Jul 31, 2021

Chanel Fall-Winter 2021 Makeup Collection

Chanel Fall Winter 2021 makeup collection reviews swatches

The arrival of the new Chanel Fall-Winter 2021 Makeup Collection feels especially early because of the overall tone that is quite dark and moody as we are still in the middle of summer. But for some time now, many brands have been launching new collections at least a season ahead so it's not very surprising. Chanel previously launched a small summer collection consisting of two eyeshadow quads and new shades of Stylo Yeux Waterproof (my favorite pencil eyeliner, btw), but I believe that was a part of the Fall-Winter collection. For one thing, the colors scream fall & winter not to mention the new eyeliner shades all correspond to the eye products in the following launch. Also, Chanel already introduced the summer collection as they always do - the Les Beige collection.

Anyway, today I wanted to show you what I picked up from the collection including the swatches and a makeup look created using these products. I initially bought only two items but added some more because I ended up really enjoying them.

Les 4 Ombres 378 Douceur et Sérénité ($62, Chanel)

Chanel Les 4 Ombres 378 Douceur et Serenite swatches
Douceur et Sérénité is a slightly muted purple/grey palette. I was a bit worried this would look muddy on me but not at all. I find this rather neutral and easy to wear. These colors are not the half-baked formula but straight-up pressed powder. It's missing that signature sheen but very soft and easy to blend. The purple and grey hues stay beautiful and true for many hours.

Joues Contraste 608 Ombre ($45, Chanel)

Chanel Joues Contraste 608 Ombre swatch
This is easily the favorite item from my picks. The blush looked like a yellowish-brown in the promo photo but in person, Ombre is neutral and even has some mauve undertone. The color itself is light and not strongly pigmented but you can certainly build up. The finish is completely matte and on the powdery side. As to the new Chanel blush formulation, this is my first experience. I think I prefer the old ones although I don't own any color like this. I love bright pink blushes but try to avoid them when I wear purple and blue eyeshadows because it can be too much. Colors like Ombre are just perfect to pair with brighter eyeshadows and even dramatic red lips! I know that I will reach for it all the time.

Stylo Ombre et Contour 17 Contour Graphite ($34, Chanel)

Chanel Stylo Ombre et Contour 17 Contour Graphite swatch
I skipped on the Ombre Première Laque and opted for this instead. (I personally find Ombre Première Laque fussy to deal with despite the gorgeous colors. I have tried a few but darker shades all perform subpar being patchy and difficult to blend. Reading some reviews on the new releases, it doesn't seem Chanel has improved the consistency.) Quite on the contrary, Stylo Ombre et Contour is versatile and a delight to work with. It is a hybrid of stick eyeshadow and eyeliner. You can use this all over the lids or go for bold lines. Once set, it's long-lasting but it gives you enough time to blend seamlessly. The shade I chose, Contour Graphite is a warm grey with silver specs. It's not icy grey and has a good amount of brown in it so it almost looks like a beautiful taupe. So lovely. I have been using this pencil as an eyeshadow base before I pack on some powder eyeshadows. It gives a nice dimension to the look.

Rouge Allure Velvet 74 Low-Key ($40, Chanel

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet 74 Low-Key swatch

Rouge Allure Velvet 74 Low-Key swatch
This is a beautiful pinky nude with a hint of peach. What a delight! Again, I don't like wearing very cool-toned pink or purple lip color when pairing with purple/blue eyeshadows. Low-Key is just perfect with these more prominent eyeshadow colors. Rouge Allure Velvet is my favorite matte lipstick formulation as well.

Le Vernis 905 Brun Fumé ($28, Chanel)

Chanel Le Vernis 905 Brun Fume swatch
Brun Fumé is a limited edition. It is a deep mushroom brown with a bit of khaki thrown in. Super chic and moody! I adore Chanel nail polish for the colors but not for the formulation. The good thing is that they dry very quickly but they usually show tip-wears after a few days, which is the problem that I hardly have with other brands. If I use the Chanel basecoat and topcoat, then the colors do behave and last longer, but don't you find it ridiculous? Anyway, the exquisite colors are what make me open my wallet for Chanel Le Vernis.

Chanel Le Vernis Brun Fume, Particuliere comparison swatches
Speaking of exquisite colors, I immediately thought of Particulière when I first saw Brun Fumé. They certainly are not dupes but have the same moody vibes. I did a mix mani using both shades and they look nice together. 

Lastly, I put together a simple look using some of the products from the collection:

Chanel Fall Winter 2021 makeup look

Chanel Fall Winter 2021 makeup look

Makeup items used (all from Chanel):

Chanel Fall Winter 2021 makeup look
Vitalumière Aqua 10 Beige ($50, Chanel)
Les 4 Ombres 378 Douceur et Sérénité ($62, Chanel)
Joues Contraste 608 Ombre ($45, Chanel)
Rouge Coco Bloom 116 Dream ($40, Chanel)
Stylo Yeux Waterproof 30 Marine ($34, Chanel)
Le Volume de Chanel Waterproof Mascara 10 Noir ($32, Chanel)

Overall, I think the new Chanel Fall-Winter 2021 collection is excellent. For a change, it's nice to see the brand is taking a break from the recent color themes that are heavily focused on red and pink. The colors are quite deep and moody but most of them are very easy to incorporate into everyday looks.

Thanks for being here. Are you planning to pick up anything from the new Chanel collection?

*The makeup items mentioned here were purchased with my own money. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for choosing to use them.

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