I hope you haven't sent off that letter to Santa - at least, not without requesting a little something from the prettiest Christmas makeup collection in town. Collection Plumes Précieuses de Chanel has been on counter since the start of the month and, from the inspiration - feathers and diamonds - through to the colours and finishes of the products, it's really quite enchanting.
So what makes it different from everything else that's seductively whispering to us from counters right now? Two things, really: texture, and tone. The powder products have a beautiful formula; they don't sit on the skin in an obvious way but meld into it, and catch the light in a really pretty way. The shade choice is a little bit different, too: instead of the yellow toned golds we expect at this time of year, Chanel has given us a collection filled with more subtle, ethereal shades of platinum, white and antique golds.
I included the Camelia de Plumes Highlighting Powder in Platine, €56, in my standouts of the Christmas beauty collections, and it does not disappoint. Let's leave the supermodel looks to one side for the moment and focus on performance: this here's the good stuff; a finely milled, cashmere soft powder that gives a creamy, radiant and expensive looking glow to the skin. It looks very cool toned in the palette but on the skin, it's the perfect blend of silver and gold to flatter every skintone.
Unsurprisingly, it pairs especially well with the eyeshadow quad from the collection, Les 5 Ombres de Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit, €52, which offers a frosty white, silvery grey pearl, blackened purplish grey satin, black satin and antique gold shimmer.
The shades are of medium intensity and pigmentation (a finish I'm especially fond of), which makes them really easy to work with, with no fallout. They blend beautifully, light up the eyes, and offer enough versatility for a softer or more intense look - this is not one you'll stick in a drawer and forget about when January rolls around.
There's also a limited version of Stylo Yeux Waterproof pencil in Or Blanc, €23.50, which gives a delicate, white gold gleam to the inner corner or waterline of the eye. It's brightening, flattering and opens the eye - plus it self sharpens, layers up nicely and doesn't budge.
For lips, there's a pinky peach satin, Rouge Allure in Volange, and a matte red, Rouge Allure Velvet in La Flamboyant (both €32). Chanel's Rouge Allure Velvet lipstick is one of my favourite formulas and I have a particular weakness for Chanel reds, so it was pretty much a given that I'd fall for La Flamboyante.
Lighter, brighter and warmer toned than my other favourites from the brand (I might do a comparison post if you'd like to see?) this is a velvety, longwearing dream of a lipstick that, if you love reds, you have to check out. And fast.
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