Saturday, April 30, 2011

Chanel Summer 2011 Collection - Les Fleurs d' Ete

The Chanel collection for summer 2011 has been one of the most anticipated collections of the seasons and it continues the floral trend that we have been seeing so much of.  This collection moves away from spring florals and takes us into the bright flowers seen in the islands.  And who couldn't use an island vacation at some point in their lives?!  The most anticipated pieces of this collection are the new eye shadow quad, the new nail polish shades, and the new Glossimers.  All of the above are pieces that I look forward to in every Chanel collection so I especially excited to hear all the hype around them this time around.

Chanel describes the collection as, "A palette of flower-garden-inspired shades brings a fresh vibrancy to face and fingertips".  On first glance, this collection contains a fairly even mixture of bright shades and pastels.  Many of this shades appear to be pinks, almost equally split between warm and cool shades.

Here is the newest Chanel collection...

Soleil Tan de Chanel Moisturizing Bronzing Powder - The four go-together shades of this sun-kissed palette are all you need for a just-back-from-the-beach look.  Worn alone of blended together, they highlight or 'tan' skin for a subtle, natural glow.
- Bronze Coral - shades of corals and bronzes (best for warm complexions)
- Bronze Rose - shades of roses and bronzes (best for cool complexions)

Soleil Tan de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Fluid - Sheer, weightless liquid instantly brightens skin and evens out skin tone.  Light-reflecting pigments provide radiance and luminosity.  Botanical extracts soften, smooth, and moisturize.  Oil free.  Fragrance free.
- Sunkissed - bronze liquid targeted for light to medium skin tones

Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow - One essential compact offers unlimited eye looks, with shade combinations that range from matte to satin to shimmer. Versatile smudge-proof formula can be applied dry for subtle shading, or dampened for more intense colour, all with long-wearing results - even in extreme climates.  Dermatologist tested.
- Lilum - deep warm burgundy/pale pink/cool gray lilac/medium cool taupe

Ombres Contraste Duo Eye Shadow Duo - This foolproof pairing of complementary shades - in two unique textures - is housed on one convenient compact.  The softly shimmering light shade is a creamy powder, which can be worn alone for a luminous effect, or as a base to extend the wear of the accompanying deep-toned shadow.  The dark shade has intense micronized pigments for true colour application, and a matte finish to create depth and contour.  Two applicators are included: a foam-tip to apply the shadows and a brush to blend.  Available in six essential shade harmonies designed to take the guesswork out of harmonzing and applying eye shadow.
- Khaki Discret - deep forest green/pale green shimmer

Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eye Liner - Waterproof, smudge-proof eye liner delivers long-lasting definition with a twist of the wrist: Colour winds up when you need it, winds down when you don't.  Gentle, soft, silicone enriched formula delivers a smooth, even lining.  A built-in sharpener at the opposite end detaches for quick refreshes.
- Rose Platine - rich khaki

Inimitable Waterproof Mascara - The mascara that delivers it all  - volume, length, curl, and precise separation - in a long-wearing, waterproof formula that won't flake or smudge.  Pro-Vitamin B hydrates and conditions lashes to keep them supple and healthy-looking.  A unique brush design provides perfect definition of lashes, even the finest.
- Noir - black

Vitalumiere Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup SPF 15 - The tiniest drop of this new hybrid fluid creates a fresh, natural complexion.  Skin looks refined and feels refreshed, creating an exquisite makeup experience.  The fluid formula has a soft, water-light texture, and comes in ten shades that match perfectly to skin's undertones, whether pink or beige.  Dermatologist tested.  Non-comedogenic.  Oil-free.

Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour - Chanel introduces a modern interpretation of classic creme lip colour as a homage to the rich life and legacy of 'Coco' Chanel.  New lightweight lip colour glides on for easy application, and features a Hydratendre complex to help soften, soothe, and condition lips - even boosting their ability to hold in moisture - for a plumper, smoother, and healthier-looking appearance.  A range of wearable shades with full-coverage finish, from matte to pearl to shimmer.
- Sari Dore - bright pinky coral
- Gardenia - medium rose

Levres Scintillantes Glossimer - Gorgeous shimmer and a high-shine glow is delivered effortlessly to lips with just one stroke of this best-selling lip gloss. A wide range of shades, from sheer and natural to sparkling and rich, look beautiful on their own, or oever your favorite Chanel Lipstick.  Equally beautiful: the conditioning formula's comfort and long wear.
- Pensee - warm nude pink
- Aurore - light sheer pink
- Pink Peony - bright shimmering pink

Le Vernis Nail Colour - Classic and trend-defining shades from the runways of Paris.  State-of-the-art formula strengthens and moisturizes nails as it delivers long-wearing, high-shine, chip-resistant colour.  Applies evenly without streaking.
- Mimosa - bright yellow
- Morning Rose - rosy pink
- Beige Petale - sheer light pink

This is such a pretty collection and I can see why people were so excited about this one!  My favorite piece of the collection is the Glossimer in Pink Peony, the brighter pink shade.  I have read in several places that these Glossimers are very sheer so I bet that I could very easily pull this one off, even with all the shimmer in the formula.  I like the Eye Shadow Quad but it's not my favorite one that this company has done so I think I can easily skip it this time around.  I really like the concept of the Duo Eye Shadow, but the deep green combination would not be my first choice this time of the year.  I will be paying attention to this product and the shades that it is available in throughout the coming seasons. 

To finish off my sun-kissed look this summer, I want the Bronzing Powder in Bronze Rose.  For some reason, I have been obsessed with bronzing and self-tanners for the past week or two and I want to start getting color even though summer is weeks away (this is not my normal mood).  For the finishing touch, I love both the Morning Rose and Beige Petale nail polishes.

photo courtesy of Nordstrom

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