The Chanel Venice collection for fall 2009 keeps dishing out surprises.
My first impression? Wearability — in that I wasn’t sure how wearable this quad would be, but after some quality playtime with it yesterday, I’ve made up my mind. The colors make fantastic eyeshadow bases, but they do come with a few serious caveats.
Chanel packed the Eye Gloss quad with four creamy shadows in shades of shimmery gold, beige, burgundy and black. Both the beige and gold shades apply with a medium pigmentation, while the burgundy and black shades apply with rich, deep color.
Eye Gloss in beige
Texture and finish
The tester I’d first touched at a counter the other day must have been sitting out for a while. At that time I’d thought the colors felt thin and dry to the touch. Not so, though, because the shadows in the quad I purchased feel thick and moist, kinda like a lip gloss.
The moistness allows for a lot of movement on my skin, and unlike MAC Paint Pots or Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadows, which start off creamy but dry within a few minutes, the Eye Gloss shades remain wet much longer on the skin, and that allows for a lot of time to blend, layer and manipulate the gloss around my lids. Nice.
As for the finish — it’s indeed glossy. All four shades apply with a shiny finish reminiscent of a layer of lip gloss on the eyes.
Eye gloss in gold… see the creasing?
CAVEAT: Wearing the shades by themselves isn’t uber-practical
Unfortch, there’s a downside to all of this freedom. The shadows almost never fully dry, so they’re apt to move throughout the day, migrating across the skin and settling into creases and fine lines. After a while on me it starts to look *very* messy.
If what you’re looking for is an edgy, high-fashion eyeshadow look, one that’s purposefully grungy, you might like the migration factor, but I’m guessing that many women might consider the mess a big pain in the arse.
Intensifies colors, adds shine to powder shadows
While the Eye Gloss colors can be challenging to wear on their own, they do have one huge advantage over other cream shadows: they really intensify the color and shimmer of powdered shadows — even better than my beloved MAC Paint Pots, MAC Cream Colour Bases and the Benefit Creaseless Creams do. I notice an immediate, dramatic difference in color intensity, shimmer and shine.
When layered beneath powder eyeshadows, most cream shadows bump up the intensity of a powder shadow by maybe 50%. The Eye Glosses, however, increase the richness of colors by 2-3 times (100-150%!).
I’m not sure why… It could have something to do with how moist the Eye Glosses are. Whatever the reason, I think they deliver unparalleled intensity when worn with powder eyeshadows.
Eye Gloss in black
Eye Gloss in black layered beneath medium green shade from the Chanel Murano quad
Lasts longer than expected
In terms of wear time, the Eye Gloss-powder shadow combo settles into my fine lines after about three hours of use. Not great, but then again, it’s not as bad as it could have been.
I experimented with different tools to apply the Eye Glosses but received the best results when I applied them with a sponge applicator, blending out the edges with a wedge-shaped makeup sponge.
Eye Gloss in burgundy
Eye Gloss in burgundy layered beneath pink shade from the Chanel Murano quad
At $65, this quad is a pure splurge. It’s hella expensive, but it delivers some unusual effects.
A few things to consider if you’re thinking about taking the plunge:
- If you want a unique and edgy high-fashion look, you’ll probably get a little more out of this quad because you’ll be able to wear the colors both by themselves or layered beneath powder shadows.
- If you’re looking for something strictly to wear as a base beneath powder shadows, Eye Gloss might also be worth the splurge.
- If you’re considering purchasing this and have oily skin, consider adding a primer up into the mix to decrease the movement of the Eye Glosses on your lids. Layering a primer like Urban Decay Potion Primer or Laura Mercier Oil-Free primer beneath Eye Gloss could improve its staying power.
Chanel Eye Gloss
Use: Four creamy eyeshadows that work alone or layered beneath powder shadows (for a serious color boost!)
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B+
I really like this quad for layering but not so much on its own. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’re looking for something new and different, Chanel Eye Gloss might be worth your time.
No more True Blood before bed!
I just started watching the True Blood series on DVD (don’t have HBO), and I’m already hooked. It’s everything I’d wanted the Twilight movie to be — a little edgy and quirky with just a pinch of danger… I finally see exactly what all the hype is about!
El Hub commented on how much cooler he thought Vampire Bill (VB!) is in comparison to Edward from Twilight. I gotta say… I agree. VB may be a little older, but he’s got an intensity that Edward lacks on screen. Anyone else agree?
Team VB, ya’ll!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,