What We Love About Chanel’s Cruise Beauty Collection, Arriving June 29…



Whether or not you’re going somewhere exotic this summer, Chanel’s Cruise collection – Éclat et Transparence de Chanel, launching at the end of next month – is just the thing for achieving that elusive sunny day glow. First there’s L’Eau Tan (€56), a perfumed light self-tanning mist that’s the antithesis of heavy orange fake tans with a chemical smell. In an elegant glass bottle, this brings a luxe edge to gradual tanning.


The standout make-up item is the Palette Essentielle (€60), containing two highlight shades – one light and bronzey, the other slightly darker with a more golden undertone – plus a bright red blush/lip tint for a natural flush of colour. They’re all cream formulas, so easy to blend and buildable, making it easy to achieve a naturally healthy finish. The highlight shades are versatile: Chanel Global Creative Make-Up and Colour Designer Lucia Pica suggests wearing gold on the eyes “to create a touch of light”, and the bronze all over the face: “It’s an all-over shimmer that radiates light, and it’s so subtle that it really looks like part of the skin.”

The Éclat Énigmatique eyeshadow palette (€53) contains four shades, including a beautiful luminescent pearl – sweep this all over the lid for a subtle shimmer, or on the inner corner to wake up the face. The unique greyish-green shade is brilliant for making brown or green eyes pop. We also love the bronzey-coppery shade swept under the lower lashline – it really complements blue eyes – while the cranberry shade would look amazing on the crease of the eye to give dimension. Whether you’re a one-swipe type or prefer a full glam smoky eye, this palette contains wearable shadows for day or night.


The Jumbo Longwear Lip Crayons (€35) have summer written all over them. There are four shades, but we especially love the bright chalky pink À La Rosée  – zip on a coat of opaque colour or dab on and pat in with your finger for a light tint. The finish is glossy but not tacky and feels moisturising to wear. The retractable waterproof eyeliners are a creamy, blendable formula; our favourite is Charme, a gorgeous maroon colour. Wear on your upper or lower lashline and blend out to give a smoky effect, or tight-line to add drama and dimension. As for nail colours of the season, there’s fresh pink (Halo), a pale khaki green (Légereté) – so cool with denim – and a mauve-nude dusty-rose shade (Chicness). Halo is slightly brighter than your average nude-pink: ideal for someone who loves nude tones and is willing to take a step out of their comfort zone (€25 each).


This fresh and versatile collection focuses on enhancing your features in a light and natural way, playing with textures and sheer layers, and we can’t wait until it lands … At counters nationwide from June 29.

Aisling Heade

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