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CHANEL SS/17 · Codes Subtils, Noir Pétrole, Libre & Noir Moderne



Last post was all about cheeks; today’s focuses on eyes and lips with a few more selections from the CHANEL Coco Codes Collection for Spring/Summer 2017 (it’s crazy to even contemplate Spring — or even Summer right now, but that’s the beauty industry for you). What makes everything here so unique, in my honest opinion, is the utter wearability of each and every hue and even though I don’t mind stirring things up from time to time with pops of unexpected colour, there’s something comforting about going with standby favourite shades. Especially when they’re all such amazing performers … along with sporting those alluring double C’s.

Previously reviewed from this collection:

“My favourite time to wear Rouge Coco Shine Noir Moderne is in the Spring. I like the idea of a shade of black. I also wanted elements of comfort in the collection – beauty is not just about artifice” ∼ Lucia Pica




Les 4 Ombres 278 Codes Subtils, limited edition (CAN $68.00) | One of two eyeshadow quads released with this collection (the other being 275 Codes Élégants), this one somewhat softer-leaning with shades that can be used to create a subtle look for day, or amped up for evening by applying them with a dampened brush.

  • top left – shimmering rose/peach
  • top right – platinum bronze/taupe
  • bottom right – warm intense pewter (with a strong olive undercurrent)
  • bottom left – bronzed mid-brown

Ever since CHANEL reformulated their 4 Ombres formula, I have been really impressed with the level of pigmentation and how smoothly the shades apply. This palette is no exception; seen in the swatches below, all have been applied dry and it’s clear that the saturation level is excellent, although using a fluffier brush (and going in with a lighter hand), you can also diffuse each shade for a softer effect. Each has shimmer of varying complexity that lends depth of tone and a subtle radiance, and all display very little powdery kickback when swirling brushes across their surface. Staying power (over primer) is outstanding, with the colours staying true until removed.


Stylo Yeux Waterproof 931 Noir Pétrole, limited edition (CAN $35.00) | One of my favourite eyeliner formulas is CHANEL’s Stylo Yeux Waterproof, and while there have been a few misses for me colour-wise, I still fall back on these time and time again. With a smooth application (which means no tugging along the sensitive skin of the eyes) and strong colour saturation per swipe, I get easily 6+ hours of wear — even when applied along the waterline — before needing to touch up.

What makes this shade unique, however, is its intense mossy green base colour which is also a great alternative to wearing straight ip black, made even more special via the bronze glints in its depths. Total ♥!






Rouge Allure Velvet 62 Libre (CAN $43.00) | Adding two new shades to the Rouge Allure Velvet roster (61 La Secrète not shown), the finish on this lipstick formula is exactly as the name implies: velvety. Very hydrating in feel throughout the wearing, this rosewood-tinged beige hue is ultra wearable by a broad range of skin tones and provides a touch more colour than a straight up nude would. Makes a perfect swipe-and-go shade too.

Rouge Coco Shine 128 Noir Moderne (CAN $43.00) | Another standout of the collection, this is a wearable version of cult-fave shade Rouge Noir. The sheerness and slip of the formula take the scare factor out of what looks to be an über-vampy hue and turn it into wearable sexy. I’m having a major moment with Noir Moderne and I’m already planning a backup. Seriously.





At the risk of repeating myself, there’s really no other better way to put it than to say that all the pieces I’ve seen of this collection thus far, are all so worth your time to look into when everything launches. Gabrielle Chanel, whose love of these classic codes (red, black, gold, white & beige) was definitely stated, was all about making women feel liberated and empowered; Lucia Pica continues the tradition by delving into the archives and reworking these shades with modern formulas and textures — all while keeping their integrity intact. So well done … #slowclap

Available early January 2017 at all CHANEL counters



PR samples/As always, all opinions are my own

NARS x Sarah Moon Collection Holiday 2016, Gift Sets pt. 1



You’ve got to hand it to NARS for not only creating this truly lovely — not to mention totally wearable — Sarah Moon x NARS Holiday 2016 Collection, but for throwing in so many interesting gift sets as well. With dreamy packaging details (zero chintzy cardboard throwaways, thank you very much) each set offers up interesting product combinations, some with generously sized minis of the brand’s cult-fave pieces, and all at relatively decent price points.

By the way, you’ll want to check out my upcoming post on pt. 2 of the Gift Sets … just giving you heads up now to get your wallet ready.

