Chanel AW17 Makeup Collection Review: Travel Diary

Chanel AW17 Makeup Collection Travel Diary

Imagine how fast my heart was beating when I received this press pack from Chanel – I honestly thought that I had been sent a special travel diary, complete with cute little double-c sticky page markers and lovely postcard inserts. After my eye-rolling over The Happiness Planner, with its vom-inducing inspirational quotes, I couldn’t have been more excited about the arrival of a chic grey travel journal.

Grown-up. Understated.

I mean, I’m not going on any travels any time soon (other than our massive family relocation, which is a whole other story) but in terms of stationery p*rn, a Chanel travel journal would surely be way up there on the top shelf.

Chanel AW17 Makeup Collection Travel Diary

As it turned out, the Travel Diary was merely a very attractive press release – filled with beautiful photos, but nowhere for me to scribble down my thoughts about the bleak Minnesota landscape or what have you. My soul was somewhat soothed, however, by the small cloth bag underneath the press pack, which contained a selection of products from the new Autumn-Winter Chanel makeup collection.

Chanel AW17 Makeup Collection Travel Diary

The collection is called (you might have guessed) Travel Diary and it’s the latest stroke of cosmetic genius from Chanel’s global creative makeup designer, Luca Pica. Luca drew inspiration from a road trip along the Californian coast, and she’s come up with a really evocative palette of contrasting tones – the warmth of bright city lights and a vivid red sunset, the grey, murky shades of a sky at dawn, the flecked gold of cool sand. I think that visually, as a collection, it’s just beautiful.

Chanel AW17 Makeup Collection Travel Diary

I thought that the best way to review the collection would be on video, so that you could see the various products being used, but I’ll briefly pick up on a few of my stand-out favourites here, too. (You can skip straight to the video if you scroll down the page.)

Chanel AW17 Makeup Collection Travel Diary

I sparked up an instant love affair with the Rouge Allure lipstick in First Light*, an almost neon orange-red with a soft matte finish, and surprised myself by liking the Rouge Coco lipstick in Daylighta pearly peachy-pink that I should hate, but can’t stop wearing. It just looks so sumptuous and juicy and shiny. Regard:

Chanel AW17 Makeup Collection Travel Diary

Fabulous with a dirty, smokey eye. Or eyes, because yes, I did both of them. You can find Daylight at Selfridges here* – it’s Chanel’s hydrating lipstick formula, which is buttery and soft and almost like a tinted lip balm, though with far more pigment and a longer-lasting finish. And this is First Light:

Chanel AW17 Makeup Collection Travel Diary

First Light has a velvet finish (matte, but not a moisture-sapping matte) and I think it’s just stunning. I can imagine it’ll be the sell-out piece from the whole collection, because it’s one of those colours that makes you feel as though you’ve really given your makeup bag a bit of a shake up. Just one slick of this bright lipstick can update an entire look – it’s a showstopper and I’d wear it all year round. Will wear it all year round! You can still find a few of these at Selfridges* at time of writing.

Chanel AW17 Makeup Collection Travel Diary

Not all of the lip offerings did it for me – I’ve never been particularly enamoured with the weightless liquid lipstick Rouge Allure Ink formula from Chanel, and the limited edition Highway shade for Travel Diary didn’t impress.

Chanel AW17 Makeup Collection Travel Diary

Actually I take that back – the shade impressed me, a brighter-than-bright peachy tone, but I simply can’t get on with the Rouge Allure Ink formula. I find it messy to apply, even if the feel of it is beautiful and barely-there. Perhaps it’s just me, and I’m a clumsy fool, but I’ve never been able to get a neat application, even with neutral shades.

Chanel AW17 Makeup Collection Travel Diary

So perhaps one to test out before you invest, should you be besotted with the shade – you can actually get a good feel for how the Ink applies by testing on the back of your hand. It’s very fluid and – I think – difficult to apply in an even layer.

chanel ombre premiere creme in memory

Moving on to eyes, and my favourite product would be the Ombre Premiere longwear shadow in Memory. Watch the video to see how it creates the most flattering wash of warm, sandy-bronze across the lids. It’s shimmery, but in a very low-key, non-ridiculous way – no glitter, but a gorgeous sort of 3D effect that creates sultry areas of light and shadow. You can find Memory at Selfridges* – it’s £25.

