Chanel Swing Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

Chanel Swing Eyeshadow
Chanel Swing Eyeshadow

Chanel Swing Eyeshadow ($29.50 for 0.05 oz.) is medium-dark, navy blue with lighter blue sparkle over a frosted finish. Make Up For Ever D222 Night Blue (DC, $21.00) is brighter, better quality (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I218 Indigo Blue (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC A Sprinkle of Blues #3 (PiP, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Moonshadow (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Chill Out (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Melt Cosmetics Tipsy (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Inglot #428 (P, $7.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Stila Vivid Sapphire (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Dior Reveuse (271) (LE, $31.00) is warmer (90% similar). Buxom Bulldog (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sydney Grace Abyss (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Tonight's Temptation #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Gamma Ray (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Midnight (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Dior Rivage #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Dose of Colors A Moment (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Sydney Grace Rendezvous (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Too Faced Bluebird (PiP, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Dark Rite (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay 501 (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

According to Chanel, the Soft Touch Eyeshadow formula can be used “dry for subtle shading” or “damped for more intense colour.” You know me, see a blue eyeshadow from a high-end brand and I just have to see if one of them will actually do it justice. It’s not winning any best-blue-eyeshadow-awards, as it could use improvement. Ultimately, the texture lacks that finely-milled, silky-smooth quality that I’d expect from this price point for a single eyeshadow. Chanel’s right on the money: it’s semi-sheer applied dry and tends to look uneven and a little patchy, as it is dry and the shimmer feels loose against the powder base, and damp application is semi-opaque and binds together better but tends to fade noticeably once it dries down. The color lasted seven hours on me before creasing, but I had fall out if I used it damp (dry didn’t have as many sparkles actually translate onto the lid).

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Chanel Swing Eyeshadow
Chanel Swing Eyeshadow

Chanel Swing Eyeshadow
Chanel Swing Eyeshadow

Chanel Swing Eyeshadow
Chanel Swing Eyeshadow

Chanel Swing Eyeshadow
Chanel Swing Eyeshadow

Chanel Swing Eyeshadow
Chanel Swing Eyeshadow

83%

Average

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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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I’m always so wary of high end blues and purples – seems like they just don’t do those shades as well. I would rather pay less for a better product from Urban Decay or Makeup Forever.

Even though these types of blue always tend to look horrid on me, with the exception of eyeliner, I feel so pained for those who can rock cobalt and electric blues, because this one isn’t any good. Especially at Chanel’s price point! ?

I swatched this in store, and it did feel kind of dry, not the worst blue shadow , but not the best either, and can’t justify $30 price. Colour Pop Kimono is listed as a dupe, but from looking at online swatches, I think Colour Pop Etiquette might be closer in color, and Etiquette got an A

Pretty much! Not the worst (well, given that they do say it is sheerer dry, that lets them off that hook, haha) but should be better.

Oh, that’s not a good one, Chanel! The colour in the pan is fantastic, and used damp it’s beautiful, but it seems they need to work on the formula for this. Pity, it looked so promising.

Yes, I see what you mean from the swatches. At this price point it is disappointing. Besides I think more people buy palettes/quads than they would buy singles. So a single has to be spectacular. Thank you again for the review.

Lol. I feel that Chanel has been really disappointing lately (if the last 2 years can be considered lately) but I had to have this eyeshadow when I saw it. I agree with everything you said about its application and payoff but I got it even after playing with it and knowing its shortcomings. What I really bought this for was to layer over black eyeliner with, which makes the blue sparkles really pop. Of course, this limits the usefulness of the eyeshadow and while I really like (subtle-ish) accent makeup, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Which is a shame really, since it’s so beautiful in the pan.

Hey, if you like it for why you bought it, it’s all good. I think of reviews as more about trying to set expectations, let people know the pros/cons, because as long as you are happy with what you bought, then I’m a happy camper 😀

It is a gorgeous shade when you start using it damp, and with a glitter adhesive, it could really pop!

I wish this review came out before i got it!
I feel like the eyeshadow is okay but not mind-blowing.

In the pan it looks stunning but on it looks a little plan and even boring compared to the pan and ad.
Im scared to use it wet because i know that usually makes eyeshadows turn hard over time and for the price i don’t want to damage it.

This is my first Chanel eyeshadow too so I have to say i feel a little disappointed …
Still debating if I should keep it or return it

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