You’re driving down a coastal California highway at dusk, taking in the views of the Pacific Ocean and the winding pavement ahead. Mentally, you’re snapshotting the mix of colours as the sun creeps away for a diffused burst of colour that only an early-autumn sunset can achieve.
Once again, Chanel achieves something that so few brands can: Capturing a moment and a place in one makeup collection, highlighting both the expected and unexpected hues to create a balanced but contrasting lineup of products (not unlike the Summer 2017 Cruise Collection). This time, Chanel and Lucia Pica—the brand’s global creative makeup and colour designer—take us on a road trip through California for the Fall/Winter 2017 Travel Diary Collection to remind us to pay attention to the more minute details of every adventure.
Muted sea foam green, moody asphalt grey and juicy pops of colour bring the full-service collection to light. Becoming inspired by different aspects of California, Pica notes some of her inspiration came from the “dawn mists and sun-dappled coastline to the city lights and gritty noir of downtown LA,” proving that seasonal shades don’t have to be perfectly edited and predictable to tell a captivating colour story.
The star product launch for the collection—the Palette Essentielle ($60)—is a catchall centerpiece that includes a trio of skin-perfecting products.
Meant to embody an effortlessness for the modern woman to carry with her on her various adventures, the compact includes a concealer, a highlighter and a cream blush, available in three shades: Beige Clair, Beige Médium and Beige Intense (only the latter two are pictured here).
Pica wanted to create a product that would seamlessly achieve the fresh glowy look she often strives for in shoots. The concealer has a creamy-balm texture that is perfect for touch-ups along the way (in other words, it’s quite sheer), while the highlighter illuminates the complexion and the buildable creamy blush adds a flush of dewy colour to your cheeks and lips.
Seems so French-chic, right?
A play on the shadows and highlights of the colours of Pica’s Californian travels, each eye product contains an enigmatic balance of colour and texture. The two Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Palettes ($61) embody the sky and the sea and sky.
City Lights has a quartet of warm pinky-bronzey-purpley tones, not unlike those you’d see at twilight in the city. Road Movie is a cooler palette with two inky blues (reminiscent of the ocean at night) alongside the two lighter shades that call to mind the last light dancing on the surface of the water.
The collection also features two single Ombre Première Crème ($36) eyeshadows—Urban (a golden bronze) and Memory (a midnight blue)—play homage to the same colour scheme on a smaller, individual scale.
Six shades of Stylo Sourcils Waterproof ($33) eyebrow pencils grace the range to help create a laid-back (but not ignored) brow—two of which are featured here. Basics like mascaras and eyebrow pencils don’t typically excite me when it comes to colour collections, but I really fell in love with the fool-proof formula and natural-but-groomed look.
The Écriture de Chanel ($35) eyeliner pen is also an exciting addition to the line. The inky black shade and pointed brush tip create the perfect line while the smudge-proof and waterproof formula ensures that it won’t move, no matter where your journey takes you.
While the eyes call for depth, the lips call for brightness, which is shown through the six colour and texture offerings in the collection. Pica selected the Rouge Allure Ink ($37) shades in Lost and Highway—both matte, peachy-pink corals with different intensities.
Two matte Rouge Allure Velvet Lipsticks ($37) showcase the warm, rich hues of a coastal sunset, including First Light (a daring orange) and Nightfall (a moody oxblood).
Lastly, two Rouge Coco Lipsticks ($37) offer a classic, creamy texture for the coral Experimental and nude Daylight shades (not pictured here).
No Chanel collection would be complete without at least one or two nail colours. And, in this particular case, they lends a bit more freedom with colour experimentation in a way that many eye and lip shades do not.
The Le Vernis ($28) in Horizon Line is a soft greenish-grey that is pulled from the horizon in one of Pica’s road trip photos—the exact shade where the sea meets the sky on a bright but not overly sunny day. New Dawn is a light mauvey-grey that reminds us of the sky right as the sun rises, when the night hasn’t quite drifted away.
This season, both nail polish shades wear like neutrals thanks to their muted undertones and are perfectly on trend for Fall (which seems quite serendipitous, if you ask me). Chanel’s nail polishes are definitely some of the best ones out there. The price tag might be bit difficult to swallow for a single nail lacquer, but the impressive formula is well worth the investment for a shade you love.
The Chanel Fall/Winter 2017 Travel Diary Collection is available now at Chanel counters and online at nordstrom.com.
Note: The eye quad in City Lights, cream shadow in Urban and nail polish in Horizon Line are limited-edition while the rest of the products and shades join the permanent line-up.shop this