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Looking for a Polished Party Quad? Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow in Tissé Vénitien Fits the Bill

Published in: Chanel, Eyes, Makeup, Palettes, Product Reviews

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow in Tissé Vénitien

Wearing Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow in Tissé Vénitien

Fact: Chanel’s new Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow in Tissé Vénitien ($61) will not be tardy for the party.

No way. She’ll be right on time.

This quad dazzles with shimmering greens — one of which, the metallic light greenish platinum on the left, is the star of the show for me — and a quiet dash of pink.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow in Tissé Vénitien

The greenish platinum sparkles like the desert sky at midnight during a new moon, yet amazingly, it isn’t obnoxious. For a party ready look in mere seconds, I like to use my finger to apply it to the center of my lids.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow in Tissé Vénitien

Tissé Vénitien is one of the new Chanel tweed-inspired quads with the baked formula.

Like the others, it’s supposed to cover all the bases for an eye look from start to finish, but with that, I have to disagree. I feel like you also need at least one matte up in the mix to contour with, and also to contrast with all of the shimmer here; otherwise, it’s sparkle overload.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow in Tissé Vénitien

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New Baked Goods From Chanel: The New Baked Formula Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadows for Fall 2014

Published in: Chanel, Eyes, Makeup

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow in Tissé Poésie

Wearing the new Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow in Tissé Poésie on my eyes

Darling, you’re so fancy! You’re so fancy with your tweed shift dress and your strand o’ pearls and your Kate Spade purse and your boots with the fur…

Wait — the boots there took it in the wrong direction.

I guess what I’m trying to say is this: sometimes drugstore just won’t do.

Although I love it. Don’t get me wrong, drugstore has its time and place, but sometimes it just won’t do, you know? Like when you’re heading to the Hamptons or Napa or a fancy to-do, and you want/need something a little more special or dressy than your usual fare.

Sometimes, you just want to treat yo’ self, and for those occasions, Chanel has new eyeshadow quads. :)

Yup, there’s some exciting stuff happening at Chanel this fall. They’re relaunching their famous Les 4 Ombres Quadra eyeshadows in a completely new baked formula.

Unlike the classic quads with the square pans, the pans in these new quads ($61 each and available now), which were inspired by Chanel’s vibrant tweed trappings, have a round shape and a baked formula.

The tweed theme is one Chanel has done before. You might remember the (now discontinued) tweed blushes from back in the day.

So, the theme isn’t a new one for Chanel, but they’ve taken it in a slightly different direction.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadows in Tissé Vendôme, Tissé Vénitien, Tissé Poésie, Tissé Rivoli, Tissé Mademoiselle and Tissé Poésie

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadows in Tissé Vendôme, Tissé Vénitien, Tissé Poésie, Tissé Rivoli, Tissé Mademoiselle and Tissé Poésie

The threads here are metaphorical, as in the relationship among the colors in each quad. Each quad includes the colors to do an entire eye look from start to finish. You have two medium tones for color and contrast, a deeper shade for contouring and a light shade to highlight and illuminate.

The new baked formula also lasts a very long time (7-8 hours on my combination dry/oily lids), so if you have an all-day affair, you can apply one of these in the morning on top of a primer — I like NARS Pro Prime, which is the one I’ve been using with these — and the shadows won’t crease or smudge.

And you can do a bunch of different looks with each of these quads. You could dress it down using one of the lighter medium shades all over your lids, and then maybe add the darkest shade on your lash lines to keep it really simple. Or, you could go fancy-pants on that @ss with something more complicated.

Each of the quads actually comes with a little booklet to walk you through a few different looks.

Here’s the thing, though — I’ve been using five of the nine new quads, mostly the neutrals and one of the brights (the breathtaking bright green one on the Chanel website right now), and I’ve noticed that finish-wise, you don’t get a lot of matte options. There’s a lot of shimmer here, but I like to have a little bit of matte up in the mix, just because my creases aren’t super deep, so I like to define them with something deep and matte for depth.

You could achieve that depth with the darker shades here, which is the intention, but a lot of the darker shades glisten with shimmer. I just find that I get more depth from a matte in the crease than I do with a shimmer.

These new quads create a very distinct glow — very pretty — but it’s just that, you know, I feel like I need a little more matte up in the mix.

