The Eyes Have It

Chanel Les 4 Ombres 2014It’s all about the eyes at the moment. whether you like dramatic colour – as depicted by Chanel in this beautiful shot that shows off the gorgeous greeny-blue Tisse Venitien palette from their recently launched 2014 Eyes Collection – or whether you prefer to go natural, with just a slick of mascara.

Chanel has reformulated their classic Les 4 Ombres palette (£40), which was first introduced in 1982. I have to say, I wasn’t a fan of the previous incarnation: its hard little boules of colour were always, I found, difficult to work with and didn’t last. The new formula is much more user-friendly: it has a softer and longer-lasting texture, and it has an intense concentration of pigments. Used dry, the eyeshadows can provide a wash of colour or be built up and blended. Used wet, the colour is ultra-dramatic. The new collection has been inspired by tweed, the fabric most strongly identified with the House of Chanel – and there are eight gorgeous colourways to choose from.

My favourite item in the new Chanel Eyes Collection is a limited edition version of the fab Le Volume Waterproof Mascara (£24) – the Vert Grise shade, a Clients|Cliniquemurky greeny-grey shade which I think works very well with blue eyes. Mind you, I’m a bit of a sucker for all shades of Le Volume!

Its only serious rival at the moment is the latest mascara offering from Clinique – its Lash Power Feathering Mascara (£18; www.clinique.co.uk), a smudge-proof formula with a brush which creates a soft, feathery effect on the lashes. The look is quite subtle but I found that the Black Onyx shade (there is also a Dark Chocolate variation) intensified the effect of my eyeliner, making my eyes stand out more – even with no other eye make-up…

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