[unpaid/sample] Well, this is a great start to the week – CHANEL Spring Summer 2023! And if you think it all looks a bit on the warm side, remember what copper colours do to blue eyes – nothing enhances them more.
The main item in the collection is Le Rouge Yeux Et Joues in two versions, Tendresse and Caractere. I have Tendress here but if you have deeper tones than me, opt for Caractere. Each one contains three matte shades and one satin – all new colours for the brand. As you will see from the rest of the collection, the theme is red. One of the suggestions is to ‘blend all the way to the temples for a halo of colour’ – I can’t tell you, unless you’re about to be photographed for a Vogue feature, how much I contest this advice, especially if you’re en route to Sainsbury’s. It’s £70 HERE.
The absolute star, in my view, is this Noir Allure Mascara in Rouge Grenat. It’s a colour that anyone can wear and you will be surprised at how dark it looks once on the lashes. If you have pale lashes and aren’t keen to replicate a Tilda Swinton stark eye (although please do – it’s beautiful!) add a light coat of brown underneath. I think, although haven’t tried it yet, you could use a cotton bud or similar to put a coat of soft brown kohl on your lashes and then lock it in with the mascara. It’s easily one of the most wearable coloured mascaras that I’ve used and gives a soft, aubergine-red-ish tinge to the lashes. I have used a brown kohl on my inner rims – colours, in my view, always need a deep shade ‘carrier’ to make the most of them.
Exhibit A above – I’d have no hesitation in saying snap this one up HERE before they all sell out. It’s £37 so into treat territory but oh my, it’s lovely.
My next recommend is the Baume Essential in Rouge Frais. I’ve run this over my hand so many times trying to find a good description for it – landing on ‘illuminating peach with copper notes’. It’s extremely wearable as blush, highlight or lip sheen. I’m wearing it on my lips and as highlight over the lighter peach shade from the palette. You could, oily lids permitting, wear it as a sheer glaze over the lids. It’s £36 HERE.
There’s a rather beautiful Stylo Yeux in Or Rose – a copper pink. It’s butter soft and glides like oil on the skin but I’m not sure how I’d wear it, personally. I think it’s perhaps lovely as a single line on the upper lid, snuggled up to the lashes and then a coat of brown or black mascara. It’s £26 HERE.
I’m sorry the nail polishes are slightly blurry – grr – they’re Watermelon and Rouge Cuir. Watermelon is a wash of vibrancy but its transparent and I’m never truly sure about those – any little bit of dirt you get under your nail then shows so perhaps avoid if you’re a gardener. Rouge Cuir is more of a terracotta – a sort of brown-red – and of the two is my preference. They’re £25 each HERE.
So, that’s my round up of the new collection. It seems smaller than previous ones – something I’ve really noticed across the board with luxury brands (Dior’s is so woeful, I didn’t even call it in – it looks like an edited amalgamation of everything they’ve ever done before and it’s rare I feel I have absolutely nothing to say about a collection). Will you be buying anything?
Whoops – nearly forgot the swatches! Bottom to top: Baume Essentiel in Rouge Frais, Stylo Yeux in Or Rose, the palette (no names other than light, dark, medium) and Mascara in Rouge Grenat. See what I mean about possibly not taking your eyeshadows to your temples? 🙂
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