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Chanel is a beauty brand with a clear focus on the Asian market, and in duty-free it is no different, with several products launched exclusively in that region. The Chanel Préférence eyeshadow palette is one such item, and as far as I know is available only on board selected airlines serving the Asia/Pacific region (I purchased mine on a Singapore Airlines flight but know Cathay Pacific and Korean Air also stock this product).
The palette follows the brand’s recent format of five colours displayed vertically and in parallel, and is officially part of the Ombres Perlées de Chanel series. The five shades are a pearlescent light pink, a pearlescent silvery taupe, a metallic gold, a complex olive-y green and an almost black with finely-milled blue/purple sparkles.
Unfortunately, while the shades look very pretty on the pan, only the last two are any good – the first three are gritty, patchy and do not apply evenly either with fingers or with a brush. I had trouble getting enough pigment on my arm for the colours to appear on the swatch pictures, which is a terrible shame as the two darkest shades (the green and the black) are gorgeous, pigmented and satiny.
You can judge by yourself from the swatches, but in my humble opinion this feels like the Jekyll and Hyde of palettes! Considering it cost S$80 (roughly $63 by today’s exchange rates), it is certainly a disappointment and not something I would recommend for purchase.
When passing through London Heathrow airport terminal 5 recently I noticed that the current pop-up shop alongside the main duty-free shop in the terminal is a Chanel perfume showcase. The temporary space is located just beside the confectionery area of the World Duty Free store and offers a chance to experience the Chanel fragrance world, including the limited-distribution range Les Exclusifs de Chanel.
It’s not a large outlet but it seems well-stocked, with a wide selection of fragrances from Chanel’s regular line and a counter/table dedicated to Les Exclusifs, where customers can learn more about the higher-end scent range and find out which ones they would like based on their personal preferences.
I have no details as to how long the pop-up shop will remain at Heathrow T5, but usually these things stick around for at least three months. Keep that in mind if you’re going through the terminal soon!
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Most airports are lucky to have a full Chanel makeup counter in their general duty-free shops, but the Russians, those lovers of luxury, take it up a notch. The new terminal D at Moscow Sheremetyevo airport – which felt incredibly empty the two times I passed through late last year – has its own dedicated Chanel beauty boutique, offering a full range of cosmetics, skincare and fragrances to the discerning traveller.
I didn’t go in due to lack of time, but took this picture of the shop entrance – very posh and decorated for the Christmas season – where you can see the large TV screen showing the brand’s commercials and promotional videos. The interior decoration is also lavish, full of sleek black counters and beautiful displays showcasing the brand’s products in the best possible way. I don’t think I’ve seen such a luxurious airport presentation for a single brand before.
If you want an exclusive Chanel experience at an airport, head over to Moscow! Click on the picture to see a larger version.
First of all, apologies for ‘abandoning’ the blog for so long – I’ve been travelling a lot (both work and holiday) and haven’t had much chance to post here. I do, however, have a backlog of things to share with you, and this is the first one of hopefully many updates over the next couple of weeks.
Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss Trio is a travel-exclusive set containing, as you would expect, three different shades of Chanel’s Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss lip gloss formula. The colours included in the trio are Exuberance (64), Imaginaire (56) and Confidence (55). They didn’t have testers available so I didn’t swatch these, but Imaginaire and Confidence are part of the permanent collection and the wonderful Karla swatched them when they were first launched, and Exuberance is part of the 2011 holiday collection so should still be widely available in-store now.
I saw this set at Toronto airport’s duty-free shop, and it was priced at C$102, but that will of course vary according to location. The presence of the holiday EdG in the trio indicates it’s a fairly new launch too.
While travelling in the US I spotted some Chanel travel-retail sets that I hadn’t seen before – certainly not in Europe, at least. The display included several products, but I’ll start with the most topical, the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Trio.
This nifty set comes with one each of the new Chanel lipstick formula in Liberté (46), Boy (54 and one of the most popular shades) and Adventure (57).
According to the supplier, this hydrating lip formula creates “amazing natural shine” on your lips, although I have read reviews complaining about their staying power. I haven’t tried them myself, so can’t comment on that.
At San Francisco International airport, where I saw these, the sets retail for $87 – possibly not such a good deal for Americans but certainly a decent saving for British and other European travellers. Rouge Coco Shines sell for £22.50 (roughly $36) each in the UK, so you could save around $20 by purchasing the set instead of three individual shades!
Chanel has recently launched another palette exclusive to the travel-retail channel. This one follows the mould of Dior and Lancôme palettes: the Travel Makeup Palette – Voyage includes a mini-mascara, four eyeshadows, two lip glosses and two lipstick shades as well as one blush and three applicators to provide everything a girl might need while on the go.
Unfortunately I couldn’t find any additional information on the specific shades it includes, but will continue to do research until I find out! If anyone out there has it and can share some info, I’d be grateful too.
This gorgeous palette retails on board Singapore Airlines for S$94 (about $70) and on China Southern and China Eastern for $65, but I’m sure it will soon appear on other inflight catalogues and duty-free shops around the world (most probably in Asia and Europe).
I don’t usually say this, but I instantly wanted this palette the moment I saw it. Behold the Quatuor Boutons de Chanel eyeshadow quad, launched this year and available exclusively on board select airlines (so far I have seen it only on Asian carriers including Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines).
Like most Chanel quads, this palette comes with two foam applicators, but this one features the double-C logo of the fashion house engraved on each powder in gold – classy touch! The packaging is also slightly different from the regular quads, being a folding carton specific to travel-retail. The shades are ivory white, pink brown, dark brown and sunny beige.
This is a warm eyeshadow palette that reminds me a bit of Beiges de Chanel but with slightly earthier shades. Quatuor Boutons de Chanel comes with a $54 price tag.