First, I want to add my thanks to Anita and Shelley for all of their hard work in planning the Chicago event. It was a blast, rain and all, and such a great group of people in all. Truly a perfect day with some of the nicest, most fun, intrepid perfumistas you could hope to get together. I plan to start uploading pictures to my photoblog (look for the link on the left) tonight and the rest of this week, as well as other pictures send me. I’m not sure how great I’m going to be at doing names, I may need some help! Truly one thing I am horrible at – names. It will be under the heading Chicocoa Scentsations.
Today is all Beige and all Chanel in two flavors.
First, Chanel’s new Limited Edition Eyeshadow Quad called Beiges de Chanel consists of a light beige as a highlighter on the upper lid, a wheaty gold color for the lower eyelid, a mocha with hints of gold for the crease and a chocolate with more gold for the liner/outer corner of the eye. I’m going to put up this picture as well, but I think capturing eyeshadow colors on film are tricky, but hopefully the descriptions help. This is a gorgeous, understated, elegant set of colors. If you want more drama and color in your eyeshadows, this probably won’t work as well, but if you want a gorgeous set of brown/neutrals that blend perfectly without either being too plain or too dark, just get this quad. As far as I know, only Saks has the quad right now, but I’m guessing it will go in wider distribution this fall. Remember it is limited so it will eventually be gone. I bought two so far and may get two more just in case.
Chanel’s new addition to the Les Exclusifs line is Beige, with notes of hawthorn, freesia and frangipani, and honey. The hawthorn is big out of the open in a great, slight sharp way, which takes this just far enough out of the “just another white floral” territory. It is also beautiful, so floral lovers shouldn’t fear that this is too weird, nor should the honey scare you, it brings a soft richness to the fragrance. It is understated in a way that only something beautifully crafted can be and not shout. There is a graceful artlessness with this fragrance – not contrived or overwrought. Far into the drydown, the hawthorn and its slight woody bitterness evens out into this balanced floral musk with no sharp edges, but stays far short of anything bland. This is officially my favorite Les Exclusifs.