Previously reviewed from this collection:


NARS x Sarah Moon Collection Holiday 2016 Gift Sets



Shadow Side Eye Set, limited edition (CAN $78.00) | This set contains three mini sized Velvet Shadow Sticks in new limited edition shades, as well as a generously sized mini of the brand’s best-selling Audacious Mascara in Black Moon (one of my personal faves).

  • Real Surreal – coppery mauve with complex shimmer
  • Lucid Dream – antiqued bronze with multi-tonal shimmer
  • Nunavut – deep prune matte
  • Black Moon – ultra black mascara, provides major length & volume


NARS x Sarah Moon Collection · Shadow Side Eye Set


NARS x Sarah Moon Collection · Shadow Side Eye Set, Velvet Shadow Stick swatches


NARS x Sarah Moon Collection · Shadow Side Eye Set, Black Moon Audacious Mascara swatch



Mind Game Velvet Lip Glide Set, Sephora Exclusive (CAN $59.00) | This collection includes 3 timelessly iconic + 3 new and limited edition mini-sized Velvet Lip Glide shades. Made with an exclusive hydrating oil complex ‘brimming with waterlily flowers and white tea extracts’, these are liquid lip products that apply effortlessly along the lips, impart a hydrating feel throughout the wearing, and come to a lush velvety finish.

  • Bound – soft nude/rose pink (so much  for this shade)
  • N°675 – (new) warm brick red
  • Unspeakable – deepest garnet
  • Plato’s – (new) mulberry
  • Chez Claude – (new) dark rosewood
  • Toy – intense aubergine


NARS x Sarah Moon Collection · Mind Game Velvet Lip Glide Set


NARS x Sarah Moon Collection · Mind Game Velvet Lip Glide Set


NARS x Sarah Moon Collection · Mind Game Velvet Lip Glide Set swatches





Recurring Dare Cheek & Lip Palette, Nordstrom exclusive (CAN $74.00) | This Nordstrom Exclusive set contains 2 stay in line and 2 new & limited edition cheek products, along with a Satin Lip Pencil in Golshan (full sized).

  • Albatross Highlighting Blush – opalescent gold highlighter (*brand best-seller)
  • Sex Appeal Blush – soft peach
  • Illusive Blush – (new) delicate pink with refined shimmer
  • Make Believe Blush – (new) deep rose with peachy undertones


NARS x Sarah Moon Collection · Recurring Dare cheek swatches


True Story Cheek & Lip Palette, limited edition (CAN $74.00) | This set includes four cheek products, 2 cult-faves + 2 new limited edition shades, along with Mysterious Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (full sized).

  • Devotee Highlighting Blush – iced pink
  • Myth – (new) ballet pink
  • Unwritten – (new) soft apricot rose
  • Outlaw – deep rose with gold shimmer


NARS x Sarah Moon Collection · True Story cheek swatches


  • Golshan Satin Lip Pencil (Recurring Dare Palette) – lustrous warm brick red
  • Mysterious Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (True Story Palette) – lush carmine/garnet


NARS x Sarah Moon Collection · Recurring Dare, True Story lip swatches




Look Closer Eyeshadow Palette, limited edition (CAN $60.00) | This set includes a gradient of four neutral to smoky shades in a mix of finishes from matte to pearly shimmer. Long-wearing (especially over primer), the shades in this palette can be used to create a number of looks taking you easily from day to night, along with being conveniently sized for travel.

  • Shade I – shell/nude, matte
  • Shade II – soft oyster, shimmer
  • Shade III – milk chocolate, matte
  • Shade IV – deep charcoal, opalescent shimmer


Via Veneto Long-Wear Eyeliner (Look Closer Palette) | A mini sized version of a cult-fave product in the NARS lineup, this is a twist-up pencil that comes with a built in sharpener, in a rich deep ebony hue. Extremely long-lasting (even when worn along the waterline), you have about a minute to work with it for any blending before it sets.


NARS x Sarah Moon Collection · Look Closer Eyeshadow Palette swatches



Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette, Sephora Exclusive (CAN $85.00) | This Sephora Exclusive palette is absolutely divine and don’t let the price tag scare you off; if purchased individually, the total would be CAN $250.00 so I’d say it’s an amazing deal, especially for NARS. Moving along …

If you’ve yet to try this brand’s Dual-Intensity formula, then you owe it to yourself to check this baby out. Included in the palette are 6 eyeshadow shades and 3 blush hues that can be worn dry for a soft-focus effect (although even dry, the pigmentation is superb) or applied with a dampened brush for mega-intensity. Staying power is impressive and the complex shimmer on all gives a gorgeous multi-tonal depth to each as well.




