Chanel has just released their latest collection, Collection Libre, and it is stunning. Lucia Pica was inspired by cityscapes and urban materials – glass, metal, rubber – when creating this collection, with the aim being to offer up a contrasting palette of textures, colours and lights. Whereas the Le Rouge Collection No.1 (which I adore and use constantly) leaned very warm, I feel like this collection is perfect for those who prefer cooler tones.
Collection Libre launched on 14 November 2016. These limited edition items tend to sell like hotcakes, so I’d get myself to a Chanel counter sharpish if you want to get your hands on any of them…
Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette
Just. Look. At. It. From the matte blue to the mirror grey, this palette is couldn’t be more perfect for your Christmas party/New Years Eve night out! The formulation of the powders is completely unique: a powder-cream hybrid that glides onto the eyelids and blends seamlessly. They are all intensely pigmented, supremely soft and creamy – a dream to work with. The silver shimmer shades are incredibly festive, and the darker colours can be used to darken the look, or alternatively can be used as an eyeliner – both options look stunning.
Retails for R1,025.00
Calligraphie De Chanel in 65 Hyperblack
This is actually part of the permanent collection, so you’re able to get your hands on it whenever you please. This matte black cream eyeliner is incredibly long lasting and won’t budge or fade – one swipe is all you need for all day long definition. I am pleased to report that it works like a charm on the waterline too, it doesn’t transfer at all.
Retails for R560.00.
Joues Contraste in 360 Hyperfresh
Have you ever seen a more intense pink blush? I was a little apprehensive at first, but as you can see from the swatches below, if you apply this with a light hand, the effect is delicate and very wearable. This adds a nice healthy glow to the cheeks, and revives the complexion to make you look fresh (I’m sure I speak for all of us when I say that the end of year burnout has left us looking less than fresh). This blush is perfect when paired with a glowy foundation, lots of fluttery lashes and a neutral, glossy lip. Delish.
Retails for R720.00.
Le Vernis Velvet in 542 Pink Rubber & Le Vernis Longwear in 540 Liquid Mirror
Jules and I are both huge fans of the reformulated Chanel nail polishes, and aren’t these colours a sight to behold? Pink Rubber has a powder-enriched formula which leaves a velvety matte finish on the nail surface – it looks almost rubberised when applied (hence the name). I am totally crazy for this candy pink colour, and I think it will look particularly gorgeous when paired with a tan.
Liquid Mirror was inspired by the silvery reflections on buildings in the rain, and has a really interesting metallic finish. Being quite traditional, I am not sure I could commit to a whole metallic silver nail, but I think combining it with Pink Rubber would be gorgeous – half moon manicure, anyone?
Retails for R450.00.
*All products were kindly supplied by Chanel for review purposes.