Chanel Ombres Matelassees Eyeshadow Palette Charming - Photos, Swatches, Review, FOTD

Part of the Collection Nuit Infinie de Chanel, the limited edition Ombres Matelassees Eyeshadow Palette in Charming unveils a seductive shade spectrum for the season’s most striking eye looks. From soft beige to rich purple, matte and pearlized shadows create glamorous effects and offer endless opportunities for custom-blending. The emblematic quilted motif of Chanel embosses the silky shadows for an added touch of elegance.

Chanel Ombres Matelassees Eyeshadow Palette - Charming - Nuit Infinie Holiday 2013 Makeup Collection - Photos Swatches Review FOTD
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.

Chanel Ombres Matelassees Eyeshadow Palette - Charming Nuit Infinie Holiday 2013 Makeup Collection Photos Swatches Review FOTD
Chanel Ombres Matelassees Eyeshadow Palette - Charming - Nuit Infinie Holiday 2013 Makeup Collection Photos Swatches Review FOTD Indian Darker Skin Beauty Blog
Chanel Ombres Matelassees Eyeshadow Palette - Charming - Nuit Infinie Holiday 2013 Makeup Collection - Photos Swatches Review FOTD
Chanel Ombres Matelassees Eyeshadow Palette - Charming - Nuit Infinie Holiday 2013 Makeup Collection - Photos Swatches Review FOTD

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.

Chanel Ombres Matelassees Eyeshadow Palette - Charming - Nuit Infinie Holiday 2013 Makeup Collection - Photos Swatches Review FOTD
Ombres Matelassees Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches (L to R)
Soft beige
Soft brown
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 - Nuit Infinie Holiday 2013 Makeup Collection - Photos Swatches Review FOTD
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 Eyeshadow Palette - Charming - Nuit Infinie Holiday 2013 Makeup Collection - Photos Swatches Review FOTD
Chanel Ombres Matelassees Eyeshadow Palette Charming - FOTD
Used the lightest (first) shade all over lid as a base.  Applied dark purplish shade (last) all over the lid.
Blended along edges using the second shade - soft brown.
Applied the golden/bronze brown (middle) shade with finger on to the center of the lid.
Dark brown (second last) shade buffed along lashline.
Used black gel eyeliner along waterline and finished with mascara.
My first impression of Charming was meh.  The colors looked dull, and the deep eggplant shade I was expecting looked a bit washed out.  I even did a quick Google search on Nordstrom's return policies before curiosity got the better of me, and I decided to go ahead and swatch the eyeshadows (apparently I can return used makeup).  The colors in this eyeshadow palette are nothing like any of the other Chanel shadows I have tried.  The shades are buttery smooth, very pigmented, overall fabulous, and I don't have similar colors among the few browns and neutrals that I have.  Needless to say, this palette is staying right here with me!

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

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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.