Would it be too much of a stretch to pin the ‘fashion-isation’ of beauty onto Chanel and its major moment with the iconic ‘Vamp’ nail? This year marks two decades since Uma Thurman sported the eggplant-hued mani (renamed Rouge Noir for commercial purposes) in Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, scoring never-seen-before stampedes as well as initiating an era of product placement in movies that’s since become commonplace.
Nail polish continues to be one of the easiest high fashion trends to emulate, translating instantly from catwalk to consumer (thanks to
Style.com Vogue Runway’s backstage beauty close-ups and the concurrent rise of the beauty blogger). These days it’s a given that Chanel, Dior and Burberry – to name just three – will offer a strong nail look immediately post fashion show, if not to buy then to impatiently lust after…
This Christmas, Chanel is gifting us not just a Rouge Noir revival but a whole makeup collection around the decadent shade. The limited edition range comprises three nail shades, an eye palette (my favourite), two eyeliners, two lipsticks, two glosses, an Illusion D’Ombre, a mascara and a powder illuminator for cheeks.
The hero though is the nail trio (below). As well as the classic Rouge Noir nail colour, there’s a disco-tastic gold glitter top coat (Lamé Rouge Noir) to layer generously or lightly depending on how festive you want to go. And to complete the trio, there’s Rose Fusion a ‘grey tinged parma violet’ with a pearlescent finish.
But I’m also utterly bowled over by the ‘Signe Particulier’ eye palette, which has four mesmerising shades quilted and stamped with the double-C insignia so that they look like lovely little buttons. Each shade is a standout – there’s a yellow gold, a bruisy chocolate-plum, a taupe and a soft pearly pink for highlighting.
The eyeliners are also likely to be in demand. The Rouge Noir Khol is a densely pigmented pencil, while the Precision Eye Definer pencil in Or Safran is a soft gold designed to go in the inner rim or corner of the eye.
These have all just landed so it would be wise to hunt them down now (the Signe Particulier quad is already proving hard to find – Selfridges has some HERE, Saks Fifth Avenue has it on its U.S site HERE and it’s on the U.S Chanel site HERE).
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In other Chanel news, I want to mention the Le Lift massage tool that I got to try out during LFW. I had a mini facial from skincare specialist Teresa Tarmey in the Burlington Arcade Chanel store, and she used the £25 tool on my jawline and between the eyes. The shape means there are a number of different ways to use it but it’s all very ergonomic and easy to manoeuvre. Sometimes, using just your hands can be tiring but with this you have good control but you won’t exhaust yourself! (Reports that it can also double as a natty bottle opener have not been confirmed…) You can buy the Chanel Le Lift Massage Tool HERE.
WORDS AND IMAGES: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl