Summers always *glow* with shades of bright teal, purple and gold, leading the four Soft Touch Eyeshadows in Chanel Les Naturel De Chanel ($28.50 each) to seem kinda ho-hum by comparison, like khaki work pants or bland food.
True, these neutral beige, brown, taupe and pink shades aren’t the flashiest colors on the block — I first thought they might not work well with tan skin — but after playing around with them this week, I think they’re actually kinda hawt!
They looked timid from the in-store swatches, but it was all a ruse. These colors are highly wearable on lighter and darker skin tones alike.
I’ll post eye pics in an upcoming post. For now, here are some thoughts on the shadows and a few ways to wear ’em.
Shimmery Lotus, a peachy golden beige, has just a hint of pink; it’s my favorite of the bunch!
Girls who love complex beige shadows should appreciate the buttery texture and her hints of peach, pink and gold. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A+
One way to wear Lotus…
Chanel Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Lotus
Lotus looks bangin’ on top of shimmery champagne Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Birthday Suit.
After applying both products from the lash line up into the crease, smudge some Benefit Bad Gal Waterproof Liner along your upper lash line, and finish with a dark mascara. The result? A fresh but not fussy look that’s sophisticated at the same time.
Swatches from left to right: Chanel Lotus, MAC Shroom, MAC Ricepaper
Slate, a cool, matte taupe, hides hints of purplish gray. The texture melts into my skin and feels smooth… like hip hop slow jams. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A
One way to wear Slate…
Chanel Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Slate
Chanel Slate, MAC Satin Taupe
At first Mahogany reminded me of MAC Showstopper, a chocolaty grayish brown, but when I looked closer I saw that the shades are worlds apart. Showstopper applies much darker, with more black and less purple than Mahogany.
I think that makes it easier for clumsy girls like me to apply; since it isn’t as dark as something like Showstopper, there’s more room for error. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B
Ways to wear Mahogany…
Chanel Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Mahogany
I’ve been using Mahogany mostly as liner (applied either wet or dry) with purple or taupe eyeshadows.
I also like it in the outer corners of the eyes, where I think it adds a subtle, smokey effect…
MAC Showstopper, Chanel Mahogany
Lily, a cool, matte beige, is infused with pink, and I think it really brightens up my eyes.
Like the three other shades, it feels creamy to the touch and applies just as smoothly. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B+
One way to wear Lily…
Chanel Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Lily
For a sexy, minimalist makeup look (ala Angelina Jolie in Mr. & Mrs. Smith), try one layer of MAC Paint Pot in Painterly (a matte beige) as a base, and then sweep Lily as a single wash of color from the lash line to the brow.
And to ramp up the drama, incorporate a line of thick, matte black gel liner (I love MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack) along the upper lash line.
Finish up with a few coats of something like Chanel Exceptionnel Mascara, to make those lashes dark, thick and full.
Chanel Soft Touch Eyeshadows in Lily, Slate, Mahogany and Lotus
It took some time playing with these shadows to warm up to them, but if you’re hunting for everyday, wearable neutrals, I think they’re totally worth a try.
Caramel and coffee cake
Last night I drove the 40 miles east to Union City to visit my family and celebrate a joint birthday party with my little brother (his bday’s this week; mine was back on June 9).
It turned into a three-hour food fest of barbecue chicken, grilled shrimp, pancit (a Filipino noodle dish), rice and more carby goodness, like this yummy caramel and coffee birthday cake. My brother’s girlfriend bought it for us, awww…
It was Al’s idea to hold up playing cards to represent our ages instead of risking a fire trying to squeeze a zillion candles onto the cake.
Probably a good idea.
No joke, but I think the last time my brother and I took a “serious” picture together was back in 1983!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,