Confession: for the past month I have been chomping at the bit to get my hands on the upcoming Chanel Fall offerings, obsessing non-stop at it’s imminent release date. The Fall 2011 collection looks so enticing to me; the sultry, rich yet subtle hues of khaki, plum, and rose are very reminiscient of Autumn, which also happens to be my favorite season. I find as I delve deeper into the blogging world, I’m becoming more aware of what’s available, and considering brands I never really thought much of before (and fueling some very serious lemmings along the way). Chanel is one of those brands for me. It started with a nail polish…Paradoxal had my heart from the first time I saw it. I literally bolted from work to our local Chanel counter here when the SA called to inform me it was finally available. After that, two things happened: 1) I closely watched all future Chanel polish launches for other unique, must-have shades (interestingly enough, none have peaked my interest except Mimosa, which I unfortunately missed out on), and 2) all other nail polishes purchased after Paradoxal seemed cheap in comparison to its $27 price tag. Oh dear.
However, while I was keeping abreast of Chanel’s stream of interesting and trend-setting lacquers, I still maintained an air of indifference to the rest of the cosmetic line. I don’t know what exactly turned me ‘off’ the brand so to speak – though I’m certain the high price tag had something to do with it – but for the past year I have all but ignored their makeup collections each season. And yet…
I think where I started to sit up and take notice was when I read a post in Product Doctor’s Beauty Blog about the Rose Platine liner from the Summer collection. Something about that liner sparked something in me, and I began to search ferverently for it, without success. When I saw the new Fall collection promo shots with info about a sister liner, Khaki Platine, I began to obsess about getting my hands on it the minute it arrives on shelves (check out The Beauty Look Book or Cafe Makeup for great swatches and comparisons between Rose & Khaki Platine). Addtionally, as I had already given in to a serious lust for the Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense shadows, when I saw the Illusion d’Ombre shadows in the upcoming Chanel collection, it was game over. Here began a daily indulgence in viewing/dreaming/scheming about the day when I would have these products in my possession.Since I was already ogling over the collection on a regular basis, it was inevitable that I soon turned my eye towards the eyeshadow quad Prelude. Again, in the past I never thought twice about these palettes, but once I got started, it was an all-consuming idea. Thankfully, the Prelude quad is not limited edition, so I need not make a snap decision right away based on my consuming need. I plan on taking the time to look at each quad available before settling on one – but you can be sure that it WILL happen. As many of you know, once a product worms its way into your brain, it’s damn near impossible to get it out until you eventually give in – unless you use some major avoidance tactics (which we’ve all had to employ at one time or another too!).
Lastly, the polishes. OH the polish! Like everyone else on the blogging planet, I find Graphite and Peridot so intriguing, and I’ll definitely be taking at least one of those babies home. I’m leaning more toward Graphite, as Peridot looks as if it could be a tricky shade to wear…I’m almost hoping it looks terrible on me, because if it doesn’t I’ll be taking them both home! My polish purchasing has slowed considerably this summer, so restraint isn’t going to be a strong point once all the Fall shades start trickling in.Thankfully, in anticipation of my complete loss of control when this arrives in store, I’ve been socking away some cash so I won’t break the bank when the times comes. It was absolutely necessary in this situation, because I can see myself going a bit crazier than normal.
Has this collection sparked your interest as much as it has mine? Do you find that reading other blogs creates larger-than-life lemmings, or are you able to resist the siren call for the most part? Are there any lines that you’ve been relatively oblivious to regardless of what you read or see?
I feel worn out just writing this post; honestly I can’t express to you how much time I’ve dedicated to reading about this collection, it’s kind of scary. But I’m glad I got it out there, maybe my confession with help me to be more reasonable when the time comes
Please let me know what you’re thinking, I love to hear your thoughts!