chanel palette essentielle medium

And then there’s the Palette Essentielle, which is an all-over, 3-in-1, conceal/highlight/colour face palette that joins the main Chanel makeup collection. I have to admit to being perplexed by this all-cream palette, at first – the concealer section seemed too large, the “colour” section too reddish in tone to be useful for face or for eyes. But actually, the concealer works brilliantly as a touch-up foundation when out and about, the highlighter is creamy and adds a beautiful sheen to cheekbones and the colour isn’t actually as far-fetched as it looks.

chanel palette essentiel

I’m showing you the “medium” version here, which is perhaps slightly too dark for me – there’s a lighter and a darker palette – but it was more the warmth of the colour section that confused me. It seemed a little too red to use on cheeks, but in practice I actually think that it didn’t look too weird on me and I really liked it on the eyes and lips too. Take a look at the video and let me know what you think of it buffed into my cheeks – I’m going to try and get hold of the lighter palette and test that one out as a comparison. It’s a whopping £52 for the Palette Essentielle (John Lewis here*) but I suppose if you used it daily, or could take it out as your only compact, it would make a good (if rather fancy) investment.

Right: viewing goggles on, hit play.

Chanel Travel Diary AW17 Collection (Fall-Winter 2017) is at Selfridges now*: http://bit.ly/2x25vap

I was wearing Dior Forever Foundation: http://bit.ly/2eSlAoo

Jumper is from Hush*: http://tidd.ly/df57a89f

About my haircut: http://www.amodelrecommends.com/2017/…

 

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15 Comments

  1. September 5, 2017 / 10:14 am

    I actually love this palette, even though the proportions seem more suited to the overall look of the palette rather than the amount of concealer, bronzer/contour and highlighter we need! I love the lipsticks as well!

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  2. Alex
    September 5, 2017 / 9:00 pm

    Love, love, LOVE this collection! The first light lipstick is just stunning. Your hair’s looking great too, Ruth. Did you announce the winner of the hair competition? X

    • September 5, 2017 / 9:25 pm

      Ooh, yes they were drawn and contacted, I didn’t update the giveaway page. Maybe I’ll pop the names in a Sunday Tittle Tattle update! x

  3. NIN
    September 6, 2017 / 5:58 am

    i think that Palette Essentielle, is an eye pallete, not a face pallete.
    this dark mahogany doesn’t look right on cheeks in a fair or medium skin. but it could be great for eyes as a mono- shadow , with the shimering one for highlights.
    BUT, it could be a nice face pallete for darker skin.

    • NIN
      September 6, 2017 / 6:01 am

      i just thought, maybe the concealer part is so big, to be able to be mixed with the dark one to create shades.

  4. Simona
    September 6, 2017 / 10:40 am

    Daylight seems very similiar to Rouge Coco in shade Adrienne to me. In your photos nearly identical. Can you describe the difference in these shades, please?

  5. Susie
    September 6, 2017 / 4:36 pm

    You look amazing in this. I really like your last few make-up looks. They’re sultry and a tad messy and really refreshing in this ‘no-make up’ make-up age. Also that hair is perfect!

  6. Jmbc
    September 6, 2017 / 8:02 pm

    Hmm. That first light lipstick is awesome. I wonder how it compares to NARS Heat wave (my favorite lipstick color ever).

  7. Liezl
    September 6, 2017 / 8:06 pm

    Hello! Thank you for the video. Do you know of a dupe for that dark blush, its absolutely stunning on your skintone. I rushed out to try it and loved it but I’m afraid the rest of the palette is too dark for me.

  8. Melissa Hayes
    September 17, 2017 / 10:47 pm

    I purchased the Essential Palate in Clair (the lightest shade), and it actually is essential! Currently, I use the concealer portion as concealer, but I can see myself wearing it as foundation once my summer color is gone. The blush portion is really beautiful, and the highlighter is as well. Love!

  9. September 19, 2017 / 10:28 am

    First Light looks stunning on you! That will be a great addition to my collection of red lippies. Hope to still catch one off the shelves.

  10. October 6, 2017 / 10:33 am

    I went straight to the nearest Chanel makeup counter when I saw this video, both the lipsticks and the eye creme/shadow looked amazing. The red wasn’t as bright as I’d hoped but oh my, memory was gorgeous! I swatched some on my hand and after a day running around after 2 kids, it was still on there, in perfect condition when I went to wash my face that night. I’d love it in a warm rusty colour for my green eyes, but the formula is the best, most long lasting I’ve come across!

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