  • Shade I – bone/nude, satin
  • Shade II – greyed taupe, shimmer
  • Shade III – muted blue-grey, shimmer
  • Shade IV – oyster, satin
  • Shade V – warm taupe, satin
  • Shade VI – rich brown, satin


NARS x Sarah Moon Collection · Give In Take Dual-Intensity eyeshadow swatches


  • Shade I – champagne/ivory with complex shimmer (more suitable as highlight)
  • Shade II – soft apricot/peach, shimmer
  • Shade III – rose pink, shimmer


NARS x Sarah Moon Collection · Give In Take Dual-Intensity cheek swatches


So…..what do we think? Not a bad looking group, wouldn’t you agree? Each and every set offers something new without any crossover duplicates, and the price point on all is quite reasonable in my opinion, especially when you consider the crazy mark-up us Canadians have to pay for this brand (which reminds me … NARS, why?). Quality-wise, there are no disappointments, as everything delivers and the final perk? With Christmas & the holiday period looming closer every day, each set here would make an AWESOME gift. PS: giving to yourself counts.

Available at The Bay, Sephora, Nordstrom, other select NARS counters & online



Press samples/As always, all opinions are my own

NARS x Sarah Moon Collection · Eyeshadow Duos, Kohliners & Eyelashes, Holiday 2016



The first thing that struck me about the NARS x Sarah Moon Collection, were the hauntingly beautiful images on the packaging – it’s details like that which get me every single time. But as we all know by now, it’s the actual products that count and on that score, this collection totally delivers. But I’d be lying if I didn’t say that the outside is important to me too …

Previously reviewed from this collection:



Kate Moss photographed by Sarah Moon


NARS x Sarah Moon Collection · Eyeshadow Duos, Kohliners & Eyelashes


NARS x Sarah Moon · Indes Galantes & Quai des Brumes Eyeshadow Duos


NARS consistently puts out amazing eyeshadow duos, both in terms of colour pairings and quality, eyeshadows that I continue to reach for even now. What’s great about both Indes Galantes & Quai des Brumes (apart from the exotic-sounding names) is that the colours are not only wearable, but even interchangeable as well as combinable. Quality wise, the texture on all four colours display an effortless blendability along with excellent colour saturation, and any powdery kickback seen in the pan results in hardly any fallout upon the skin. Staying power on all — over primer — is faultless, staying true without fading.



Quai des Brumes Eyeshadow Duo, limited edition (CAN $44.00) | The more muted of the two eyeshadow duos (but no less impactful), both shades are in the same colour family:

  • left side – shimmering lavender grey
  • right side – charcoal with golden shimmer flecks (ultra fine and sparse)


NARS x Sarah Moon · Quai des Brumes Eyeshadow Duo


NARS x Sarah Moon · Quai des Brumes Eyeshadow Duo swatches



Indes Galantes Eyeshadow Duo, limited edition (CAN $44.00) | Definitely the duo with the stronger pigmentation, the two shades compliment each other while still managing to stand alone:

  • left side – shimmering deep gunmetal
  • right side – matte plum (burgundy undertone)


NARS x Sarah Moon · Indes Galantes Eyeshadow Duo


NARS x Sarah Moon · Indes Galantes Eyeshadow Duo swatches


NARS x Sarah Moon · Indes Galantes & Quai des Brumes Eyeshadow Duos



Kohliner, limited edition (CAN $32.00) | These eye pencils come in a self-sharpening pen format, although neither is retractible (so make sure you don’t twist them up too high). The texture is soft enough to glide effortlessly without any harsh tugging along the skin, and each displays excellent colour saturation & staying power. Once applied, you have about a minute to work with them for any blending; after that they’re set for the duration (or at least, until removed).

