While I get a big kick out of the fact that I have greatly expanded my comfort zone beyond everyday basics, sometimes I do feel the need for staple pieces to chill with. You know, like a good pink blush that goes with everything, a lip shade that’s my lips but better, and a chic nude nail polish… not unlike what Chanel offers this fall with Les Essentiels de Chanel!
Today I’m showing you three pieces including Rose Initiale Joes Contraste, Troublant Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss, and Frenzy Le Vernis. You have been warned: it is a picture-heavy post!
The Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss comes in a chic black tube with the golden Chanel logo on top. The packaging is significantly heftier than most lip glosses (including its sparkling sister glossimer), which I enjoy. The surface is a bit of a fingerprint magnet though. I have to either constantly wipe it down or turn a blind eye (am I the only one who is bothered by fingerprints here?), but except for that I think it is very chic and sleek!
The applicator is interesting. It has a bouncy texture (which I absolutely adore) and looks like a duo-sided spatula. I use one side on each lip, and it holds the perfect amount of gloss for each use!
Troublant (68) is a mid-tone brownish rose with micro multi-colored shimmer. It darkens my lips a bit, but is definitely a color I would describe as “my lips but better.” It has the typical perfume-y smell, and gives semi-opaque coverage. The texture of troublant is between that of a gel and a glaze. It is definitely not as thick and gloopy as a lip glaze, but the finish is similar. It is not thin or buttery, but it glides easily on the lips. It doesn’t really mask lip lines, but the formula is definitely not drying. On me it wears about 4 hours (light snacking and drinking won’t take it all off).
This might not be the most “exciting” color ever, but I think it will work with everything and is great for every occasion. The non-sticky texture and beautiful micro shimmer are what I like the most about it! I don’t think Troublant is only fall-appropriate either. In fact, I plan to keep it in my purse for emergency pick-me-ups!
*Note: The Rose Initiale you see here is the “rest of the world” version that is baked and contains 4 grams.
Strange as it is, Rose Initiale (72) Joues Contraste might be the first pink blush I own. I got into blushes very late, and I started out with peachy and coral ones. I never really thought pink would be for me. I was worried about looking too “cute” and perhaps unnatural.
Rose Initiale proves such concerns unfounded. It is a medium pink with some shimmer and sheen. It leans warm, but only very slightly so. The brush it comes with is soft and non-scratchy. However, it is made with natural hair and using such a brush with baked products tends to kick up too much powder. Therefore, I still prefer to use a duo-fiber brush. The powder is very finely-milled, but it is not powdery on the cheeks and is highly blendable. I don’t detect any fallout either. I can build it up quite a bit on my skin tone (more than what I need), but not too much more beyond that.
The lasting powder is great. It holds on for 7-8 hours before it starts looking a bit faded around the edges. The shimmer you see close-up translates into nothing more than a sheen on the cheeks, but it never deteriorates into looking greasy or enlarges pores. I would say this shade is rather universally flattering, and something I would pair with many different eye looks!
Here is the swatch of Troublant and Rose Initiale (heavy and blended out) from the bottom. See how much peachier Rose Initiale looks when it is blended out (though you can build it up to make it look pink for sure)?
Now, I don’t know why they named this shade Frenzy, because there is something so calming and soothing about Frenzy Le Vernis (559), like a drizzly autumn afternoon. It is a creamy light taupe (which by definition is gray and brown). The consistency is spot-on. It is not too thick or too thin, and there is no streaking whatsoever. Two coats almost yield opacity, though some nail line still shows through.
Chanel Le Vernis with a metallic finish doesn’t wear too well on me, but I’m glad the creams do just fine! I can keep Frenzy on for 4 days with minor tipwear, which is about as good of a job as any nail polish can do! I didn’t previously own any taupe polish because I was afraid it would clash badly with my skin tone. It’s a pleasant surprise how flattering Frenzy turned out to be! I love the color. It’s elegant with a twist, and the texture is so fine and translucent! I suspect it’s the translucency that make it wearable on different skin tones. This is a color I’d
In the face shots you can see Rose Initiale on my cheeks, Troublant on my lips, and Frenzy on my nails.
Bottom line: If uniqueness is what you’re looking for, consider Frenzy Le Vernis. If you want staple pieces that you can pair with almost anything in any season, all three are solid pieces worth looking into! Rose Initiale is a great take on pink that will go with both warm and cool-toned looks, and Troublant is very grown-up, classy, and probably many people’s “my lips but better” shade!
Do you have some space in your heart for these or do you already own too many similar pieces? What is your “my lips but better” lippie? What is your go-to pink blush? Have you tried a taupe on your fingertips? Do share!
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx
Disclosure: The products mentioned in this review are provided by the PR for my consideration. All opinions are honest and my own. I am in no way compensated for this review. I have always been, and will always be committed ONLY to my readers.