Chanel Gris Exquis Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

Chanel Gris Exquis Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow
Chanel Gris Exquis Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Gris Exquis Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Gris Exquis Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($28.50 for 0.07 oz.) is a limited edition single eyeshadow described as “an elegant dove grey.” The Soft Touch formula is finely milled and can be applied wet or dry. Gris Exquis has a soft, silky feel against the skin, and the softness enables it to apply smoothly and blend out easily. It’s a satiny medium-dark gray–it doesn’t lean blue or brown. I like how it doesn’t venture into charcoal territory, but it’s also not too light that it starts looking silvery. theBalm’s Inspirational looks more gunmetal-like and has a more metallic finish. Inglot #339 comes the closest but almost looks a bit purpled around the edges in comparison.

It’s packaged in a shiny black plastic that is rectangular in shape and comes with a black sponge-tipped applicator.  Inside the compact, the upper half also has a compact-sized mirror.  I do find the overall size of the compact larger than necessary to house the eyeshadow–there is still a good amount of excess on the sides of the sponge-tipped applicator (which is wider than the eyeshadow pan).   You get a good amount given it is a single, but you’ll likely want to love the color before plunking down $28.50 for it.

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Chanel Gris Exquis Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow
Chanel Gris Exquis Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Gris Exquis Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow
Chanel Gris Exquis Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Gris Exquis Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow
Chanel Gris Exquis Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Gris Exquis Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow
Chanel Gris Exquis Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Gris Exquis Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow
Chanel Gris Exquis Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow

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Reviewer

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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A very classy color by Chanel…with no glitter, shimmer….just a very basic color…..funny now that I see more of their products to be MADE IN FRANCE like it should be. It is a French couture name after all….The cost is indicative of buying this brand. Wish it would go back doing duos again….Funny Cleu de Peau costs more than this.

$28.50 may seem like a lot of money, but you’re getting around 2 grams of product. If you’re a fan of Chanel & plan on using Gris Exquis a couple of times a week, then this eyeshadow would be great for you.

However, the color is not unique enough to me and I rarely wear greys. So, I won’t be getting it.

Lovely color! Now this is something I would buy, even though it’s not super unique, is classic and can be used in several looks. If I’m going to pay this much for an eyeshadow, must be something I can use a lot otherwise it’s a waste of money.

I don’t think grey looks that good on me. It also has a bit of blue in it, well at least that’s what I see on my monitor, and blue looks awful on me!

Holy feck that compact is huge – it looks as big as the one for the blush, how overkill!

It’s a pretty shade of gray, but still a pass for me.

WOW. If there were an eyeshadow I’d spend this much on, it would be this one. The colour is so incredibly pigmented and a really true grey. Great job on describing the colour, Christine.

I SO badly wish they would make this permanent! I’m on a no-buy at the moment, but if this was a part of the permanent line I’d wear it every. single. day.
 
Or at least most days per week! XD

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