If you haven’t read my previous post. You should know that I’m trying to veer off the beaten path of Holiday makeup reviews. I’ll leave the golds and the glitter for others to review. I want makeup that works all year round, or that is so unique that it warrants my purchase.
Chanel always has some wonderful products in their Holiday Collections. I almost bought their red metallic gloss ( it’s called Flaming Lips—stunning!!!) but I decided to pass for now. I’ll see if it’s still around in December… and if I have some extra cash. But it’s a stunner if you’re in the market for red lips. There are also highlighters…. but really… I’m not a fan of highlighting with shimmer, maybe because my skin has a lot of texture. There are a million ways to highlight.
What melted my heart (and my wallet) was the three eyeshadows with an embossed art-deco lion. I decided to only get Noir Lamé. It’s a beautiful dark brown/black with a subtle shimmer that is not metallic; but pearlescent. It’s a great shadow for a smoky because, as you blend it out, it becomes a cool taupe/brown. Use it wet, as an intense black liner. The pearlescent gleam will only appear if you create a big surface. When I used it to rim the eyes, or wheb blended out, it has a slight satin finish on the eyelids.
SHOP YOUR STASH
Here is why I didn’t buy the other two shades. The copper is nice, but I have many similar shades. The dark brown-khaki shade is something that I can reproduce by using Noir Lamé over an olive eyeshadow. I feel that it’s not green enough, so it will show up as a black or brown in almost all lighting conditions, except in bright studio flash photography. The texture of these shadows is unique, but it won’t show in pictures, it’s subtle gleam will disappear, unless it’s a big closeup. But the creaminess and the spread-ability of these products made me purchase the Noir Lamé with the hopes of making many glamorous and smouldering smoky eye looks.
JEWEL BLUE FOR HOLIDAY
This cool-toned blue palette is not part of the Holiday collection. When I visited the counter this fall, it had caught my eye. When I went back to see the Holiday collection, I decided to splurge on Quiet Revolution. The colour story is a sort of 60’s – 80’s smoky. The blue appears a bit dull in the pan, but it’s a beautiful saturated sapphire that has a touch of teal, it builds and blends beautifully. The other star is the grey-taupe-mauve , it might look like nothing but as a subtle crease colour it’s unusual, you can also use it to blend out a black to get a interesting grey. If you have other blue pencils or shadows, this blue is a great addition. I think that doing a blue smoky for your special events might be more modern than the usual gold/coppery tones. Or even try some jewel tones like purple or green. Then use a black smoked liner (like Noir Lamé) to frame the eyes and ground the colour. In my opinion it might be the thing to do to switch it up for the holidays.