Chanel Charming Ombres Matelassées | Holiday 2013

November 6, 2013

Chanel Charming Ombres Matelassées Eyeshadow Palette ($80 for 9g/0.32 oz, limited-edition) has finally arrived in stores. It’s a stunning soft delicate palette of neutrals – all shades are come in a lovely quilted pattern. The colors are soft powders but with decent pigment. Layered over a base the colors show up much better on my medium skin. The colors left to right include:
  • A soft delicate champagne ivory shimmer
  • A satiny fawn tan brown
  • A glimmering chocolate gold shimmer
  • A soft semi-satiny brown
  • A cool grey matte tinged with slight blue tones

Chanel Charming retails for $80. It’s limited-edition. My counters report they have received a very limited supply, but not to worry. It’s online at numerous locations. I bought mine online from Nordstrom. You can also find it online now at Neiman Marcus and Chanel.com.

The colors layer quite well together on the eyes. Each color in this palette is wearable enough to wear all five shades at once. I layer from left to right (light to dark). This palette is sometime I envision to be an everyday kind of palette. The middle gold shade gives it a slight holiday feel, although not quite as glitzy or glamourous as the beautiful Illusion d’Ombres in Fatal and Initiation. I suspect layering either shade on top of this powder palette would add a bit of glitz for the holiday.

Shown without flash, there’s a soft glowing quality from each color:

Close up of the shades, here in sunlight:

Here, under artificial light with flash:

The colors swatch very nicely on the skin and the eyes. Being the neutral lover that I am, I adore each shade in this palette. There is just no comparison with the finely milled satiny shimmers here.

In sunlight, no flash:

Comparing this to other Ombres Matalassées Palettes, Charming proves to be the safest neutral. Pearl River (limited from the spring 2013 Hong Kong collection) was a more edgy non-neutral. It’s been sitting in my drawer neglected and unused although I keep intending to use it (I keep getting distracted with Le Metier de Beaute kaleidoscopes and Edward Bess palettes). 51, Montaigne (also limited edition from 2012) is more yellowy and khaki-colored. Charming is the warmest, although still a neutral. Here are the palettes side by side for comparison.

Overall, Charming Ombres Matelassées will be one of my staple work-horse kind of palettes for everyday. It may be too neutral for some although I do love how the shades can be layered for a subtle warm smokey eye. If you’re looking for something different and unique, I’d suggest you opt for the holiday Illusion d’Ombres (reviewed here). This one is definitely must-have for me (although pricey).

Chanel Charming Ombres Matelassées is a limited-edition palette. It retails for $80. Online now at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Chanel.com.

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  • Anonymous

    My most definetly favorite Is by Cle de Peau Enchanted winter garden collection! I got wintry flower kit and cream blush! Sooo happy with it! Absolutely stunning from packaging to colors! Love it. And looking forward to get Tom ford holiday nail polishes and the one from Dior – maybe, from your last post!

  • Anonymous

    I really love eyeshadows and two blush colors from Cle de peau holiday kit 195$. They are gorgeous !

  • I don't like the middle shade (won't look nice on me) but the other four are amazing. Will have to take a look at it on person, thanks for the feature.

  • Definitely need this one! I love the balance of lighter/darker shades as well as textures. Out of the three you own, I definitely like Charming the most!

  • These shadows would be just perfect but I'm still undecided mainly due to the price which is slightly higher in Canada. I guess I'll make up my mind when I get the chance to swatch them but I kind of know what will happen… 🙂

    • Anonymous

      surprisingly, the bay sells it for $74. I am on Ottawa and the bay has a gala soon so you can get $10 off and a gift! I live in Ottawa 🙂

  • Wat een great review and beautiful review of this gorgoeus palette. I was finally able to get my hands on it this weekend. Normally I am not a hudge fan of the European eyeschadow but this one is definitanetly worth it much just get a back up something i normale never do, but maybe it would be better to wait and see the dior quints frist they look lovely as well and i ususally love the 5 couleurs palette. Will you be reviewing them? Thanks xx

  • I got this one last weekend -one of the last 3 in my nearest counter. I agree with you, it's a wonderful balanced palette ideal for work days that also has a great texture. It's definitely softer than the Euro baked quads I'm used to get here in Mexico.

  • I adore Charming and, although I was beginning to lose patience over the long wait for it to be released, I'm glad I hung in there with my pre-order. I've had it a couple weeks now and find myself reaching for it more frequently than I would have thought seeing is it is basically just a really good set of everyday neutrals. I typically do an eye look using the four satin shades and don't bother with the center shimmer shade. I love a bit of fairy dust, but it just seems like this particular shade was added as a concession to the holiday expectation that there be something glittery. It's a lovely bronze, though, and I will undoubtedly wear it with some of my other shadows.

    I think Chanel did a great job with Charming. I've been wearing these smooth, creamy, easy to blend eyeshadows over my Tom Ford eye primer and they look as good when I remove them at night as they did when I applied them in the morning. On the whole, I'm very pleased with Charming and will be able to wear it year-round unlike most holiday palettes that are sparkly and festive.

  • This is seriously just gorgeous. I'd use every shade regularly, which is pretty rare for palettes

  • Beautiful photographs, and what a lovely palette of neutrals. Very tempted by this one!

  • Anonymous

    Gorgeous! Definitely adding to my to buy list.

  • Sorry for the double post, Sabrina (pls omit as you see fit). This reminds me of Kaska Beige quad (dc-ed). Can you compare/contrast? I have a feeling most of the shades in KB is similar to this quint with the exception of the darker beige. Thanks in advance!

  • This looks beautiful! I think this is going on my list. I love a great everyday palette.

  • Just gorgeous. This would be my palette of choice & I'd wear it all the time. It is stunning

  • This really is a beautiful palette! Love the mix of matte and shimmer- so versatile. If I didn't own so many neutral eye shadows already, this would be coming home with me for sure 🙂

  • Hi Sabrina, thanks for your wonderful review. I own the Burberry Mocha palette and I was wondering if this Chanel one is similar enough that I can pass. Would love to know your thoughts.