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1 My patience for eyeshadow looks involving more than two steps.
Okay, so maybe Chanel’s limited edition $42 Ombres Contrastes Duo in Sable-Émouvant from the new Summertime de Chanel collection doesn’t beam with the boundless possibilities of, say, a mega makeup palette packed with 99 shadows in every color of the rainbow.
And maybe it’s not interested in dazzling stargazers with sparkly disco glitter or lighting up lids with summertime teals, greens or golds — heck, it doesn’t even have any extra accoutrements, like a small tube of primer or a tutorial booklet.
But all that aside, it’s still one hell of a great date.
If it asked you to the movies, it would suggest Casablanca over No Strings Attached and Fandango the tickets ahead of time so you could both skip the line. Then, it would get you a big bag of popcorn while you freshened up (no butter, please), and snag perfect seats smack dab in the middle of the theater. No muss, no fuss.
With Sable-Émouvant, Chanel created a duo so elegant and effortless that I instantly forgave the brand for not releasing a summer quad in the collection as soon as I slipped it on my lids.
Just like the Ombres Contrastes Duos first launched in 2010, Sable-Émouvant blends with the grace of a swan. One minute, one brush, and I’m done.
And without a trace of fallout. None.
Despite only containing two shadows, the duo has as much flexibility as a good quad (perhaps more).
The lighter shade looks like a pearly golden peachy beige on my NC42 skin, and it reminds me of a creamier, soft-focus MAC Arena.
The darker shade, a purplish brown sheen, has blackened undertones when applied dry (amazing for smokey eye looks!), but it transforms into a pearly bronzed purplish brown with reddish tones when applied with a wet brush.
And when both shadows are mixed together, the resulting peachy brownish taupe flashes more purple when the light hits it just right. Super sophisticated, understated, and so totally Chanel.
Chanel Sable-Émouvant swatches from the left: lighter shade, darker shade, darker shade applied wet and both shades mixed together
Getting to know the Chanel Ombres Contrastes Duo in Sable-Émouvant
- The powder particles are so finely milled that they refuse to settle into the fine lines on my lids (have I mentioned that my 37th birthday is next month?).
- Classy. The finish is much more “wine flights and tapas” than “shots of Patron.” I’d say it’s about halfway between a matte and a sheen.
- Applied on top of primer, both shades stay put for at least 8-9 hours.
- For a 1-minute eye makeup look, mix both colors together, and apply to lids and just barely into the crease. Then, wet a liner brush, and apply the darker shade to your upper and lower lash lines. Finish with two coats of mascara.
Sable-Émouvant may not look like much at first — I was like, dude, where’s my teal? — but I hope you give it a chance. You just might be surprised by the quick work it makes of classic, knock-out eye looks to pair with summer’s pink and coral lips and cheeks.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Chanel counters and chanel.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A+ (despite the price)
The countdown’s on like Donkey Kong
Stanley Park in Vancouver, June 2011
So, yeah. I’m turning 37 next month, and I guess I could be a lot more cranky about it, but really, what’s the point? Life’s a one-way ride, and you can’t back up. Might as well own it!
Last year I went to Vancouver for my birthday, and it was probably one of the best trips I’ve ever taken in my life. A cosmopolitan city, smiling people, beautiful parks, great public transportation, mouth-watering cuisine, and Trinity from the Matrix lives there.
This year, I think we’ll probably stay local. El Hub’s got a lot going on at work, and I’ve got a couple of big blog-related projects in the works (boy, that wasn’t mysterious!), so probably just a nice dinner and a pistachio (or a jamoca almond fudge) ice cream cake from Baskin-Robbins.
How about you? Have you already celebrated your birthday this year? When was the last time you went all out?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,