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Chanel L’Intemporel de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

Chanel L'Intemporel de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel L’Intemporel de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel L’Intemporel de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00 for 0.24 oz.) includes five shades of muted, smokier shades. It was a complete and utter disaster; not worth $8, let alone $80. Described as a “rich palette” with “an absolute black” and “brilliant green and plum shades,” I don’t know what palette they’re speaking of, because these were sheer, dusty, and uneven applied to the skin. One could probably salvage it to some degree by using a tacky, colored or white-hued base. The eyeshadows are just so powdery with little binder that they don’t adhere well to bare skin, sheer away as soon as you make any attempt to blend, and they look dry and patchy. As they end up showing up rather sheer and muted, the darker shades get lost in each other. The entire look had creased and faded after five hours of wear.

L’Intemporel de Chanel #1 is described as a “gold.” It’s a light-medium, yellow gold with a soft, frosted finish. It was very powdery, but it applied the best out of the five shades, as it at least looked fairly even. It was significantly faded after five hours of wear. See swatches of similar shades / view dupes side-by-side.

L’Intemporel de Chanel #2 is described as a “brilliant green.” It’s a faded, murky forest green with a lighter green satin shimmer. Thie texture was unbelievably powdery–it just doesn’t bind; instead, it flies away as you apply it to the skin. It needs some sort of tacky base to have a hope of adhering. It looked dry, blotchy, and was the worst eyeshadow in the palette. The color had such promise in the pan, but it turned out to be a huge disappointment. See swatches of similar shades / view dupes side-by-side.

L’Intemporel de Chanel #3 is described as an “absolute black.” It’s a soft black with neutral undertones and a smattering of ultra-fine silver shimmer. It was semi-sheer, powdery, difficult to blend, and short-wearing. See swatches of similar shades / view dupes side-by-side.

L’Intemporel de Chanel #4 is described as a “plum.” It’s a muted, medium-dark plum with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. This one was deceptive; it seemed to swatch well and held together on the skin better than the other shades, but it still was difficult to apply on the lid–it just tended to blend out too readily, which made it look sheer and uneven. See swatches of similar shades / view dupes side-by-side.

L’Intemporel de Chanel #5 is described as a “silver-white.” It’s a brightened, silvery-white with cool undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It was powdery and thin so it didn’t apply evenly or with more than semi-opaque coverage. It faded after five hours. This type of color is more basic, so there are a slew of alternatives out there. See swatches of similar shades / view dupes side-by-side.

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Chanel L'Intemporel de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel L’Intemporel de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel L'Intemporel de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel L’Intemporel de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel L'Intemporel de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel L’Intemporel de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel L'Intemporel de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel L’Intemporel de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel L'Intemporel de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel L’Intemporel de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel L'Intemporel de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel L’Intemporel de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel L'Intemporel de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel L’Intemporel de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel L'Intemporel de Chanel #1 Eyeshadow
Chanel L’Intemporel de Chanel #1 Eyeshadow

Chanel L'Intemporel de Chanel #1 Eyeshadow
Chanel L’Intemporel de Chanel #1 Eyeshadow

Chanel L'Intemporel de Chanel #2 Eyeshadow
Chanel L’Intemporel de Chanel #2 Eyeshadow

Chanel L'Intemporel de Chanel #2 Eyeshadow
Chanel L’Intemporel de Chanel #2 Eyeshadow

Chanel L'Intemporel de Chanel #3 Eyeshadow
Chanel L’Intemporel de Chanel #3 Eyeshadow

Chanel L'Intemporel de Chanel #3 Eyeshadow
Chanel L’Intemporel de Chanel #3 Eyeshadow

Chanel L'Intemporel de Chanel #4 Eyeshadow
Chanel L’Intemporel de Chanel #4 Eyeshadow

Chanel L'Intemporel de Chanel #4 Eyeshadow
Chanel L’Intemporel de Chanel #4 Eyeshadow

Chanel L'Intemporel de Chanel #5 Eyeshadow
Chanel L’Intemporel de Chanel #5 Eyeshadow

Chanel L'Intemporel de Chanel #5 Eyeshadow
Chanel L’Intemporel de Chanel #5 Eyeshadow

Chanel L'Intemporel de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel L’Intemporel de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette (No Primer)

Chanel L'Intemporel de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel L’Intemporel de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette (No Primer)

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Chanel Eyeshadow Palette $70.00/0.31 OZ.
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About the Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). (For more information, please check the FAQ.)

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Their limited edition palettes are always bad but this is terrible. I can never understand why they don’t get it together with these palettes. Have a good weekend, Christine!

No problem. From swatches I’ve seen, it’s nice, but too much shimmer and not enough variety in finish /texture.
Just also wanna say I love your blog! Such a fan! I almost never buy makeup without reading your reviews, which always seem so honest and un-affected by freebies/sponsorship. Thanks for the job you do! 🙂

It’s just terrible. One of those, “Yeah, this isn’t going to go well” palettes as soon as you start working with it. And it never proves you wrong!

