Oooh, baby! That's what one of my buddies always says when he contemplates a windfall, like winning the lottery. That's what came to my mind when I saw Chanel's Les 4 Ombres, Ombres à Paupières Quatuor in Éclosion ($52) from the Harmonie de Printemps Collection for Spring 2012. Oooh, baby! The colors offer a beautiful harmony for spring's joyful re-awakening.
If I could have a duo with the two shades on the left side of Éclosion (#34), I might have one of those happiest-gals-on-earth moments. Gleaming peach and light taupe, combined, for a look that flatters blue eyes like little else. There's something for everyone in Éclosion. The left side of the palette is my "gift." The other two shades? Nice - really nice - but they are almost a bonus.
Let's take a look at the swatches. My photos were taken in full sun, and I applied the shades heavily with a sponge-tipped applicator. We'll use a brush to apply them properly - and with a lighter hand. I swatched clockwise, starting at the top left in the compact.
At the top, the divine, gleaming (not glittering) peach makes me have palpitations. Not only is it gorgeous on the eyelids, it's even a flattering blush or highlighter. Could I have a baking pan full of it, please? The sparkling light beige next to the peach in the compact is close to my skin tone. Fortunately, it offers more than sparkle if you build the color. Work at it if your skin is light, and you'll see a slightly peach-toned color that's beautiful with every other color in the palette. You may actually want to use a sponge-tipped applicator to apply this shade. It will show you the color, not just pretty little sparklies.
The brown-leaning plum shade is a great liner on me. It's also a wonderful layering shade when applied with the right brush (long, loose hairs, such as Le Métier de Beauté's crease brush, favored by Dustin Lujan). The gleaming light taupe? Steady my heart, it doesn't get much better. There may even be a hint of peach pigment in the taupe. It complements the peach shade so well, it may contain a pigment that's a distant cousin. I'll take a baking pan full of the light taupe too, please.
I'll get a lot of use out of this eye shadow quad. While I may not reach for the brown-plum shade often (that's not one of the best eye colors for me), I suspect I'll wear out the other three shades - unless I can find someone at Chanel who would be willing to supply those baking pans. I'm feeling a fatal attraction to Éclosion (fatal to my bank account). Surely Chanel would consider my euphoria to be a priority!
What do you think? Is an affair with Éclosion in your future? You should be able to fall in love at your nearest Chanel counter. The Harmonie de Printemps Collection for Spring 2011 is on display at Neiman Marcus Tysons Galleria, where I bought my new favorites.
Photos by Best Things in Beauty