Oct 182010

What is that expression about “saving the best for last”? Chanel Holiday 2010 collection features a mix of warm coppers and bright pinks.  Generally, I feel as though many of the items are intended to be gift-able crowd pleasers, and there is not necessarily anything wrong with that.  I must say that the modern edge is what I loved about Chanel’s Soho Collection;  for me, Soho was about color innovation, creativity, excellent editing and wearability. By contrast, in large measure Chanel’s Holiday 2010 collection was a pleasant collection, although I was left with a vague sense that I had seen close variants of many of these pieces before.

My favorites from the collection were the Rouge Coco lipsticks in Magnolia and Patchouli, and the Chanel Ombre D’eau eyeshadow in Splash ($32/ # 757).  I’ve reviewed many of the Ombre D’eau liquid eyeshadows before, and explained the theory and application tips for these eyeshadows here.  In my opinion, Splash is a complex, beautiful taupe that is the must-have from this collection.

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Chanel Ombre D’eau Wrap Up

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Jan 312010

So, there you have it–all of the Chanel Ombre D’eau that I have in my current stash.  This project has let me to discover that there are a few that I don’t have yet, I may add them over the next few weeks and supplement this resource.  Also, don’t forget that the Chanel Spring 2010 Ombre D’eau eyeshadow in Torrent was previously reviewed here.

To see all of them, clicking the “Chanel Ombre D’eau” tag in this post should bring them all up.

For the newcomer to this format, I suggest that you try a lighter toned one in any shade that appeals to you.  If you trust your Chanel sales associate, ask him or her to help you the first time.  Above all, don’t be afraid to experiment a bit.  There is a little learning curve to using these, but once you have your technique down, you’ll find them a very easy eyeshadow to keep handy for rushed mornings when you want a polished look.

These act similarly to a wet pigment, I find them much neater to work with.  The glass vial and nicely fitted cap make them travel-friendly.  Also, the stopper in the top prevents spilling, even when the container is lying horizontally.

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Jan 312010

After plunging deep into my stash, I discovered one eyeshadow that I did not realize that I had, Chanel Ombre D’eau in Delta #90.  This one looks like a highly-shimmery beige-gold in the tube, but applies as a slightly pearly beige highlighter color.

This will act as a nice base for a colored eyeshadow, or an inner-corner lightener.  It is  not as multi-dimensional or shimmery as the Ombre D’eau in Beach.  Unless it is applied sheerly, it can block up and look chalky.  I smudged up the far left swatch, below, so that you can see how it looks applied more sheerly.

If you are braver than I am, you might try blending this with another Ombre D’eau.  It dries rather quickly so one would have to work fast.  Because this doesn’t have the level of iridescence of the other Chanel liquid shadows, it is not something that I would likely buy again.

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Chanel Ombre D’eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow Rivage #50

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Jan 282010

Chanel Ombre D’eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow Rivage #50 (meaning “Shore”) is a shimmery tangerine-orange, which is a refreshing spring-to-summer color on many.  Because of the soft nature of the eyeshadow, the orange looks “appropriate” not edgy.   Rivage has a stronger orange cast than #717 Coast, but it’s not orange-orange.

However, if you are looking for something with more edge, MAC has a pigment or two in the orange range, including Acid Orange and Genuine Orange.  Chanel’s Coast does not attempt to compete with these stronger colors, this is softer stuff.

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Jan 282010

Chanel Ombre D’eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow in Sand No. 60 is a beautiful shimmery taupe.  Of all of my Chanel O’mbre D’eau eyeshadows, this one is more than half gone.  It was the first one that I purchased, and I’ve used it the most.

It’s a beautiful neutral that’s very easy to wear whether you are warm or cool toned.  It’s a current color, available on Chanel.com or at your local counter.  I highly recommend it.  These colors are very subtle and pretty.

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Jan 272010

Chanel Ombre D’eau in Coast # 717 is a warm and wonderful peach-gold.  If you are cool-toned this may not suit your coloring.

There is another Chanel Ombre D’eau that I’ll feature over the next few days that is more orange than this one.  By comparison, this is a softly-toned eyeshadow that looks amazing in the spring and summer months.

I told you these were subtle!  And, I must say, these are a little difficult to swatch, because of the iridescence.  I tried to duplicate the effect that it has once applied.  I took both of these pictures within a few moments of the other. So the swatches are the same, only the angle of the light is different.

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Jan 272010

Chanel Ombre D’eau in Ocean #81, is a shimmery seafoam green.  As a warm-toned person, this is not the easiest shade for me to wear.  It does looks very nice when worn very very sheerly.  Alternatively, it can be used as a based for a lighter green or blue shadow, such as the shadows in the Chanel River Light Irrelle Duo.

The swatches show that this eyeshadow has to be applied with care.  The color sort of blocks up and looks a bit frosty when piled on.  I avoid this by just using a tiny touch and spreading it broadly.

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Chanel Ombre D’eau in River #87

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Jan 262010

Chanel’s Ombre D’eau in River #87, is a beautiful shimmering light pink with a faintest hint of violet.  I honestly have no idea why the eyeshadow is called “River,” but perhaps there is some sort of beautiful inspiration somewhere for it.   It looks more like a soft cotton candy pink.

If you are cool toned, or are warm/neutral and can handle cool tones on your eyes, then this would be a beautiful one to use. As you can see from the swatch, my skin is a bit warm to handle this unless I’m going for a dramatic effect on the eyes.  It appears that River may no longer be available, unless you have an etailer source or a friendly Chanel counter willing to search some backstock.

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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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Chanel Spring 2010: Ombre D’Eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow in Torrent

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Dec 202009

I’ve been a fan of Chanel’s Ombre D’Eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadows for years, but it took me several days after purchasing my first before I really understood them.  Let me save  you some time.  Have you ever seen an actress who looks like she’s not wearing any makeup, and yet her eyelids seem to have an ephemeral glow?  That’s the effect that an Ombre D’Eau can have when applied very sheerly.  There are various luminous tones, including sandy shimmery beiges, soft orange and a multi-dimension taupe.

Torrent, Chanel’s Ombre D’Eau released for Spring 2010, is unusually pigmented compared to the others in the line (there’s a deep cranberry that is comparable).  As you can see from the swatch, it’s a remarkably deep and shimmery golden khaki green.  Hopefully my picture can capture some of its qualities.

The packaging is genius.  It’s a small vial (these pack well, but count as liquids for travel).  The cap snaps cleanly into place, and doesn’t shake loose over time.  There is a doe foot applicator inside.

  • First:  Shake the product well, because the pigment tends to settle at the bottom of the vial overnight.  There are tiny balls inside that help stir up the product.
  • Second, do one swipe of the doe foot applicator over the entire lid.  Do not use a primer first. You don’t need one, and a primer can make the application patchy.
  • Third, even out the application (if you need to) with your finger.
  • Fourth, add another layer (or more) if you want more color than the first layer gave you.

Once the product dries, you can add other eyeshadow colors –including powder eyeshadows that you already have in your stash.  I usually wear them solo.  They are sort of perfect on their own, they don’t need a lot of fussing to look glowy and amazing.

Can you tell I love this?  Click on the second picture, the swatch below to see the iridescence of this beautiful shadow.  Also, keep in mind that because of the water base, this can be very very easily sheered.

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