Ouch! Sad to see Chanel release an “F” palette, when they’ve released so many good palettes in the past year! Clearly they know how to make good eyeshadow. It’s always a little baffling to me that severely underperforming products like this make it past quality control.

Wow, there must be a contest going on to see which HE brand can come out with the worst eye shadows and charge the most for them – Hourglass, Dior, Givenchy, Laura Mercier Water Mist, and now Chanel. This is SO sad 🙁 At this point, the drugstore brands (Wet N Wild, L’Oreal Infallible, Elf, etc ) are better in terms of quality and pricing, and Colour Pop must be inundated with new customers.

I was thinking the same thing. I’ll just be sticking to my favorite mid end and DS eyeshadows MAC, UD, Lorac, L’Oreal Infallibles, Wet n Wild, Nyx. But this palette seems to take the cake for absolute WORST . Maybe it ties with that horrible Laura Mercier Watercolor one…..oh heck, all of the ones you mentioned are awful!

Shameful! It looked quite pretty on your lid and really could have been more pigmented 🙁
Is there a such thing as getting a bad batch?

Anything is possible, I’m sure, though I generally don’t believe that theory myself. I acknowledge that it could be possible, but I think it’s unlikely.

If they’re doing their quality control, from what I understand of manufacturing, is that each run (or batch) should be tested for quality/color against the color standard so that there is consistency across manufacturing runs! e.g. if you buy MAC Ravishing today, you’re supposed to be able to buy the same shade a year later (though the wiggle room is when ingredients change, become unavailable, or from another supplier).

Oh wow! F..Do the companies even test these before they release these products? Do they understand their reputation is at stake here? those are rhetorical questions and I do not expect you to answer Christine. It just amazes me. It almost makes me want to ban the companies who put such poor products out at ridiculous prices and expect people to pay for it because it has their name one it. But it seems like almost all companies put out products like this. I just don’t get it!

I feel like maybe it was used over a base, maybe an Illusion d’Ombre, or maybe they did one or two shades really sheer and were happy with that look for runway show, but it’s not how it’s marketed/described.

I already have a “ban” in place when it comes to this pricepoint, LOL! I just haven’t been impressed enough in a very long time to spend that much on a product that doesn’t do any better of a job than less expensive products, and they all still use the same cheap ingredients…

I try to not look when scrolling past the rating so I can decide the quality of the product without influence. This quality isn’t acceptable – who approved these shades? Did anyone ever test these?! The purple nice but if I had a palette with only one shade that applied I’d be miffed.

I had hoped that a prestigious brand like Chanel would be putting out products worth the $ but this palette is a disappointment. Especially since we know they can do better! They should be ashamed.

I like some of Chanel’s eyeshadows (and a few I love), but I have encountered plenty of misses over the years 🙁

I just don’t get how the quality control team at Chanel let something like this pass; with their marketing positioning and price point I don’t expect anything less than very best. It’s not they haven’t got the budget for proper product development …..
I can understand capitalizing on the brand name to have more profits through less expensive items like make-up but sometimes I wonder if there really is some tough in what they put out.
With a brand like Chanel if it’s not stellar then I wouldn’t expect them to launch. I find myself more and more disconnected with the seasonal collections from Chanel since they make these mistakes too many times for my liking.

I was really surprised at how poorly it performed across the board – it’s not just one shade (like the green) but all of them are a pain to use.

YIKES at #2.

I can’t understand why high-end brands like Chanel, Dior and Givenchy keep putting out eyeshadow palettes with such poor texture and color pay-off. Thank you for your always honest reviews!

They would really have to be pigmented, I think, and go on that way or else it will muddy together since they’re similar in tone.

I can look past “sheer”, but splotchy is inexcusable. In a large palette, I expect there will be one shade I won’t use, even 2, but with only 5, I can’t justify that.

The kicker is that these all seem like pretty basic shades. I’d boot any eyeshadow at any pricepoint that couldn’t perform in these shades.

Shameful. I thought I had misread the price. Should have been $8.00 instead…and I still wouldn’t buy it!
I am not getting a very good impression of high end brands.

Oh noooo. I was so looking forward to the review on this palette to see if I should get it! Ah, well, I guess that means more money saved on my end.

I was SO disappointed. Sometimes I can see a palette where maybe it isn’t an A based on what they say and all that, but the end result is still workable – this… I just don’t know.

What’s up with high end brands producing such below par products?!?! Even drugstore eyeshadows do a much better job for a fraction of the price. *argh* makes me so frustrated that people spend their hard earn money on their stuff and they think its ok!

It’s funny, but I stopped reviewing/purchasing the Wet ‘n’ Wild trios, because they started to perform this poorly and all I was doing was handing out Ds and Fs. I don’t mind giving out low grades, but eventually, you have to move on and just acknowledge that that formula just isn’t where it should be.

