I love this holiday season for so many reasons: the packaging, the color range, the VARIETY!
One product that you definitely should not purchase, however, is Chanel's newest mini brush set. It breaks my heart to say it.. but it's AWFUL, probably one of the worst $120 I've ever shelled out. Thankfully, my Chanel SA loves me and she told me to bring it back when I informed her that it couldn't hold a candle to last year's holiday brush set.
The quality isn't present. Sure, they threw in a beautifully designed pamphlet that specifies the uses for each brush included in the set, and the zippered case with gold accents is undeniably envy-worthy.. but the hair and handle quality? It's pure doggy poo. The bristles feel cheap in my hands and feel rough against my face's skin. The handles are lightweight but they are coated with a patent-black plastic lacquer and "Chanel" is laser-printed, not engraved, into the handles! Last year's brushes were made of plush white goat hair and had silver ferrules with supple wooden black handles and also had "Chanel" engraved in silver. THAT is $120 quality, not this slap-dash concoction of cheapness that Chanel calls their 2010 Les Minis Brush Set.
Instead of dishing out the dough for this wreck, simply because you want the Chanel name, do yourself [and your wallet!] a favor and purchase Dior's Holiday brush set for $60. Dior's set comes with just four brushes but they are your true essentials and the quality is up to par with their full size brushes - review coming tomorrow!
The only redeeming factor here is the case for the brushes. View the pictures and see for yourself :)
RAEview's Rating: D
[The only reason it did not receive an F is because of the beautiful and well-constructed brush case, which is an improvement from last year's!]