Chanel Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette ($80) from the Synthetic de Chanel – Holiday 2016 Collection Libre
I’ve always thought of myself as an independent-minded person. You know, the type that won’t do something just because everyone else is doing it or because someone tells them to.
But, beauty-wise, there’s one exception to that:
Everything Chanel launches I want.
Even things I didn’t consider before, like the matte baby pink nail polish in their Holiday 2016 Collection Libre. I’ve always disliked matte nails and I’ve never been a fan of baby pink, but I’d more than happily wear Chanel‘s Velvet Nail Color in Pink Rubber!
Or, usually, I don’t get particularly excited about cool-toned eyeshadows, but as soon as I saw the Architectonic palette from the same Synthetic de Chanel Holiday collection, I knew that I had to have it!
The Chanel Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette features some pretty original shades for the Holidays, eh?
Isn’t it beautiful?
With the matte blue shade on the left, it was literally love at first sight. I had been looking for that exact point of blue for ages, but when I first swatched it on the back of my hand I was a little disappointed, as it didn’t transfer to the skin really well.
Luckily, it’s a whole different story when applied to the lids over my trusty NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. It’s the first eyeshadow formula I’ve tried that applies better with a brush on the lids (I use a flat firm synthetic brush) than when swatched with fingers. Which I’m definitely not complaining about!
Swatches of the Chanel Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette from the Synthetic de Chanel – Holiday 2016 Collection Libre. It took some layering for the two blues to look fully opaque on my arm, but, like I said, these shadows perform a lot better on the lids!
I really had never tried a formula like this before! It feels so creamy to the touch (on the outer box it says that it’s a cream-to-powder formula) and has only minor fallout.
Here’s my favorite look I’ve created with the Chanel Architectonic palette so far:
The Chanel Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette is providing a very nice break from my usual warm tones
To achieve it:
- I’ve started by applying the platinum grey (middle shade) on the mobile lid and blending it out into the crease.
- Then I’ve lined my waterline with the Urban Decay Glide-On 24/7 Eye Pencil in Mainline,
- which I’ve then blended out using the matte blue (first shade from the left) along the lower lashline.
- And I’ve also used the same blue shade to line the outer part of my upper lashline.
- To finish off the look I’ve patted the silver shadow (first from the right) in the inner corner, before applying two coats of Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes mascara.
Even though I’ll probably still wear gold on the eyes and red on the lips for Christmas, I really appreciate that Chanel has launched something completely unusual for the Holiday season
And this is the rest of the makeup I used:
- Complexion: Make Up For Ever Step1 Skin Equalizer Mattifying Primer, Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet Foundation in Beige 10, Sisley Phytocernes Eye Éclat Concealer in 02 and Deborah Radiance Creator Highlighting Concealer in 01 Light (under-eye area), Catrice Camouflage Cream in 010 Ivory (blemishes), puroBIO Indissoluble Compact Powder in 01, Urban Decay Beached Bronzer in Sun-Kissed, KIKO Desert Dunes Trio Baked Blush in 01 Lust Coral.
- Brows: NABLA Brow Divine in Uranus, Diego Dalla Palma Eyebrow Gel.
- Lips: NYX Chunky Dunk Hydrating Lippie in Hibiscus Tea Punch (which actually looks less coral and more brown than in these pictures).
Despite it hasn’t replaced my beloved Chanel Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad in 268 Candeur Et Experience in my heart (my favorite, EVERRR), the Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette is a very welcome addition to my eyeshadow collection. VERY welcome.
And the Chanel obsession continues…
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