Bright This Way: Chanel, NARS and Guerlain Go High-Watt for Summer
Like the fashion world (which shows collections a full six months before clothes hit the sales floor), the beauty industry is also pushing their summer collections earlier and earlier. The department store counters will soon be a veritable rainbow of products from just about every brand, but a few stand-out collections are getting us really heated up. Whether you’re looking for brightly colored tips or you can’t resist a collaboration between two of the industry’s biggest names, start calling those counters, because these seasonal must-haves will fly off the shelves before the summer sun even starts to sizzle.
Peter Phillip’s collections for Chanel Beauty are always showstopping, from his now-legendary Illusion d’Ombre collection to the release of must-have nail colors season after season. Chanel products are held in such high regard by beauty junkies that the release of an eye cream has taken on near religious significance. You, too, might have a transcendental experience when you see the ultra-wearable collection, which offers a repeat appearance of Chanel’s best-selling blush horizon in new-for-summer bronze hues and neutral shadows. And glosses are pepped up with a jolt of bright tangerine (looks like someone at the house of Coco is keeping up with their Pantone projections). This season’s piece de resistance? Delight, a bronze polish that’s sure to gain the cult-favorite status that shades like Peridot, Black Pearl and Blue Satin.
Be on the lookout, it’ll be on Chanel counters later this month. Insider’s tip — befriend a counter manager at your local department store and you’ll be able to get some of the goods before everyone else. It doesn’t hurt to make a few friends.
One of the beauty industry’s biggest names is teaming with one of fashion’s favorites in Guerlain’s Terra Azzurra collaboration with Emilio Pucci.
Inspired by the Winter Capri print from the Pucci archives, the collection features Guerlain favorites like the meteorites powder and kajal liner in Riviera-ready hues of bright azure blue, coral and terra cotta.
The Guerlain Terra Azzurra Collection will be available in stores this May.
For his first-ever collaboration just for nail polish, Fran§ois Nars is teaming with Thakoon for a limited edition series of polishes inspired by the designer’s penchant for color. The duo have worked together before during Thakoon’s runway shows during New York Fashion Week, so it’s only natural that they worked together for polish, which is fast becoming fashion’s finishing touch. Taking hues from Thakoon’s collection, the six-piece collection takes inspiration from colors found in an Indian spice market (though we’re hard-pressed to identify any herbs or spices in either powder blue or cyan), there’s everything from a sunny yellow to a deep mandarin red — which you’ll only find at the brand’s Bleeker Street flagship in NY. Ladies, let the clamoring begin!
The NARS Thakoon collection will be available May 1 at www.narscosmetics.com.