Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Chantecaille New Classic Palette Review Pictures and Swatches

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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, Nordstrom or Neiman Marcus, Barneys, Bloomingdales, etc. etc. etc.


  1. your eye ball looks pretty gorgeous right there ;)

  2. thanks for this review! i've been thinking about getting this palette... now i know :)

  3. This is on my wishlist, I also like that its a bit cheaper than the last 3 they brought out. There does seem to be similar colours between this, tigers and dolphins, but I won't let that stop me, I would also be interested if they bought out a more colourful palette in the future though. Thanks for the review :)

  4. I shouldn't have read this. I had talked myself out of it and now you come along and do this to me. You started me on the road to ruin by tempting me with taupe and now you are leading me further and further down that road.

  5. Funny with all the elaborate palettes Chantecaille has released in the past this is the one that is REALLY tempting me to try the line! Must resist!

  6. You just really, really love spending my hard earned money don't you? I had completely dismissed this and now you go and wax "gotta have" on me. Bee-otch, now I have to see it IRL this weekend in my travels. Gosh, I love you anyway :)

  7. The lack of a pouch makes me want to reward Chantecaille by purchasing this! I find those little pouches so wasteful; either you're a makeup hoarder, in which case you have the box and all or you use it and it's going to get banged up. I don't think it offers any protection. Well, against fingerprints, but they aren't going to ruin my makeup.

  8. Blushing Noir: thank yee! My eyeball is very flattered!

  9. Jamilla Camel: you hit the nail right on the head. Neutral perfection.

  10. Stepford Witch: you're welcome. And in the infamous words of g
    GI Joe..."and knowing is half the battle."

  11. Replica: I don't think it is less expensive than their other 4 pan palettes...however I agree that it would be neat to see a more colorful palette.

  12. Marcia F. I apologize for the proverbial gun I am holding to your head making you get this palette. But you know...if Someone needs a gift suggestion for you, you could always point them in the direction of this palette.

  13. Periously Pale: let me know if you ever get this one. It's a slippery slope once you get Chantecaille. Be careful!

  14. Cindy: I love you too...and you know that I want only the best for you...if you are still on the fence. Here's a tip. The Turtle palette is warmer than this one...and if you already have the turtle palette you could probably skip this one because it is much cooler toned....of course you will rue the day that you skipped buying the New Classic palette...but that's the price you have to pay.

  15. from the entire post all you took away was the tiny aside about the lack of a pouch...which isn't wasteful since it does protect the palette. The paper box it comes in eventually will rip if you use the palette on a regular basis...unlike cloth or leather which will last a lot longer...and what does makeup hoarding have to do with wanting something to store the palette in anyway? Perhaps I misread your "comment". Either way it came off as rather odd and a teeny bit hostile.

  16. I love everything taupe!!! Can't get this brand in my country though :-( Thanks for the review. Will keep an eye out, maybe some sites do international shipping!

  17. Hello,
    It was about £10 cheaper but I have since looked and its back up to the same price as the past ones, gah, I should have hit order when it was first on their site, that will teach me to try and be good and wait ;)

  18. Hi there - anonymous again. No, I enjoyed your review and intended nothing hostile. I thought your comment about the lack of pouch odd, hence, my comment. I find pouches a pain to use; they hit the garbage pretty much as soon as I get home. Ergo, it's a nice touch for me that there's no pouch.


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