Chantecaille's limited-edition Les Macarons Face Palette target="_blank" ($68) for Holiday 2010 houses five festive shades to create a beautiful (and trendy) face for this winter. This palette, inspired by the delicious and colorful macaroon cookies from France, starts you winter look with an eye shadow for lining in Cassis, a deep plum. The shadow has a high concentration of ginseng to enhance the skin’s condition and increase elasticity. I love those extra-added benefits. A highlighting shadow, Caramel, creates pearlescent tones that offer a reflective finish for a sophisticated look. I like to wear it over the entire lower lid to open up my eyes.
For cheeks, there's a happy and vibrant pink shade in Raspberry, enriched with anti-aging vitamins A, C, and E, along with a creamy Rose highlighter to accentuate your cheek and brow bones. To finish the look, the compact has a pretty pink Strawberry lip gloss. Packaged in a sleek gunmetal compact with a very nice dual-ended brush, the palette will make a great addition to your makeup wardrobe or a generous gift. I don't know why my friends never give me makeup palettes!
It could not have been cloudier when I took my swatch photo at right. The weather wouldn't cooperate today. I swatched the palette left to right, starting with the Cassis powder shadow/liner, shown at top. I applied each shade fairly heavily, hoping to get enough color to have something to show you, despite the clouds. The Caramel highlighting powder shadow is hard to see on my arm. I would describe it as shimmering beige-gold on my skin. You can see a close-up of the two eye shades below left in a photo I took inside under bright lights.
It's easy to see the vibrant Raspberry blush in the center of my arm swatch. I wouldn't apply it this heavily on my face, but I wanted you to see how gorgeous the shade is. The icing on the cake - so to speak - is the Rose cream highlighter (not blended on my arm). I absolutely love it! The Strawberry lip gloss is also as pretty as it gets.
Another gorgeous addition from the Chantecaille line, this limited edition is worth snatching up now. You can see it at the Chantecaille Web site, where you can also read about the company, its generosity, and its conscience. The online special offer today is a full-sized Amaretto Lip Gloss SPF 15 with any purchase of $200. I received it with my order and love it. Even if I have to buy more than I planned, I never leave gifts with purchase "on the table."
Now I have to ask you a question. Why doesn't Chantecaille get the attention on blogs that M∙A∙C gets? I know the "younger set" worships at the M∙A∙C alter, and I buy from M∙A∙C and love some of their products. M∙A∙C makes great makeup and also, as a company, has a conscience. I just don't understand why each M∙A∙C collection, introduced every couple of weeks (or so it seems), gets so much attention when gorgeous Chantecaille makeup goes relatively "uncovered" by my fellow bloggers, magazines, and other media. I toast them both! Got an answer?
Photo at top courtesy of Chantecaille