Chanel Ombre D’eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow Beach #82

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Jan 252010

In the Summer of 2006, Chanel released Beach a new addition to the line of Ombre D’eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadows.  I post this for completeness, because this one no longer appears on Chanel’s site.  However, this one does seem to be for sale on several online sites, and I know that sometimes department store backstock can reveal even older treasures that this one.

Beach is a warm, golden sand-champagne.  It’s absolutely gorgeous, and yet so easily wearable.  I’m including several pictures so you can see the different iridescent effects.  The eyeshadow looks quite different depending on the lighting angle and the depth of application.

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Jan 242010

Chanel Ombre D’eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow in Source (#40), is pictured below.  This is a beautiful pearl pink-nude eyeshadow with multi-colored sparkles that seem to melt into iridescence once applied.  This is in the same neighborhood as Stila Kitten, except its on the pinker side of the street.  Plus, the texture is quite different because it’s a water-based pigment that dries.  The shimmer factor is high in both, although I find that Source can be sheered out quite nicely if you want a soft glow on the lid (click to enlarge).

I typically use this eyeshadow alone, although one could add a powder eyeshadow over the top once it dries.

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Jan 232010

Chanel Ombre D’Eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadows ($32) are a pleasant addition to your beauty arsenal.  They are surprisingly easy to use.  When I first purchased one, I must confess I disliked the product very much.  After a few Chanel counter make-overs, I learned to relax and love them.

I’ve previously talked about Chanel’s Spring 2010 addition to this line here, which is deep beautiful green called Torrent.  It occurred to me that I haven’t seen a comprehensive view of these eyeshadows among the beauty sites that I follow.  These products have been out for a few years, and are greatly underrated (and, I would say, probably misunderstood).

The Chanel Ombre D’eau’s come in a range of colors.  Most are easy light colors that take a few moments to swipe across the lid with the handy doe-foot applicator.  There are two that are formulated in deep jewel tones.  The doe-foot resembles the same familiar applicator used in Chanel’s Glossimers:

Inside the glass vial is a pigment and water combination, together with some small balls that help mix the two. Before opening the vial, shake it several times (shake it! shake it!).  If the vial has been sitting for several months, you may need to pump the doe foot a few times within the vial to get it started.

Then just take the doe foot and sweep it across your lid, as many times as you like until you see the effect you like.  I usually swipe it with a finger afterwards, just as you do with a creme eyeshadow, before the product dries.  It dries down to soft, iridescent finish that looks absolutely beautiful.

The formula can be worn heavily or sheer, depending on your preference. I typically wear them without any base.  Lately I’ve worn them over a MAC Paint Pot (Painterly) and they do equally well.  They last all day.  However, do not use these with a traditional eyeshadow primer, like Urban Decay Primer Potion.  The eyeshadow doesn’t need it, and the texture gets odd.

Over the next few days, I’ll post swatches of all of the Chanel Ombre D’eau in my collection.  Here are a few to get you started, so you can get a sense of how these shadows look once applied:

I especially love them now, when I have very little time in the mornings to get ready.  They add a little polish quite easily.  They’re also wonderful in the summer.

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Jan 132010

Chanel’s Kaska Beige Quad is beautiful mix of beige, gold and purple.

  • The lightest highlight shade is a warm cream, it’s very subtle on lighter skintones.
  • A warm, shimmery gold-taupe
  • A nearly matte, mid-tone mauve
  • A deep, shimmery jeweled amethyst

Based on my initial review, I recommend the palette.  It’s a neutral quad, but the mauve and amethyst keep this from being dull.  I love the mix of shimmer and matte.  I usually resist buying mattes, but when I put an entire eye together I realize that they are really needed to allow the shimmery colors to really sparkle.  After all, an all-shimmery eye can give a metallic cast to the eye area that detracts.  Enjoy the pictures and let me know what you think….

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Chanel’s New Lipstick Line: Rouge Coco

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Jan 102010

Via this source, Chanel is launching a new lipstick line, Rouge Coco.   According to the site, the formula and pigmentation of the lipstick has changed and the case is now made entirely of metal.  The site pins the release date for March 2010.

