British Beauty Blogger reviews the spring Chanel make-up collection


A new Chanel beauty collection is always the most stylish marker that the season is about to change writes British Beauty Blogger Jane Cunningham. Chanel keeps us guessing, with little hints on the catwalk of what might be to come, but the reveal is always something special. I’ll put my hands up to being something of a Chanel make-up collector – there are some pieces that are so beautiful, they can only go in my archive, never to be used, only admired. Here is my pick of the pieces to buy.

1. Jardin de Chanel Blush in Camelia Rose

So, this is my ‘archive’ product from the collection. The Jardin de Chanel Blush Camelia Rose is inspired by spring time gardens in Paris. Technically, it’s rather advanced and relies not only on a make-up formula that will withstand the 3D moulding, but an intricate mould as well.

Two shades of pink are blended to give a vibrant, but understated, spring flush to the cheeks. The texture of the raised camellia motif is a finely milled powder that is effortless to apply with the accompanying soft brush.

2. Les 4 Ombres in Tisse Paris

Chanel changed their eye shadow formula last year, making it higher intensity pigment-wise, and smoother in texture. This quad was instantly on my hit list for spring for its ashy smokiness diffused with hints of peach and pink.

There are two pink options in the Tisse Paris palette; the deeper shade has accents of coral, while the lighter colour is more of a baby pink – absolutely perfect for a down-played make-up look that wakes up your lids. Add a simple lash line of the deep grey shade and it’s an instant transformation to a more striking and defined eye.

3. Chanel Le Vernis in Tenderly

While I love a bright nail, grey-washed shades have always been a favourite (I couldn’t get enough of sell-out, Greige). Chanel Le Vernis in Tenderly is a greyed plum, which won’t be at odds with the rest of your make-up.

Pared back, elegant shades for nails are oh-so wearable – they won’t fight with colour if you decide to pull on your favourite vibrant dress, but equally, are capable of making a style statement all of their own. As far as skin tone goes, Tenderly has the advantage of complimenting both warm or cool tones.

4.Levres Scintillantes in Fleur d’Eau

Glosses that are literally a wash of colour – a nuance for the lip – with plenty of shine look so sumptuous and juicy that they’re irresistible. Even though they’re light on colour, these formulas are transformational for the face by bringing light and youth to the lips.

Levres Scintillantes in Fleur d’Eau is the perfect example; a fresh, peach-infused shine that dances with light. It is a joy to wear, day or evening.

5. Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Petillante

Matte lips are a very specific look. Done properly, they’re the statement lip of the season but they require preparation. Always exfoliate the lips and do an overnight hydration (with balm) before you attempt a statement matte. If those boxes are ticked, Rouge Allure Velvet in La Petillante is the kind of colour you spend winter craving for.

Predominantly, a vibrant and highly pigmented burst of coral, undertones of red give it a boost to take it into tomato territory. But the best, ripest and juiciest tomato you've ever had!

6. Rouge Coco Shine in Desinvolte

If you’ve never tried the balmy texture of Rouge Coco Shine, this middle path between winter and spring is the perfect time to try it. Balmy in texture, but with enough colour to make some impact on the lips, it’s rather addictive.

Desinvolte is peachy with pink notes – a shade that is easily worn by all skin tones. The lip softening and hydrating formula is exactly what lips need right now; it is an easy and stylish wear.

Available in Fenwick stores nationwide.

By Jane Cunningham, British Beauty Blogger