Hello there! As I write this post, I have the most beautiful view one could have wished for: seaside, a boat, and the lights of a couple of Aegean islands glimmering in the background of a relatively dark, wavy sea. I can hear the waves more than I can see the sea itself; you see it’s almost midnight. Somehow I can’t sleep tonight (I blame it on the ice cream), so I thought I’d write a bit as I relax on our hotel balcony. It’s warm, breezy and quiet after all, so writing would be a pleasure. As would be talking about the new Chanel Ombre Premiere eyeshadows. Have you guys checked them out? I’ve put some of them to the test since they launched in the UK and here go my thoughts.
When I heard that Chanel would release new eyeshadows, I almost jumped from excitement. I love Chanel eyeshadows in general, especially for their beautiful shades and complex finishes. I’ve always thought the brand could sometimes do better with the level of pigmentation and the variety of matte shades available, but I’m not going to hide… I love Channel shimmer anyway, so no big deal for me. Saying this, the new Chanel Ombre Premiere eyeshadows are here to send away any small reservations.
Both the creams and the powders have three things in common: the level of pigmentation is very good, they’re long-lasting and come in a variety of cool and warm shades. To start with, Chanel launched 16 Ombre Premiere Powder Eyeshadows and 8 Ombre Premiere Cream ones. I picked up four creams and one powder, as I find that I use cream eyeshadow more than powder anyway.
You can see four shades there – one of them being… Noir Petrole!! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw that this amazing shade was released as a cream eyeshadow! I loved the limited edition eye pencil earlier this year (review to be found here), so I had to have the cream version too. And, guess what, it’s my favourite out of the four I picked!
From left to right we have Scintillance, Pourpre Profond, Silver Pink and Noir Petrole. All gorgeous shades with a satin finish. These are very different from the Illusion D’ Ombre eyeshadows in that a little goes a long way and there’s no visible glitter, although they’re all luminous. To add to that, the texture is like a thick velvet mousse, more sticky than “airy”. I found the darker shades to be easier to blend than the lighter ones.
As the new Chanel Ombre Premiere Cream eyeshadows are all long-wearing, they set rather quickly. We have two minutes to blend more or less and once set they don’t move or crease. On my eyelids they still crease without a primer, but over a primer, or used as a base, they last over 12 hours easily, without any compromise on colour intensity!
I tried using both a brush and my fingers with these and I recommend using fingers. Scintillance is my least favourite shade when it comes to ease of use and blendability. I found it was patchy over primer and blending with the brush made it worse. However, when I patted it onto my eyelids and layered a powder eyeshadow to set it afterwards, it worked better. This wasn’t the case with Silver Pink, thankfully.
On the Chanel website, you can play with the shades and different textures (you can create your Duo here), as the creams were designed to be a base for the powders, giving us numerous possibilities for stronger or softer looks. I love a brown red all year round, so I picked up the Chanel Ombre Premiere in shade Desert Rouge, which is a gorgeous red, to layer it on top of Pourpre Profond.
I haven’t worn this look on my eyelids yet, but below you can see Desert Rose on its own on the left and on they right you can see it layered on top of Pourpre Profond.
When I try this combo on my eyelids, I’ll update this post. For now, here goes a look with Scintillance and Noir Petrole:
I did enjoy wearing this combination. It lasted remarkably well, bearing in mind it was a warm evening in Greece and we went to a wedding, so there was dancing involved. My base is my HG Mac Face and Body (c30) and the Matchmaster concealer (Shade 2). I’m wearing Mac’s Baiana Bronzer and lipstick in Sweetie and my mascara is Lancome’s Monsieur Big.
All in all, do check out the new Chanel Ombre Premiere Cream and Powder Eyeshadows for their wonderful shades and beautiful matte and satin finishes. Make sure you pat with fingers and keep your blending soft and swift to get best results. They retail at 25GBP each and can be checked out on the Chanel website or your local Chanel counters. They are an addition to the permanent line, which is amazing!
before I say see you later, a word or two about this rosy pink dress! I just loved wearing it at our friend’s wedding! It’s made of a lightweight, silky fabric which feels so soft and this rosy pink colour looks beautiful on tanned skin. I got it on sale from Intropia, when I discovered that I needed a cocktail dress that isn’t black! It’s more pricey that what I’d normally go for, but reasonable for a good quality occasion dress that will last. And I have to admit, the combination of that make-up and dress made me feel like a princess, which is a great feeling to have every so often, right?
That’s a photo that hubby took before we left our hotel room as I was calling reception. I don’t know, I’m all about romantic designs this summer and this, for me, was just right. 🙂
I hope you’re all enjoying this beautiful summer! Let me know if you’ve checked out the new Chanel Eyeshadows or what’s your ideal make-up / outfit combo for a formal summer event, or both! I’d love to know.
Hugs from Greece,
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