When Caesar was warned ‘beware the Ides of March’, I’m not quite sure whether Chanel’s new shades for Spring eyes were exactly in the soothsayer’s mind. Mind you, any woman worth her salt should be warned ‘beware!’ when approaching any Chanel beauty counter as temptation is sometimes just too much.
For March ‘14, Chanel have a whole host of perfectly blendable colours that work on their own as a smooth swish of pale colour, or blended and built (according to depth of application) for effect. Choose from two of the most popular ranges in Chanel – Les 4 Ombres and the luminous Illusion D’Ombre ranges.
Les 4 Ombres are those gorgeous quadra eyeshadow palettes you always have a root through when walking via a Chanel beauty counter in a big dept store, while promising yourself you won’t be swayed. Well, maybe. These palette colours are actually based on a selection of Chanel House tweeds (I bet you didn’t know that?) and composed for perfect harmony. Each colour variation is balanced so the user can opt for one light swish of colour or merge and blend for a more concentrated, high fashion effect. And, there’s a new formula. This new long-lasting. pure pigmented texture that increases intensity caresses and lifts the most weary of eyelids with its translucent radiance.
The two palettes that (to me) are the most adaptable (read wearable to any lip colour) are Tisse Vendome (204), a delectably smooth, light orange/apricot tone with accompanying beige peach, deep beige and grey/brown. The light orange cuts through the smoky beige tones to lift the eye. Great with either nude or orange-red lipstick shades. Then there’s the must-have staple, Tisse Gabrielle (208), a palette of revisited classics for ultra smoky effects. Iridescent grey, white gold, velvet black grey and grey mauve are as fabulous used alone as they are blended for devastating come-hither hi-jinks.
The Illusion D’Ombre range are single pots of glowing iridescent shades that have a silky, glistening, mother-of-pearl sheen in a long-lasting powder-cream texture. Again, a single swoop or a heavier, layered application can change the look in seconds. Rich navy shades like Apparition are sophisticated classics you’ll never tire of wearing.
To define the look, enhance your newly made-up eyes with coloured eyeliner in a limited edition smoky grey or a startling metallic blue or iris from the Stylo Yeux Waterproof range. Finish by brusging Volume mascara over top and lower lids. Vert Grise is the newest limited edition shade in the range.
Chanel’s Les 4 Ombres quadra eye-shadows are priced £40 per palette and Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadows are priced £24 each. Stylo Yeux Waterproof liners are priced £19 each while Volume Waterproof Mascara is priced £24 each.
Pic of make-up artist, Lisa Eldridge, applying a selection of make-up from Chanel’s Les Beiges and Chanel’s new Spring ‘14 shades.