I saw the promotional images for the Chanel Reverie Parisienne Collection a few weeks before the collection was officially released in Australia. I knew instantly that I had to get my hands on some of the items (namely the embossed blush). I rang my favourite Chanel Beauty Boutique – the one at Chadstone, in mid December and the girl I spoke to had no idea when it would be released. She told me it would probably be out sometime in February. It was released in early January. =|
The collection is inspired by the romantic atmosphere in Paris, when winter is ending and spring is beginning. The collection contains two blushes, two eyeshadow quads, lipsticks, lip glosses and nail polishes. The eyeshadow quads didn’t interest me (I’m a neutrals girl through and through) and I would have liked more of the lip and nail products, the budget was tight after Christmas (and I had just splurged on the Tom Ford Lips & Boys collection). I ended up only purchasing 3 items – a blush, lipstick and a nail polish.
This isn’t a full review, just an overview of my picks from this collection. Let me know if you would like a full review of any of the products.
Jardin de Chanel Blush Camélia Rosé - $90.00
This is really the star of the collection. A beautifully embossed soft neutral-pink blush, the embossing is amazing. Not just a pattern pushed into the blush, it almost looks like carved flowers. I noticed instantly that this is quite fragranced, Chanel products are always fragranced but this is stronger than normal. On me (thanks to my naturally rosy cheeks), it is a more pink than it swatches.
The other thing to note with this blush is the price to weight ratio. This blush cost AU$90.00 and it is only 3g in size. As a Chanel fan/collector this doesn’t stop me from making the purchase (obviously). Though I could understand those who don’t always purchase ‘high end’ products and want value for money being put off by the size/price. It is well and truly the smallest blush in my collection and for a comparison – a Tom Ford Cheek Color retails for AU$85 for 8g.
Rouge Allure Velvet in 50 La Romanesque - $52.00
I love the Rouge Allure Velvet formula; they are a comfortable and long lasting matte lipstick. That being said La Romanesque has a slightly more satin finish than the Velvets normally have. La Romanesque is a medium fuchsia shade. With my pale skin and naturally pink lips, this becomes a little more of a berry shade on my lips. Another price to note – these have gone up $2.00, they used to be a straight $50.00.
Le Vernis Nail Colour in 641 Tenderly - $39.00
I loved the look of all three polishes in this collection but online swatches were a little disappointing, especially one shade I was originally sold on (I’m pointing to you Paradisio). Since I already have plenty of pinks in my nail polish collection I settled on Tenderly. It is muted mauve shade and unique to my collection. To me it comes across as a sophisticated purple that I wouldn’t mind wearing to work.
The swatch of Jardin de Chanel Blush Camelia Rose shows more coral above than it really is. La Romanesque is a pretty accurate swatch. No swatch of Tenderly, I think I will do a NOTD post using it - if you are interested.
There you have my picks from the Reverie Parisienne Collection. All up I think it is a beautiful and feminine collection. Perfect for spring. I am looking forward to adding these products into my daily routine; I can already see La Romanesque becoming a favourite.
Did you pick up anything from the Reverie Parisienne Collection?