  • Witching Hour – iridescent charcoal
  • Sichuan – rust brown


NARS x Sarah Moon · Witching Hour & Sichuan Kohliner swatches



NARS x Sarah Moon · Numéro 9 & Numéro 10 Eyelashes


Eyelashes, limited edition (CAN $25.00) | I’m not sure if NARS has ever done lashes before, but I’m not surprised to see that both limited edition pairs are superbly crafted, bearing a clear thin seam with a length that should easily fit most eyes, along with being reusable (with proper care). Perfectly in line with the entire theme of the collection, these lashes can provide a lush yet ethereal finishing touch to eyes. Interesting note: the boxes the lashes come in have a magnet along the side, making it easy to keep both together for storage.

  • Numéro 9 – the more delicate & subtle of the two with slightly more length at one end
  • Numéro 10 – a touch more flamboyant, with graduated hair lengths and a longer wing


NARS x Sarah Moon · Numéro 9 & Numéro 10 Eyelashes


I’ll keep this to the point: each item shown here is totally wearable — even the lashes. The formulation of both Indes Galantes and Quai des Brumes is well within the usual NARS standard (excellent), and will suit a broad range of skin tones & eye colours. The pencils apply exactly the way you’d want an eyeliner to, although I’d feel a lot more secure if they were retractible. As to the lashes, they provide understated volume and happen to be quite comfortable to wear, so in a nutshell: all definitely worth checking out.

Available at The Bay, Sephora & online


Press samples/As always, all opinions are my own

Guerlain · Shalimar Collection by Natalia Vodianova, Holiday 2016



Several weeks ago I was honoured to be amongst a select few invited to a special media preview of the Guerlain Shalimar Collection for Holiday 2016 which was held at Restaurant Europea in the heart of downtown Montréal. Discreetly tucked away on de la Montagne Street, the unassuming exterior belies the gastronomic delights we were about to discover, along with the exquisite beauty collection itself. Presented by key members of the Guerlain team along with International Makeup Artist for the brand, Maxime Poulin (whose talent is simply phenomenal), we were given a thorough breakdown of not only the entire collection, but of several other new releases, including Orchidée Imperial Black, the most über-luxurious skincare cream I’ve ever come across, and the newest additions to the Les Exclusifs de Guerlain fragrance range.

The Guerlain holiday release is always one of the season’s most highly anticipated (last year’s version sold out as soon as it hit counters), and the Shalimar Collection which was created by Shalimar face & muse Natalia Vodianova in collaboration with the house’s Creative Director, Olivier Echaudemaison, is no exception — drawing inspiration from Imperial India and one of history’s great love stories, that of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Tahal. Their passion and love for one another has since reached legendary status and when she passed away, her grief-stricken husband dedicated one last homage to her: the creation of one of the seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal, a tomb fit for a queen.

I’m going to warn you right now: this post is quite picture-heavy so get comfortable and read on. I’ve begun with the event itself, immediately followed by my review with swatches of the entire collection. I’ve also included the Shalimar full-length video produced by Bruno Aveillan — an absolute must-see for any die-hard romantic. Personally, I can watch this on repeat all day long as it is just so beautifully crafted and visually arresting. Then there’s the divine jewelry worn by Natalia that I’m absolutely lusting after …

*Note that the entire collection is limited edition


Natalia Vodianova for Shalimar

The Legend of Shalimar, directed by Bruno Aveillan



The venue: Restaurant Europea, downtown Montréal, Québec


Brought to the event from the Guerlain vault: the Shalimar Talisman Bizantin by Maison Gripoix, bearing 1.5 litres of Shalimar Extract and valued at $11,500 — of which there are only 25 pieces in the world




It’s all in the details: delicate beading surrounds the neck with the iconic chauve-souris (bat) label in front




Table settings and ambiance — all perfectly meshed






Guerlain Shalimar Collection by Natalia Vodianova, Holiday 2016


Lobster Capuccino with truffle purée


Lower-River shrimps & pea gazpacho, creamy celery remoulade, citronnade, roasted sunflower seeds & wild pansy petals (*photo taken before the gazpacho was added)


Strips of cured meat paired with white wine


Caramelized scallops, citrus & yuzu juice, creamy risotto with green sprouts & crispy-fondant sautéed mushrooms


Lemon Pie Cristalline with fresh berries


Vanilla meringue buttons and raspberry cotton candy





Guerlain · Shalimar Collection by Natalia Vodianova, Holiday 2016


The uniqueness of this collections starts with the intense cobalt blue outer packaging, a  hue that’s also carried throughout the rest of the pieces. Inspired by the colours of India’s precious  metals and stones, blue & gold decorates the detailing of the Météorites container, a design which is reminiscent of elegantly delicate lapis lazuli jewelry boxes. Taking things to the next level, a faux-sapphire cabochon adorns the luxurious Rouge G lipstick, turning this ubiquitous beauty item into a covet-worthy work of art that just begs to be taken out in public. Rounding the collection out is the body & hair spray; delicate, ethereal and the only festive touch you’ll need for the holidays.


