How much fun can grey and black eyeshadows, a clear gloss, a mascara top coat, and a blue nail polish be? As it turned out, I had an amazing time with Chanel Blue Rhythm de Chanel! You might think it’s nothing too special, but I beg to differ. It’s the same, only different!
Just a quick recap: Chanel Blue Rhythm de Chanel is a capsule summer collection that puts the spotlight on the eyes. As you might expect, there are a lot of blue pieces in the collection. I wasn’t overly inspired by the grey/black ones that I received, but I ended up liking them a lot more than I thought I would!
Let’s begin with *Chanel Tissé Smoky Les 4 Ombres (246. RRP in Belgium: 50 euros). While the color story has been done by literally every brand out there, Tissé Smoky stands out because of the excellent execution and multi-dimensional shimmer. All four shades swatch and work well. The look I am showing you was done by layering them over a little black base, but they are beautiful and easy to use on their own. There is little to no fallout, which is great considering how metallic and shimmery some of these shades are. All the shades blend together easily without over-blending: it’s smokey eye made easy!
Chanel Tissé Smoky Les 4 Ombres swatch:
If you can’t get enough of black, *Chanel Midnight Ombre Essentielle (Soft Touch Eyeshadow. 118. RRP: 29 euros) offers an even more densely-pigmented option here.
I almost never use black eyeshadows because I find it too easy to go overboard with them, and a lot of them are simply too difficult to blend out. I only own a couple other black eyeshadows, including Urban Decay Blackout (Naked2) and Dior Bar 5 Couleurs. Midnight outperforms the black in the Bar quint easily. It is not as intense as Blackout, but I find the texture softer and much easier to blend. I have almost never used Blackout for that reason.
Chanel Midnight Ombre Essentielle swatch:
Midnight produces no fallout (just tap your brush as usual). It is intense enough for me and easy to dose right!
The one item from Blue Rhythm people kept telling me about is *Chanel Jazzy Blue Sparkling Mascara Top Coat (RRP: limited edition. RRP: 31 euros). This shimmery turquoise can be layered on top of your regular mascara for a fun iridescent effect.
For the look, I used a bit of black base before layering the silver from Tissé Smoky in the inner third, the grey in the center, and the black in the outer third. I highlighted the inner corners with white and lined the lower lash line with the grey. For extra intensity, I blended Midnight into the outer v. For the finishing touch, I added a careful coat of Jazzy Blue over my regular mascara:
In a normal viewing distance, the shimmer almost makes the the silver and grey flash blue!
It is a no-brainer to pair a smokey eye with a nude lip. Chanel takes a nude lip one step further with *Chanel Gloss Volume (RRP: 29 euros), an unscented clear gloss that tingles mildly as you put it on. The texture feels great on the lips, and it does make the lips look fuller after a little while.
Now here is the love-at-first-sight piece of the collection: *Chanel Vibrato Le Vernis (665. RRP: 23,50 euros). This amazing bright medium blue has the perfect consistency, and it dries glossy on its own.
Chanel Vibrato Le Vernis swatch:
Remember Dior Sailor from last summer? They are basically 98% similar. Sailor is marginally darker, and at just the right angle you see the otherwise invisible shimmer. However, I really don’t think it’s a difference normal people can see. If you missed out on Sailor or you love it so much that you are worried it will run out, grab Vibrato!
Dior Sailor/Chanel Vibrato comparison swatch:
Here are a few more photos of the final look:
I applied a little bit of Clinique Curviest Caramel Chubby Stick Intense before Chanel Gloss Volume, and I had Chanel Accent Joues Contraste on my cheeks.
What type of smokey eye do you usually do? I like to apply a darker cream product all over, before adding a little light in the inner corners, center of the lid, as well as blending some matte eyeshadow into the outer v/crease. The placement I did here seems to elongate the eyes. I’m sure you can pull it out further if you want!