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Eye Shadow - Chantecaille - Iridescent Eye Shade in Sel

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rated 5 of 5 on 6/1/2012 3:06:00 PM More reviews by Linatha

Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Medium, Cool Hair: Black, Straight, Fine Eyes: Green

I have Chantecaille eyeshadow in Granite, Meteorite, Mica and Sel.
Mica is the lightest, A foggy blue gray.
Granite is a brown-based taupe.
Meteorite is the darkest. A greyed plum taupe.
Sel is noticeably lighter than Meteorite. About the same tone as Granite but Sel is a grey-based taupe.

Out of all of them, I like Sel the best, then Meteorite. I view both of them as cool-toned. I think Granite is more warm-toned. Mica is cool-toned but too light for my NW25 colouring.

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rated 5 of 5 top reviewer on 1/17/2012 5:45:00 PM More reviews by abfabjeanius

Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Black, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

Sel is a gorgeous shimmery taupe with gray undertones. Like the other Chantecaille iridescent shadows, this has almost a "pearl" finish to it, where the shimmer is not glittery, but rather looks like crushed pearls, if that makes sense.

Sel pairs well with navy blues, with purples, even with pink and bronze shades. It is neither too warm nor too cool, and the pairing possibilities with it are endless.

Great lasting power - no creasing or fading, even without a primer - pigmented, and doesn't irritate my eyes. Overall, a winner, and a color that I would recommend to everyone, especially taupe lovers.

For reference, I have light golden skin with dark brown eyes and black hair. continued >>

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rated 5 of 5 top reviewer on 6/21/2010 11:56:00 AM More reviews by Suil

Age: Unknown Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Black, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

Another winner from Chantecaille. This is a shimmery, buildable, very unusual color. I prefer it to Shu's similar one - can't remember color name. I'm a pale to neutral with brown eyes. Put Chant. ginger all over, then rose gold in crease and slightly above and sel on lid. Sometimes use granite in outer edge of crease, too, or just use sel there. Beautiful and can be used more dramatically if wet it. Probably pretty as a liner, too. Use UDPP and have never had any problems w/staying power. Love Chant products, and think quality is worth the high price, as long as you don't drop them. Can sometimes find a break if get from straw...net.com

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rated 4 of 5 top reviewer on 4/8/2010 11:42:00 AM More reviews by skwpt

Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue

Sel is another mid-toned taupe from Chantecaille, unlike all their other mid-toned taupes. It is in my top 5 colors (the others being Agate, Granite, Perle, and Meteorite). In the pan Sel looks like a shimmering grey, but on skin, it is quite complex—is it warm or cool? Is it pink? Is it bronze? Is it pewter? Is it gold? However it appears on you, the pigment goes down sheer, but you can build it up so that it looks like molten metal. In the same color family as Granite, Sel is lighter and because it is iridescent, it has a more pronounced gleam—however, it is *not* glittery or sparkly. It does remind me a little bit of sea salt, after which it's named, with its complex juxtaposition of grey and gold.


I am fair, with pink-porcelain skin, and I wear Sel most often on the moveable lid over Peony with Zinc in the crease. Sel also looks outstanding with navies, like Laura Mercier's Deep Night. Because Chantecaille colors seem to melt into the skin (never looking chalky, powdery, or sparkly), they are ideal for maturing eyelids. This color should also flatter both warm and cool toned skins. The only downside is that Chantecaille shadows can be fragile. I have had them crumble just from being moved around in a wicker basket on my vanity, so consider buying the refills and keep them in a palette. (Chantecaille refill pans fit perfectly in Julie Hewett palettes, which are far cheaper than Chante's silver-painted-plastic empty palettes that sell for a king's ransom.)


The fact that Sel rarely shows up on swap lists should be a good indication of how popular and beloved this shadow is by those of us who own it.

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