Chanel Eyeliner

Chanel Rose Platine Eyeliner

May 2, 2011

If Chanel Sylo Yeux Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner in Rose Platine ($29/ limited edition for Summer 2011/ #47) were a literary character, it would be Nick Carraway –the narrative voice of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.

This is because despite the word “rose” in the name, Rose Platine would say (as Nick did), “I am not even faintly like a rose.”  Although I was expecting a berry or interesting pink, Rose Platine defied those expectations–thankfully so, because those colors are tricky to wear next to the eye.

Instead, Rose Plattine is a warm platinum color, actually quite close to titanium.  The effect is a soft, blonde gold that is just gorgeous.  It is subtle, eye-brightening, and shimmery.  And no one does shimmer like Chanel.  It’s never “too much;” rather, it sets the standard for “just enough” glimmer to awaken some light around the eye.  The shimmer looks expensive, not glittery or obvious.

I have nothing like Rose Platine.  Indeed, I suspect that there is nothing like Rose Platine.  Here, you see it next to Chanel Khaki Dore pencil liner (reviewed here), the nude matte flesh-colored Make Up For Ever Dual-Ended Concealer Pencil (reviewed here), and MAC Pearlglide in Wolf, another neutral-with-a-kick metallic liner that was limited edition and not currently available.

Although this pencil looks quite lovely under the eye, I also love it on top of a black liner on the upper lid.  It gives a little bit of life to the lashlines that is very pretty.  I would go so far as to say it’s backup-worthy.  Highly recommended.

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  • Beth May 2, 2011 at 7:14 am

    I totally agree! This was one of the pieces from the Summer collection that I didn’t buy at first, but then when I tried it, it looked so pretty under my blue eyes! Then, I started thinking about it being an LE and I went back and bought a back-up, the 1st time I’ve ever done that!

  • Bebel Bastos de Oliveira May 2, 2011 at 7:16 am

    Lovely! I adore your blog…

  • a french reader May 2, 2011 at 8:02 am

    It is “rose platine” (“platine” means “platinum”), not “rose plantine”. Lovely review as always- all your summer 2011 reviews have been very informative.

    • Amy May 2, 2011 at 8:26 am

      Thank you (I’m so embarrassed! I think I’m getting to busy to keep this blog going right now!)

      • a french reader May 2, 2011 at 8:36 am

        Nothing to be embarrassed about! I loved your Parisian posts by the way.

        • Amy May 2, 2011 at 8:55 am

          Thank you! I miss Paris!

      • Beth May 2, 2011 at 8:43 am

        Nothing to be embarrased about… I love your blog!

  • Holly May 2, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Couldn’t agree more that it’s backup-worthy. Already ordered another one to place in my stash!

  • Skybluesky May 2, 2011 at 8:12 am

    This was the only thing I bought from Chanel summer 2011…went kinda crazy with the spring collection. Looks great in my inner eye corners or waterline..I am about nc 35 and I think this will go well with any skintone or coloring!

  • Daisy Chiu May 2, 2011 at 8:43 am

    This is a pleasant surprise to me! Reading the name of the product, I wasn’t planning to get it but once I see the actual pencil, I grabbed it without trying it on at the counter. I didn’t regret it at all. It finished off my look and brighten my eyes.

    BTW, off the Chanel eyeliner topic a bit, I am just curious to see if you are planning to get and review the Armani summer 2011 eye quad.

    Thanks and Happy Monday


    • Amy May 2, 2011 at 8:54 am

      Hi Daisy–I’m glad you found Rose Platine! No, after reading Sabrina’s review at The Beauty Look Book, I’m not going to buy it. Let me just say, this summer if you are looking for a lovely shimmer neutral palette–Dior all the way!!!! Grab them and hang onto them. Those are the eyeshadow palettes of the summer in my opinion!

  • Perilously Pale May 2, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Lovely post! I actually reviewed Rose Platine somewhat negatively last week as I was finding it was quite sheer. I think I may have to edit that though as I tried it again this morning and tried using a double layer to intensify it on my upper lash line and the results were beautiful. I think maybe I needed to work the liner in a bit 😉 That sucker wears like iron too. It’s impossible to remove!

