Chanel Hong Kong Collection – Ombres Matelassees Pearl River Eyeshadow Palette Review and Swatches

March 1, 2013

The Chanel Hong Kong Collection has quietly made its way to Australia. The capsule collection contains the Eyeshadow Palette Ombres Matelassees Pearl River which will be my review for today, and two Le Vernis Western Light and Eastern Light with reviews coming soon.


Pearl River is a beautiful palette of five eye shadows in mostly neutral shades. I always have a soft spot for Chanel eyeshadow palettes as they always manage to release a set of shades that are highly complementary to each other, classy yet with an edge, and with some degrees of variation to what they have done in the past. As much as I appreciate some makeup brands releasing color palettes with creativity and fun elements into it, at the end of the day wearability is my top priority when I shop for makeup, and Pearl River reaffirmed my choice. The quality of this palette is top notch and worth the high price tag, and it is different to their quads. If you aren’t convinced by Chanel’s regular quads, then you should definitely give this palette a try. These eye shadows feel noticeably softer, creamier with a velvety touch to it compared to the US/European quads. They are all nicely pigmented and swatching them was a breeze.

More close up pictures:


Shade description from left to right:

  • Shimmering silvery white
  • Shimmering golden champagne
  • Shimmering muted gold
  • Shimmering peach with a hint of rose-gold undertone to it. To me this is the star shade of the palette as it is stunning on its own, and can be easily mixed in with other colors in the palette.
  • Dark chocolate with multi-colored micro shimmer. Texture of this shade feels slightly dryer than the rest.

closeup shot


with flashchanel-hong-kong-beauty-collection-ombres-matelassees-pearl-river-eyeshadow-palette-4Swatches:

chanel-hong-kong-beauty-collection-ombres-matelassees-pearl-river-eyeshadow-palette-swatches I will be posting a FOTD wearing Pearl River this weekend and will provide an updated review if it’s different to my initial thought. For reviews of the nail polishes, check out The Beauty Look Book and The Makeup Blogette.

I bought the entire Hong Kong Beauty Collection at Chanel Makeup Studio in Sydney, and they are selling out fast! The Pearl River Palette retails for AUD$100. You can also purchase this on Chanel US.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Anu March 1, 2013 at 5:11 pm

cant wait to see it on you.


Shari March 2, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Wow! Love Chanel and i love your blog so I cant wait for this look! 🙂


Michelle March 2, 2013 at 3:50 pm

I really want to get my mitts on Western Lights, keep seeing some many posts on 🙂


Becca @ The Beauty Sample March 3, 2013 at 12:35 am

This is a gorgeous palette and the shades are very classic but if I’m going to splurge, I kind of want something a bit more exciting, if that makes sense 😛


Sophia March 3, 2013 at 4:05 am

Hi Reika
your swatches look beautiful, as always! Thanks for the mention 🙂
Looking fwd to the LOTD with this palette…


Jenna March 3, 2013 at 10:43 am

I love the products that you always sharing with us, and the photographies of it are so nice. I was wondering what camera are u using. Thank u so much and keep up the good work


Reika March 3, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Thanks. I’m using a Canon 5D Mk II.


elaine March 7, 2013 at 12:01 am

I haven’t tried Chanel’s eyeshadows before but I am lusting after their Asian line for powder and face! The swatch looks beautiful though… *~*


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