Hi there beautiful! Happy September to you! But let’s not start celebrating autumn yet? For me September doesn’t exactly mark the beginning of autumn, but the gradual fading of summer. I think it’s my Greekness coming out here, although I must admit, London has been generously warm these days! I’m going on holiday in six days and the count down has started! In the meantime, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the Chanel 2017 Fall-Winter Travel Diary Collection! I’ve cherry picked some items and tried them out extensively before writing this post, mainly because the reaction to this collection has been mixed.
Oh, Lucia Pica, you love America! And we do too, but your US-centric collections don’t agree with all Chanel fans who put their money’s worth on your French roots and tradition. Sorry to be shallow, but I’m indifferent to all of that. I was happy to read about the Travel Diary inspiration and see the breath-taking pictures of the Californian coasts, which I’ll probably never visit as I don’t do long-haul flights.
What I do mind about the Chanel Travel Diary Collection though is this palette:
Chanel 2017 Fall-winter collection: le palette Essentielle
Can we see the concealer-highlighter-blush palette, or else, the Palette Essentielle on the upper half of the photo? That’s the palette I mind more than where Lucia Pica got her inspiration for the collection. This is supposed to be the star piece of the Travel Diary collection, and I’m sorry, that’s just poor for a high end, luxury brand. Why Chanel?
There is nothing wrong with the concept behind creating the palette – on the contrary, its portability is a huge plus. However, the shade selection and quality didn’t live up to my expectations, especially for the price. Clearly, when the price tag is that high (£52), expectations are very different, but I think that only too natural, isn’t it?
Here go the swatches:
I’ll keep it sweet and short, so we can move onto the real stars of this collection for me. The Palette Essentielle is not designed for all skin tones. I’m quite tanned these days, so Beige Intense would be my right match concealer-wise. The highlighter was too pale for my liking though, while I found the blush way to red for my cheeks. And the concealer creased rather quickly on me. Might be my personal experience, other bloggers seem to like the palette. I, personally, thought it was very short-sighted of Chanel to release such a palette.
Moving on 🙂
chanel ombre premiere in memory and urban
I’ve spoken about the new long wear Chanel cream eyeshadows here. I like them a lot and if there is one thing to pick up from the Fall 2017 make-up collection is the Ombre Premiere in Memory. It’s pure golden brown goodness that can work wonders on both blue/green or brown eyes!
Whilst Memory is a pleasure to work with and blend, Urban is a little more difficult. I experienced a little more fall-out but not all the time. If I blend fast enough, then it’s fine. It’s a beautiful blue and you can either wear it with Memory, or create a string smokey eye. Feel free to play around!
These two beauties can be used on their own, or as a base for the quads in the collection (more on that in another post!) and they are both very long-lasting once they set (8-9 hours on me). They retail for £25 and can be checked out here.
Here’s a very simple, daytime make-up look I achieved using only these two Ombre Premieres. It took me five minutes to create (I used the little brushes that come with the cream eyeshadows):
And a close-up:
I hope you enjoyed this post! It’s true that not everything in a collection can suit everyone all the time and I prefer to be honest with my reviews. Whilst I saved myself some extra expense by skipping the Chanel Palette Essentielle, I’m thoroughly enjoying the Ombre Premieres and the quad that I got! A separate review on the quad and the lipsticks of the Chanel 2017 Fall-Winter Collection will be coming up soon. Till then, enjoy this wonderful fist September days and don’t forget to smile and have fun whatever you do!