Chanel Les 5 Ombres Oiseaux de Nuit Eye Shadow Palette for Plumes Précieuses Holiday 2014 Collection, Swatch, Review & FOTD

As my deadline approaches, the excitement and stress on this side of the screen gets rocket high but I can't keep myself from showing you Chanel's holiday eye shadow palette. I will try to keep it short as the photos speak for themselves. This is going to be the first review of the items I picked up from the collection.
Chanel Les 5 Ombres Oiseaux de Nuit Eye Shadow Palette



Oiseaux de Nuit (nocturnal birds) is a 5 pan eye shadow palette, called Les 5 Ombres, I don't know of any other release from Chanel with this name, so I was very much curious about the formula. It must be why I purchased it sight unseen although the colors didn't catch my attention at first. I like cooler side of the spectrum when it comes to eye shadows but silver is a color which is hard to make it work on me. The purple shade in the middle though made me reconsider my decision of skipping so here we are...



Chanel Les 5 Ombres Oiseaux de Nuit Eye Shadow Palette

A few more observations about Les 5 Ombres formula, compared to Ombres Matelassees, which was the general name of last year's holiday release Charming (reviewed here):


  • Les 5 Ombres doesn't have the signature Chanel pattern pressed on it.
  • Les 5 Ombres lists two different formulas at the back, namely "cream powder" and "powder". It is hard to figure out though which pan has which formula. Golden eye shadow is significantly sheerer than the others so this one might be the "powder" one.
  • Similar to their new gloss release, Chanel again cuts back from the weight as the price stays the same, last year's palette was 9 g/0.32 OZ while this one is only 7.5g/0.26 OZ.
  • That said I find 5 Ombres more pigmented than last year's Charming. 



Close-up: Chanel Les 5 Ombres Oiseaux de Nuit Eye Shadow Palette

I am pleased to see that Oiseaux de Nuit has different finishes including mattes to balance out the shimmers. The shimmery shadows are rather subdued, they are more like a satin to shimmery finish. I am also glad that they are not frosty. The shades from left to right are like follows:

Left most: Very light cool white with satin finish. It is great for highlighting the inner corner or the brow bone but be careful with this one, it is very pigmented.

2nd from left: A light silver with a tad of lavender. This has a subtle metallic finish which is not overly shimmery. I really like the undertones of this particular shade, easier to wear than many other silvers on me.

Middle: Deep blackened cool purple with matte finish. It is a complex shade but not because of its finish but because of its undertones. I really like it, it is a great alternative to black to define the eyes.

2nd from right: Very deep matte black. Although I like the quality and how deep it is, I don't think it was necessary in this palette. The deep purple was a nice blackened shade and a full pan black is something I wouldn't be using much. Sheered out the deep purple and this shade almost look the same.

Right most: A very sheer mid-toned gold with satin finish. Another shade which I am not that fond of. I thought since it is sheer, I could use it to layer on the others, which I did on the eye make-up below. It worked but I needed to apply multiple layers for it to show up. If you find the rest of the palette to be too cool, this shade may make it work for you.

Swatch: Chanel Les 5 Ombres Oiseaux de Nuit Eye Shadow Palette

I have tried to wear the palette two times. Each time I though the end result was nice but not ground shaking. Below I applied the white on the inner corner, silver all over the lid, purple on the crease which I attempted to deepen more with black but these two shades are almost dupes, so no luck in trying to make them show individually. I then layered the gold on the first half of the lid, which made the whole look a little warmer.


In-action: Chanel Les 5 Ombres Oiseaux de Nuit Eye Shadow Palette

Since the eyes were unspectacular, I decided for some color on the lips. I was testing the blush from Chanel's holiday collection as well so they didn't go all that well together but nevertheless here is the whole look and the list of the products:

Foundation: Chanel Vitalumiere Compact Douceur in B20
Concealer: Diorskin Star Concealer (reviewed here)
Eyes:  

  • Chanel Les 5 Ombres Oiseaux de Nuit Eye Shadow Palette, 
  • Chanel Les Volume Mascara #30 Prune, 
  • Stylo Yeux #905 in Smoky Grey (swatched here)

Face:

  • Chanel Joues Contraste in Caresse (review coming up)
  • Chanel Camelia de Plumes Highlighting Powder (review coming up) 
  • Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder

Lips: MAC Fashion Revival (swatched here)


FOTD: Chanel Les 5 Ombres Oiseaux de Nuit Eye Shadow Palette

Looking at the photos of the compact once more, I wished the middle shade would swatch a little lighter, like in this photo, compared to black. I would also love to have a true-to-pan pay-off with the gold shade.



Chanel Les 5 Ombres Oiseaux de Nuit Eye Shadow Palette


Final thoughts: Chanel Les 5 Ombres Oiseaux de Nuit Eye Shadow Palette is nice but it didn't blow off my mind. If you are in search for a cool smoky palette with good color pay off (I am ignoring the gold shade here) then you may want to check it out. Personally if I would have swatched it in person, probably I would end up not purchasing it.

Price/Availability: Chanel Plumes Précieuses Holiday 2014 Collection is now available in the States. I believe in Europe we have to wait for one more month for the release. Chanel Les 5 Ombres Oiseaux de Nuit Eye Shadow Palette costs $70 in the States.

Do you have something in your wish list from Chanel Plumes Précieuses Holiday 2014 Collection?


26 comments

  1. Oh Sara! As much as I like the look you've created, this one I will pass. I have last year's charming and the colors work so well for me. Oiseaux de nuits with that wite and especially silver wouldn't work for me, I simply wouldn't use them. Still all the colors together do look great!

