Chanel has released a beautiful limited edition makeup collection inspired by their Pre-Fall 2012 Bombay to Paris collection. But just as their Pre-Fall runway show sometimes lacked in originality, the Bombay Express De Chanel makeup falls a little flat.

Don’t get us wrong, the colours are pretty, the packaging glamorous, just like the Pre-Fall runway collection. We just feel that if you’re going to go Indian, do it right – like MAC Cosmetics did with their Mickey Contractor (Bollywood makeup artist) led Bollywood collection in 2011. Where MAC had lipsticks like Mehr and foundations made for darker skin, Chanel’s makeup caters to a “different” side of the world with pretty shades of pink and gold – similar to their runway show.

But don’t worry, if you’re a lover of fine things like luxury silk and designer purses, the Chanel gold nail colour in Diwali and the Illuminating Powder look divine.

Buy the Bombay Express De Chanel makeup collection online here.

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