These Chanel Ombres Contraste Duo Eyeshadows Are Smooth Operators

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Chanel should have issued a warning with their new $42 Ombres Contraste Duos: “Caution: The contents of this compact may be hard to resist!” πŸ™‚


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.

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Wearing Khaki-Clair

chanel ombres contraste eyeshadow duo review pictures gris subtil

chanel ombres contraste eyeshadow duo review pictures misty soft

chanel ombres contraste eyeshadow duo review pictures berry rose

chanel ombres contraste eyeshadow duo review pictures khaki clair

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Swatches of Gris-Subtil (left) and Berry-Rose (right) on NC35 skin

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Swatches of Misty-Soft (left) and Khaki-Clair (right) on NC35 skin

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chanel ombres contraste eyeshadow duo review swatches with tabs

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! πŸ™‚ Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A-

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Joey says:

    Karen, I think your swatches are confused! =) Berry-Rose and Misty-Soft need to be switched around!

  2. Radhika says:

    Chanel should have big banners of that warning all over its counters πŸ˜€ I like the small brush that comes with these instead of their usual foam applicators. Got Khaki single eyeshadow from the fall collection last weekend and am super super happy πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
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  3. Radhika says:

    Oops I am so sorry I posted that twice!

  4. Radhika says:

    Love the way you have done your eyes! And I am in love with Tabs…he is the cutest πŸ™‚

  5. Rae says:

    Yep — definitely should have stopped reading!

    P.S. Tabs is just too cute! I wish I had a kitty to pose with my makeup, too :p
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  6. Karen B says:

    That green looks so cute on you. Great look πŸ™‚
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    • Karen says:

      Thanks, Karen!

      How are things with you? Any big plans for the weekend?

      • Karen B says:

        You’re more than welcome dear.

        Not really. I wish I were back in London though. There’s open mic night again tonight and I have to admit I have a bit of a crush on the pianist πŸ˜‰ Hahahaha.

        I’ll probably watch an Audrey Hepburn movie and play with my new NARS makeup πŸ™‚
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  7. gio says:

    Khaki looks great on you! And Tabs is so cute, as always.

  8. Whitney C. says:

    Love the look! I want khaki clair now!

  9. Tiff says:

    Might be random, but your irises are huge! Are they like that naturally or are you wearing colored contacts?

    Oh and the eyeshadow looks so great on you!

  10. JamieJamez says:

    Karen, What are you wearing on your lips in the first shot of you outside, looks great!

  11. Martha says:

    Wow, I definitely should not have read this. I might need one, or three of these.

  12. Nina says:

    Wow. Eyeshadow Ombre to match those Blush Ombres! I want these!

    • Karen says:

      Right? Chanel knows exactly how to capture my heart every single time.

      We made it to Friday… WOOT!

      Got any plans for the weekend?

      • NIna says:

        Friday yay! Gonne be a low key weekend for us. Might cook (or might not) … work has kicked our butts bad this week!

        I want those eyeshadows … I know ive said no more eyeshadows but how do I resist those???

  13. Joey Chong says:

    Hi Karen,
    They are soooo pretty aren’t there?!
    When I saw them, I had the same reaction as you..
    GIVE ALL OF THEM TO ME *note the word *GIVE!!
    But nope, I had to buy them..
    I only got Gris-Subtil & Misty-Soft in the end.

  14. Lisa S. says:

    I want Misty-soft and Khaki-Clair. Must have. But ouch! so expensive

  15. lexi says:

    That’s how I like to sleep too – with all my Chanel makeup fanned out around me hahahaha!

    Until I procure my UD Naked Palette, I am not buying anymore shadows. Are these permanent? I may have to pick up that Khaki duo when I lift my ban. I stopped with NARS Tzarine last Friday. We’ll see how long I can keep this ban going!

    You are looking gorgeous and lovely as always – Happy Friday!

  16. I’m torn I love Chanel but the price tag! Oh the price tag. Can’t it ever go on sale?

  17. LuvJ says:

    Look at that skin — me so jealous πŸ™‚

  18. Alison says:

    I love these, but since I bought misty-soft I want Taupe-Delicat and Gris-Subtil. Khaki looks amazing on you!

    Darn you Chanel! I am always broke!

    P.s Tabs is so cute sleeping with his chanel stash!

  19. Marina says:

    Wow Karen, you look gorgeous! You rock the Khaki!
    I have the Misty-Soft duo and loooove it <3

  20. Misty Soft and Gris Subtil are on my list. I think I *may* like Misty Soft better than my single Taupe Grise!

  21. Steph B says:

    Loving the Khaki-Clair. Do you know how this compares to the new khaki single? I’m thinking my present to myself for finishing my big report today is a new shadow. Looking for something outside my normal work taupe zone but still work wearable.

  22. Nicolle says:

    I have been eying these for a few weeks now but have not purchased…yet. I am torn between Misty Soft & Taupe Delicat. These are so smooth and super easy to blend! For now, I think I will pass on these because I am saving up for the new Rogue Allure Extrait de gloss that should be out in Sept…they are already online now and also the new LE nail polishes that are coming out – Sept. 10th πŸ™‚

  23. Katrina says:

    Oooh…I want either misty-soft or berry-rose….which would go better with pale but warm skin do you think?

  24. Marisol says:

    I couldn’t help myself and kept reading. Those are some amazing colors.
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  25. Andreea says:

    I have seen them already in store and it was not easy to pass by. But I was dissapointend by ENIGMA so I do not invest in CHANEL anmore this year!
    ENIGMA I bought instantly without having it applied once. It is far too dark and sparkling for me. I might use it sometimes for some extra sparkle, but it is nothing for my daily routine. I like stuff I can wear everyday, but these smkey eyes are really too dark for office wear.

  26. LJ says:

    I have been eying these for a few weeks now but have not purchased. do you like?

  27. Nadja says:

    Hi Karen,

    do you think berry rose can be compared to Nars grand palais? thank you

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