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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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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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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