Makeup splurge alert! Whenever I’m in an airport Duty Free, I feel like I need to buy something. It’s most likely the whole ‘spend to save’, bargain hunting element of my nature. That, or the fact I have a blindingly obvious makeup addiction…
Wind back a few weeks. I was flying to Malta on my second ever press trip, passing through the airport departures in a cloud of ‘I can’t believe this is happening to me’ and then I saw it. The World Duty Free shop. Like a moth to a flame, I instinctively headed in.
What to buy though? I always use Duty Free as an opportunity to stock up on beauty essentials for less (cheap Benefit Rollerlash mascara & Kiehl’s Midnight Concentrate being the recurring purchases here)
It then occurred to me that I’d been plastering the new Chanel 2017 Fall Winter makeup collection on my Instagram Stories, in some kind of lustful makeup fit, so I took a hopeful trip to the Chanel counter to see if it was there.
Unfortunately for my tentative bank balance, the new collection was INDEED in stock. So I decided to save a whole £6 and treat myself to the new Chanel Palette Essentielle compact.
A Chanel makeup compact is a tempting proposition just by name, but let me tell you more about THIS particular delight. The Palette Essentielle is, what the French translation may imply, an essential palette.
The whole Chanel collection is travel themed – so it’s no surprise that this compact is ideal for travel. With three sections to conceal, highlight and colour, it’s the perfect perk-up palette to slip into your bag.
Whether you’re using it for afternoon touchups or taking it as the “if you only bring one thing” product for an overnight with restricted beauty baggage space, it’s certainly a great do-all product worth investing in.
The concealer is a great match for me, and it’s a creamy, blendable consistency that doesn’t look flat or powdery. In general, cream formulations are best for that natural, sheerest glow and is best applied with the fingers.
The colour element, is a dark brown-red shade which you can use to saturate your lips for unapologetic colour but also rub lightly into the lower cheeks for a sculpted blush. If you can pull of the red eye makeup look, then by all means, smudge it onto lids too. Multi-purpose is the KEY the an essential palette like this.
Check out the Palette Essentielle swatches below.
The palette comes in three colourways – 150 Beige Clair, 160 Beige Medium and 170 Beige Intense.
I was between Beige Intense and Beige Medium. Due to the darker colour of the concealer in the Beige Intense palette, I could use it as a colour, contour & highlight whereas Beige Medium was a colour, conceal and highlight.
I decided to go with the 160 Beige Medium in the end, because I think concealer would be more useful (especially for a £50 investment!) I can hear Mr FV now saying “you spent HOW MUCH” – but honestly, for a one-step product that I can use daily, I know I can get my value from it. And it’s PRETTY.
Overall, I’m not in the habit of buying myself Chanel makeup on a regular basis (I’ve chosen a mortgage instead) but this makes a lovely treat or gift – whether it be to yourself or to someone else.
There’s just something about the glossy black compacts, that come in their velvet pouches. Beauty packaging at its most chic, would you expect anything less from the French?
If you cannot wait until your next Duty Free trip – you can buy it from Boots or buy it at John Lewis here.