A warm sea of blue, red, and yellow flows throughout this Naples-inspired collection.
by Nora Maloney
We could all use a vacation. Honestly, more often than not, we could use a vacation after returning from a vacation because that vacation just wasn’t vacation enough. In short, we work too hard, so when a brand like Chanel comes along introducing a spring-summer collection colorful enough to transport us, we dive right in.
In this collection, we explore Naples through the eyes of Lucia Pica, the brand’s Global Creative Makeup and Color Designer, who was born in the historic Italian city. Inspired by the colors and textures of her birthplace, Pica placed great emphasis on the lips, developing new fruity shades of the brand’s cult classic Rouge Allure, Rouge Allure Velvet, and Rouge Allure Ink. She also helped to develop four new shades of Rouge Coco Gloss—Parthenope, Sibylla, Poppea, and Aphrodite—including a baby blue that can be worn on its own or layered on top of other hues (important to note that blue-tinted glosses make your teeth look whiter!).
The highlight in the lineup of colorful delights is Poudre À Lèvres, a limited-edition balm and powder compact for lips (and cheeks!) that comes in three convertible shades. The formula was inspired by traditional tempera painting techniques which were used in the making of ancient frescos.
Also worth noting is Les 9 Ombres, an eyeshadow palette with shades ranging from bright yellows and blues to more neutral tones, Ombre Première Creme’s newest dusty green addition, and Stylo Yeux Waterproof in two greenish-blue hues. Chanel concludes the collection with 4 new Le Vernis colors in pale pink, mint green, bright yellow, and a vibrant orange—Pica’s first time playing with pastel shades.
Luckily for us, this is a vacation we never have to come back from— assuming it doesn’t sell out, that is.