Chanel Collection États Poétiques Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow

August 6, 2014

This Fall 2014, Chanel has released 6 new Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadows, 2 of which are limited edition whilst the other 4 are joining the permanent collection. I’ve never dabbled with them very much in the past, usually gravitating towards a palette or one of the Illusion d’Ombres, but with the preponderance of new eyeshadow formulations lately, I was curious.

Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch display

The new shades are:

Here are the corresponding swatches, going from left to right:

Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch swatches

I had not planned on picking up any to begin with, but was quite taken by Hesitation. It is a lovely complex shade that I’m very partial to…with a good measure of red in there. Throw in a handful of shimmers and I’m sold.

Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Hesitation

To be honest, Hesitation is not an easy shade to wear, and most certainly not one that I would wear on its own all over the lid. In fact, it is very reminiscent of those patches that I sometimes get around the eye area when I’m sensitive to some product, and I have to work hard to conceal. But it is incredibly on trend at the moment, and when worn in combination with a deepening shade, the effect can be so beautiful.

Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Hesitation EOTD

For this look, I applied Hesitation all over the lid, and then deepened the outer corner with the dark matte eggplant shade from Cle de Peau Eye Color Quad #305 Satin Moon, and blended the crease out with the medium mauve shade from the same palette. It just so happens that palette was lying in plain sight, but clearly any similar shades will do. And I wanted more definition to my lash line, so I lined with a glittery bronze pencil liner (I used By Terry Crayon Kohl Terrybly in Bronze Generation) both top and bottom, and blended in more Hesitation to soften the lines.

I really love this eye look, and even my hubby who is no good spotting makeup commented that I looked good. Except he thought it was the hair. No, it was most certainly not the hair (note to self: time to schedule a visit to the salon)!


9 responses to “Chanel Collection États Poétiques Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow”

  1. Sil says:

    LOL at your husband’s comment! But I think it was a great compliment! He couldn’t tell what was different (so your MU wasn’t that obvious (to a guy, at least :P)), so he probably went with hair, since it’s the change they never seem to notice! I wonder if he will notice that you went to the hairdresser now!

    • silverkis says:

      Hahaha…. he’s like that! He’ll never notice if i went and did something to my hair unless I did something drastic like chop it into a bob or perm it again.

  2. Exaltation is so bold !
    Hésitation looks like palpitation once applied !
    I picked Amethyst some day ago. It looks like pulsion but with blue sparkles in it. Didn’t had time to try it. Have you this one too ?

    • silverkis says:

      Yes it is so PINK! LOL!
      I didn’t notice but you’re right, Hesitation does start to resemble Palpitation on my lids! But I think another blogger commented that this shade increases in intensity and turns more purple when you layer it on thicker. This is my only Ombre Essentielle, and will probably be for some time, as i’m not so sure about the texture.

  3. Hesitation is going to be my shade of choice too. It looks lovely and seems very unique. As i have so much makeup now, i tend to opt for one-offs and save my money on others that may be similar to what i have already in my collection. I have similar shades in soft touch to what you have swatched other than this one. I also can’t wait to see the lip gloss Songe. I believe that is also very unique.

    • silverkis says:

      Oh i understand about having too many similar shades and an exploding collection of palettes! I think you’re onto something there, collecting only selected singles…. if only my irrational mind can follow suit!

  4. Noodles says:

    Love the look! That By Terry Kohl looks so gorgeous! Haven’t really gotten excited for the single shadows in this collection, but I think Hesitation is the best in the bunch.

  5. LOL, he thought it is the hair?
    I once got a comment like this to which I answered “oh it must be the awfully expensive highlighter I happened to accidentally order twice, let me keep them both then!” ;-))

    No seriously the best makeup is like when you can’t really tell what it is but you overall look better, so mission accomplished 🙂 I think the most flattering eye shadow shade is Hesitation and I love wearing it all alone 🙂 It looks a bit more pink on you than it does on me. On me it turns rather brown.

    Thanks so much for the swatches. The collection is expected to launch here very soon. I might pick up the yellow shade when it does. Mattes of this collection are really on the dry and patchy side.

    • silverkis says:

      Lol! Which awfully expensive highlighter is that? Hesitation pulled red on me but I still like it! Most interesting of all the shades. The yellow is more gold in reality due to the shimmers. And yes the mattes are really dry. 🙁

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