Chanel Carte Blanche & Penombre Ombre Premiere Top Coats Reviews & Swatches

Carte Blanche (317)

Chanel Carte Blanche (317) Ombre Premiere Top Coat ($36.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a pale white with neutral-to-warm undertones and a sparkling finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, as expected, that worked well for layering on top of other eyeshadows to add sparkle or applied all over the lid for a sparkly wash of product.

The texture felt lightly emollient but was flakier–like I could sense a bit of powder in the base but there was a moderate amount of flake-like sparkle that came off the surface. The product applied with minimal fallout, though it had the least fallout when applied with fingertips (one of the suggested methods of application per the brand). It wore well for eight hours with light fallout over time.

BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #15 (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar).Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles #8 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar).MAC Frostwinked (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).Burberry Optic White (000) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).Colour Pop Pay the Piper (LE, $4.50) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).MAC Fresh Innocence (LE, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar).Tarte Treasure (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).Sydney Grace Velvet (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).LORAC Gluten Free (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar).Giorgio Armani Day (31) (P, $39.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).

Formula Overview

$36.00/0.08 oz. – $450.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to “add a shimmering veil” over eyeshadow and can be used “alone onto eyelids for a wet effect” or on top of other eyeshadows using “fingertips or the included applicator” (which is a sponge-tipped applicator). They can definitely be patted on top of any eyeshadow to add a sparkling effect. I’d describe the actual product as semi-transparent, but there was finer shimmer and what seemed to be base pigment coming through.

The formula had semi-sheer coverage, but it could easily be built up or packed on, and if it was applied with a wet brush, it was more semi-opaque. They packed quite a bit of flatter, flecky sparkle, which tend to lay flatter and adhere better to skin than sparkly eyeshadows from a decade ago. The formula had light fallout when applied dry with a brush and more minimal fallout when applied with fingertips or the included applicator (the latter two methods being as suggested by the brand). They lasted for eight hours with light fallout over time.

 

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Penombre (327)

Chanel Penombre (327) Ombre Premiere Top Coat ($36.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a light-medium, green-leaning pewter with subtle, warm undertones and a sparkling finish. This shade had a more noticeable base pigment to it as it noticeably added color wherever it was applied, but it was still more transparent and had sheer to semi-sheer coverage in a single layer, which worked well as a “top coat.”

The texture felt smooth to the touch, lightly emollient but not too firmly packed into the pan, so it picked up well a dry brush, wet brush, fingertip, or the included applicator (the latter two are the methods suggested by the brand). The product applied evenly and blended out easily on my skin, though some of the sparkles spread a bit further than I would have wanted, so I’d recommend using smaller, more precise brushes if placement is a concern. I had very minimal fallout during application, and there was only a smidgen more after eight hours of wear.

Kat Von D Melancholia (DC, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar).Kat Von D Hairspray (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar).Sephora Ash (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar).MAC Mega-Moody (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar).Huda Beauty Smokey #4 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar).Make Up For Ever D552 Crystalline Gray Beige (P, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar).Smashbox Platinum (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar).Chanel Tisse Venitien #3 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar).NARS Silver Screen #1 (PiP, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar).LORAC Olivine (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$36.00/0.08 oz. – $450.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to “add a shimmering veil” over eyeshadow and can be used “alone onto eyelids for a wet effect” or on top of other eyeshadows using “fingertips or the included applicator” (which is a sponge-tipped applicator). They can definitely be patted on top of any eyeshadow to add a sparkling effect. I’d describe the actual product as semi-transparent, but there was finer shimmer and what seemed to be base pigment coming through.

The formula had semi-sheer coverage, but it could easily be built up or packed on, and if it was applied with a wet brush, it was more semi-opaque. They packed quite a bit of flatter, flecky sparkle, which tend to lay flatter and adhere better to skin than sparkly eyeshadows from a decade ago. The formula had light fallout when applied dry with a brush and more minimal fallout when applied with fingertips or the included applicator (the latter two methods being as suggested by the brand). They lasted for eight hours with light fallout over time.

 

Ingredients

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