Makeup Review: Chanel No5 Holiday 2021

by | Nov 22, 2021

The eye palette from Chanel’s Holiday 2021 collection has already sold out online so I’m not going to beat around the bush: if you want a special edition Rouge Allure No5 lipstick* or the amazing paper-pulp-packaged No5 perfume* then you’ll have to be quick about it.

You might still find a palette in stores if you hunt far and wide but – sadly – I doubt it. It’s a real collector’s gem with it’s embossed powders and special edition No5 casing. I feel like such a cow even writing about it because what’s the point when nobody can get one?


The line-up of Rouge Allure reds is less of a cruel tease: all shades still in stock at Boots here*. Emblematique is my favourite, very festive and bright, but there’s a red for just about everyone who wants one with the slightly orange-hued Rouge Brulant and the deep, wintery Legendaire. The lipstick has the usual – ultra-sleek –  click-and-pull Rouge Allure casing (I wrote about my love of this particular packaging here) and the top has a 5 on it rather than the Chanel logo. The outer cardboard box is also tweaked so that it looks a little like a tiny Chanel No5 package.

Chanel Rouge Allure: Le Click

And so on to what I personally think is the loveliest Tweak de Chanel for the holiday collection; No5 perfume (or eau de toilette) beautifully encased in not only a special edition outer box but a paper-pulp inner that hugs the glass bottle like a classy, minimalist sarcophagus.

(I just want to point out that the Chanel press office will absolutely love me for using the word sarcophagus in relation to Chanel No5 – you can’t pay for that kind of on-brand coverage.)

Seriously, though, look! I photographed the packaging against the light and as I slowly opened the paper casing the sun shone through the bottle and it was like unveiling some sort of precious gift from the ancient Gods. I half expected angels to start singing.

If you’re a No5 fan then you won’t want to miss this edition – equally, if you know someone special who wears this as their signature scent, it would make a very lovely gift. The label on the bottle is different too, embossed with Gabrielle Chanel’s lucky number.

Which is 5, in case you hadn’t guessed.

You can find the limited edition Holiday 2021 Chanel No5 at John Lewis here* and Harvey Nichols here* – it’s £130 for the Eau de Parfum, with gift box, and £122 here* for the Eau de Toilette.

If you’re after ideas for Christmas presents then stay tuned for the Christmas Gift Guides – they’re coming very shortly! I know there’s been a bit of a hiatus on those (a two year hiatus, in fact) but I’ve rounded up some juicy morsels for those who are racking their brains and about to resort to buying people gift vouchers. Stay strong, I’m about to make life easier…

Read previous Christmas Gift Guides here


  1. Totally looks like an ancient treasure from a tomb!

  2. Can’t wait for the Christmas Gift Guide. I miss them! ✨


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