Travel Essential: Chanel Makeup Palette


The Chanel Travel Makeup Palette
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I seem to have an affinity for travel makeup palettes. I’m all for anything that makes life easier—less bulk, less for me to take in my carry-on. Makeup palettes can be unforgiving, though. There’s always one color (or colors) that will never be used even if Prada’s late nineties androgyny were to come back in fashion.

While we don’t usually associate Chanel with practicality, their recent travel palette is surprisingly functional. If you’re already a Chanel user, you’ll likely be familiar with some of the shades. If not, here’s what you’ll find:

  • Five eye shadows (Mauve Shimmer, Sheer Pink Satin, Pearl Satin, Bronze Shimmer, and Espresso Satin)
  • Three Lèvres Scintillantes Glossimer lip-glosses (Coral, Pink, Fuchsia)
  • Two lip colors (Mauve and Berry)
  • One Joues Contraste Powder Blush (Rose Shimmer)
  • One Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Color SPF15 (Shade 20)

The eye shadow colors are quite universal and both the cool (Mauve Shimmer and Sheer Pink Satin) and warm tones (Bronze Shimmer and Espresso Satin) work for day or night. The Pearl Satin can, again, work for both and with a light hand in application, can even be used as an all-over highlighter.

As for the lip colors, the Mauve works for day (or night, for that pale lip-smoky eye look) and is similar to the popular Chanel Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Color in #434 Mademoiselle, but with more pink and less brown/neutral. Like most of Chanel’s lip-glosses, it’s best to use the ones in this palette sparingly.

The blush is a nice warm pink with a small amount of shimmer, and the face powder is the same quality as the usual Les Beiges Healthy Glow. Because it’s quite translucent, the #20 shade works fine for medium to light skin tones (for reference, I’m a Mac NC30 in the winter and NC35 in the summer). You would need a separate brush, as the palette’s brush would be too small for an all-over face application.

Finally, with just a good BB or CC cream (with sunscreen, of course) and light daytime eye cream, you’ll be good to go.

*At the time of this writing, Chanel’s travel makeup palette is only available online in the U.S. at Nordstrom, although they do ship internationally. Otherwise, you will have to check with your local department store if they have it in stock.
Roanne Monte
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I have lived (and still do) and spent time in major cities such as London, Paris, Tokyo, Singapore, most Australian capital cities and, of course, New York. When I am not traveling, working, performing, or getting involved in causes I am passionate about, I can be found in the kitchen dreaming up cupcake combinations.
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