My 5 Fave CHANEL Palettes



By popular request, I’ve rounded up my top 5 CHANEL eyeshadow palettes. These are the ones I reach for the most and apart from them all being shades I gravitate to, they also happen to never let me down quality-wise. Neutral-leaning but with an edge (hello, red hue), all five palettes are super wearable, flattering, and have definitely proved their worth.



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268 Candeur et Expérience | Initially launched with the Le Rouge Collection for Fall 2016 (reviewed here) and then reissued again for the Candeur et Experience Act II Collection in September 2020 (reviewed here), this is hands down my #1 palette of all time from CHANEL — or any other brand, for that matter. I absolutely LOVE wearing red eyeshadow (which happens to perfectly compliment my green eyes) and had been waiting for this brand to finally come out with a red; this palette nailed it. All four shades are matte but with a slight sheen to them, display intense and amazing pigmentation, and are super easy to blend out. While I adore all four colours, the top left has to be my favourite and it’s bang-on for layering all over the lid and crease for an effortless look; just add a few coats of mascara and the look is done. Swatched clockwise from top left:

  • caramel
  • soft mauve taupe
  • mink brown
  • deep red



Les Indispensables | Launched with the Les Beiges Collection for Summer 2019 (reviewed here), this palette is my second most reached for and the one that provides tons of options for both day & evening looks, as well as suiting a broad range of skin tones. With a mix of mattes and shimmers, the shades are  designed in complimentary trios which is a convenient touch — but I usually work on instinct and grab whichever colour appeals to me at the moment. All shades have a wonderful texture & pigmentation, with each blending out easily as well. Because it contains 9 shades, it also happens to be perfect for travelling with, eliminating the need to cart a ton of palettes (not that I’m travelling anytime soon, but still). Sadly, this was limited edition and no longer available but as all hues lean neutral, they can definitely be replicated with other brands. Each trio is swatched clockwise starting from the left:

  • oyster shimmer
  • tan, matte
  • nude, matte
  • champagne peach, shimmer
  • taupe, shimmer
  • neutral nude, matte
  • bronze, shimmer
  • chocolate, matte
  • rusty brown, shimmer



352 Elemental | Released with the Desert Dream Collection for Spring/Summer 2020 (the highlighter of this collection is the only piece I reviewed, found here), the four shades of this palette help create the most effortless daytime look and it’s perfect for those who prefer that no-makeup effect. Initially I was thrown by the soft texture and quiet pigmentation, but I’ve since come to appreciate the subtlety of this palette — all 4 shades are pretty goof-proof, in fact. Even though none are highly saturated, they still provide good colour payoff and are all super easy to blend out. Swatched clockwise from top left:

  • pink champagne, shimmer
  • pink nude, matte
  • peach nude, satin
  • soft brown taupe with complex shimmer



354 Warm Memories | Also released with the Desert Dream Collection for Spring/Summer 2020, this quad not only blew me away the first time I saw it, but it happens to be the bridge between my love of neutrals + bold reddish tones. The texture and colour saturation on all four shades is phenomenal, as well as being so easy to blend out. What makes this palette stand out for me is the effect you get: even wearing just one hue (the top left is my fave) all over the lid, crease and lower lash line, gives a polished look but still appears like you went to a whole lot of effort. Swatched clockwise from top left:

  • dusty rose, satin pearl
  • tea rose pink, soft shimmer
  • peachy pink, shimmer
  • deep antiqued rose, satin pearl


382 Lumières et Vibrations | Released with the Eyes 2021 Campaign this past August (reviewed here), I only just discovered how much I’m loving this quad; this past week alone, it has been the one I’ve reached for on back-to-back looks. The warm leaning shades all display an excellent buttery smooth texture, are highly pigmented, and super easy to blend out. My absolute favourite of the four is the bottom left hue and I love wearing it all over the lid, crease & lower lash line — it’s like an elevated nude. The lightest of the 4four shades not only looks amazing as an inner eye corner & under brow bone highlight, but can even double as a conventional highlighter (a great tip in tying a look together). The only downside is that this palette is limited edition and soon to be pulled from shelves. Swatched clockwise from top left:

  • champagne nude, shimmer
  • golden shimmer
  • plum brown, satin pearl
  • copper brown, satin pearl


Even with a makeup collection the size of mine (the word ‘colossal‘ comes to mind), I’ve long favoured CHANEL and these 5 palettes have the distinction of being my current favourites. Three of the five I’ve shown are still part of the permanent lineup and I’m just going to put this out there: CHANEL, if you’re reading, then please bring back Les Indispensables and make it permanent. Oh, and make Lumières et Vibrations permanent too while you’re at it. That’s all (said in my best Miranda Priestly voice).

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