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.