Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Chanel Quadra Eye Shadow in Murano, Waterproof Eyeliner in Celadon

I've shown you a preview of Venise de Chanel for fall 2009, so now we're starting to look at the details, and they are green.

This isn't the first time we're seeing these greens in a Chanel quad. The Garden Party palette from fall 2007 had similar colors, but Murano has an extra green and the pink shadow is much lighter:

Speaking of the pink one, it's very sheer and extremely shimmery. The result is beautiful but utterly not appropriate for daytime. I mean it. It's like walking around covered with fairy dust. It's lovely for a night out, would work for the Holidays, but it's not office material. The shimmer also tends to scatter around the eye area (even when wearing a good primer), so some cleanup is necessary, unless you're going for the Tinkerbell look. I'm not.

The other shadows are the big story here. They are more iridescent than shimmery, which is particularly beautiful in green. I use the medium green in the crease and blend it into the neutral base (anything nude would work, I like the one from Le Meitier de Beaute for its perfect silky texture). Lining and shading with the darkest green adds more drama to this look. Done subtly, it can be worn during the day with no problem and no scary 70s-80s flashbacks. It can also be taken up a notch or two by using the Celadon eyeliner pencil and applying/smudging the eye shadow using a smoky eye technique.

Quality-wise, both the shadows and the eyeliner pencil are great. Other than the pink one that sheds shimmery particles, all the green colors stay put and don't budge. Pigment intensity is better than in many of the other Chanel quads (they tend to be on the sheer side), and the texture is fine and easy to work with. The eyeliner has enough creaminess to apply easily, but it doesn't bleed or smudge. I usually prefer gel or liquid liners, but the celadon color was pretty and unique enough to justify a purchase.

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