Chanel Holiday 2013 Look & First Impressions

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Before I went on a non-negotiable temporary makeup ban a week ago (which from then also I’ve been quite preoccupied due to some activities so churning out posts has become the least of my concerns), I gave in to some beauties from the Chanel Holiday 2013 collection upon swatching them on the counter (btw, the newly-renovated Rustan’s counter in Makati is beautiful!!). Only two items came home with me that day because despite my longing for the Illusion d’Ombres (especially Fatal), they’re just too glittery for my liking. Although Fatal is really beautiful layered on top of a powder shadow! On its own, it looked rather blah against my skintone, but layered atop the dark shades of Charming, it just glistens beautifully! Almost made it to the cashier, except I just had to sneak a peek at myself under non-beauty counter lighting and bam, it was two steps over being wearable glitter for me. b b2

Charmed, I am

Chanel Ombre Matelassee Eyeshadow Palette in Charming was just too pretty a neutral to pass up on. I’ve actually killed this lemming upon seeing swatches online but swatching it in person made me reconsider. It’s not remarkable as far as eyeshadow formulas go, because I still am currently in awe of Burberry’s sheer eyeshadow formula. But it’s definitely notches higher than the usual Chanel baked eyeshadow formula (except Seduction, maybe!). It’s smooth, pigmented and easily blendable. The second (from the left) shade doesn’t show up too well on my lids, though. I need to build it up a little in order to show but I love the rest of the shades a lot. I can see this as a daily wear palette that I can definitely get a lot of use out of. I’m even thinking this might be the first palette I might hit pan on (don’t wanna jinx it, though!). So yes, as far as first impressions go, I like the shades a lot for daily use even if it’s not really a groundbreaking palette for many. I’m a neutral girl so for me, this is already ‘exciting times’!! b3

Just the Right Accent

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Accent was definitely the only sure thing in my Chanel Holiday wishlist. I had no similar shade in my collection that’s quite like it. It’s a dusty mauve that I felt could work as a neutral blush slash contour shade on me and I’m super ecstatic to tell all those who have the same skintone as mine that that it does! It has quite a lot of glitters, though so when applied, it does have a certain sheen that’s not so subtle. I’ll stop blabbering and just leave you with my FOTDs wearing these two beauties. c


I didn’t pick up any lipsticks from the collection because I found Chanel formulas don’t seem to jive well with my lips (despite La Desiree calling out my name even in my sleep). For this look, I whipped out some MAC lipsticks in my arsenal to choose from instead. I went with a light pink (MAC Angel) at first because I wanted to see how the look would turn out if I got Rouge Allure Radieuse. I then tried a plummy pink shade (MAC Craving) to try and brighten up the overall neutral look and ended up liking and wearing it instead (excuse the haphazard blending and imperfect base, I only had a few minutes to spare on this look).
What did you pick up from this collection? Any hits, misses you wanna share? Also have you seen my Black Friday Sale Shopping Giveaway? I urge you to join now!
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  1. November 17, 2013 / 5:10 pm

    Hey Shari, great picks! I’m definitely digging both of these as well. I thought Accent would be too shimmery, but it doesn’t read that way on the cheeks (phew)!

    • November 19, 2013 / 1:28 am

      I loove it, too! I think it’s a real winner 🙂 Also, it leaves a sheen but nothing over-the-top glittery! Definitely think it’s a keeper 🙂

  2. November 17, 2013 / 7:02 pm

    Hi Shari,
    I also picked up those two items on friday, just opened them up to play but I had a bad surprise waiting for me 🙁 I will write about it, but anyway, you look so stunning with Accent, I also love the eye look. It is subtle but very defined and pretty.

    • November 21, 2013 / 11:21 pm

      Sara! Sorry I just got back to you now. I messged you on Twitter!!

