Chella's La Vie Eyeshadow Palette Creates More Looks Than You'd Think

When Chella's La Vie bite-size (disclaimer: it's not actually edible) palette, no larger than the palm of my hand, arrived at my door, an idea struck. How many looks could I create with just this four-pan eye-shadow palette alone? The four colors are well curated to work together, but I wondered what I could do with them separately, in applications of two and three shades. A mix of curiosity and beauty obsession led me to a handful of different eye-shadow looks all in one day.

I won't go into detail about every single look I tried in the span of 24 hours, though I will recount two of my favorites. Let's start with the natural, smoky eye using three of the four shades: Femme, Instincts, and Vitality (I was saving the gold, shimmery shade, Dynamic, for a later, more festive application). I used my go-to Morphe M433 Blending Brush to pick up the base color, Femme, which matches my olive complexion surprisingly well. The light brown, matte finish masked my veins and green undertones like a charm. I could have called it a day, but for this, I went for an additional base layer, making sure to blend into my semi-folded eyelids while buffing outward toward my hairline. The double application gave me a stunning, neutral tone that did not look the least bit splotchy, acting as a canvas for my next color choice.

Gaining some confidence with this tiny but mighty palette, I went in with a transitional shade: I lightly tapped Vitality (a matte, deep brown) into my crease. As someone who wears nothing but beigey-brown colors these days, I found it matched my chocolate lounge set like a dream. I did see a little fallout under my eyes, but I blame my tapping method for this. To finish off the look, I dipped my ring finger into the metallic pearl shade, Instincts, to brighten my inner corners and define my brow bones. The product was as smooth as silk as I spread it under my brows, adding a rich highlight to my eyes. As tempted as I was to continue, I called it here, saving the final shade for another look.

Next I went for a dreamy yet subtle sparkle look, inspired by dozens of my saved Instagram beauty looks. I admit, sparkles and shimmer are not my first choice (maybe this is why I saved it for last), but I had my fun with the metallic gold shade in this Chella La Vie Palette. I used my fingertips to apply both the lighter brown (as a base) and shimmery gold. After dabbing an even coat of the neutral light brown shade all over my eyelids, I used my pinky finger to pick up and apply the metallic shade, Dynamic, in my inner corners. As expected, sparkles are difficult to keep in one place. It took a little concealing to cover the fallout, but I was more than happy with the result. My eyes instantly took on a fairy-like sparkle that could be picked up (and complimented) on my next Zoom call.

To say I'm impressed with what this four-pan eyeshadow-palette can do almost doesn't do it justice. I found the formula to be soft and blendable, and for the surprisingly low price tag of just $20, I am bringing this travel-sized palette to the front of my makeup cabinet. 

You can find Chella La Vie Palette in our April 2021 Allure Beauty Box.