The desert called and Lucia Pica responded with Chanel Desert Dream Spring-Summer 2020 Makeup Collection. An amalgamation of shades inspired by the naturally occurring palette of the desert landscape translated to the most beautiful, wearable collection for eyes, cheekbones, lips and nails, featuring shimmering oranges, rose golds, mauves and milk chocolatey browns.
In total I picked up four items:
Baume Essentiel Multi-Use Stick in Golden Light
Rouge Allure Lipstick 191 Rouge Brulant
Le Vernis Nail Polish 739 Mirage
Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow 354 Warm Memories
In 2019, Chanel introduced the Baume Essentiel sticks which can be used as highlighters anywhere on the face and this year’s iteration is just as beautifully formulated.
I already had the Baume Essentiel stick in the shade Sculpting, a champagne shade that’s become a staple. So this year’s version in Golden Light is a natural progression that feels and looks so good on the skin.
Baume Essentiel in Golden Light looks like a deep chocolate bronze but on the skin, it is a transparent wash of gold-tinged bronze colour that can be built up and used as a contour or lightly dotted on as highlight although I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it on the eyelids.
It leaves a dewy finish so don’t look for it to dry down completely. It’s also suggested to be used on the lips but I prefer it on the cheekbones and orbital bones and a tiny bit above the tail of my eyebrows.
Rouge Allure Rouge Brûlant Lipstick resembles the red-orange of a sunset that delivers on a single swipe. On my lips, the orange pulls slightly lighter than it looks in the bullet but two swipes deliver the fully saturated colour.
It feels comfortable for as long as it’s on and looks even better on me when I use a lip liner to create an ombre effect. I prefer to tap on this lipstick instead of using it from the bullet but either way, it’s a refreshing alternative to typical Spring corals and pinks.
Le Vernis Nail Polish 739 Mirage is a stunning subdued mauve that would look good year-round. Mauves can certainly be harsh but not this one at all. Two coats of this creamy formula deliver a beautiful finish and in keeping with Chanel’s nail polishes, it’s self-levelling and benefits further with top coat.
Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad in Warm Memories has surprised me in all the best possible ways especially since the orange shade at the bottom right isn’t one I’d usually go for.
Featuring four shades ranging from satin matte to shimmer, these apply like silk whether tapped in with fingers or applied with a brush.
Out of the four shades, I’ve fallen in love with the orange shade especially when I layer it over a smudged out eyeliner. The other three shades are unexpected companions but totally compatible with the orange shade and as a result, this palette has become one of my favourites from the brand so far but of course, that’s always subject to change.
The shade at the top left of the palette is a pleasing neutral, perfect for a single wash of colour for ultra simplicity while the other three shimmers shades beg to be layered. The eyeshadows all have very good wear time and have little fallout. Below, you have an idea of what all of the shades look like blended together, keeping in mind my application was light-handed.
When I looked at all of the products in this Desert Dream 2020 collection separately, it was a little hard for me to picture them working. But once I used the eyeshadow, applied the nail polish, lipstick and the highlighter stick, that’s when it clicked and the magic happened.
It’s such an avant-garde take on Spring/Summer makeup shades it’s difficult to find any faults to report. There are several other items in the collection I bypassed but may find myself circling back around to one or two.
In the meantime, it seems we’re in for even more goodies for Chanel Summer 2020 and they include some gorgeous surprises. And if you haven’t already, see last week’s post that was a chat-through of my first dalliance with CBD oil products, specifically a soothing body lotion and a candle with a respectable cold throw, so I hope this helps.
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