Precious Light Pink Pearly Illuminator (CAN $62.00) | A subtle highlighter in a pen format that you click to release the product onto the brush. The shade is a pale pink with pearly reflects and can be used to bring radiance to key points of the face: inner or outer corners of the eye, upper cheekbones, bridge of the nose, brow bone and/or cupid’s bow of the lips. The shade is actually universally wearable due to the complexity of the pearly particles, and should even suit the darkest complexions without appearing ashy.


Guerlain · Precious Light Pink Pearly Illuminator


Guerlain · Precious Light Pink Pearly Illuminator swatches



Écrin Shalimar Precious Eyeshadows, Gold & Sapphire (CAN $51.00) | The two shades of this palette are not only incredibly complex formula-wise, but work in perfect harmony together. The gold has a nice balance of both cool and warm tones, therefore making it workable on a broad range of skin tones, while the sapphire is truly jewel-like with hints of indigo, purple and even a fine blue shimmer thrown in to keep it unique. The texture is incredibly smooth — almost creamy to the touch — and blends beautifully. The colour of both shades, while not initially overly strong, is also easily built up; you can apply either as a sheer wash of colour, or layered for more impact and depth of tone. One thing to note with Guerlain eyeshadows: if you opt to use the shades damp, then you probably won’t be able to go back to using either dry again, as wetting them changes the texture.


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · Écrin Shalimar Precious Eyeshadows, Gold & Sapphire


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · Écrin Shalimar Precious Eyeshadows, Gold & Sapphire


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · Écrin Shalimar Precious Eyeshadows, Gold & Sapphire swatches


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · Écrin Shalimar Precious Eyeshadows, Gold & Sapphire



L’Or Eyeliner, Felt Eyeliner Sparkling Gold (CAN $42.0) | A scintillating gold eyeliner with a felt tip for ease of use and precision application. The texture is initially cooling to the touch upon skin (but which dissipates fairly quickly) and you can build up the intensity  for more impact. Apart from using this in place of a traditional eyeliner (i.e.: to line either the upper or lower lash line), you can also apply some to your finger then lightly pat that on the mobile lid for some extra sparkle, or my favourite, along the tips of the outer lashes for a unique glittering touch. There’s about 30 seconds of play time before it sets, because once it does, it’s there until removed. True fact: I swatched a bit on my hand and even after showering, it was still there — how’s that for crazy staying power?


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · L’Or Eyeliner, Felt Eyeliner Sparkling Gold


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · L’Or Eyeliner, Felt Eyeliner Sparkling Gold


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · L’Or Eyeliner, Felt Eyeliner Sparkling Gold swatches




Guerlain Shalimar Collection · Terracotta Terra India Shimmering Bronzing Powder


Terracotta Terra India Shimmering Bronzing Powder (CAN $64.00) | There are several facets that make this Terracotta powder stand apart from the brand’s other versions: first up is the indigo outer packaging, followed by the intricate pattern embossed on the powder’s surface. Not meant to be a bronzer in the traditional sense, the hue appears more rose-gold when applied thus turning it into an almost hybrid highlighter/bronzer type of product. That being said, there’s a unique versatility to this shade in the fact that all skin tones can get something out of it: the über-fair can use this as bronzer without fear of overdoing things, it works as a gorgeous highlighter (neither blingy nor ashy) for women of colour, and makes for a gorgeous touch of radiance for just about everyone. The texture is [unsurprisingly] highly refined and blends/buffs into the skin flawlessly, while the product can be worn either as a sheer wash or layered for more depth — all depending on your preferences and the look you’re going for.


