I have two of these, Rose and Lilac. They are pretty decent, though like a lot of Chanel products, it's hard to justify the price.
They come in a long thin tube, with a brush applicator. You turn the bottom of the tube, and the product squeezes into the brush. It doesn't work very well, trying to get it on your lids evenly with the brush, so I just squeeze the stuff out of the brush and apply with my fingers. It can be worn alone, and stays on nicely all day, and I wear it this way when I don't feel like being bothered with shadow but still want a little color on my lids. It evens out the skin tone. Both the colors I have are almost matte - just a wee bit of shimmer. You can wear them heavy, or sheer - but either way, a little goes a long way, so these should last me a while.
Mostly I use it as a base, and I think it works well as one - but it dries fast, so you have to put it on and then put your shadow on right away, while it is still a little tacky. Otherwise, it creates too dry of a surface for my liking as a primer.
Not a bad product, but as I said above, it's not really worth the price - there are many comparable shadows and bases out there for much less.
Update (mid November)
I am downgrading this to a "2". If this was a drugstore brand, I would rate it a 3, but, for what it cost, it really should perform better.
As an eye shadow primer, it just doesn't do that much to prevent creasing as the day wears on,
it does work under the eye, but, I just experimented with a Laura Mercier Eye Basics, and this actually worked better under my eyes than the Chanel did (I have it in Wheat which is too dark for me to use under the eyes, but it still worked brilliantly)
So, apples to apples, as far as cost goes, the Chanel does not work as well as Laura Mercier, AND the LM has a doe foot applicator which I prefer over the brush that you have to twist to have product dispense up through the bristles.
Original Review below:
I purchased this on a whim, and half expected to regret buying it,
I do like it, not so much for a primer for my eye shadow. What I like it the most for is under my eyes, to help keep my concealer in place all day.
(I have it in the beige shade)
I am not crazy about the dispensing brush (why do cosmetic companies do that?) But I do usually dot under my eyes with the brush, then ,blend with a synthetic oversize domed eye shadow brush (Real Techniques is my current favorite) or, with just my ring finger—oftentimes this seems to work the best, then, I dot it on my lids, blend with the same brush.
For success under the eyes, the idea is to add a very thin film. The purpose isn't to cover the under eye shadows, rather purely as a base for concealer to adhere to...
The lasting quality of eye shadow with this as a base alone is so-so, but it certainly doesn't come with a so-so price tag. and that is a big no-no!
I have gone through 2 bottles of this. I love out it can be a base or a shadow when used alone.
It goes on very smooth. It doesn't crease through out the day even when I have semi oily skin.
However, it runs out fast~
This is a nice sheer wash over the lids, but nothing special. I have this in 90 which is a beige-gold. You have to shake it up before you brush it on. It did not cause any creasing, but it did not make shadow hold longer. I do not have very oily lids.
I had never tried this before but I went to the Chanel counter and they used it on me for a mini-makeover. This stuff is amazing! I accidentally fell asleep with my make-up on (long night) and when I got up, though my eyeliner and my mascara wasn't in optimum condition, my shadows still looked great! No creasing after 10+ hours. It's too expensive for me, but otherwise it's great :)
This is a (new, I think) pen/brush eyeshadow base from Chanel. A tiny dab, patted and blended on the lid, really works to hold shadow on all day (and well into the night). It is easy to use and goes on very smoothly. It makes all my shadows go on more evenly and stay on without caking or flaking. I got this in BRIGHT which is quite illuminating. It also comes in other colors, including at least one matte shade.
UPDATE: After using this for a few months, the brush began deteriorating and the formula became dryed out and started caking; very disappointing after how well it worked at first. I just switched to Nars new Pro-Prime Smudgeproof Eyeshadow base (which I also reviewed) which works much better for me. So, I downgraded my lippies to 4. Chanel's is still a good product, just too expensive not to last longer and I think better for oily lids as a couple of prior reviewers mentioned.
I have very oily eyelids and have tried Bare Escentuals, Bobbi Brown (Vanilla Stick,) Laura Mercier, MAC, and Urban Decay. I know I'm missing a few more. Chanel is hands down the best eyeshadow base that I've used. I can go ten to twelve hours with a quick touch up in between (if I'm in the mood.) The price is a litte high, but after I thought about it, I tallied up all the money that I've wasted on eyeshadow primers, that if I was lucky, I would get four hours before my make-up disappeared.
I did not like this primer at all. I got this in beige and it goes on smoothly like it's packed with silicon (which it probably is) and dries to a smooth finish. My main peeves with this product are that:
1) The beige is a little more pigmented than my skin colour and my eyeshadow colours get muddied when I put them over this primer.
2) To add insult to injury, my eyeshadow doesn't stay on any longer than usual.
I got this primer after trying it on at Barney's in LA where it's pretty dry. The MA did her magic and I was so impressed with the overall look that I bought this but after trying it out a couple of times, I found that it wasn't doing what it's supposed to be doing. Then I moved to Singapore, which is very humid, and tried it again just in case and it's become even less impressive!
I'm currently using NARS's eyeshadow base, which dries transparent and actually helps my eyeshadow last. It's also US$8 cheaper than this waste of space. The greatest irony is that most Chanel eyeshadows I've tried are so finely milled and pigmented that they're perfectly fine on their own. Maybe that's why Chanel hasn't felt the need to develop an eyeshadow primer that actually works.
I'm not hard to please when it comes to makeup, & since I shelled out 30+$ for this, I thought I would be getting something phenomenal. Nope.
The base did not work that well at all. It was hard to apply, even with the new tip. I had to first get the primer all over the brush on my hand, therefore wasting a lot. & it's not worth the price for the staying power.
Oh yeah, & this thing is tiny.
The color peaked through too much through the shadow also.
I love Chanel... but this thing is NOT worth it : ( continued >>
Oh my goodness, this was the worst primer I have ever purchased. I purchased the eyeshadow primer in "Mint" and even though it has a nice brush on applicator, it is drying out the product. It doesn't glide on well at all. Do not buy! You are way better off with UDPP or Too Faced Shadow Insurance (in love with this one now).