Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Chantecaille Collection for Summer 2016 - Love the Lip Chic and Mermaid Eye Color

I wasn't ready for Chantecaille's Summer 2016 Collection. In the past, Chantecaille has introduced its seasonal colors close to the actual season. I usually anticipate the time frame and ask for the press release. This year, I think my first notice was an e-mail. I made sure to see the new collection on my first trip to Neiman Marcus as soon as I knew that the Summer 2016 Collection was available.

The display, shown above, shows two new shades of Lip Chic, accompanied by one re-promote, totally new Mermaid Eye Colors, and a few re-promoted favorites I already own, like Luster Liquid Lumière. Naturally, I started playing with colors immediately and found a few I couldn't live without.

Let's start with Mermaid Eye Colors ($34). My first reaction was, "Oh no - not more sparkly pot eye shadow colors!" Everyone makes them now, right? It wasn't until I tried them that I realized they are distinguished by their gleam. They do not add a glitter bomb to my eyes. I was smitten and left the counter with three of four shades. So much for my initial reaction!

Mermaid Eye Colors' innovative high shine, crease-proof formula that can be worn wet or dry
 as an eye shadow or eyeliner. The luxurious texture creates a metallic sheen that won’t crease or transfer after application. Creamy and long lasting, the high-pearl formula is infused with a silk tree extract that lends a youthful appearance to the eye area. The bullet points tell Chantecaille's story.
  • Creamy, powdery feel makes it easy to apply with the fingertips or a brush
  • Richly pigmented hues shimmer with a rich metallic sheen
  • Buildable metallics mix beautifully with opaque shadows
  • Exceptional adherence for long-lasting, even coverage
Lagoon, shown at left above, is a stunning dark green shade. Chantecaille calls it teal. Seashell is a soft, glistening gold. Triton is called a warm and moody grey. I'd call it a beautiful stone, the kind of polished stone worth collecting. I did not purchase the fourth: Starfish, which is a beautiful copper. I wanted it, but had to maintain some semblance of frugality - even with one of my favorite brands.

I took swatch photos of my three new eye shadows in full mid-day sunshine. I applied the shades with a sponge-tipped applicator, starting with Lagoon at the top, Seashell in the middle, and finishing with Triton at the bottom. The direct sun makes the shades sparkle, but in person, they gleam with a beautiful sheen.

You know my camera has problems with green shades. The best representation of this gorgeous green in Lagoon is where the sunlight hit my swatch directly. It's gorgeous, but I asked how I would use it. The model in the display is wearing it on her entire lid, but I don't feel comfortable wearing that much color on my eyelids. My favorite Chantecaille representative, Jeannine Barnes, suggested using it close to the lash line, and it looks exquisite there.

Seashell, the soft gold, is a wonderful, all-purpose gold. It is an excellent shade for both warm and cool skin types. Triton. shown at the bottom on my arm, was an immediate choice. It's a wonderful neutral - not too silvery, not mauve, just a pretty color that will flatter anyone's eyes.

The Lip Chic ($36) that spoke to me was Gypsy Rose, a new shade. Lip Chic's lightweight and hydrating formula makes it one of my favorite lipsticks. Gypsy Rose is a charmer. I took a swatch photo in full sun, applying the swatch directly from the tube.

Isn't this a gorgeous pink? It's right in my pink sweet zone, not too blue and not too peachy. I am enormously pleased with it. Chantecaille describes Lip Chic, which I have featured many times, as follows.

This exceptionally comfortable formula is easy to apply and creates an even finish that is shiny, but never sticky. Lip Chic leaves lips appearing fuller and decidedly more youthful in appearance, but never irritated [like plumpers leave your lips feeling]. Lip Chic combines the high shine and plumping effects of a gloss with the rich, even coverage of a lipstick. It applies with an incredibly soft, lightweight texture as it helps to smooth the appearance of lips

I featured Luster Liquid Lumière in 2014. You can read about it here.The Hi-Def Summer Bronzer on the display was an HD Perfecting Powder. Perhaps the bronzer had not arrived. I do not know yet whether it is one of the existing Chantecaille bronzers or a new one.

I think there's something in Chantecaille's Summer Collection for everyone. If you get a chance, stop by a counter and check it out. If you need help, you can call Jeannine at (202) 966-9700. Ask the operator for the Chantecaille counter, then ask for Jeannine. She would love to help you select products and colors that will be "right" for you - and she's good at it. There is an InCircle GWP if you spend $350. Incentive?

Update: I literally just got an e-mail from Chantecaille describing their Summer 2016 bronzers! You can see it here.

Photos by Best Things in Beauty


Mylinda said...

