Looking effortlessly Stylo with Chanel as I sail down Moon River

by Paris B on · 40 comments

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On June 24, 2013
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chanel moon river4 Looking effortlessly Stylo with Chanel as I sail down Moon River

Moon River, wider than a mile, 
I’m crossing you in style some day

~ Moon River, Breakfast at Tiffany’s

I can’t help it. Every single time I see or hear the words “Moon River” the classic song runs through my head. It reminds me of Saturday afternoons watching black and white classics on the TV…. alongside reruns of Gilligan’s Island icon biggrin Looking effortlessly Stylo with Chanel as I sail down Moon River I was an old school kinda kid icon smile Looking effortlessly Stylo with Chanel as I sail down Moon River

So was it any surprise that when I was confronted with the range of Chanel’s Stylo Eyeshadow pencils, I went straight for Moon River? icon biggrin Looking effortlessly Stylo with Chanel as I sail down Moon River I went to check out the L’Ete Papillon de Chanel Summer collection at the counter a few weeks back and wasn’t planning to pick up anything. Despite the raves for the nail polishes (not my thing) and the colourful mascara (also not my thing) I wasn’t keen on anything. I was about to walk away when on a whim, I decided to try the Stylo Eyeshadow. There are 6 shades available in bright colourful shades as befits the iridescent colours of a butterfly’s wing but I was quite drawn to the most “normal” – a light brown (also described as ‘taupe’ which I disagree but what the hey, ‘taupe’ is one of the most misdescribed colours in the world) so I picked it up. Purely on a whim.

And what a whim it was! Moon River has quickly become a favourite without even trying icon biggrin Looking effortlessly Stylo with Chanel as I sail down Moon River

The Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow, described as Fresh Effect Eyeshadow comes in a twist up pen mechanism and the product is essentially a cream eyeshadow in a pen form. Part of the reason I may be so enamoured with this is because I’m seriously in an eyeshadow rut right now and the only things that do it for me are single, one-swipe cream shadows. Its one of the strangest ruts I’ve ever been in!

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It isn’t a very thick pencil and it does remind me of the very popular Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colours. I’ll tell you about those another day. Picked up one a while ago and forgot to blog about it hehe… As with everything Chanel, the packaging is solid and feels solid to the touch.

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What I think I like most about this is the ease of use. Just twist it up, swipe on eyes, blend with fingers and go. Ok, you do need eyeliner and mascara to enhance the effect but its just ONE COLOUR! How easy is that? icon biggrin Looking effortlessly Stylo with Chanel as I sail down Moon River

The cream shadow is very smooth and applies on skin without tugging. It just glides on very effortlessly, and has a cooling effect when the product touches the skin. Perhaps that’s the “fresh effect” they mean in the name? It is also highly shimmery so if you dislike shimmer then you won’t like this one.

However, I do find that it is very sophisticated shimmer, if such a thing exists icon razz Looking effortlessly Stylo with Chanel as I sail down Moon River It doesn’t make you look like you’re going out for a party, but it does add some sort of dimension to the eye for that 3D effect without having to faff about with crease shades and highlighter. Here is what I mean.

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I just swipe the colour once or twice over my lid then use my finger to blend it out. That’s all. The colour of Moon River is a light neutral brown and you can see the shimmer in there but you don’t have to worry about fall out because it doesn’t happen because this stuff really sticks on.

I was surprised at how long it lasts. Practically all day on me. I do not have oily lids, which is something I mention all the time, so I shouldn’t be too surprised. But still, there’s no fading, no fall out of shimmer and I have ‘fresh effect’ eyes all day long.

chanel moon river swatch Looking effortlessly Stylo with Chanel as I sail down Moon River

Chanel Moon River Swatch Left: 2 layers Right: blended out

The colour is quite light so I had to swatch it twice to show the colour better. It is a neutral sort of light brown which doesn’t look too exciting but which is great for an everyday eye look. I think you can see the shimmer in the swatch. On the bright side, its even shimmer all the way through. But if you don’t like shimmer you won’t like this.

Here’s an idea of how it looks when worn in a full face shot.

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Wearing: Kanebo Lunasol Skin Modelling Liquid Foundation OC-01, Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer Light 2 Vanilla, Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow in Moon River 07 lined with Guerlain Kohl pencil and Australis Voluptulash mascara, Bobbi Brown Pink Glow blush, Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey

A very simple work friendly look that allows you to play up your cheeks and lips if you prefer, or keep everything nice and neutral. I’m very happy I picked this one and I’m very happy I caved. I’m not happy with the pricetag and I can imagine that’s what will make many people unhappy too.

