Although I’d heard great things about this luxe, family-run brand, until the Autumn collection landed on my desk I had never actually put their products on my face. But oh my, what a place to start.
This gorgeous, refillable eyeshadow palette (€75) celebrates the 15th anniversary of the brand. The shadows are embossed with the critters that it’s helping to protect; the proceeds benefit The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Monarch Butterfly Fund and Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network.
But this palette gives me the warm fuzzies in more ways than one. Just look at it! The colours are divine: a deep purple, warm champagne and coppery rose gold, with light-reflecting pearl. The quality’s exceptional, too, with all three shadows applying smoothly and blending out beautifully.
I’d describe pigmentation as semi-sheer to medium (think Bobbi Brown); that's a finish I really like for daytime looks, as it's easy to layer and hard to mess up. It's nice and grown-up and very office appropriate. And on that note: while the shadows look shimmery here, that doesn't translate to the eye - they have a satin finish and are very easy to wear.
These pair beautifully with the warm nude tones of Hydra Chic Lipstick in Fairy Moss, €34 – which has further stoked my love affair with a neutral lip. It’s got that lovely, hydrating, melt-onto-the-lips kinda vibe but with longer weartime, and a less shiny finish, than you’d typically expect from that formula.
With natural extracts of papaya and orchid, it’s got softening and anti-ageing properties and really feels like it’s treating the lips.
Available in seven shades (I have #1), and packaged in a clicky silver pen, Le Camouflage Stylo, €32, is billed as a skincare/concealer hybrid: light reflecting pigments help to really lighten and brighten the undereye area, with the promise to boost skin firmness, smoothness and hydration over time.
What’s really impressed me about the brand is the fusion of skincare and cosmetics, and I’m itching to try more of their products. If you’re new to Chantecaille, too, the good news is it’s now easier to find – it’s stocked in the new Space NK boutique on Grafton Street (which will bankrupt us all).
And for the best possible introduction to the brand, mark this Saturday, 27th September, in your diary now. That’s when Fernando Cadavid, Global Make Up Artist for Chantecaille Beauty, will be visiting Dublin’s Space NK store. You can book a one-to-one with him by calling 01 677 8615; tickets are €15 each and are redeemable against purchase.
Known amongst his celebrity clients and industry insiders as being a master of the natural look, Fernando favours an uncomplicated approach, which should be easier to recreate at home – once you’ve been shown how. I’m kicking myself that I’ll be out of the country but if you do snag a slot with him, tweet me a pic of the final result!