This was purchased some time between 1984 and 1988, probably 1986 or 87. It is a trio of coordinated shadows and originally had a double-ended sponge tipped applicator. The shadows are about half gone, and had to have the dried out surface worn off a bit before they could be used. The exterior has some damage, but the interior is in excellent condition.
Swatches were done with a q-tip on unprimered skin. The colors appear quite warm, but they are still quite wearable for those (like me) with cool-toned skin. There is a lid color, a liner/contour color, and a highlight color.
These days loose pigment cosmetics are pretty easy to find. Some cosmetics companies (Bare Escentuals, Fyrinnae, Aromaleigh) are built on them, others (MAC, Urban Decay) offer them as part of their larger catalog. Back in 1982 when this was purchased, they were relatively uncommon. I bought this in Hollywood, in a store on Melrose that had a lot of stuff geared towards performers and clubgoers - exciting stuff for a 15 year old girl!
Despite its exotic origins, this pigment is quite wearable, either close to the lash line as a dark bronze liner or all over the lids for a metallic smoky eye. If you aren't careful in application there will be a TON of fallout (and subsequent clean up), and using a primer is an absolute must if you don't want it to fade and migrate, but the gorgeous color is worth the extra step.
Swatches are on unprimered skin and were done with a finger.
This is another set from the mid-1980's. The case appears to have been damaged by some sort of solvent, probably nail polish remover.
The interior is in excellent condition, with the shadows about half used and somewhat dried out.
All three colors swatched somewhat sheerly, even over slightly damp skin. I used a q-tip instead of the palette's brush. They did build nicely, despite a slightly chalky feel, and they should blend just fine.
This is a lovely cool-toned duo I got some time in the mid-to-late 1980's or mid-1990's. It's more likely that I got it in the 1980's, however, because I was out of the country most of the 1990's. I would guess this was a late-80's purchase, since I stopped wearing much makeup after about 1989 and didn't really wear it again on a daily basis until the 2000's. Also, the colors are typical of what I was purchasing in that time period.
The case is a bit scratched but in generally good shape, and the powder shadows are hardly used. The latticework embossing on the shadows is still visible around the edges!
The shadows are smooth and silky, with good color payoff. There was a small amount of fallout, but not to the point that it would be hard to work with.
Swatches were done with a q-tip on unprimered skin.
This is another one from the latter half of the 1980's, as you can probably tell by the colors! The case is in decent shape, though the latch sticks and it has some of the lid detail scratched off.
It's a pretty simple layout inside, with two small pans and a nook for an applicator.
The shadows are not as smooth to apply as they were when they were new, but they are still quite usable. They have more of a "baked" texture now, going on sheer but buildable. I swatched with a q-tip on unprimered skin.
This is one of the newer items I'll review here. I'm not sure how old it is, but I'm guessing I got it within the past 10 years. The case is relatively unscratched and the interior is in good shape too.
The case contains three shadows: two square satin pans in a lighter and darker shade, and a long skinny dark matte shade ideal for lining or darkening up the crease and outer corner to make a smoky eye.
The shade on the left is a shimmery light nude pink, ideal for highlighting or on the lid if you like lighter colors. The one on the right is a brownish rose that goes nicely with the pink. The shade on the bottom is a matte dark slightly greyed out brown, ideal for use as a liner. These are named shades: Chiffon, Rose, and Grey.
Swatches were done dry with a q-tip on unprimered skin. This photo is in deep shade.
This photo taken in sun is a bit more true to color, though the shadows look a bit more sparkly than they do in real life.
These shadows are nicely pigmented and smooth, and they blend really well. The matte shade is a little chalky, but I don't think it matters a lot if you use it as a primer. It takes a bit of work to blend it well if you want to use it to smoke out your eye look, however. Overall, this is an easy group to use together, and depending how you put it together it can be used as a work-appropriate day look or as a more intense evening look.
This is another one purchased between 1984 and 1988. Chanel recently reintroduced duos, but not in this form: the new ones are in separate pans rather than together as in these older duos. This was designed to be used wet or dry, though I have only swatched it dry, using the original sponge applicator. The colors were hard to photograph, not really appearing as nice as they do in person.
The outside of the case is a little scratched up, but not as bad as expected, given the condition of some of the others of its era.
The applicators were in decent condition, though the sponge one was a bit delicate.
This was purchased some time between 1984 and 1988, probably in 1985 or 1986. The shadows look like they are baked, but in reality they are smooth and have good pigmentation. They are designed to be used wet or dry, and in my initial use of them I typically used the darker shade wet as a liner using the enclosed brush. I did not swatch wet, only dry. I did not use eyeshadow primer for swatches, but I did have some lotion on my arm. I a q-tip to apply because the original applicator disintegrated as soon as pressure was applied to the shadow pan.
The case is scratched but intact.
The shadows are in good condition.
Swatched in shade
The beautiful color and shine show to much better advantage in the sun. These shadows have a beautiful depth to them that doesn't show well in photos.
This was purchased some time between 1984 and 1988, probably in 1985 or 1986. The four named colors are opal, copper, violet, and topaz. All are remarkably smooth considering their age and have good pigmentation. I did not use eyeshadow primer for swatches, but I did have some lotion on my arm. I used the original applicators which are a bit delicate but haven't disintegrated yet.
The exterior is scratched and scraped, but not as bad as it could be considering the number of moves it has made with me.
One of the shadows (opal) partially detached from its pan but is still usable. The others are intact.
I swatched in clockwise order from opal in the top left to copper to violet to topaz. FIrs photoi is taken in shade, second in sun.