Monday, March 14, 2011

Ombre Perlees de CHANEL Review

    Hello hello my fellow beauty junkies!

I'm so ready for Spring considering it is Spring Break for me. The trees are blooming flowers, children are playing in the park, and most importantly... pastels, neons, brights OH MY!

  I am a FALL/WINTER kind of gal, but after being in darker tones I am so ready for lighter cutesy colors. Spring fashion with jumpsuits, skirts, and sun dresses are calling my name. Speaking of Spring and the light colorful colors that are associated with it, CHANEL does a different take on Spring with pearl inspired in their new collection. As you've seen everywhere on the net, BLACK PEARL Nail Vernis is the focal point of their Spring Collection. Very odd that darker colors are in the collection, but the iridescent pearl effect just works with spring colors such as corals and pinks.

Palette indoors

  Ombree Perlees de Chanel is an eyeshadow quint that is limited edition. The colors are more of a creamy texture rather than powder. In the pan it looks gorgeous and is similar to different colors of true pearls with many dimension to the color. I must say that CHANEL making it a limited edition is very smart move because there are no DUPES for theses colors anywhere. The quality of specs incorporated into each color is astounding. But does that make the palette a must have???

Palette in Sunlight 

   In my opinion it is could very easily be a pass if you ask me. I know there are so many raves and hypes about this quint just because it is very different from other CHANEL eyeshadows/products but I think the quality pay off on the lids do not live up to everyones expectation. The pigmentation is just too light. Even though, below you will be able to see the swatches, these are actually heavily swatched using the sponge applicator provided by the palette. If you were to use a brush, which I imagine many of us would... the colors do not apply very well. I find it difficult to just use the sponge for most of my applications because it isn't as precise. If you have fair skin I think this would look better on you than it would on anyone with a bit of color. Having a very light canvas and blue or green eyes will work with this palette better. With that said I am saying it would look better in those conditions, but not to the expectations of $65 UD. I wish the colors were similar to the colors in the pain or at least in my swatches but it was just too hard to work with and I do not think it is worth it. 

  I did try to take pictures in the sunlight as well as in different positions for you to see the different shimmers and pearl effect in the shadows. Keep in mind this is heavily swatched with the sponge applicator. This is NOT how it would look if you were to use it with a brush on your lids even with a primer. 

In natural lighting (Direct Sunlight)

Indoors with FLASH

Indoors with Natural Light (No FLASH)

   The last photo, which is indoors without light is almost true to color as it would be on your lids. I tried using multiple primers such as MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre, Urban Decay Potion, Lancome Ombre Perfectur, etc. and it just didn't do that much for the shadows. I am disappointed in this item really and decided to go see other reviews... unfortunately everyone else liked it. I have no idea how? Maybe they are like me with some products and are in denial because of the brand status or the packaging perhaps? Or maybe I'm missing something here... Let me know how you like yours or if you've tried it out. 

Thanks for reading and good day! 


  1. This is a gorgeous palette, too bad it didn't work for you. Do you think any of these shades are dupable:)

  2. I really dont think so because the quality makes the colors so different. I think you should go to a CHANEL counter near you and try it out! Let me know how it goes if you do.