Feathers and diamonds, the inspirations for the new Plumes Precieuses de Chanel holiday 2014 collection, are two things that Tabs and I love in almost equal measure (well, I’m more partial to the diamonds, but he goes buck wild for the feathers!).
The nine-piece holiday release has just started to alight and sparkle on Chanel counters (it’s also available online), and it’s steeped in classic colors. Red and gold enliven lips and nails, while luminescent peach and platinum gold highlight cheeks, and subtle, sophisticated gray, black, beige and gold luxuriously glimmer on lids.
Can I just say that I think the marketing visuals for this collection are off the hook gorgeous??
I LOVE those eyes! — and how the gold wraps around the inner corners to merge with the smokey black lower lash lines, and the shimmery gray goes all the way up to the brows.
The velvet matte red lips and glossy red nails? Also killer. The whole ensemble combines bold and sophisticated in a way I’d happily wear every day, if I thought I could get away with it.
All of the pieces are limited edition, so if you see something you love or like, better to grab it sooner than later.
Here are the items aggressively tickling my fancy…
Camelia de Plumes Highlighting Powder, $72
If I could bathe in a claw-foot tub filled with this stuff, I would, and with as much as that would probably cost (according to my calculations and based on an 80-gallon tub, about $2.6 million), people would wonder if I made a deal with the devil. Looking at the otherworldly glow of my skin from the platinum gold sheen, they might also assume I was doing an extreme wheatgrass juice cleanse, but I digress…
When light catches the high points on my face while I’m wearing this, it looks like there are creamy streams of starlight on my cheeks.
Seriously. Lovin’ on this.
Les 5 Ombres de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette in Oiseaux de Nuit, $80
If you like your eye looks bold, you probably won’t have lusty dreams about this palette. Its shadows are closer to moderately pigmented than high, and I see it more for ladies and gents looking for softly defined, luminous lids.
The shadows blend like buttah and behave well, with very little fallout (even the black shade), but be careful if you tend to over-blend, because these are so buttery that things can turn muddy fast. I repeat: keep control of your blending brush.
Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Colour in La Flamboyante, $35
Well, clutch my pearls and steer me to the closest fainting couch, because this warm orangey red is all that and a bag of TJ’s Pretzel Slims!
Even on my raggedy, dry lips (note to self: drink extra H20 today ’cause you’re dehydrated, yo), this lightweight lipstick looks like velvety matte silk, and it lasts a respectable five to six hours.
Le Vernis Nail Colour in Phenix, $27
Le Vernis Nail Colour in Phenix makes for a fitting accomplice to La Flamboyante on your lips. A single stroke of this pigmented formula paints paws with full, glossy color. I plan to wear this one all year long.
(Side note: If you happen to want/need to kiss up to your mother-in-law, consider getting her La Flamboyante and Phenix together as a gift. You would score major, major points.)
Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Or Blanc, $32
I wear this fun, festive shimmery white gold as an alternative to white or beige liner on my lower water lines because I think it makes my eyes look bigger.
I apply a layer, wait for it to dry, then, to ramp up the intensity, go back in for another layer.
Illusion d’Ombre in Envol, $36
Like a really fancy beDazzler for lids! Yeah…I can already tell that I’ll be wearing this glistening peach with silvery shimmer from now till next summer.
For last-minute holiday party eyes, tap a small amount of Envol on your lids with a finger, being careful not to take it too high up into the crease, and finish with false lashes.
The Chanel Collection Plumes Precieuses de Chanel holiday collection includes…
- Camelia de Plumes Highlighting Powder in Platine, a soft platinum sheen, $72
- Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Caresse, a shimmering peach, $45
- Les 5 Ombres de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette in Oiseaux de Nuit, a luminous white, a soft grayish lavender, an intense dark gray, an intense black and an antique gold, $80
- Illusion d’Ombre in Envol, a shimmering peach, $36
- Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Or Blanc, a shimmery white gold, $32
- Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Volage, a peach rose, $35
- Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Colour in La Flamboyante, a bright orangey red, $35
- Rouge Allure Gloss Colour & Shine Lipgloss in Extrait de Rouge, a bright orangey red, $34
- Rouge Allure Gloss Colour & Shine Lipgloss in Extrait d’Or, a sheer gold, $34
- Le Vernis Nail Colour in Phenix, a bright orangey red, $27
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,