Chanel Ombres Matelassées 51, Montaigne Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel has released a new beautiful palette to celebrate the opening of one of their new boutiques in Paris. The palette is called Ombres Matelassées 51, Montaigne ($80 for 6g/0.21 oz, Made in Italy). It comes with five stunning soft silky-smooth shimmery eyeshadows embossed with the classic quilted pattern. The colors aren’t all that unique to Chanel’s prior releases but the texture is amazing with an ultra-smooth finish and satiny feel. Pigmentation is medium, like most Chanel eyeshadows. The shimmer is very soft and subtle. At $80 this is extremely pricey (especially when you consider the fact that the Ombres Perleés de Chanel from Spring 2011 was $65). I fell in love with the beautiful presentation and packaging but I’m not really comfortable with the price. (I skipped the Vegas de Chanel face highlighter and so felt this splurge was justified.)
The colors, left to right: soft iridescent ivory, pale gold shimmer, satiny warm gold, khaki olive shimmer, soft greyed-black with a tinge of navy. A few more close ups.


Comparisons to a few other shades, Chanel Ivory, Chanel Blazing Gold, Burberry Midnight Black, Chanel Black Star and Chanel Noir-Ivoire. (The greenish/olive shade wasn’t compared because I don’t own any of the Chanel khaki shimmers.) As you can see the theme is not extremely unique, but still extremely beautiful.

I’m not sure exactly where this will be available. My guess is this will be available at the counters and stores that receive the special exclusive launches (such as Les Jeans de Chanel, Vegas de Chanel, etc.) I know Nordstrom in Seattle has received the palette and have seen reports of this being spotted at various Boutiques and select Neiman Marcus counters. I’m assuming it will be launched online at eventually but at this time I’m not sure. I purchased mine at my local Neiman Marcus although they did not have any testers. See other photos at Best Things in Beauty and Luxury-Makeup Livejournal.

Overall beautiful presentation and extremely high quality. There is a lack of originality with the colors (I found them to be repeats of prior/existing shades) but the palette is a classic and I really love it. The texture is better than some of the singles, which I’m a huge fan of, but sometimes can be a bit chunky in feel. I personally cannot envision wearing all 5 shades at once. I’ve tried a few combinations and prefer to use 3 at most at one time. I find it wears very well and adheres well to the lids like the classic Chanel eyeshadows do.

Bottom line, it’s a true luxury product, not a necessity. I love it but I don’t think it’s a must-have for those who have a lot of other Chanel eyeshadows. I simply think you will find this redundant. I like the convenience of having all shades in one palette and felt the presentation is just exquisite. At the price it’s definitely a splurge. If I could only have 1 palette this season, I think it would still be Dior Grège 734 (reviewed here), although a few photos of summer collections have been surfacing and I’m kinda dying over the NARS trio coming out for summer (see it on here).

Have you seen/tried this yet? What are your thoughts?


  1. March 15, 2012 / 5:04 am

    I really like the combination in the palette! The khaki really is the highlight for me. 🙂

  2. March 15, 2012 / 5:47 am

    Beautiful palette, the colours are awesome! <3

  3. March 15, 2012 / 6:33 am

    Those swatches look lovely!

  4. March 15, 2012 / 10:19 am

    Nice but…too expensive!
    Have a nice day 🙂

    • March 16, 2012 / 3:59 am

      Yes, very expensive. I felt the Vegas Powder was too over the top and that I would get more use out of this eyeshadow palette instead.

    • March 19, 2012 / 9:12 pm

      🙂 ok…and Vegas Powder was to expensive too! ;/
      Chanel Germany is different than Chanel USA.
      I like more Chanel USA. And Chanel Gemany is so bad…
      Chanel USA products are much better! <3

  5. March 15, 2012 / 12:05 pm

    This palette looks so nice! All the gold tones looks just right and not too shimmering. But the price of it force me to look away, lol

  6. March 15, 2012 / 12:30 pm

    Die Hard Chanel Fan but I am skipping this…….. I have all those colors.

  7. March 15, 2012 / 3:00 pm

    Hi Sabrina! As always, you're awesome with your swatches! I have a question for you….is the texture of these like ombre essentials? I love those, they're so soft.

    • March 16, 2012 / 3:58 am

      Hi Lori, I feel like these have a similar texture to the duos from Chanel 🙂 Hope this helps!

  8. March 15, 2012 / 4:10 pm

    This would be good for someone like me that does not own a single Chanel palette. It's pretty but I still don't know if it's worth $80 to me.

  9. March 15, 2012 / 4:51 pm

    Damn, Pretty!

  10. Anonymous
    March 15, 2012 / 5:43 pm

    I know this pallette seems expensive…BUT if you consider the price and quantity of product its not so bad. A single Chanel eyeshadow costs $28.50 for only 2g. I think I just might end up purchasing it!!!!

  11. March 16, 2012 / 1:55 am

    I can't wait to go to the Chanel counter in my town and play with this babies 🙂 I hope they look awesome on my eyes. The only thing that would hold me back from get this beauties is the price.

  12. March 16, 2012 / 3:56 am

    This looks like a must have honestly. But I can't seem to overlook the price. How does the texture and feel of this palette compare to that of Topkapi and Ombres Perlees? I thought those palettes were exceptional in quality.

    • March 16, 2012 / 4:01 am

      Hi SFe, I feel that Topkapi was unique for Chanel because the pigment was just so much richer than most Chanel shadows (which I love but have a softer more natural finish). This palette is more along the natural lines.

      For Ombres Perlees, the texture is completely different. Spring was an interesting hybrid cream-powder. 51, Montaigne is all powder like their eyeshadow duos but with better pigmentation.

      Hope this helps!

  13. March 17, 2012 / 2:15 am

    Seems the price is pretty high, but for a neutral-shade-fan, this could be a must. However, they look so pretty… I'm not sure I will be using them and just leaving them as collection item -as I did with the NARS palette from Holiday 2011.

  14. March 18, 2012 / 4:49 pm

    It's a really gorgeous palette for sure! But.. given the price tag and the number of shadows I have that look somewhat similar.. I think I will have to pass on this. Of course, I said that about Gold Fingers. I might change my mind if I see it in person haha. Thank you for the photos and review!

  15. March 22, 2012 / 9:35 pm

    Hia guys! I have this palette! While I am kind of miffed about there being two gold shades…This palette is stunning on. I am fair skinned and yellow toned and this palette suits me well. I have hazel eyes, forgot to mention.

    I love that they include a black and a highlight shade. This palette is a complete look, perfect for travel and I find I love it more than the Topkapi quad.

    I use the lightest shade as an inner corner highlight, the khaki shade in my crease, and on my outer lid, i use the darker gold to blend the khaki green shade and the lighter gold as a lid colour. The black is used on my outer v.

  16. March 29, 2012 / 6:46 am

    thanks for the swatches, Sabrina! I just love the colours, they're exactly the colours I use for my everyday eye makeup. Currently I use four colours (black & olive-greyish shadows from Chanel, shimmery ivory and warm gold from MAC) and since I am travelling a lot I hate to carry those single colours all the time. This is definitely a must have for me! Thanks for the post!

  17. Shannyn
    April 4, 2012 / 3:26 am

    It's gorgeous but I'm not in love with the three gold shades. At $100 here in Australia, I think I'm going to pass on this one…