Not a big deal, but you know. Whatever. :)

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow in Tissé Poésie

Also on my cheeks and lips: BECCA Lychee Beach Tint

  • Tissé Vendôme: Copper, peachy beige, intense apricot and grayish brown
  • Tissé Gabrielle: Soft gray, iridescent white gold, grayish mauve and velvet gray
  • Tissé Camélia: Grayish lilac, rosy white, lavender pink and eggplant brown
  • Tissé Cambon: Iridescent mauve, pale pink, bright pink and deep violet
  • Tissé Mademoiselle: Intense beige, satin gold, luminous beige and khaki brown
  • Tissé Vénitien: Bluish green, silvery pink, platinum khaki and intense green
  • Tissé Rivoli: Golden taupe, light rosy beige, rose gold beige and reddish brown
  • Tissé Riviera: Metallic blue, light pink, shimmery gray and deep navy blue
  • Tissé Poésie: (Limited Edition) Golden beige, light pinkish beige, bronze taupe and a dark purplish bronze
Chanel Quadra Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow in Tissé Vénitien

Tissé Vénitien

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5 Minimalist Makeup Marvels You Might Want To Try

Published in: Chanel, Eyes, Laura Mercier, MAC Makeup, Makeup, Makeup Tips/How To, Yves Saint Laurent

5 Minimalist Makeup Marvels

Minimalism!

It’s not just for Smurfs anymore.

This time of year it also describes my appetite for makeup, as in not wanting to wear a ton of it on my face, and if your makeup cravings are also leaning toward the minimal side, here are five of my current favorite minimalist makeup products.

These are all in active minimalist makeup rotation right now.

1. The marvelous MAC Paints! ($20 each)

MAC Paints

The MAC Paints

These $20 cream shadows dry to a powder finish and come in five natural-looking neutral shades.

If you don’t blend them out perfectly, no worries, because the colors are all pretty low contrast, so you can’t really mess up — or, rather, if you do, you can’t really tell.

Perfect for people who are frequently running behind (she said, raising her hand in the air while saying, “Ooh! Ooh! Like me.”).

All five shades also have a hint of a sheen to ‘em (it’s very subtle and nothing dramatic like a frost), which makes them quite forgiving of fine lines — something I greatly appreciate.

MAC Paint Swatches from the left: Bamboom, Stilife, Untitled, Sublime Nature and Bare Canvas

MAC Paint swatches from the left in Bamboom, Stilife, Untitled, Sublime Nature and Bare Canvas

Beyond all of that, they’re also just straight-up easy to use. Creamier and more viscous than many other cream shadows like the MAC Paint Pots, they’re a breeze to spread and blend.

Just squeeze a small amount from the tube, and pat and blend that on your lids with your fingers. You can even skip primer with them if you want. I usually do (saves time).

My favorite color? Golden beige Bamboom.

I also love that name (although Bare Canvas is also pretty cool).

2. The Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks ($28 each)

Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks

Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks

No, these sticks do not contain caviar (as far as I can tell). If the MAC Paints are for work, then Laura’s Caviar Sticks are for fun. :)

These cream shadow sticks come in a wide range of colors and finishes, from mellow mattes to shimmering jewels.

Like the MAC Paints, brushes are totally optional. I usually just swipe one of the shades (Rosegold is my personal fave) directly on my lids, and then blend out the edges with a finger.

Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks Swatches from the left: Cocoa, Moonlight, Rosegold, Copper and Burnished Bronze

A handful of Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks from the left in Cocoa, Moonlight, Rosegold, Copper and Burnished Bronze

Because they glide on the skin and contain oodles of pigment, one layer is usually enough. You can literally be done with your eyeshadow in less than a minute.

3. Yves Saint Laurent Kiss & Blush Volupte Lips & Cheek Color ($40 each)

YSL Kiss & Blush

YSL Kiss & Blush

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Unsung Makeup Heroes: Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Malice

Published in: Chanel, Unsung Heroes

Chanel Malice Blush

Cheeks, courtesy of Chanel Malice Blush

For the life of me, I can’t figure out why this blush is called Malice because it doesn’t have a malicious bone in its sweet, blushy body. There’s nothing malicious, cagey or wicked about it at all…unless you count how wicked cute you look with yo’ fresh cheeks when you wear it.

Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Malice

Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Malice, $45

Peachy pink Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Malice ($45) has been not-so-maliciously sweetening my makeup bag for about two weeks, and in that time I’ve literally not wanted to wear anything else. I think it just might be the most flattering blush in Chanel’s entire permanent line, and it’s all about versatility.

