Slow and steady: Chantecaille turtle palette

I had been anxiously awaiting the release of this palette.  Like other Chantecaille wildlife-based palettes, 5% of the proceeds go to an organization that helps the animals - in this case, the WIDECAST Organization.


With flash:


I don't really have anything else to say, except that I think turtles are so cute so I was very excited to see them!  I wish Chantecaille would come out with another turtle palette but more like the Protected Paradise palettes or Baleine palettes - an underwater scene complete with baby turtles.  :)

In the style of tigers: Chantecaille fall

Chantecaille got in on the feline trend for fall by releasing their Tigers in the Wild palette.  This release coincides with the Year of the Tiger and 5% of profits will go to an organization called TRAFFIC to help save the animal.  It features the same design as their 2008 Bengal tiger collection, so I wasn't thrilled with this. 

Tiger in the wild

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Still, it may be a nice addition to to the Museum - I'm on the fence as to whether to buy it.  

Dolphins by Chantecaille

Chantecaille has redeemed itself in the eyes of the Curator.  After a few pretty uninteresting releases (uninteresting from a collectible standpoint, anyway) they have released this lovely palette for spring.  While I don't think it has the level of detail of, say, the Protected Paradise palettes, it's worth collecting.  Here it is with and without flash:


If you look really closely the big dolphins all look like they're smiling!

As with the other wildlife palettes, 5% of sales will go an institution that helps save the animal - in this case, it will go to the President of the Tethys Research Institute, "a non-profit NGO for the study and the conservation of the marine environment in the Mediterranean" that "has been studying Mediterranean whales and dolphins for two decades and has become one of the foremost research organizations working in the area."   So there you have it.  I'm curious to know what Chantecaille has up its sleeve for fall!

Thorn in my side: Chantecaille holiday 2009 collection

I'm a bit disappointed in Chantecaille's holiday offering, Les Pétales collection.  This features - you guessed it - roses on gold compacts. 

 Les petales
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Between the fall rose palette and lots of other makeup companies doing a rose motif , I'm rosed-out.  Maybe for spring Chantecaille will get back to their endangered species specialties.

Autumn roses from Chantecaille

I love Chantecaille, but their fall release is making me cranky.  Yet more roses?  Sigh.  Dubbed "Sylvie's Quattro palette", the compact features 3 eye shadows and a blush.  I must admit the colors are nice for fall, but the design could have been more inventive.

Chantecaille sylvie palette
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So many roses this year, I could probably do an entire exhibition just with rose-themed makeup!  Say, that gives me an idea...

Under the sea: Chantecaille Protected Paradise palettes

Chantecaille came out with these lovely palettes last year.  Five percent of proceeds went to the Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation.  The intricate fish are gorgeous, but I think the tiny seahorse on the right is my favorite part.

Chante pp eyes small

And the face powder:

Chante pp face small

Next to Chantecaille's butterfly eyeshadows, these are easily the most detailed of the compacts the company has come out with.  While I'm still not tired of summer, especially after enduring the coldest winter my city had in almost 30 years, I'm hoping Chantecaille will come out with something equally gorgeous this fall.

Chantecaille Coral palette

Yesterday's post got me thinking about another coral-inspired makeup item:  Chantecaille's lovely coral highlighting powder from spring 2007.  A portion of the proceeds went to Reefs of Hope, run by the Pew Institute of Ocean Science.


But the real collectible is this little gem by designer Jay Strongwater, who teamed up with Chantecaille to create a limited-edition, hand-lacquered refillable compact.  Unfortunately I lacked (er, still lack) the $420 (!!!) necessary to purchase this, but I would love to get my hands on this for the Museum if it were still available.  Just another item that got away!

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A whale of a palette: Chantecaille's Baleine collection

For spring Chantecaille released these lovely palettes.  Five percent of sales will go to the International Union for Conservation of Nature to help save the whales.  I think what I like most about these isn't the abstract waves formed by undulating lines, it's the little baby whale swimming below the larger one. 


Baleine eyes


Baleine face

I'm happy Chantecaille is continuing its trend of putting out palettes with endangered species - it's another way the cosmetic industry can do some good.  If only the packaging itself were eco-friendly.  Sylvie better get on that.  ;)

Chantecaille and butterflies

It all started with a face powder embossed with a butterfly in the center.  Then Chantecaille released three eye shadows, each with a different color butterfly.  In the spring of 2006 the Garden in Kyoto palette, featuring 2 butterflies in gorgeous spring shades, was released.  Finally, the coup de grace was a beautiful holiday palette with gold and silver butterflies.  While the Museum is missing the butterfly face powder, I was able to procure the 3 shadows and the palettes.  Aren't butterflies the best symbol for spring?

Papillons Violet, Rose and Bleu:

Papillon shadows

Garden in Kyoto:

Kyoto 2

The Muse (a.k.a. Ethereal Eyes) palette:

Ch. muse

Chantecaille has since moved on to feature other endangered species in their limited edition items, but the butterflies will always remain very special as they were among the first to use such intricate embossing.

GRRRRRR! Chantecaille Bengal Tiger palettes

It took me a while to get out of my turkey-induced coma, hence my hiatus from the Museum.  But my long-awaited Chantecaille Tiger powders have arrived!!  The embossing is really stunning.  (I have not been able to procure the Bengal palette due to lack of funds, but I'm hoping Santa will provide the final piece in this collection for the Museum.  ;))

White Tiger, with flash and in natural light:

White tiger 2008

Bengali Bronzer:

Bengali 2008

While I think the design is nice, it may have been interesting to see the entire tiger on the powder, the way Lancôme did with their Elephant bronzing powder earlier this year.  Instead of a face product there could have been an eye shadow - a tiger's black stripes would make a good liner, and the rest of the body could be a shadow or bronzer.   I guess overall I wanted to the tiger to appear more ferocious, the way it looks in its natural habitat.  The more I look at these powders the more I think they look almost like a nice little portrait of a tiger rather than capturing the beauty of the animal itself in all its wild glory.   But maybe I've been thinking too much of the work by famed 19th-century animalier Antoine-Louis Barye (1796-1875):

Tiger Walking to the Left, Brooklyn Museum

Bronze tiger 
Tiger Walking, cast after an original, photo from

Barye was an established animal sculptor who spent much of his time at the zoo in Paris, and he was able to beautifully capture the movement and power of tigers after a Bengal tiger arrived at the zoo in 1830. I think something closer to his work would have made a better palette than  a simple "head shot" of a tiger.  Still, these are quite lovely and will make for an excellent exhibtion.


1 For more on Barye, check out the exhibition catalogue "Untamed: The Art of Antoine-Louis Barye", available at the Walters Art Museum (which, incidentally, has the largest Barye collection in the world - if you're ever in Baltimore I urge you to check it out!)