Whilst I was at the Chanel counter recently, I was told by the sales assistant that Chanel would be having a makeup event to showcase their spring collection in February. This involved an hour long makeup application costing $50, which you were able to fully redeem on product. So of course I jumped at the idea of getting to sample a few of the Chanel goodies on my wishlist and booked myself in.
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When I arrived on time I had to wait about 15 minutes for the MUA to get to me (I have totally forgotten her name!). I then sat down and she asked me what look I would like to go for. I told her I liked the look on the model for the campaign and that I enjoyed fresh looking skin. She applied a foundation on me at first (which I am not entirely sure what it was) then she promptly removed it as she didn't like the way it was looking. She then started again and proceeded to apply a base, foundation, and concealer. When she had finished my base I mentioned that she hadn't concealed some of the redness around my nose. She then applied some more powder on my over the redness. I must admit, when she did this I think that it kind of wiped more of the concealer away, making the redness worse. I asked her if I could add some more concealer myself, and she said sure so I went in myself and fixed up the spots that I wasn't happy with. She then applied the Soliel Tan de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Fluid on my cheeks and the high points of my face, which looked amazing! Moving onto the eyes, next she applied some of the eyeliners on my eyelids as a base for the foundation. She then applied the eye shadow quad in raffinement, and the brown eyeliner above my upper lashline. The eyes were finished off with a plum coloured mascara, which looked beautiful with the colours in the eye shadow quad. She then applied the blush from the collection quite high on my cheekbones. I think she did a fantastic job at applying the blush, as I often end up looking red with colours like frivole but it looked really pretty higher up on my cheeks! Last of all were the lips, they did not have the bright pink colour from the Spring Collection in stock so she ended up mixing together two of their existing colours as close as she could get to the shade. And that was it!
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I thought I would write a bit about what I thought of each product!
Le Blanc Primer: This primer felt very silky and lovely on the skin. My foundation looked great right until I took it off in the evening, but I'm not sure if it was the foundation or the primer that was long lasting!
Would I purchase?: Maybe. I am in love with my Nars Pro Prime at the moment!
Vitalumiere Fluid Foundation: This foundation had a nice luminous texture to it, with a medium coverage. It looked very fresh and dewy on the skin, however my face was looking quite shiny by the time I got home, so I actually had to re powder for the pictures above! This foundation felt so similar to Bourjois Healthy Mix.
Would I purchase?: No. It felt very similar to the Bourjois Healthy Mix which is a fraction of the price.
Corrector Perfecter Concealer: This concealer was excellent at covering up my redness and the small breakout I'm currently having on my chin. It also had quite a natural finish to it.
Would I purchase?: No. I feel like I get a similar effect with my Maybelline Fit Me Concealer.
Soliel Tan de Chanel Sheer Fluid Illuminator: This bronze toned highlighter looked so amazing on my skin! I felt so sun kissed! I would have never thought to use this on myself but the MUA really made it work.
Would I purchase?: Yes, I will keep it in mind for next summer!
Blush in Frivole: A very pretty blush with a nice texture. I wouldn't mind trying a chanel blush in a more nude/pink every day shade, as the formula seems really lovely.
Would I purchase?: Yes, in a different colour!
Stylo Eyeliners in 89, 100 and 102: These seemed like just okay eyeliners. I am really picky when it comes to eyeliners, I want them to be creamy, pigmented and long lasting. The MUA also applied these as a base, yet my eye shadow had creased 2 hours later, so I don't think they'd be amazing for that either.
Would I purchase?: Maybe the lilac one as it was such a unique shade! Otherwise, no.
Brow Kit: These seemed like pretty standard brow powders.
Would I purchase?: No, as I am happy with my current brow routine!
Sublime Mascara: The MUA applied this in a plum colour, which I absolutely loved! It was such a pretty colour, and something a little different from my usual black. However the formula of this mascara clumped my eyelashes together something chronic. I felt like I lost half of my lashes.
Would I purchase?: No. However I would love to try a plum mascara in another brand for sure!
Would I purchase: No way! I will stick to the Rouge Coco Shines!
Eye Shadow Quad in Raffinement
The product I decided to purchase was the Eye Shadow Quad in Raffinement. I love the shades in this quad and I think I will definately get a lot of use out of it, especially in the autumn/winter!
Overall having my makeup done at Chanel was a good experience. I absolutely loved the look the MUA did for me, it looked very beautiful. The only criticism that I have is that my eye shadow creased after only a couple of hours, and my lipstick wore off really quickly too.I didn't eat or drink in between the application and taking those photos when I got home either, so the lipstick is definitely off my list of things to drop $50 on in the near future. I have definitely sampled enough from Chanel now to satisfy my urge to try out more from the brand and I think I got a good feel for what is worth the money from their (very expensive) line.
Have you had your makeup done at a counter before? What was your experience like?