In a nutshell 

Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow in Moon River 07 is one of the limited edition cream stick eyeshadows released by Chanel for Summer 2013. The colour is a light brown with shimmer with a cooling effect when it touches the skin. It is very creamy and very easy to use and blend. Perhaps due to the colour, I find it extremely easy to blend out without seeing any harsh lines and its perfect for busy people or lazy mornings. I love it and I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks straight now. That’s a tick of approval in my book… and also tells you how far I’ve slacked off icon razz Looking effortlessly Stylo with Chanel as I sail down Moon River

Pros: Easy colour for anyone to use, Easy to blend and use, Very long lasting, Colour and effect makes eyes look fresh

Cons: Pricey, Limited Edition

Who will like this: Anyone who doesn’t mind shimmer in their eyeshadow and who likes cream eyeshadow products

Here is an idea of size. It isn’t very thick and there’s only 1.4g of product in there which is crazy expensive. I do think it might even be more expensive than gold icon razz Looking effortlessly Stylo with Chanel as I sail down Moon River I’d repurchase this in a heartbeat because I can see myself using this up icon smile Looking effortlessly Stylo with Chanel as I sail down Moon River

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Did you check out the Chanel Summer 2013 collection? Did you pick anything up from there?

This was the only item I picked up, alongside a lipstick which isn’t part of the collection. I can’t keep up with all the different collections and capsule collections so I’m going to give up right here and just buy and talk about them as and when I wish. Even if they aren’t available any more at counters there are ways and means to get them online icon wink Looking effortlessly Stylo with Chanel as I sail down Moon River

Now excuse me, I have Moon River stuck in my head again…

Moon River, wider than a mile, 
I’m crossing you in style some day. 
Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker, 
wherever you’re going I’m going your way. 
Two drifters off to see the world. 
There’s such a lot of world to see. 
We’re after the same rainbow’s end– 
waiting ’round the bend, 
my huckleberry friend, 
Moon River and me.

Paris B

Chanel Stylo Fresh Effect Eyeshadow comes in 6 shades Price: RM105 Availability: Chanel counters Limited Edition: Yes, L’Ete Papillon de Chanel, Summer 2013

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Tracy June 24, 2013 at 8:38 am

Gorgeous on you Paris! I keep thinking about getting this one too! I think they should make these permanent.


Paris B July 2, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Thanks Tracy! I do think so too! Make it permanent, Chanel!


Angelina June 24, 2013 at 8:44 am

Every time I come to your blog, my purse will cry. Haha. This is a beautiful and versatile color. Going to visit the counter, and hopefully they still have this in stock.


Paris B July 2, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Oh dear. I’ll have to carry a hankie warning next time ;) This one is a very lovely colour and texture. Did you end up getting one?


Parita June 24, 2013 at 9:18 am

It is so pretty! I am eyeing the ones from Clinique which are less expensive :)


Paris B July 2, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Yep, Clinique’s is less pricey but they don’t have that lovely shimmer (which is a bit of beef I have with the Clinique ones. I only have one in the lilac which is nice, but not love) An alternative is Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Sunglow. Also pretty, also much cheaper :)


Tine June 24, 2013 at 9:20 am

Mooon rriiibbbaaaaaaa … :P

Aww this is a pretty one. I’ll check it out in store. I love anything that just needs one swipe of colour without needing to blend with another colour, smoke with yet another colour and so on. I’m a lazy one :P


Paris B July 2, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Haha you too :) Yeah, I’ve been so lazy lately, all I want to use is just one swipe of colour. No need for all that messing around with crease la,highlight la… whatever la… Swipe, line, mascara, go. Perfect :D


becca July 15, 2013 at 12:39 am

I have the Chanel stylo in Jade Shore and Moon river, two colours of Laurá Mercier’s Caviar sticks and 3 Bobbie Brown ones. The Laura Mercier wins hands down, long wear, subtle shimmer, lovely colours, comfortable, blendable. the Bobbi Brown comes next; the colours I have are dark and matte and maybe more suited to winter.
I am so sorry I bought the Chanel. It creases within the hour over primer on me on a not particularly hot day, and new time I wear it I shall carry it around, because reapplication is essential. At least it’ll finish fast that way. Jade shore at least has a unique colour; Moon River was a waste.


Lily June 24, 2013 at 9:21 am

Ah, love shades like this. It’s so easy to work with. Fuss free and simple :-)


Paris B July 2, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Exactly! Its a lovely eye brightening shade too so it helps when my eyes look tired… as they do right now. zzz


Jacqueline June 24, 2013 at 9:40 am

I picked up the same shadow. I love how it sparkles but somehow when layered it becomes patchy. But this hasn’t stopped me from loving it.


Paris B July 2, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Thanks for the warning, Jacqueline! I didn’t notice it getting patchy but then I don’t really layer, just sort of touch it up at the sides as I go but its so pretty!


Victoria June 24, 2013 at 10:08 am

You look great with this. I think it would be good for lazy people like me. Hahaha. I looooved everything about Breakfast At Tiffany’s. Which reminds me, I need to watch that movie again :-)


Paris B July 2, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Thank you Victoria and yes, its absolutely perfect for lazy people (like me too!) :D Breakfast at Tiffany is such a classic. Must go look for it again.


