Chanel Complice Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow
Chanel Complice Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($28.50 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “soft peach.” It’s a soft, delicate peach with a subtle hint of pink. The finish is highly frosted, borderline metallic. MAC Fusion Gold is slightly darker. theBalm Stubborn is very similar but less shimmery. MAC Nubile is a little lighter. MAC Orb is similar but has a nearly matte finish. Urban Decay Scratch is barely pinker and has more of a sheen. theBalm Luscious Lani is more metallic and peachy.
This kind of shade usually receives two types of responses: “This is my holy grail everyday shade!” and “This is SO dupeable, who would ever pay that much for it?” Complice is a dupeable shade to say the least! There were numerous dupes (mentioned above) that were very, very close. I think what will set it apart for those who typically purchase high-end is the texture. Chanel’s Soft Touch Eyeshadows are exactly that: soft to the touch; insanely finely-milled to the point that they almost feel like a cream, because they’re so soft and buttery. They tend to melt against the skin once applied. It is a great everyday shade, because it brightens and wakes up the most tired eyes with its slightly warm, shimmery look.
When I wore Complice for wear, it wore for a full eight hours without creasing, whether over a primer or on bare lids. The color payoff was a little sheer when I swatched it initially, but it was mostly opaque on the lid when I applied it with a brush. It definitely looked best when applied over a primer, though.
P.S. — I hope to review the other shades from the fall collection, but my order from Nordstrom’s is still in transit so sit tight. 🙂