Beauty, MakeupBombay Express de Chanel Collection

CHANEL’s new limited edition release, Bombay Express de CHANEL, showcases Peter Philip’s vision of India and the outlook is lavish, opulent and very very golden. The makeup, first seen at the M’etier d’Art fashion show last winter, plays on the concept of light and shadows: the collection creates a radiant face tempered by the drama and intensity of a dark, smokey eye.

Bits of Indian beauty and culture are seen throughout the collection- the shimmery smokey eye shadow pays homage to iconic Indian eye makeup, the gold and silver mixed nail polish recalls the lightful festival of Diwali, and the extravagant shimmery brocade of the golden face powder is taken directly from a rare fabric created by Gabrielle Chanel herself in the 60’s, inspired by the intricate tapestries of India.

I found that despite the drama and intrigue of the story behind the collection, the products themselves wear rather subtly (with the exception of the eye shadow, of course). Even if you were to look at the runway images, the focus seems to be on a heavy eye, offset with bare skin, ever so lightly colored with peach and gold. The makeup collection does exactly that- the gold face powder (ROUTE DES INDES DE CHANEL) highlights with a slight shimmer while the blush adds just a tinge of flush.  The lipstick, released as part of the Rogue Coco Shine collection, is a beautiful sheer peach-nude that leaves the lips looking natural, full and luminous.

An exclusive preview is now available on CHANEL.COM.

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