team discuss whether Chanel is ahead of the curve in launching makeup for men.
Is Chanel ahead of the curve in launching makeup for men?
Right now, Chanel is cresting the wave of male vanity that men’s skincare heralded, but I doubt men wearing cosmetics will become mainstream. Proper skincare is enough to enhance their looks – if they even bother at all. If the goal is to look good, I reckon they’d rather spend time at the gym, then waste it on applying makeup. – AW IT’S NOT BY CHANCE THAT THE BRAND WAS LAUNCHED IN SOUTH KOREA, A COUNTRY RENOWNED FOR ITS PURSUIT OF PHYSICAL BEAUTY, BEFORE GOING GLOBAL THIS MONTH. CERTAINLY, THE PRODUCTS – LIP BALM, FOUNDATION AND EYEBROW PENCIL – ARE UNTHREATENING ENOUGH TO BE SLIPPED INTO THE AVERAGE MALE’S KIT. WE’LL SEE. IF MEN DO EMBRACE THESE PRODUCTS, IT WILL MARK A CHANGING OF THE TIMES FOR SURE. –JC What makeup? Facial wash and the occasional scrub is good enough. Let the skin breathe! –FH IN THIS AGE OF GENDER FLUIDITY, MAKEUP MIGHT VERY WELL BE A WAY FOR MALES TO BREAK OUT OF STAID GENDER NORMS. WHILE I CAN’T SEE THE AVERAGE MAN INVESTING TIME IN THE MORNING TO SLAP ON ANYTHING MORE THAN SUNSCREEN, THERE ARE THE ENLIGHTENED ONES WHO APPRECIATE HOW A LITTLE BIT OF CONCEALER CAN GO A VERY LONG WAY. –DK It depends on whose standards you’re going by. For the man who considers the use of moisturiser a big personal breakthrough, using a Chanel concealer to hide a blemish might seem like a great leap forward. (Even though Jean Paul Gaultier already covered this base a decade ago, when he launched his subtle “Monsieur” cosmetic collection.) But to those familiar with Internet celebrity makeup stars such as Jeffree Star or Manuel Gutierrez, whose fans include millions of women aspiring to replicate their winged eyeliner or pink pouts, Chanel’s latest beauty launch seems pretty, well, 10 years ago. –LK
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