Chanel launched their Summer 2016 Collection, and as expected, it is tasteful and surprisingly different. Introducing “Chanel Dans La Lumiere de L’Ete Collection“(which means in the summer light) that unveils a shimmering desert oasis. It has “brilliant coppers and sandy browns that give soft intensity to the eyes, while pinks and oranges sparkles on the lips.” After viewing the entire collection, I decided the two I needed to try were Empreinte du Desert Eyeshadow Quad ($65.00 for 0.07 oz.) and Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour Duo N.01 ($65.00 for 0.39 oz.). Let us first take a closer look at the eyeshadow quad:
Initially, I found this palette to be somewhat anti-climatic for a summer quad as it gave me more of Autumn/Fall vibe and the green almost seemed to be out of place. As I started playing around with it, I started liking and appreciating it more. Let me quickly give you a brief description of each shadow starting at the top left and going clockwise:
1. a medium, golden brown with a pearly finish. This is pretty as an all-over lid color.
2. a light, golden beige with a satin finish. I use this on the brow bone or the inner-corner of the eyes.
3. a dark, topaz/brown that is on the muted side with a satin finish. This is gorgeous used as a liner.
4. a medium green with golden undertones with a frosty finish. I used this slightly on the crease and lower lash line.
This palette was a pleasant surprise as I expected it to be repeat colors with an accent of green to make it appear original. The truth is, it is not the most unique palette I own, but the texture and finish make this worth a second look. I prepped my eyes with my Cle de Peau concealer and applied all the shadows minus the green. I used my new Marc Jacobs Magic Marc’er Precision Pen Waterproof Eyeliner in “Cocoa Lacquer” ($30) and finished the look with my new YSL new Vinyl Mascara in Aubergine. The shadows looked so sultry and satiny on the eye because of the different finishes the shadows hold. They might look like normal gold and browns in the palette but on the eyes they spelled glamour and exotic. The colors lasted a good six hours before I saw any fading but definitely held up well.
The Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour Duo in N.01 has two colour; one for highlighting and the darker one for contouring. The top color is a medium-coral with little shimmer and average pigment. The bottom color is a dark neutral brown with a good amount of pigment and no shimmer. The idea is to use the top for cheeks to highlight and the bottom to contour. I preferred to get my Suqqu Powder Brush and twirled it around the compact to grab both colors at once and applied it as a bronzer. I know this is not how it is suppose to be used but I make my own rules to accommodate my needs and make a product work for me. I did try using it as instructed and I did like it however still prefer how the two colors looked once blended and made for a good bronzer. It is not the softest formula you will be experience but the colors are worth sacrificing the lack of silkiness. I don’t think this compact is for everyone but if you have medium to dark skin, it is worth looking into. Below is a picture of me wearing the eye palette and the contour duo with Louboutin sheer lipstick in RonRon (such a gorgeous color on olive skin.)
Verdict? I am happy with both of my purchases and have been using them on a consistent bases. I still feel the eye palette is not very summery but it somehow still worked and will work even better when Fall season arrives.