CHANEL Beauty Collection Libre Synthetic de CHANEL: A quick review

CHANEL Beauty Holiday 2016: A quick review

What it is: A beauty release from the iconic French brand CHANEL for winter that features rich reds, bold metallics and shocking pinks.

Beauty bonus: As is usual with CHANEL products, the packaging and the formulas are on point.

Beauty bummer: The colour selection is a bit '80s ... and also a tad surprising for winter. (Hot pinks?!) 

Overall: This collection packs a punch thanks to various hues of pink, orange and red. It's safe to say it's not your average cold-weather collection.

We love the lip colours — especially the two Rouge Allure Luminous Intense lipsticks in Ultraberry (a brown-tinged raspberry) and Ultrarose (a super-saturated rose). The formulas feature almond oil and green tea for a hit of lip-smoothing moisture that helps colour last.

We were also big fans of the soft pink (Pink Rubber) and silver (Liquid Mirror) Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colours, which we'll gladly welcome into our winter rotation that's currently stuck at barely-there nudes and full-on black polishes.

The pot of black eyeliner had us rethinking the idea of "precision lines" thanks to a super-fine baby brush for application. It gets so close to the lash line, it's almost unbelievable! While we did find it took a few practice sweeps to master, once we got it down, the effect was eye-opening. Literally!

Would recommend? Yes and no. The collection has a few stars — mainly the Calligraphie de CHANEL Longwear Intense Cream Eyeliner and the Rouge Allure lip colours — but we weren't thrilled with the appearance of the hues in the eye shadow palette (which we didn't get a chance to try).
Price: $32-$70
Where to get it: Hudson's Bay, Holt Renfrew