Put a Cat on It!

‘Cause if you liked it then you should have put a cat on it.

If you liked it, then you shoulda put a cat in it.

Don’t be mad once you see the tabby’s paw on it.

‘Cause if you liked it, then you shoulda put a cat on it.

Oh, oh, oh (oh, oh, oh) oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh.

Oh, oh, oh (oh, oh, oh) oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh.

When you and I finally discover the mythical doorway to the alternate universe ruled by cat ladies and cross the threshold together, you’ll see. There will be cats on everything. Every piece of makeup. EVERYTHING! Because cats on makeup is the key to life!

Well, maybe not the key to life…but it makes things better. 😺

Paul and Joe does it, Chantecaille did it with big cats, and now Chanel went there with 🦁 lions. They put leonine heads on their holiday eyeshadows and holiday highlighter.

I’ve been wanting to use these shadows, but I couldn’t bring myself to sully the kitty cat designs on them. I’ve been surgically removing tiny amounts of the shadows from the sides of the pan (right next to the lion’s bushy mane) with the diminutive NARS 45 smudge brush, so as to protect the meow-velous design.

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Wearing Chanel Cuivre Lamé and Noir Lamé eyeshadows on my lids
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Just a few things from the Chanel Holiday 2018 Collection (available now)

As much as it will pain me to do so, one of these days I’m going to have go all the way in there, because these shadows… UGH. Too good. Earlier today I smudged them along my lower lash line and on my outer third, then thought what the heck! and put them all over my lids.

As I was blending, I kept wondering, “Where’s the fallout? Why isn’t this more stressful?”

They’re just so smooth. I don’t want to call them “buttery” because everybody says “buttery,” but they’re really buttery!

They’re very similar to the MAC In Extra Dimension Eyeshadows — definitely powders, but they’re almost as soft as creams. And the shimmer? SO RIGHT. The satin finish is flecked with a whisper of bronze glitter, like secret shimmer.

It’s juuuust enough to be totally friendly to 40-plus lids.

If you’re into bronze, Cuivre Lamé is the way to go (oh, and please try not to imagine me saying that out loud because I muck up the French fabulously).

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Lots of Chanel in the mix here — Le Beiges bronzer in 40, Le Rouge Crayon in 257 Discretion topped with Rouge Coco Gloss in 166, and Malice Blush

By the way, I blended out the edges of that bronze with the love of my life, Chanel Clair Obscur. I mixed the two medium browns and buffed out the edge with a MAC 217 (the old one, not the new synthetic version).

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Cuivre Lamé and Noir Lamé

And then there’s black Noir Lamé. This morning as I smudged it along my upper lash line, I had my voice recorder on (I like to have it recording in the background so I can spit out verbal notes). I assumed Noir Lamé would be a basic black, but nooooo. It’s actually a dark gunmental with a taupe undertone — like Noir Pétrole’s cousin, and it’s gorgeous.

Using it, my inner monologue went a little something like this:

“Is this the real life? WOW. Why is this so creamy…? OK, Karen, please don’t do that. You really don’t have to smudge that all over your lids right now because you have to pick up Connor from preschool in a couple hours. But I want to! Let’s see what happens when I push it into my lashes with my smudge brush… YES! No fallout. Absolutely none! FRACK. Now I’m gonna want to grab the other shades… I bet the khaki one will be 🔥. Ah, FRACK!”

Haha! #truestory I talk to myself A LOT.

The moral of this story is that Coco and crew know how to get sh*t done.

And did I mention they put a cat on it?!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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