Twenty years later, and we’re still talking about Chanel Vamp!
Who knew that a blackened red nail polish could ignite such a frenzy? — but it did, from the moment it arrived in the mid ‘90s.
Maybe I missed my calling as a makeup fortune teller (what if that were a real job?!), but I kindasorta suspected that Vamp would stand the test of time. I remember going absolutely b-a-n-a-n-a-s for it way back when, and I still get amped about Vamp.
I guess other lacquer lovers do, too, because it’s making waves again with Chanel Holiday 2015 Collection Vamp Attitude, which is all about Vamp.
Chanel used Vamp as their inspiration for the collection’s eyeshadows, liners, mascara, lipsticks and gloss, and they maintained Vamp’s runway-ready wow factor bite. Still, the colors are also everyday wearable, meaning that you won’t have to wear them with a scowl while listening to sad songs by The Cure.
Generally speaking, Chanel turned down the reddish tones (so you won’t have to worry about looking like an extra from The Walking Dead), and turned up the black, which I think makes some of the products, like the cream shadow, actually look more like a deep plummy bronze.
The 15-piece collection arrives at Chanel counters and the Chanel website next month, with most of the pieces being limited edition. I think that only two of them — the cream shadow and the long-wearing liquid lipstick — are permanent (and I’m trying to confirm this).
Despite its inspiration, the collection isn’t strictly about Vamp. Chanel also added soft pinks, peachy beiges, taupes, frosty bright golds and an intense raspberry, all of which go really well with the blackened red tones.
My current favorite Vamp-ified look involves plummy taupe and reddish brown smoky eyes with a bright spot of gold in the inner corners, which I pair with a delicate, light pinkish purple sparkly lip.
That’s what I’m wearing in the video at the top and what I plan to also wear over Thanksgiving. I’ve already decided, because I love it that much. 🙂
Being Chanel, these products are pricey and the opposite of bargain or affordable, but if you’re thinking of a splurge, I really, REALLY like the Signe Particulier Quad ($61), or the Illusion D’Ombre Long-Wearing Eyeshadow in Rouge Noir ($36), or the Le Crayon Kohl Intense Eye Pencil in Rouge Noir ($32). I think all of those are at least worth a swatch.
And if you can, spend some time with light pink Rouge Allure Lipstick in Vamporeuse ($36) and Glossimer in Rose de Lune ($30) at a counter if you like the sound of there-but-not-there nude pink lips. Or for babes who love bold, swipe the bright raspberry Rouge Allure Velvet in la Merveilleuse ($36) on the back of your hand, and when you do so, try not to fall in lusty-lust. 🙂
What a beautiful launch! It’s easily one of my top three holiday collections this year.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,