I wanted to slip this one in while it was still 2013 to avoid any negativity so early in the new year. 😉 So, I fell on my head a few weeks ago and ordered the Chanel Ombres Matelassées de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette in Charming on my Bloomingdale’s card (if you know how much it cost, you know why I say “fell on my head”). I blame Lisa Eldridge and her using the greyish purple color on the far right in this tutorial.
I realized I could not justify such an extravagant purchase for a single color out of 5. Luckily, all the reviews I read said that the middle bronze color was just absolutely beautiful. The reviews also said that it was a great neutral palette that you could take with you when traveling to simplify your choices.
It doesn’t take a lot to convince me to buy things, so these were definitely enough. Also the knowledge that it was flying off the shelves and suddenly hard to find (as all things Lisa Eldridge mentions, it seems).
I actually didn’t use it for at least 2 weeks after it arrived, though I kept thinking about my “precious” sitting in my makeup drawer. I finally pulled it out a couple of says ago and…well…
To start with, I knew in advance that all the colors but the bronze were matte. That’s okay. I didn’t mind. The bronze was supposed to be a buttery, gorgeously pigmented color. In the meantime, I had actually been wanting a bronze metallic in that shade in my repertoire, so I could not believe when I applied it. I put it on and thought someone must have been heavily drugged while writing their review. It applied not like a metallic but like a matte with slight glittery particles in it. It did not shimmer. You could not even see the metallic particles unless you looked close up. It just looked kind of…brown.
I was not able to get photos in the daylight, so I had to use the macro function on my point and shoot when I got home after the day. Sorry for the scary close ups.
I tried in a different light as well, so you could see that this definitely was not a metallic.
So I was back to not being able to justify the price for a single shade out of five. Back, it had to go!
At least this gave me the amusing experience of returning this to the Chanel counter and having the makeup artist look incredulously at me and say, “These flew off our shelves, I can’t believe you’re returning it.” I wish I had said, “Well, it’s just not that special,” but of course I didn’t. (She also then opened it and began to examine the shadows itself and I suddenly became paranoid that you weren’t actually able to return it after using it…such is the power of Chanel…)
So that makes my second disappointment this year with cult products (read here for my first).
Have you tried this palette? Is it ever okay to buy makeup just to leave on your dresser and look at like a piece of art?
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