Chanel Summer 2011 Makeup Collection – Review and Tutorial

Among all the great fashion houses, I have always held a special feeling for Chanel in my heart. Maybe it is because the line’s simple elegance, its subtle yet captivating style makes any woman a pleasurable Chanel owner.

A recent addition to my beauty collection is Chanel’s Summer 2011 Makeup Collection – Les Fleurs d’ete de Chanel. The collection is inspired by “summer flowers and garden” and filled with shades of dazzling green, yellow, shimmery champagne pink and warm bronze. The set introduces a new bronzer palette, a new nail vernis in additional to two existing ones, and a new 4 color eye shadow palette.

Products in the collection for the Summer Flowers Look: 

Soleil Tan de Chanel:

Poudre Soleil 4 Lumieres – #537 Bronze Corail


Ombres Contraste Duo – #17 Khaki Discret

Les 4 Ombres – #32 Lilium


Stylo Yeux Waterproof – #47 Rose Platine

Nail Polish:

Le Vernis – #577 Mimosa, #567 Beige Petale, #557 Morning Rose

Product Review

In the picture above from left, quadra eyeshadow in Lilium, precision lip definer in Pretty Pink, waterproof eyeliner in Rose Platine, and Rouge Coco Shine lipstick in Gardenia.

First let’s talk about the quadra eyeshadow. The case comes with two mini eyeshadow applicators, which is very handy for traveling and touch up on the go. In terms of color combination, Lilium serves a very versatile usage for both day and night look. All of the shades contain light shimmers, but they are not sparkly. Thus the shades are perfect for those seeking for natural looks but are tired of the usual boring brown hues. The pink shade on top left appears to be more white when applied on skin. The shadow on the bottom left is light green with a yellow undertone to it. The two shades on the right are true to their colors. The shade on bottom right pairs very well with the waterproof eyeliner Rose Platine. In terms of texture, all of the eyeshadows are powdery to touch and blends smoothly with each other. The colors applies evenly to skin even without an eyeshadow primer and will not fall to under eye area like most other powder based eyeshadows.

The precision lip definer is waterproof and long lasting. The liner is not automatic, but the pencil comes with a sharpener. The eyeliner pencil is waterproof as well. When I say waterproof here, I literally mean it is waterproof. In fact the liner stayed on so well that even regular face wash will not remove it.

The Rouge Coco Shine lipstick is one of the best lipsticks I’ve used. The color is sheer to medium with just the right amount of shine. The lipstick glides effortlessly on to your lips and is very moisturizing. The color will stay on your lips for at least a couple sips of drinks before you decide to wipe them off with a napkin.

For nails I tried both Mimosa and Morning rose. I wasn’t too impressed with Mimosa because the yellow shade looked diluted when applied. In order to get the look of the Summer Flower, you have to apply multiple coats to get the desired look. Morning rose on the other hand, is a gorgeous delicate pink with a touch of peach shade. Pairs great with the lip color Gardenia and will not look matchy matchy. Just one coat will give you enough color and with two coats you will receive the glossy look like the model in the Chanel Summer Collection picture.


Here is a simple tutorial on how to achieve Chanel creative director Peter Philips’ Summer Flower Look.

1. First line the inner rim of your bottom lash lines with a white eyeliner pencil. Then Line the top lash lines with a shimmery black eyeliner, making sure to emphasize the color at the outer corner of your eyes. Draw the line slanted up towards your eye brows.

Then Line the top lash lines with a shimmery black eyeliner, making sure to emphasize the color at the outer corner of your eyes. Draw the line slanted up towards your eye brows.

2. Take the eyeliner pencil Rose Platine and line your entire eye area. Then sweep the pink shimmer from Lilium with a crease brush over your eye lids. Dab a little of the light green shade with a small eyeshadow brush and highlight the corner of your eyes and under the arc of your eye brows. Continue by blending the bronze shadow at the outer corner of your eyes and half way across your bottom lash lines.

3. Blend some olive green shadow on the bronze shade to intensify the eye look. Apply the lip liner Pretty Pink and pair it with the lipstick Gardenia. Apply a soft pink blush on your cheek bones.

4. Apply some mascara, and you are done!

Enjoy your new look~ 🙂

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