“Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.” -Gwyneth Paltrow

Chanel Spring Eyes

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Okay, as those of you who have been reading this blog for any time can attest, I am a Chanel fiend. I'm absolutely in love with all of the lipstick formulas, Glossimers turned me on to lip gloss, and the blush...well, there is nothing like the beauty of a Chanel blush, with it's domed shape, rose scent, and silky texture.

That being said, I also have quite a soft spot for Chanel eye shadows. Although there are many quads from Chanel that I could easily pass, I find that when they do it right over there, THEY DO IT RIGHT, offering an absolutely irresistable color combination that leaves me powerless to deny it's overwhelming allure. Such was the case with Fall's Enigma quad. I simply didn't stand a chance.

Well, here we go again, ladies. I've gotten a glimpse of the new eye colors for the Chanel Spring 2011 collection and all I can say is: Oh. My. God.

Ombres Perlees de Chanel

Ombres Perlees de Chanel is an absolutely gorgeous quintet from Chanel this Spring. It has a beautiful, versatile range of colors that offer subtle and dramatic looks. The texture is creamy and velvety as is to be expected with Chanel, and  application is smooth and easily blendable. Pigmentation on Ombres Perlees is not as strong as some previous collections, but that may be intentional. I found that when applied without a primer, every one of these shadows offered a sheer wash of color, lending a subdued but ethereal feel to the final look, while use of a primer added impact for a more dramatic effect.

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The colors of Ombrees Perles are extremely complex. Each of them has multiple colors throughout, despite the base color, so it's difficult to describe them and impossible to photograph. If you maximize the above photo, you may be able to see the sparks shooting from the deep gray on the far right, but there was no way to capture the subtle champagne sheen that emanates from the white shimmer on the far left, or the golden duochrome effect found on the pink next to it. However, in an effort to describe them, here goes: From left to right, we have a shimmering white with a champagne overlay, a delicate pink with a gold duochrome effect, a blackened purple, a deep moss green with a golden sheen, and a blackened gray with multicolor sparks and a blue undertone. The colors work beautifully together. I personally would use them primarily for night as they all have a good bit of shimmer, but the colors themselves are fairly muted. 

I feel this is a very useable palette, especially if you love shimmery eye shadows. The colors have a great deal of depth and are definitely eye-catching without being crass or vulgar. Again, if you don't mind shimmer and don't use a primer, Ombres Perlees will provide you with beautiful sheer washes of color, perfect for creating a subtle daytime look. Add a good primer for night, and you'll have a variety of smokey eyes to build. Who could ask for more?

Grade: A

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