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.