The Chanel Pearl River Ombres Matelassées Eyeshadow Palette From the Hong Kong Collection: A Pearl River in a Gilded Land of Quilted Pans, Coral Fans and Golden Tans

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Chanel Pearl River Ombres Matelassees Eyeshadow Palette

Wearing the Chanel Ombres Matelassées Eyeshadow Palette in Pearl River ($80) from the new three-piece Hong Kong collection for eyes and nails, available now online

Chanel and gold eye shadow. Gold eye shadow and Chanel. The two go together like…short-sleeve t-shirts shirts and Jeremy Renner’s arms, high heels and pencil skirts, breakfast and Tiffany’s, perfume and pajamas…

In other words, things that go together well. 🙂


Add a pinch of peach and a drizzling of dark chocolate brown, and you get a veritable dream team palette to accompany those springy coral cheeks and lips you’ve been — okay, I’ve been — obsessed with lately.

There’s no real way to get around the fact that Chanel’s $80 Pearl River Ombres Matelassées Eyeshadow Palette demands an arm, a leg, a low-hanging tabby tum AND a twitchy tail. Chanel ain’t exactly budget, if you know what I mean.

But oh! — the extras you get, like the quilting on the pans and Chanel’s trademark black velvet storage pouch (it looks like a tiny makeup sleeping bag!). It’s the little touches that make it so easy to stay on Team Chanel.

As for the palette itself? Picture this: five (a shout-out to Mademoiselle’s lucky number, perhaps?) powder eye shadow shades based on the luminous reflection of Hong Kong shimmering in the South China Sea.

Chanel Pearl River Ombres Matelassees Eyeshadow Palette Hong Kong Collection Picture

Chanel Pearl River Ombres Matelassees Eyeshadow Palette Hong Kong Collection Picture

Chanel Pearl River Ombres Matelassees Eyeshadow Palette Swatches Hong Kong Collection

Chanel Pearl River Ombres Matelassees Eyeshadow Palette Hong Kong Collection

Chanel Pearl River Ombres Matelassees Eyeshadow Palette Hong Kong Collection

Much in common with the Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadows

Like the Soft Touch Eyeshadow singles, these powders feel almost creamy to the touch and have a similar velvety shimmer that stops just shy of a full-on frost. I love how forgiving it is, especially on mature skin.

The special sauce: flexibility

It might be an issue for demanding makeup divas who gravitate toward one-swipe shadows with lots of KAPOW! — but these powders pack a moderate level of pigment, which means that you can wear them sheer or bold. For bold, just build.

Chanel Hong Kong Collection

The three-piece Chanel Hong Kong Collection

Should you worry about fallout?

Just be sure to unload any extra powder from your brush before applying, as some of the shades tend toward minimal fallout.

Not enough to make me grit my teeth, but it’s enough to occasionally notice.

Saving the best for last…

…as in long-lasting powders. Layered on top of a good primer, these easily last from morning ’til night with only the faintest fading and creasing.

Is Pearl River worth the trip?

If you’re that girl Coco and Crew designed it for, I think so. Do you already love Chanel and crave warm-toned, moderately pigmented shadows that impart a shimmery, soft-focus glow? Do you have a tan or plan to get one this summer? Do you like palettes able to take you from casual to black tie in a few pats and swipes? If so, don’t miss Pearl River.

PRICE: $80
AVAILABILITY: Available now at online (I’m not sure about boutiques and counters yet, but I’ll let you know soon)

Working it out

Hmm… Those extra breakfasts this week have me thinking that I need to ramp up my workouts.


Maybe this new Jillian Michaels DVD can help me offset some of the French toast I’ve been eating…

Working on his fitness, Tabs style

It’s called Hard Body and officially launches March 5, but it’s actually available for pre-order now.

I’m trying to build up the courage give it a whirl! I have a feeling I may be crying tears of joy/pain/victory by the end.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Summer says:

    You look so beautiful here.

  2. Rose says:

    I got an email about this palette yesterday and I’m so tempted, but I may hold out and see is the Jeux de Regards collection is coming to the US. I am DYING to get the Fascination quad palette, pencils and the Illusion D’Ombre from the collection!!

  3. This may just be what I’ve been looking for. Love the colors and they look really pretty on you.
    Angela @ The Unprofessional Beauty Blog recently posted … Milani Ultrafine Liquid Eye Liner – The Inexpensive Substitute For Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner

  4. I saw this one but like the last palette they put out like this (I can’t remember the name for the life of me…but it was similar packaging, similar special LE release, and similar shades), it doesn’t excite me. I know these are good go-tos but I have plenty and for $80, I’d rather get something a little more lust-inducing!

  5. KK says:

    This is one of the most beautiful looks I’ve seen you wear! I love this palette with that lipstick color.

  6. Isolde says:

    Oh that eyeshadow palette is lovely, but the price is so steep. Typical Chanel >_< Good luck with the Jillian DVD! I've got her 30 Day Shred I've been meaning to give a go. I hear it's killer… not sure I have what it takes, but I'll give it a shot! x
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  7. Karla says:

    Thank you for this review! Just last night I was showing my boyfriend this palette and I was trying to justify its price for the quality! I just wish the gold and coral were more vibrant. Ill hold off from it this time

  8. Jennifer says:

    I love Chanel. God, LOVE them!

  9. Chris says:

    Tiny makeup sleeping bag…that’s hilarious but a great description. This palette looks gorgeous with your nail color.
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  10. Bristol says:

    Oh no! I feel another obsession coming on. I wonder how long it will take me to phone up my friendly Chanel “dealer” and have one sent in the mail?
    I think I have a problem. My last Chanel counter encounter cost me a weeks pay! But I have had many weeks of work since then and I am ready!

  11. BooBooNinja says:

    I want to see the sleepin bag!

  12. eleanor says:

    can you please list the ingrdients? I would love to purchase this pallete, but I have allergies to several cosmetic ingrdients, and chanel doesn’t list ingredients on their web site. It would be a shame to order it, and then disciver that I am allergic to it when it arrives.

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