Oh, OK! I get it. Jardin Zen. The name of this Chanel quad means “zen garden” in French, and that’s kind of what the pattern on the pans looks like — one of those Japanese gardens with the little stones that someone rakes cool patterns and design into. Neat.
Of course, Coco Chanel’s zen garden would have to have a design that looks a little like her favorite flower, the camellia. It’s only logical.
Just like mine, if I were ever to make one, would have cats and cupcakes on it.
A new limited edition online exclusive available now on chanel.com, the Chanel Quadra Eye Shadow in Jardin Zen is part of the 11-piece Jardin de Camelias collection.
A beautiful Monday through Friday eyeshadow palette of basics for the girl/guy who wants something other than a bunch o’ browns. I’s like a Chanel Flap bag, with its chain and quilt detailing, but in a color like greige, as opposed to basic black. Something you could wear all the time, and it goes everything, but it’s a little different, ya know? I like that.
You get a gorgeous violet gray, a golden beige, a pastel pink and a soft black — all colors that are easy to work into an everyday makeup routine. Practical, but not too boring or basic.
Being from Chanel, it’s expensive, though, but it’s also Chanel quality. Sure, you’re paying a premium for the name, but I also think the shadows perform extremely well.
Long-lasting, easy to blend with other shadows and each other, and they contain a perfect amount of pigment. Plus, they don’t crease, as long as I wear them with primer.
Ah, and then there’s the finish…
In their pans, the shadows look ready to shine like metallics, but on skin they impart a soft-focus candlelit sheen instead.
Gorgeous! — and also very forgiving, fine lines be damned. Speaking as a 30-something, I’m a fan.
Lots of ideas for ways to wear this palette, but for an easy weekday look, try patting the golden beige, pink or violet gray on your lids, sweep a matte brown from your makeup bag into the crease for a little definition, and line your eyes with the black shade using an angled brush.
Simple, chic and Coco approved.
It’s a nice twist on a palette of everyday shadows, and great for everyone, especially mature Chanel fans.
AVAILABILITY: Available now exclusively online at chanel.com
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