Use the French name or the English? The language of beauty is universal! Chanel's Harmonie de Printemps Collection for Spring 2012 features two Ombres à Paupières Mono Douceur ($28.50) Soft Touch Eyeshadows in the shades of the season (pink and tangerine). I'm glad I purchased both - one because it's a great shade for me and the other because I need to get out of my color rut.
Rose de Mai (#92) is shown above left, and Tigerlily (#91) is shown above right. You'll find similar shades on Pantone's Spring 2012 Fashion Color Report. Tigerlily is a cross between Pantone's Solar Power and Tangerine Tango, and Rose de Mai is just a little warmer, and thus more universally pleasing, than Sweet Lilac. Both shades will give you a pretty pastel look for spring.
I swatched them heavily with a sponge-tipped applicator and took my photos in full sun. Look at that brilliant blue sky in the photo directly below! It's a gorgeous day.
Rose de Mai is a warm pink with a finish that straddles the line between matte and satin. Tigerlily is sparkling tangerine. Tigerlily is a departure for me. If you had asked me a year ago if I would buy a tangerine eye shadow, I would have answered with a swift no. It's an amazing shade on women with dark skin, but on me? I'm going to experiment with it this spring to find out whether it's a shade I can wear - either alone or combined with other shades. Everyone needs an adventure now and then.
There were actually days when I would have avoided both shades. Pinks can make me look like an albino bunny, but I've learned how to use them under the brow or layered to achieve a beautiful look. Naturally, these shades are much "tamer" when applied with an eye shadow brush and a light hand.
Rose de Mai is a bit like a matte version of the sparkling Sillage, which you can see at The Beauty Look Book. There isn't a current Chanel mono shade that I'd compare to Tigerlily.
You should be able to find the Harmonie de Printemps Collection for Spring 2012 at your favorite Chanel counter - if not today, soon. It's on display at Neiman Marcus Tysons Galleria, where I bought my new favorites, and where they are having a special event today with Chanel's National Makeup Artist John Fussell. If you live near DC and want to go, there may be a few appointments left. I had to cancel mine. Take it! Neiman Marcus at (703) 761-1600.
Photos by Best Things in Beauty