Mar 282011

Chanel Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Fauve (Ombre Essentielle No. 90 Fauve) is a shimmery mauve-taupe released as part of a small collection.  Currently, this is available outside the U.S. (Chanel has not responded to my email about possible availability in the U.S.).

The texture is high-shimmer.  Here, you can see Fauve swatched next to Chanel Taupe Grisee, which is much deeper in tone and more satin/matte in texture.

To my eye, Fauve seems more mauve and more shimmery than Chanel Safari Soft Touch eyeshadow.  Unfortunately, I do not have my Safari with me for a direct comparison.

I was pleased to see that the sparkles in the pan seemed to smooth out nicely when properly applied with a brush.  The texture is slightly harder than Taupe Grise (which is an extraordinarily soft texture).  If you’ve read this blog, you know what my advice is with respect to harder textured shadows–push harder or use a stiffer brush.  Problem solved.

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  10 Responses to “Chanel Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Fauve”

  1. Beautiful! Can you bring some back to the US for those of us that are stuck in the States?! haha 🙂

  2. Really like that one! Bought it right away,after the Sublime collection was released here and I had a look done at the Chanel counter with this shade,with the pink shimmery one (Twilight?from the normal collection) and the new mascara…looks lovely on it’s own or paired with Taupe grise. The texture is a bit rougher indeed,but not even close to gritty..and fallout is a minor problem.

  3. I have Fauve on right now, blended with Magic Night and it’s lovely!
    Funny that the US doesn’t have it already? They usually get everything before Canada (where I’m from).

  4. It’s a very pretty shadow and it seems to be sold out in every store here! Ugh. On the other hand, it looks dupish to a Rouge Bunny Rouge shadow i already have.

  5. I love Fauve – it’s such a beautiful colour! But then again, I do have a predisposition towards taupe.

  6. how was your trip to paris? did you already do a post on packing for trips to know what amount of makeup to bring?
    how was the food, desserts, everything! did you get to go to disneyland paris?

  7. this eyeshadow look really great!!!

    xx Olga
    La Petite Olga

  8. Thanks for all your wonderful posts from Paris, Amy! For Canadian readers, I wanted to mention that Fauve is available in Canada, at least at the Chanel Boutique and at Holt Renfrew Bloor Street, both in Toronto. These two stores also carry the VitaLumière Éclat compact and the Sublime de Chanel mascara. Canada’s Chanel line much more closely mirrors the collections in France than those in America. That said, it is highly probable that not every Holt Renfrew carries the complete line, as the Bloor Street location is the flagship store. I am a Canadian living in the U.S. and I was very happy and pleasantly surprised to find the above products in Toronto!

  9. Truly gorgeous shade!!

    @Marina: what RBR e/s does it remind you of?

  10. I need more taupe eyeshadow like I need a hole in my head but it’s SO PRETTY! Why do some brands insist on keeping all the beautiful taupes away from America?

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