Each year, the CHANEL Métiers d’Art fashion show celebrates the exceptional talent of the Métiers Houses, pairing their know-how with a legendary destination. This year, Bombay Express de CHANEL showcases an opulent vision of India with a luxurious palette of luminous gold and earth tones, accentuated by dramatic black..  Read on for more…

As with all of Peter Phillips creations, the makeup in this collection is stunning. Graphic makeup with saturated colour blocks stretches out from the corner of the eye to express strength and femininity.  I’ve been dying for this collection to come out since December and was thrilled when it finally appeared on the CHANEL.com website.

Eyes succumb to the boldness and mystery of a black eyeshadow in all its nuances with Illusion d’Ombre in Mirifique.

The rest of the face focuses on gold and light. The Exclusive Creation of the Collection is a precious, golden powder to dab onto cheekbones and eyelids in scintillating touches. In its classic black-lacquered case, Route des Indes de CHANEL recreates an embossed motif of a rare fabric, a piece of bronze brocade from an Indian-influenced collection created by Gabrielle Chanel in the 1960s.

This gold powder has multiple uses–as a highlighter or to add a radiant finish wherever you’d like the slightest glow. Once applied, the powder has a shimmery appearance–not glittery. To apply, I used a MAC 187 brush for the best results and so as not to ruin the pattern on the powder.

A stroke of blush warms the complexion with the hint of an elegant and sunny earth tone. Lips remain natural, enhanced by the luster of luminous beige shimmering with gold.


On nails, an original nail polish mixing pale gold and silver recalls the traditional festival of lights, for which it was named Diwali. The Le Vernis in Diwali is one of those shades that works year ’round and on every skin tone. This would be beautiful for a wedding or special occasion. While I’m not usually a fan of gold/silver metallic nail shades, this one really works as a neutral.

The Bombay Express de CHANEL Collection is available now at CHANEL.com.  You don’t want to miss this one!



Photo credit: Vincent Lappartient

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