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Here are few truths about me.
I love taupe eyeshadow
I love Chantecaille cosmetics
I love Chantecaille Cosmetics that contain taupe eyeshadow
Therefore The New Classics Palette from Chantecaille is my new love.
I also own the Sea Turtle Palette, the Tiger In The Wild Palette, the Les Dauphins Palette, and Sylvie's Personal Palette. I think they all contain a taupe shadow of one kind or another. They all contain a blush and they all are 4 pan palettes with wonderful embellishments. The New Classics Palette is far more demure. It only has a simple 'C' for Chantecaille on each item in the palette. I think THIS palette might actually encourage people to USE it rather than just LOOK at it. You won't believe how many comments I get about how people couldn't bring themselves to touching the palette because they didn't want to "ruin" it. Well the New Classic Palette is so user friendly and so ... well ... CLASSIC that you just HAVE to use it.
The journey begins when you open the palette. A thin vellum sheet shows you what powder is for what use. You can use that as a guideline or you can think outside the box.
The shadows are listed as Valerian, Thistle and Lavender. I love the name Valerian as I am a huge Song of Ice & Fire fan. You see The Author George R.R. Martin created the word Valyrian as a people/country in his imaginary land which produced the finest and sharpest steel. Every time I hear the word Valerian I don't think of the herb commonly used for perfumes, teas and insomnia aids. I think of Valyrian Steel and Eddard Stark and Ice, the name he gave his sword. Oh but I am getting of task. I do so love Eddard Stark...and by that I mean I love Sean Bean. He may seem rough looking to some, but I think he's just DREAMY.
OK. Where was I?
Oh yes. The names of the shadows.
Valerian is the upper left hand shadow. Valerian’s subtle shimmer can be used to highlight the brow bone, or the inner corners of the eye without looking too frosty. It can also be used as a base for the eye look.
Thistle is the TAUPE! It is the perfect silver gray lid shade for both day and night. The must have neutral color may work as a base or in the crease when Valerian is used as a base. It can also be applied over Valerian for a more subtle and lighter look. This is the workhorse of the palette being most versatile and most beautiful.
Lavender is the bottom left hand shadow. As opposite from the color Lavender as one can get in the purple family. But I suppose calling a shadow Byzantium is a tad too confusing or obscure. Lavender can be used to define the eye, as a liner, or to create a smoky look.
All of the shadows are not overly frosty, which means those with more...ahem...mature eyelids, won't have to shy away from the rich and pigmented satin finish of these stunning Chantecaille shades. These shadows will not over emphasize crepe-y lids like some frosty shadows are want to do.
And then there is the blush. Here's the thing. Chantecaille keeps describing this blush color as "pink". The have named it Rose. I won't deny that there is some pink in the color, don't get me wrong, but this blush looks more of a coral pink or tea rose pink to me. It's a warmer pink if anything with fine gold pearle to give a brightening effect to the cheeks. This is a color that can look flattering on almost any skin tone. Oh and lest I forget to mention, this blush is enriched with vitamins A, C and E and is highly pigmented. One need only mention to their blush brush that they are going to put it near this color and your brush is instantly infused with the rich pigmented blush (<---Hyperbole). You need only a little amount of powder to bring a nice youthful and healthy glow you your cheeks when using this blush.
My only complaint, this palette just like the Sea Turtle palette does NOT come with a satin or leather pouch to store it in. Sadly I think the days of pouches for Chantecaille products has gone the way of the Dodo. Special little touches like drawstring satin pouches and the like were what made purchasing products from Chantecaille that much more of a treat and a luxury. Chanel and Dior can still afford pouches for their products...It's a shame that Chantecaille can't do the same.
Do You NEED this? Have I ever said no to any Chantecaille 4 pan palette? Nope. I have not. Which means that YES you need this. Now before you get your knickers in a twist over the price (it retails for $85 USD) think about the fact that this palette is so perfect and so classic that this may be the only palette you need. Us makeup junkies can't comprehend this, but there are people out there that own no more than 1 blush and three eyeshadows in this world. This palette is perfect for the woman that is not a collector. This palette could be the go to stand by for any woman that doesn't want to think about which shadow goes with what, or does this blush work with my eyeliner. In other words...this almost universally flattering palette is as close to perfection as one can get...and by owning a piece of perfection such as the Chantecaille New Classic Palette one could almost consider themselves that much more closer to perfection itself. (<---Hyperbole again) Honestly. This would make a great gift for a friend or family member that wants to wear makeup but doesn't want to be bothered with mixing & matching. This would be a great introduction to neutrals palette for the novice makeup junkie. Plus, when the pans run out they are easily swapped out for Chantecaille colors from the permanent line.
I purchased my Chantecaille New Classics palette from the darling and knowledgeable Alicia Cortes at Neiman Marcus in Tysons Corner. She knows her stuff about Chantecaille and is so incredibly pleasant and helpful that shopping with her is like taking a vacation. You can call Alicia at 703-761-1600 X-3289 for assistance or you can call my favorite Beauty Sales Associate Kathy Shoreman at 703-761-1600 X-3282 for more assistance or to purchase over the phone. Of couse you can also purchase the New Classic Palette on line from Chantecaille.com, Nordstrom or Neiman Marcus, Barneys, Bloomingdales, etc. etc. etc.