I picked up some new eye makeup from Chanel to try, since I realized I had never before tried any of their eye products. I had been coveting their cream eyeshadow, so I finally caved. In addition to the cream eyeshadow, I also picked up a mascara and an eyeliner. Continue reading below to see my thoughts on each of these items, as well as a makeup look using them.
Eye makeup is something I struggle with, usually just opting for a coat of mascara and calling it a day. But I’m giving new things a go this year…
The mascara is the Le Volume De Chanel Mascara. It retails for $32, and I got the color 10 Noir. I initially really enjoyed this mascara, but found the more and more I use it, the clumpier the application. It is still not terrible, but just something I have noticed as time has gone on. It has a a very stiff, short bristled brush, which I know some people prefer, but I find myself prone to very painful eye jabs with that type of bristle. I found it to be an ok everyday mascara, but didn’t give my lashes the length or volume I prefer. For the price, there are many other mascaras out there I prefer, such as the Lancôme Definicils, or the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir. I don’t intend on repurchasing this item.
The primary item that got my attention at the Chanel counter was the cream eyeshadows. The eyeshadow is the Illusion D’Ombre Long-Wear Luminous Eyeshadow. It retails for $36, and there are 10 available colors. The color I purchased is 97 New Moon. It claims to be a long wear eyeshadow, and can be worn as both a liner or a shadow. I have not tried to use it as a liner, but I suppose if you had a precise hand it would work.
The product has a bouncy, cushion like texture to it in the jar, and applies cream/gel like in consistency. It does come with a brush that they claim was specifically developed for it, but I found it to be kind of useless, as it hardly picked up any product, and couldn’t blend it out. I found the the best way (for me at least) was to apply this with my finger, basically patting the color onto my lid. I then went in with a fluffier brush and blended the edges out. If you want a more precise application, then you could apply with a flat brush, but I found my finger to work just fine for the look I wanted!
Overall, I really love this shadow and am considering purchasing it in an additional color. It does have a nice long wear time, and I have not had any issues with it creasing, even though I have oily and hooded eyelids. While it is quite shimmery and glittery, the colors are sophisticated enough that you don’t look like you’re off to your middle school dance (in my opinion!). If you are looking for a cream eyeshadow with a unique color range, then I highly recommend this item!
The final product I picked up is the Stylo Yeax Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner. It retails for $33, and there are 19 colors available. I purchased it in the color 20 Espresso. This eyeliner claims to be waterproof and smudge proof. I ended up returning this item after only a few uses since a) I didn’t like how it applied and b) it broke on my after only two uses! I wish I had read the reviews before purchasing this eyeliner, as there are multiple other reviews from people who it broke on as well, or had it arrived broken. For $33, I expect an eyeliner to have a very smooth application, and definitely not break after only two uses. I returned this, and don’t intend on repurchasing. If you are looking for a good dark brown eyeliner, check out the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On, or the NARS Larger Than Life.
For this eye look, I used a liquid eyeliner- the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. Because the shadow is very glittery, I found I had to go over it a few times to get the liner to show up at all. In the inner corner of my eyes, it is the Matte Radiance Baked Powder from Laura Mercier, which is my favorite highlighter.