I told you this week would be rather heavy on the Chanel, but I couldn’t write about their amazing Nail Gloss without then going on to reveal the ins and outs of the new autumn launch, Le Rouge Collection No.1. (If you’re astute and read between the lines, here, you’ll realise that I spent all of my allotted work day clarting about with Chanel stuff and didn’t leave time for anything else. I have red Chanel things coming out of my ears.)
But what a gorgeous collection – the first from their global creative makeup director, Lucia Pica. Le Rouge is a beautiful collection of makeup for eyes, nails, cheeks and lips using the colour red as a sort of underlying theme. Sometimes its used boldly, in the bright cherry-red lipsticks, for example, but often its included in a more subtle or surprising way – when was the last time you saw a brick red eyeshadow, or red-tinged mascara?
I’ve played about with my favourite items from the collection on video – it’s not a perfect, polished look, because I was quite literally just messing about with the camera rolling, but you get a good idea of how the products can be worn. I found it quite liberating splashing on red shadow and then a clashing red lip – it seemed to go against all of the makeup “rules”, but felt so good! The reddish shadow from the Candeur et Experience palette seemed to brighten my eyes instantly, and I’ll definitely be wearing this a lot going into the Autumn – I enjoyed wearing the red lipstick too, but I do find red lips a bit of a faff unless I’m going to something very dressy and need to make an effort…
If you’re a true red lipstick fanatic then there’s plenty to keep you going in this collection. It would be weird for there not to be, I suppose, for what makeup item lends itself better to red than a lipstick? Above, from left to top right, there’s the deep and dangerous Rouge Audace, the bricky and chic Rouge Tentation, the bright and summery Rouge Feu and the shade I wear in the video and photo above, Rouge Charnel. In all honestly, Feu is my favourite, but I decided to go wild, push myself out of my comfort zone and choose a tone darker than usual.
What an absolute daredevil I am.
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Gloss in Rouge Radical: http://bit.ly/2b8gWDi
Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Lipsticks (I wear Rouge Charnel): http://bit.ly/2biQWBF
Bourjois Volume Reveal Mascara (with mirror on side): http://tidd.ly/b8b80370
Chanel Quad Candeur et Experience 264: http://bit.ly/2b8hHfH (the link here goes to a product with a different shade name but the same shades in the image! V confusing, I’ll try to check and update!)
Chanel Long-Lasting Eyeliner: http://bit.ly/2biTQpO