Chanel recently had an exhibition at Harrods London, which has been documented by British blogger Pixiwoo here. At the same time, Chanel released a mini-collection that included the Brompton Road Powder (£46/ Poudre Tissee, Brompton Road Highlighting Powder and Blush). Miraculously, this item is still for sale on Harrods website and can be shipped to the U.S.
Like the Poudre Tissees in Beiges released with Les Aquarelles Collection late this summer, Brompton Road has a cleverly quilted top that gives the impression of Chanel tweed. Brompton Road is topped with a sparkling glaze with silver glitter, which brushes away easily with a soft stroke.
The glazing is not as extreme as Les Aquarelles Beiges, but still you will notice a diamond effect when the compact is first opened. The powder is a combination of white highlighter in Chanel’s trademark “CC” shapes, and a soft medium pink that surrounds the logo. Here is a comparison of the tones mixed (on the left), and the pink alone (on the right):
The white shade is pretty, but the band too narrow to negotiate a brush through the area for cheek application. As you can see, the color is quite subtle. If you use a very soft brush, it can be used as a finishing powder applied lightly all over the face. If you use a stiff, dense brush then you will get a blush effect. Below, Liz used this Chanel Contour brush, which is quite stiff:
There are also three Rouge Allure lipsticks released with this collection which are not on Harrods website, but are available at the store. Above, Liz is wearing Chanel Rouge Allure in Belgravia, which was our favorite of the three. We’ll be reviewing all three over the coming days.
Overall, Chanel Brompton Road is a soft pink shimmery powder with a subtle effect. Some collectors will love the compact on its own, and those with pale skin tones will love the subtle pink color. Those with darker skin tones may find that this color is not sufficiently strong to act as a blush, but will be more of a soft highlighting finishing powder.