Makeup Intelligence: Chanel Summer 2012 [Updated!]

UPDATE! This collection is NOW AVAILABLE on Chanel.com‘s website.

Thanks to CafeMakeup.com, there are some preliminary images of Chanel’s Summer 2012 collection.  Let’s take a look, shall we?

Chanel 2012 Summer Collection -- Pretty heavy on the warm colors. (source: CafeMakeup.com)

I really can’t say I’m enthused about this collection.  The colors skew too warm for me and the palette is rather bland.  This is definitely a collection for those who aren’t big risk takers in the color department this Summer.  What are your thoughts?

Chanel Summer 2012 Collection -- Release date TBC

Chanel Summer 2012 Collection -- Release date TBC

TheBalm Highlighter & Bronzer: The Rundown

First off, thanks to so many of you who have been visiting and reading my blog. I hope the information I’ve been providing is of value.

I have for you two products I’m very excited to share my impressions of. TheBalm, one of my favorite indie brands put out this cute dual-package of two of them most famous products: Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter and Betty-Lou Manizer Bronzer.

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Special duo set from Marshalls of Mary-Lou and Betty-Lou Manizer.

Mary-Lou Manizer is a shimmery beige highlighter power that look cooler in tone than the brown-girl famous NARS Albatross highlighter. It is very pigmented, translucent and buildable and does not go on ashy on dark skin. The Betty-Lou Manizer is a golden brown shimmery bronzer that is not only very pigmented, but adds a lovely warmth to dark skin.

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Swatches from top: Betty-Lou Manizer (bronzer), Mary-Lou Manizer (highlighter)

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The girls in action: Mary-Lou on browbone, Betty-Lou on eyelid. Upper lid line: NARS Larger than Life eyeliner in Rue St. Honore, lower lid line: Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner in #15.

Both products are packaged in a mirrored compact with nice heft of weight, hold .3 oz of product (2x NArS) and are priced at $24 each. They are available for purchase at TheBalm.com and Beauty.com.

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The whole look pulled together with Illamasqua intense lip gloss in 'Hermetic' and NARS blush in 'Mounia'. Cheeks highlighted w/ Mary-Lou and Betty-Lou Manizer.