Chanel Holiday 2012 Eyes: Apparence, Nuit-Claire and Harmonie du Soir

October 30, 2012

I chose three items from the Chanel Holiday collection: Apparence Illusion d’Ombre, Nuit-Claire Eyeshadow Duo and Harmonie du Soir Quadra Eye Shadow.

Apparence Illusion d’Ombre ($36 for 4g/0.14 oz) is a stunning brassy-gold metallic. It’s quite sparkly but not too over-the-top when blended on the lids. When swatched on the arms it’s quite warm, on the eyes it balances out to appear a bit more neutral, but still warm and golden. The shimmer/sparkle factor is still fairly high but I experienced no fall-out. Like all other Illusion d’Ombres, this has a spongey hybrid gel/cream like texture with bounce. I like to use the applicators for intense pigment, but use a small shadow brush for a sheer wash. For everyday wear at a conservative work office, it’s borderline too sparkly to pull off. Blending for a sheer wash and combining this with other shades makes it ok for me, but I probably would save this one for special occasions or any time other than just to work. (That’s just me though.)

Nuit-Claire Eyeshadow Duo ($42 for 2.5g/0.09 oz) is a combination of soft classic black satin and champagne shimmer. It’s very subtle and natural looking. Those who think it resembles last holiday’s Noir-Ivoire are correct. This year’s Nuit-Claire is a cooler version with a pinkish champagne compared to last year’s duo, but without comparing them side-by-side, they appear almost identical. (Scroll down for the comparison.) The shimmer in the pale champagne side gives a subtle glow to the lids which is really quite lovely. The black is sheer but layerable for a smokey eye. I don’t think it’s a must-have because the colors are just so basic but if you’re looking for something subtle and refined without too much shimmer then this is definitely something you should check out.

Harmonie du Soir ($65 for 4 g/0.14 oz) is a quad in the Regard SignΓ© de Chanel Quadra Eye Shadow formula. It’s the same formula as Topkapi with the embossed print texture and rich metallic smooth pigment. I didn’t think the colors were a must-have but the formula of these shadows is so good, I caved. The shades include a strong metallic gold neutral, plum-taupe, lilac-pink-mauve and a cool reddish shimmer. The only shade I have issues with is the reddish color, but it adds a nice touch of warmth when layered softly over the gold and plum taupe. To apply, I’ve taken the gold and lilac mixed softly all over the lid, followed by the taupe-plum 1/2 way up the lid with more emphasis on the outer corners and then finished with a soft pop of the red on top blended. To me it’s not an easy combination of colors to apply easily – it takes a lot of blending for me but with a bit of time it works.

Here they are swatched:

Comparisons below to a few other shades:

Out of all three new items for eyes, the only thing I feel is a must-have is the Apparence Illusion d’Ombre simply because I adore neutral gold shimmers, especially for the holiday. The other two items are very pretty, however I’m not quite as smitten with them. (It’s like but not love.) I just found Nuit-Claire a bit too basic and the combination of colors in the Harmonie du Soir aren’t easy for me to pull off. Still the entire collection has a lovely festive feel that’s perfect for the upcoming holiday season.

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  • The colors in Harmonie du Soir suggest a delicious confection! It does seem tricky to wear, but the pink + red + gold combination sees sure to stand out when worn πŸ™‚

  • I was picking between the Chanel quad and the Guerlain Turandot, but the latter was easier to get a hold of, so that settled that. Thanks for the swatches and honest review. Looking at the shades, I don't think I could pull them off all that well either.

  • Thank you for reviewing these products. Regard Signe is very pretty, but I prefer the colours of Topkapi since it doesn't have the red undertones. The palette is very pretty, though.

  • As always, Sabrina, your reviews and comparison swatches are so well thought out. I've never agreed with the theory put forth by some MA's that any woman can wear any color. Your swatches of Topkapi and Harmonie du Soir are good examples of how certain undertones and color combinations work better with some skin tones than with others. Topkapi glows with burnished warmth on your skin whereas Harmonie's red undertones look "off". And, when a person's eye color is also factored in, the success or failure of a particular color palette can become even more pronounced. Bottom line: Not every palette–no matter how beautiful–is going to work for everyone. All that being said, Harmonie du Soir is absolute perfection for many of us and is actually a very easy palette with which to work. Palettes like Harmonie du Soir, Chanel's Spring 2012 Γ‰closion and Guerlain's Holiday 2012 Turandot are no-brainers for a person with my coloring–fair skin with peach undertones, dark, warm green eyes, black lashes and brows.

    On another note, isn't it odd how late we got Chanel's collection here in So Cal? We always lag a bit behind the East Coast, but this year we seem to be very late in receiving the goods. I wonder what happened.

  • stunning stuff! great swatches. thanks. xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @ http://www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

  • As tempted as I am to snatch up each Chanel quad release, I've started to think about the uniqueness of their offerings. For example, the Obmbres Perlees de Chanel quint was absolutely brilliant in terms of color pairing, texture, quality and versatility. However ladies, if you happen to have a collection of MAC eyeshadow staples as I do, this quad can easily be duped in terms of colors. While MAC is quite often lacking in the quality department behind Chanel, I have found that with quads such as the current Harmonie, I can sacrifice a small decrease in quality because I simply won't be using it that often.

    So, I took a peek into my MAC palettes, and pulled out Gorgeous Gold, Satin Taupe, Rosy Outlook, and Cranberry — popped them into one of my empty quads, and …… et voila, a recreation almost color for color.

  • take Nuit-Claire and use it as a base then have fun with the other eye shadows by smoking it out or trying other looks with the rest of the colors because you have endless possibilities with these colors.

  • I'm going to get the Du Soir palette tomorrow if they have it in stock at Nordstrom! I'm hoping to be able to use my 10 times point day. πŸ˜€