Add this to the list of FotDs I must create in the coming days (what are you doing this weekend?), because my brushes and fingers are itching to see what I can with the stunning Le Rouge Collection No.1 Chanel has launched for Fall 2016. Funny enough, I only picked three items, and none of them appears to be a limited edition (the counters sell out but restock rather quickly). I wasn't even going to buy the Candeur et Experience Eye Shadow Quad, but this is just not something a Chanel fan can pass (and I am, all kvetching aside). An all-matte, silky smooth eye shadow palette with colors that definitely veer fro the champagne, peach, hunter green stuff I end up buying every fall. The lipstick was a no-brainer, like the blush I've shown you last week. A Rouge Allure in a berry-based red? Why, of course. It did take me some digging and searching to verify that I do not currently own not have I ever had a Chanel lipstick called "Tentation(s)". I finally decided that I was thinking of the 1996 Paloma Picasso perfume, Tentations, which I'm pretty sure I never liked. Order restored.
I have a nice little collection of Chanel Les 4 Ombres eye shadow quads in various formulas and finishes, but none resembles Candeur. The fairy wing matte of all four colors is spectacular. I find that I need a good creamy primer, not so much to bring the pigment forward, but to make sure that the gentle blending I unleash does not take away from the sophisticated gradient. The colors are three must-have classics: camel, milk chocolate, and bittersweet chocolate, and one trendy burst of awesomeness, an ancient red brick (think of those old old masonry wonders in England).
You know me. I am not prone to go antiquing in a red eye shadow all over my lid, nor would I venture on an outing with various nieces and nephews sporting a red wing. I layer and I blend, and I've found that the infuriating dark skin of my lids (blood vessel galore) is not just forgiving, but also encouraging experimenting with colors. The red can go in the crease with a brown chaperone, used with a lighter color on the middle of the lid, or just go anywhere I see fit. Worst case scenario I break out the Bi-Facil.
The beautiful rich and easy to wear formula of Chanel's Rouge Allure lipstick needs no introduction. I don't buy the Velvet versions, because I have a nightmare of being buried alive under barely used matte lipsticks. But the regular Rouge Allure as an elegant and moderate satin finish, enough pigment to leave a stain behind, and is is among my favorite treats. Rouge Tentation appears significantly warmer and redder in the tube than on my skin and lips, and will depend on your own natural lip pigment. When I wear it I get the perfect fall berry, with just enough true red to complement the other items I picked from this collection.
Bottom Line: It's Chanel and it's red. What do you think?
Chanel Fall 2016 Candeur et Experience Eye Shadow Quad ($61, made in Italy) and Rouge Tentation Rouge Allure Lipstick ($37, made in France) are available at the counters and from
Book used as a background is Chanel Collections and Creations by Daniele Bott, published by Thames & Hudson.