Michelle Beh June 24, 2013 at 10:19 am

Hi Paris B! It looked nice on your fair skin! I had never tried Chanel products before. Perhaps it’s time to give it a try. Thanks for the review !


Paris B July 2, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Thank you Michelle :) Not all Chanel products work for me unlike for many others, but this one will, I think appeal to many people :)


Rin June 24, 2013 at 10:30 am

Hi Paris~

Gosh, I love it! So tempted to get it too LOL I checked out the Chanel Summer 2013 collection. I picked up the lipstick in Pygmalion. I love the colour. Now I’m tempted to get Moon River too. Thanks for the review. Heee :D


Paris B July 2, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Hi Rin, thank you! I wasn’t interested in anything at all to be honest until I saw this haha! I did pick up a lipstick but not from the Summer 13 collection. I can’t even remember the name now! Oh dear….


Applegal June 24, 2013 at 11:18 am

Lovely colour! Was kinda expecting a red lip to go with this but your look is very nice!


Paris B July 2, 2013 at 5:58 pm

Thanks Applegal :) What can I say? I’m just in a really lazy phase of makeup right now haha… Red lips just seemed like too much effort :P


LeGeeque June 24, 2013 at 11:36 am

Oeik! NEW HAIR! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!

And I love the neutral office-friendly look you can just slap on half-asleep and caffeine-deprived. Good stuff!


Paris B July 2, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Haha! Thanks for noticing! :D You’re right. This was almost slapped on half asleep and caffeine deprived. Its so important to find products that you can use in that state! Heaven knows, most of us are that way most mornings :P


Larie June 24, 2013 at 12:13 pm

I’ve been loving simple eye looks too, and wish I had something that was just swipe and go! The cream shadows I’ve tried so far haven’t worked out. Crease city!


Paris B July 2, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Oh dear, even Benefit or Bobbi Brown? Benefit actually works really well for me and for a cheap treat, Maybelline Color Tattoos are pretty amazing too! Lasts and lasts. But then, I don’t have a problem with lids so I’m probably not the best person to ask :(


Anne June 24, 2013 at 4:53 pm

wow nice!!You look pretty in moon river!

But but..i just purchased 2 of the Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colours last month! Can you ps do a comparsion to see which one is better? Laura Mercier is def more affordable as compared to Chanel….my poor wallet….. :)


Anne June 24, 2013 at 10:35 pm

oh oh..i have compare…Moon River is very similar to Laura Merceiver’s Sandglow..Does this mean that i do not have to buy Moon River? haha


Paris B July 2, 2013 at 6:02 pm

Thank you Anne :) I did have Laura Mercier in Sunglow so I tried it out and it gives the same neutral sort of everyday look but the colour wasn’t as brightening on skin as the Chanel maybe due to the lack of shimmer. Formula wise, I think its great too and its permanent at least! I think its a good option to have if you aren’t looking for the exact shade of Moon River in which case, there is no dupe :P


Laura June 24, 2013 at 10:40 pm

Indeed, “Moon River” does make the song play automatically in my head as well. XD The shade is pretty but I’d probably got for something bolder (if I had the moolah, that is). It looks great though! :D


Paris B July 2, 2013 at 6:13 pm

There weren’t many strong shades unless you count the black so your wallet is safe, Laura! :D Bobbi Brown does have some nice strong shades available though. I was quite tempted but decided to pass :P


Issa June 25, 2013 at 10:09 am

Oh, I love it on you! It is really gorgeous! :)


Paris B July 2, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Thank you, Issa!


Esther June 25, 2013 at 10:19 am

I love cream shadows….as I age, powder shadow just don’t work or I haven’t find one that wows me. Cream shadows are easy to use n quite foolproof. I find powder shadow works for me when I was in my 20s….sob! ! Or perhaps I am lacking that 1 superb shadow brush?


Paris B July 2, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Haha I’m sure you’re not as old as you make ourself out to be! ;) what I’ve found with regards myself is that I’m just too lazy these days. I know that’s a horrible thing to say, but its true :( so cream shadow helps fill that void. I don’t have a superb shadow brush either, but I think what you’re lacking is that one superb eyeshadow palette! ;)


Shreya June 25, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Wow I want this color…. So simple yet beautiful. I am currently loving chanel and bobbi brown products. Wonderful post


Paris B July 4, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Thank you Shreya and I’m glad you enjoyed it! Did you manage to check this out? :)


gio June 26, 2013 at 3:49 am

That’s a lovely shade. It looks beautiful on you!


Paris B July 4, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Thanks Gio! It is most certainly a very pretty colour!


Jan S June 26, 2013 at 6:55 pm

Yipes pricey indeed, but looks super pretty. I love bobbi brown’s which is cheaper and lasts super long in our hot and humid climate. They have them in twist up crayon form now which is so much easier to use. Wonder if they have a similar color.


Paris B July 4, 2013 at 5:47 pm

You maybe in luck Jan! I just came across a Bobbi Brown cream stick shadow that MAY BE close in colour. I’ll swatch them and let you know ;)


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