Following exotic and opulent Chanel’s runway collection at Métiers d’Art last winter, the limited edition make-up collection Bombay Express De Chanel came out this summer with a splash of gold tones.
ndia with its rich colours and vibrant culture found its way through the collection of luminous eye shadow, intense eye pencil, sheer lipshine, metallic nail polish and illuminating shimmering powder. Reviving some of Chanel’s history, the imprinted paisley motif of the powder recreates the brocade pattern of a rare fabric from an Indian-inspired collection created by Gabrielle Chanel in the 1960s.
When creating this collection, Chanel’s Creative Makeup Director, Peter Phillips was envisioning fairy-tale India with “surreal princesses from an idealised empire”, “the scent of jasmine” and “lavishness of the Maharajas”. First seen on the runway models, the make-up collection contrasts darkness of the bold black-velvet eye shadow and kohl eye pencil, which accentuate and bring focus to the eyes, with softer golden powder to highlight the cheeks and peachy nude lipshine to soften the lips. Even with summer officially over, the translucent complexion gives that sunny glow to the face that many women want to achieve. To finish up the total look, Diwali nail polish with its glowing mix of pale gold and luminous silver brings memories of India’s traditional festival of lights.