Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

Chanel Beige Lame Ombre Essentielle
Chanel Beige Lame Ombre Essentielle

Chanel Holiday 2011: Beige Lame Ombre Essentielle

Chanel Beige Lame Ombre Essentielle ($28.50 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark beige with multi-colored sparkles and a subtle hint of rose. The color payoff is nice with full color and true-to-pan color in one go. It translates exceptionally well on the lid–it really gives color and oomph without being over-the-top, smoky, or bright. You could wear it as a sheer wash of color or more opaque (which is how I wore it). I love that the multi-colored sparkle actually shows up on the lid and doesn’t end up all over your face, which was a bit of a surprise! The texture of Chanel’s individual eyeshadows is silky soft and very finely-milled; these two attributes combine to create an eyeshadow applies smoothly and blends out effortlessly.

Urban Decay Spotlight is cooler-toned and doesn’t have the sparkle. MAC Moleskin is similar in the base color but doesn’t have the sparkle either.

The Glossover


Beige Lame

The texture, color payoff, and application are excellent with Beige Lame! So soft and easy to use--it blends like butter and feels like silk when applied.











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Chanel Beige Lame Ombre Essentielle
Chanel Beige Lame Ombre Essentielle

Chanel Beige Lame Ombre Essentielle
Chanel Beige Lame Ombre Essentielle

Chanel Beige Lame Ombre Essentielle
Chanel Beige Lame Ombre Essentielle

Chanel Beige Lame Ombre Essentielle
Chanel Beige Lame Ombre Essentielle

Chanel Beige Lame Ombre Essentielle
Chanel Beige Lame Ombre Essentielle

Chanel Beige Lame Ombre Essentielle
Chanel Beige Lame Ombre Essentielle on lid

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Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Chanel, $28.50.

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

Urban Decay Spotlight is cooler-toned and doesn't have the sparkle. MAC Moleskin is similar in the base color but doesn't have the sparkle either.

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56 thoughts on “Chanel Beige Lame Ombre Essentielle Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Juliya

    Why I don’t see shimmer on lid?:-( It seems very ordinary

    • jj

      Agreed… it looks very pretty on the pan but on skin it looks nothing special.

    • Nicole

      I think it’s really hard to photograph sparkle, especially in Chanel’s case. I’ve found their glitter to be very fine compared to Urban Decay, for example. It’s always much prettier in person.

  2. denise

    Pretty on your brown eyes. What color eyeliner are you wearing? Love it!

  3. nitnot

    I… I think I’m in love.

    Christine, do you have any recommendation for cream eyeshadows of similar tone/color?

  4. Pawsha

    If I don’t put something over this, it makes my eyes look red and tired.

  5. Wow, so gorgeous! It sort of looks like it’s in between Naked and Buck from the Naked palette, which would ideal for me because I always have to blend those two colors to get the exact shade I want.

  6. lily

    Just wondering if the shimmer falls on to the cheek later in the day or during application?

  7. Suzanne

    How does it compare to the peach-sparkle eyeshadow in the Mac Mickey Contractor quad. It’s giving me serious deja vu.

  8. wow, this color is really, really lovely! the slight sparkle is so nice.

    can i ask what you’re wearing on your lower lid?

  9. I really like the shade itself, but I feel like the packaging itself seems too large for the eyeshadow 😛 I dont know if it’s just me or not!

    • lilly

      I reallly hate Chanel packing. It looks great, but it’s HUGE compared to the amount of product you get. I wish they sold in pans only.

    • Stephanie

      I thought the same thing when i saw it. Looks like to much extra plastic on the sides.

    • Carrie Mansfield

      I was just thinking it looked wasteful too! I get that it’s supposed to be luxury, but you can have luxury without having waste.

  10. Marian

    I love this!

  11. flyavsted

    I thought I would skip the singles this year, but seeing you wearing this one and giving it an A, I know I can’t! Love your reviews

  12. Just picked this up yesterday!! I’m so excited, it’s STUNNING AND GORGEOUS! I’m glad Christine approves of it too!

  13. Ludwig

    I just bought this today and it is absolutely gorgeous! I rarely buy single eyeshadows (even drugstore!) but this was totally worth the splurge!

  14. Ashley D.

    How pretty. Btw Christine, which eyeliner did you use here?

  15. Jess J

    oooo pretty. Whats on your lower lash line?

  16. Honeybumblebee

    I agree, it looks ordinary. Nothing special about it.

  17. lilly

    Thanks so much for the lid swatch! You are the BEST!

  18. #1. Color looks like a color of a Chanel suit outfit.
    #2. It appears like Chanel is having their cosmetic made in France again, and not from U.S.
    #3. Color reminds me of UD Sin, but I like Sin more. It is versatile and can be blended with many other colors.

    • Raquel

      I think most of Chanel cosmetics are made in Italy or France. They have “Euro” versions of blush and quads which are baked and “U.S.” versions which are not baked. But last I heard, they were going to consolidate all of their manufacturing in France.
      This single shadow is not baked — it is the traditional (U.S.) formula.

  19. ttx

    That’s a lovely color!
    By the way, what eyeliner do you have on your lower lash line in this picture, Christine?

  20. Emily

    Wow it swatches beautifully!

  21. Karen

    Love this look!! What eyeliner did you use on the bottom? I love the combo… it looks dark green with glitter shimmer…

  22. Roxy

    Thanks for the swatch and reviews. It seems worth giving a try.
    Question: How do you feel this will look on warmer and/or deep skin tones?

  23. Your eyes look AMAZING with this color! Love that eyeliner with the gold sparkle!, what is it?

  24. mumtaza

    totally perfect.

  25. cavano

    I love this one on you Christine, but am particularly drawn to the green liner! What’s that :)?

  26. melissa

    Can you tell me what color you put on your waterline?

  27. Tabby

    Do you think this will look good on pale, cool toned girls (around NW 20)? I just ordered this, but I’ve heard it just blends into the skin on some people, I’m really hoping it turns out just as lovely/medium brown on my skin as it does yours.

  28. Karen

    I went to swatch it today, unfortunately, the color seems to be different from yours.. I love how warm it is from your swatch, but on me, it’s a cool tone beige :( how sad ..

    Does the beige lame eyeshadow oxidized alot on e lids? Cause my UD naked & buck eyeshadow will oxidized and turn warm which is what I like about them ..

  29. marie

    would you say it’s close with the “baroque” eyeshadow for Laura Mercier ?
    could it look good on green eyes, cool tone and clear brown hair ?
    thank so much !

  30. A lovely shade. On me, it’s more of a “my lids but better” shade. Another possible dupe is NYX true taupe, but it has less sparkle.