Nov 072011

Chanel Eyeshadow Duo in Noir-Ivoire ($42/ Ombre Contraste Duo #27) is a new permanent shade released with Holiday 2011. Chanel’s duo series offers a range of nice basics–typically a matte paired with a very softly sheeny shimmer light yellow-ivory shade.  This lighter shade is far more wearable than Chanel Blazing Gold (reviewed here) which was released at the same time.

 As you would expect from this series, the shades are rich, pigmented and are appropriate for day or night. Everyone needs a nice black eyeshadow or two, this one is excellent quality.  The ivory shade has a slight yellow cast, which is light enough to work as a versatile neutral.  The combination comes with two very small brushes–one bristled, the other sponge.

The easiest way to wear the combination is to use the black as a liner, and the yellow-beige as an overall lid wash.  


 Here, Liz did her variation by wearing the ivory-shade as a lid wash, and then used the black in the crease to add depth:

Overall, Chanel Eyeshadow in Noir Ivoire is a beautiful basic neutral palette.  It’s foolproof, formulated to look beautiful and is very high quality. Recommended.

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Apr 282011

Chanel Summer 2011 includes a new eyeshadow duo, Khaki-Discret (#17 Ombres Contraste Duo/ Ombres a Paupieres Duo/ Eyeshadow Duo). Although both are based on a green theme, this duo is entirely different from the Lilium eyeshadow eyeshadow quad (reviewed here), released in this same collection.

The texture of Khaki-Discret is extraordinary.  It’s soft, highly pigmented and extremely blendable. Unlike Lilium’s blue-based green, Khaki-Discret’s deep green is a mossy olive green that is very rich and looks absolutely beautiful on the lid.  Unlike Lilium, the deeper shadow in Khaki-Discret are easily made opaque, very slightly shimmery and have no sparkle effect.

The lighter shade is a pleasant inner-corner highlight shade that is a light, shimmery almost celery green.  It’s a pretty combination.  Swatches:

As you can see, the deeper shade evokes the deep, soft olive green.  I wanted to pass along that Khaki-Discret required a primer to get all day color.  Worn alone, the green faded after about four hours on the lid with no primer.  I found that NARS Eyeshadow Primer was too sticky, interfering with Khaki-Discret’s excellent blendability.  Urban Decay’s Primer Potion was a good compromise.  I’d like to try it with a Chanel eyeshadow primer or Laura Mercier Eye Basic;  based on my experience those would likely work best.

Here is the comparison with other Chanel greens:

Overall, this is an excellent quality eyeshadow.  Highly recommended.

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Jun 092010

Chanel is set to release an Eyeshadow Duo (Ombre a Paupieres Duo Eyeshadow Duo) in Misty Soft 40. This duo includes a matte soft brown that has a slight red/maroon undertone, and a shimmery lighter nutty shade that evokes these same color tones.  The duo is quite pigmented and the texture is quite soft.

Once these products reach U.S. shores, I expect that the will run above $40 per duo.  As with many Chanel products, it will take some work to use them up, the entire line is full of nice basic shades that can be worn everyday.  This soft brown combination is no exception.  Because a picture is worth 1,000 words, here we go:

Another picture in the pan:

Here are the swatches. If you look closely, you can see the burgundy undertones especially on my warm-toned skin:

When worn, the overall impression that this duo gives is neutral with some drama because the colors go toward the deeper and darker shades.  The lighter tone in this duo is not very light at all, it is a mid-tone color.  The deeper matte is quite dark.  For day, I use more of the lighter, shimmer shade.  The shimmer does not approach “over the top.”  For this daytime look, the darker shade is used more at the lash line and outer corner.

If I use more of the darker tone on the lid, the impression is much more dramatic–more smokey and nice for an evening look.

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Jun 082010

Chanel is in the process of releasing new Eyeshadow Duo’s (Ombre a Paupieres Duo/ Eyeshadow Duo), and recently while in Europe I was able to pick up two of these.  As detailed here which has pictures of all of them, these duo’s have a darker matte shade and a lighter, shimmery one.  I paid roughly $40 each for these.

As with all Chanel makeup products, these are sold in the shiny black lux case, with a mirror, small brush and small sponge brush. If you are a long-time Chanel fan, you will recognize the pillow shape from the long-ago discontinued line of singles.  These are the same shape and proportion, but each pan is smaller than the former line.  The texture is similar to the older single line–very soft, very very finely milled and very build-able.

Here are some pictures of Khaki Clair (60), which includes a greyed-down khaki green together with a pan of cool white that has a multi-color shimmer dimension.

Although I was contemplating doing some comparisons, it occurred to me that I don’t own a khaki matte.  In fact, I don’t know of anyone who makes a high-end matte khaki–do you?


I’m a pale (NC15/ Chanel Cameo) person with blue eyes with a touch of green-gold, and brown-blonde hair.  Many thanks to the patient Parisien who rightly chose that this was the best one to bring out my natural coloring.

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