The Chanel Ombres Matelassees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette in Charming ($80.00) is a limited edition item that is part of the Chanel Holiday 2013 collection. The holiday collection has been out for a few weeks now, but for some reason this palette was just recently released. I swooped on it as soon I saw it pop up on Nordstrom's website as this was the only holiday item from Chanel I was interested in purchasing. I did end up purchasing a polish from the collection, but that's for another post.
The packaging is the typical sleek, black Chanel compact complete with velvet pouch and two applicators. There is the usual double ended sponge tip applicator and an applicator with a sponge tip on one end and natural hair brush on the other end. I have not seen this type of applicator in a Chanel palette before.
I am loving the quilted embossed pattern of the shadows. The detail is just such a nice touch and makes the palette look so put together. However, it seems the pretty pattern won't stand a chance with regular use because the shadows are so soft.
I haven't gotten a chance to play with this palette much as I have been super busy. I wanted to just get the photos and swatches up first because I could see a nice, wearable palette like this selling out. I will post an update with a full review as soon as I have a chance to form a solid opinion on this palette. What I can tell you from just swatching these shadows is that they are super soft, smooth, and buttery to the touch. The pigmentation is there too. The swatches you see in the photos took about two swipes. I wouldn't say they are very saturated but pigmented enough so that I could not foresee there being any problems in performance. The middle bronze shade swatched the best, yielding the best color payoff and having the most buttery feel. The two darker colors on the right in general swatched better than the two lighter colors on the left, but I would not say that the lighter colors are inferior just yet.
|Warm indoor lighting|
|Warm indoor lighting|
|Cool indoor lighting|
From left to right, the first shade is an ivory that leans pink. The second shade is a light brown that is similar to Urban Decay Naked or Naked 2. The third shade is a gorgeous bronze shade that leans more towards the warm side. The fourth shade is a mostly neutral dark brown. The 5th shade is a dark slate gray that appears a little bluish.
At first glance, all the shadows except for the middle shade appear to be matte. However, on closer inspection, all the shadows actually have a slight satin sheen so that they are not completely matte. I think this prevents them from being chalky or powdery. I can't say how the shadows will look on the eyes just yet, but from the impression that I get from the swatches, the finish seems like it has the potential to be very natural, wearable, and sophisticated.
The Chanel Charming eyeshadow palette is available now. I got mine online from Nordstroms.com. Stay tuned for a complete review.
Have you picked up anything from the Chanel holiday collection?