23 posts tagged "Chantecaille"
Chantecaille is well-known in the luxury market for its quality makeup formulas and a color range that tends to favor natural enhancement over shock value. But play word association with most beauty aficionados, and the brand’s lasting legacy might come down to these three syllables: embossing. Chantecaille’s ability to create multi-pan palettes with designs—endangered Bengali tigers, humpback whales, sea turtles, et al.—so gorgeous that you really have to think twice before actually applying them has become one of the mother-daughter operation’s biggest selling points. This holiday season will see the release of a new, limited-edition Les Petales compact, a highlighting powder with pastel flecks all set in in a gorgeous motif meant to resemble a pile of rose petals. The soft-touch pigment that was created to mimic the texture of the velvety bloom boasts hints of lavender, mint green, lemon yellow, and dark pink, which mingle with the ballet slipper base to create a subtle, iridescent glow across cheekbones and down the bridge of the nose. We strongly suggest you overcome any initial reservations you may have and swirl your brush across the surface at will.
$74, available for preorder at www.saks.com.
Blush always manages to rear its pretty pink head this time of year, making it a staple on the Spring runways in September. This season, it came in all different colors (hot pinks, antique roses, and apricots) and placements (centralized on the apples of the cheeks, set below them, and even brushed up around the temples), but it was Lucia Pieroni’s handiwork at Christopher Kane’s Spring show that has managed to secure its very own place in our permanent memory. “Dear diary” is how the makeup artist described the über-pretty look backstage that included just-bitten lips, softly filled-in brows, and a velvety flush created using a combination of three different Chantecaille blushes in Joy, Emotion, and Laughter. The layering effort resulted in a finish that provided a pop of color and a sheer luminosity at the same time—which gave the good folks at Chantecaille an idea. What if we combined all three shades into our refillable blush stick to make it easier to apply in a single sweep? And thus was born the new Poudre de Perle cheek color in Akoya Pearl. Make no mistake about it: This blush is pink. But when applied with a light hand, it imparts a perfect windswept effect with a hint of shimmer that highlights your face, as though you’ve taken a brisk walk on a sunny spring day—something we’re always up for simulating during long hours at the office.
TOMATO STEM CELLS / (toe-may-toe stem sells) / n. / 1. Cultured, undifferentiated cells from the leaves of Lycopersicon esculentum, also known as the tomato fruit, that are able to differentiate into specialized cell types; / n. / 2. Boasting a high concentration of phytochelatins, a natural defense mechanism evolved by some plants to ward off the oxidative stress of heavy metal buildup; / n. / 3. Super-charged antioxidants; / n. / 4. An extract that preserves nuclear DNA structure in skin, protecting it from environmental aggressors and neutralizing collagen degradation, e.g., “Protect your complexion from the physical signs of aging with tomato stem cells.”
Chantecaille Nano Gold Energizing Eye Serum with Tomato Stem Cells, $210, www.nordstrom.com.
When we met up with hairstylist Anthony Turner backstage at Christopher Kane this morning, he voiced what everyone was thinking. “It’s really pretty this year,” Turner said of the overall feel of the collection—beauty included. Focusing on “something softer” to coincide with buzz words from Kane that included “naive” and “homemade,” Turner crafted side-parted, low-slung buns that he pinned just above the nape of models’ necks. “But what you see isn’t always what you get with Christopher Kane,” Turner was quick to point out, alluding to the fact that there was more to his “cute little knots” than met the eye. “I’m going to pull them apart,” he explained, coating his hands with TIGI Catwalk Session Series Work It Hairspray and jostling hairs out of place at the root so they floated as models walked. “It’s ghostlike,” he said.
Picking up on Kane’s fascination with “stickers and sparkly things” for Spring, Lucia Pieroni kept the makeup simple and duly sweet. “It’s a little bit ‘dear diary,’ ” she said of the rosy pouts and similarly pink cheeks that she painted on using Chantecaille Lip Sheer in Comet and its Blush in Joy, Emotion, and Laughter. Devising a “velvety” complexion courtesy of Chantecaille’s Future Skin foundation, which she applied on top of its Vital Essence serum, Pieroni brushed brows up and dusted lids with its Eyeshadow in Valerian, a shimmering light brown pigment that is part of the brand’s recently released New Classic Palette. And as it was not really a venue for her more outrageous stylistic leanings, nail guru Sophy Robson did something slightly out of character to complete the look: She christened “modern, clean” tips using Leighton Denny’s Trio Buffer—and not a stitch of custom-blended polish, Swarovski crystals, nail tattoos, or any other artful add-ons.
When Prescriptives decided to shutter its doors two years ago, I had two reactions in quick succession: sadness at the loss of the brand I’d been using almost exclusively since teen-dom, then panic about whether I would be able to stockpile enough of its bestsellers to last me for the rest of eternity. Most could be replaced with similar products from other brands, I discovered—except, that is, for my beloved Traceless Skin Responsive Tint. The tinted moisturizer with a slightly illuminating natural coverage that didn’t feel at all makeup-y was, in a word, perfection. I did manage to amass enough to last me until recently, but as I was desperately squeezing the final drop out of the final tube, I decided it was finally time to search for a replacement. Here is the latest group of contenders that are currently in the running.
Chantecaille Just Skin Anti-Smog Tinted Moisturizer
Chantecaille’s formula is packed with botanicals like honeysuckle, edelweiss, and green tea, plus moisturizing sodium hyaluronate. The rich formula feels a bit more like a foundation than a tinted moisturizer, making it a viable option on the occasion when more coverage is needed. It is my hands-down winner in the packaging department, but be warned: Its good looks don’t come cheap.
Physicians Formula Organic Wear Tinted Moisturizer
As it’s entirely natural (100 percent of ingredients are from natural origin, and more than 80 percent from organic origin), Physician Formula’s offering is a great idea for those with more reactive skin—i.e. me, at least once a month. Remember to shake the tube first, otherwise the filmy formula tends to separate in an undesirable way. The coverage is lightweight enough for everyday use and absorbs easily. Bonus: It’s a total bargain.
Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint
I count myself a big fan of Liz Earle’s skincare, so when I heard that the British naturalist was branching out into makeup I was understandably excited. Her first product to be available stateside is a tinted moisturizer packed with enough vitamin E, borage, and avocado for a super-creamy consistency. Though it was a little too rich for my summertime needs, once the temperature drops, my prediction is that it will feel just right.
$34, available beginning September 8 at www.uk.lizearle.com.