When I first spied press images for the Blue Rhythm de Chanel collection, I had my eyes on the blue eyeshadow quad as I love blue and Chanel’s Tisse Les 4 Ombres formula. However, I changed my mind the moment I laid my eyes on the actual product, and came home with Chanel Ombre Essentielle 116 Swing!
Chanel Ombre Essentielle Swing (116) is a wondrous creation that appears at first glance to be a deep navy blue but is filled with starry shimmers of turquoise and purple. So much so that trying to photograph it produced all sorts of interesting results that I think is best demonstrated in the following picture. Notice how Swing appears blue in the pan but is showing up purple in the mirrored reflection? This is not any photoshop or filtering trick!
Although Swing is quite saturated with shimmers, it is fine enough to be worn all over the eyes without becoming over the top. The color is also deep enough for the overall effect to be chic and edgy.
A very simple eye look using only a black shadow to darken the outer corner, line both upper and lower lash lines with black liner, and Chanel Ombre Essentielle Swing all over the lid. And here is the full look in context:
Whilst I really did love how Swing looked on me, I found the texture to be quite dry and had difficulty getting it to apply smoothly. You may have noticed from the close up above that the eyeshadow is patchy in places, and that is despite going over multiple times. Even if that is not a deal killer in itself as I’m still quite fond of the overall look, I found Swing faded in patches as the day progressed when worn without a primer. It is disappointing, especially since it is the 2nd time this year that an otherwise beautiful blue eyeshadow has performed poorly on me.