My mum wears Chanel No 5, I wear Chanel Mademoiselle so I expected that the reboot of Chanel No 5 for a younger and more modern audience would pass me by. Of course walking past a Chanel counter I gave it a spray and hours later I was enjoying the scent of Chanel No 5 L'Eau so with a few leftover Euro's on my return from Ibiza I decided to treat myself. When I returned home it ended up in my photography pile unworn. I decided then to save it for my trip to Las Vegas with mum so that we could both wear it for the first time and associate the memory of it with that trip.
Chanel No 5 L'Eau is a lighter fragrance and whilst I won't go into all the notes and so forth as I'm afraid my nose isn't that specialist I can tell you that they have changed the tones and accents. It certainly has a scent of Chanel No 5, on spraying I am reminded of my mum but it doesn't feel as heavy or overpowering as the original whilst still packing a punch that I could go day to night wearing it.
One of my traditional duty free purchases is a lipstick so the new Chanel lip product launch, the Ink Matte Liquid Lip was well timed with my trip to Las Vegas. Predictably I went for a red, the shade Libere. So how did Chanel fair jumping on the matte liquid lip trend? For me it was a thumbs up and I really enjoyed wearing this during my trip, though it wasn't perfect depending on your preferences.
It's a very wet formula that is a little messy to apply and I would've benefited from a lip liner. It takes some time to dry down so be careful of stray hairs or the like which can leave you smearing lipstick across your face. It's also not particularly matte. The wet formula and the fact it doesn't dry down to quickly means it has more of a glossy finish than you would expect. That said it wasn't something I didn't enjoy and also it does mean that your lips forgive you for prolonged wear unlike the Sephora Lip Creams for example.
As always my smoking habits give a long lasting lipstick a challenge to start with but I commend Chanel Lip Inks for putting up a good fight. It was my inner lip that posed the problem and the only reason I would have to be conscious of reapplication.
As for packing it's a big thumbs up. A petite lipstick sized tube with frosted glass showcasing your colour of choice and a black lip emblazoned with the Chanel name and double C's. I found I was able to slot this in my Chanel WOC whilst strolling the Las Vegas strip alongside my iPhone.
My final purchase was made a risky purchase after a not so great shopping experience. I heard about Chanel Le Teint Ultra Tenue Ultrawear Flawless Foundation, their newest foundation release on Beautezine and after an a quick Tweet to Jane at British Beauty Blogger discovered it would not be released in the UK until the new year. This discovery meant it was the perfect 'affordable' purchase to make in the Chanel Boutique during my Las Vegas trip completely justifiable as being 'for the blog'.
Mum and I dived into the Chanel Boutique at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino and after swooning over various bags settled for the beauty counter. I love and wear the Chanel Les Beiges foundation range so when asking about Chanel Le Teint Ultra Tenue I referenced shade 30 as my usual shade. I was told that the shades, whilst named the same to do not marry up to the Les Beiges range. Why do brands do this? The sales assistant unfortunately wasn't very confident as she tested out different shades to match me up, Shade 30 would be too warm in the new formula and others varied from too light, yellow, pink so there wasn't a perfect match for me. In the end as I had no confidence with the sales assistances musings I decided to go for Shade 30 which was a little paler than my current skin tone although with winter on the horizon and ability to warm up with bronzer I went for that. As it happens the colour match seems to have worked perfectly for me so I would urge some time if looking into this foundation to make sure you are happy with the right shade for you.
Since I have returned home from Vegas I have been reaching for this foundation a lot. Nights out or occasions when I'm in London all day rushing about on the underground this has been my foundation of choice and I'm impressed with it's flawless full coverage finish which lasts all day.
I liken it to L'Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation (I used the US version) with more staying power or Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation although less flat due to a light diffusing complex that creates natural luminosity. As Beautezine references this is not the easiest foundation to apply. My Real Techniques Brush left things a little streaky but the Beauty Blender works much better for me. I'm finding as I get older and have a busy day ahead I like to use a fuller coverage foundation and this ticks all the boxes for me without feeling heavy or like I'm wearing a mask. As with all Chanel products there is a scent which can offend some and irritate others but for me it's not an issue. It's definitely one to grab a sample off when it's released next year.
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