Today I have two picks from the Chanel Coco Codes collection for Spring 2017. Inspired by five shades iconic to Gabrielle Chanel; black, white, beige, gold and red – these classic colors are revived and given new life in this series that defies conventional beauty convictions. Initially I was going to order a few pieces sight unseen but decided to visit the counter instead so I could see the offerings in person. Based on online photos and consumer thoughts, I did not expect to be as enamored as I have turned out to be since at first I felt that the overall launch lacked excitement at its core with fairly basic and almost bland colors. After an extensive swatching session at the counter, however, I am thrilled to share that while at first glance I thought that most of it was definitely not my cup of tea, there are a few standout pieces that should not be missed and I could not be happier with mine! Here’s what I purchased:
- Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow in #278 Codes Subtils ($61 / 0.07 oz)
- Joues Contraste Powder Blush in #370 Elegance ($45 / 0.14 oz)
I’ll start with my favorite item out of the two which is the Codes Subtils eyeshadow quad. There are two Les 4 Ombres eyeshadow quads, Codes Subtils and Codes Elegants. Both have an exquisite color range as well as a silky, soft almost creamy texture and excellent pigment with great deposit that blend beautifully. Codes Elegants is the second option which has a reigning gold theme. On me the gold tones pulled a little too yellow for my taste but is still very wearable. Codes Subtils is absolutely gorgeous in person. The quad has a unique neutral mix of pink/peach, gold and brown shimmers that are super vibrant and richly pigmented.
Closeup image of the colors
Swatched on the arm
Next is the Elegance Joues Contraste Powder Blush. This is a warm soft peachy nude with hints of pink and a slight orange undertone. It has a satin sheen finish with an ever so light dusting of shimmer that looks very natural once it sits on the skin. Texture is silky that does not kick up much excess powder in the pan. The blush has good color payoff that is not truly opaque but is buildable to where opaque coverage can be achieved. I absolutely adore how perfect and easily product blends into the skin and finishes to a radiant sheen. It also has amazing wear time, lasting for a good eight hours before fading.
How Elegance will ultimately reflect in color entirely depends on skin tone. Due to its mix of various over- and undertones, the blush has a tendency to pull either peachy, pink, or a nude beige/brown. On my medium skin it shows more of a nude outfit with elements of peach and pink. The blush is quite subtle so it will definitely appear more natural.
Closeup image of the color
Swatched on the arm
The Chanel Coco Codes collection might appear to lack life at first sight with standardized color options but is anything other than bland or boring. I found that the selection performed extremely well and the overall shades are just so pretty. Payoff, texture, pigment and general quality is streamlined with Chanel standards – as well as the classic yet modern aesthetic of the brand which is the direction I find it has been heading a lot more towards the last few launches.