First off, I absolutely adore the display from the collection. The swirly design is rather different and chic. I was also pretty excited to see the colors in person. First up are the glossimers ($29.50USD). Right off the bat I can tell 3 of the 6 shades are on the lighter, paler side. There are also 3 shades with shimmer and 3 without.
Surprise is a pale white with shimmer. This is more of a lipstick topper to add shine and shimmer.
Plaisir is a pale milky peach. It is the most deceiving in the tube. I was expecting it to have a bit more color. Again, this is a lipstick topper.
Volupte is a milky coral-peach that is not as intense as it looks in the tube either. This has no shimmer and is a light peach on my lips. I think this will look lovely on top of Chintz or Peregrina to enhance the lipstick.
Amour is quite lovely. It is a peachy pink with shimmer. On the lips by itself, I can't detect any color, only the shimmer is visible. Again, this is a lipstick topper that will be lovely with Jersey Rose.
Desir is a watermelon berry with shimmer. I like the shade but I'm not sure it's particularly unique. It has the slightest hint of color and a lot of shimmer on the lips.
Jalousie is the most opaque out of the 6. It has no shimmers but is a lovely berry fuchsia. I like this shade the most since I haven't seen very many opaque glossimers from Chanel lately.
Next up are the nail polishes in Attraction, Distraction, Tentation, and Frisson.
Attraction is a pearly white that is streaky. If you can look past the streaks, this is actually rather pretty from a distance.
Distraction is the perfect summer coral shade. It applies quite smoothly and is nicely opaque after 2 coats.
Frisson is a huge disappointment for me. I was really looking forward to this shade but was let down by the formula. It needed 3 coats to be fully opaque and the overall finish is clumpy. I tried it on 2 fingers and both had the same clumpy effect. The milky pale pink shade is also not flattering on me at all. On the plus side, this is the only shade that has visible shimmer on the nail.
Tentation is a berry fuchsia that is not the same as Rouge Carat. Rouge Carat is red whereas this is more fuchsia. It is opaque with 2 coats.
Overall, I am quite disappointed with the Roses Ultimes de Chanel Collection. While most of the shades are lovely, I don't think I was particularly blown away by any of the items. Chanel has released many unique, fashion-forward les vernis in previous collections and these just don't seem to be on the same level. I think most of the nail polish shades are dupable from other lines for a lower price point. At $26USD a bottle, I was expecting a lot more. As for the glossimers, Jalousie is the most opaque out of the 6.
Bottom Line: While the collection has many wearable items, there are no must-haves in my opinion. If I have to pick, I would have Distraction, Jalousie, and perhaps Amour on the top of my list. For those on a budget and have the chance to see this in person, I highly recommend doing so before handing over your credit card.
You can also check out better swatches of the nail polishes from TheBeautyLookBook and MakeupMagpie.
What are your picks from this collection? Did anything blow you away?