Sunday, July 20, 2014

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow: #228 Tissé Cambon

I was excited to see Chanel's new Les 4 Ombres display at Nordstrom this weekend. There were nine palettes to choose from, but I was determined to select only one for my initial purchase and it took a lot of swatching, re-swatching, and contemplation to narrow down the choices. I'm quite sure the sales assistant was wondering what the heck was taking me so long! From the outset I knew I would not start out with any of the greens, grays, and blues because these are the shades I wear least often. And as stunning as the more neutral palettes are, I was in the mood for something a bit more colorful, so finally settled on Tissé Cambon--possibly the most feminine and romantic assortment of shades in the range. I would have happily taken home one of each of these new palettes had my budget allowed--they are all that beautiful! (In fact, I did end up going back the next day for the limited-edition Poesie, which was just too gorgeous to pass up. Sabrina at The Beauty Look Book has some beautiful photos of that one.)

Tissé Cambon contains a mauve-taupe with fine micro-sparkles, a softly shimmery pink-tinged ivory, a mid-tone flamingo pink with golden shimmer, and a satin eggplant purple. 

I really love the mauve-taupe for an all-over lid color. The ivory makes a nice highlight shade, as it is not overly reflective. All of the colors are quite soft and wearable--even the pink--despite how bright it appears in the pan. Even though the shades are shimmery, they are not full-on metallic and therefore do not emphasize lines in the eyes. 

Overall, this is a great, versatile palette with a lovely combination of shades. If you are a fan of purples and plums Tissé Cambon is well worth considering! 

I wore Tissé Cambon this morning while doing my Sunday errands. For the quick and simple look below I used the mauve-taupe all over the lid, the eggplant on the outer corner, a bit of the pink shade in the crease, and the ivory in the inner corner. I did not use a base, as I was told by the Chanel sales associate that the new formula does not require one, but I think a base might help to intensify the colors and extend wear-time, so will try using one in the future. She also mentioned that the new formula is not designed to be used wet, unlike the prior round-pan formula. I don't often use shadows wet (except for mineral shadows), but thought it was worth noting. 

I'm looking forward to using this palette again soon and plan to try out other color combinations that focus more on the bright pink shade. I foresee getting a lot of use out of the mauve-taupe shade all on its own! 

If you're considering purchasing this palette, I recommend visiting Bella Chique for more swatches and a look created by the lovely Teri, and also stop by Mostly Sunny to see Sunny's beautiful look using this quad. Just Eve and Beauty Glitter also have great posts featuring this item. 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Macro-Color Shadow in Beige Nudo

Giorgio Armani recently released a collection of 24 new single eye shadows, called Eyes to Kill Macro-Color shadows ($32). Within the range are three different finishes: satin, matte, and vivid. I chose the shade Beige Nudo, which is classified as a "satin." However, being somewhat sheer and sparkly, I found that it performs more along the lines of a MAC Lustre shadow. Beige Nudo is a lovely, multidimensional beige. In the pan it looks like a simple champagne taupe, but on the skin you can see that it also has peachy-pink tones. It contains fine shimmer that tends to migrate around the eyes upon application, so I recommend using it over a good base. With one swipe it comes across as fairly sheer, but can be built up to a certain degree. Those who prefer a very opaque shadow may be disappointed with Beige Nudo, but if you are looking for a delicate gossamer veil of color and sparkle this would be a great choiceThis would be a beautiful all-over lid shade for evening wear because of the way it catches the light and really brightens the eyes.  

I couldn't find anything in my collection that resembles Beige Nudo, but have compared it below with a few of the lighter, neutral shades I own to give you a better idea of the color. 

  1. Burberry - Pale Barley
  2. Giorgio Armani - Beige Nudo #10
  3. Chantecaille - Rose Quartz 
  4. MAC - Retrospeck
  5. Laura Mercier - Ballet Pink 
  6. Bobbi Brown - Golden Peach

Left to right: Giorgio Armani Beige Nudo, Chantecaille Rose Quartz, Bobbi Brown Golden Peach, MAC Vanilla Pigment, Laura Mercier Ballet Pink, MAC Retrospeck, Burberry Pale Barley

I wore Beige Nudo earlier today while doing my usual Sunday grocery shopping and errands--a little glam for Target and Publix, but why not--right? I paired it with a bit of Bobbi Brown's Oat in the crease and lined the upper lash line with Lorac's "Front of the Line Pro" eyeliner in black. I used Chanel's Stylo Yeux liner in #89 Or Rose on the inner half of the bottom lash line, along with Urban Decay's 24/7 liner in Underground on the outer half, and completed the look with Armani Eyes to Kill mascara in black. 

Have you picked up any of Armani's Macro-Color singles? Beige Nudo was the first shade that caught my eye, but I think I may need to make another visit to the counter again in the near future to test some of the other shades!