Oh, Chanel Zest Inimitable Mascara, you fabulous, adorable weirdo… Why on earth would anyone want to wear yellowish orange mascara, I mean, unless they had a coffee date with a handsome actor/spaceship captain at a comic book convention?
It’s just so…strange, and not at all what I imagine emerging from the sacred, hallowed halls of La Maison de Chanel, where I picture everyone wearing tweed jacket uniforms and strands of pearls, and stilettos click and clack down dystopian halls.
And yet here it is — Zest.
Waterproof, and designed for volume, length, curl and lash separation, Zest only looks like a blinking yellow streetlight. It’s actually one of four kooky, colorful limited edition Inimitable mascaras in the new Lâ€™Ã‰tÃ© Papillon de Chanel summer collection on counters now.
I look at Zest and think that someone in Chanel’s eye makeup department went bat sh*t cray! — but in the best possible way. Like, Karl locked up all the creatives in a room with some hella good vino and The Hunger Games looping on a big screen TV and wouldn’t let them out until they came up with something totally weird, crazy and cool that still captured the Chanel vibe.
See the lower lash line? That’s the most wearable (uh…) way I’ve found to rock these Inimitables.
But also, just for fun with Zest, and because I derive great pleasure from freaking out my neighbors, I like to apply a ton of it on both my upper and lower lashes, so that I look like some kind of forest creature/spirit bee with copious amounts of pollen on my fringe.
It’s an oddly enchanting look, and it’s growing on me the more that I wear it. Of course, I dressed up like a vampire for the last housing association meeting, sooooooo…
Zest probably wouldn’t be something I’d wear to an important meeting, and it’s pretty expensive for a product that would see limited use. In terms of practicality, it’s definitely no Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick, but it’s just so wonderfully weird!
If you’re into unusual, Zest and the other Inimitables could spice up your lash life. They might not be conventional (much like Illamasqua’s green lip gloss), but I think they still have their place.
I have a feeling Lâ€™Ã‰tÃ© Papillon de Chanel will be one of those collections Chanel fans talk about for years.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Chanel counters and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Vampire Eric’s little bro
Good mornin’ and happy Tuesday. 🙂
So, werewolves and vampires. Have you seen Hemlock Grove on Netflix yet?
It’s one of their new original programs like House of Cards.
It about a Pennsylvania town called Hemlock Grove and a few of its teenage residents, at least one of which we know is a werewolf, and the other is an immature half-vampire (as in, he doesn’t yet know what he is), a mysterious scientific research facility, and a sudden killing spree.
I’m about halfway through the first season so far, and I like the premise, but it is a little slow…
I didn’t know this, though: the kid who plays the half-vampire, Bill SkarsgÃ¥rd, is Alexander SkarsgÃ¥rd’s brother, aka Vampire Eric from True Blood.
And both of those young men are Stellan SkarsgÃ¥rd’s sons. Stellan played the MIT math professor in Good Will Hunting.
I know, right!? 🙂 That’s A LOT of SkarsgÃ¥rds. I feel so ready for Final Jeopardy now.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,