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · Terracotta Terra India Shimmering Bronzing Powder


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · Terracotta Terra India Shimmering Bronzing Powder


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · Terracotta Terra India Shimmering Bronzing Powder


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · Terracotta Terra India Shimmering Bronzing Powder swatches




821 Rouge Saphir Rouge G Exceptional Complete Lip Care (CAN $61.00) | The epitome of luxury lip colour, if a fairy-tale Indian princess carried a lipstick, then I’m betting this would have been it. The finesse starts with the casing, which here is a gleaming pewter that bears a solid heft to it and adorned with a faux-sapphire cabochon. Popped open, it reveals a mirror — perfect for touch ups and basically made to be pulled out in public to do so (I mean, how could you not?). The shade is a lush scarlet and so incredibly pigmented that you basically get full coverage/opacity from the first swipe. As to the texture, I almost have no words: buttery, velvety, and hands down superior to anything else I’ve ever applied to my lips. Even the staying power is impressive, lasting through eating & drinking with minimal fading, and leaving a beautiful deep-rose stain behind.


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · 821 Rouge Saphir Rouge G Exceptional Complete Lip Colour


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · 821 Rouge Saphir Rouge G Exceptional Complete Lip Colour


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · 821 Rouge Saphir Rouge G Exceptional Complete Lip Colour swatch





Météorites Perles de Légende (CAN $79.00) | I may have an slight obsession with Météorites, begun when I first discovered these little pearls of perfection years ago and saw first-hand the effect they can have on one’s skin. This collection’s iteration is no less amazing; housed in a stunning metal container that bears a design perhaps Peter Carl Fabergé might have imagined, the 3 shades it holds were personally selected by Natalia as they reminded her of ‘the colour of mosaics in Indian palaces’, although there’s more to them than that. The pink hue provides brightness and enhances the complexion with a touch of freshness, the blue shade works to even out the skin, while the golden hues act as subtle illumination and call forth light to the face.  Bearing the brand’s signature violet fragrance, it does dissipate fairly quickly after application and instead of the usual powder puff (which honestly, I never use) the pearls are protected by a foam cover. Slightly more shimmery than any of the Météorites in the permanent range by virtue of the golden pearls, the effect is still delicate enough that you won’t come off as appearing overly glittery. In fact, trying to describe what this powder does is beyond difficult; you basically have to try it to fully understand, but it’s like an invisible veil that somehow magically makes your skin look a zillion times better. The type that will have people asking what you did, because your complexion looks so good.


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · Météorites Perles de Légende


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · Météorites Perles de Légende


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · Météorites Perles de Légende


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · Météorites Perles de Légende


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · Météorites Perles de Légende


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · Météorites Perles de Légende swatches



Souffle D’Or Perfumed Iridescent Body & Hair Powder (CAN $105.00) | The final crowning touch, Souffle D’Or is literally bottled fairy dust. I kid you not.

Imbued with a subtle version of the Shalimar fragrance, this gossamer-light mist is meant to add delicate golden touches to either hair or skin and retains some of the scent long after it’s applied, only to be picked up ever-so-softly with movement. The indigo bottle bears the traditional Shalimar shape and has that Old Hollywood-glam style bulb for applying it with, lending a sensuous boudoir touch to the entire experience. The shimmery bits come in a variety of sizes and while some may fade, others stay behind along with a whisper of scent, just to keep things interesting.


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · Souffle D’Or Perfumed Iridescent Body & Hair Powder


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · Souffle D’Or Perfumed Iridescent Body & Hair Powder


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · Souffle D’Or Perfumed Iridescent Body & Hair Powder


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · Souffle D’Or Perfumed Iridescent Body & Hair Powder (in action)


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · Souffle D’Or Perfumed Iridescent Body & Hair Powder swatch


If you’ve made it all the way to this point, then I applaud you for sticking it out but sometimes you just can’t condense something so spectacular in just a few words or pictures. Guerlain is a luxury brand that refuses to comprise on details, and that fact is brilliantly apparent with the Shalimar Collection, a first for Natalia Vodianova who’s been the muse for the Shalimar fragrance range running on 8 years now. This collection has been beautifully curated and nothing has been overlooked, but it does lean on the steep-side price-wise; the lipstick alone is a hefty investment, but I can honestly say that I have never worn anything like it before (and trust me, I’ve worn a lot). Last year’s Météorites had a waitlist a mile long and something tells me that this year’s version will fare the same, especially when you consider that the shade range is so suitable to a much broader complexion range. With the Christmas season and holidays upon us, any one of the pieces here would make an absolutely incredible gift for the beauty-lover on your list … that’s assuming you don’t scoop everything up for yourself first.

