I finally have a look at the Chanel Holiday No 5 Makeup Collection! This season I ordered a few pieces from Chanel.com. I had my eye on quite a few of the holiday sets but was surprised how fast they all sold out! Holiday has been out for a while now but in case you still wanted swatches and my take keep reading! I also have a quick look at the Black Friday Set at the end of this post.
Les 4 Ombres No 5
This year’s holiday quad is the Les 4 Ombres No 5 ($65). It has the classic No 5 bottle embossed on each shadow’s surface. The colors are soft and easy to blend. I found pigment to be pretty good although the two pale golds/ivory shades are really similar on my eyes. I wish they had added a bronze or taupe shimmer in place of one of the lighter shades as I think it could have tied the look together. The palette itself is gorgeous, but colors aren’t entirely my vibe. I think it’s missing that warmer shade to make it wearable for me.
Shimmers have the most beautiful sparkle to them though. Almost like fairy dust!
Ombre Premiere Laque
I hauled both Holiday Ombre Premiere Laque shades ($36 each) in 27 Or Ambre and 17 Or Noir. I think the Or Ambre is STUNNING! I love the color and shimmer and it blends out to lovely all over wash without disappearing. The darker shades have been tricky for me to work with and holiday is the same. The Or Noir is nice for a smoky eye look but it takes careful blending to make it work for me. The extra time it takes me makes it an easy pass. I would rather use a smoky deep brown or black powder shadow and blend it out. Lasting power on these is very good though!
For this holiday all the shades are variations of red in the Rouge Allure Lip formula and in the holiday spirit decided to I try three of the shades: Rouge Allure in 191 Rouge Brulant is a warm pink red, 147 Emblematique is a bold classic red and 157 Legendaire is a plum red.
I like the plum one the best! Formula is smooth, comfortable, long-wearing and luminous. Color-wise, it pains me to say this but I feel like the options this year are boring. I wish they would consider bringing back some of the old glossimer shades in the new Rouge Coco Gloss formula. Colors like Equinoxe, Seashell, Blizzard etc would have been fun for holiday! If you’re a neutral lip lover like me I still think Or Beige from Holiday 2020 is one of the best shades and it’s still available online (I just ordered a backup). Below wearing the holiday collection with lip swatches:
191 Rouge Brulant is a warm pink red
147 Emblematique is a bold classic red
157 Legendaire is a plum red
Fluide Enlumineur in Or Ivoire
Chanel launched a new liquid highlighter in Fluide Enlumineur ($48) in Or Ivoire and I think this is the star of the collection. It has a sheer subtle finish like the Les Beiges Highlighters (reviewed here) but with a little more bigger shimmer particles that have a more reflective sheen. I love this on top of the cheek bones. It is sheer so your mileage may vary depending on how you like your highlighters. I am considering ordering a backup since it’s limited-edition and I think the color is so lovely.
Le Vernis in 913 Rouge Intemporel
Last I have a look at the Le Vernis in 913 Rouge Intemporel ($28). This is a classic red cream. It’s a one-swipe wonder, but Chanel has so many beautiful reds already. If you already own a lot of reds I think you can safely skip this one.
Sublimage Le Coffret Fondamental
Most of the sets have sold out online but the Sublimage Le Coffret Fondamental ($570)* is still available! This is the ultimate splurge gift in skincare with their Redefining Serum (designed to tighten and firm the skin) along with a limited-edition Massage Tool (quite hefty!). I have not tried the serum but I love the Sublimage line and am really excited to be able to try this out.
Chanel Les Beiges Swipe and Glow
For Black Friday Chanel will be releasing their Les Beiges Swipe and Glow Set ($77) which includes the Baume Essentiel in Sculpting (swatched here) and Les Beiges Healthy Glow Lip Balm in Medium (swatched here and all shades swatched here). This was available as an exclusive to Nordstrom a while back but sold out in a day. I was lucky to get it back then and if you missed out you can Pre-Order it now online at Chanel.com. It is supposed to officially launch online on Friday.
Overall the Holiday Collection offers quality well-made pieces that perform true to Chanel’s standards. I love the extra embossed detailing on the eyeshadows and lipstick caps. Stand out to me is the Fluid Enlumineur Liquid Highlighter.
If you’re like me and missed out on all the holiday sets, keep an eye out for Cyber Monday. They have 2 sets available in the black sparkle tweed pouches. Also Spring Collection will be launching in a few weeks! I already have some of the product and cannot wait to share it with you! Review, swatches and everything will be up as soon as it launches online.
Did you check out the Chanel Holiday collection this year? What did you think? You can find everything available online at Chanel.com.
Sublimage Set gifted. All other items purchased by me.