The Chanel Summer 2011 Collection arrived at Neiman Marcus, and I snapped up almost everything. It's a beautiful collection, one that I think will tempt you to pull out your wallet.
This afternoon, the skies started to brighten, allowing me to get some photos for you. I'll be showing you the items I purchased over the next day or two. I think I bought everything except the waterproof eyeliner, and I'm wavering on that. The color is drop-dead gorgeous, so I'll probably cave. I may cave as soon as tomorrow when Miss Brahms goes back to work after a weekend off.
Les 4 Ombres, Ombres à Paupières Quatuor in Lilium for Summer 2011 ($57) in #32 Lilium presents itself one way in the compact and another on my skin - at least for two of the shades. I'm happy with both "faces." In the compact, the colors appear to be peach-tinged pink, deep teal green, pinky mauve, and light celadon green. I think I took 20 swatch photos before I got one that I felt adequately showed how the shades look on my skin.
My photo was taken in outdoor sunlight. I applied each shade fairly heavily with a sponge-tipped applicator. I swatched clockwise, starting with the pink at the upper-left of the compact. I think you can see in the photo at right that the pink is very pink. I don't see much flesh or peach in it. The dark teal green is just that - and stunning to my eye. I can't wait to wear it as a liner! The shade that appeared to be a pinky mauve is really taupe - a shade of taupe that is a knockout. The celadon green is exactly the same as it appears in the compact, and it makes an exquisite base shade.
I'll have fun experimenting with these shades. I know right now I'll be wearing the taupe shade a lot - with these shades and with other brands and colors in my makeup wardrobe. It alone is worth the price of the quad for a taupe lover!
Each of these shades has a subtle shimmer - one that you should be comfortable wearing during the daytime. I will be. I'm planning to wear the shades to work tomorrow, so I may report back on this quad. Tomorrow morning before I leave for work, I'll show you the eye shadow duo for summer. It also has a green theme.
I know the collection has arrived at Saks Chevy Chase (go see Loyd Cassler!) and Neiman Marcus Tysons locally (go see Kathy Shoreman!). I'll bet Neiman Marcus Mazza also has it. I was at Nordstrom Tysons and Bloomindale's Tysons today; it wasn't on display at either of those stores yet. It will arrive everywhere soon.
Photos by BTiB