Chanel’s Orient Extrême Collection includes the Jet-Gold Eyeliner-Eyeshadow Duo ($45) (reviewed here) (limited edition), which holds a highly pigmented cake eyeliner and gold shimmery eyeshadow. As promised, I’m posting some swatches which I was able to take as the sun was setting this evening.
The black cake eyeliner is a matte, true black. If you already own Chanel’s La Ligne de Chanel Professional Eyeliner Duo in Noir Lame, I believe it’s safe to say that this black is the same as the matte black in the Jet Gold Duo. So, you don’t need both honestly. In fact, I slightly prefer the prior, permanent Noir Lame, because the black sparkle that comes in that duo makes a wonderful smudge-able shade to add over the matte liner.
The gold is Jet Gold is a very light and sparkling gold. Here, you can see it applied without any base on my pale skin–the effect is very subtle.
As an experiment, I loaded up my arm with Guerlain’s Terracotta Tinted Moisturizer in Blondes-you can see that using this tinted moisturizer (which is darker than my natural skin tone) as a base makes the gold show up much more vibrantly and more yellow/warm:
Overall, Chanel’s Jet Gold is a unique and beautiful product. When it first arrived, it seemed too pretty to use. However, because this eyeliner is one of the best on the market, I’ve reached the conclusion that, “Hey, I paid $45 for it, I’m going to use this baby all the way till I hit pan.”
The one awkward thing about the product is that I am likely to use up the gold eyeshadow before the eyeliner. This is because you only need the tiniest bit to line the eye. On the other hand, the gold powder has a more typical eyeshadow consistency and is fairly light in tone. You need more gold to cover the lid, or even the browbone, than you will to line.
Of course, the product is beautiful, and it is Chanel, so I would have bought it no matter what (I’m a Chanel addict, what can I say?). If I weren’t a Chanel addict, I would go with the Noir Lame eyesliner duo and look elsewhere for a pretty gold eyeshadow.
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