Chanel is killing it this spring!! The Neapolis Collection [reviews start from here] is so bold and fresh, although I know some people found it a little overwhelming when it is still covered in snow outside. If that is the case for you, then you will certainly enjoy the new Dernieres Neiges de Chanel Collection! This is a capsule collection of makeup that is part of the annual spring Le Blanc release. Originally designed to target the Asian market, Chanel has now made the range accessible globally, though still in keeping with the Asian aesthetic of soft pearly pastels for a youthful luminous look.
If you have been perusing Instagram lately, you would have seen the museum-worthy collectible piece. Chanel Premieres Fleurs Harmony of Powders is a trio of blushes and highlighter bearing an exquisite oriental design. The design is a replication the older Coromandel de Chanel eyeshadow/blush palette from 2005 [view on my Instagram here], and is inspired by a coromanel screen that used to reside in Gabrielle Chanel’s apartment.
This season’s release is soft and ethereal, and the design is emphasized by a light gold overspray that dusts off with the first use. It contains a pearly white highlighter that is semi-sheer in the base but filled with champagne gold micro-shimmers, suitable as a highlighter on its own or mixed into the other shades for a luminous finish. At the bottom of the palette is a medium-light coral pink blush with a slight golden pearl. In the middle is a thin strip of pale pinky-beige filled with golden shimmers. I have swatched all the shades below without the golden overspray so that you can get an accurate view of the product.
Premieres Fleurs warms up the frost-bitten complexion lightly, and the touch of luminosity gives that blossoming spring beauty. You can use it on the cheeks, or mixed in for an all-over glow, even as a light sculpting touch. Of course, you may not bear to touch it at all, given how incredibly pretty the design is.
If you would rather invest in something that you can actually bear to use, you may want to consider the Palette Essentielle Rose Petale (180). First introduced last fall [see here], Chanel’s Palette Essentielle is a 3-in-1 cream palette that contains a blush, concealer and highlighter.
This spring’s Rose Petale approximates Beige Claire in intensity, but with a stronger pink undertone. When swatched, the shades are surprisingly close to Premieres Fleurs, though with different finishes. The blush is pinker though with a golden pearl finish; and the highlighter pulls a light champagne against my complexion even though it looks white in the pan. The larger section of the palette is dedicated to a light concealer with a brightening pink undertone which is useful for freshening up dark spots. If you had been curious about the Palette Essentielles but found the 3 permanent shades too yellow or simply not a good match, you should definitely check Rose Petale out.
For a bit more colour on the cheeks, Chanel has a new shade of Les Tissages Blush in Tweed Evanescent (130). As always, there is a hint of silver woven into the blush for that tweed-like effect, but it does not affect the underlying blush colour. I often get asked about the quality of these blushes in comparison with the more prevalent Joues Contraste blushes, and the answer is that they are equally good. From the past few releases, I found the Les Tissages blushes to be more pigmented and shimmery than the Joues Contrastes.
Tweed Evanescent is a brightened coral pink with a sprinkling of pale pink and gold shimmers. It is much more pigmented than the other 2 cheek palettes discussed above, and it blends out into a beautiful fresh flush.
Apart from the cheeks, Chanel has also released a Les 4 Ombres Premiere Eclosion (302) alongside this collection.
I’m a big fan of Chanel’s multi-effect quadra eyeshadow formula, and find myself collecting every single one of them year after year. Premiere Eclosion is the first time I am seeing a mint green from Chanel, and I am super excited.
In clockwise direction starting from the top left, the shades are:
Chanel eyeshadows are seldom raved for their ability to layer, and certainly I do not expect the complexity of shimmers that I can achieve with Japanese brands like SUQQU. Regardless, their soft textures and the combination of intensities render Premiere Eclosion well suited for layering. Check out the beautiful neutrals that result from mixing the shades together!
For a simple eye look, I started with the medium taupe all over the lid, then I added the light peach on two-thirds of the lid. Next, I lined both upper and lower lash lines with the plummy brown, blending upwards and outwards Lastly, I popped the mint green on the inner corner using a pencil brush, and finished with mascara.
There are a couple of Ombre Premiere eyeshadow singles and several lip options in the Dernieres Neiges Collection as well, so there is plenty enough to explore. Here is a full makeup look featuring Premier Eclosion on the eyes, and Tweed Evanescent on the cheeks. On the lips, I am wearing Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon in Pink Straight [reviewed here].
Have you picked up anything from the Dernieres Neiges de Chanel Collection? I am taking my 5yo son for a cruise this weekend, he has been waiting to get on a ship for a very long time, so it should be fun! Do you have anything planned?
This post featured products that were generously provided for my consideration. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.