To quote ’90s rap duo Kris Kross (aka the kids who pioneered the backwards clothing thing), “Warm it up, Kris! (I’m about to.) Warm it up, Kris! (’cause that’s what I was born to do.)”
Keeping with the theme, Chanel’s Plein Soleil ($56) eyeshadow quad from the 2009 Cote D’Azur collection is all about warmer shades.
It packs four warm, shimmery shades — a peachy bronze, light coral, dark orange-brown and a light peachy coral — that I dig using individually in light washes of color over the lid, particularly for understated and elegant glows in summertime looks, but beyond their use in simple washes, the colors in this quad aren’t setting my world on fire.
They aren’t the most flexible colors in town.
When I tried to turn up their intensify by layering them above MAC’s Paint Pots or by wetting my brush before application, the colors looked overly orange and weren’t the most flattering products I’ve used on my skin.
And the difference between the two lighter shades is subtle — almost too subtle for me. If you’re lighter than I am, I’m guessing you’ll have an easier time distinguishing the nuances between them, but on my tan skin the two lighter shades look very much the same.
Even though this quad isn’t as flexible as I’d hoped it would be, its saving grace is how well it works for light washes, either when I’m pressed for time or when it’s warm outside. When it’s warm out I don’t always want to wear a complicated eye look that may smear as I perspire.
Knowing what it does do well, I know I’ll get some use out of Plein Soleil.
Chanel Plein Soleil eyeshadow quad
Use: For simple washes of shimmery bronze and coral
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B
For simple washes of warm, summery color, die-hard Chanel fans may really like Plein Soleil.
You might also like the Chanel Plein Soleil eyeshadow quad if…
- You like wearing very warm orange and brown shades.
- You collect limited edition Chanel eyeshadow quads.
- You like wearing single washes of color on your eyes.
Pass the Kleenex to the left-hand side
I actually did make it out the door for an early morning run today (even surprised myself!).
I rocked out to the ’80s mix I made yesterday that featured Musical Youth, Madness and Wham, but too bad I forgot to take a Zyrtec before heading outside… Hello, allergies!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,