Available November 1



Press samples/As always, all opinions are my own

CHANEL · Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette & Calligraphie 65 Hyperblack, Collection Libre de CHANEL




While it still feels more like Indian Summer here, the holiday collections have been landing across my desk at a furious pace and one that never fails to get my heart a-racing, is from none other than CHANEL. Taking a different direction this year from the season’s traditional golds & reds, Lucia Pica (the brand’s Makeup Director) has drawn inspiration from an urban landscape to create the Collection Libre Synthetic de CHANEL, a grouping that juxtaposes light, texture and colour.

Today’s post focuses on the eyes — stay tuned for my upcoming post on the rest of the collection. By the way, I’m totally obsessed with the model’s look (below) and plan on wearing it on repeat. Slicked-back hair & black turtleneck included.



Collection Libre de CHANEL · Rianne Van Rompaey, photographed by Karim Sadli for CHANEL


Collection Libre de CHANEL · Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette & Calligraphie 65 Hyperblack


Collection Libre de CHANEL · Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette & Calligraphie 65 Hyperblack



Collection Libre de CHANEL · Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette



Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette, limited edition (CAN $70.00) | Housed in the brand’s iconic black lacquered casing, the five eyeshadows it holds are nestled within a mirrored insert. The innovative new texture combines the smoothness & almost fluid-like quality of a cream with the finish of a powder, offering not only excellent colour payoff but a superb lay down of all the shades. Alternating between matte & subtle shimmers, this colour harmony pays homage to the materials of a cityscape, perfectly rendered in makeup form.

  • Matte Midnight Blue – deep navy
  • Metallic Blue – steel blue
  • Platinum Grey – exactly that: platinum grey
  • Cement Grey – brown-based grey, matte
  • Mirror Grey – silvered grey

Displaying all the qualities I look for in a palette (excellent colour saturation, easy blendability, + wearable shades) the Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette goes a few steps further to also provide incredibly well crafted textures. The two matte shades provide a perfect counterpoint to the rest and both can be dialled up or down, depending on how deep you want to go (note: the navy is highly pigmented and needs a light hand), while the shimmery hues have just enough complexity to keep things interesting (without going overboard), laying down smoothly & without any fallout. Wear time over primer is spot-on, staying true and fade-free until removed.


Collection Libre de CHANEL · Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette


Collection Libre de CHANEL · Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette (applicators)


Collection Libre de CHANEL · Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette swatches


Collection Libre de CHANEL · Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette



Collection Libre de CHANEL · Calligraphie 65 Hyperblack


Collection Libre de CHANEL · Calligraphie 65 Hyperblack



Calligraphie 65 Hyperblack Longwear Intense Cream Eyeliner (CAN $40.00) | A cream eyeliner in an ultra-black shade that also comes with a portable angled brush. The texture is unlike any other cream eyeliner I’ve seen to date; dense yet incredibly easy to apply, long-wearing and apparently water-resistant (although I haven’t put it to that test … yet) and one that won’t crack and flake off once dry. Once applied, you can also add to the intensity without fear of disturbing your initial layer, a welcome bonus — while dry-down takes about a minute; once it’s set, it becomes almost budge-proof. I prefer using my own brushes for the job (the NARS #47 Angled Eyeliner Brush is my go-to), although the one included works surprisingly well, considering its tiny size.


Collection Libre de CHANEL · Calligraphie 65 Hyperblack


Collection Libre de CHANEL · Calligraphie 65 Hyperblack (brush detail)


Collection Libre de CHANEL · Calligraphie 65 Hyperblack swatches


Collection Libre de CHANEL · Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette & Calligraphie 65 Hyperblack


Don’t get me wrong; I love seeing the more traditional-like hues that most brands release for their holiday collections, but even now & then I like having things shaken up as well and The Collection Libre Synthetic de CHANEL actually made me go “oooh” (I’m serious). The Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette manages to still stay within my neutral-loving comfort zone, but provides enough of a twist to amp things up. And while I may not have mastered the ART OF LINING (yes, it all deserves caps because props to those of you who can line without needing a billion do-overs), I’m proud to say that I’ve been doing a pretty decent job with the help of Calligraphie Hyperblack. Final verdict: both pieces are a total thumbs up and well worth investing in (heads up: the palette is limited edition).

Available November 1 at all CHANEL beauty counters



Press samples/As always, all opinions are my own