I'm pretty loyal to the brands I love, but I'm even more loyal to the people breathing life into a collection season after season. Enter Lucia Pica, CHANEL's Global Creative Makeup Artist and Colour Designer.
I first learned about Pica early last year, but I was already familiar with her work from her debut collection at CHANEL, Le Rouge, which launched in August of 2016. The line up of red eyeshadows, red eyeliners, red lipsticks, and yes, red nail polishes had me weak in the knees but I was silly and ended up only buying a single bottle of nail polish. Seeing how much I love red, I still think about that collection to this day.
Pica's boldness and artistry is what drove me to fall in love with CHANEL Beauty all over again, and for the latest CHANEL Spring/Summer 2018 collection, called Neapolis: New City, I knew I didn't want to miss out on anything so I bought a few pieces to play with - all in vibrant orange-red of course, because there is no other colour that makes me happier.
The Neapolis collection was inspired by Pica's birthplace of Naples, Italy.
"When I close my eyes and think of Naples, these are the colours I see..."
- Lucia Pica
The full collection line spans eleven pieces and twenty-three limited edition shades; from blush to eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, cream eye colour, nail polish, lipstick, lip gloss, and the brands most talked about product right now, the lip powder/lip balm duo called Poudré À Lévres.
In this blog post, we'll be reviewing and swatching CHANEL's Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour, Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour, Poudré À Lévres Lip Balm and Powder Duo, and Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour.
Stay tuned for a future post featuring more of CHANEL's SS18 collection, Neapolis: New City.
I've heard amazing things about CHANEL's liquid lipsticks and when I saw shade 164 Entusiasta, a vibrant orange-red shade, I knew I needed it.
It's not a traditional red by any means and it has a much more playful air to it while still maintaining its elegance.
That's one of the reasons I love red so much because I always feel put together, and like I can conquer anything while wearing it.
The liquid lipstick itself isn't the drying matte formula we've seen from other makeup brands. It's creamy in texture, lightweight, and hydrating. The colour is intense, and I love how it leaves a natural sheen on my lips.
What I love about CHANEL's Spring/Summer 2018 collection is the ability to really play around with the formulas and be your own makeup artist. For example, their new lip powder layers beautifully on to top if their lipsticks if you want to achieve a matte look.
Something special. Something new.
CHANEL's Poudré À Lévres lip balm/powder duo is the product I was most excited to try from the SS18 collection.
Inspired by Lucia Pica's travels back to her birthplace of Naples and the traditional tempera techniques to create ancient frescoes.
Start by applying the balm to the lips and then adding the powder over top. You have to apply the balm first otherwise the powder won't work its magic.
It's like mixing your own lipstick, fresh each time.
You can really control the intensity by adding a lot of powdered colour, or just a little to get that natural, just-bitten look.
Best of all, the product is versatile and can be applied to the cheeks like a blush. The colour is intense, so go in with a light hand.
Poudré À Lévres is limited edition and comes in three shades - 418 Rosa Tempera (medium pink), 410 Rosso Pompeiano (orange-red poppy, pictured here), and 415 Rosso Parthenope (deep raspberry).
The perfect red nail polish is hard to find when your skin has yellow undertones. CHANEL's Global Creative Makeup Artist and Colour Designer, Lucia Pica, did an outstanding job with this one called 634 Arancio Vibranté. It's an intense bright orange that leans towards red. I can't wait for warm sandal weather because this shade will look phenomenal on toes.
Red is classic and elegant and can make even the simplest look standout. A red lip, red nails, a touch of blush, and mascara is all you need to look put together in five minutes or less.
What I'm Wearing:
CHANEL Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour in 164 Entusiasta (limited edition) // CHANEL Powder Blush in 380 So Close (limited edition) // CHANEL Nail Polish worn throughout in 634 Arancio Vibranté (limited edition) // CHANEL Le Volume De Chanel Mascara in Noir // NARS Wanted palette on the eyes // LISBETH Jewelry delicate necklaces and earrings // DAVID YURMAN cable bracelet // TIFFANY & CO bracelet // HILBERG & BERK x TESSA VIRTUE ring on index finger // IRO Paris t-shirt // Star tattoo by JonBoy
CHANEL Neapolis: New City, Spring/Summer 2018 collection, is in stores now at authorized Chanel Beauty counters and chanel.com.