Makeup of the Day Featuring a New Loose Eyeshadow from Chanel Fall 2023

Makeup of the Day Featuring a New Loose Eyeshadow from Chanel Fall 2023

Makeup of the Day Featuring a New Loose Eyeshadow from Chanel Fall 2023

Wearing (and loving!) Sycomore, a new loose eyeshadow from Chanel Fall/Winter 2023

I feel really good in this eye makeup, and the best part about it is it took very little time and effort to pull it together.

Apparetly that’s my makeup mantra now, ha!

I’m wearing a couple tried-and-true workhorses (a brown long-lasting gel liner from Hourglass and a plum shadow stick from Laura Mercier) and a new loose eyeshadow from Chanel, Ombre Premiere Libre in 402 Sycomore, a pearly warm golden beige.

It’s one of six loose eyeshadows launching this month in the Chanel Fall/Winter 2023 collection, and it’s just so lovely!

From Chanel PR:

OMBRE PREMIÈRE LIBRE Loose Eyeshadow Intense, Longwearing Colour

A longwearing shadow that delivers intense effects in a single swipe. Each of the 6 shades recalls the raw tones of nature, illuminated by sunlight. The creamy ultra-fine powder texture makes it easy to apply — just dab or press onto lids with the flexible sponge applicator. $40.00

If “swipe-and-go” is your style, I think you’ll like it.

Chanel Sycomore on my lids, Laura Mercier Rose Thorn on the outer corner and smudged on my upper lash line, and Hourglass Cave eyeliner on my waterlines

It comes in a small tube with a stubby sponge applicator which deposits the perfect amount of loose shadow. I pat and swipe the sponge onto my lids exactly where I want the color; it’s very easy to precisely go where you need to, which I love. Then, I use a tapered blending brush and my fingers to diffuse the edges.

It’s similar to a MAC Loose Pigment in that you get a lot of color intensity with a small amount of product, so you don’t have to sit there and build a bunch of layers.

However, I think what kicks the Chanel version up a notch is that the powder isn’t as messy as a MAC Pigment; the Chanel version is loose enough to easily blend, but it’s not so loose that it lands on your cheekbones, your white shirt, your cat’s fur and everything else in sight.

Cheeks are Laura Mercier Chai powder blush mixed with MAC Strobelite cream (I mixed the powder into the lotion on teh back of my hands and applied with fingers); lips are Ilia Color Haze PIgment in Temptation with a little bit of Biossance lip balm on top

I wore Sycomore yesterday without any eye primer and it stayed on all day. If you’re looking for feel-good eye makeup that’s long-lasting, polished and elegant, I think Sycomore is it!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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  • Kim says

    August 10th, 2023 at 9:49 am

    Typical Chanel. Lovely. 🙂 The applicator is pretty cool, and it’s good to know it’s also functional! Your hair looks nice, too. A bit darker, though. Did you do a color rinse, or is it just the lighting?


    • Karen says

      August 10th, 2023 at 10:28 am

      It’s the lighting! I’ve been toying with the idea of coloring it again. I’m ready for a change!

      How’s it going on your end?


      • Kim says

        August 11th, 2023 at 9:38 am

        I remember you had been thinking about it, so I wasn’t sure if you’d taken the leap! 🙂 Can’t complain, here. One of the boys is headed back to school next week, so I’ll be bummed. Even though I barely see him between his working and socializing, it’s still nice to know he’s home. I hope the weather is nice where you are and you have a great weekend with the fam. 🙂


  • Tatiana says

    August 10th, 2023 at 10:38 am

    Gorgeous look!
    I really want a couple of these. How’d you get them so early? PR? The counter manager at my Nordstrom said she won’t get these until the 18th or so. I hope she holds some for me.
    The lipstick is lovely too! Is it one of the fall colors from Chanel?


    • Karen says

      August 10th, 2023 at 11:27 am

      Yes, PR. The lipstick is a combo of two things — Ilia Color Haze Multi-Use Pigment in Temptation with a little bit of Biossance clear lip balm on top!


  • Fieran says

    August 10th, 2023 at 1:49 pm

    So nice! I shall keep an eye out for them here 🙂 Thanks for always showing us the coolest products, Karen.


    • Karen says

      August 11th, 2023 at 8:32 am

      Happy Friday, Fieran! I hope you had a wonderful week.


  • Jan says

    August 10th, 2023 at 3:10 pm

    Hi Karen,
    I can’t remember what island your family lives on, but are they okay with the fires?


    • Karen says

      August 11th, 2023 at 8:31 am

      Hi Jan,

      Most of our family is on Oahu and Maui. The Maui members are safe but unfortunately they lost their home and their business. Thankfully they have a wide support network and currently have a temporary place to stay.

      Thank you for asking about them; you’re very thoughtful and I appreciate your kindness.


      • Kim says

        August 11th, 2023 at 9:41 am

        I thought of you immediately when I saw the news about the fires. I’m so sorry for your family’s losses, but am glad to hear they’re OK.

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