Chanel Apotheosis: Le Mat, 2018

Hi everyone,

Chanel’s new Fall-Winter 2018 collection just dropped this week, under the name of Le Mat de Chanel. This is a beautiful, all-matte collection (as the name would suggest), including:

  • two eyeshadow palettes (Les 4 Ombres, in 308 – Clair-Obscur, and 312 – Quiet Revolution),
  • a Joues Contraste blush (440 – Quintessence),
  • three chubby khol liners (Stylo Ombre et Contour, in 12 – Contour Clair, 14 – Contour Graphique, 10 – Contour Sombre),
  • crayon-type matte lipsticks (Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur Mat),
  • a few new shades of liquid lipsticks (Rouge Allure Ink), plus
  • a couple of matte shades of nail polish (Le Vernis).

Several of these items are limited edition, so if you are interested in any of them, I’d probably suggest you head on over to a counter or buy online soon – I don’t think the stock will last long…

As for me, I grabbed both the eyeshadow palettes, and one Rouge Crayon – for which there will be swatches below. I skipped all the rest as I didn’t think I had a need for anything else, or I didn’t think the shades would suit me. However, this is a gorgeous collection overall – so go check it out yourself and make up your own mind. On the other hand, I did grab several other items not part of this collection, so I’ll just discuss them here as part of the same haul.

First, the eyeshadows: 308 – Clair-Obscur (brown-toned, on left), and 312 – Quiet Revolution (blue-toned, on right).

Both of these are stunning, and to be honest, I wasn’t sure which to get, and kept switching between the neutral browns and the deep blues. So in the end I ended up with both. Both shades share the same smooth formula, that practically blends itself, and is reminiscent of the now iconic Chanel quad in 268 – Candeur et Experience (the very first all matte Chanel quad, including a brick red shade).

You might be able to get a sense for just how smooth these are from the swatches below (shot under different lighting conditions):

Speaking of 268 – Candeur et Experience… If you already have that quad, you might be wondering if there’s any point in picking up the 308 – Clair-Obscur. After some thought, I’d say that yes, they are different enough. See below how Clair-Obscur leans more neutral, or even cool, compared to Candeur et Experience, which is a lot warmer. Hence, the looks you’d get with them would be quite different:

The same is also apparent in swatches:

And on the off-chance you might think 308 – Clair-Obscur is a tad boring (who needs another neutral palette?), I would whole-heartedly disagree. 🙂 I can’t quite put my finger on it, but these browns are so masterfully joined up together in the quad, that they really create an intense, almost hypnotic gaze. Don’t believe me? Just see below, in combination with the (LE) Rouge Crayon de Couleur Mat in 267 – Impulsion :

Now, on to the rest of the products… Here are a couple of the Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur in: 22 – Natural Brown (predates the Le Mat launch by just a few weeks), and 267 – Impulsion (a deep, statement red, which is indeed part of the same Le Mat collection). Beside them, check out two Stylo Ombre et Contour in shades: 04 – Electric Brown and 08 – Rouge Noir (also predating Le Mat by a few weeks). The two final swatches (from left to right) are of the Stylo Yeux Waterproof in 867 – Secret, which came out with Chanel’s Cruise Collection 2018 (including the stunning LE eye quad in Eclat Enigmatique), plus, finally, the gorgeous highlighter Poudre Lumiere in 10 – Ivory Gold. Looks a bit like crushed jewels in real life – super happy to have got it in the same haul!

Reckon you’ll pick up any of these, or have already? Would love to know!

Lex

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