I hadn’t plan to get anything from the Chanel Summer 2016 Makeup Collection (Chanel Dans La Lumiere de L’Ete – In the Light of the Summer). The press photos that I’d glimpsed prior to the collections release weren’t that appealing to me for some reason. In fact, I didn’t actually purchase anything from the collection myself. My wonderful mama surprised me by picking up some goodies during a recent trip she took. She’s fantastic like that.
Chanel says of the collection: In the spirit of adventure, a new makeup collection unveils a shimmering desert oasis. Brilliant coppers and sandy browns give soft intensity to the eyes, while pinks and oranges sparkle on the lips.
Chanel Empreinte du Desert Eyeshadow Quad
The Chanel Empreinte du Desert Eyeshadow Quad is a warm palette that, at first glance, may evoke feelings of Autumn rather than Summer – especially with that deeper green in there. But a closer look reveals beautiful bronzy eye shadows that work for Summer and as they do for all seasons. Chanel says the palette a composition of earth-toned copper, khaki, sepia and brown shadows, each embossed with a desert-inspired design.
I’ve never owned or used any Chanel eye products other than the Le Volume Mascara which is one of my Holy Grails (EDIT 17/6/16: Silly me, I’d forgotten about my Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in Rouge Gorge). So I didn’t know what to expect when I first touched the shadows in the quad. However, I was pleasantly surprised by their creamy texture and strong pigment. Why I say surprised, I’m not sure. Perhaps it’s because I don’t hear much (or don’t seek out information) about Chanel quads in general. And what little I have heard over the years is mixed. So the fact that the shadows in this palette are super smooth and saturated has me very pleased! And they swatched so beautifully as well.
Clockwise from top left corner:
Shade #1 is a medium warm, coppery brown with a pearly-satin finish.
Shade #2 is a light, warm gold with a metallic-shimmery finish. Such a stunning shade that’s magic in inner corner!
Shade #3 is a neutral dark brown with a pearly-satin finish.
Shade #4 is a deep, warm forest green with golden undertones and a frosted shimmer finish.
All four of the eye shadows are very blendable and buildable. They also lasted well – about 7-8 hours before I noticed some minor fading. I’ve used both my MAC paint pot in Okra as well as whatever concealer I happen to reach for that day to prime my eyes and the results are the same.
Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliners in Oasis & Sable
Next up we have the Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliners in Oasis (#817) and Sable (#827). I’m so grateful that my mother chose these for me because the formula is actually pretty great and I don’t think I would have ever purchased a Stylo on my own (not anytime soon anyway).
Oasis is a bright but deep metallic green that’s very similar to the green in the Empreinte du Desert Eyeshadow Quad while Sable is golden metallic copper. Chanel’s Stylos are retractable and there’s a sharpener built into the back end. Both Oasis and Sable are smooth, creamy and nicely pigmented and, more importantly, apply to the lash line, waterline and lids without tugging. Marketed as waterproof (Chanel claims that they resist water and humidity), I expected the Stylos to have darn good lasting power and they did not disappoint. On the lid and lower lash line the product did not budge until I removed it with makeup remover. On the waterline there was some minor fading/loss after about 7-8 hours of wear which I thought was pretty good. My photos do these liners no justice – they are stunning in person.
I’ve done a quick and simple eye look using all fours shades in the quad and added a touch of the Chanel Stylo Yeux Eyeliner in Oasis to my lower lash line. Nothing too fancy.
Loved these picks from the Chanel Summer 2016 Makeup collection – a very positive introduction into Chanel eye products. I hope to have similar experiences in the future! You did good, Mom. The Empreinte du Desert Eyeshadow Quad retails for $65.00 USD/£42.00 and the Stylos retail for $33.00 USD/£19.00. Both are limited edition and I can really recommend them. They are sold out at some locations (i.e. Nordstrom, Selfridges) but, as of this post, you can find the quad and stylos, along with much of the Chanel Summer 2016 Makeup collection, at Neiman Marcus, Macys, Saks Fifth Avenue, Boots and Harrods.
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