Poor unloved Chantecaille Shine Eye Shade in Meteorite ($30) sat in a drawer, unused, for months. For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to order a grey eyeshadow, sight unseen, without a single review, or even swatches, to go on. When it arrived I took one look, proclaimed it too dark, and put it in the drawer, where I'd occasionally bump into it and tell myself I ought to at least try it on.
Nothing makes me want to kick myself like an impulse buy that I never use, so I finally forced myself to try on Meteorite this past weekend. What started out as a halfhearted, bored attempt, turned into one of those jarring experiences where my skin instantly brightened as the sallowness and shadows fell away, the ruddiness cleared, my eyes sparkled, my lips looked more rosy, and an angel got her wings. All from a simple eyeshadow wash. It was as if this eyeshadow had been created specifically for me.
Previously, my favorite mid-toned eyeshadow by Chantecaille was their Shine Eye Shade in Granite, a beautiful shimmering taupe, but suddenly Granite was dead to me; I had a new love now. Cooler toned than Granite, Meteorite more closely mirrored the shadows on my eyelids. Pure grey and grey-based shadows have always complemented my fair pink-beige skin tone, looking looked more natural than when I attempt to wear browns and beiges.
I was surprised that I could not find a single review for Meteorite online, even though Chantecaille introduced the color around two years ago. I was pleased, however, to stumble across some articles where Chantecaille's makeup artist, Lucia Pieroni, is using Meteorite in the Fall/Winter 2011-12 runway shows. For the Christopher Kane show:
Chantecaille's Tiger In The Wild palette was used on eyes, along with Rose Gold shadow on lids and cheekbones, blended with hints of Chantecaille Meteorite eye shadow. The shadow was very rounded, with shades blended without edges or lines - just soft colour. Lashes were curled without mascara.I'm not crazy for the overall look (the model's lips look chapped, and her eyebrows are ungroomed), but the eyeshadow is pretty.
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Unfortunately, it proved quite difficult to capture the beautiful pearlescent glow of this product on camera.
I like to wear Meteorite simply, from lash line to crease, blended out with something softer, like Shu Uemura M Beige 804 (a creamy, matte flesh-tinted nude with pink undertones) or Chantecaille's discontinued Agate (a muted smoky lilac-beige) and a tiny bit of Chantecaille Shine Eye Shade in Perle just under the arch and blended away almost completely.
The only other shimmery grey eyeshadows I have that are remotely similar to Meteorite are Bobbi Brown Rock and Becca Lamé, but I could not find them for a comparison swatch. And I like Meteorite so much better than Le Metier de Beaute Corinthian, which I gave away. All my other well-loved greys (Shu Uemura M Grey 943, Laura Mercier Twilight Grey, MAC Copperplate, Chantecaille Zinc and Titanium, Prescriptives Pewter, Bobbi Brown Grey, and Rouge Bunny Rouge Grey Go-Away Lourie) are matte and many have blue undertones.
Bottom line: Meteorite could, quite possibly, be the last lid/crease color I ever buy.
All pictures mine except where noted in caption.