Chanel Complice Soft Touch Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

Chanel Complice Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow
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. 🙂

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Chanel Complice Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow
Chanel Complice Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Complice Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow
Chanel Complice Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Complice Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow
Chanel Complice Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Complice Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow
Chanel Complice Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Complice Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow
Chanel Complice Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Complice Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow
Chanel Complice Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Complice Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow
Chanel Complice on lid, Le Metier de Beaute Goldstone in crease

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Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Can you please tell me how you made that gorgeous gold tone eyeliner? It it just Goldstone applied with an eyeliner brush??? Just beautiful!!! 🙂

I think I’m in the “This is my HG every day shade” camp. It’s a gorgeous shade and I think would work well on me. I wasn’t planning on getting any of the eyeshadows from this collection but may have to revise that…

I may have to rethink – I just realized I have theBalm Luscious Lani, it’s in Shady Lady vol. 1. So maybe I don’t need this after all 🙂

Some of Chanel products have a special place in my heart……especially the single shadows.  My first Chanel was a duo in fuscia pink and purple eyeshadow.   Though I dont buy Chanel anymore, it is always nice to see the reviews.  If I buy Chanel, it is for the name…..because all the products come in the same packaging dated back to the ’70s.  Other brands have changed the design over the years…but not Chanel.

I had a Chanel eyeshadow back in high school, and the texture didn’t impress me very much (and I was pretty much using DS and mid-level brands at the time). Perhaps they’ve changed the formula over the years, but it’s not worth the pricepoint to try again, especially for a shade so “dupeable”. That said, it is a lovely shade, but I have UD Scratch, and the texture on those shadows is divine.

Will you also be reviewing the Rose Initiale blush?  If so can you compare it to the Spring Blush Horizon de Chanel? When I tested Rose Initiale in the store it seemed very similar to the Horizon blush when swirled together.

While I’ve got more than my fair share of shadows that are close to this or even identical (once they’re on the lid, seems to me that little differences are not truly discernible), I am very tempted to pick this one up.

1st thought: Wow, that is beautiful. 2nd thought: Yes, but there are lots of dupes. 3rd thought: I don’t actually have any of the dupes mentioned…
 
This looks like a beautiful go-anywhere shade. I love the shimmer- it looks much smoother than a lot of frostier finishes. 

This actually appears to be very close to the way UD Sin wears on me (a little softer and more neutral, mayhaps?), which would actually bring it close to HG status if I didn’t already have two UD palettes that had Sin included.  Still a very pretty shade, so I might give it a look anyway.  🙂

This looks a lot like UD’s Booty Call, which I wear every day!  I’m very pale but it makes me look awake on little sleep.  Very pretty!

I absolutely love the finish on this eyeshadow and this pains me because it’s a ridiculous price and there are probably a million dupes out there all far less expensive.  However, duping the colour is one, but duping the subtlety of the finish is another.  I might cave..  eventually..  
 
I went through the same anguish with TF Platinum cream eyeshadow and eventually bought it and wear is pretty much everyday.. so…  
 
note how I can justify buying sh*t so easily??  

 @wwendalynne  @Christine (Temptalia) I swatched it in Nordstrom’s yesterday and I have to say, Christine, I totally get what you’re saying about the finish and quality of this eyeshadow — it made be dupable, but it’s absolutely stunning in person. One of the softest eyeshadows I’ve ever used, and it was so easy to blend! 

Bonjour Temptalia,Merci pour tous tes swatch qui m’aident très souvent à me déterminer dans mes choix. Je suis une addict de Mac et Make up for ever. I like your swatchs…Thanks

Sure, the color is easy to dupe but not the texture, finish, or wearability. I have a few of the colors Christine mentioned (I love peach) and, although they come close in color, they are not really the same in overall appearance and effect. Since getting Complice, the others have been pushed out of rotation. BTW, if you didn’t like Chanel’s formula before, go and swatch the new colors from the fall collection. You’ll be very impressed with the change.

I also caved!! Hahaha Psyched got brand new on eBay for $20 & free shipping also got the Le Metier de Beaute in Goldstone cause they look so beautiful together on Christine!! Can’t wait to try it out thanks!! 🙂

Are you going to review eclaire (also from Fall 2012) anytime soon? I just bought it and given how bad the other shadows from this season (furtif….yikes!) I’m wondering if I should exchange it in for complice. What do you think?

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