I was recently in Toronto and had a chance to go to the new Shoppers Drug Mart beautyBOUTIQUE in the Eaton’s Centre. Its beautiful! Check out Toronto Shopkeeper for a great review and some photos of the swanky new space. I also really like the new beautyBOUTIQUE store locator site where you can search by brand, because not all of the locations carry certain brands.
The best part of going to a beautyBOUTIQUE is that you can redeem your Shoppers Optimum Points there! I had $170.00 CND worth of points to redeem, and unlike some other points programs, you get to choose the products you would like to spend your points on. I headed straight for the Chanel…
Joues Contraste Powder Blush in 55 In Love
Let’s start with my favourite. This is my first Chanel blush. I got the shade In Love, a light, corally-peachy shade with slight shimmer. I knew I wanted this shade after seeing actress Rose Byrne wearing it in this pic.
Everyone always talks about the scent of Chanel blushes, so I was a bit nervous that I might find it too strongly scented or that it might irritate my sensitive skin. No worries there. The blush is very lightly scented and once applied, you don’t notice it at all. I really like the scent. It doesn’t smell like anything else. Just a lovely, sophisticated this-is-probably-really-expensive smell. So far, it hasn’t bothered my skin at all.
The blush has the same scent as the Chanel lipsticks. I already had a Rouge Coco Shine in 74 Parfait (a light shimmery pink) that I love. I picked up another Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipstick in 66 Bel-Ami, and a Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour in 05 Mademoiselle.
Mademoiselle is a popular shade (it’s the one Vanessa Paradis is wearing in the original ad!) and I can see why. It’s a flattering, deep rosy neutral that would look great on many skin tones. The lipstick is very creamy and, like the description says, very hydrating.
Bel-Ami is beautiful mauvey, plumey shade. The Coco Shines remind me of the Revlon Lip Butters. They are super moisturizing, sheer, and can be swiped on quickly without needing a mirror. I’ve worn this one non-stop since I got it.
The most interesting and unique Chanel product for me was the Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in 83 Illusoire. Whenever you see a celebrity on the red carpet or a magazine cover and read which products their MUA used, you often see the Illusion d’Ombres mentioned.
The Illusion d’Ombre goes on smooth and creamy and then dries to more of a powder finish. It’s a bit more shimmery than I normally wear, but that’s the “luminous” part I guess 🙂 The shade Illusoire is a beautiful, rich, cool taupe. I have worn it on its own and as a base for eyeshadow quad.
Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow in 33 Prelude: This is the only thing that I was a little bit disappointed in. Although I love the colours, for a high-end brand, the pigmentation and staying power of these shadows are somewhat lacking. After the Burberry eyeshadow (think: buttery, richly pigmented, long wearing) the Chanel quad seemed sheer and definitely didn’t wear as well as my other eyeshadows, even with a primer. I will still wear them and enjoy them, but unlike the other items I got, I don’t think it’s quite worth the price.
So here is a breakdown of what I WOULD have paid, if I hadn’t had all of those sweet, sweet Optimum Points:
Joues Contraste Powder Blush: $48.00 CND
Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipstick: $39.00 CND
Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour: $39.00 CND
Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow: $38.00 CND
Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow: $62.00 CND
In Canada, Chanel is available in stores at The Bay, Murale, and some Shoppers Drug Mart beautyBOUTIQUES.
As far as I know, there are no websites that ship Chanel makeup to Canada. UPDATE: You can order online through The Bay!