Between the new Chanel Les Ombres Multi-Effect Eyeshadow Quad in 278 Codes Subtils, and this one I’m wearing now, 274 Codes Élégants, both of which are $61 each and new for spring, I’m convinced that Chanel is at the front of the pack when it comes to shimmery shades for ladies 30 and up.
Codes Élégants, like Codes Subtils, is $61, but unlike Codes Subtils, Élégants is permanent. And I kinda wish it was the other way around!
Not that this quad doesn’t have a lot going for it. It does! — like that glow, for one, and a silky, easy-to-blend formula. And the finish on that brown shade? SO GORGEOUS! Can I just get that on its own with the special sauce on the side? Please? The satiny finish shines on the down low. You can barely tell it’s there, but it’s there, and you know I live for that subtle sh*t, LOL! I’m so predictable… Yes, workhorse, everyday satins. I love ’em.
The thing is…the other three shadows in the quad — the two golden shades and the platinum — all look like slightly different versions of the same highlighter on my skin. They look very similar on me, so I don’t think I’ll be able to do as many different looks with this quad as I could with Codes Subtils, which has a more classic combo of one darker shade, two mid-toned shades and a highlighter.
I know that four shadows doesn’t seem like a lot in this world of 12-pan and 24-pan eye palettes, but you can really do a lot with four shadows if they’re the right four shadows, and if two of them are mid-tones. The mid-tones are totally key.
If you’re a lighter lass, the subtle differences among the gold shades will probably be more noticeable for you. For me, however, this quad is just OK. It’s certainly worthy of some love from the right guy or gal. It’s Chanel quality all the way, and that dark brown shade is pure melted chocolate perfection.
Of the two new Chanel spring quads, though, Codes Subtils is much more useful for me. I’m fan-girling on it so hard!
A big birthday coming up…in 2032
Connor’s first birthday is March 2nd, and I’ve asked my family to consider giving her letters, cards or other things that they’d like her to have when she’s 16. I’m going to put them all away in a box, and give them to her on March 2nd, 2032.
HOLY SH*T. Sorry, I just realized how far away that date is… Not to sound morbid or anything, but since El Hub and I are older parents, I just don’t know if our parents (a.k.a. Connor’s grandparents) will still be around then. And I really want to make sure that she has something special to open when she turns 16.
But now I’m not sure what I’m going to get her. I’m thinking some books, of course, including a copy of The Girl’s Guide: Getting the Hang of Your Whole Complicated, Unpredictable, Impossibly Amazing Life, which might be outdated in some ways, but I’m sure that some of the lessons will still apply.
I’m also toying with the idea of a charm bracelet from Tiffany that says, “I love you,” but I’m afraid the silver might tarnish after sitting in a box for 15 years. Do you think that would happen?? I don’t know!
Please let me know if you have any other ideas for timeless, thoughtful gifts for a 16-year-old Connor. I would love your help.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,