I wonder if Peter Phillips knew he was designing a blockbuster makeup collection when he created Chanel's Spring 2011 Les Perles de Chanel. The look, with its pearl-laden smoky eyes and soon-to-be-considered iconic Black Pearl Les Vernis, perfectly evokes the pearls that are emblematic of the Chanel look. The accent of pinky-peach for the lips adds a softness appropriate for spring, one that will enchant those who may not buy into the full look, but eagerly await Chanel's collections for the perfect new addition to their makeup wardrobes.
Nakkar Lèvres Scintillantes Glossimer (#149, $28.50) offers a soft touch that will appeal to many, with its glowing, shimmering ripeness - a hybrid of three luscious fruit shades: raspberry, watermelon, and peach. You can't judge any gloss by its appearance in the tube. While beautiful in the tube, Nakkar looks darker than it appears on the skin and lips. I suspect it will adopt a shade to flatter your lips, no matter what their tone.
My swatch photo at left was taken in full sun. I applied Nakkar directly from its doe-foot applicator. You can see that's it's a pink-peach blend on my skin, and it does change in character when the lighting changes. It's also darker on my lips, with their natural light rose coloring.
This one's a keeper! It may soon have a twin, one to keep in my makeup bag. The other new Lèvres Scintillantes Glossimer shade is Aragonite, a highlighting light white-gold shimmer. It will be a beautiful topper for your favorite lipstick.
You can see and purchase Chanel's Les Perles collection at Chanel's Web site and department store counters. I purchased my Nakkar at Saks.
Photos at top courtesy of Chanel