Hints of new items from Chanel surfaced late last year at the Paris-Bombay Metiers d'Art Show (see the runway look on Café Makeup). The limited-edition beauty collection Bombay Express de Chanel has finally arrived in the US on Chanel.com (and soon to select counters and boutiques). I purchased two items Diwali Le Vernis and Brume D'Or blush. Diwali Le Vernis is perfectly described on Chanel.com: "A glowing mix of pale gold and luminous silver ..." It has a highly metallic glow and rich pigment (not sheer like Gold Fingers or Graphite).
Here it is swatched with two coats, there are many different shades of shimmers in the bottle making it appear silver in some photos and then more glowy gold in others.
The big question is how does this one lineup to past releases? Diwali is a special release and priced at a steep $30 per bottle. It is unique in the Chanel lineup. There are definitely similar shades that I'll show below. Two views of the same shades. Dior Timeless Gold, Dior Golden Era, Chanel Delight, Chanel Kaleidoscope, Chanel Gold Fingers (prior reviews linked).
Two sets of swatches, note there are some repeats:
I would say that Chanel Diwali is closest to Dior Timeless Gold. Diwali has more yellow while Timeless Gold has more warmth. I personally prefer Chanel Delight from the summer collection for a metallic gold.
I can't say I think Diwali is a must-have after comparing it to other shades (even though I had to have it). If you're a huge Chanel fan then I would suggest buying it sooner than later (to avoid Chanel regret and astronomical eBay prices). Diwali is a pretty edgy metallic that I think can be worn year round.
Are you going to buy Chanel Diwali? If you already have what are your thoughts?