A few pieces from the Chanel Coco Codes Spring/Summer 2017 Makeup Collection. Clockwise from top left corner: Les 4 Ombres in 274 Codes Élégants, Coco Code Blush Harmony, Rouge Coco Shine in 128 Noir Moderne, Stylo Yeux Waterproof in 932 Mat Taupe, Le Top Coat in Black Métamorphosis, and Le Vernis in 556 Beige Beige
I really like how Lucia Pica, fellow Italian and Chanel’s Global Creative Makeup and Color Designer, is defying color conventions through the brand’s seasonal collections.
Last fall, with the Le Rouge Collection N°1, she told us that it’s OK to wear red on the lips AND on the eyes (and on the cheeks and on the nails). Actually – what am I saying? It’s not just OK! It looks flattering and beautifully cool.
Then, for Christmas, with the Holiday 2016 Collection Libre, she made us ditch the reds and golds and wear silvers and blues instead.
And now, for the spring, instead of the usual insipid pastels, we get a collection featuring the iconic Chanel colors: black, white, beige, gold, and red.
Are you as intrigued as I am?
Let’s have a look at the Chanel Coco Codes Spring/Summer 2017 Makeup Collection, then!
Chanel Coco Code Blush Harmony ($70)
How cool is the fact that you can read “Coco Code” both horizontally and vertically? Yeah, I’m a nerd like that…
Swatches of Chanel Coco Code Blush Harmony: individual pans (L), and four colors swirled together (R)
This one’s for all the Chanel collectors out there!
But, luckily, besides being pretty to look at, the Chanel Coco Code Blush Harmony is also amazing quality. The powders are silky smooth, not powdery at all, easy to apply and blend on the skin, and have good staying power.
The different color pans are a bit small to be used individually, but you can definitely focus your brush on two at a times, either vertically or horizontally, and get a blush or a bronzer with very subtle sheen. If you swirl all the colors together, you get a super pretty warm glow.
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine in 128 Noir Moderne ($37)
Swatch of Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine in 128 Noir Moderne
The Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in 128 Noir Moderne is a “Hydrating Sheer Lipshine”.
The key word here is “sheer”. Well, and also “hydrating”. And also “shine”.
OK, the product is just very aptly named, as it’s a hydrating balm that gives a hint of plummy color (very noticeable on my unpigmented lips) with a soft sheen. If you’re searching for an opaque vampy lipstick, don’t let the look of the bullet trick you – this is not for you .
Personally, having very light lips, I really like using a tinted balm when I’m not wearing lipstick. The Rouge Coco Shine in 128 Noir Moderne is very hydrating, and its pretty plummy tint lasts about 2/3 hours on me (if I’m not eating or drinking), but it’s pretty easy to reapply without a mirror.
I noticed that a bit of color tends to settle into my vertical lip lines, but it’s nothing that a quick lip smush (technical term) won’t fix.
Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in 932 Mat Taupe ($33)
Today I’m wearing Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow in 274 Codes Élégants and Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof in 932 Mat Taupe on my eyes, Chanel Coco Code Blush Harmony on my cheeks, Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine in 128 Noir Moderne on my lips and Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Polish in 556 Beige Beige on my nails
Houston, we have a problem!
I refrained from trying Chanel’s Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliners for years (I would cover my ears and shout “LA LA LA” every time someone started raving about them, since I tend to buy mainly drugstore eyeliners and mascaras to try and keep my makeup spending down), but now I’ve been kindly sent the Stylo Yeux Waterproof in 932 Mat Taupe from Chanel, I feel like there’s no going back.
It has everything I want in a pencil eyeliner. EVERYTHING:
- it glides onto the lids smoothly (like Bruno Mars would say – it’s smoother than a fresh jar of Skippy!), yielding intense pigmentation in one swipe;
- it’s extremely easy to smudge, but once it sets it doesn’t budge until you take it off.
I love smudging it along the outer half of the lower lashline, like I did today, to get a bit of natural definition.
Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Polish in 556 Beige Beige ($28) & Le Top Coat Tinted Top Coat in Black Métamorphosis ($28)
Wearing Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Polish in 556 Beige Beige on all my nails and Chanel Le Top Coat Tinted Top Coat in Black Métamorphosis on my ring fingers (one coat on the left and two coats on the right)
A nude-nail-lover’s dream, the Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Polish in 556 Beige Beige is a beautiful peachy beige (but not so peachy that it looks “off”) that is perfectly opaque in two coats. Today I’ve used the Chanel Le Top Coat in Black Métamorphosis to enhance the color on my ring fingers.
Black Métamorphosis is a sheer black top coat that you can apply on top of any nail polish to make it look darker. It’s an interesting, fun concept, and I like that you can apply either one or two coats depending on how much of the base color you want to show through – just know that if you apply two coats, it’ll take a pretty long time for it be completely dry (it’s the ideal Netflix binge-watching companion!).
Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow in 274 Codes Élégants ($61)
Swatches of Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow in 274 Codes Élégants and Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in 932 Mat taupe
My pictures don’t really do them justice, but the shadows in the Chanel Les 4 Ombres in 274 Codes Élégants have the most beautiful wet-looking finish
The Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow in 274 Codes Élégants is probably my favorite piece from the collection (although it might be a tie with the Coco Code blush).
The shadows in this stunning quad have a completely faultless formula. They’re extremely pigmented, super (SUPER!) easy to blend, and have the most beautiful shimmery finish I’ve ever seen.
Ahhh, that gorgeously glowing finish! No chunky glitters in sight, just an elegantly subtle sheen that makes my eyelids sing.
If you too want to have the mystical experience of hearing your eyelids sing, you can find the Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow in 274 Codes Élégants as well as the rest of the Coco Codes Spring/Summer 2017 Collection right now at chanel.com.
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