Sunday, July 25th, 2010

Chanel Cassis Eyeliner
Chanel Cassis Eyeliner

Just a Hint of Plum

Chanel Cassis Eyeliner ($28.00 for 0.01 oz.) is a smoked plum with subtle red undertones in Chanel’s long-wearing, waterproof liner formula. It really is a lovely color, and it applies evenly with good pigmentation. There’s also a built-in sharpener, and I love that you can twist the eyeliner up and down (sometimes it only goes up!).

I’m continually surprised at how little product is included in twist-up eyeliners–it’s typically 0.02 oz. or so–while pencil eyeliners run around 0.04 oz. I’ve only finished one eyeliner in my life (MAC Graphblack, which is also a twist-up eyeliner); and going off memory, I know that, despite daily usage, I didn’t run through it in a matter of days–probably around two or three months. I am curious as to why they’re only designed to fit that much, though. I don’t feel like I use any less/more between twist-up/pencil liners! Anyway, this is to point out that you’re only getting 0.01 oz., which is below average, so if you’re looking for a daily eyeliner, you might want to prepare yourself for frequent repurchasing.

The formula of this eyeliner is excellent, and if you’ve had trouble with eyeliner staying in place, you may want to test drive Chanel sometime (they also have several other lovely shades). It is, indeed, waterproof. It wears all day without smudging, budging, or fading. It doesn’t stick well on my waterline (just an hour or two), but it stays put on my lower lash line. I wore it across my crease (rather than my upper lash line to avoid irritation), and it didn’t crease there either.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 5/5

RECOMMENDATION: For a nice, long-wearing plummy shade, Chanel’s Cassis makes a nice choice–if you don’t mind the price tag.

AVAILABILITY: Saks

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Chanel Cassis Eyeliner
Chanel Cassis Eyeliner

Chanel Cassis Eyeliner
Chanel Cassis Eyeliner

Chanel Cassis Eyeliner
Chanel Cassis Eyeliner

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35 thoughts on “Chanel Cassis Eyeliner (Waterproof) Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Graphblack is also the only eyeliner that I could use up..

    I know this eyeliner is expensive but I can’t simply ignore it after your review! I’ll try it on me and if it really stays, then I’ll buy.

  2. Ms. Jimmi

    I’ve noticed that many products are getting smaller these days.

  3. I think it’s a gorgeous color, I wonder how it compares with Mac Prunella.

  4. Jessi G

    You always look great-but particularly gorgeous here, such a pretty look!

  5. Hend

    the color is really lovely,
    and looks amazing on u
    but in the swatch it looks a lil chalky :(

  6. Avatar of Emily Emily

    That color looks amazing on you!

  7. Avatar of Sara saralorine

    Just a thought on the pencil vs. twist-up – could be they last about the same because when you sharpen a pencil eyeliner you lose product every time. Also, I’ve run all the way through a few MAC pencil liners and there is an annoyingly large chunk at the bottom that just falls out at the end and I know I could get a few weeks out of it if only it would stick around for sharpening.

    • I thought about that, but I really have no idea!

    • Gisele

      I’ve had “chunks” fall out of eyebrow and eyeliner pencils before I even get to the end, as in the middle! One was a Dior eyebrow pencil which had so many chunks fall out while being sharpened that I threw it away and moved on to newer products. So frustrating! The twist-up type is harder to get a fine point on, though.

  8. Ashley

    What do you have on your lips and cheeks here? You look so natural and lovely!

  9. Avatar of Julia tpzhearts

    wow this really brings out your brown eyes! i have dark brown eyes too, is there a cheaper alternative to this liner?

  10. Heather

    I’ve been using this product since it’s release, and I think it’s a flattering alternative to black. I really love it. If I have to repurchase, I will, although I only wear eyeliner for special occasions.

  11. I bought this eyeliner a few weeks ago at Von Maur. I LOVE it! The color is beautiful and it wears really well. I don’t like to sharpen pencils, so I always opt for the twist-up kind. I really prefer this formula over MAC’s, although the price point is pretty steep.

  12. I love this eyeliner! I have the brown one. Too bad it’s been reduced basically to a stub because I love it so much. I’m not going to repurchase though because it is expensive.

    This eyeliner stays on my waterline pretty well (nothing stays on my waterline for long, MUFE, shu uemura, GOSH) – the only thing is that my waterline will Feel dry!

    I really do agree about your comment about how little there is and how fast you can go through it!

  13. Wendy M.

    This color is so pretty!
    Looks really good on you, Christine.

  14. Eileen

    Cassis has become my go to eyeliner this summer. In addition to being perfectly suited to the many looks that can be done with the Enigma quad, it goes well with so many other shadows. I especially like it with Chanel’s Sillage or Burberry’s Rosewood.

  15. nicci

    I got this and I really love it, especially the color…not a boring black liner! It is very long lasting, once it is on, it stays on! :)

  16. I”ve been trying to ignore this liner, but it is exactly what I have been looking for! A softer, less harsh alternative to black.

  17. Alejandra

    Well this eyeliner has just left me intrigued.I just have to get it.Yes, it’s a bit pricey but if its worth it,it’s worth it.
    Hey Christine why did you change your responses to another color?I loved it when you had the bright red.It really distinguished your responses.

  18. amelia

    it really makes your brown eyes pop :)

  19. lu

    do you think it looks like macs plumage? can you think about a mac dupe pleeeeease? :)