|Chanel packaging is refined and luxurious; the glass pot is heavy and sturdy, and the shadow comes with a brush that is actually pretty useful, especially for lining.|
|Blurred, so you can see the sparkles!|
In terms of application, I'd say your best bets are your fingers or a sponge-tipped applicator. The brush it comes with is great for lining your eyes; you can turn it on its edge a bit to shade in your lids, but that's not the easiest or most efficient way of going at it. Using your finger to shade in areas covers a lot of surface area, but it's not the easiest to control exactly where the shadow goes with this method (and there's no need to stick your finger directly in the pot! You can just dab some out of the pot with the brush, pop that on your eye, and then spread with a clean finger). Fluffy, big brushes with soft bristles don't pick up much shadow at all, so I wouldn't recommend that. Basically - use the brush it comes with for lining your eyes, or for looks that require thin lines and precision (it's actually not a bad brush for that), and a sponge-tipped applicator or your finger to spread it all over the lid. Once applied, it sets, and I didn't notice any creasing though I did experience some smudging when I wore it as liner. The sparkles don't flake off excessively though, which is nice.
This is a permanent addition to the Chanel line, so you can start storing pennies to save up for a pot of your very own! I wanted to jump on them as soon as they came out, but waited, convinced myself I didn't need them, waited some more, and then gave in and went for it. No regrets here! I think this color is the most unique of the six that have been released so far, so I'm not after any others right now. I will say, though, that a little goes a long way! I used this on a top-secret-not-really EOTD look, and just a teeny tiny bit was enough to cover both eyes in a razzle-dazzle manner (stay tuned. That look is coming up soon!).
Try it if: You want a luxurious, smooth, versatile black cream shadow.
Skip it if: You're not a sparkle person - this is packed with the sparklies.
$36 for 0.14 oz at Chanel counters or Chanel.com.