Harmony between a woman’s internal and external worlds is captured in a color palette that brings earthy, autumnal shades for sculpting together with emotive color tones to be applied in washes or layered like vibrant oils. Their light-absorbing formulations seem to control and soften the force of their surroundings. At the same time, technical innovations provide comfort, elevating the matte products to the state of velvet and allowing them to retain their moisture as they become one with skin.
As always, Pica’s signature reds act as both counterpoint and provocation, more vivid than ever in their matte extremity.
With each of her collections, Lucia Pica fixes upon a new area of the beauty vocabulary, identifies an unexpected, untapped aspect for exploration, and then revises and refines that idea to its limits. In the FALL / WINTER 2018 COLLECTION, extremes of texture and color collide in a series of matte eye and lip products that go straight to the heart of the woman with whom Pica’s soulful, intelligent mindset resonates most.
“Starting with such an abstract concept as matte connected me directly to the woman who would wear this finish and to how that would make her think and feel,” Pica explains. “I imagine her as confident, sophisticated and elegant; intellectual but still daring. She’s completely unapologetic – my favorite kind of woman!” – Lucia Pica
Duality is bedrock to every collection by Lucia Pica, whose strategy of pairing products with contrasting visual effects serves to bring depth, emotion and modernity to the face. In the FALL / WINTER COLLECTION, a reimagined conception of matte is expressed via new translucent, moist finishes that nourish the skin rather than mask it. Their delicacy is emboldened by a rich palette of earthy shades, colored tones and vivid reds, which is further intensified by the light-absorbing textures.
Impactful and courageously contemporary, the crowning touch of this collection is its take on the classic black CHANEL packaging, which comes as elegantly matte as the contents inside.
Nowhere is texture more palpable than on the mouth and with APOTHEOSIS, LE MAT DE CHANEL, Lucia Pica takes velvet lip color to unprecedented heights.
This sublime matte effect offers additional application methods as the APOTHEOSIS collection builds. With LE ROUGE CRAYON DE COULEUR MAT, the practicality of a pen meets the innate glamor if lipstick. Jumbo-sized and retractable, the crayons’ six intense new shades are boosted by their light- absorbing, creamy texture, gliding on in a gesture as intuitive as signing one’s own signature. At the other end of the spectrum, the sheerest cover of all comes with the flourish of a wand as liquid ROUGE ALLURE INK melts into the lips, leaving a fresh, mauve-pink “stain”.
Lucia Pica’s love of opposites comes into play on the complexion with APOTHEOSIS, LE MAT DE CHANEL, which contrasts ultra-matte eyes and lips against dewy, unpowdered skin.
The soft mauve of the JOUES CONTRASTE provides a surprising diversion from the collection’s otherwise somber palette. The fresh pink warmth suggests a flush of natural emotion against the stronger, more constructed eye and lip looks.
The glamorous side of tranquility is distilled into two new matte shades for the nails – a bold, enigmatic red and a rich burgundy. The arresting light-absorbing texture shrouds the nails in mystery, their surfaces guaranteed to captivate and intrigue.
This uncanny sensibility continues in the collection’s duo of matte shades. The elegant, lustrous finish yields a palette of red and burgundy.