December 30th, 2016

Chanel Coco Codes for Spring / Summer 2017

We are moments away from 2017, do you have any resolutions for the new year? Last year I over-indulged in holiday collections and promised myself to go on a makeup “diet” in spring… which was relatively easy for me to do because pastels are not really my kind of thing. But in case you are hoping to do the same this year, I suggest you have another think, because the upcoming Chanel Spring/Summer 2017 Coco Codes Collection is unlike anything you’ve seen before!

Chanel Coco Code collection

After redefining holiday looks with Collection Libre Synthetic [see here], Chanel now gives us a whole new look for Spring 2017. Taking the colors that had shaped the life of Gabrielle Chanel, the Coco Codes Collection is bold and refreshing, completely irreverent of traditional spring time palettes. Hues of red, black, gold, white and beige are central in this season’s makeup looks, and have been re-interpreted to be worn in ways that best define the modern woman.

Chanel Coco Code for SS17

The piece de resistance of the collection is the Coco Code Exclusive Creation, a 4-color palette that consists of 2 harmonious cheek color interwoven with 2 shimmering highlighters. Each of the shades are large enough to be picked up with a small cheek brush, and may also be used swirled together. Above it all, the name of the collection COCO CODE is embossed.

Chanel Coco Code closeup

I wasn’t quite sure when I first saw press images of this online, but there is something about the balance and symmetry that appeals to me.  And the texture!!  This is probably the softest cheek/face powder in a pan that I have ever laid my hands on!

Chanel Coco Code swatches

The cheek colors are beautifully pigmented, all you need is to gently touch your brush on them, and it picks up enough to lend a soft but visible flush.  If you need more, just layer on.  But be warned, things can get quite red indeed!  I love that the highlighting shades are not too glittery, and is quite subtle though still visible and pretty for a spring look.

In counter-clockwise direction starting from the top left, the shades are:

  • Pale pink with a slightly warm- almost beige- undertone.  It is slightly sheer and contains pale golden micro-shimmers, making this perfect for highlighting the cheek bones, and popping onto the apples of the cheeks for a luminous look.  Try adding a dash of this also to the cupid’s bow and inner corner of the eyes too!
  • Medium salmon pink with a warm- almost red- undertone.  It has a soft satin / matte finish.
  • Light golden-beige.  This one is much more opaque than the pale shimmery pink, and is suitable as a highlight for those with warmer / darker skin tones, or use it in combination with either the pink or tawny shades on the cheeks.
  • Medium tawny brown with just enough of a neutral undertone to work well as a contour for me.  I actually let out a gasp of surprise when I first applied this to my face, it really is the most perfect shade with the right intensity to go under my cheek bones to sculpt.  I also add this to the sides of my giant nose and the sides of my face and jawline… if there is a giant pan version of this I will buy it in a heart beat!

Chanel Coco Code, Les 4 Ombres Code Elegants & Rouge Coco Shine Noir Moderne

I can go on and on about how much I love the Coco Code palette, but I also would like to show you a couple more other items in this collection that you should not miss!

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Code Elegants for Spring/Summer 2017

There are 2 Les 4 Ombres eyeshadow palettes in the Coco Code collection, both in gorgeous hues of browns and golds.  The one I’d like to show you today is the more dramatic of the 2, and it is called Chanel Les 4 Ombres Codes Elégants.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Codes Elegants swatches

Swatched in clockwise direction starting from the top right, the shades are:

  • Light, warm-toned platinum gold with a shimmery finish
  • Dark brown that contains a tinge of red, with a satin finish
  • Medium antique gold that has strong hints of olive that emerges when sheered out.  A very unique shade which unfortunately does not reveal its true complexity when swatched, but becomes immediately noticeable when applied onto the lids with a brush!
  • Bright yellow gold with a strong metallic finish.  Wearable on its own, or layered with the other shades.  I love adding a pop of this to the centre of my lids for dimension.

If you’ve ever struggled with creating a day-appropriate smoky eye, you should definitely consider picking up Codes Elégants.  It is versatile enough for day use and can be amped up for a bolder evening look.  The shimmers add complexity to the shifting hues, and are subtle and refined enough to be worn anytime.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Code Elegants eye makeup look

In this eye look, I simply piled on the dark brown all over my lid, working from the lash line up, blending out at the crease.  Thereafter, I layered the antique gold on the middle of my lid, buffing it in a little with my brush.  Finally, I dabbed just a tiny bit of the brightened gold over the middle for more pop.  Lined the outer half of my upper and lower lash lines, smudging with a brush, and finished by popping the platinum on the inner corner.

And here is a makeup look featuring the eye makeup shown above, and Coco Codes on the cheeks:

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Code Elegants full makeup look

Because the eye makeup is fairly heavy and I was wearing it out to Christmas brunch, I kept my lip color light and more pink.  However, if I were wearing this same makeup for evening, I suggest switching out to a darker lip color.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Noir Moderne for Spring/Summer 2017

There are several lipsticks in the Coco Code collection in a variety of finishes to choose from.  The one that stood out to me most is this Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Noir Moderne.  It is a blackened red, more black then red actually; a shade that I never wear.  What makes it interesting is that it is done in the Rouge Coco Shine formula which is sheer and glossy.  At first swipe, it barely darkens my natural lip color, adding a slight sheen to it the way tinted lip balms do.  2 swipes adds more color, and is perfect for day wear.  If you fill in the lip first with a liner and build on layers, Noir Moderne could be a very elegant and feminine way to wear the black lip trend!

Here is a full makeup look featuring the same Codes Elégants on eyes, Coco Code on cheeks, and Noir Moderne on lips:

Chanel Coco Code makeup look

For the look above, I wore Codes Elégants slightly differently.  I started with the antique gold over 2/3 of my lid, followed by the dark brown on the outer third.  Next I dabbed on the brightened gold on the center of my lid, and platinum on the inner corner.  Here is a close-up, and you can see how the antique gold pulls almost olive when applied:

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Code Elegants eye makeup look

Chanel Coco Codes Collection will be out in stores in Singapore from 1 January 2017!  I will be back soon with a few more items from the collection shortly, in the meanwhile, have a blessed New Year and see you real soon!

xo LindaThis post featured products that were generously provided for my consideration.  Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.

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