Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Rose Favorite from the Versailles de Chanel Cruise 2012-2013 Makeup Collection

Chanel's new, limited-edition Rose Favorite Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($28.50) from the Versailles de Chanel Cruise Collection is the kind of eye color that will provoke extreme reactions. You will either love it or leave it. Those who don't wear pink well on their eyes probably won't take a second look. Those who do will want it. I may wear it as a blush. I would need a very talented makeup artist to show me how to use it without the usual result: looking like an albino bunny.

I took my swatch photos in full sun. I used a sponge-tipped applicator to apply it moderately at the top of my arm. My photos were taken in very late afternoon sun.

As you can see clearly, it's pink - very pink. There are no undertones of peach or brown. It's a clear pink that reinforces the theme for spring we are all seeing across the spring collections: pink.

It was so cold when I was taking these photos, I had my coat rolled up right below the swatch. I'm surprised I didn't have goosebumps. I can see the veins in my arm trying to deliver warmth to my fingertips. The eye shadow color wasn't warming me - or my heart. I wanted to snap the photos as quickly as possible and zoom back inside.

Rose Favorite is a matte eye shadow. If applied lightly, some women will find it a nice pop of color or even a base shade when combined with other, more neutral shades for a spring look.

The other items in the Versailles Collection are re-promotes. The Chanel boutique told me the Rouge Coco Shine shade is Boy, although I've seen blogs were it was identified as Evasion. Either way, rose pink. The Joues Contraste Powder Blush is Rose Pétale, a blush that's very similar in color to this Rose Favorite eye shadow. Les Vernis in Tendresse is a transparent pastel pink.

You can purchase the Versailles Collection at Chanel boutiques. I purchased mine from Chanel on 57th Street in New York. You can call any Chanel boutique in the United States (or Paris) to order it. I understand that one reader was unable to order from the boutique in Las Vegas because she had not previously been a customer. Although I have ordered from New York in the past, I was not asked the question when I ordered the two new pieces from this collection.

Photos by Best Things in Beauty


Mara said...

Wow, that is a truly beautiful color but I doubt I would use it as an eyeshadow - rather as a blush as you suggest!

Charlestongirl said...

Hi Mara,

I applied it as a blush this morning. VERY pretty.

lovethescents said...

Oh, I think I would wear this exclusively as a blush. How does a formula made for eyeshadow compare to what Chanel does for a blush, when worn as a blush? That was a difficult to word question, but I think you might understand me :-)

Charlestongirl said...

Hi Lovethescents,

It works perfectly as a blush, even though it was made to be an eyeshadow. When you get right down to it, powder is powder. Unless a company warns against using a blush as shadow, you can. There is no reason to avoid putting something you can use next to your eyes on your cheeks. :)

Anonymous said...

Nice idea to use it as a blush, however on speaking to my local Chanel counter today they don't seem to think we're getting it in the UK :(
I hope they're wrong as I love the palette.


LoveSugarBabyDoll said...

i know i can't wear pink eye shadow- yet i always try. i'll have to avoid the Chanel Boutique for a while. the highlighter is so tempting....

Charlestongirl said...

Hi Anne,

Can you order from Paris?

Charlestongirl said...


Aww, you could easily walk right by this eye shadow, while picking up your illuminating powder. :)

Anonymous said...

I'm going to the counter at the weekend so hopefully they'll have better news for me then. I'm not sure my schoolgirl French would stand up to the challenge - cross your fingers for me :)


Charlestongirl said...

Anne, I'm told there is a woman at the Paris boutique who speaks English beautifully.

Anonymous said...

Many thanks CG. I'll give it a try :)