December 30th, 2016
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!
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.
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.
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!
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:
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!
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.
Swatched in clockwise direction starting from the top right, the shades are:
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.
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:
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.
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:
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 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!
This post featured products that were generously provided for my consideration. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.