Hey everyone! A couple of days ago, I attended the Chanel Nuit Byzantine event. It is a client event for Chanel fans, and it was amazing for me to be there and witness how one brand unites so many ladies of different ages! There were people my age, my mother’s age, and my grandmother’s age. Everybody was having a great time getting a makeover, checking out other people when they’re getting a makeover, and discovering everything Chanel!
More importantly, I also got a preview of Chanel Nuit Infinie de Chanel and laid my greedy swatchy fingers on most items. I know that most items have been discussed to a certain extent in the blogosphere except for one thing: Charming Ombres Matelassées. Naturally, despite the fact that the photos can’t be as good when I take them in the store, I had to show you something!
My quick observation is that this is an amazing palette with different textures. There are some matte shades, some satin ones, and one more shimmery one. I also love the balance of lighter, medium, and darker shades. I think this balance gives the palette an enormous amount of possibilities!
Without further ado, my quick and dirty swatches of Chanel Charming Ombres Matelassées!
All the shadows are extremely finely-milled here. The artist used the palette on me (sorry I don’t really have a good photo, but in any case I went with makeup, so he had to built up on what was already on my face), and I don’t think there was any fallout in the process! The darker shades take a couple of passes to be opaque on the back of my hand, but I hesitate to comment on the palette quality-wise just now (as you know, drier skin and so on might also affect how well the shadow adheres to the skin). Anyways, here is a sneak peek, and I will keep you posted when I lay my hands on my own Charming!
Since I quickly touched everything, here are some other observations I made. Accent Joues Contraste seems really shimmery in pan and swatched, but the artist applied it on my cheeks, and I swear the “shimmer” doesn’t look that much like shimmer on! I can’t really comment on the color here, as I went with blush (Chanel Présage Le Blush Crème de Chanel) and it was applied on top of what I already had. I was pretty amazed how natural it looked on the cheeks though!
The two Rouge Allure Velvets, La Precieuse and La Desirée are very different from the Rouge Allure Velvets I have tried before. Both of them glide on really easily on the back of my hand, and they also have much more of a creamy sheen as opposed to the regular satiny one. I have covered Indécise Rouge Allure here and Farouche Rouge Allure here. The only Rouge Allure we haven’t seen before is Radieuse, which is a very sheer blue-based pink. I think it will look its best on fairer girls, especially girls whose lips are not naturally pigmented.
The Bronze Platine Mascara Gel Irisée is a sparkling top coat instead of a mascara. I went with a healthy dose of black mascara on my lashes (standard operating procedure here), and it looked so fun and sparkling on! The effect is more than visible, and it will add something to a holiday look. I only swatched Bronze Ligne Graphique de Chanel, so I can’t tell how well the applicator will work on the lid and if it will stay put. However, I am keeping my fingers crossed that it will, as the shade is something I would love to wear!
Both Fatal and Initiation Illusion d’Ombres are bound to sell well, as the colors are truly amazing. Initiation sparkles so much that I don’t think it is for the shimmer-shy! If that’s not enough shimmer for you, Moon Light Poudre Universelle Libre will take care of it. The artist told me it is a highlighter instead of a setting powder, and I agree. Even as a highlighter, the sparkle is out of my comfort zone! It will work best on décolleté, and the artist said it’s great to mix some into the body lotion for the legs!
Accessoire Le Vernis is a repromote from spring, and Rouge Rubis is a classic red. Talking about Chanel Le Vernis: don’t you wish you had these in the house?
I totally do!
Another discovery of my day is how hefty some Chanel skincare packaging is! I never knew that (not all the lines are like that though)!
Phew. I think this about concludes my Chanel Nuit Byzantine experience. For the Belgian peeps who missed out, Chanel throws a client event like this every other year. If you have an opportunity, I would really urge you to attend, as it is the best occasion ever to discover everything Chanel!
What do you think? Is Charming calling your name? If you have already seen some items from this collection, did you pick anything up? If not, what’s on your wish list?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx