As we step into winter, I can’t help but feel a pang of jelousy of all the summer holiday pics doing the rounds on Instagram. I do love winter; mainly because of the clothes, but with regard to makeup, summer is always a fave!
Thankfully, even though we’re a season behind the rest of the world, we still get the latest makeup and beauty trends as they launch internationally, and today I want to show you some of the goodies I’ve been playing with from two beautiful new CHANEL collections…
First up, the CHANEL 2017 CRUISE COLLECTION – LES INDISPENSABLES DE L’ÉTÉ, which launched a few weeks ago.
This range of effortless summer makeup pays homage to the way in which Gabrielle Chanel embraced the Summer season; with a radiant touch of sun on the skin.
Its a wonderfully curated collection of all the makeup you need to embrace the free and solar personality of the Mademoiselle, and quite honestly, a very wearable collection no matter the season!
Included in the CHANEL CRUISE 2017 makeup collection is a luminous glow bronzer (in 5 various shade options), x2 Rouge Coco Shine Lippies, x3 Rouge Coco Stylo Lipsticks, x2 Inimitable Waterproof Mascara’s in two shades, x2 Stylo Yeux Waterproof Liners (also in two shades) and x4 Nail Polishes.
I got to play with the LES BEIGES HEALTHY GLOW LUMINOUS COLOUR (R900) in the shade Medium Deep, which helps you create the most perfect sun kissed, golden glow that looks natural and beautiful.
See it below in the photograph I managed to snap as the sun hit it during golden hour.
Worn as a bronzer, it blends beautifully on the skin with a radiant texture that’s laced with delicate, ultra-fine gold particles.
The shade Medium Deep is perfectly suited to my olive complexion and I think it’s safe to say, that this is my favourite bronzer of the moment.
For Nails, the LE VERNIS LONGUE TENUE (R450) polish is like a beautiful sunset, with a palette of coral shades and a very different tone, and more edgier shade for summer.
Here we have the only dark in the collection, Sargasso (which is a dark greeny, blue that can even look black) and the lightest coral, Coquillage.
The other two shades, Coralium and Sea Whip are different coral tones; with Corolium having deeper, more red tones than Coquillage, and Sea Whip again, slightly deeper, but with more pinkish-brown tones.
From the Lips selection, I got to sample ROUGE COCO STYLO in Sepia (R630) which is a BEA-UTIFUL toned sunset shade. It’s CHANEL Makeup and Colour Creative Director, Lucia Pica’s version of a summery statement mouth.
I love these Stylo lip pens because they are compact and super skinny, so you can take them everywhere!
The formula of these is nourishing and the colour payoff is glossy and leaves my lips feeling hydrated, with the perfect amount of shine and poutiness.
They are like the ultimate all in one lip product!
Then, I wanted to throw in a little sneak from the brand new CHANEL EYES 2017 makeup collection, which launches this month on the 20th June.
The EYES collection this year features a wide colour variety of OMBRE PREMIÈRE LONGWEAR CREAM EYESHADOW (R575 each) and OMBRE PREMIÈRE LONGWEAR POWDER EYESHADOW (also R575 each).
It’s in essence, a collection all about the eyes – and the focus for this collection is to play up your eyes with bold or subtle looks that last, whether you prefer cream or powder eye shadow.
I got to play around with two of the products; One of the cream shadows (in Noir Petrole) and one of the new powder shadows (in Bronze Antique).
Both are beautiful products with lovely texture and amazing longevity! And they work together!
You can use the cream shadow on its own or you can use it as a base in which to layer your OMBRE PREMIÈRE LONGWEAR POWDER EYESHADOW on top!
I actually like it both ways!
On its own OMBRE PREMIÈRE LONGWEAR CREAM EYESHADOW creates a single dimension look that is easily buildable to your preference.
I applied it with the brush first, for a smoky effect, but quite like the intensity it adds when I apply a second layer with my fingertips – just dabbing over top.
Even though my lids can get quite irritated, causing cream shadow to slip, the LONGWEAR CREAM shadow lasted all day long without budging!
The OMBRE PREMIÈRE LONGWEAR POWDER EYESHADOWS are my fave, because of how they up the ante and give more dimension to the lid.
I tried Lucia Pica’s layering trick of wearing the powder eye shadow over the cream shadow (dabbing the powered with my finger) and love the glossy, metallic effect it had on my lids.
These powder shadows are different to the traditional Chanel Mono shadows (which are rectangular) and come in a round format with two brush applicators in the compact.
Bronze Antique has a lovely texture that has a metallic finish and glides on to create the most beautiful, richly pigmented dirty gold.
The shade offering in the CHANEL EYES collection are a mix of matte, satin or metallic finishes.
I even used my OMBRE PREMIÈRE LONGWEAR POWDER shadow as a highlight to accentuate my cheek bones. It’s a golden shade, so I found it perfect for glowing lids or cheeks.
I can’t wait for this collection to hit counters on the 20th, as I’m dying to try the plum and red shades from the CHANEL 2017 EYES Collection.
Here’s my (almost all) Chanel Parisienne Summer Look I created using the two collections…
On my eyes; Chanel Eyes Collection OMBRE PREMIÈRE LONGWEAR CREAM SHADOW in Noir Petrole, layered with OMBRE PREMIÈRE LONGWEAR POWDER SHADOW in Bronze Antique. I’m wearing my favourite Chanel Le Volume mascara (not part of this collection) and my usual black eyeliner.
On my face, I’m wearing my usual foundation and bronzed up using the Chanel Cruise 2017 LES BEIGES HEALTHY GLOW LUMINOUS COLOUR in colour Medium Deep. I also added a bit of subtle glow to the high points of my cheeks using the OMBRE PREMIÈRE LONGWEAR POWDER SHADOW in Bronze Antique.
On my lips, of course I’m wearing ROUGE COCO STYLO in Sepia from the Cruise 2017 collection. Isn’t it just the most perfect coral?
I got this shot yesterday during golden hour, just as the sun was setting. How beautifully does that golden light catch on my bronzing and golden cheek accent?
Why can’t it be golden hour all day, every day 🙂