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Chanel Notorious Ombre Contraste Sculpting Veil for Eyes and Cheeks ~ Photos, Swatches, Review

Chanel Notorious Ombre Contraste Sculpting Veil for Eyes and Cheeks

Fair skin and contouring. The age old dilemma, (OK maybe I’m exaggerating), of finding a suitable product for contouring that doesn’t look, orange, brown, muddy on pale skin. Well cue angels singing! Chanel Notorious has answered our prayers! Well scratch angels singing. All I hear in my head is Duran Duran! Notorious! I’m going to be singing that word in my head all day. I just know it.

Chanel Notorious may look a bit scary in the pan. “Umm, you want me to put that on my face?”. Hell yes! It is MAGICAL! It mimics the ACTUAL shade a shadow would make on your skin. Is that not the whole purpose of contouring? I really can’t fathom why their aren’t more products like this out there on the market. I predict we will see a lot more of them now that Chanel has tested the waters successfully with Notorious.

Chanel Notorious Ombre Contraste Sculpting Veil for Eyes and Cheeks

When I first saw Notorious at Holt Renfrew I was a little taken aback by the presence of some shimmer in the pan. I sort of froze and the SA said, “Don’t worry. You don’t see it on the skin.” I hadn’t come all that way to let a little shimmer scare me off so I took a chance and I am SO GLAD I did.

Chanel Notorious Ombre Contraste Sculpting Veil for Eyes and Cheeks

Isn’t she beautiful? The shade is just so perfect on my cool-neutral fair skin. Not the slightest hint of muddiness or orange. It also works beautifully on the eyes. Truly anywhere you want to contour this products fits the bill. Hard to imagine putting a shade like this on your skin could look natural but it does. Trust me. The key is to go lightly and then build if necessary. And blend, blend, blend. I like to lightly touch the pan with my brush, (I like the bdellium 942 but will soon be trying my new Hokuhodo), and then I tap off the excess, then dab the brush on the back of my hand to make sure there isn’t too much product on the brush. The formula is lovely so it makes blending easy.

Chanel Notorious Ombre Contraste Sculpting Veil for Eyes and Cheeks

Here is Notorious in action. I did go a little heavy to ensure it showed up on camera. I apologize for the crazy hair. It’s still wet. Left photo I’m wearing no cheek products, centre I have contoured my cheekbones with Notorious, right photo I have added some blush. Notice how the natural shadow evident in the first pic is the same shade as Notorious in the second pic. Sorry I should have taken these with flash. The lighting is kind of crap so my whole face looks a little muddy and uneven but you can see that Notorious has nothing to do with it. 😉 Just my haggard face. I need me some laser!

Chanel Notorious Ombre Contraste Sculpting Veil for Eyes and Cheeks In Action


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  • Sunny
    November 20, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Oh great! Glad to hear it works so well for you. Mine is on the way. Can’t wait to see what it looks like on me!
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    • Christa
      November 20, 2012 at 8:44 PM

      I can’t wait to see how it looks on you as well!

  • Evelyn
    November 20, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    wow it really gives a lift to the cheeks! mmm I have been arguing with myself about buying things and I may although I’m darker than you but still fair.

    • Christa
      November 20, 2012 at 8:43 PM

      It’s hard to resist if you have it in the budget I would go for it!

  • sierrablue
    November 20, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    I like mine, being cool toned and pale it is not easy to find good contouring products.

    Which Hakuodo brush did you order? I’m so nosy, I know. Always looking for more suggestions for good brushes with this powder.

    • Christa
      November 20, 2012 at 8:43 PM

      I actually didn’t order it. I picked it up at IMATS on Saturday! It is the J511bkSL. It’s so cute!

  • Becca @ The Beauty Sample
    November 20, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    I don’t know what you’re talking about–your skin looks fantastic in those pics!! LOVE how natural Notorious looks on you! I can see a bit more of the brown come out in your swatches, which I like–it looks sooo starkly grey in other photos, I was a bit scared!
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    • Christa
      November 20, 2012 at 9:03 PM

      Yes your skin helps warm the colour up a bit. But just enough! Not too much. 😉

  • Sherry B.
    November 20, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    This looks amazing on you, Christa! Question: Are you also wearing Notorious on your eyes, here? I’m wondering if it would work with contouring my hooded eyes.

    • Christa
      November 20, 2012 at 10:49 PM

      Thanks Sherry! Nope not wearing it on my eyes here. I will try to post a pic of it on my, also hooded, eyes soon for you!

  • Raquel
    November 21, 2012 at 5:18 AM

    You DON’T look uneven… your hair looks lovely… and the “notorious” is really something!!! 😀
    Thanks for sharing 🙂
    xx Raquel
    @BeingRaquel 🙂
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    • Christa
      November 21, 2012 at 7:51 PM

      Thanks Raquel! Yes it really is!

  • Kenderasia
    November 21, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Oh my, now I want this so bad! Now I’m using Mac Strada with Everyday Minerals Itahake brush…
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    • Christa
      November 21, 2012 at 7:51 PM

      If you can find it Kenderasia I would highly recommend it!

  • Jen
    November 21, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    What is a decent less-expensive dupe for Notorious?

    Where do you need laser? What are you talking about?

    • Christa
      November 21, 2012 at 7:50 PM

      Jen I have never encountered anything like Notorious. Hopefully now some more affordable alternatives will hit the market.

      I need laser all over my face and chest for pigmentation from the evil sun! 😉 Thanks though! ;-*

  • redlipsblackhair
    November 22, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    You look absolutely beautiful! Aww, your hair doesn’t look messy, it looks chic.;)
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  • Anlly Monroe
    December 4, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    is there any chance that you want to sell the notorious blush my dear?? <3 Im slowly dying since it came out and did not got a chance to get it hehe.. lmk! xo!


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