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    1. Hi Helene,
      I love Charming! It is not another brown palette, for me the undertones work so great. This one is not that pretty, you are right.

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  2. Hey Sara, I love how you paired this with Fashion Revival! It looks fantastic on you! I am not sure I can rock such a cool-toned palette. I might want to see it in person first.

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    1. Hi Sunny, I think that golden shade will make it work on you. It did on me, although I am not fan of silvers neither.

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  3. Love the look, Sara! Hmmmm... As far as cool smokey grey palettes go, this might be a pass for me. Maybe if the gold shade were stronger. Thanks for the speedy review :)

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    1. Wish the gold wouldn't be so sheer. You are right, there are much better smoky palettes out there.

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  4. Shade no. 5 reminds me of Marc Jacobs the Dreamer mustardy colour, but so uncoherent with this palette. I'm still looking for some good greys so it's either this one or Burberry 01 smokey greys.
    ps: gorgeous lipstick with the eyes

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    1. Thanks about the lipstick, this encourages me to wear more color on the lips ;-)
      I think Burberry's texture is better. Yes that gold on the end is something like "oh it became too cool, now they won't buy it, let's warm it up a little" ;-))

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  5. Very pretty, but definitely a bit too cool-toned for me. The lipstick is beautiful on you! xo

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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    1. Thanks Jen, after reading the comments I have decided to wear bolder lippies ;-))

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  6. I was so disappointed in this palette! Just swatched it yesterday along with the rest of the collection, and it was drier and felt cheaper than the previous Charming palette. Such a shame b/c I love Charming. Really liked the Illusion D'Ombre tho...was it me or is it more sparkly than normal? Love that lipstick on you, its stunning!

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    1. I have to admit, I didn't like the Illusion d'Ombre that much either. It was not over sparkly, not like the ones from Summer but it was not special either. Since I collect IdOs I got it but probably I would skip if I didn't. Thanks for your bold lipstick encouragement ;-))

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  7. Hi, I'm Urbis from Spektra forum ... Do you know if Reve d'Orient eye palette will be available in Europe?
    Thank you and to your amazing blog

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    1. Hi Lella,
      thanks for your lovely comment. Unfortunately it seems we are not getting that palette. At least for the time being. I will check out with a very knowledgable SA on the weekend and if he says we do, I will let you know. A friend got it for me from US so I will present it here soon.

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  8. I pretty much knew I was going to pass on this palette (too cool and a matte black is a no-no for me) but your review confirms my thoughts. Cannot wait however to get my hands on the highlighter and I am pretty interested in the blush and peachy lipstick. Hope the deadline goes smoothly. Susan, London

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    1. Hi Susan,
      I haven't tried the peachy lipstick yet but it is on its way to me so I may write about it soon. I have seen a swatch in You Tube though, blogger was saying that it is very sheer. I have the blush, in fact wearing it in this photo. I am not move with it. It is very light as well so on my now tanned skin, shows up hardly.

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  9. I saw this palette at the Chanel counter this past weekend and decided to skip it. It just... didn't do anything for me at all. Too cool-toned I think. And that type of gray doesn't go well with my skin tone. You made the final look come alive with Fashion Revival, though! Thanks once again as always for a swift review and helpful swatches!

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    1. Hi Jaa, thanks, I normally don't wear bold lippies since they look extremely bright on me. This one is not that bright so I said why not give it a try. You see now it looks bright on me ;-)
      You are right, that silver is hard to pull off and the darkest shades are not that good. If I would have swatched it, I'd skipped too.

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  10. I am actually glad I'm not into these types of colours. I mean I really like the gold, but I am not into blues very much in general. That Chanel highligher coming out with the holiday collection is another story though...

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    1. Highlighter is gorgeous. I think it is the best piece of the collection and is a must have. I am going to post about it very soon. I feel what you mean about this palette.

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  11. Love it!!! Love the colors here especially that they have put a gold one. It looks so great on you. I wanna try this too.

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    1. Hi Sue,
      glad that you liked it. It didn't move me but if you are in search for a smoky palette with a little bit of a warm twist, here you go! :-)

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  12. Sara, the bright Fashion Revival looks really beautiful on you! Makes your beautiful face even more so. :) Please wear more brights!
    I was at the Chanel boutique a few times the last few days (to play with the new highlighter, to order a nail polish, track down that Reve D'Orient quad). I thought the quint looked so nice but I was really disappointed in the quality of the shades. The two dark ones you mentioned were the worst! They were pretty much indistinguishable on the skin and so dry and chalky! :(
    I envy that you can wear these cool grays! (like you did with TF$ Ice Queen). They contrast really oddly with my skin and don't look presentable.

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    1. Aww Belly, this is so kind of you to say that. It seems I should be going more more on my lipstick choices but then I become a clown at work since I can't go easy on eyes. First world problems lol. Ditto about what you say. I actually like drier textures for deeper shades because they don't fall out but then these two look so close, why both at the same palette, huh?
      Have you caught Reve D'Orient? It looks stunning!

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  13. It just has no pizzazz or sparkle for a holiday palette-am very disappointed with Chanels Holiday efforts this year

    Stacey | Expat Make-Up Addict xx

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  14. Hi Sara, i love bright lips on you!!! Pls pls wear them more often! This palette is kinda hum-ha for me.... i'm just not taken by it at all (or is it only because it lacks the patterns to make it visually more exciting?)..... And I don't understand why they released such an uncoordinated collection!

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