I recently purchased a few items from Chantecaille's Fall 2015 collection, Protect the Wolves. Today I have to share with you the star of the collection, the Eye Shade Trio ($70). Five percent of the proceeds from the sale of this item will be donated to Conservation Northwest, a group that is actively involved in the restoration and protection of the gray wolf and other wildlife in the Pacific Northwest. Beautifully designed makeup and supporting animals--what's not to love? This is the reason Chantecaille has long held a top spot among my favorite brands.
The Eye Shade Trio contains three full-size shadows:
Midnight: a charcoal shade with fine flecks of silver shimmer.
Timber Wolf: inspired by the warm tan and cool gray tones of a timber wolf's coat, this shade is a shimmery mushroom taupe.
Evergreen: a pearlescent blackened green.
I love the thought that went into the design of this item. The scene on the palette lid of wolf and forest is enchanting, and the theme continues to the shadows inside, which are each embossed with a pattern of a regal wolf. (I've got to admit it's gonna hurt a little to ruin those three little wolf faces!)
If the design alone isn't enough to draw you in, just look at that taupe! It's the perfect all-over lid shade. The blackened green is a great addition for an evening jewel-toned smoky eye, and the deep charcoal shade can do double duty as a shadow or a liner (Chantecaille says it is suitable for wet or dry application). Another nice feature of this palette is that it is refillable, and its slim size makes it convenient for travel.
The handy brush included in the palette is made of what appears to be natural animal hair (why not switch to cruelty-free synthetic fibers, Chantecaille?). It is soft to the touch and will do the job in a pinch, but if you're like me you prefer to reach for your own favorite brushes most of the time anyway.
I'm not sure if the swatches above adequately display the finish and pigmentation of these shadows--keep in mind I am not using any primer here. Sadly, the pretty emerald-green sheen of the third shade, Evergreen, wasn't picked up well by the camera, but is more noticeable in person. Note that the silvery shimmer you see in the charcoal shade, Midnight, is hardly noticeable in person and seems to be buffed away with the brush as you apply it, leaving behind a basically matte shade.
|Wearing the taupe shade (Timber Wolf) all over lid and along bottom lashline|
The texture of the shadows is velvety soft and slightly sheer, but buildable. They are somewhat powdery but I experienced minimal fallout. Like many of Chantecaille shadows I've tried in the past, the finish of the shimmery shades is tastefully refined and not overly reflective or metallic.
Overall, this is a nice little palette that I would recommend to anyone, particularly those who like to wear a smoky eye. I also picked up the beautiful cheek shade Ella from the collection and will be reviewing it soon. I hope to try it out, along with the eye trio, this weekend!