I have always liked Chanel’s Irréelle range. The powder is delicately pigmented, and the texture is silky smooth and easy to work with.
I bought Désert-Rose when the Irréelle Duo range was launched in fall 2005. It is a very wearable basic duo. The pink goes on subtly and has peach and gold undertones. The chocolate brown is a nice shade for lining the eyes. Both have exceptionally fine multi-color shimmering particles. This is a great duo to be used alone or with other items to create a soft daytime look.
I bought River-Light (out in spring 2006) during the summer of 2006. (That summer was all about finding the nicest minty green and turquoise. More discoveries from that era later on my blog…) Overall this duo is slightly more matte than Désert-Rose. The minty green on the left is quite sheer and is noticeably less shimmery than the pink in Désert-Rose. It goes on with a very slight touch of pale blue undertone, which makes this shade very appealing to me. The beautiful light turquoise on the right doesn’t have any distracting yellowish shimmer seen in many other turquoise-based eyeshadows. This duo can be very suitable for people who haven’t tried turquoise and want to start with a more delicate turquoise hue.
I love both duos equally, but I use Désert-Rose much more often since it is very naturally flattering and easy to use. On the other hand, I reach for River-Light when I want some gentle vibrancy for my eye makeup. (Even when I am not using it, the two soft green/turquoise shades are simply beautiful to look at in the case…)
Chanel Irréelle Blush in Tea Rose
(one of my favorite blushers)
Spring 2008 Makeup Trend Report
(featuring Chanel’s spring 2008 collection)
The Perfect Black: Chanel
(my personal take on Chanel)