Chanel is offering two new single eye shadows (Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow) in their Fall 2013 lineup: Hasard and the limited edition Gri-Gri. Both are hard to describe colors: Hasard is a matte... something. Grayed lavender brown? Taupe that's heavy on the gray? Gray warm purple? All of the above, I guess, depending on your skin tone and lighting. Gri-Gri is a somewhat taupier shimmery version of Hasard. It's somewhat more sheer and has the typical texture of Chanel shimmer eye shadows (complete with some fallout).
Hasard and Gri-Gri create a tone-on-tone daytime look that's made more interesting because of the different textures. They probably don't appear all that exciting swatched on my arm, but the quiet and restrained shades are actually flattering. I find that they make the very dark brown color my eyes seem richer, more chocolate brown and less flat espresso. The blue-eyed among you are also likely to find the combination even more enchanting.
Hasard can be quickly built into a very intense taupe. My swatch above is a medium-light one layer applied with Paula Dorf Contour brush. That's what I use over my lid, adding a little more as needed and creating a strong shape that extends slightly over the crease and the outer corner. I then take a flat lay-down brush (Shu 10 N, Hakuhodo S121G or anything similar) at pat the shimmery Gri-Gri in the middle of the lid. A quick blending, a touch of eyeliner and I'm done. Speaking of eyeliner, almost anything goes here: black, navy, aubergine, dark brown. The one color that clashes horribly is Chanel Khaki Précieux from this collection. Not that it's any surprise, as this pencil is destined for use with the new Chanel Mystere quad. One last note: a primer or a cream shadow base is mandatory to get the best of these two eye shadows, both in terms of performance as well as the colors themselves.
Bottom Line: pretty but not groundbreaking (and it's high time Chanel improve the texture of their eye shadows).
Chanel Gri-Gri (limited edition) and Hasard Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow for Fall 2013 ($28.50 each) are arriving at the counters. Also available from Nordstrom.com.