There are eyeshadows that are annoying to use or are less enjoyable/easy to use compared to really GREAT eyeshadow, and then there are eyeshadows that you don’t even want to bother with – these are the latter. The ones that I know will need every helper you can find, like a white, creamy base. I’ve experienced plenty of frustrating testing eyeshadows without help of primer, but I’ve been surprised over and over again at how many actually perform well without any help (and I say this having applied Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows this morning in ten minutes with no primer and no tears!).

Wait, there’s supposed to be a vibrant GREEN color somewhere in those disasters of shades? Where is it? Because I swear #2 is GRAY. Is it just me?

oh nos! Chanel what are you doing?!? was so set on getting this palette but i change my mind. i can’t see paying that kind of money for that kind of quality. too bad…seems like they cant get it together with these palettes. Guess ill stick to the 4-pan baked ones..

The first palette I ever bought was a Chanel eye shadow palette. The quality was great back then. I was about 19-20 years old though! I won’t be splurging on this one for sure.

Do you any of you own this? I do, as well as several of my friends. We have no issues. The green in your photos is the color in my palette or my friends. I had no issues with this palette. Perhaps before others jump on the bandwagon of trashing Chanel. try it yourself. Then make any statement you wish.

I’m so glad you’re enjoying your palette, Elizabeth! I did purchase mine through Chanel directly, just for reference. I’m also not trashing Chanel–I tested and reviewed it with the same st of standards and care that I do with other brands and products.

Maybe you could share some tips/tricks or what applicator or base you’re using to help anyone who might have had a less good experience than yours 🙂 I would greatly appreciate it!

To be fair, I’ve seen several reviews since reading this one, and they’re mixed. Every review I’ve read says these shadows need primer to work on eyes. (Or the eyes end up looking similar to Christine’s eye look photos.) The pictures I’ve seen of eye looks done over primer do look much better, including the green. I think it depends on the person whether having to use primer with (what many people consider) an expensive palette is acceptable or not. Most of the reviewers I’ve read seem to like this palette when used over primer.

Of the photos I’ve seen with the reviews, all the arm swatches look patchy, but sometimes eyeshadows do look better on the eyes than in swatches, and vice versa.

If I were to seriously consider this palette, at this price, I would follow your advice. I’d go to the store, and try it out for myself first.

I definitely see green, but it’s a very dark, dusty green that when sheered out can look grayer – the swatch I see the green, while on the lid, it is less green, IMO.

Oh my! What can anyone say? Chanel – what a big mistake. I was going to say I liked 3/5 of the colours – no need for a white or a black – a good taupe would have been lovely, but this?

I was kicking myself that I ordered the spring Lancome eye palette before your review (even though it came with about a million extras). But heck, that was $58– it came with a blush, lip gloss, and generous skin care samples. And with a tacky eye base, it is usable and I love those soft pinks. But compared with this one, it’s B- rating is looking pretty good.

Though not a dupe, the color combo here reminds me a lot of the Sleek Makeup Ultra Mattes V. 2 palette. Similar feel at a fraction of the price and better quality. A base is still useful but it’s so much easier to justify a primer/base at Sleek’s price point.

The swatch for #2 actually made me cringe in embarrassment. And #3 just furthered the discomfort. The purple is pretty, though.

It’s amazing how you manage to create such lovely looks with even the most ridiculously underperforming shadows and how they even make it to market under high end brand names.

I’ve swatched these in store and agree, the quality is just disgraceful. I wonder if it’s the same person in charge of ok’ing the LE palettes for Chanel. If so, firing them might be in Chanel’s best interest ;/

At first I thought #2 was another “what color is this dress?”thing. I am told it is a brilliant green but I saw gray in the pan. Then I saw a teeny bit of green tinge in the swatch. Looks like the mold I found on an orange rolling around in the depths of my crisper drawer. Yikes!

What’s with these high end brands putting duds out all the time! By now I think most savvy makeup shoppers now know to avoid them. Such a run of mediocre to bad products lately. Back to the drawing board Chanel!

Wow! What a shame! The colors look so interesting in the photos… but it seems like it was hard to figure out even what kind of a shade of green #2 was supposed to be. Thank you for the review. I was tempted, glad I didn’t try without seeing it or reading about it!

That’s so sad that the colors look so muted. I did not expect the darkest color to have the least payoff. And the compact looks relatively small and unsubstantial. I feel bad that Dior came out with such a disappointing palette.

Chanel’s LE palettes like these are always pricey (they seem higher than you’d expect relative to the rest of their products), so when it’s a dud, it’s so painful!

I thought your comments on this palette were just an exaggeration because you were angry for spending so much on something that ended up not being spectacular, but BOY I WAS WRONG. The second shade just hurt my soul. Oh dear.

but i have to say I love that you don’t give expensive brands great reviews just because they’re expensive or just because they might send you things for review. I’m sooooo tired of products being praised even when they don’t deliver!

I get angry about them charging that price for something so poor – less so about me spending the money, though, because I look at it as purchasing for review (even if it was really good, it’s unlikely I’ll use it more than a handful of times, so it’s worth it either way for my purpose, you know?), but more the audacity of making it $80 and then botching the quality. All the money to apply towards a quality product and yet it’s totally MIA!

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