Weekends somehow always seem to zoom by and this last weekend was no exception. I spent my Saturday attending an event hosted by my local Neiman Marcus, the in-store launch of Chantecaille’s Philanthropy Collection, which also happened to coincide with the brand’s 20-year anniversary. Think fizzy drinks, mini makeovers and mingling with like-minded beauty aficionados. The event culminated with the unveiling of 6 stunning cheek shades featuring 6 exquisite designs, each benefiting Chantecaille’s conservation efforts.
I am very grateful to have been invited to this event, not only because I had been dying to see those limited-edition compacts in person, but also because I got the chance to learn more about Chantecaille’s efforts to give back and how we can all help. Those who’ve been loyal followers of the blog and my Instagram, know just how passionate I am about nature and animals. I will always support brands that make an effort to give back.
Chantecaille is one of those rare brands that aim to turn beauty into an ultra-simple and instinctive ritual. Their formulas revolve around the synergy of nature and science, delivering products that are effective yet free of harsh and questionable chemicals. The brand’s ethos is equally as captivating. Due to a deep concern for our endangered environment and the many animals at risk, Chantecaille donates a percentage of their sales toward supporting conservation efforts all around the globe. Their products have established a platform with the power to raise awareness and draw attention to important issues of global sustainability. I really like that.
This year Chantecaille launched a collection of 6 embossed cheek shades, each featuring the design of an endangered species. Before I give you the scoop on each of these, allow me first to talk about their formula. These blushes are incredibly finely milled, feel ultra-light on the skin and blend effortlessly. The pigmentation is just right, you will never have to worry about applying too much and looking overdone. These blushes veil the cheeks with the most gorgeous flushed, natural look. The shade range is comprised of pinks and corals, that have been carefully curated to be universally flattering and highly versatile. 5% of Net Sales of all Cheek Shade sales will benefit the 6 charities included in this collection.
- Chantecaille Cheek Shade in Coral (Laugher) – supporting The Marine Conservation Biology Institute. Today three quarters of the world’s coral reefs are at risk due to illegal fishing, global warming and pollution. Chantecaille joins the Marine Conservation Biology Institute in their efforts to protect 10% of the world’s oceans by 2020. The blush features a coral emboss in one of the prettiest peachy pink shades I’ve ever seen.
- Chantecaille Cheek Shade in Horse (Joy) – supporting The American Wild Horse Campaign, an initiative whose efforts go toward conserving park land for wild horses. The color is a sophisticated cool-toned pink.
- Chantecaille Cheek Shade in Butterfly (Bliss) – supporting The Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary. Every year, the autumn sky is ablaze with orange as millions of Monarch butterflies make the 3,400 mile ‘miracle migration’. Sadly, these beautiful creatures are now on the endangered species list due to global warming, logging, deforestation and lack of food. This blush is a beautiful ballerina pink color featuring the Monarch butterfly. The butterfly emboss is lightly dusted with a subtle metallic pink overlay which comes off with the first use.
- Chantecaille Cheek Shade in Bee (Emotion) – supporting The Xerces Society. Bees pollinate the flowers and trees which feed us. They are in danger of extinction due to overuse of chemical pesticides and monoculture planting practices which have eliminated wild-flowers and plants. The beautiful bee emboss features a delicate gold overlay which comes off with the first use. The shade is a medium coral orange.
- Chantecaille Cheek Shade in Turtle (Grace) – supporting Widecast. Sea turtles are endangered and struggling for survival. Widecast focuses on saving these wondrous creatures in more than 33 Latin American and Caribbean countries. The color of the blush is a warm brown-toned apricot.
- Chantecaille Cheek Shade in Elephant (Smitten) – supporting The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Up to 38,000 elephants are killed annually for their ivory tusks and this foundation fosters orphaned baby elephants. The color of the blush is a soft peach.
My Picks from the Chantecaille Philanthropy Cheek Collection
I first saw the Philanthropy Cheek Shades online on the Chantecaille website a few weeks ago when they were made available to pre-order. I simply loved the idea behind the collection and thought the designs were beautiful. And when I saw them in person, I realized that the photos don’t really do them justice.
Each Chantecaille Philanthropy Cheek Shade is more exquisite that the other. They immediately stole my heart and I truly wished I could get one of each. But my reasoning mind stepped in. I decided to adult that day in Neiman Marcus and only allowed myself to pick out 2 shades: a pink for the colder months and a coral for summer. I went home with the Monarch Butterfly and the Coral Reef. Now I have yet to actually use them, a few more photos first. I will update this post with a makeup look as soon as I work up the courage to dip my brush.
What are your thoughts on this collection? Have you tried any makeup or skincare from Chantecaille? Which of their products do you recommend?
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