Do people care deeply about creative director inspirations? If you do, you’re in luck as Chanel’s Global Creative Makeup and Colour Designer, Lucia Pica has delivered tons of them for her new beauty collection.
Chanel autumn 2017 is called Travel Diary and just dropped last Friday. It’s meant to be autumnal, but it’s got much more of a late summer feel with its sun-dappled colours informed by road, sea and sky. Pica went on her own road research trip to California, coming back with lush landscape photos that definitely impart a dreamy otherworldly colour palette.
Eye shadows in the evocatively named Road Movie Les 4 Ombres quad (below) are deep lagoon blues and satiny copper tans, while City Lights (not shown) has warm earthy browns. I love iridescent golden browns, so I really like this Ombre Premiere Creme in Memory (below), Chanel’s new cream shadow formulation. It’s a gentle metallic bronze that’s very easy to apply with a finger. Pica also suggests this worn under a powder shadow for depth.
If you like felt tip pen eyeliners, the new Signature de Chanel in Noir (Below) is very precise, waterproof and smudgeproof with its own refillable ink cartridge. And at a push you *could* use it to scribe your postcards home…
Nail colours are of the muted seascape variety, in a pink-undertoned taupe called New Dawn (below, left) that’s much more flattering on my medium skin than the cool-toned grey Horizon Line (below, right).
That interesting-looking palette? That’s the new Palette Essentielle, a snappy trio of concealer, highlighter and colour for minimalist beauty travellers. It comes in three varieties. This one is Beige Medium with a rather severe aubergine lip/cheek cream colour but a very good cream highlighter shade that’s perfect for the Cupid’s bow and inner corners of the eye. The concealer is the largest component, the idea is you forgo foundation and just use this wherever you need it for a natural, skin-like finish. If I have one criticism, it’s that the concealer tones are just not dark enough. I think it would be nice to see a couple more colourways added for darker skintones.
Also pictured in this shot is the Retractable Dual-tipped Concealer Brush that I used to apply the highlighter. I think I would manage pretty well with just this brush and the Palette Essentielle in Beige Intense for a sunny weekend away.
Lips are bringing all the sunset colour to the party in these stunning flaming reds and corals. The Rouge Allure Ink in Lost (below) is a blissful pale coral, that’s great with a tan and also doubles as a blush. It’s matte on the lip but as with all my mattes, I use mine as a stain and put a sheer gloss on top. Also shown here is Rouge Coco in Daylight (the warm honey shade) and Rouge Allure Velvet in First Light (that intoxicating flame red).
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