One spring trend that has been raved about left and right is blue eye makeup. From robin egg to navy, this is a trend that has simultaneously piqued my interest and skepticism. Back in high school I was quick to adopt a blue eye makeup look (see here and here if you want photographic evidence), which is why the look evokes both nostalgia and a bit of, well, cringing. Eek. But when I saw that Chanel was touting the blue eye makeup trend this season, my skepticism melted into temptation. If you're going to jump on a bandwagon, might as well be one as chic as Chanel's! ;)
So my foray back into blue eye makeup has been ushered in with the incredibly fun, sleek, and elegant Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow in Fascination. As with all Chanel products, it came packaged in a chic black and gold box:
The palette itself is sleek and slightly reflective, with a label on the back and the iconic interlocking "C"s on the front:
And a peek inside! The compact features a decently-sized mirror, two sponge applicators, and a logo-embossed cover to keep the eye shadows fresh:
Here's a shot of the eye shadows themselves. As you can see, Fascination features dome-shaped eye shadows in four distinct shades: a cool-toned pale grey, a cheery sky blue with gold shimmer and lavender undertones, a mid-tone charcoal, and a nearly-black deep navy:
|Chanel Fascination Eye Shadow Quad|
And swatches! Starting with the shade in the top right of the palette and working counter-clockwise:
|Swatches for the Chanel Fascination Eye Shadow Quad, against my NC15 skin tone|
As you can see, the silver shade is quite pale and semi-sheer, the blue and charcoal shades are slightly more pigmented, and the navy-black is fully opaque. Each have different levels of sheen to them, with the deepest shade being closest to matte and the bright blue shade the most shimmery of the lot. These swatches were all applied with a dry sponge applicator, but apparently you can wet the brush/sponge to make the colours more intense. I've yet to try this, but looking forward to giving it a go!
The palette even comes with a little booklet that describes the function of the palette, as well as 5 different ways you can utilize the shades to create varying looks. It's not a necessary addition to the palette, but it would definitely be a handy resource for someone new to makeup and seeking some tips. And of course the descriptions are incredibly appealing- who wouldn't want to play with a palette that offers "a perfect harmony of luminous, contrasting shades for a makeup look that can go from ultra-natural to extremely sophisticated "?
Overall, I'm pretty happy that I've warmed to the blue eye shadow craze and am looking forward to incorporating this palette into my makeup routine. Look out for a Look of the Day featuring the Fascination quad soon!
Is this a palette you would buy? Any other spring trend that are capturing your interest at the moment?