Chantecaille continues in its philanthropic vein*, with the release of its spring collection, La Baleine (the whale). Sidebar: thank goodness I have a blog, not a youtube channel, because I can’t pronounce French at all.
The two La Baleine items are a face palette (meant to be swirled together to yield one shade of highlighter) and an eye palette (containing three colors meant to be used separately) — both with the embossed image of whales; both are $98. If you’ve never seen one of these in person, it’s approximately the size of the palm of my hand.
La Baleine Bleue (or Blue, for eyes) contains a luminous blue-grey with a hint of purple (which reminds me of a Laura Mercier shade, actually), a lighter ice blue, and a soft, warm, white-gold highlighter. All three shades are shimmery, and though Chantecaille makes really lovely eyeshadow, this palette was too blue for me.
Also new for spring are two lip sheers (Coralline and Rose Coral), one new lipstick (Angel Skin), and a Brilliant Lip Gloss (Sweet). Sweet is perfectly named, because I can’t help thinking of cotton candy when I look at it. While the two palettes are limited edition, the lip products should be here to stay — all four of are $28.
You can buy Chantecaille at NeimanMarcus.com and BergdorfGoodman.com
* Previous “philanthropic” collections have been Protected Paradise, which came out about a year ago, and Bengali, which was released for holiday 2008. I’m sorry to say I didn’t swatch Protected Paradise when it was out (an eye palette and face palette with an embossed underwater scene), but click here to go back to the holiday Bengal palette. 5% of the proceeds from these items are donated to conserving the animals or areas depicted.
[EDIT] I just read over on Autumn Masquerade that La Baleine is actually the sixth philanthropic collection from Chantecaille: there have been Holiday Papillon (butterfly — to benefit Monarch butterfly reserves in Mexico), Garden in Kyoto (a second butterfly palette), Coral, Protected Paradise, Bengali, then La Baleine. Click here to read Autumn Masquerade’s delightful review of the whale palettes.