January 06, 2013

Chic Shopaholic: Notorious for CHANEL

Inspired by the Autumn/Winter 2012 fashion show, CHANEL released a small makeup collection called Contrastes Essentielles de CHANEL. It consisted a sought after product, Ombre Contraste Sculpting Veil for Eyes and Cheeks and as I love to contour and highlight, I had to get this before it was sold out it since it's a limited edition product.

The color is named Notorious, a medium taupe-grey with mauve undertones. It's a great color for contouring as it mimics the natural shading we find in our facial bone structure. You can use it on the hollows of your cheeks and along your jaw line to make your face more chiseled, as well as in the socket of the crease of the eyes as an eyeshadow to define the eyes. It has a satin finish that is velvety smooth and easy to blend, it's not quite matte but there's no noticeable shimmer. I actually like the finish as it doesn't make the skin look completely flat and just blends in seamlessly. Little goes a long way, too much of it especially under the cheekbones can make you look like a corpse. Even though it's very pigmented, it works best on fair to light medium skin tones. On tan to darker complexions, it may not show up much on the cheeks but it would probably work on the eyes.

Like all CHANEL compacts, it comes in a black velvet slip cover which I like to still keep for when I want to travel with it and protect it from breaking or getting dirty. The compact includes a small flat rectangular brush which would probably work just fine in a pinch but I prefer to use M.A.C 168 Large Angle Contour Brush for the cheeks and either M.A.C 217 Blending Brush or 224 Tapered Blending Brush for the eyes.

At the CHANEL boutique, the SA threw in a sample of the new Le Volume de Chanel Mascara in 10 Noir. It has natural bristles with a flexible neck, the size of the brush not being too wide and fits the eye comfortably. I've noticed thickness to my lashes but not much length. It didn't smudge or flake but unfortunately it didn't hold a curl which is important for my straight Asian lashes.

Overall, I think Notorious is a nice product. Contouring should be natural looking, giving depth and definition but in a subtle way. It shouldn't deposit too much color, unlike bronzer, which some people like to use to contour, is actually meant to add warmth to the skin. There are so many other brands that make contouring products now days for a lot cheaper (M.A.C recently coming out with them), that this one is more of a luxury item for the brand name. If you were able to grab a hold of Notorious, what are your thoughts on it? What is your favorite product to contour?

Glamour Girl

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