Saturday, May 7, 2016

Chanel La Palette Sourcils de Chanel Brow Powder Duo in "40 Naturel": Review and Swatches

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Brow products are a must-have for me when I go out so I'm always on the look out for new products that will improve my brow game. Recently Chanel has released a brow palette called the La Palette Sourcils de Chanel Powder Duo ($60 CAD). So how well does it work? Read on to find out.......
Chanel La Palette Sourcils De Chanel Brow Powder Duo in "40 Naturel"
Packaging:
This Chanel brow powder duo comes in a beautiful and simple black compact embossed with the iconic Chanel logo. The inside holds two powders and some mini tools. You get a brow spoolie, an angled brush, and the cutest mini tweezers. I found the angled brush strangely stiff, but it ironically pairs well with the formulation of the powders (see below).
Chanel La Palette Sourcils De Chanel Brow Powder Duo in "40 Naturel"
Chanel La Palette Sourcils De Chanel Brow Powder Duo in "40 Naturel"
Formulation:
Chanel makes some serious holy grail products but this palette just doesn't jive with me. The La Palette Sourcils in "40 Naturel" comes with a light brown matte powder and a darker brown matte powder. The formulation is incredibly hard and chalky; the powder is so tightly-packed and stiff that I had to use the hard angled brush to scratch some powder loose. Even then, it's almost impossible to pick up the product and whatever I managed to get on the brush did nothing for my brows.
Chanel La Palette Sourcils De Chanel Brow Powder Duo in "40 Naturel"
My swatches above required probably fifteen hard strokes and still it's a very weak and sheer application. I get that you don't want a brow powder that's too soft and buttery as those tend to smudge and fade but a formulation so hard that it's virtually impossible to pick up any product is just ridiculous. Perhaps using this wet may provide a better application but I'd rather not have to add that extra step into my routine.

Availability:
Chanel is available in stores at The Bay, Nordstrom, and Holt Renfrew.
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