New Fall 2010 Collections: Chanel Les Contrastes de Chanel, La Praire Midnight Blues & Estee Lauder Blue Dahlia

To be honest with you, I find talking about fall collections in July kinda depressing. I mean, summer has barely started and all I wanna do is enjoy this beautiful season, not think about the gloomy and cold weather that awaits us in a few months. I really wish brands would stop releasing promo photos and info and especially the actual collections so soon, but since I don’t think they have any intention of doing that anytime soon, let’s see what they have to offer. At least, these fall collections all look gorgeous!

Chanel Les Contrastes De Chanel

Let’s start with Chanel. Sadly none of their lip products has caught my eye so I’ll just avoid those and talk about their beautiful blushes. The iconic, longwearing and lightweight Joues Contraste Powder Blush ($42) is now available in 3 new shades. My favourites are the two pictured above, Pink Explosion, a beautiful and luminous pink, Plum Attraction, a bold dark plum. Also available is Rose Temptation, a shimmery rosewood.

For the eyes, Chanel has released Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow in Enigma ($56), which features 4 shades – shimmering peach, deep plum and two deep smoky greys – perfect to create smokey eyes looks. I’m also lemming the Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Vert Khaki ($28.50). What can I say? I love greens and this Khaki color is simply beautiful. The same eyeshadow is also available in Taupe Grisé, a chocolate grey shade.

Purple lovers like me can also choose (or get both!) between the Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Cassis ($28), a beautiful pitch dark plum to add focus to the eyes, or Le Vernis Nail Colour in Paradoxal, ($23) a dark grey-violet shade that looks divine in the bottle.

La Praire Midnight Blues

For the fall, La Praire has come out with a collection of seductive and rich shades that are perfect for a night on the town. And as always, the packaging is so luxurious and glamorous! My favourite item is the Cellular Treatment Eye Colour Ensemble in Midnight Blues ($70.00), a beautiful eyeshadow quad that features slate blue, midnight navy, violet grey and lilac shades with a black powder eye liner. I love blues and lilac shades and the palette looks perfect to create dramatic but understated smokey eyes.

Would you pay $50 for an eyeliner or lip pencil? Apparently La Prairie think so since they released the Luxe Eye Definer , an eyeliner pencil with a soft and smooth formula that can be used on the lid and waterline. On one side, there’s a waterproof shade in either Midnight Violet, Midnight Blue or Midnight Noir, on the other, a sponge applicator. It also comes with a pencil sharpener. As for the Luxe Lip Definer ($50.00 as well), it is available in Cocoa Spice (warm nude), Twilight Fig (muted plum) and Evening Rose (vibrant rose)

I’m not a big fan of lipsticks, but I love the chic packaging of the Cellular Luxe Lip Colour ($55.00). Not so much the shades though. They are available in Quiet Berry (cinnamon), Midnight Rose (vibrant blue-toned rose), Midnight Plum (plum), Evening Nude (warm shimmering nude) and Twilight Blush (pink). And since no collection would be complete without a blush, we also have Cellular Treatment Powder Blush in Plum ($55.00). It is said to have a creamy, silky texture and a sheer color payoff.

Estee Lauder Blue Dahlia

Estee Lauder has come up with a versatile collection that has something for everywhere.  Blue Dahlia features both colorful and natural shades that can be used to create soft and wearable looks for the daytime and smoky, more dramatic looks for the night. The Collection is divided in two distinct looks.

Blue Dahlia features The Blue Dahlia Pure Color Five Color Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00) that includes blues, black, white and grey shades, Pure Color Gloss Stick ($18.50) in Rose Dusk and Night Bloom, Pure Color Gloss ($20.00) in Rock Candy and Twilight Petal, Pure Color Eyeshadow Single ($20.00) in Twilight Rose and Sepia Sand for soft everyday look and a beautiful blue Pure Color Nail Lacquer ($18.00) in Blue Dahlia.

The Surreal Violet look instead features the Surreal Violet Color Five Color Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00), which includes purple, grey and white shades, the Pure Color Gloss Stick ($18.50) in Orchid Dream and Mauve Mirage, Pure Color Gloss ($20.00) in Raspberry Pop and Star Pink, Pure Color Eyeshadow Single ($20.00) in Enchanted Meadow and Emerald Star to add a touch of color to your look and a Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Surreal Violet ($18.00). I have to say the polish looks kinda dull in the promo picture though. Hopefully, it’ll look better on the nails.

What do you think of these collections? Has anything caught your eye?

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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Paris, I’m glad I’m not the only one feeling this way, it’s ridiculous how early collections get released these days. I have my eye on the Pink Explosion blush too, looks gorgeous from the swatches I’ve seen, just my kind of color. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it and the Blue Dahlia palette when you have the chance to check them out. :)

        • beautifulwithbrains says

          Paris, I agree. If a fall collection gets released in the summer, then by the time fall comes no one really bothers with it anymore. With collections being released so early, we’re practically wearing fall makeup in the summer, summer makeup in spring and so on. And while you should wear whatever you want whenever you want, I feel that buying fall items in summer for instance kinda defeates their purpose. Right now, I just wanna think about gold, tan and colorful shades that are perfect for summer, not smokey or vampy ones that remind me of gloomy weather.

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Vonvon, I was sure you would have loved the eyeshadows, you love palettes just as much as I do, maybe more. :) But those palettes are really beautiful and I didn’t know Estee Lauder had reformulated them. That makes them even more interesting. :)

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