  • Musing on Beauty May 2, 2011 at 10:27 am

    oooh this looks absolutely lovely!

  • Heather May 2, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Oh it looks really beautiful! Must take a look at this one!

  • wendy lieberman May 2, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    hi amy!!! could you please tell me what lipcolour the chanel model is wearing??? it’s not gardenia. in the video it looks like a pale milky pink. i didn’t like gardenia and even with pink peony on top. unless, it’s just pink peony. on the chanel website they just list that. but, don’t think it’s right. maybe it’s an extrait de gloss…but, the one liz is wearing seems way too bright?? xo to you!! p.s. didn’t liz like it either??? i had super but that was last year, i don’t have it anymore but, that’s not what the model is wearing anyway. i’m obsessed with matching this!!! help!!!

    • Amy May 2, 2011 at 8:37 pm

      Wendy, it looks a lot like an extrait de gloss that was limited edition from last summer called Confidence, over a good milky pink (maybe Magnolia from the Holiday 2010 collection?). I’m guessing but that’s what it looks like to me. Liz was not trying to replicate the model’s look, she went her own way (which I think looks beautiful on her).

  • blondycandy May 2, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Thank you for a beautiful review! This liner is very subtle on me but does magic defining my eyes, I am so glad I have it!
    Great tip to try it over black liner))

  • Lakshmi May 2, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Hey Amy!
    You write so elegantly, love it!!! Rose Platine turned out to be exactly what I was not expecting, but is surprisingly flattering on. I’ve used it on the lower lashline so far but will definitely try it over black liner. If you don’t mind me asking, how exactly did you use it “over” black liner– just feathered along or to lighten the black to a grey? Thanks and have a great week!

    • Amy May 2, 2011 at 9:10 pm

      Hi Lakshmi–I let the black liner stay flush along the lashline. I then place the lighter Rose Platine as the next line up from the black liner. So you can see the black liner completely. The Rose Platine line touches (but does not cover up) the black. I then smudge the Rose Platine out a little bit with a smudge brush. It looks pretty against a dark brown or gray color. Love!! 🙂

      • Nina May 10, 2011 at 1:36 am

        Great idea, thanks!

  • mkdallas May 2, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    I just bought this and wore it on my lower lashline for a party this weekend. You are right; it is utterly unique and really beautiful. I have brown eyes and have never been able to wear black liner on my lower waterline because it looks too harsh. Somehow, the Rose Platine worn below a black waterline worked really well for me, especially when coupled with a metallic taupe shadow on my eyelid. I did have to go over the Rose Platine line several times to make it show up, as it’s just a tad too pale when applied very lightly. Wear time was terrific, too. So glad I got this pencil!

  • Ann May 3, 2011 at 3:38 am

    I’m a big fan of your page, all the swatches are beautiful. I’m also considering buying this eyeliner since the color is gorgeous, so could you please make a swatch with this eyeliner on your eyes (or on the beautiful Liz)? I’m in a country where I have to order oversea, and the process is complicated plus the shipping cost is crazy. Your site always help me make the right decision on buying a product, thanks a lot, keep up the great work 😡

    • Amy May 3, 2011 at 5:32 am

      I’ll ask Liz, Ann to see whether she will…

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  • G May 3, 2011 at 4:47 am

    Rose Platine looks lovely but more importantly, MAC Wolf Pearlglide looks like a (non glitter-exploding) eyeliner version of Reflects Antique Gold pigment…. Hmmmm…

    • Amy May 3, 2011 at 5:31 am

      I agree Wolf is beautiful–the deeper tones mix with the gold in a really interesting way….

  • céline May 3, 2011 at 8:43 am

    did you know when tht summer collection will be out in France? I really gonna buy this pen actually I want to buy all the collection but I have not enough money 🙂

  • isnotfashion May 3, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Thanks for the review! I bought it a few weeks ago and ended up buying TWO back ups! I wear it everyday. It’s so much less maintenance than black. Perfect for summer. Thinking of buying a couple more before it’s gone forever.