Thanks to the 20-something hours (at least) of The Hills I watched on Netflix over the Christmas break, my brain is now cheese fondue.
Even though I could see my faculties deteriorating, could feel the brain cells evaporating, and even though I must have spent half of that time rolling my eyes and exclaiming, “OH, PUHH-LEASE!” whenever Spencer and Heidi were on screen, I simply could not look away.
And now, I feel like I’m in so deep (at the end of Season 4, right after Speidi got “married,” air quotes, in Mexico) that if I were to give up now, all of those 20-something hours would seem wasted…
Or, more wasted. More of a waste. LOL!
What does this have to do with the new Chanel Les 4 Ombres Eye Shadow Quad in Raffinement, you may ask? Well, pretty soon, at the rate I’m losing brain cells, I may not be able to handle any makeup looks that require the blending of more than two eyeshadows.
Good thing this spring collection quad, with its mix of plum, mauve, taupe and purple, is really great at two-color eye looks…
I actually brought it with me when I visited my family last week over the holidays and did a number of quick looks with one of its lighter colors on my lids and one of the darker colors along my lash lines. And that was it.
If you’re one of those gals (or guys) who likes a little color, as in looks with far fewer than 18 blended shadows, and plums and purples that don’t scream “PUNK ROCK, 4EVER!” take a closer look at Raffinement.
Normally, when it comes to punk rock colors, I think of brands like Urban Decay. They do vibrant, sparkly punk rock plums and purples really well, and it’s a very distinct, eye-catching look that I like. Sometimes.
Chanel, on the other hand, excels at things like this quad, where they execute colors like purples, blues and greens in ways that make them blend so beautifully into your overall outfit and look.
Like, when you’re watching The Hills, and you see LC carrying a classic black Chanel flap bag (SWOON!), and you can tell that it was meant to be a part of her outfit, but not the only part — that’s how I feel about the way Raffinement looks on the eyes.
When I’m wearing these colors and see myself in the mirror, I see the color there, but I don’t feel like I’m wearing two tons of eyeshadow.
If I were to dig through the cheese whiz of my mind, I could probably find colors very similar to these, like MAC Satin Taupe, and maybe — oh, gawd, what’s that dark plum…? I think it’s called Sketch?
But you get certain things with Chanel. You get ease of use, powders that don’t suffer from fallout, and products that last through the day. You also get to feel elegant and pampered in ways that you don’t always get from other brands.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Chanel counters, boutiques and chanel.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+/A- (great quality, luxurious packaging and pretty colors, but you can find similar colors in other lines)
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,