Chantecaille eyeshadows are a thing of beauty. I’ve mentioned it before (when swatching the Bengali palette, for instance), but they’re so finely milled, they’re really a pleasure to swatch (and wear). These potted shadows are $28 each, but you can buy refill pans for $21, as well as 3-pan mirrored palettes for $39.50 (brush included), or 8-pan mirrored palettes for $48 (brush included). Today we’re looking at 1/3 of the current Chantecaille shades.
Chantecaille recently revamped their eyeshadow. They created some new shades and discontinued some old shades — a decision that was partly a company-wide shift to paraben-free products (not to get into a huge discussion, but as far as I know, there is no conclusive science on the dangers of parabens, and they are in everything. I just didn’t want anybody to panic). You might not find the old shades at your counter, but for the moment, you can still find a lot of those colors on their website. As a side-note, Chantecaille’s new lipstick packaging, with the slanted tube, designates a paraben-free product.
Crystal is a new shade, a shimmery blue-purple grey. Turquoise is a shimmery aqua. Coriander is a beautiful, soft, rose-dust brown. Rose Gold is a high-shimmer coppery brown. Jungle is shimmery green with a gold sheen. Bois is a shimmery, very warm brown. Jasper is another new shade, shimmery, similar to Bois, but deeper. Then Granite, Zinc, Basalt, Patchouli, and Sel form this cluster of taupey-neutral heaven. Granite is shimmery (and the most sheer of these). Zinc is matte, and cooler than Patchouli, which is slightly warmer, a hair more red. As I’m sure you predicted, I love all five of these. Basalt and Sel are also new shades.