Saturday, December 18, 2010

Chanel Spring 2011: Ombres Perleés de Chanel, Regard Perlé & Gris Scintillant


The palettes for eyes this spring from Chanel are beautiful. I'm glad the look for the Collection Les Perles de Chanel for Spring 2011 is lighter and less dramatic than what we saw on the runways (gorgeous but simply too dark and vampy for everyday wear). The theme this spring seems to be all about that pearl finish. The new items from the collection include:
  • Ombres Perleés de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette - A beautiful palette of 5 high-shine pearl finish colors I would describe as white cream, pink shell, violet, seaweed and blueish-gray, all have a complex mixture of multi-colored shimmers. The texture is a soft almost creamy-like powder, but not quite cream. These are high-shimmer colors, I have to play around with this more, but I think this will work best when layered over regular shadows for a luminous effect.

  • Gris Scintillant Precision Eye Definer - A sparkly cool grey with silver flecks that looks more blueish-purple on my skin rather than gray, this is probably the most sparkly eyeliner I own.

  • Regard Perlé Quadra Eye Shadow Palette - A soft buttery-textured combination of white-gold, peach, pink and forest green. All have a soft luminous shimmer quality (not frosty). The palette isn't all that unique in the sense that you can probably find similar shades elsewhere, but Chanel always has a way of creating colors with a the most beautiful luxurious finish. It's perfect for an everyday look. I can't express my excitement that the US formula is back! To me this is a more wearable neutral version of Garden Party (from fall 2007) that I passed on.
More photos, swatches and comparisons below:


Swatched on bare skin, note these are a bit washed out, the pearl finishes had me cursing while photographing these. The colors are fairly accurate (at least on my screen), but they just aren't as washed out as these appear below. I find the palette sheer, but buildable. Click to enlarge for better viewing of the shimmer particles, perhaps you'll be able to see the complexity of the colors in a larger view.

With flash:


In natural light:


Details and close up of the Pearl Palette (if you have this, tell me how you're wearing it!):


This is what the shades look like swatched on the fingers. Sorry for the blur, but the shimmer/pearls were difficult to photograph for some reason. I'm sure other bloggers will have better luck with their photos, I can't wait to read other reviews. This shows how the pigment can be heavier with a high-frost finish when applied with a heavier hand, but can be blended out (like on the arm photos above) for a luminous glow.


Details of Regard Perlé Quad:


I couldn't find a dupe, but some wanted to know how it compared to a few other quads by Chanel. I didn't have time to swatch them, but the textures/finishes are typical of the usual Chanel quads: soft, silky smooth, medium pigment, soft shimmer, beautiful sparkle. Here is Regard Perlé next to Winter Nights and Murano. To me, the runway looks from the Spring 2011 show seemed more like Murano on the eyes rather than Regard Perlé.


Last, but not least, Gris Scintillant Precision Eye Definer. It's beautiful with those silver flecks, but on the softer side. Those who like a more dramatic defined eye will probably find this too soft/sheer. I think it would be a beautiful cream shadow. Note that it pulls very blue on me. It might be more neutral/grey on you depending on your undertones.


Eyeliner comparisons, L to R:
  • Bobbi Brown Thunderstorm Ink (reviewed here, Bloomies exclusive)
  • MAC Zinc Zone Greasepaint Stick
  • MAC Dig It! Eye Kohl
  • D&G Onxy #11 Eyeliner (reviewed here, D&G Fall 2010)
  • Chanel Gris Scintillant #69 Precision Eye Definer
  • Chanel Graphite #64 Intense Eye Pencil
  • Chanel Gris #35 Stylo Yeux (reviewed here)
  • Chanel Black Shimmer #70 Stylo Yeux
  • MAC Wolf Pearlglide Eyeliner


Overall thoughts: Beautiful, especially for our first look at spring. The Perleés de Chanel palette is the winner for me. The other two are items I adore but don't know that others will share the same love as I do for soft wearable natural makeup. If you're looking for a good everyday eyeshadow palette that isn't your basic boring black or brown, then Regard Perlé is a great option. It has enough color to brighten the face without being too basic. However, those who prefer something more colorful will probably be let down a bit. I feel like the colors in this quad have been done before, yet when I searched my stash, I couldn't find anything quite like it.