Vehemently versatile

Malice is like NARS Orgasm…only not. Like, if glittery golden NARS Orgasm was a wild child sent to finishing school for a year, she’d come back wearing pearls instead of a leather jacket and be calling herself Malice.

Malice and Orgasm have a similar peachy pink vibe, but Malice’s shimmer, which is more like a barely-there, soft-focus sheen, is much less outrageous and flamboyant.

And it’s that finish that makes Malice one of the greats for me.

I thought it was a matte the first time I swatched it, but then I saw the light reflecting on my skin, almost like the dreamy haze of candlelight, and I realized its greatness.

Effortless and flattering, it just always seems to look natural and good — never like clown cheeks — whether I wear it sheer, or layered to increase its intensity.

Chanel Joues Contrasts Powder Blush in Malice

It should really sing on a wide range skin tones, and because its sheen is so forgiving (unlike many glittery and/or shiny blushes), that includes the skin of more mature makeup lovers.

On top of everything, it’s just as easy to dress up as it is to dress down. I wore it to run some errands yesterday with the LORAC Pro Palette 2…

OK, I went to Anthropologie to look around, LOL! (Not my fault. There was a sale!)

So anyway, I wore it to run “errands,” also known as “go to the mall.”

Anthropologie white and yellow striped top

Um…does this top make me look crazy?

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For a Chic Twist on a Neutral Look, Try Pairing Dark Blue Eyeshadow With Dark Blue Nails, and Use the Shadow as a Liner

Published in: Chanel, Dior, Eyes, Makeup, Makeup Tips/How To, Nails, NARS

Blue liner and nails with NARS Giove and Chanel Orage

Here I’m doing a Vulcan mind meld on myself… Kidding. I’m wearing Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Giove as a liner on my lash lines and Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Orage on my claws.

QUESTION: Why use a blue eyeshadow instead of a blue liner?

ANSWER: Why not?

Picture it: dark blue liner coupled with super deep, dark, almost black nails, only, instead of using a pencil, gel or liquid liner, you use a powder eyeshadow.

NARS Giove and Chanel Orage

Incidentally, that’s Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Petal on my lips.

Do you ever just get stuck in a rut and feel like you’re wearing nothing but brown and beige? Feel like trying something different but don’t want to go over the top?

I’m always looking for ways to keep things interesting for myself, especially when it comes to wearable makeup looks — ideally chic and wearable, but not totally snooze-worthy, if you catch my drift.

One day I decided to pair dark blue liner with dark blue claws, and the first thing I thought when I finished was, “Why haven’t I done this before?”

Seriously, though, why use a blue eyeshadow as a liner instead of an actual blue liner?

NARS Duo-Intensity Eyeshadow in Giove

Ciao, NARS Giove!

Using a dark blue eyeshadow as a liner, instead of a dark blue pencil, gel or liquid eyeliner, creates a more diffused edge, so the overall effect looks softer.

I’ve done it with lots of different liner styles, too, like spicy cat eye looks, and even soft washes of color, where the liner is smudged along my upper and lower lash lines.

Sometimes I’m just in the mood for a blurred edge (and the accompanying less attention to detail).

Just for fun: add dark blue nails

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Orage, $27

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Orage, $27

I like seeing the flash of dark blue on my fingers whenever I tuck my bangs behind my ears or push my (nerdy Gamma Ray computer glasses) up.

And it think it sort of reinforces the blue liner, too. You know, more blue.

I also like how the softer liner contrasts with the harder edge of the dark blue nails, so you also have that contrasty thing going.

I call this liner look the Tabby T-1000 (after the liquid metal Terminator from T2)

NARS Giove and Chanel Orage

I’m wearing a blend of two Chanel Joues Contraste blushes — Innocence and Malice — on my cheeks, coupled with MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Give Me Sun used as a bronzer, and Hourglass Ambient Powder in Luminous Light used as a highlighter

For this cat liner look, I applied metallic dark blue NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Giove ($29) with an angled brush.

First, I applied it dry to create the shape of the cat eye and get that softer edge. Then I wet the brush head, dipped it back into the pan, and applied the shadow on my lash line close to the lashes, to sort of intensify the metallic finish and crete a subtle gradient.

You could definitely keep it simpler by picking one — just wet or just dry — but ya know. I’m just saying.

NARS Duo-Intensity Eyeshadow in Giove

NARS Duo-Intensity Eyeshadow in Giove, $29

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