You have to have a heart of stone (or at least a deep, deep hatred of taupe, you sick puppy) to be able to resist the annual Chantecaille Charity Palettes. Usually items of huge beauty devoted to a single animal cause, tigers, turtles, butterflies and such, it can be difficult to bring yourself to use them. Out next month, the Chantecaille 15th Anniversary Palette is certainly a thing of beauty, and it's very wearable too. I steeled myself to try it out recently:
Clad in the brand's trade-mark pewter livery, the palette comes complete with a facsmile of Sylvie Chantecaille's signature across the top, and inside we have, instead of the usual three eyeshadow shades and a blush, just three eye shades, which makes this a far more compact and portable option than the larger four pan options:
Three shades, each embossed with a different animal. The deep aubergine liner shade has an elephant, the slightly warm vanilla highlight comes complete with a monarch butterfly, and the elegant coppery-taupe has a turtle. All the shades are very wearable, and are very sheer in use:
This pic is slightly more representative of how the colour appear in the flesh, it's shown alongside a couple more pieces from the collection that I'll show you later. However, here is how the colours swatch:
The colours here are swatched over bare skin. Chantecaille isn't particularly known for its deeply pigmented products (which, if you're over the age of, say, 35 or so, is a bit of a blessing. You'll see), so these swatches shouldn't come as much of a surprise. However, if you swatch over an eyeshadow primer (and I never wear shadow without a primer), then you'll see a huge difference:
The shades are complex and flattering, but admittedly, they're not hugely dramatic, though you could create a great smokey eye with this, it's also a lovely wearable daytime palette too.
Unusually for the normal Chantecaille charity palette, this supports three foundations: The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the Monarch Butterfly Fund and Widecast, which respectively support elephants in the wild, butterflies, and, of course, sea turtles.
It'll be available from SpaceNK next month - will you be picking one up?
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