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Buy it now: Chanel Collection Mediterranee make-up

Chanel Collection Mediterranee

Here’s a brief respite from no make-up make-up. Chanel launched its Collection Méditerranée about ten days ago, a celebration of the Riviera inspired by Coco Chanel’s casual summers of the 1920s. Of course, Chanel invented tanning as a luxury pastime, so the hero item is the limited edition Creation Exclusive Lumière d’été, a camellia-embossed talc-free illuminating powder to gently add a golden highlight to cheekbones and decollete (below).

As with Les Beiges (of which more news coming soon), this has miniscule golden flecks to add warmth but it’s really all about the fabulosity of the packaging. The mirrored compact comes in its own velvet pouch, accompanied with this mini brush for using on the go. (I would definitely recommend the Chanel retractable kabuki brush too.) This is £40.50 but for something this pretty that you’ll use all summer, it’s a good buy.
CHANEL LUMIÈRE D'ÉTÉ Illuminating Powder

I love Chanel’s Fresh Effect Eyeshadows (£23) in these creamy, twist-up pencils. They’re super-blendable and both shades I have are wearable statement makers. Caroube is the kind of minky, bronzy shade that I like as an evening neutral, while I would wear Campanule (a bluey-violet) sheered right down, although I imagine it would look lovely amped up with a tan if you’re in holiday mode.

Chanel Collection Mediterranee stylo eyeshadow in Campanule and Caroube

For nails, it’s all about colour-pop shades of turquoise, violet and red. I know Chanel is famed for its weird colours, but I always revert to its reds and ballet-slipper pinks and beiges. There are some gorgeous beiges coming soon, but for now my favourite is Coquelicot – a pitch perfect summer red. (The other shades are Lavanda – deepest lavender, and Méditerranée, a sharp turquoise.)

For lips, there are five Rouge Coco Shines (£25) and two lip glosses (£22). I have Rouge Coco Shine in Insoumise, a juicy coral, and the lipgloss is Rose Paradis, a scorching pinky-red.

Chanel Collection Mediterranee nail colours in Lavanda, Coquelicot and Meiterranee
5 Chanel Collection Mediterranee

In other Chanel news, this limited edition Chanel No 5 Eau Premiere packaging came out not long ago and is still available (there are ten variations). If you follow me on Periscope you will have seen me wrestling one-handed with all the Russian doll style boxes within boxes! This costs £96 for 100ml and is available on Chanel counters…

Inside this silver sleeve is the elegant white box…
Chanel No 5 Eau Premiere in limited edition silver packaging

Slide apart the white box and there is a smaller silver sleeve within, with a box of perfume inside – the lipstick is there for scale
Chanel No 5 Eau Premiere in limited edition silver packaging

Here’s the bigger white box next to the smaller interior package
Chanel no 5 Eau Premiere in limited edition silver packaging

WORDS AND IMAGES: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl

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Givenchy matte nails in Rose Evocation and Jaune Expression
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Painterly packaging: Jo Malone My Wanderlust by Charlotte Stockdale

Jo Malone My Wanderlust

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