Friday, February 15, 2013

Chanel Ombres Matelassées Eyeshadow Palette and Western Light Les Vernis from the Hong Kong Collection

To launch Chanel's new fashion boutique in Hysan Place in Hong Kong, Peter Philips created a special mini collection featuring only three products: a new, limited-edition Ombres Matelassées Eyeshadow Palette ($80) and two Les Vernis nail lacquers. Two of the three pieces arrived at Chanel's boutique at Saks Fifth Avenue in Chevy Chase, and I am ready to show them to you. Let's start with the eye shadow.

The five-color eye palette features neutrals. I can't tell you it's unique, but for someone who hasn't purchased every Chanel eye palette for years, it should be a treat.

I took photos outside Saks because I was afraid that the sun would sneak behind the clouds before I could get home. Sure enough, it did. I swatched with my own sponge-tipped applicators and ran outside to take photos. I can only imagine what the painters who were finishing off the renovation were thinking - like I cared.

I swatched from left to right in the palette, starting at the top of my arm. While the top two shades, pearly white and pastel gold may look similar in the photos, they are different on the eyelids. The gold is a beautiful gold, and it adheres to the skin beautifully.

The copper is stunning, and the brown - intended to be a liner for most - is the perfect complement to the other four shades. While this palette is intended to be a collector's item, I think it's a great basic piece for Chanel fans.

One of the two new, limited-edition Les Vernis shades has arrived at Saks: Western Light ($30). It's a beautiful brown shade, which contrasts nicely with the white-toned Eastern Light. My photo below, taken in store lighting, doesn't show you much because it's dark.

I took swatch photos, both at Saks and my house, to show you the shade. Please, no remarks about my terrible application skills! I could say I was rushing, but that's not really true.  I applied two coats.

The photo above was taken at Saks. It think it shows the deep, dark brown very well, although it actually looks a tad darker in the photos than it looks to my eyes. The photo below was taken at my house. I stood and waited for the clouds to roll by.

I think Western Light is a very classy brown. I really like the glossy finish and the polished feel.

I was just at Neiman Marcus, and they have not received the Hong Kong Collection. It's possible that with the new extra-special installation at Saks Chevy Chase, that they will be receiving collections early. If you are interested in purchasing the pieces, give Georgia or Maria a call at (240) 497-5363.

Update: I like the new installation at Chevy Chase so much, I decided to throw up another photo. You can shift the lighting at each station, so I turned it to bright and created a runway for the eye palette. Fun!

Press photos courtesy of Chic Profile; other photos by Best Things in Beauty


Anonymous said...

It will be interesting to see if we get this in the UK - I hope we do ! Thanks for showing.


Virginie said...

I don't like the eye shadows but I like vey much the nail polish!!!!

Charlestongirl said...

Hi Anonymous, Ask your favorite Chanel boutique!

Charlestongirl said...

Hi Virginie,

Do you mean you don't like the shades or that they are just three-peats?

so said...

It's funny but I don't like the shadows either. The bronze looks really orange on my computer and I don't like it. Maybe it's my computer? I don't know. But I did like the polish. I have the urban decay naked polish that is very similar and love it.

Charlestongirl said...

So, it's pretty orange. I don't think it's your monitor. Those orange/copper shades are all the rage.

Yin said...

I wonder if Macy's will be getting the collection.... So I can use my moms discount lol

Lauren said...

Charleston Girl,

Thanks for posting about this new (to us and the US) Chanel collection! You always amaze me with your beauty knowledge and your wealth of information, which you so generously share.

This eyeshadow palette is certainly more interesting versus the previous ombres matlassees quint. Some of the colors appear to have a similar quality in their iridescence to my beloved Suqqu palettes.

Does the Western Light nail polish have any subtle shimmer? If it does, do you feel that it may be similar to Haute Chocolat from 2008? I was also wondering if you know whether the Western Light nail polish is a creme or a shimmery color.

I think the quint will be my next purchase, and just in time for Beauty Week. You're lucky to have an amazing Saks so near, as the Dallas store here does not always receive the special collection items.

Thank you for all that you do and keep up the great work!


Charlestongirl said...

Wish I knew, Yin - sorry!

Charlestongirl said...

Hi Lauren,

The polish is definitely not shimmery. It has a cream finish that is very glossy when light hits it, but there are no shimmer particles.

You can always call Georgia to order it. If you have a Saks credit

card, the shipping is free.


Anonymous said...

I love how warm those eye shadows are! Perfect for any summer look!

Virginie said...

Hi Charleston Girl, no I mean I Am attracted by the colors, /shades of this palette....But love very much the nail polish!! ;-)))

Virginie said...

I am NOT lol

Christina said...

Hello! I just got spring 2013 shadow palette and this one is so tempting!
I am not so sure of the white/silver shade with my warm tone, but I sure hope it will be available here in Canada.

Jenni said...

OOPS! I was passing by Hysan Place yesterday but forgot to go into the store and swatch this palette!! *pump fist in the air*

BUT, I went to swatch the Le Blanc collection from Chanel and Guerlain Blanc de Perle blush G instead, do hop over to my page to see the stunning Chanel quad! I think it's a must-have for chanel-philes :)

angusmum1 said...

I really love the look of these colours except mybe the white. It would be very flattering for blue eyes for certain. The orangey copper shades are very "in" and can work wonders if applied correctly, sometimes I have to work on this as it is so varied and makes all the diffderence between garish and gorgeous