After nearly 4 months of sticking to my guns and not buying any makeup (explanation here) I pretty much lost it when I saw the CHANEL Rouge Noir Absolument collection on display at a makeup store. Who wouldn’t, just look at it! Read more to find out if bought stuff…

4 items from the collection caught my eye. The Signe Particulier eyeshadow quad, the pencil, the Illusion D’Ombre cream shadow, and the blush. I was never going to buy all of them, but there was one at the top of the list. Here’s how it went at the store:

Me: Hi, can I have the eyeshadow quad, please?
Salesperson: Sure, let me get that for you
Me: [thinking to myself] I shouldn’t be buying this!
Salesperson: oh, we seem to be sold out
Me:
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[anxious, like an addict needing a hit] How about the pencil? Do you have the pencil?
Salesperson: lip or eyeliner?
Me: Eyeliner
Salesperson: [rummaging throught through the drawer] hmmm, no, that one’s sold out too.
Me: Oh
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Salesperson: [snarkiest tone ever] well, they are limited edition. You have to buy them fast.
Me:
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The whole reason I went to the store was to get something with 2 discount vouchers I had that were going to expire in a few days. The disillusionment was enough that I bought nothing, even though I really wanted the Illusion D’Ombre Rouge Noir shadow. Going back home I realized I could easily dupe those eyeshadows and maybe even the pencil. I still went back to store and got that cream shadow. Because I’m weak.
 
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For primer I decided to use the Hourglass Mineral Veil applied with fingers because this is a luxury product worthy of this look (and I used my other luxurious primer in this one)
 
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Since we are going to be doing a CHANEL look, I might as well through some actual CHANEL in the mix. I applied the Vitalumière Satin Smoothing Fluid Make–Up in shade 25 Petal with a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. I applied the bare minimum of products and buffed into the skin because the shade is a tiny bit dark for me at this moment.
 
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Next, I applied some of MAC Paint Pot in Painterly on my lids, using my fingers. The Paint Pot is going to act as eye primer and help the shadows last longer.
 
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Now begins the eyeshadow extravaganza. Most of the Rouge Absolument tutorials seem to use some of the eye products for the looks and I thought, well, why not all of them? Anyway, I started by applying the Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow
in Rouge Noir with a Real Techniques 200 Oval Brush (from the Bold Metals collection) all over the lid. I blended around the crease to diffuse harsh lines.
 
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I had the idea that these MAC Eyeshadows would be very close dupes of the Signe Particulier Eyeshadow quad, but I wasn’t sure how much until I put them in this palette. The shades are, clockwise from top left: Naked Lunch, Amber Lights, Sketch, and Satin Taupe. To start I applied Naked Lunch in the inner corner of the eye and extending around the tearduct. I used a MAC 239 Shader Brush.
 
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Using the same MAC 239 Shader Brush, I applied the shade Satin Taupe on the the lid. I’m not going up the crease too much, that’ll be a job for the next eyeshadow color.
 
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With a MAC 217 Blending Brush, I applied the shade Sketch on the outer v, blending the color towards the crease. This is a matte shade that will add some definition. This is probably the color that’s least like the one on the CHANEL palette because it’s more blue than red, but considering I have the Illusion D’Ombre as a base, I don’t care much.
 
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I’m going to be doing the same eyeliner technique I did for my previous tutorial; only difference being I am not using the same product. With this Maybelline New York Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24h in Black Gold I first trace the line at the outer end of the eye, using a Real Techniques 201 Angled Liner Brush then filled it in. For the rest of the line I applied as usual, very close to the lashes all the way till the inner corner of the eye. This shade is not as intense as your regular black, this one has little flecks of gold the camera doesn’t pick up well. An intense black would probably look pretty cool, too.
 
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Using a MAC Eye Kohl In the shade Prunella, I lined both top and bottom waterlines and the bottom lashline. The latter I smudged with my figers.
 
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And now, for the final shade of the palette: using a Real Techniques Accent Brush, I applied some of the Amber Lights shadow as eyeliner on the inner corner of the eye, under the tearduct.
 
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By now it is clear I am not huge on false eyelashes (I think this is due to the fact of what I do right after creating this tutorials), so I try to go all out with my lashes using mascara. I continue using the Benefit’s Roller Lash Mascara, this time I applied several coats on both top and bottom lashes.
 
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For concealer, no shock here: I’m using yet again my Smashbox High Definition Concealer applied with my fingers. The product goes under the eyes to clean up any fallout and I blend it down towards the cheeks to cover the redness. This time I used some of it for a couple,of red spots around the lips, too.
 
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In case you were wondering, no, I did not forget my eyebrows. Ok, maybe a little bit since I originally wanted to do them right after finishing the eye makeup, but I’m so used to going about my makeup in the same order, I went to concealer first and then remember, oops! No matter. With Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown, I first brushed my brows with the spooley end, then outlined and filled them out with the pencil end. Because my brows are getting to the point they need reshaping, I need all the help I can get to shape them in place, so using some Maybelline New York Brow Drama.
 
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I applied some of Benefit’s Hello Flawless Powder Foundation under the eyes to set the concealer, using thr small brush that comes with the powder. Then, using a Real Techniques Buffing Brush, I applied powder all over the face (using the “buffing” technique).
 
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Once more, since we are doing a CHANEL inspired look, might as well throw in even more CHANEL. For bronzer, I’m using CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder in shade 040. This was my bronzer of choice for a quite some time and I have to say, it’s still a great choice! I applied the product using a Real Techniques Angled Highlighter Brush (part of a RT Deluxe Gift Set).
 
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For blush, I’m using an old favorite, a MAC Blush in shade Ambering Rose. I applied this on the apples of my cheeks using a Real Techniques Multi-task brush (also part of the same Deluxe Gift Set) blending towards the temples.
 
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Using a Real Techniques Setting Brush I applied some of this beautiful theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer on my cheekbones. This is a pink-ish tone that goes better with the blush tone than a gold.
 
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For the lips I wanted to go a little bit different than what you’d expect in this look (plum / wine / burgundy lips are common ones) and instead I used something brighter to contrast with all the plum shades. I used CHANEL Rouge Coco Shine in the color Esprit.
 

And that’s the finished look! I really like this look and I think this will be a strong contender for my actual Christmas Eve celebration look. I’ve even paired this look with nails similar to the Rouge Noir nail polish, this one’s OPI Nail Lacquer in shade Lincoln Park After Dark.
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