Chanel Bombay Express

I love this image for the limited capsule collection from Chanel, Bombay Express. Dark eyes and nude lips on beautiful, perfect skin – the brows dark and groomed, a hint of a flush on the cheeks. You can’t see it properly in this image, but the skin is lit all over with a fine gold highlight – the Route des Indes de Chanel illuminating powder. Stunning!

I tried to recreate this look for myself – dark eyes, pale lips, gold shimmer – using the Route des Indes highlighter and Chanel’s Mirifique eyeshadow. I loved the effect and I’ll probably do a video in the very near future – I think that it needs some false lashes and a less elongated flick at the corner of the eyes, but once I’ve perfected the eye I think it’ll look great!

chanel bombay express

The press release for the Bombay Express look does cite Mirifique as the eye colour used, but on me it looks a hell of a lot more sparkly! I might try with a matte shadow and see how that turns out – I do love a heavy eye!

The gold highlighter, by the way, is fabulous. I shall be using it daily when the summer decides to make a proper appearance – and I might even add a coat of the Diwali polish to my nails for some matching glimmer!

The Bombay Express collection is at Harrods, Selfridges Oxford Street, Selfridges Manchester, House of Fraser in Glasgow and Fenwick Newcastle.

Read my review of Illusion d’Ombre in Mirifique here

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  1. Martina
    July 20, 2012 / 7:37 am

    In fact, you’re totally right about mirifique being too sparkly: the eyeshadow that they actually used is NIRVANA, not released yet, that seems like a matte black illusion d’ombre. That being said, I think it looks better the way you did it. It’s more edgy and I think it would be more fun expecially for summer.

    • Ruth
      July 20, 2012 / 9:40 am

      Good to know! xxx

  2. judelovesthis
    July 20, 2012 / 8:57 am

    Wow! That’s stunning! I wonder if I could recreate it without just looking like a bad Cleopatra which is normally what happens when I try to get artistique! Oh la la. You look lovely lovely Ruth!

  3. July 20, 2012 / 9:09 am

    I’ve always been a bit freaked out to apply an all-over highlight, but if Chanel can do it and still look gorgeous, then I’m sold. Love that eyeshadow too – looks amazing on you. I like the elongated flick ;)

  4. July 20, 2012 / 9:21 am

    She is gorgeous with the heavy eyes. I’m looking forward to your tutorial on these.

  5. Celine from Paris
    July 20, 2012 / 9:46 am

    I am more and more tempted to buy Mirifique… it really looks stunning ! and I think on a fait skintone it is more flattering than a purely matte black eyeshadow.

    I am also really tempted to buy the gold Illusion d’Ombre (new for fall I think) to use as a base under brown and bronze eyeshadows and make them nicely gliterry !

    • Ruth
      July 20, 2012 / 9:47 am

      It’s LUSH! x

  6. July 20, 2012 / 10:52 am

    that´s an amazing look! ;)

  7. Grace
    July 20, 2012 / 10:54 am

    Hi Ruth, I’m headed to London from the 31st of July till the 2nd of August for the Olympics, any idea if the collection will still be available by then? Also how much does the powder cost? Thanks xxx

    • Ruth
      July 20, 2012 / 11:16 am

      Powder is, I think, £48 – it’s a limited collection so when it’s gone it’s gone! I would say, though, that there’d be a good chance of still getting it. Try Harrods and then Selfridges if not. Perhpas if you called ahead they would put something by for you? xx

  8. July 20, 2012 / 2:33 pm

    Such a beautiful look.

  9. Chloe Elizabeth
    July 20, 2012 / 5:55 pm

    Not related to this post but thought you might like to know that HQHair now have the japonesque safari brush set and 20% off x

  10. July 20, 2012 / 6:54 pm

    The gold highlighter looks absolutely fantastic on you. Can’t wait for the tutorial.

  11. Sue
    July 20, 2012 / 7:05 pm

    Love Mirifique so much! One of this year’s best buys. It’s incredibly flattering to wear as liner and/or shadow… and it’s really not too much in real life, just really beautiful. Looks gorgeous, Ruth! xxx

  12. July 20, 2012 / 7:24 pm

    you did an amazing job recreating the look Ruth! You really can pull off a heavy, dramatic eye well!

  13. Miurpo
    July 23, 2012 / 1:02 pm

    Oh wow, your version of the makeup looks actually better than the real one !!

    • Ruth
      July 23, 2012 / 4:11 pm

      Ha! Thanks very much!! x

  14. tammi
    July 30, 2012 / 5:25 am

    Ruth, What lipstick or gloss are you wearing with this look? LOVE your blog! xo

  15. puchi
    January 22, 2013 / 10:25 pm

    Will you make or did already a video of this make-up, haven’t found it :( ?
    It’s amazing!

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