Chanel should have issued a warning with their new $42 Ombres Contraste Duos: “Caution: The contents of this compact may be hard to resist!”
Seriously, you might want to steel yourself against potential temptation and simply stop reading now.
The part of me that loves elegantly effortless makeup just can’t get enough of these eyeshadow duos. The six of them make me feel like screaming, “Gimme, gimme more!”
This fall luxurious textures and intense pigments have been all the rage among the high-end makeup lines (hello, Givenchy Le Prisme Quartets!), and while these duos may not look the part at first, they’re no exception.
Each one comes with a light cream shadow designed to be used as a base and a darker powder matte shadow for contouring and creating the illusion of depth.
Conveniently, skin is where these products really POP! — both in terms of color and texture — and being as smooth as they are makes them remarkably easy to blend.
In the look below I’m wearing Khaki (a matte dark green) from the Khaki-Clair duo. In it I’m barely wearing any, yet the ample pigmentation makes the color pretty hard to miss. BONUS: These leave behind absolutely no shadow fallout whatsoever — zip, zero, zilch.
Swatches of Gris-Subtil (left) and Berry-Rose (right) on NC35 skin
Swatches of Misty-Soft (left) and Khaki-Clair (right) on NC35 skin
Maybe because it was a little warm here today, the cream shadow creased a bit, so next time it’s hot out I plan to start with a layer of primer first. I’ve been liking Urban Decay Eden.
Not surprisingly (we are talking about Chanel, after all), these duos are expensive, and I think that’s their Achilles Heel. Even so, Achilles himself probably would have thought them worth it! Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A-
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,