BEAUTY AND ALLURE of the pearl have enchanted many a women
over the years, none more so than Mlle Chanel who turned it into
an emblematic accessory and an essential element of her style.
Chanel loved pearls for their simplicity, beauty, refined
charm and, above all else, their power to illuminate the face. With
this in mind, Global Creative Director of Make-up for Chanel, Peter
Philips, has created the Chanel spring–summer 2011 make-up collection,
Les Perles de Chanel, inspired by one of the house’s trade
Colours of the deep ocean and mother of pearl are evident
in the collection—stormy greys, seaweed greens and pearly whites
recall the alluring nature of the pearl as it glistens, reflects
and weaves a delicate rainbow of colour and basks in its own natural
Specially created for the spring–summer 2011 collection,
les Ombres Perlées de Chanel is a beautiful case of luxurious
eye shadows containing five iridescent shades of blanc perlé,
violine clair, gris vert and gris noir scintillant, offering
a bewitching colour palette with which to weave your magic. Either
apply with the foam applicator or with your fingertips, and for
the brave, let some stray from your eyelids to your cheekbones to
enliven and add just that touch of shine to your siren call.
Along with the limited-edition creation, nine new products
are introduced into the already extensive make-up collection. For
the eyes there is les 4 Ombres; Regard Perlé, a palette dominated
by pale sunny tones which are accented by an anthracite green to
reveal your natural beauty; le Crayon Yeux is the must-have eye
pencil for creating dramatic eyes—a big look for this coming season.
The specially adapted colour gris scintillant will match
perfectly with all colours from the collection.
For lips you can go no wrong this summer with rouge,
and Chanel has created two unprecedented shades in the Rouge Allure
range to create dramatic come-hither-me lips: Flamboyante is a rosy
red that shimmers while Coquette is a vivid and energizing pink.
For more something more subtle and you can wear everyday the
classic Chanel lipstick Rouge Coco in Jersey Rose—a perfect pink
lipstick for all skin tones; while Peregrina is a vivid coral perfect
for the late afternoon sun.
For gloss this season Philips has created two delectable
shades: Nakkar, a soda-pop pink warmed with gold facets; while Aragonite
is a light sheer that leaves slight pink and blue flecks on the
For your cheek, brush on illuminating particles to
create that rosy flushed summer complexion, either with Joues Contraste
in a peachy rose blush colour of Espilègle or go for a light
halo with the limited-edition Rose Mervielle.
And finally, match the pearly effects of your eyelids
to your nails with three gorgeous colours: Pearl Drop, pure and
white in the daylight but golden and reflective in the evening;
Black Pearl, a pearly grey shimmer with accents of deep blue and
green, much like the pearls of the Pacific; or go for a feminine
shade with Pêche Nacrée with subtle bronze effects.
All products were used recently during the ready-to-wear
2011 collection where models showed dramatic smoky eyes paired back
with translucent lips and rosy cheeks. A perfect match to the youthful
collection of classic Chanel signatures handwritten by creative
maestro Karl Largerfeld, clouds of tulle, tweed, marabou, coq feathers
and floral chiffons matched perfectly back with the apricots, sea
green, shimmery pearl grey and golds of the make-up.
Whatever you choose from the new collection this summer,
remember to always reflect your natural beauty and let your own
shine through like the pearl itself—which is what these gorgeous
Chanel products will do. •
Sopheak Seng is fashion editor of Lucire. The range will
be available from February 20.