I recently purchased a lovely eyeshadow pen from Chanel – the Chanel Stylo Fresh Effect Eyeshadow, in shade ‘147 Caroube’ and costs £23. It’s a gorgeous brown-y, shimmery plum colour, for want of a better description. I initially wanted to buy the ‘127 Laurier Rose’ which is, as the name suggests, a rosie peach colour and is very pretty. But when I tried the different shades on my hand, the 127 looked like it could be a bit tricky to wear – you know when pinky/peachy eyeshadows sometimes make you look like you have some kind of weird conjunctivitis thing going on? And to be fair, I currently own a Chanel peach eyeshadow, so I thought I would play it safe with the 147, and I’m so glad I did. It’s a super flattering shade if you’re after that lovely smokey eye look, and it’s a dream to apply.
The Stilo Eyeshadows are supposed to be “long wearing” with a “lightweight, water-infused formula” which “glides on effortlessly and cools lids at the touch for instant comfort”. I found this to be true – it just glides on and it does feel very cooling and refreshing upon application, and no brushes required (unless you want to use one to smudge it out a bit). It did last pretty much all day for me when I was out and about, although I haven’t tried it on a night out yet so it would be interesting to see if it still stays on through all the dancing and merriment. It bled slightly into my eye sockets (that sounds weird saying that but not sure how else to describe it!) possibly because it was a hot day, but I think if I put eyeshadow primer on underneath it would be fine. There are five shades of this particular eyeshadow: the 127 and 147 mentioned above; a purple shade called “107 Campanule”, an aqua blue shade called “117 Azulejo” and an olive green shade called (funnily enough) “137 Olivine”. I think for me, being fair with blonde hair and green eyes, the purple shade may be a bit much as would the aqua shade, but I’d like to try the olive one.