Chanel Fall 2012 – Ombre Essentielle Single Eyeshadow COMPLICE and Joues Contraste ROSE INITIALE Review and Swatches

September 23, 2012

I bought some makeup from the Chanel Fall 2012 Collection months ago including the Ombre Essentielle Single Eyeshadow in 93 COMPLICE and the Joues Contraste in 72 ROSE INITIALE and I finally got the time to play around with them. A bit of a delay..but with a somewhat busy work schedule, I have not been very prompt with reviewing the new makeup collections lately. I hope I will be more productive in the coming months.

Chanel-fall-2012-Ombre-Essentielle-Single-Eyeshadow-93-Complice-Joues-Contraste-72-ROSE-INITIALEThe Chanel Ombre Essentielle Single Eyeshadow in 93 COMPLICE is a beautiful neutral eye shadow. It is a universally flattering champagne color with high shine micro shimmer.  The luxurious Chanel packaging and the texture justifies the high price tag for a single eyeshadow – buttery soft, smooth and very finely milled. There are more budget friendly dupes in the market such as Stila Kitten, or MAC Naked Lunch. I can easily enlist at least 20 different brands that make the same shade, and yes I have them all! But I can never resist a timeless champagne colored eyeshadow that I can use everyday, especially since it is embossed with the legendary interlock C!

Chanel-Ombre-Essentielle-Single-Eyeshadow-93-Complice-fall-2012Chanel-Ombre-Essentielle-Single-Eyeshadow-93-Complice-swatch-fall-2012On Me:


The Chanel Joues Contraste in 72 ROSE INITIALE is a beautiful rosey pink blush with a neutral undertone. Mine is in the US version so as you all know – the texture is softer and more pigmented. It has a satin finish and it has a great lasting power on my combination skin. I would call this a grown-up pink that would complement any makeup look, and the subtle rosey hue appears to make my complexion look more energized.


Lastly, I wanted to give a special mention to my lip color! I suddenly developed an odd obsession for vampy lip color (which is totally not me) since I missed the Chanel PROVOCANTE. And I found this abandoned Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick in Rose Malicieux (bought here) lying in the corner of my drawer (bought it by mistake due to the incorrect online swatch) which I have not even opened. Then I topped it with Stila Lip Glaze in Majesty (another forgotten makeup item…). And voila..I got a nice deep rosey plummy color..though it’s not quite the vampy color. The moral of the story is..don’t throw out your old makeup unless they are expired 🙂 You never know when you will rekindle the love with them!

The Chanel 2012 Fall Makeup Collection can be purchased here in the US. International order is available here.

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Maria September 23, 2012 at 4:10 pm

great lips, Rei!


Tracy September 23, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Great picks, Rei! I have Complice as well. And you look stunning with that red lip!


trona September 23, 2012 at 5:18 pm

beautiful, I love the lip colour too. Looks stunning on you.


onlyfr33b33 September 24, 2012 at 4:28 am

omg the lip is so different from what you usually post! I love it! you look like you belong in a wong kar wai film!


faye lu September 24, 2012 at 10:43 am

chanel complice looks lovely on you. i love neutral eyeshadows – they’re so simple and effortless. also loving that stilla kitten swatch – so pretty!!


Eileen September 24, 2012 at 7:13 pm

I picked up Complice and Rose Initiale as soon as they hit the local counter. I think it is the finish of Complice that sets it apart from the color dupes. The finish is so fine that it gives almost a wet look which is absolutely stunning. As for Rose Initiale, it’s a beautiful rose that has a hint of warmth and the soft, luminous quality that is typical of the US version. As for your lip–wow! It gives you that classic porcelain doll look. Because the rest of your makeup is subdued, the deeper color looks gorgeous on you.


Reika September 25, 2012 at 11:47 am

Thank you Eileen, as usual your comment is always so insightful and articulate. I would LOVE to read more from you! Have you ever thought about blogging or doing a guest post? 😛


Annie September 24, 2012 at 11:52 pm

Wow!!!i got Complice by accident as the store included it even i crossed it out. Im so glad now yet again after seeing your swatch and the look you created!!! To make you feel better, i just swatched mine last weekend too xD


Reika September 25, 2012 at 11:40 am

Lol that definitely made me feel better! ^5


lisa September 25, 2012 at 2:35 am

I am excited to hear that you will maybe be posting more! I lovee complice eyeshadow on you… you have another color on your lids other than complice in the photo? Also, do you think the Rose Initiale is a must have for you? Thanks, lisa.


Reika September 25, 2012 at 11:28 am

Hi Lisa, other than the Nars e/s primer on the lid I only used complice in the photo 🙂
Yes! I consider Rose Initiale a must have for me because I like to collect Chanel makeup and the color is very classic and easy to wear. It has the perfect balance between pink and rosey tones that just really complements my skin tone 🙂


Elaine September 26, 2012 at 10:28 am

The first thing I’ve noticed is the lip color. It is stunning!!
Great picks from Chanel. 🙂


Lakshmi September 27, 2012 at 1:38 am

Lovely! Rose Intiale has quickly become one of my favorite blushes, effortless with the signature Chanel glow and goes well with warm and cool eye makeup looks! Dark and vampy lips are really appealing to me too, ever since I saw Provocante on your blog.. Anyway, looks like there’s another deep RA Velvet coming up in the Holiday collection, so maybe you can get that one instead!?


moena September 27, 2012 at 1:53 am

I love that blush placement!


Beauty Box September 27, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Very lovely – the eyeliner gives a very sophisticated touch! Complice looks like the shadow version of cream shadow Emerveilles which I am totally in love with. I have to stop myself from using it everyday so I can give some love to my other eyeshadows.


Amanda September 28, 2012 at 6:03 am

Stunning, as usual, Reika.
Picked up the Rose Initiale today – looking forward to “playing with it” tomorrow (as well as the samples of the new Rouge Allure lip colours I was given; I had to ask for them – Chanel is so stingy when it comes to giving out samples). I think the blush will be a better colour than the Tweed Pink – which I love. I also bought the Parfait Rouge Coco Shine.
Looking forward to going to the U.S. Sephora, which carries Chanel – at least I hope they still do!


Reika September 28, 2012 at 6:29 am

Yep…I hardly get any samples from the Chanel counters in Australia..
From my experience nordstrom/neiman marcus gives out the most beauty samples, much more than Sephora!! Actually if you are not a member with Sephora you hardly get anything no matter how much you spend there…


Tina September 30, 2012 at 4:35 am

I’ve been obsessed with vampy lip colors and experimenting with them for the same reason as you, Rei! I guess I’m trying to console myself for the loss, lol. The vampy lip looks absolutely stunning. It’s so classy on you. When I saw the first full face picture, my first thought was “wow”. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on these items. I skipped on them initially, but now I have the urge to get again (uh oh).


Kassia October 4, 2012 at 11:58 am

Both the eye and cheek shades are so gorgeous! And perfect together. Looking lovely!


Nelly May 23, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Hi Reika, what eye primer do you normally use? I am looking for a good primer that can stop my under eye from creasing. I am 26 but I have fine lines under my eyes I think since I was 23-24. Really sad, but have to accept that. Any recommendation for a good primer? Thank you.


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