  3. Lou S
    November 18, 2013 / 1:31 am

    OMG, they are just beautiful. I’m a bit reluctant towards Chanel eye shadows, because the ones I owe have lack of pigmentation, but this pallette is just stunning, I guess I need to give it a go! By the way, I’m your newest follower! 🙂

    • November 22, 2013 / 12:27 am

      Hi Lou! Thanks for following 🙂 Appreciate it! And I’m w you on Chanel eyeshadows – they’re quite hit or miss. I’ve been averse to Chanel quads in the past, but this one isn’t even half as bad as the past baked ones I have so I’m quite happy 🙂

  4. November 18, 2013 / 2:45 am

    I checked these out because they really do look very beautiful but was disappointed by how light Accent appears. Was hoping for a deeper more dramatic shade. 🙂

    • November 22, 2013 / 12:29 am

      Accent is quite subtle on my NC30 skin, too. I like that I can build it up a bit to make it appear like a contour shade, though. But yes, I imagined it to be a bit more deeper and dramatic, too!

  5. November 18, 2013 / 5:59 am

    The palette is by far my favourite thing in this collection. Finally some non-baked version, lol! I love how the overall look turned out, especially with Mac Craving on your lips!

    • November 22, 2013 / 12:30 am

      Oh wow thank you Teri!! Means a lot. And I think the reason why I’m quite impressed with this (others aren’t!) is because I usually am disappointed with the baked ones (except Seduction!).

  6. November 18, 2013 / 8:43 am

    The palette looks gorgeous! Why does it have to be so expensive? Huhuhu

    • November 22, 2013 / 12:31 am

      Onga eh 🙁 HUHU. But yes, too much of a spend for a palette. I say go for the Naked 3 na lang! 😉 Hehe. Join my giveaway pala, V!! I want you to get a chance to win kasi you’ve been such a loyal commenter 🙂

      • November 22, 2013 / 1:43 am

        Sadly, not a fan of the Naked 3. Too much rosey colors. Eeek (arte much, hahaha). I’ll go for a NARS palette instead, hehe. I shall do that when I get home. Medyo malas ako sa mga ganito e, pero I’ll try my luck hihi 🙂

  7. Gellie Abogado
    November 18, 2013 / 11:51 am

    I loved how you matched it with MAC Craving. Subtle, feminine but still with a hint of being a kickass girl 🙂


    • November 22, 2013 / 12:31 am

      Aww thanks Gellie!! :*

    • November 22, 2013 / 12:31 am

      Thanks, Chami.

  8. marianabantug
    November 18, 2013 / 2:54 pm

    Shari that blush reminds me of Milani’s baked blush in Terra Sole! Looks beautiful. 🙂

    • November 22, 2013 / 12:34 am

      I looked Terra Sole up and it looks so beautiful!!! I think it’s similar but Terra Sole is more peachy, Accent is more mauve/dusty rose-ish. And (no) thanks to you, I’m now browsing Milani blushes! Haha. Where to find that here in Manila though!

      • marianabantug
        November 25, 2013 / 5:14 pm

        DTC used to carry them… sadly, i don’t think they’re restocking. Maybe I’ll ask! But they are worth making pabili in the US! 🙂 Ugly packaging but SO pretty! I also have Fantastico Mauve, which looks scary in the pan but is gorgeous on skin! 🙂

  9. Replica
    November 21, 2013 / 4:02 am

    I bought these as well, I really like the blush but am very disappointed in the palette, I’ve been holding off reviewing it in the hope that I will change my mind but its a dud for me (I’ll try and review it at the weekend).

    I have to say these look stunning on you, the gradation you have done with the shadows is wonderful 🙂

    • November 22, 2013 / 12:35 am

      I wanna hear your thoughts on the palette! I think I’m usually disappointed with the baked eyeshadow quads that getting this non-baked one was a feat for me 🙂 I like the blush, too! I’m imagining Accent on you already, cant wait to seeee 🙂

  10. Ae
    November 21, 2013 / 5:51 pm

    Saw the Charming palette at Duty Free also, though I really really considered getting it, I still havent made a dent on my Naked2 palette go. That made me a bit sad. 🙁 The blush looks really nice on you though! 🙂

    • November 22, 2013 / 12:37 am

      It’s not a must-have in my opinion so good job on skipping on it!! 🙂 I sadly havent made a dent on Naked 2 rin, but my Lorac Pro is happily abused! Have you seen the Naked 3 palette though? 🙂

  11. Bellyhead
    November 22, 2013 / 12:59 am


  12. Nix Sayo
    November 26, 2013 / 3:38 pm

    Loving the earth-tone palette! But it’s a Chanel so I’m 100% sure it’s too pricey for me. Looking good, by the way! 🙂

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