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)!