I went along to the launch of Chantecaille spring/summer 2011 today – some really beautiful things, including the stand out Sea Turtle Palette which will retail for £73 (ouch, I know). 5% of proceeds go to the small, but nonetheless impactful WIDECAST (The Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network) and if you think that doesn’t sound like a lot, past limited edition sales have amounted to between £50,000 and £100,000 – a real boon to small organisations trying to make a difference in the world.

Anyway, the palette is as useful as it is pretty, and Chantecaille’s lovely make up artist showed us how to use the green shade in particular to create a gorgeous aquatic smoky eye. The detailing on it is absolutely precision… and I’m a little bit in love with the peachy-gold cheek colour, too.

The product I was really in love with though is the Poudre de Perle (part of the summer releases) – a mineral/crushed pearl formula that flows through a brush delivery system. The shade is lovely – I can’t think of a single skin tone, other than possibly very dark, that couldn’t wear this and look the better for it. Again, it’s a peachy-gold mix with hints of pink – very wearable. Unfortunately, the only picture I have is one I took and it’s not very good, but here it is.

Three Hydra Chic lipstick shades join the collection in Canna (soft peach), Aster (vibrant raspberry pink) and Willow (a light brown shade).

Then the make up artist showed us a gorgeous look on the model using an existing blush in the range, Ecstasy, a reddish pink.

Ecstasy Blush

She wet it slightly and applied to the upper lid in a thickish line – then, mixed the powder with Chantecaille ‘Lip Potion’ Balm and applied it as a gloss over the lashes. It looked spectacular (not sure whether it might feel rather sticky, though!).

Summer products, including a very matt bronzer (thank god!! no sparkly cheeks for a change) launch in May – the rest are out either now or soon.

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