Chanel’s promo pictures seem to suggest that Rouge Coco substitute for the current Rouge Hydrabase lipsticks, which have been slowly disappearing from

Here’s a link to an article about the new line.

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Jan 102010

Previously, I posted a few different comparisons to Chanel’s Spring 2010 Particuliere.  Over the past several days, I uncovered a few more taupe options.

First, Sally Hansen has recently released Commander in Chic, which is more grey and significantly thinner.  Commander took four coats compared to Particuliere’s one to two coats.   Commander in Chic is about $8, compared to $23 for Chanel’s.

Second, those who prefer a mauve wash in their taupes may prefer China Glaze’s Channelesque.

Here’s a very quick comparison swatch:

Particulaire 1

Chanel Particuliere

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Chanel Spring 2010: Lip Pencil Beige and Eye Pencil Khaki Dore

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Dec 302009

There are two pencil products in Chanel’s Spring 2010 line.  First, Le Crayon Yeux Precision Eye Definer in Khaki Dore ($28), a shimmery gold-green that is similar to Chanel’s liquid eyeshadow Torrent.  I have to admit, I love the smudge tool on one end of the eyeliner.  I always miss this feature when I buy a pencil and it isn’t there.  This eyeliner is a bit too light for me to wear on my upper lid alone.  I pair this with a darker black or dark brown, and/or use it smudged underneath the lower lid.

Second, Chanel’s Le Crayon Levres Precision Lip Definer in Beige ($28), which gives a nude effect to the lips.  Chanel has needed this type of pencil for a long time.  This is the perfect base for nude or neutral lips.

Each is packed with a separate sharpener.

Chanel Spring 2010 Pencils

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Dec 292009

Chanel Spring 2010 includes two new single eyeshadows from the Ombre Essentialle line (Ombre à Paupières Mono Douceur).  These are the Soft Touch Eyeshadows in Sillage and Trace ($28.50 each).  Sillage, which means “vapor trail” or “wake,” is a light shimmery highlight color with rosy bronze tones, with a hint of the mauvish tones that infuse the Kaska Beige quad.  Like some of the other shimmer products in this collection, the light makes this color into a chameleon–it can change quite a bit depending on how the light hits it.

Trace is a deep shimmery mauve-brown.  There is not enough grey in the color to call it a taupe, it is truly more in the brown family.  Of course, it will pair nicely with Sillage.  If you prefer a matte color, Chanel’s single in Beige will do well.

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Chanel Spring 2010: Imprévu Joues Contraste Blush

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Dec 282009

Chanel’s Spring 2010 collection includes a new blush from the Joues Contraste line, called “Imprévu” ($42).  This line of blushes is one of my favorites.  They have a shimmer and color dimension that defies description.  As you can see from the pictures, this one is a combination of peach, bronze, rose and shimmer.  Imprévu is nicely pigmented, if you are very pale you will want to start out very lightly and then add if needed

Suggestion:   Try a dab of Imprévu in the upper center of the cheeks, without moving the blush brush back toward the ear.

Chanel Imprevu2 copy

Chanel Imprevu3

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Dec 242009

Chanel Spring 2010 includes Soleil Tan de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Fluid in Sunkissed (Fluid Enlumineur Effet Irise), a very light toned highlighting liquid that adds luminosity.  Have you ever emerged from the cold winter months, take a close look at your skin and thing, “I need . . . something?”  Many times, an illuminator will do the trick.

This liquid has a soft light-reflecting quality that adds a little glow.  Because it’s a liquid, it does not add any harsh glitter.  Here are some ways to play with the product to get the effect you want:

– Add a bit to the browbone, upper cheek, chin, and a touch above your brows to catch the light.
– Mix some with your regular liquid foundation to add some “glow” to your skin
– Apply directly to the skin, to be worn under your regular foundation.  You can do this in selected areas (upper cheek, bridge of the nose and chin).
– Try a little on your shoulders, or very sheerly on other areas that you’d like to add some glow.

Here are two swatches, below.  One is Soleil Tan de Chanel on my winter-white pale skin.  On the right is a direct flash over a dark powder bronzer.  You can see that the fluid looks very different depending on the light and skin tone.

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