Monday, July 16, 2012

Chanel Duty Free Travel Makeup Palette

I would just like to preface this post by saying that I am soooooo excited about blogging about this particular item!!

I know I did a Taiwan Chanel make-up haul post a little while ago here but I left this particular item out of the haul post because I really felt it deserved a blog post all to itself! hahaha :p

I purchased this Chanel Travel Palette in Duty Free.  Unfortunately I think this palette is ONLY offered IN flight because I looked for it at every possible Duty Free shop that I encountered on our trip.  We had a layover in Beijing and I checked all of the Duty Free stores at the Beijing airport and then later I checked all of the Duty free stores on our return flight from Taipei and could not find this palette anywhere.  But it might have been out of stock when I was traveling (although to be fair I went to 5 Duty free shops and could not find it) so I would definitely check Duty free whenever you can but be aware that you might only be able to purchase this in flight.  The palette is 515 Chinese RMB which is about $81 USD.

It comes in a sleek little velvet case.

The inside opens up to a fairly large sized palette and a mini mascara.

The palette comes with 5 eye shadows, 2 lip glosses, 2 lipsticks, blush, concealer, foundation and mascara.  And you can see it also comes with their respective mini brushes.. a small blush brush, lipstick/lip gloss brush and two double sided wands for the eye shadow.  Although now that I think about it it doesn't come with any type of sponge or anything for the foundation.

Isn't this palette GORGEOUS?!  I haven't even started using it because I really don't have the heart to mess it up yet ARGH.. I just keep opening it and staring at it HAHAHAHA. I know.. I know *SIGH* hahaha

I'm going to also list the retail price of each individual item should you purchase them at Chanel or at a major department store.  Just so you can see what a STEAL this palette is!!!

The left side of the palette going straight down are the 5 different eye shadows offered in this palette.  If you were to go to the Chanel or a department store and purchase a quad (4) eye shadow compact that would run you roughly $60 bucks!  And this palette offers 5 eye shadows! And I think they are the same size if not LARGER than the size of the eye shadow product offered in the regular Chanel quad compacts.  

On the right side of the palette starting from the top are the two lip glosses and then following are the two lip sticks.  Chanel lip glosses/lipsticks retail around $30 bucks a pop.

At the very bottom of the right side the light beige color is the concealer.  So as you can see they really thought of EVERYTHING with this travel palette.  It's really a one stop shop and this is all you would need to take on your trip.  I've seen lots of travel palettes before but this is really the first time I've ever encountered a concealer being offered as part of one.  The retail price for a Chanel concealer will run you $40. 

You also can't forget about the mini mascara that's included with the palette!  A regular priced Chanel mascara will run you around $30 bucks.  

I should mention I love love Chanel powder foundation!!  It gives really great coverage and is definitely build able.  It can also go on wet or dry.  If you want it wet just dip your sponge in some water before you swipe it across the dry product.  You can wear it alone as powder or on top of liquid foundation.

Close up shot of the foundation and the blush.. I really love this blush color it looks like a really pretty pop of blush pink and I think would be so pretty applied to just the apples of your cheeks to give you that fresh dolly look.  The retail price of a Chanel blush would run you around $40 bucks.

I put my regularly sized Chanel powder foundation compact next to the travel palette side by side so you could see that the travel palette actually offers quite a bit of foundation product - it is at least half the size of the regularly sized foundation compact if not slightly more!  The regular foundation compact retails for $50 USD.

I actually calculated (yes I'm sick and I cannot resist knowing that I got a good deal) that if you were to purchase each of these products from Chanel it would run you roughly $360 bucks!  Granted some of the pieces in this collection are miniaturized like the mascara and the foundation's only half the size of a regular foundation compact.  But things like the blush and eye shadows are regular sized products. The cost of 5 Chanel eye shadows would run you roughly $75 dollars if purchased at retail!  Just the 5 eye shadows alone pretty much covers the entire cost of this travel palette!!  And if you were to purchase 2 lip glosses and 2 lipsticks at $30 bucks a pop that would run you $120 bucks at Chanel!

Have I convinced you yet??!  Have I completely pressed upon you how much you NEED this palette in your life??! YOU NEED TO FIND THIS PALETTE WHEN TRAVELING OVERSEAS!!! HAHAHA OK I know I sound totally cray cray but this is how strongly I feel about this makeup palette!

I also snapped a couple of shots of this Dior makeup palette that I seriously contemplated getting as well.  They sold this both on board the flight AND inside Duty Free at the airport (unlike the Chanel palette which they only offered on board) so I got to see it in real life before purchasing.  Ultimately I didn't get this one but I couldn't help thinking this was a seriously awesome set as well.  It's 520 Chinese RMB which is $82 US dollars so it's practically the same price as the Chanel palette.

The inside the palette it appears that it offers 6 gorgeous eye shadows (I really love that purple-ish color!!), 4 lipsticks/lip glosses, a blusher/highlighter and mini Dior eyeshadow.

The best part of the palette as you can see in the picture is that it is offered in a really adorable zippered makeup bag made to look like the infamous Lady Dior bag.  I've actually handled this palette at duty free and I can vouch that it is very well made and heavy - very similar in fact to the real Lady Dior bag.  If you wanted to you could actually take the makeup palette out and use it as a small wallet or tiny clutch and I think that would be worth the price of the palette alone! 

