Chanel beauty in the red

 Chanel Creation La Palette Caractere lip palette

Red is a key colour for Chanel global creative make-up and colour designer, Lucia Pica. It was the focus of her first makeup collection for them; she considers it the colour of life and it’s also the colour of the delicious new limited edition Chanel no 5 bottle (which makes the classic scent seem suddenly seductive and animalic).

The Chanel Christmas makeup collection is also big on full-bodied reds. The standout is a car paint-esque crimson nail polish called ‘Flamboyance’, perfect on short nails to elevate a tuxedo-pant-and-silk-shirt look. (I’m thinking Isabelle Huppert at a Christmas eve supper).

Chanel nail colour Flamboyance red metallic effect

The packaging of Chanel beauty is on another level and I especially love these eye shadow singles with their bronze inlaid logos. I have these two shades of densely pigmented Ombre Premiere Poudre shadows; Noir Lamé (think matte, sooty black) and Cuivre Lamé (a versatile copper to press over mattes for added dimension). Again it’s all very French, delivering the cinematic, moody-eyed effect that I love.

Chanel Ombre Premiere Poudre eye shadow in Noir Lame

Chanel Ombre Premiere Poudre eye shadow in Cuivre LameChanel Ombre Premiere Poudre eye shadow in Cuivre Lame

But to amp things up, there’s the limited edition Le Lion de Chanel golden highlighter compact, with its embossed lion insignia, a lucky talisman for Coco Chanel. This is all about the theatre of beauty, taking the time to enjoy that getting-ready moment, enhanced with a tactile, beautiful object.

Le Lion de Chanel golden highlighter compact

Finally, the lip offer doesn’t disappoint. There are two moisturising glosses (Liquid Bronze, Flaming Lips), an exclusive red-cased Rouge Allure Velvet in No 5, and this lush lip palette (£55). I like the ritual of applying from a bullet, but this is very good for mixing up your own colours. Plus, the shades included here are excellent – super-classic, sexy deep reds, vermillions (this one is my current go-to) and vampy berries. Definitely one for the self-gifting list…

Chanel Creation La Palette Caractere lip palette


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