Monday, June 6, 2011

Chanel Ombre Essentielle Eyeshadow in Fauve

I must apologize to all of you. I have not personally brought you a taupe eyeshadow review since May 4th. Sure, Joeybunny has provided several Taupe Shadow Reviews but I feel poorly that I have not been picking up the slack. I mean, Helloooo, I wear taupe shadow almost every day...even on the weekends.  Perhaps I had not come across any taupe shadow that I felt was special enough to write about.  Well now I have!


My darling friend Pili, who lives in The Netherlands, sent me a Chanel eyeshadow that came out in Europe before it came out in the US. In fact. This shadow isn't supposed to come out in the US until after July 25th, and I have it now!  Muwahahaha. This makes me feel Special, Powerful, Lucky. It doesn't take much, as you see, to make me feel good.  So why, do you ask, why am I so excited? Well aside from the shadow being taupe, it is Chanel, It is a Chanel Ombre Essentielle, which has one of the nicest finishes and is one of the best quality shadows for this line.  Chanel may have some haters for their eyeshadow quads but you really can't beat the silky softness of the Ombre Essentielle shadow singles.


You may be saying to yourself, "But Elvira, What makes this taupe different from any others?  Why do you only love this taupe today and not all kinds of taupes like you do all other days?"
And to that I answer:
When I finally realized that I loved all taupes, I was in such a hurry to acquire all of them that I didn't have time to recognize the subtle differences in taupes. Thus, I collected all these taupes and put them in my collection without letting myself realize that every taupe is special.  Thus I will explain why this taupe is special to remind myself of the haste I took in the past and to remember to slow down and appreciate all taupes as individuals.

Now who remembered to hide the afikoman?


OK. Where was I? Ah yes. Taupe.

The Taupe in Chanel's Ombre Essentielle Eyeshadow in Fauve is a purply taupe with strong shimmer. It is a grey brown purple when applied to the eye but I believe that it will look different on different skin tones.  For example I think it will look more silvery purple on Joeybunny than it does on me.  Even the flash from my camera kind of washed out the color. I apologize for not being able to get a better shot of it. The color looks stunning on it's own or when paired with a rich plum in the crease.


The shadow itself is smooth and soft and not powdery. when used with a primer this shadow lasted over 10 hours and looked as picture perfect as when I first applied it. I experienced no fall out from application, no creasing or fading. The color stayed true all day and didn't oxidize. And to be quite honest, for $28.50 this shadow darn well better be perfect!  Surprisingly I only own 3 Chanel Ombre Essentielle shadows, but I plan to change that in the near future.  With the release of Chanel's Sophisticated Eyes Collection there will be three other Ombre Essentielle shadows released with Fauve and I intend to get at least one more.


Do you NEED this? YES! It's Taupe, It's a Purply Taupe, It's CHANEL! I don't think I need any other reasons to convince you.


Not only is Pili awesome for sending me this shadow she also included pudding from The Netherlands!  She was kind enough to translate the directions for me. I can't wait to make it! NOM!

Here is the Chanel Ombre Essentielle in Fauve on my eye and here is a swatch comparison for your review.



21 comments:

  1. Absolutely stunning! Taupe IS your colour, Elvira!

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  2. I love Fauve! On you, of course. I haven't seen it myself, ha ha. The shimmer adds a little bit of extra secret sauce to the look. I am not a huge fan of the quads (most are too warm for me), but I do loves me some singles. Do you have Chanel Slate? That's a nice mushroomy taupe shade.

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  3. Could you please swatch it together with the wonderful Chanel Taupe Grisé? I love Taupe Grisé, and since I dont have a limitless make-up budget, I need to see the "major" difference between the two of them, so that I can justify the investment. :)

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  4. Ohh I was looking at this shadow at the chanel counter last time I was there, I was so tempted but I think you may have tipped me over the edge! :)

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  5. Like I need another reason to buy more Chanel..... I will be needing this for sure!

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  6. That is a beautiful taupe!! For some reason I really struggle with taupes. They don't seem to flatter me. Maybe this one will be "the one"!

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  7. What a beauty! Is it at all similar to LMdB Corinthian? Maybe it's a little more pink.

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  8. Thank you, Elvira. I certainly DO need this.

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  9. This is beautiful, I absolutely love the purple undertone in it. It's stunning on you for sure. I wonder how long us poor US girls will have to wait to see this beauty? Thanks again for another taupe temptation!

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  10. The color is gorgeous! Very different from Taupe Gris which I love, but in a shimmery purple way.

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  11. I just saw this one at the Chanel counter during the weekend and was totally smitten! Thanks to you, I might have to go back and get it now. Darn.

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  12. They need to hurry up and release this already. That is love, love, love!

    Love,
    A taupe lover

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  13. I want that pudding, not the Taupe... :-)

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  14. This taupe is indeed very subtle and elegant... And it suits you so well !

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  15. I swatched Fauve today on my hand and on my NC15 skin (that has tanned a bit) it looks very, very silvery purple, specially in the sunlight. On my skin it seems to be pretty similar to Inglot Pearl 420 but with different texture and more apparent brownish undertone. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/hongatar/5707287545/). It is a very special colour that might just be my first Chanel eyeshadow ;)

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  16. Gorgeous! I can't wait for that to show up here.

    My father grew up in the Netherlands - yeah, their sweets and food are quite delicious!

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  17. Fauve is such a gorgeous shade! Glad you did a search comparison too. Xo.

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  18. Such a pretty color! And as usual, beautiful on you. I, like Perilously Pale , struggle a bit with taupes...they tend to disappear on me. However, I'm going to be heading to my Chanel counter to see if they'll slap a little on me just to see if this one turns out to be "the" taupe that works!

    Shannon

    Lipstick Musings

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