Anyways I just wanted to show you some of the great finds at Duty Free so the next time you dolls are planning an international trip make sure to save some time (and money hehe :p) for the Duty Free store!!  I often find that you can find seriously amazing limited edition products at really amazing prices at Duty Free!  Especially when it comes to high end makeup pretty much all the major makeup companies do a "travel palette" similar to these two and it ALWAYS ends up being such a bargain versus if you bought each individual item piece meal.  So be on the lookout next time you guys are flying overseas :) 


  1. I got a Dior travel kit as well on my previous trip to Taiwan. Totally get you on not using this baby. I haven't used mine and I got it 2 months ago. They're precious. :)

  2. Thanks for sharing your duty free item!!

  3. What a crazy cool makeup palette!

  4. Omg omg omg! I NEED that Dior one, just because it's got that mini Dior mascara haha but omg I want both!!! I'll definitely keep an eye on this next time I travel or someone I know does!!! Ugh oh and yes you're sick but we all are in one way or another hahaha

  5. GORGEOUS palette! I can see why you don't want to use this yet - it'd ruin the beautiful look!

  6. hey lisa! it's awesome to see another fellow taiwanese blogger as well. i didn't know you were taiwanese until you told me lol. do you speak mandarin and taiwanese?

    the chanel palette you got looks so professional and the colors look really wearable. i like the brown shades a lot!

    lol indeed you have tempted me to consider buying that palette when i go travel!

    keep in touch :)

    We're holding a giveaway @

  7. Amazing purchase :) It's always so fun to stop by and see the latest stuff you got

  8. Such lovely colors in there! I like how it comes with basics and some fun shades too. :)

  9. This may sound dorky but the best part about this palette, for me, are the tiny brushes included with it. This would be perfect for traveling...and I hate lugging all of my brushes and what not with me.

  10. It's so pretty! The first thing I do when I get on the plane is ogle the travel sets... haha, I'm so lame.

    xo, alison*elle

  11. I passed on the Dior palette because they didn't have a tester available but is it really well made, like will the vinyl scratch easily? And can you really take out the palette so it can double serve as a makeup pouch/wallet? O_O?? I'm heading back to the airport next month :) so I'm thinking of picking it up perhaps..

    thanks :)

  12. NO WAY!!! But I didn't see this when I went to japan- perhaps I wasn't looking? I like the velvety cover ! ^_^

    I actually just posted a new post- check it out and let me know what you think! :D Let me know if you wanna follow e/o too.

    God bless,

  13. girly! more things to make you look extra pretty? gahhh i really need a tutorial from you! i wish you were here so you can teach me how to apply my make up! lol! you're such a pro!

  14. Ohhhh my goodness this is even more drool-worthy than food or shoe porn. I have to admit I'm a huge fan of things that come in convenient little travel sized packages - shampoo, conditioner, body wash....toothpaste haha. Anyway that is totally not relevant at all BUT THIS IS SO GORGEOUS I would probably just leave it to sit and be admired for the rest of eternity

  15. Drooling over your Chanel palette!

  16. Oh my God, this is amazing. I need this in my life!!!

  17. wow that Chanel palette looks amazing! beautiful pictures and I love your blog! newest follower :)

  18. ahh! you're right... now that i think about it, i think you have worn outfits that are color blocked, and you rock them! and thank you for the greeting! mu first year ani was actually last year. chris and i are heading to our two year in september! O__O crazy huh? lol... have a creative monday ^__^

  19. Thanks for the review! I hadn't thought of getting the palettes but will check it out at Changi airport! I almost want to get back to Taiwan now to see if they have it there (and eat of course!)

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

  20. Great review! I love Chanel products, most of my NP, blushes, perfume and mascara is Chanel. I will look out for the palette on the next trip, but I'm not really into eye shadows or too much coverage. The lip glosses and the blush look amazing, and the little mascara too!!!
    Great find!



  21. You are really good at selling the Chanel palette, you make me want this now, eventhough i saw this at the in flight shopping a few times! haha

  22. Great! I love Chanel.

  23. i sometimes find that the travel kits are only available on the planes only but i find nice ones in airports as well! this one is so gorgeous! love it

  24. duty free shopping is the best! ;) i'd love to own chanel makeup one day too. :D

    <3, Mimi

  25. LOVE this post Lisa! I splurged on my last trip to Taiwan and China too and bought my first Chanel palette and a Dior palette as well. I LOVE Duty Free Exclusives! I've made it a point to always splurge on at least one thing DF when flying internationally! And I totally understanding not wanting to use it b/c it's so pretty. There's a chinese word for it, but it's like you can bear to do something because it's so precious!

    xx Vivian @

  26. I saw this being offered inflight on SQ and was tempted too!
    More because it just look cute. :)

  27. I am with you on this duty free thing. I stock up whenever I travel to Taiwan.

  28. thats such a great deal! i dont think its lame i think its cute that u just stare at it tehe :p

  29. wow this looks really great and wow i have ever tried this brand, i really need to save up..

  30. Fabulous blog. This really looks awesome. I love duty free shopping. I find it very cheap and effective.