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CHANEL Les Beiges 2021 Summer Light

 

 

I have been a fan of the Les Beiges range since its launch back in 2013 (seriously: plug in “CHANEL Les Beiges” in my search bar to see what I mean) and that love affair continues with the recently released Summer Light 2021 Collection. Something about the entirely effortless vibe of the pieces — coupled with how beautifully everything performs — and I’m 100% here for it. ALL of it.

 

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New Beauty: Perle et Éclats de CHANEL Collection, Spring 2021

 

 

 

 

Inspired by Japanese Akoya pearls, CHANEL’s Perles et Éclats Collection draws on Coco Chanel’s love of these lustrous gems and their complex luminosity, with several pieces here absolutely delivering on that aesthetic. For example, feast your eyes on that exquisite highlighter … I rest my case.

 

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Dior · Vernis, Precious Rocks Holiday 2017 Collection

 

To compliment the rest of Dior’s stunning Precious Rocks Holiday 2017 Collection, there are the Vernis: four rich jewel-like hues, along with a glitter liner — all the better to help you tap into your inner nail artist.

 

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CHANEL · Le Vernis Les Indispensables de L’Été, Cruise 2017 Collection

 

I’ve been ready for Summer to arrive since Winter began, and the CHANEL Les Indispensables de L’Été Cruise 2017 Collection (holy moly that’s a mouthful) has just brought me that much closer to the heat I crave. As this is Global Creative Makeup and Colour Designer (another lengthy title) Lucia Pica’s very first Cruise Collection for the brand, she turned to Coco Chanel herself for inspiration, in particular Mademoiselle’s love of bronzed Summery hues and the easy vibe the season imparts. For the record, this thoughtfully curated collection has totally nailed what Summer’s all about: freedom.

 

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Cirque Colors | Kontiki Collection, Limited Edition

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Cirque Colors has just recently released three vivid (and limited edition) shades inspired by Summer’s heat: the Kontiki Collection. Filled with colour-shifting shimmer that both captures and reflects light, the formula is not only lushly decadent in appearance, but free of all nasty toxins. Annie Pham, the creative genius behind the brand, has also gone one step further and added essential oils of  lavender and clary sage to the formula; nails are fortified and smell simply divine as the polish dries. First seen in Cirque Colors’ Coronation (reviewed here), all three shades of the Kontiki Collection bear a similar otherworldly glow, giving nails a gorgeous and dangerously hypnotic appeal (don’t drive and stare).

All swatches are were done with the brand new Holdfast™ Base Coat (garlic-infused to strengthen & anchor – and no, it doesn’t smell) and Liquid Laminate™ Top Coat from Cirque Colors, 2 products that I am absolutely obsessed with and which I cannot recommend strongly enough. Seriously.

 

Island scene

an idyllic island scene or where I want to be right now …

 

Cirque Colors Kontiki Collection

Cirque Colors | Kontiki Collection, Limited Edition

 

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Cirque Colors | Kontiki Collection, Limited Edition

 

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Cirque Colors | Kontiki Collection, Limited Edition

 

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Cirque Colors | Kontiki Collection, Limited Edition

 
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Dear Dahlia | A Popsicle pink hue with colour-shifting shimmer that flashes primarily green & oxidized gold, in a semi sheer jelly-like formula that comes to a semi-glossy finish. Self-levelling and squishy looking, short nails won’t need more than 2 coats for decent opacity, although longer nails could use a 3rd to cover any visible nail line. Personally, I love it with a slight translucency – it seems to elevate Dear Dahlia above your average pink jelly. Coats applied: 2, plus top coat

 

Cirque Colors Dear Dahlia swatch

Cirque Colors Kontiki Collection | Dear Dahlia

 

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Cirque Colors Kontiki Collection | Dear Dahlia

 

Thicker Than Water | A vivid turquoise/aqua hue filled with colour-shifting shimmer that flashes primarily antique golden, in a self-levelling jelly-like formula that comes to a glossy natural finish. Slightly sheer, Thicker Than Water can also be applied over “undies” (i.e.: a ridge-filling base coat that offers some opacity), or left at 2 coats for a sea glass-like translucency. As I have a mega weakness for these types of shades, I love that this still manages to be totally unique in my collection. Bonus: non-staining upon removal. Coats applied: 3 (thin), plus top coat

 

Cirque Colors Thicker Than Water swatch

Cirque Colors Kontiki Collection | Thicker Than Water

 

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Cirque Colors Kontiki Collection | Thicker Than Water

 
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Midsummer Night | Prepare to be wowed: a totally hot indigo/ink blue shade filled with colour-shifting shimmer that flashes primarily dark pink with golden glints, in a self-levelling jelly-like formula with a ridiculously easy flow and glossy finish. There’s this ‘lit-from-within’ glow to Midsummer Night, an especially strong effect seen along the nail centers – truly SPECTACTULAR! I honestly don’t have enough superlatives to adequately describe this beauty. Coats applied: 3 (thin), plus top coat

NOTE: I doubled up on base coat as a precaution before applying the actual polish, as blue shades can be notorious stainers – happy to report no staining left behind upon removal with this method.

 

Cirque Colors Midsummer Night swatch

Cirque Colors Kontiki Collection | Midsummer Night

 

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Cirque Colors Kontiki Collection | Midsummer Night

 

This collection may be small, but it packs a powerful punch: pink, turquoise, cobalt – three shades that we’ve all come across in one form or another, are somehow still made unique by the addition of the colour-shifting shimmer seen here. My favourites are without a doubt Thicker Than Water and Midsummer Night – both are gorgeous and so very eye-catching … not to mention how they totally speak to my beach-loving ways.

Available now, but bear in mind that this is a limited edition collection. Find more information via:

 

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*Disclosure: Product samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

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