June 10th, 2019
No summer is ever complete without some good bronzers. After introducing some glowy but natural skin-perfecting makeup earlier this season, Chanel now takes us a step further into our dream vacation along the Riviera. The latest Chanel Lumiere et Contraste Collection creates sultry silhouettes using flattering light and gentle shadows.
At the heart of the collection are 2 exclusive limited edition creations – Chanel Duo Bronze et Lumiere Bronzer & Highlighter Duo. Within each palette houses a bronzer with a soft velvety finish, and an iridescent highlighter. A beautiful double-c logo is embossed on the surface of the pans, making these all the more covetable.
There are 2 shades available to suit a fairer and a darker complexion. The bronzer shade in Claire is very close to my roughly NC25 complexion, and is so finely milled I can wear this as an allover powder. The highlighter is a slightly pink champagne shade that is my favorite type of highlighter shade. On the other hand Medium has a darker brown bronzer that is neutral- to cool-undertone, which is lovely for contouring. The accompanying highlighter is a yellow gold though which is better suited for darker complexions. I swatched them on my arm to give you an impression of the shades:
The eyes are glowy and minimal by design, and Luca Pica has designed a luminous gloss. The Chanel Ombre Premiere Top Coat in Lunaire has a cream-to-powder texture, and a slightly translucent base that allows it to be layered over eyeshadow or used on its own for a brightening effect.
There is a lovely natural eyeshadow quad that is part of this collection, but I went instead for a new Les 4 Ombres Lueur Ardente. This is a pretty red-toned palette with a reflective satin finish that is equally apt for this season. Here are the swatches:
The shades in clockwise direction from top left are:
I seldom have the occasion to wear nail polishes these days as I usually have gel polishes on my nails. However when I do, it is invariably Chanel’s range of elegant nudes.
Chanel Le Vernis Afterglow gives nails a bare but polished look. It has a soft dimensional shimmer that is a signature of Chanel. It wears amazingly well, lasting for well over a week.
In case Afterglow is too nude for your liking, Chanel Le Vernis Purple Ray is an interesting one. The pale lilac may turn out too chalky on deeper tans, but on the average complexion it is an elegant way to wear colors this season. It has a creamy finish and is opaque in 2 thin coats.
Here is a makeup look featuring Les 4 Ombres Lueur Ardente on my eyes, Medium Bronzer & Highlighter Duo to sculpt and Clair to highlight, and Rouge Coco Flash in 212 Contraste on my lips.
And because I could not resist a bundle of gorgeous peonies, here is another one for you!
Chanel Lumiere et Contraste is now out in counters. Be sure to check them out for yourself!
This post featured some products that were generously provided for my consideration. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.