My goodness, these are pretty! The collection of six embossed blushes all carry a particular animal to symbolise charities that Chantecaille has worked with, past and present.
As you can see, I have coral and bee here, but other shades feature an elephant, turtle, horse and butterfly, equally immaculately defined and presented in the weighty pebble style pan. Coral is, I think, a little harder to emotionally connect with (I want to tuck the elephant blush up in a blanket and feed it treats!) but so important as its habitat is continually under fire from pollution. They’re really rather special and a portion of profit from sales goes to individual charities. From memory, it never seems to be a particularly generous amount but every little helps. The ‘shimmer’ – best seen on the bee – is overspray so will only really be a feature for the first few goes. They’re £35 HERE.
At the same time, the brand has released an anniversary palette with money going to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and The Lion Guardians. What’s rather lovely about this is that the shades are named for individual animals helped by the charities. So clockwise from the pink elephant, called Gawa, we have Selenkey, Kamok and Nanu.
They’re all eye colours and very wearable, too – soft shades that are more or less suit-all. Chantecaille quality is always great – smooth and buttery in texture with decent last. So they should be too, because at £76 HERE (listed but currently out of stock so if you want to be notified, click the link) this palette is something of an investment. I haven’t swatched because I do want to second life these – and Chantecaille always has good pan to skin pigment, meaning that the shade you see in the pan is exactly the shade you get on your skin.
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I’m seeing a lot of make up new launches at the moment but I have to admit that these feel really special. The price might put these into collector territory but, oh, you don’t often see this level of detail. Also though – Chantecaille is 20! It’s one of those brands that still feels fresh and new and at the same time feels like it’s always been around.