Hi everyone, just a quick note to list the Chanel Ombre Contraste Ingredients.

Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Bentonite, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Sodium Methylparaben, Zea Mays (Corn Starch, Lanolin Alcohol, Silica, BHT [May Contain CI 75470 (Carmine), CI 77007 (Ultramarines), CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), CI 77288 (Chromium Oxide Greens), CI 77289 (Chromium Hydroxide Green), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77510 (Ferric Ferrocyanide), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Mica]

Chanel Notorious is now available on the US but not on the UK site. You can see my first impressions and review of it here and here, or just look under the tag ‘Chanel’ to see all my posts about Chanel Notorious.

Chanel Notorious Ombre Contraste Ingredients

(Mis)Adventures in Contouring: Chanel Ombre Contraste Notorious Review and Test Run

I start this post with a disclaimer: I am not good at contouring. I have contoured twice in my life, once yesterday (disaster), and once today (…meh). Usually I’d practise a bit more before posting my efforts, but it seems a LOT of people want to know how this product looks on skin sooner rather than later.

For a post where the Ombre Contrast is used by someone good at contouring, check out this post by the lovely Xiao of Messy wands.


Being a newbie, I had no idea which brush to use (Xiao used the Hakuhodo 210) so I picked out the G5521, Small Pointed Yachiyo, B214BkSm Highlight brush, S111 and Kokutan Eyeshadow C brushes for my attempt. I ended up using the G5521 to do most of the work, and the Small Pointed Yachiyo to blend difficult areas.

Oh and here’s another swatch


Heavy on the right, smudgy on the left.



I tried to create an even base using Shu Stage Performer, Bobbi Brown Corrector and Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation.

Half and Half


Contour on the right side of my face (the left side of the photo). I’ve contoured my cheekbone, my jawline, and the side of my nose.


This is where skills come into play, the edges of my contouring are very blunt, which makes it look quite obvious. BUT, if you look at the shadow at the bottom of my neck, then look at the shadow on my jaw or on my cheek, you can see that they’re pretty much the same colour and that’s really what matters. The reason I haven’t even attempted contouring in the past is because the shade is nowhere near what a natural shadow on my face would look like. The Ombre Contraste makes a refreshing change.



Contouring on both sides of face on jaw, cheek and nose.


Finished Face

Adding some lipstick (LQ Medieval), blush (Addiction Revenge), and highlighter (Becca SSP Pearl). (And letting my hair out finally!)





  • I need to practice!
  • But I really love this Ombre Contraste
  • Because it actually looks like a shadow, and not like darker foundation/poorly-placed bronzer.
  • It’s pretty easy to work with and build-up
  • But use a light hand because it’s quite difficult to fix mistakes.

Further Reading

First Impressions: Chanel Ombre Contraste Notorious


So Chanel has released a ‘sculpting veil for eyes and cheeks’ or, as I like to call it, a contour powder. As far as I know it’s limited edition and also on limited release in the UK (Selfridges London and Selfridges Manchester Exchange Square, Harrods, John Lewis Oxford Street, House of Fraser Glasgow and Fenwicks Newcastle according to this source). This powder was used on models at Chanel’s Fall 2012 show at Paris Fashion Week:

Chanel Fall

This is a great post that sums up all the info available pre-release.

I haven’t had a chance to use this yet as I bought it this afternoon, and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be quite a learning curve for me so it might take a while before I can show you face photos. For now, here are swatches and product photos.



Paper Swatch


Arm Swatch (this one is the most colour accurate as it was taken outside pre-rain)

The swatch in the middle is very heavy, and gives an idea of the colour and the tone of the powder. On either side I’ve applied it more lightly to give a better idea of what it would actually look like on.


Overall I’m excited to test this out, I’m imagining lots of er…not so great attempts as I’ve never really got into the whole contouring thing, but I think it’ll be fun to use and if not I’ll just use it as an eyeshadow.

How to Make a Foundation Work When it Doesn’t: Part 1- it’s the wrong shade

Hi everyone, apologies for the wordy title I couldn’t think of a way to paraphrase. From my blog so far you may have realised I like foundation…a lot, but in my quest for the perfect foundation for every occasion I’ve found a lot of duds on the way. The returns policy in the UK is pretty lame so if it turns out that I don’t like a foundation I’m still stuck with it forever. So I’ve had to find ways to make the foundation work – I can’t make them perfect HG material but at least I can make them wearable. I do hate to waste them. So I thought I’d share a few tips that might help you salvage a lousy foundation.


