Ingredients matter but equally important is the texture. Back in 2009 when CHANEL launched their iconic Illusion d’Ombre they where pioneers when it came to developing gel-based eyeshadows with a bouncy cream texture. Since then many brands have tried to follow suit. Today the extensive range features both matte, semi-velvet and sparkling shadows!
For 2017, CHANEL Global Creative Makeup and Colour Designer Lucia Pica launched an addition to manifest the art of layering: Ombre Première – longwear cream eyeshadows with a satin finish and bouncy gel texture.
12 new shades to either apply with your fingers for an easy on-the-go look providing this significant sheer texture that blends into your eyelid like a second skin, or for a more pigmented finish; apply the product with a synthetic bristle brush. Where as the former Illusion d’Ombre sometimes get accused of being a bit too sparkly for daytime wear, the satin-finish of the Ombre Première shadows allows you to layer with a smooth powder eyeshadow on top without the risk of getting an outdated glittery look for your next business meeting. I would say that the entire range is very “office appropriate” in terms of colours. Pictured above is #820Memory, a warm crème brûlée shade with a pink undertone. Paired with a dark brown eyeliner it creates a beautiful and subtle look for the sophisticated woman.
As always with CHANEL, the composition is unique and will most likely be followed by other brands. Even though the texture is satin to dry, a blend of oils adds softness to the texture and with that making the product “melt” upon application. Featuring the highest concentration of ultra-pure pigments I still experience the product as sheer; for the good! Last year we saw so many super pigmented eye products launch. I think it is lovely that for those who don’t seek a Huda/ABH look there are some elegant high-end alternatives on the market. Best of it all (at least in my opinion as someone with sensitive eyes and wearer of glasses and contacts: the products are all Ophthalmologist tested; hence suitable for contact lens wearers! ♥