Chanel Fluers d’Ete Summer 2011 collection includes the eyeshadow quad Lilium ($57) (#32 Les 4 Ombres a Paupieres Quatour/ Quadra Eye Shadow). Although two of the colors are medium-to-dark toned, the texture of the shadow is sheer, light and shimmery. Applied, this gives an impression of a shimmery watercolor effect, more similar to the colors in a Claude Monet painting.
All of the four colors are shimmery and sheer when applied dry. These colors have microsparkle that does appear on the lid when applied. As with other Chanel eyeshadow quads, the colors are more intense when used wet:
- A shimmery, sheer light pink
- A very light, soft green
- A very pretty cool medium-toned taupe (this looks gorgeous alone)
- A deep very blue-toned green
The colors last easily when used over a base (for my testing, I used Urban Decay Primer Potion, which I happened to use because it was convenient. I’m sure others would work equally well or better).
Swatches (applied dry):
Because I have blue-green eyes, I approached Lilium with some trepidation. Usually, green eyeshadows on green eyes are not the best choice. Fortunately, the green in Lilium has enough deep blue that the color is workable, especially applied wet as a liner. I found that I liked the following combination best:
- The light pink from lash line to brow as a highlighter/ base shade
- Taupe all over the lid as a wash, and smudged lightly under the eye
- The deep blue-green used wet as a liner
Here is Liz using the combination that she devised–the pink all over from lash line to brow, and the light green in the outer corner up to the crease:
Chanel’s Summer 2011 collection also includes a duo, Khaki-Discret, which I’ll review tomorrow. In case you are wondering, the overall impression of the two palettes is completely different. Particularly because Chanel has released a number of greens over the past few years, I thought it helpful to include a comparison of them for you to see:
Overall, Lilium is a pleasant and workable quad for fair toned Chanel lovers. It’s very pretty–the light and sheer colors are designed to bring light and depth to the eye. Those looking for deep or dramatic effects should keep looking–the colors apply sheerly, shimmery and with a touch of sparkle. As you can see on Liz’s photo, we both enjoy lighter tones on the eye to add a touch of color and light without looking too heavy. Whether because of eye shape, coloring, or taste, I find that opaque deeper colors on my eye have to be used carefully and so I’m unlikely to use these shades wet (except as a liner). This quad will not be for everyone, but for those looking for a pleasant spring quad it is definitely worth a look.