Chanel Ombres Perlees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

Chanel Ombres Perlees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel Ombres Perlees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Spring 2011: Ombres Perlees

Chanel Ombres Perlees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette ($65.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a new and limited edition eyeshadow palette from Chanel’s spring collection that features five shades.  It contains: a pearled, metallic barely gold-tinged white; metallic pinked bronze withc hampagne sheen; dirty mauve gray; darkened, charcoal foreest green with metallic sheen; and dirty charcoal navy blue with sheen. All five were really pigmented except the purple shade, which was noticeably sheerer. The finishes on these is rather metallic, with some being true metallics and others being a cross between frost and metallic.

Initially, I likened the texture of these shades to Stila’s Jewel Eyeshadow Palette or Urban Decay’s Stardusts — but not quite. Those two have a wetter, glittery texture, while these as drier but smoother and are about shimmer, micro-shimmer, sheen, but not so much about glitter. They’re similar but different enough that I wouldn’t say they are the same.

These are creamy, buttery shadows; they feel almost like a cream-to-powder eyeshadow, but they’re powder. The texture is really lovely, and if you have the chance to, get a feel (though I have no idea how well these hold up as testers!). Again, all of the shades except the purple one were pigmented; the swatches are shown with just a single pass of color–there’s no layering required–and they’re incredibly easy to blend out, because they apply so smoothly. I liked using the 239 or the 242.

I am disappointed in the amount of product, though, because the average eyeshadow quad contains 0.24 oz. of product, which retails for $56, and while this one is $65, you’re getting only 0.17 oz. I don’t, however, think this will prevent it from being one of the more sought after items from the spring collection, and I can certainly see why it has been flying off the shelves before it’s even officially hit counters.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 6/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

FINAL THOUGHTS: The texture is phenomenal and something one has to try out in person to really understand, but I’m not sure this color scheme is as workable as I’d like to see in a palette. It runs cooler, with even the coppery shade seemingly cool, so it will work best on cooler skin tones. I think because the shades are darker but cool, warmer skin tones can still pair them with warmer shades for an easy look.

WHERE TO BUY: Nordstrom

Chanel Ombres Perlees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel Ombres Perlees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Ombres Perlees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel Ombres Perlees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Ombres Perlees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel Ombres Perlees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Ombres Perlees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel Ombres Perlees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Ombres Perlees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel Ombres Perlees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Ombres Perlees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel Ombres Perlees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Ombres Perlees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel Ombres Perlees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Ombres Perlees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel Ombres Perlees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Ombres Perlees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel Ombres Perlees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Ombres Perlees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel Ombres Perlees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Ombres Perlees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel Ombres Perlees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette

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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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The colors are beautiful…. but way to much money. I know that Chanel is expensive, that is the only reason I dont purchase there makeup. Beautiful colors though. Very springy!!!

Sorry to ask Christine but I’m kind of new to Chanel. The Ombre Perlees are a different formula to the quad then? And do you know if there are Euro/American versions?

I bought this as the colors work really well on me and I think the finish is beautiful. But, I’m having the hardest time applying these shadows. I’ve tried a variety of brushes — natural and synthetic — and they just don’t seem to pick up the shadow. What did you use for the swatches? The SA suggested using my fingers but I’d rather not for hygenic reasons and to be able to blend multiple colors for a look.

Thanks!

I purchased this and have had it about a week. I am on the fence on if I like it something about it is not grabbing me. Not sure if I should keep it or return it?

Given the ingredients (thanks for posting them!) these eyeshadows are practically coloured silicone ;D No wonder they seem so buttery.

feder: if you comment refers to that the palette would only be available at Nordstrom, I do suppose that refers to the US and it will very likely be available in Germany at the major perfumery-stores, too.
Apart from that, yeah, having Nordstrom would be nice 🙂

I love chanel palettes, and this one looks amazing. I’m a bit worried about the price here in norway though. Makeup is crazy expensive here, so i kinda expect this one to be $100+.

I love the colors but the price is through the roof for me. Also, is it just me or does that compact look cheap?? It’s just not screaming Chanel for me for some reason.

I think you are right about these being cooler shades, will the quad from the spring 2011 from chanel work with this quint to make it more workable for warmer skin tones?

I just received this palette.To my surprise it is very small and less product than a quad.Also I noticed this is made in JAPAN???!!! WTH??!!
Come on chanel your increasing your prices and giving customers less product so you can profit more money.Well chanel your losing a customer in me!!!!!!!!

I have to admit I used to love chanel, but I haven’t bought anything in at least 5 years from them, they are too expensive and I can find similar for less. I bought the particulere and paradoxal nail polish on a whim and the hype. I missed Jade thinking I’m not spending $23 on a mint np. Then I went to look for black pearl np and saw this compact. I actually squeeled sadly. I am a sucker for irridescent items and the darker two more than the others have like multicolored shimmer in them, and the texture is fab smooth and silky. I splurged and bought it. They blend easily. I find to get more color you need a sponge applicator like the ones it came with or a finger. The brushes don’t quite get the color payment. I find the darkest color is more of a steel to me.

I recently purchased this quint and returned it. I normally use different brushes to apply my e/s and found that I couldn’t pick up any colour on my brush. I could only achieve a wash of colour on my lid. When i tried wetting the brush there was too much fallout and the SA told me to use the sponge applicator instead. For hygienic reasons I prefer brushes so unfortunately this was not a good product for me.

There was a tutorial online with this palette that was featured on Chanel’s website for a while that inspired me to pick up this quint. It actually works pretty well with me, as I’m still fairly pale from the winter (even though I normally have a more warm undertone to my skin), and it looks gorgeous when you do a smoky look! I believe it was a Ms. Elderidge or something similar, and she layered the plum and green shades over the gunmetal one 🙂

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