Chanel’s Pretty New Cruise 2012-13 Collection (and Can You Really Wear Pink Eyeshadow?)

Thu, 17 January 2013 3:38PM

Usually when I think of pink makeup it’s all about cheeks and lips. Or both at the same time. A rather pretty combination indeed. But when it comes to eyeshadow, I’ve only ever dabbled with pale and pearly variations, most in part due to their glowy, eye-opening capabilities. However with deeper, darker pink shades, I’m a bit of a fence-sitter, somewhere between wanting to see if it lives up to runway and red carpet glory, and being terrified of looking like I’m suffering from allergies or a fever.

If there ever was a better time to give it a go, it’s now – especially after Elle Fanning’s sweet neon take at last week’s Critics’ Choice Awards – with the makeup collection used for the Chanel’s 2012-2013 Cruise show just hitting counters.

Here’s where it all started, backstage with Chanel’s creative director of makeup Peter Philips …

Image: Courtesy of Chanel

And here’s where it ended up, in the gardens of the Chateau de Versailles in France …

Image: Getty

But before you say anything, I know. This might seem like a little over the top for everyday wear, but as you can imagine it wasn’t at all out of place at the Chateau de Versailles. Vintage-inspired pastel wigs and velvet CC cheek logos (alas they aren’t available for sale) aside, there were two standout pieces that I trialled …

The Ombre Essentielle in Rose Favourite, $44, a mid pink, like all Chanel eyeshadows applies like a dream. I found that it was best brushed on in small doses, blending the shadow upwards so that the darkest hue was closest to my lash line and gradually faded towards the crease, which, providing that you don’t have too much other pink makeup on, was rather pretty and feminine. However as far as a full wash of colour goes, I’ll leave it to the models, but I will say that it would work beautifully on flawless skin, especially of the warmer variety.

For the cheeks, however, the Mouche de Beaute, $90 – which roughly translates to the French term for beauty spot (a clever tie in with those velvet CC logos) – is a limited-edition illuminating powder that was brushed on models’ skin as a subtle highlight. We’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, but the palette, complete with intricate embroidered detail, is almost too pretty to use. But I did.

Encased in the soft pouch is a dome-shaped pad, which takes applying illuminator to a whole new level. You only need to lightly dab the pad on the palette for it to pick up more than enough pigment, which means it will last and last. When blended on to the highest points of the face – across the cheekbones, down the nose and underneath the arch of your brow – it leaves fine bronze-gold shimmer, with subtle glittering particles for added glow factor. It’s one that Chanel palette collectors won’t be able to leave behind.

Details: The Chanel Cruise Collection 2012-13, including the Ombre Essentielle in Rose Favourite, $44 and Mouche de Beaute, $90, are available now. For stockists, call 1300 CHANEL.

Primpers, how do you feel about the pink eyeshadow trend?

If you were to wear it, how would you apply it?

What about the illuminating palette. Too divine for words, no?

Hayley x

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  • Posted by: anitas.artistry Master Fan // Thu, 17 January 2013 04:13pm

    Pink eyeshadow can work if it’s anchored down with a black eyeliner.

  • Posted by: Jensta Master Fan // Thu, 17 January 2013 04:42pm

    I actually dont mind a good pink eyeshadow, but prefer a dumbed down shade, like a candy pink. It depends what else you are wearing with it whether or not you can get away with it or not.

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Thu, 17 January 2013 05:06pm

    I cannot wear pink eyeshadow! I might use a bit to soften other shades but not on it own.

  • Posted by: PrettyPrincess Master Fan // Thu, 17 January 2013 07:48pm

    I love the look of the mouche de beaute!
    Looks gorgeous.
    I’m not sure pink eyeshadows are really for me.

  • Posted by: loopylexy Master Fan // Thu, 17 January 2013 08:46pm

    Not the biggest fan of pink eyeshadow but the illuminator looks beautiful!
    (P.s. “too* pretty to use” 😉 )

  • Posted by: beautybee1 Master Fan // Fri, 18 January 2013 08:30am

    I used to wear pink when I was a bit younger but I think after a certain age it just makes you look like you have an eye infection!

  • Posted by: wtmontana // Fri, 18 January 2013 01:41pm

    That highlighter Is GORGEOUS!

  • Posted by: p3charmed Master Fan // Fri, 18 January 2013 01:42pm

    I would never wear pink or red anything near my eyes, it would just make me look like im sick or infected instantly, but the illuminating powder is too gorgeous for words :)

  • Posted by: lovefashionangel Master Fan // Fri, 18 January 2013 04:02pm

    The second colour is gorgeous! Im not too sure that hairstyle is soo wearable though…

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Fri, 18 January 2013 09:22pm

    i love the look of that illuminator

  • Posted by: Gloss_Geek Master Fan // Tue, 22 January 2013 08:08pm

    I don’t think i’m brave enough to wear pink on my lids :(

  • Posted by: DebstarDesigns Master Fan // Wed, 23 January 2013 01:49pm

    I like pink eyeshadow, applied correctly it can look amazing! Love the Chanel pic!

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Fri, 25 January 2013 05:34pm

    not a fan

  • Posted by: Michelle-1343378350 Devotee // Thu, 31 January 2013 06:21pm

    I wouldn’t ever wear the pink eyeshadow but that illuminator looks yum!!

  • Posted by: melany Master Fan // Fri, 1 February 2013 01:08pm

    I think I’d use pink eyeshadow in a subtle way by creating a combination with brown shades of eyeshadow.

  • Posted by: canberra Master Fan // Wed, 6 February 2013 01:59pm

    I wore pink eyeshadow once and people though I had been crying – so I properly won’t try it again.

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Sun, 17 February 2013 01:41pm

    would love to try chanel make up

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Sat, 18 May 2013 07:42pm

    I Love the look of that Mouche de Beaute :)

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Sun, 9 June 2013 03:57pm

    Chanel has beautiful products, fit for royalty, very regal. I really like the Chanel Mouche de Beaut, lovely shimmer highlight powder.

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