I love a good smokey eye, but black or brown can get boring at times, which is why I am embracing the new Chanel Eyes Collection with wide open arms. Lucia Pica has reinvented the smokey eye this year by incorporating 4 different colours, and building them across 3 different product lines to allow varied ways of dressing up the eye. Rather than over dramatising with colour play (which may be ok if you’re half my age… but as a newly-turned 40 yo….), Lucia Pica has created a blurry effect with this collection, allowing shades to be layered and mixed easily regardless of makeup expertise.
The new Chanel Eye Collection 2019 revolves around 4 color themes – Blurry Grey, Blurry Green, Blurry Mauve, and Blurry Blue. I have 4 of the new Les 4 Ombres, and the matching Stylo Yeux Waterproof and Le Volume Revolution de Chanel. Let’s start with the Les 4 Ombres eyeshadow palettes!
Chanel Les 4 Ombres 322 Blurry Grey is perhaps the closest thing to the traditional black smokey eye, but it is interesting quite the opposite once applied! The shades are generally cool-toned, and softer than black, hence more forgiving and easier to wear for the day. I swatched the shades according to their placement in the palette:
The shades in clockwise direction starting from top left are:
Chanel Les 4 Ombres 318 Blurry Green reminds me of Tisse d’Automne [reviewed here] which is a lot warmer, and Tisse Venitien [reviewed here] which is a lot cooler. Both of them made me appreciate Blurry Green a whole lot more because it feels more grown-up and elegant. Here are the swatches according to the palette placement:
In clockwise direction starting from the top left:
Chanel Les 4 Ombres 328 Blurry Mauve seems to be echoing a rather popular combination of red-toned palettes such as the Candour et Experience [see here] and Leuer Ardente [here]. The interesting thing though, is that Blurry Mauve still manages to be quite unique amongst them. Here are the swatches according to their respective placement:
From top left in clockwise direction:
Chanel Les 4 Ombres 324 Blurry Blue is the most unique imho because of the muted sombre shades of blue, the entire palette feels very high fashion to me. Blurry Blue is also the most matte of the 4 from this collection. Here are the swatches:
In clockwise direction starting from top left:
As always, there is a Stylo Yeux Waterproof to complement every eye look that Chanel designs. There are 5 brand new shades released in this collection, and I have 4 of them here:
The formula is consistently creamy and easy to flick across the lids, and I’m particularly excited by Jungle Green with its light green and golden shimmers. Intense Teal is a stunner, but not an everyday shade. The intensity and purity of the color makes it exceptional though, and I will definitely pull this one out for fun looks.
And of course your summer will not be complete without some colored mascara!
Last year, Chanel launched the Le Volume Révolution de Chanel mascara. This was highly lauded as the world’s first 3D-printed mascara brush, which is so technically superior it blows my mind. My first experience with this brush was that it had a textured surface that seems to absorb more of the formula and deposit more onto my lashes when coming through. The bristles are surprisingly short, but thankfully for me they do a really good job of coating all my lashes and do not clump. In a single coat, my lashes appear fuller, thicker and longer without any messy fibers. For this new Chanel Eye Collection, there are 4 accompanying shades – Volcan (black), Intense Teal (midnight blue), Deep Eros (deep red), and Jungle Green (deep inky green).
I first thought I’d show you the eye looks for each of the 4 colored themes, but then I figured why not go for the full face?! That way, you can get a better idea of how the makeup looks overall. They don’t always match my clothing, but each of these looks were worn to the office without mishap!
Here is the makeup look featuring Les 4 Ombres Blurry Grey on my lids, Le Volume Révolution in Volcan on my lashes, and Stylo Yeux Waterproof Black Wood along my lash line.
Here is the makeup look featuring Les 4 Ombres Blurry Green on my lids. The green is much less noticeable as you can already imagine from the swatches earlier. I wore the Stylo Yeux Waterproof in Jungle Green on my lower lash line so you probably can’t see, and the matching Le Volume Révolution mascara is also really subtle on my dark lashes.
Blurry Mauve is the most distinct of the 4, particularly since I tried to emphasize the red using a tulip placement. But I feel the shades are all too close to each other in intensity that the palette is not well suited for distinction. Rather, it is this blurry, blend-into-each-otherness that makes Blurry Mauve special. You can also see how the Deep Eros Le Volume Révolution mascara tinted my lashes into a reddish brown hue.
And lastly, here is the makeup look for Blurry Blue. The teal shade in the palette pops really well against the other hues, and it is further emphasized by adding a touch of the Stylo Yeux Waterproof in Intense Teal and blending it out.
Chanel The New Eye Collection for 2019 brings us many ways to wear and play with color. Regardless of your skill level or appetite for experimentation, the result is understated elegance which I love. All the items mentioned here are permanent, so you don’t have to rush out and grab all of them right away. But I recommend checking them out and putting some of them to work this summer and fall!
This post featured products that were generously provided for my consideration. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.