This is me approximately 15 minutes before heading over to the new Chanel Beauty Boutique, (which just so happens to be conveniently located in my backyard -- I smell trouble) for a flash 15 minute makeover.
As you can see, I'm not wearing a heck of a lot in the photo above.
- Les Beiges in Shade 20 to freshen up and minimise shine
- Les Beiges in Shade 30 to contour
- Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Malice (watermelon red)
- Les 4 Ombres Quadre Eyeshadow in Eclosion - three of the four shades were used as follows:
- Garnet Purple was applied all over my eye lid and blended out just above my crease to create a purple smoky eye
- Champagne Shimmer was used to highlight my brow bone
- Pearlescent Melon was used to break up the Garnet Purple at the inner corners
- Stylo Yeux Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Grenat (a heavy leaning purple merlot) to line along the lower and upper lash line
- Inimitable Waterproof Volume Mascara in Noir
- Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine in Satisfaction (nude-ish brown-y pink)
The experience was nice enough, granted it was on the Saturday before Mother's Day -- it was clear selling perfume was their focus. As soon as my 15 minutes were up I was asked what I liked, which I fully expected. When I finally blurted out I was waiting for the Summer 2014 release (btw, it hit shelves earlier this week in Australia) the makeup artist abandoned me. At least she did me a solid by painting my whole face.
The two standouts for me were the Les Beiges Powders and the brushes, especially Powder Brush No. 1 (far right).
This was a free service Chanel offers in all of their boutiques. If you're not after a flash 15 minute makeover you could indulge yourself by opting for a mini facial, a luxury hand treatment, an express hand massage and nail polish or even a fragrance journey.
And if you do visit the Chanel Boutique in Melbourne's Emporium, be sure to ask for Melissa -- she's my favourite.