty. You could actually use this one as a base for a deeper color, too.

And what if you just crave lip gloss? Not to worry, Chanel's Summer Collection features four Aqualumiere Glosses. At $27.00 each they're a bit of a splurge, but these wanded glosses give you the "wow!"factor with super-shine, silky, sexy, luxurious, long-lasting color, shimmer and a wanded tube with brush instead of sponge for more intense, precise application. It is hard to just get one:

What will you crave? Here is a rundown on the fabulous four:

Cherry Blossom (a limited edition strawberry red)
Tangerine Dream (a limited edition coral-y orange)
Ginger Shimmer (a limited edition, fairly intense, rusted copper with gold shimmer)
I didn't try Candy Glow, but it's a pink-y apricot.

I have a few other, select picks from this Chanel collection that you won't want to miss:

For the eyes: Ombre D’eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow (liquid to powder, super-fast drying and long lasting): Seashore (limited edition coppery seashell with golden perle); Source (pink gold)

For your nails: Le Vernis Nail Colour: Orange Fizz (creamy, opaque, coral) & Golden Sand (limited edition, copper)

For your cheeks: Joues Contraste Powder Blush - soft, buildable blush that flatters everyone
In Love (in pink coral)
This MUST-HAVE collection is available at, Chanel boutiques, and department and specialty stores. Hurry, before Summer (and this collection) fade away


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