Hello everyone, hope you are having a great day so far. I managed to have a go at the Chanel Ombre Contraste Sculpting Veil For Eyes & Cheeks in Notorious last weekend and I am very excited to share my thoughts with you today.
Retails at S$67 for 4g of product, made in France.
I believe Notorious is a limited edition item and it comes in exactly the same packaging as their Joues Contraste blushes with a brush. Unlike their blushes, this particular piece isn’t scented.
Notorious is a neutral taupe-ish gray with micro-shimmers. Doing what Chanel does best, the micro-shimmers ain’t prominent when worn – which is perfect. What is Notorious for? Notorious is a sculpting powder or contouring powder if you like and it can be used on both eyes and cheeks.
A gray-ish looking contouring shade?
It may seem a little odd at first to use gray on the cheeks but it makes perfect sense because when sculpting/contouring, we want to create depth and often when doing so, we want to create a shadow to indicate depth. Shadows are usually gray and this creates just that sort of illusion.
Swatches above taken under natural day light, without flash.
Sabrina did a wonderful comparison with other gray eyeshadows and contouring shades from her collection, click here to see how Notorious compare.
Unlike how some grays can be, looking cool and muddy, Notorious actually bears a pink-ish undertone which I think mimics the warmth of our skin very well. And with this piece and an appropriate amount of application, one will not look muddy nor dirty.
I have finished all my makeup in the picture above except I have nothing on my cheeks. No highlights, no contouring and no blush. Personally, I find the NARS Yachiyo Kabuki Brush very handy when dealing with sculpting/contouring cheeks because of its tapered dome tip – it provides excellent precision.
A mini tutorial showing how I apply Notorious.
- Pick up Notorious with NARS Yachiyo Kabuki Brush.
- Tap off any access product at the back of your hand or on a piece of tissue.
- Suck your cheeks in to find the exact spot you would want to apply Notorious on (you can also find the spot by “drawing” a line from middle of your ears to corner of your mouth).
- Use tip of the NARS Yachiyo Kabuki Brush to apply Notorious on the spot.
- Blend using flat side of the brush.
For sculpting/contouring, I usually use a big powder brush to further “diffuse” the “line” so it’s less visible and that the contouring shade blends into my skin better.
Pictures below shows the “before” and “after”. Can you tell the difference?
I am very impressed with the results and slightly fascinated by the fact that it makes such a big difference without looking over-the-top. And I have only used very little product to achieve that. Layer on for more definition, try not to apply too much at one go because it will look too stark and not natural.
With Notorious, you can also create a deeper crease or even, a fake crease.
I have applied blush in the picture below and have changed my lip colour. Find out which blush I have on here. In the above set of pictures, I have Shiseido Shimmering Rouge in RS 619 Venus with a touch of Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss in 707 Trianon Silver on the lips.
Other than eyes and cheeks, I thought we can go a little further with this product and have some fun – I mean, why not?
Use a wide angled contour brush like the Burberry No.11 or Laura Mercier Angled Eye Colour Brush. Pick up the product – tap off access and you can use it to contour sides of your nose and under the lips to create a fuller pout. Highlight cupid’s bow for a better balance (if needed).
I hardly ever contour my nose, let alone under my lips but what do you think? I think I may have added too much on my nose.
Personally, I think this is a great product to have. I think it’s unique coming from Chanel and this shade works to create natural looking shadows. This product is nicely pigmented and will last for a long, long time. The soft powdery texture is easy to blend and the colour can be layered to suit different skin tones.
I can see myself reaching out to this product very often for the cheeks. An absolute must-have for me.
Having said that, one can always use a gray eyeshadow. Or mix a tiny amount of grey eyeshadow with foundation to create a your very own customized cream/liquid sculpting veil.
I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCT TO
Anyone who seeks for some extra definition – for cheeks, eyes and/or nose bridge.
It’s a unique piece to own. Unlike tan/brown-ish contouring shades which depends greatly on skin tones, Notorious is rather universal in my opinion because no matter how fair or how tan you are, shadows will still be gray. It will probably come in handy throughout the year.
Thank you for looking.