Christmas came early this year! Granted it’s only a couple of hours away, but it really did come early, in the form of these three very cool things.
1. Big Train Spiced Chai
Reader Bunny Masseuse recommended this powdered chai mix in the comments a couple weeks ago, and HOT DAYUM! I actually raised the roof in my kitchen this morning when I made a cup (to quote El Hub from the other room: “What the hell are you doing?”). If you like chai, you gotta give it a try (ha! I made a rhyme!).
2. This kitty Tron outfit
I don’t have the words to convey how totally awesome this is. Someone tweeted it today, and the first thing I thought was, does it come in kitty XXL?? Um…Tabby got a big ol’ booty.
3. The Chanel Ombres Perlees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette ($65)
I know, I know, $65 is a LOT of tacos, but hear me out.
The palette of five eyeshadows is new for spring and one of two eyeshadow palettes in the Les Perles de Chanel collection.
The texture of these shadows is a little unusual for Chanel. They feel almost creamy, kinda like the cream eyeshadow base from last fall’s Chanel Ombres Contrastes Duos.
They aren’t creamy in the same way that a solid pan of cream blush or a MAC Paint Pot are, but rather they’re moist like a buttery powder.
The texture makes them perfect for applying with fingers, and that makes them perfect for busy mornings. I can just pat a few colors on my lids, blend ’em out, and jet.
To see how they’d perform, I also tried to apply them with a couple of different makeup brushes — a flat goat hair eyeshadow brush, a domed goat hair eyeshadow brush and a synthetic flat eyeshadow brush — but I got the best results, with the richest colors and most even application, when I just used my fingers (maybe the warmth from the fingers helps to distribute the product evenly).
I love the look of big, bright eyes, and these five have a super sophisticated, frosty finish that makes the look easier to achieve. It’s like the soft luminescence on the surface of a pearl. Frosty, but with the shine turned down a notch.
No worries about these shadows looking heavy, either. Even when I’ve really packed ’em on, they still look blended into my skin, as opposed to looking like they’re sitting on top of it.
I wish I could say that I found the palette on sale somewhere, but Chanel appears to be allergic to discounts. Chances are we won’t be seeing Ombres Perlees offered at a discount any time soon.
AVAILABILITY: At Chanel boutiques, counters and chanel.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,