Chanel Noel 2012 Collection

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Can't decide what to wear to your company's Christmas party come December? Grab an LBD and pair it with Chanel's Regard Signe de Chanel in Harmonie du Soir -- their newest eye quad. I've become a big fan of Chanel's quads because it gives me the opportunity to try colours I don't necessarily have my eye on. One might consider this quad wasteful due to the expense and the fact that three out of the four shades are extremely dupable -- I for one love the unexpected iced cranberry shade.

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Quad

Quad

Gold, berry, sparkle and shine. Chanel's Harmonie du Soir are just those things.

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In order to get the eye look above, follow these steps:

  • Start with your trusty eye primer of choice and apply all over your eyelid.
  • Then blend a couple of layers of the light pink shade from your lash line and stop at your brow bone.
  • Grab a fluffy eye brush, something similar to MAC's 217 and sweep the taupe shade on your eyelid; make sure to buff the hard edges just above the crease.
  • Go for gold and line your lower lash line with a stiff brush, I used MAC's 239. In order to open my eyes a bit more, I lined the inner corner of my upper lash line with the gold as well.
  • Arm yourself with an angled eyeshadow brush; if you don't have one, a fluffy eye brush will do. Focus in on the outer half of your eyelid and crease and apply the cranberry hue to these areas.
  • Finally, line your upper lash line (I went with NARS' Koala) and paint on a bit of black mascara.

Want to bring your pout to new heights and showcase a bit of a vampy edge? Chanel's Rouge Allure Velvet lippie in L'impatiente will elevate your look. To be quite frank, I wasn't a huge fan of the pairing you see above or the application process. If you love this colour, then do a strong lip and counter it with a super mellow eye.

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And what about the application? Well, make sure you exfoliate your lips and seal in the moisture with chapstick. Only then can you easily apply L'impatiente; this particular matte formula will glom onto and saturate any dry flakes on your lips. As for obtaining the hard and clean edges, I cleaned up my handiwork with a Q-tip and makeup removing water. One final note, be wary of uneven application at first -- at the very minimum you'll need two to three coats to fill in the patchiness.

If you'd like to take this look down a notch or two, try painting your pout with a soft pink. I mixed things up with Chanel's Rouge Allure in Seduisante; the subtle glossiness ties this look together far better.

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The Bagful breakdown:

Total amount for Chanel's eye quad in Harmonie du Soir & Rouge Allure Velvet in L'impatiente:

  • $98.00 AUS / $65.00 USD & $50.00 AUS / $32.50 USD

Value for money spent (performance and quality):

  • 8 out of 10 bags for Harmonie du Soir – pretty and easy to use.
  • 5 out of 10 bags for L'impatiente -- tricky to apply and drying. I expected more.

Likelihood to purchase:

  • Apparence is selling like hotcakes! Act fast or you could miss out.