|Ombres Matelassees Eyeshadow Palette - Charming ($80)|
Chanel has released a few 5-color palettes over the years, but either because the colors were just too light or the formula too frosty, I never bought any of those. Chanel's latest offering, part of the holiday 2013 makeup collection, is a neutral eyeshadow palette featuring a mix of soft neutrals, deeper mattes, and a lovely shimmering bronze brown. Scroll on for more photos.
I have tried to get the photos to be as accurate as possible, but depending on the light, the darker shades in Charming can look quite a bit paler. Four of the 5 shades in this palette are matte-satin shades with the bronze brown shade (middle shade) being the lone shimmer. The lightest beige shade has bit more of a sheen, but the other three non-shimmery shades seem matte. I say "seem" because there is a soft sheen to them, and I can see very tiny shimmer scattered in the shadows under artificial lighting. At any rate, the shadows are buttery soft, blend beautifully, and the sheen (or mystery shimmer) keeps them from looking dry or chalky. The bronze brown shade has very fine shimmer and this shade works better with patting on rather than blending (to avoid shimmer flying around). Because of how soft the shadows are, it's easy to pick up a lot more product on to the brush which can cause some shadow fallout - just tap off excess before applying. Here's a look at the swatches.
|Ombres Matelassees Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches (L to R)|
Medium-toned bronze brown - fine shimmer
Dark brown with a hint of grey
Dusty dark purple
Going by the official description/promo images I saw online, I was expecting a deeper eggplantish shade in the palette (the last shade). On my darker skin, this is more of a dark dusty purple. On swatches on my hand, it is quite easy to see the distinction between the brown and the dusty purple shade. On my eyes, though, smudged into the crease or along the lashes, the two darker shades can look similar. In the photo below, I have used the deep purple matte shade smudged along my lashes and outer corner. I like the color, and it's very different from how grey or black or brown would look on my eyes, but I doubt if anybody else would notice that.
|Chanel Ombres Matelassees Eyeshadow Palette Charming - FOTD|
Used the second shade - soft brown all over lids. Applied the deep eggplant/purple shade
along the outer thirds of the lashline and into the outer corner and blended. Shimmering brown shadow patted on to the center of the lid.
Dark brown eyeliner on waterline and black gel liner for tightlining.
Additional makeup used: Chanel Perfection Lumiere BA34 mixed with NARS Tinted Moisturizer St. Moritz
Bobbi Brown Corrector Dark Peach, NARS Stick Concealer in Caramel and Biscuit
Chanel Joues Contraste blush in Rose Initiale
Chanel Poudre Signee Illuminating powder
Lips - Chanel Rouge Allure Secrete applied lightly topped with a bit of Chanel Glossimer Rose Sauvage
Chanel Ombres Matelassees Charming is a beautiful palette with shades that can do everything from simple neutral looks to darker smokey eyes, but it comes with a Chanel price tag. For me, this is a must-have, but whether or not it's a good buy for you depends on whether these are the sort of colors you love using. If you have similar colors or just prefer brighter bolder shades, you could skip this...I guess.
Chanel Ombres Matelassees Charming - Ingredients
CG from Best Things in Beauty has swatches/review of Chanel Ombres Matelassees Eyeshadow Palette Charming. On her paler skin, the colors seem darker and warmer.