CHANEL · Les Indispensables de L’Été, Cruise 2017 Collection
CHANEL’s Les Indispensables de L’Été Cruise 2017 Collection draws inspiration from Mademoiselle and her love of sun-kissed hues, with special attention given to earth tones and pops of coral as counterpoint. Coco Chanel was a true visionary — ahead of her time both in fashion & beauty, and now Lucia Pica pays tribute to an icon with this latest release. After playing with these pieces for some time now, I’m happy to say that I’m truly loving every single item; big surprise, I know, coming from me the ultimate CHANEL fan, but you guys also know that I call ’em as I see ’em. So yeah, this collection is basically Summery perfection.
Oh, and on repeat right now is the short video below — I can’t take my eyes off the makeup AND the jewelry …
Previously reviewed from this collection:
Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour in Medium (CAN $68.00) | Available in 5 shades (one of which I believe will not be released in Canada) and housed in a beige lacquered compact that includes a demilune natural-bristle brush, this latest iteration in the Les Beiges family of Healthy Glow powders has been given an upgrade via the addition of mineral butters and beeswax in the formula, along with finely ground shimmer for a sunlit glow effect. The texture here is probably the finest yet and there’s a beachy fragrance I pick up, but it’s one that leans delicate and appears to dissipate soon after application. From an aesthetic point of view, I’m also totally loving the undulating wave pattern seen on the surface (it will eventually get ground down, but that’s not an issue). What makes this powder a total standout for me, however, is the beautiful healthy-looking radiance it leaves on the skin and is exactly the type of bronzer I’ve been craving: a sunny tone that seems almost lit from within.
837 Horizon Stylo Yeux Waterproof, limited edition (CAN $35.00) | For years now these eyeliners have ranked as some of my faves, and while there have been a few misses along the way, I still tend to reach for these over others in my collection. With excellent pigmentation, a smooth glide in application, as well as excellent longevity — even when worn along the waterline — Horizon is that perfect dark green hue that’s a great alternative to a straight-up black liner and a nice pop of unexpected, yet sophisticated colour.
87 Vert Profond Inimitable Waterproof Mascara, limited edition (CAN $41.00) | I have gone through countless tubes of CHANEL’s Le Volume mascara and it’s still the one I swear by when I want lashes with mega ooh-la-la but lately Inimitable has been giving Le Volume some stiff competition. Throw in this gorgeous deep emerald colour, and my coloured-mascara loving self is incredibly happy. It almost goes without saying that the formula and wear is amazing as well, without any flaking or smudging in sight. I can’t vouch for the waterproof claim, but it’s definitely very water resistant and will need a dual-phase remover to get rid of all traces.
Rouge Coco Stylo (CAN $45.00/each) | Trust CHANEL to take the by-now ubiquitous lip pencil and basically perfect it. Housed in a retractible format (my fave), the texture is buttery smooth and glides effortlessly along lip contours with more than enough pigment to deposit a healthy amount of luminous colour. Staying power is definitely less with Panorama; not unexpected with a lighter shade such as this, but I still manage to get a good 3 hours of wear (without eating or drinking) with the bonus of a nicely hydrated feel to lips long after all traces of colour have faded. Esquisse not only has a stronger payoff and better lasting time, but fades to a lovely light coral stain, at which point you can even add a swipe of clear balm for a whole new lip look.
I really do live for the Summer launches and for as far back as I can remember, CHANEL’s is the one that I anticipate the most. That said, this year’s iteration might not be extravagant or outrageous but what it does bring to the table is exactly what I want: quality to go with wearable colours. Surprisingly, I found every single item to be totally up my alley and all excellent performers at that, which is a good thing because at these prices, the last thing anyone want to experience is beauty regret. No worries here; feel free to indulge … and I won’t even say I told you so.
Available May 1 at all CHANEL beauty counters
Press samples kindly provided, all opinions are my own