|Chanel Rose Majeur (70) Ombres Contraste Duo - $42|
Chanel Notes de Printemps Makeup Collection for Spring 2014
While snowy roads and cloudy grey skies might not seem like spring, the makeup world follows it's own special calendar, and the first of the spring 2014 makeup collections are already starting to show up at counters. Case in point - Chanel Notes de Printemps makeup collection for Spring 2014. I picked up a few pieces from this collection, and today's review is the Ombres Contraste Duo in Rose Majeur. The two shades in this eyeshadow duo are deep matte eggplant-greyish shade and a satin-shimmery peach-pink. The shadows are housed in the usual classic black Chanel compact, and the packaging also includes 2 small applicators. Scroll on for more photos.
The Chanel eyeshadow duos are one of my favorites from the brand - actually, one of my favorites from any brand. Rose Majeur is no exception with it's deep purplish grey and the soft peach. The darker grey-purple shade is what I was expecting in the holiday 5-shadow palette (Charming). This is buttery smooth and is quite pigmented. The peach-pink shade is a little powdery in comparison, but it's quite soft, and would work well paired with the darker shade or even used on it's own as an all-over lid color. The shimmer in it is so fine, it's seems almost a satin finish. Here's a look at the swatches.
|Chanel Rose Majeur Eyeshadow Duo - Swatches|
|Chanel Rose Majeur Eyeshadow Duo - Swatches (blended - lighter)|
This eyehadow duo works great for both smokey eye looks as well as everyday soft simple eyes (with just the peach-pink shade all over lids and the darker color as a liner, perhaps). In the photo above, I ended up doing a darker smokey eye, though. Both the eyeshadows are soft and quite long-lasting - I always use a primer - and very easy to blend. The satin-shimmery peach pink shade is ever so slightly powdery compared to the darker shade, but it doesn't have any fallout and is quite easy to blend. The darker eggplant-grey shade is buttery smooth and intensely pigmented, but because it is so dark and soft, it can cause a bit of fallout unless you tap off the excess from the brush before use. Overall, another lovely eyeshadow duo from Chanel.
I also got swatches of the Chanel Eyeshadow Quad for Spring 2014 - Quadrille. That has two slightly similar colors - a greyish lavender and a peach, and it's a warmer-toned collection of shadows. Here's a look at the swatches.
From the promo images, I had assumed the duo and the quad feature at least two identical colors, but while they are sort of similar (a lavender grey and a peach), Quadrille leans to the warm side while Rose Majeur has cooler tones, imo. Eventually, I went with the duo because I prefer this formula over the quad, and the peach shade was the only really unique color in the quad. That said, the brown and the peach work well together to create a beautiful brown smokey eyes (similar to what is featured in the Chanel campaign images). The SA at the Chanel counter was wearing just that - and a beautiful pair of Chanel earrings - and it look amazing on her. If you prefer warmer shades, then Quadrille might be a better choice over Rose Majeur.