I hope everyone is having a better weekend than I do. I am trying to recover from mild stomach irritation and hoping to be able to start the week tomorrow and so far I am not feeling that good. Anyway, this post waited already for a long time now and has to be posted, so here we go... Chanel's new quint from their holiday collection has a very pretty name, Charming...
|Chanel Ombres Matelassees Charming Eye Shadow Palette|
I pre-ordered this one, knowing it wouldn't last long before it will sell out. Natural palette with Chanel written on it is guaranteed to fly off the shelves. They called me on a Thursday, and said that the collection was there. I could make it to the store on Friday and would like to swatch before buying but couldn't see the tester. It was hidden in a drawer since this product was already sold out! In one day? I was confused, anyway purchased my palette, which was reserved for me, and went home, so excited to try it out.
I took it out on Sunday, to take some photos, wanted to remove the inlay and there I see, it was glued to the compact? Ugh! It didn't want to come out... I almost ripped it off, leaving two ugly white marks behind.
|A bad surprise: Chanel Ombres Matelassees Charming Eye Shadow Palette|
First I was like, what? Then I called the counter and they were not that surprised to hear that. Apparently it was the "display" piece which I was given by mistake. Luckily a new order is expected to arrive, with that they will change my piece with a regular one. I didn't want to wait until it arrives again, so here comes the swatches and eye look. Luckily the powder part of this is the same as a regular one.
Charming has five neutrals, placed from light to deep, going from beige to plummy brown. It has mostly satins and mattes, with the exception of the middle shade, which is shimmery.
|Close-up: Chanel Ombres Matelassees Charming Eye Shadow Palette|
The shades can be described as follows:
- Light beige with matte finish
- Light brown with matte finish
- Mid-toned brown with gold and bronze shimmer
- Deep cool brown with satin finish
- Deep aubergine with matte finish
|Swatch: Chanel Ombres Matelassees Charming Eye Shadow Palette|
The thing I like about this palette is high quality mattes and how nicely each shade shows up on my lids. They are not transparent nor too light which is great in my book. On the other hand it is hard to form a contrast with only one light shade. However good news is that these can be layered so if you want to make one of the shades lighter, just mix it with the lightest shade. For the below look, I aimlessly padded some shades on my lid and voila, it looks nice enough to wear it! :-) Effortless smokey eye, love it. The only shade I am not in love with is the middle one, with slight fall out. It also leans way too warm for my taste so for the below look, I padded a little bit of that one on the lid after I was finished for a little shimmer here and there. You can see whole FOTD with Joues Contraste on the cheeks and Rouge Allure Ambigue on the lips here.
|In-action: Chanel Ombres Matelassees Charming Eye Shadow Palette|
Final thoughts: A nice basic palette which performs very well. I can see that one being flattering on a lot of different complexions and can be worn all year around.
What I don't understand is that this is only 55 EUR in Europe and as much as $80 in US, do you know why?