17 August 2016

Chanel's Autumn Makeup Launch, Le Rouge Collection No 1, is just...WOW (Review, Pics, Swatches!)

Chanel Le Rouge Collection No 1 Autumn Fall Makeup Collection

If you only treat yourself to one makeup buy this autumn, make it something from Chanel's Le Rouge Collection No 1. It's the debut collection from make-up artist Lucia Pica - and it’s worth every second of the two-year wait, since she took over from Peter Philips as head of makeup at Chanel.

The collection is an homage to the colour red, a favourite of Mademoiselle Chanel’s, and a colour that, in makeup, speaks of classic glamour and elegance. This collection, though, is anything but classic: it’s modern and bold, while being incredibly wearable - and wantable - at the same time.  The formulas and textures are fresh and unexpected, not to mention totally on point.
Chanel Le Rouge Collection No 1 Autumn Beauty Collection
The eyeshadow quad is, for me, a shining star. The excellently named Candeur et Experience, €51, is the brand’s first all matte palette and it is beautiful. Designed to enhance any eye colour, the four shades can be used alone or in combination for a gorgeously smoky and warm-toned look. Yes, there is a red shade – but yes, you can totally rock it. Pinky swear! The textures are gorgeous – they all blend beautifully - and I think it brings out the hazel tones in my dark brown eyes. If you have blue or green eyes, it would really make them pop.

Candeur et Experience eyeshadow Chanel Autumn Makeup Collection

Try pairing the palette with Éros, a metallic rouge-noir-esque liner, €25, for the perfect finishing touch. This is nowhere near as scary as it sounds, and again, the formula is excellent. I’m wearing it here on both the upper and lower waterline and along my upper lashline; next time, I’ll be trying it with a chocolate brown liner, too, for added definition.

Chanel Autumn Makeup Collection on Irish beauty blogger Emma from Fluff and Fripperies

Another really interesting piece is the Le Vernis Nail gloss in Rouge Radical, a beautiful, high-shine jelly effect polish with a slight transparency, but oodles of colour on the nail. This is my second nail gloss from the brand (remember that beautiful purple version that came out with the spring collection?) and I am keeping everything crossed that more of these beauties will be coming our way.

Chanel Le Rouge Collection No 1 Autumn Beauty

Red lipstick is a little less unexpected and here we get five gorgeous options, along with one nude, Rouge Ingénue, for balance; they’re all €34. What I didn't expect was that, of the six lip options, no less than four are Rouge Allure Velvet Mattes, which just happens to be my favourite Chanel lipstick formula. Hell, it just happens to be my favourite lipstick formula, full stop.  I gravitated immediately to the soft orangey-red Rouge Feu, which I’m wearing in these pictures, and it swanned right into first place on my Most Wonderful Lipsticks of Life list.

Chanel Autumn Makeup Collection Lips

Two new shades of Illusion D’Ombre, €31, a blusher, two lip liners and a maroon mascara, Subversif, round out the collection. Did I mention it’s all on counter now?

Press samples featured; all opinions, as ever, my own! 

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