The foundation looked fine in the shop but now you’ve realised it’s too dark: you have a ‘tide mark’ around your jaw and your face doesn’t match the rest of your body. What can you do?

The Quick Fix: blend blend blend! A lot of foundations pride themselves on being long-wearing, so sometimes blending them in can be difficult. Try using a wet sponge to blur the edges of the foundation and dab it downwards so it eventually blends into your neck naturally. It won’t look completely fool-proof because your face still won’t match your chest/neck, but you may just look like you’ve caught a bit of sun. Remember: check the areas around your hairline: while you don’t want to put foundation in your hair, it’s very important to make sure everything is blended around the hairline so the colour looks vaguely natural.

from fail blog

The Long-term Solution: invest in a white foundation. These can be mixed together with the foundation that’s too dark to make one that’s exactly your shade. It takes a little trial and error to get the ratios right but it makes the foundation usable.

What are some white foundations?

★ Manic Panic Dreamtone Flawless Foundation & Color Corrector in White – this is one of the cheaper white foundations I’ve found. It comes with a spatula that’s good for mixing the foundations together. Some people say it settles into pores when used on its own so be sure to use as little as possible when mixing – you just want the colour of your foundation changed, not its finish. In addition, its ingredients can be comedogenic so buy with caution.

★ MAC Face & Body in White – this foundation is available as part of MAC’s pro line but don’t worry, you don’t have to be a pro to get it. Anyone can buy from pro stores, and if you don’t have one near by you can call MAC pro and order it by phone. While Face & Body is pricier than Manic Panic the bottle is huge and should last forever! Remember to shake the bottle before you use it: many report that the foundation can separate in the bottle. An advantage to this foundation is that you can try a sample of one of the other shades of Face & Body to see if it breaks you out before you fork out the money for the Pro shade.

★ Face Atelier Ultra Foundation in Zero Minus – this foundation is specifically meant to lighten foundation colours. It’s pricier than the others but the foundation formula itself has got rave reviews: people say it smoothes skin texture, is long-lasting and doesn’t feel heavy. Because of that, I would say this foundation is better if you think you need a LOT of white to lighten your foundation: the product is so nice that having a higher dose of lightener in your foundation isn’t such a tragedy.


It looked fine when you applied it but now you’ve stepped into natural light and caught your face in a mirror – the geisha look was not what you were going for.

The Quick Fix: The blending mentioned above could apply here too but in my opinion it’s harder to get away with when it’s this way round. Some advise using a lot of bronzer to counteract the paleness of a foundation but that sounds like a disaster waiting to happen: many bronzers have shimmer in them and can end up making your face look like a disco ball if you cover yourself with them. Also there are so many bronzers with orange tones and that’s fine for just a little dusting on your cheeks but when used on your entire face it can give you the oompa loompa look. I’d say a safer option is using a darker face powder on top of the foundation instead.

Ok well this oompa loompa is quite cool

The Long-term Solution: For a foundation that’s too light, I would advise using it in conjunction with other foundations (I assume everyone has a bunch…because it makes me feel better about all mine!). In fact, many makeup artists favour using two different foundation shades on their clients’ faces because the face is not just one uniform colour. Apply the lighter foundation in the middle of your face, starting on the bridge of the nose. Blend outwards and bring the lighter foundation along the top of your cheekbones (but not directly under your eyes – reverse panda eyes are not good) to make a natural highlight.

Here’s the effect seen on Hayden Panettiere and Halle Berry: the bridges of their noses look lighter as do their chins. Hayden’s forehead is also a little lighter in the centre. I’m not saying these are pictures of them wearing two foundations – I have no idea what they’re wearing here – but this highlight effect is what you’re after.

[N.B.  If your foundation is too dark you can try to achieve the reverse effect: using the darker foundation to contour around the hollows of the cheeks and sides of the nose. But in my opinion this is risky: when contouring your cheekbones you should blend the darker colour upwards to get the right effect. So, if you’re using a darker foundation to contour and you’re not a total master of contouring, your application can just look like a ‘tide mark’ again, and we’re back to square one. Many people do use a darker foundation to contour with great results, but with my rubbish contouring skills I’ll be steering away from that idea.]

You can also mix the light foundation with a darker one to create the right shade.

★ Face Atelier Ultra Foundation in Zero Plus – This mixes with your foundation to darken it. Like I said about Zero Minus the formula is pretty good so it’s not such a big deal if you use more of this Zero Plus than the original foundation.

I hope that helped, look out for part 2  to find out what to do when your foundation is too heavy!

What do you guys do when you’ve bought a mismatched foundation?