The hot pink, the purple, the bright yellow — it’s like the eye makeup Duran Duran video girls wore in the ’80s.
Yes, eyes are getting the colorful treatment in Chanel’s new Collection États Poétiques.
And depending on your comfort level for colorful, you’re probably either going to think 1) “That sh*t CRAY!” or 2) “FUN!”
Of course, there are also some pretty wearable pieces in the launch…
And I wore two of them — light pink Sensation and reddish plum Hesitation — last Sunday to Father’s Day Brunch.
I wore the same exact look I’m wearing here, with Sensation buffed all over my lids as a base and Hesitation in the outer corner and crease to softly define the eyes. I also added a bit of black gel liner on my water lines and upper lash lines, and lots of mascara.
Between bites of an ahi tuna burger and sweet potato fries, I thought to myself, “Man! Chanel does it right. Who else could do a pigmented reddish plum eyeshadow like Hesitation and actually make it look super classy and totally not scary at all?”
I feel like a broken record sometimes when I talk about Chanel’s Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadows, but I just think they’re swell. The powder grains are so fine that they border on invisible! — and they don’t create that tell-tale look of eyeshadow sitting on top of your lids. Buffing and blending as easily as they do makes creating smooth transitions between the colors a cinch to do.
Basically, you can get lots of color on the lids without the makeup looking too heavy, and both Hesitation and Sensation do an amazing job of not highlighting those lines on my lids.
Now that I’m officially 39 (OMG!), this kind of thing is a big deal for me. My fine lines (those sneaky bastards) keep wanting to show up and ruin the party (bastards…).
Hesitation is the more pigmented of these two. A single swipe across the pan with a domed brush yields lots of color, so you’ll want to dilute it on the back of your hand by swiping the brush head back and forth a few times, before bringing it to your lids. When I do this before I touch the brush down on the outer corner, there’s more than enough product left on the brush to define my outer corner and crease.
If you love reddish brows and/or plums, think about Hesitation. I think it’s a very pretty shade, and you can do a lot with it, too (including using it as a transition color and a lid color).
And then there’s Sensation, the sheer pale pink — the less flashy of the two.
I like this workhorse as an all-over base color on the lids. For softly glowing lids, use a tapered blending brush to sweep it from lash line to eyebrows. While not nearly as punchy or exciting as Hesitation, it’s still a beaut. I plan to wear it as a base color with matte browns, peaches and corals.
I wore both shadows on top of NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, where they stayed put for 10 hours without budging.
Chanel doesn’t mess around, man!
Well, they better not…seeing as how these pans are $29.50 each. For that price, yeah, you better be sticking to my lids for a while, LOL!
You can find both Hesitation and Sensation now online with the rest of the Collection États Poétiques collection at Chanel.com. (Check your local Chanel counters for availability. They should be arriving soon.)
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,