Chanel Spring 2011 is starting to trickle in stores. The first sightings were just a few days ago. I expect most counters in the US to have this within the next week. Cheeks and lips to be reviewed soon.

16 comments:

  1. I liked the 5-shadow Palette.

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  2. Hey Sabrina! I just received my Perlees de Chanel palette this morning, I haven't had the time to play with it yet but from my first swatches it seems like the shadows are a bit more sheer than I expected.. and the texture has more slip than a cream shadow in my opinion. This makes me think it may not be suitable to use these as cream shadows per se. I think you are absolutely right about using these shades *over* powder shadows rather than as a base under them. I will have to try them to see how they work. I see myself using the white and pink shades as face highlighters as well. Do keep us posted on how you end up using these..
    Thanks for the review!

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  3. Oh gosh I like both of them. I would probably get more use out of the quad, but the 5 palette is calling to me. Winter Nights is one of my all fav Chanel palettes--always get compliments when I wear it.

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  4. I think the collection looks stunning. Chanel did an amazing job on this one.
    Can't wait to see the eyeshadows in person and play with them. I think they would look pretty.
    I have also seen the nail polish collection somewhere else and I am in love.

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  5. Look at those amazing colors! I love them! I especially like the Chanel quad.

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  6. The Perleés de Chanel palette looks amazing!

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  7. Thanks for the review! I think I will skip this collection. Lately, I have been disappointed with Chanel quads. The quint would be sheer on me as well. I agree that Gris is also sheer. I tried it once but it just didn't show up very strongly.

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  8. This is such a pretty collection and I love your description of the soft, creamy texture. That's the Chanel we know and love. I ordered the quad, the blush, and Black Pearl polish which I'll hopefully receive on Tuesday. Now I'm thinking I should have gotten Les Perlées as well. I think you and Lakshmi have the right idea about using them to highlight and to add a pearl glow to other eyeshadows. I think this palette with it's subdued colors would make a lovely transition piece as we move from winter into spring. (For full on spring color, I'm looking more at Guerlain and Armani.).

    As for the quad, I originally thought it could be duped, in part, by Murano because of the pink and darkest green. And who doesn't already have various iterations of white and warm beige in their stash? When I asked my favorite Chanel SA/MA what she thought, she said the quads were completely different and I can easily see that from your pictures. Whereas Murano is all about cool, watery greens; Regard Perlé is about early spring flowers with a touch of shade. They'll achieve completely different looks.

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  9. Love the look of the quad - it looks perfect for everday wear! So pretty.

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  10. I wanted almost everything in this collection upon seeing it in store, but I had to exercise self-control. :( The Regard Perle was tough to say no to, but since I picked up Riva and Inattendu polishes (because of your post BTW!), I decided I could live without it at least for now.. maybe.

    I love your comparison photos! They're awesome for lemming other items that I need in my life. Such as that MAC Wolf Pearlglide, which I'm sure was a limited edition release I missed. Le sigh~

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  11. The Ombres Perlees are stunning and, from what I've seen of previews of the spring 2011 shades (purple and peach), they are very unique. I think that the shades in the quad are less unique and dupe some shades that I already own.

    But the "pearl" theme is a winner for Chanel for spring.

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  12. Sabrina, thanks for the great swatches as always! Would you say the shadows in the quint are more shimmery or similarly shimmery in comparison to the light side of Chanel's Taupe duo?

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  13. Thank you, Sabrina on the great post! I am writing my own review about Ombres Perlees. I expected it to be more pigmented, but wearing it second day, I am liking the idea of out-of-the-bed sheer look. All dark colors look almost the same on me.
    I didn't want to buy a quad because it is not limited, but couldn't resist. Greenish there swatches the same as greenish in Murano, but I find Murano more sparkly. All in all - great eyes products. Finishes are very impressive! Easy to work with, too.

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  14. I had the pleasure of seeing the 5-color palette in the Boutique on Saturday and the colors were to die for! Unfortunately I had to limit myself to just one polish. Great review! Looking forward to your lipstick review.

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  15. Your reviews are always so thorough and so well-pictured. You're awesome!!! I'm eyeing the palette of 5...

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  16. Thank you so much for the comparisions.... great work!

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