Thank you so much for these swatches! I had been trying to get information on the mermaid eye colors since I saw them pop up online. My daughter is having a mermaid phase and something about these called to me. I called a counter to see if they could tell me more about the texture but the description I got was vague. It's a powder, she said, like the Chanel one. But Chanel's Illusion D'Ombre isn't a powder, no? So I asked, is it more like Eyes to Kill (pressed pigment, maybe?) and she said it was like the Chanel. I'm keen on getting Triton and Seashell but need to know that I can work with it. I have much trouble with Eyes to Kill so if it's similar, I will have to pass. Your input on the texture and consistency would be much appreciated.

Eileen said...

The colors you chose remind me of a warmer version of one of my favorites quads: Clé de Peau's Pewter Veil #311 from La Beauté Vénitienne (F/W 2015). That particular quad, though, packs a lot of gleam and there is some shimmer. The icy white, cool sand-beige, pewter with green undertone (stunning, complex shade), and cool sea green create an oceanic look that is beguiling on the young and yet sophisticated on us more mature types. I would imagine the colors you selected would do the same but for those who want warmer tones. I bet the colors are gorgeous with your hair and eye color. Have you had a chance to play much with them? I know there are those people who believe that hoary old chestnut that women of a certain age can't wear color, but I'm obviously not one of them ;-) Certainly, I'd not wear my shadows the way they're featured in Chantecaille's promo picture, but there's art and beauty to be found in working a bit of color with neutrals. That threesome you picked could be utilized in ways which would flatter women of all ages.

Christina said...

Such pretty colors! I am in love with Lagoon and Triton! I'd actually wear Lagoon exactly as the model is wearing, but I like bold saturated colors on my lids. If you say it's not glittery and imparts a beautiful high sheen instead, I trust you and will pick it up with my next order!

Mamavalveeta03 said...

I adore the Lip Chic! Anything rosy is a good color for me. And I'd love to try the eyeshadow pot with the bronzy look. Perfect for nighttime.

Charlestongirl said...


Not powders. Much like Eyes to Kill and Chanel's pots. Definitely apply as creams. Maybe they meant cream to powder? Either that or you got an untrained SA on the phone.

The Chantecaille Mermaid shadows apply beautifully. Just remember to use a synthetic or other brush meant to apply cream shadows.

DLori said...

That Gypsy Lip Chic is the most gorgeous pink I've ever seen. Would you describe it as a warm or cool color?

Mylinda said...

Thanks for describing the texture and your advice. I will give them a shot. There's no other way to really find out if I like them if I don't try them. The SA I got wasn't with Chantecaille as the girl had left for the day, she said. She gave her time, which I appreciate, although wasn't very helpful.

Vanessa said...

Hello Everyone,

I love the lip color. That is going on my shopping list!
Charleston Girl, yesterday you talked about the Guerlain lip plumper. Have you used it again? I need a lip plumper and I've found that most work once or twice and then stop. It's as if my lips reject the plumping ingredients. Do you have any suggestions?

Thank you!

Vanessa said...

Hello Everyone,

I love the lip color. That is going on my shopping list!
Charleston Girl, yesterday you talked about the Guerlain lip plumper. Have you used it again? I need a lip plumper and I've found that most work once or twice and then stop. It's as if my lips reject the plumping ingredients. Do you have any suggestions?

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

How do these apply compared with the Chantecaille that you just wrote up?

Charlestongirl said...

Eileen, thanks. I haven't had much time to play. I did apply Lagoon as a thick liner and loved it. I've also worn Triton. The third will await it's turn, probably Friday night when I'm going to dinner.

Charlestongirl said...

Dlori, in between. It leans to neither cool nor warm.

Charlestongirl said...

Vanessa, not yet. I saw it work on Marcus, so I'm sold. I'll try it before I go out Friday night. I'll come back and let you know.

Charlestongirl said...

Makeup lover, I'm confused. These are Chantecaille colors. Did you mean to post your comment on another feature? Help!

Evelyn said...

You had me at mermaid. The eye colors are so pretty, pretty enough that I might be able to overcome a previous unpleasant experience at a Chantecaille counter. I always love colors like Triton and the green one can definitely be fun. We'll see!

Anonymous said...

Sorry, was looking at the Dior mono eye shadow post. How do those compare with the Chantecaille?

tasa said...

This review definitely got me over the edge and I purchased Seashell. I love it! Thanks so much, as always, for your thoughtful comments.

Unknown said...

I've been looking for something that could compare to the discontinued Tom Ford Escapade cream.

I don't suppose you'd know if Seashell is similar to that? To my eye it seems like it might be. Thanks!