Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00 for 0.26 oz.) contains five shades that range from a gradiant that goes from white to black with a pop of gold thrown in. It was so close to being a really cool-toned palette, so I wish they hadn’t included a gold. I also think it is harder to incorporate the gold shade with the others for two reasons: the tone and vibrancy is out of sync with the other four, but the texture is denser/thicker, while the others were thinner, so they didn’t blend together well. The palette has a very soft consistency that is powdery, and with the thinner texture, it also feels almost dry at times, which makes it problematic to apply to the skin without something extra (like a primer or tacky base). For the price point, I expected something stellar, and instead, I was pretty disappointed.

As a heads up, Nordstrom has it for $70, but other retailers are listing it for $80. (I bought mine at Nordstrom, so my order did process and that’s what I paid.) I don’t have a press release yet, but since all other retails are showing it at $80, I would guess that’s the correct price.

Oiseaux de Nuit #1 is a cool-toned, medium white with a soft, frosted finish. It had good color payoff with only a slight powderiness to its texture. The color lasted for eight hours applied. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Oiseaux de Nuit #2 is a muted, grayed lilac with a frosted, lightly metallic, finish. It had decent pigmentation, but the texture was powdery and little dry. I liked it better used with a damp brush, as it held together better. It lasted for eight hours on the lid. See comparison swatches/ view dupes side-by-side.

Oiseaux de Nuit #3 is a blackened purple with subtle, cool undertones and a satin shimmer. It had very sheer color payoff, and the texture was dry and powdery to work with. It lasted for seven and a half hours applied to the skin. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Oiseaux de Nuit #4 is a medium-dark black with a satin finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture wasn’t powdery, but it could have been more blendable. It wore well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Oiseaux de Nuit #5 is a darkened gold with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had a lightly powdery texture, but it had decent color coverage. On the lid, it showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit Eyeshadow Palette

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Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit #3 Eyeshadow
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Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit #4 Eyeshadow
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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 matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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I checked this out yesterday at Dillards and I see why it earned not such a great grade. I was not impressed at all by it. Definitely not worth the $70/80 bucks.

I actually like the gold in there because it would give the option of a white/black/gold look. However if the tones/textures don’t compliment each other that kind of negates it all.

Maybe an antique gold or a rose gold might worked better: still warm, but way more wearable. Of course, silver or pewter would have been better still!

Thanks, Christine, I’ve been waiting for this review as well as the Dior holiday eye shadows. I like the #2 shadow but that is not enough to get such a pricey palette. I sprang for the Chanel highlighter powder as I have ogled them for so many years but they are always too warm for my neutral skin. This one was that white gold that had my name on it. Looks like I made the right choice!

I felt the same disappointment when I swatched it. If the gold were lighter, less mustard toned, it would be fine, but it’s in a color range that’s completely adverse to the palette’s color scheme and really unwearable on cooler toned women. A sad miss.

I keep waiting for that day. It’s like they don’t like cool toned gals. I’ve lost count of how many palettes I’ve liked but had to pass on because they were just too warm.

I’m getting really tired of high end brands like Chanel doing really poor quality eyeshadow palettes. If they are $80 why not make them better than $3 wet n wild palettes? I know you pay for packaging, but is that really worth $75 on its own?

You are always paying for brand when you buy a brand like Chanel. You should, of course, get quality when you fork out a lot of money for something, but it is not always true. There are great products for $5, great ones for $50, so the whole “worth it” is more subjective than not. There are some objective factors like where it’s made, brand ethics, ingredients, etc. that might justify higher costs for some, but most of the justification process is personal.

I wouldn’t pay $70 or $80 for this. The quality doesn’t seem all that great. And while the gold is pretty I agree that it doesn’t fit with the rest of the palette. Such an odd choice

I was loving the swatches, and was actually considering having a look at it, then I saw the obligatory gold shade…

It’s almost amusing to read all the hate when brands keep putting the same shades/products in every palette (ie, NARS Laguna/Orgasm, MAC Carbon, etc…), but at least those products go with the overall tone of the palette. However, with a palettenof greys or taupes, what’s the purpose of a gold…?

This was on my wish list because I thought it looked gorgeous! Although bit of an odd colour combo, I was looking forward to it. Seems pretty dupable at least. The rating is such a disappointment, too bad, I’ll definitely pass.

Thanks Christine for spotting it at Nordstrom for $10 less. I just purchased this and hopefully I will like it, it just always seems if I miss out on it now I will end up paying more later to find it.

Again, we see why reading is fundamental! You make dreadful, disappointing shadows look wonderful! But the best thing WAS the hit of MBJ: what a great color. Still want Petrouchka, ’cause of the malamute. Hey, this is the season that Grade B palettes look good. As someone once said about maple syrup: ‘It’s Grade B for Better!’…… and unfortunately, this year that’s so true of e/s offerings!

I stopped buying Chanel eye shadows many years ago. I find that 99% of the time the pigmentation is lacking. I prefer their lipsticks and fragrances. I don’t think Chanel makes great eye products in general.

Those first four shades were right up my street and a cool platinum gold would have been lovely if the shadows had been decent 🙁 Wish they had been more like that ombre perlee palette from 2011? Maybe I’ll have a play with that one again instead! (I know it’s old but I always use clean brushes >.<)

Sounds sort of nuts but I’m kind of relieved that this is (a) so mediocre and (b) so dupe-able, because I splashed out on some of the recent Chanel quads and I’ve purchased a lot of eye shadow in the past few weeks and really need to focus on using some of it!

Wow. That looks awful. I don’t mind the inclusion of a gold shade, since purple and gild complement each other so well, but I wish that they’d made it a bit more of an antique, or slightly “dirty” gold. I think I’ll save my money and just try to recreate the feel of the palette from what I already have.

I’m so sad to see this review! I had seen this palette swatched on a British blog site and her review seemed so favorable in regards to the quality and density of pigment. This will be a definite pass, especially at $80.00. Always appreciate your honesty!

What a shame! If a beauty house can deliver excellent eyeshadows worth the price once, they can do it all the time. So many of the recent palettes have been sub-standard. Yet they are charging maximum dollars for their product. What a cheek! The gold looks weird in the palette – they should have included another shade of grey to make it a cool toned palette to rival all the neutrals out there. Looks like Chanel has missed the boat on this one.

After how much I loved last year’s holiday collection (and that amazing eye palette I’m afraid to use) this is just very…..bland. The highlighter is nice and I might pick that up, but it feel very uninspired.

Thanks for your honest review, Christine.
I’ve seen other (Dutch) bloggers rave about this palette just because it is Chanel. It’s not worth it.

I loved the look of this palette when I saw the photo. Such a pity i didn’t preform well. It remainds me of a LE Dior trio from ages ago. I still have it, and it’s the only palette I’ve ever bought a back up for.
If this palette, had gotten an “A” I would have been all over it. Love the greyish lilacs and purples.

Oh, bummer .. certainly pretty purple shades, but I wonder what the thought process was with the gold .. they could have put in a lovely matte or shimmer gray .. and perhaps this would have been a hit.

Monica.

i do not understand the negativity about this palette. I tested this in the store yesterday. Eyeshadows were very well pigmented, went on easy blended easy, like the gold as well. I have oily lids and normally must use a primer, but I did not and it lasted the whole day without creasing. Unbelievable! Of course I bought the palette. I can understand that the colors are not for everyone but that does not mean it deserves a C!

Hi Nawi,

I definitely recommend reading the review! 🙂 I don’t review or rate based on personal taste – I review based on the quality. Unfortunately, I did not have the same experience you did!

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