Every girl remembers her firstâ€¦Chanel eyeshadow quad.
Mine was Garden Party. Ah, Garden Party… Just saying the name brings back memories (and a warm, fuzzy feeling) of the first time I laid eyes on that mix of green, peach and pink.
I still love that quad so much that it’s the first thing I thought of when I saw promo pics of the new Chanel Quadra Eye Shadow quad in Regard Perle ($56). I was kindasorta hoping Perle would look more like it in person.
It’s not a Garden Party dupe, but I think it’s very pretty in its own right, particularly if you have a thing for glowy skin.
Each of its four soft powder shadows shine with a mirror-like finish that lights up eyelids when when they’re applied. Chanel channeled pearls this season — or rather the way skin glows when you’re wearing pearls — and here they got it spot on. The chai latte I had last night right before dinner screwed with my sleep, and it was evident all over my face this morning. But a few swipes of Regard Perle today, and my eyes looked visibly brighter and more awake.
Chanel Quadra Eye Shadow in in Regard Perle
Ladies who kneel at the altar of the glitter gods may want to take a look at the shimmery grayish green and peach shades on the quad’s left. Both of them burst with the cutest flecks of silver micro glitter. Be prepared, though, to deal with serious fallout from both of them. They’re kinda powdery and don’t adhere to my skin as well as the other two colors in the quad, so that might be something to keep in mind.
The light beige and salmon pink on the right are the more pigmented of the four. Speaking of that, the beige in the lower right really surprised me. When the light hits it just right, I see subtle flashes of gold and green. The shimmery salmon pink in the upper right may not have the same wow factor as the beige, but I think it’s still a nice complement to the other three shadows.
Garden Party (left) and Regard Perle (right)
Regard Perle swatches from left: shimmery green, shimmery pink, shimmery peach and beige
I like how these colors light up my eyes, but I’d like the quad even more without so much fallout from the glitter.
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Kitties can make a difference
Tabs may be a spotlight hog, but today he couldn’t wait to share it with two very special kitties named Chloe (on the left) and Colby (on the right).
They live with reader AmyVA, who you may know from the comments on the blog. Amy won the last Sundays with Tabs caption contest for her caption, “Sometimes, I like to practice my ninja moves on the deck, so the wild turkeys can witness my prowess.”
Being the cool cats that they are, Chloe and Colby convinced Amy to donate her prize money to the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA, which is the same no-kill rescue shelter where Amy found them years ago.
Tabs and I think that’s very cool and want to send mad props to Amy, Chloe and Colby for their generosity. Way to go, guys!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,