Chanel’s latest Fall / Winter 2017 makeup collection may be the most exciting one yet. Inspired by her Californian road trip, Lucia Pica has managed to capture the grittiness of average Americanism as well as the rugged beauty of the vast state. This collection resonates with me because it really reminded me of my years living in California. At the same time, I think the variety of hues and textures make this a collection that will speak to every one of us according to our needs. I have quite a number of pieces to show you, so I have decided to split things over 2 posts, starting with the first half today.
There are 2 Les 4 Ombres eyeshadow palettes in this Chanel Travel Diary Collection, and the first that I delved into is the bolder and more unique offering – Chanel Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Palette Road Movie.
I really love how Lucia Pica has named each of the pieces to evoke a certain memory, thereby bringing to life the product as an artistic creation. Road Movie reminds me of the Californian coastline, I have very fond memories of driving down Highway 1. And as most road trips invariably involve driving into the night, there is a sense of stillness that is very befitting with Road Movie.
The colors veer towards warmth and mystery, which differentiates Road Movie from others such as this and this. I’m in awe with the masterful juxtaposition of brown tones with blues. From left to right, the swatches are:
For this eye look, I started by laying down the dark smoky blue along the lash line, working upwards towards mid-lid. Thereafter, I layered the teal on the center of the lid, before adding more dark blue on the outer corner. Finally, I used the barley beige in the copper in the crease, finished with the barley beige in the inner corner.
There are a number of lip options in this Travel Diary Collection, and I chose 2 that best appealed to me.
Chanel Rouge Coco Velvet (63) Nightfall is a beautiful neutral- to coo-toned red with a lovely soft matte finish. I actually have been wearing this as a stain instead of full-on opaque, dabbing it to the center of my lips and then diffusing out with a brush or finger. Sometimes I top it with a clear gloss too. As with all the Rouge Coco Velvets, Nightfall has great lasting power, staying on for a good 6 hours even with eating and drinking.
Chanel Rouge Allure Ink (156) Lost is the long-awaited answer to fan’s call for a nude option to the wonderful Rouge Allure Ink range! This is a very wearable nude for ladies with similar skin tone to mine… not so pale as to wash me out, nor too warm.
Here are the swatches of these 2:
I managed to swatch all the 6 lip options at a private viewing some time back, and here are the full swatches for your reference:
There are also 2 new nail polishes in this Fall 2017 collection…
Chanel Le Vernis (576) Horizon Line is a medium dovegrey that has hints of green though retaining a neutral undertone. Horizon Line is roughly between Monochrome and Garconne (both reviewed here) in color intensity. These Chanel Le Vernis longwear formula varies substantially, and I was happy to find that Horizon Line applies smoothly and is fully opaque in 2 coats.
Chanel Le Vernis (578) New Dawn is a gorgeously chic mauve that has been on constant repeat since I received it. It does not apply as smoothly as Horizon Line, but is self-balancing with 2 coats, and looks perfectly smooth after a glossy top coat.
Lastly, here is a makeup look featuring Chanel Les 4 Ombres Road Movie on the eyes and Rouge Allure Velvet Nightfall worn as a stain.
For Part 2 of my coverage on this collection, please head over here. Have you checked out this collection in stores yet?
This post featured products that were generously provided for my consideration. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.