The five iconic colour codes of Chanel are red, black, gold, white and beige. And the company’s Global Creative Makeup and Colour Designer, has developed a new Spring 2017 makeup collection celebrating, reinterpreting, and deciphering those codes.
THERE IS A SENSE OF AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN WHAT GABRIELLE CHANEL DID. SHE COULD NOT HELP USING THESE COLORS, THESE ‘CODES’ ; THIS WAS WHO SHE WAS, IT WAS HER LIFE. – LUCIA PICA
The centre piece of the collection is the Coco Code palette (£46). Four perfect blush shades are united to create intriguing new interplays: two satin shades and two matte shades.
So, wear them as blush, swirled together, or use them individually for all sorts of lovely effects. Or just don’t bother, and keep this lovely palette forever! The shades are reworkings of the original codes – a peach-hued beige, a silky honey-gold, a soft caramel beige, and a vibrant pink-red.
The second face product in the collection is the Joues Contraste Blush in Elégance (£34) – a rosy beige blush, subtly lit with gold.
There are six new lips in this collection – two Rouge Allure shades – Ardente, a poppy-red coral, and Indépendante , sophisticated fire-orange red. Two new Rouge Allure Velvets come in two new versions of beige – La Secrète, a soft pale pink, Libre, an intense rosewood-tinged beige.
The sheer glossiness of Rouge Coco Shine allowed Lucia Pica to indulge her passion for layering and surprise: Beige Doré is a warm, astonishingly sheer and glimmering gold. And Noir Moderne is a translucent ‘rouge noir’ reinterpreted for Spring. All the lipsticks are £28 each.
For the eyes, Lucia Pica was inspired by gold and beige. There are two Eye Quads (£42 each) – Codes Elégants is the bolder of the two, containing a true gold, a warm platinum – ideal for highlighting – a deep, intense brown, and an antiqued gold. Codes Subtils is truly modern, with gently shimmering shades of powdery rosy peach, platinum-bronze taupe, warm, intense pewter and bronzed mid-brown.
The Nails (Le Vernis), £20, are fab. Three great new shades – Rouge – a fresher red, Blanc – a translucent, opalescent milky white, and Beige – the ultimate rosy nude.
But there is also a fantastic Le Top Coat Black Métamorphosis (£20). It’s a ‘transforming black,’ a nail colour-boosting top coat that works like a sheer, inky black nail gloss, adding depth when painted over another colour. It works particularly well with Rouge.