Chanel and gold eye shadow. Gold eye shadow and Chanel. The two go together like…short-sleeve t-shirts shirts and Jeremy Renner’s arms, high heels and pencil skirts, breakfast and Tiffany’s, perfume and pajamas…
In other words, things that go together well.
Add a pinch of peach and a drizzling of dark chocolate brown, and you get a veritable dream team palette to accompany those springy coral cheeks and lips you’ve been — okay, I’ve been — obsessed with lately.
There’s no real way to get around the fact that Chanel’s $80 Pearl River Ombres MatelassÃ©es Eyeshadow Palette demands an arm, a leg, a low-hanging tabby tum AND a twitchy tail. Chanel ain’t exactly budget, if you know what I mean.
But oh! — the extras you get, like the quilting on the pans and Chanel’s trademark black velvet storage pouch (it looks like a tiny makeup sleeping bag!). It’s the little touches that make it so easy to stay on Team Chanel.
As for the palette itself? Picture this: five (a shout-out to Mademoiselle’s lucky number, perhaps?) powder eye shadow shades based on the luminous reflection of Hong Kong shimmering in the South China Sea.
Much in common with the Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadows
Like the Soft Touch Eyeshadow singles, these powders feel almost creamy to the touch and have a similar velvety shimmer that stops just shy of a full-on frost. I love how forgiving it is, especially on mature skin.
The special sauce: flexibility
It might be an issue for demanding makeup divas who gravitate toward one-swipe shadows with lots of KAPOW! — but these powders pack a moderate level of pigment, which means that you can wear them sheer or bold. For bold, just build.
Should you worry about fallout?
Just be sure to unload any extra powder from your brush before applying, as some of the shades tend toward minimal fallout.
Not enough to make me grit my teeth, but it’s enough to occasionally notice.
Saving the best for last…
…as in long-lasting powders. Layered on top of a good primer, these easily last from morning ’til night with only the faintest fading and creasing.
Is Pearl River worth the trip?
If you’re that girl Coco and Crew designed it for, I think so. Do you already love Chanel and crave warm-toned, moderately pigmented shadows that impart a shimmery, soft-focus glow? Do you have a tan or plan to get one this summer? Do you like palettes able to take you from casual to black tie in a few pats and swipes? If so, don’t miss Pearl River.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at online (I’m not sure about boutiques and counters yet, but I’ll let you know soon)
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A-
Working it out
Hmm… Those extra breakfasts this week have me thinking that I need to ramp up my workouts.
Maybe this new Jillian Michaels DVD can help me offset some of the French toast I’ve been eating…
It’s called Hard Body and officially launches March 5, but it’s actually available for pre-order now.
I’m trying to build up the courage give it a whirl! I have a feeling I may be crying tears of joy/pain/victory by the end.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,