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Chanel 2017 Fall-Winter Make-up Collection: Ombre Premiere in Memory and Urban

Hi there beautiful! Happy September to you! But let’s not start celebrating autumn yet? For me September doesn’t exactly mark the beginning of autumn, but the gradual fading of summer. I think it’s my Greekness coming out here, although I must admit, London has been generously warm these days! I’m going on holiday in six days and the count down has started! In the meantime, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the Chanel 2017 Fall-Winter Travel Diary Collection! I’ve cherry picked some items and tried them out extensively before writing this post, mainly because the reaction to this collection has been mixed.

Chanel 2017 Fall-Winter Travel Diary make-up collection: Ombre Premiere in Memory and Urban and City Lights Quad

My picks from the Chanel 2017 Make-up Collection. We’ll have a look at the cream eyeshadows in Memory and Urban today.

Oh, Lucia Pica, you love America! And we do too, but your US-centric collections don’t agree with all Chanel fans who put their money’s worth on your French roots and tradition. Sorry to be shallow, but I’m indifferent to all of that. I was happy to read about the Travel Diary inspiration and see the breath-taking pictures of the Californian coasts, which I’ll probably never visit as I don’t do long-haul flights.

What I do mind about the Chanel Travel Diary Collection though is this palette:

Chanel 2017 Fall-winter collection: le palette Essentielle
Chanel 2017 Fall-Winter Travel Diary make-up Collection

Chanel 2017 Fall-Winter Make-up Collection

Can we see the concealer-highlighter-blush palette, or else, the Palette Essentielle on the upper half of the photo? That’s the palette I mind more than where Lucia Pica got her inspiration for the collection. This is supposed to be the star piece of the Travel Diary collection, and I’m sorry, that’s just poor for a high end, luxury brand. Why Chanel?

There is nothing wrong with the concept behind creating the palette – on the contrary, its portability is a huge plus. However, the shade selection and quality didn’t live up to my expectations, especially for the price. Clearly, when the price tag is that high (ยฃ52), expectations are very different, but I think that only too natural, isn’t it?

Here go the swatches:

Chanel 2017 Fall-Winter Travel Diary make-up Collection: Chanel Palette Essentielle Beige Eclair swatches

Chanel Palette Essentielle Beige Eclair

Chanel 2017 Fall-Winter Travel Diary make-up Collection: Chanel Palette Essentielle Beige Medium swatches

That’s the Chanel Palette Essentielle in Beige Medium

Chanel 2017 Fall-Winter Travel Diary make-up Collection: Palette Essentielle Beige Intense swatches

And that’s the Palette Essentielle in Beige Intense

I’ll keep it sweet and short, so we can move onto the real stars of this collection for me. The Palette Essentielle is not designed for all skin tones. I’m quite tanned these days, so Beige Intense would be my right match concealer-wise. The highlighter was too pale for my liking though, while I found the blush way to red for my cheeks. And the concealer creased rather quickly on me. Might be my personal experience, other bloggers seem to like the palette. I, personally, thought it was very short-sighted of Chanel to release such a palette.

Moving on ๐Ÿ™‚

chanel ombre premiere in memory and urban
Chanel 2017 Fall-Winter Travel Diary make-up Collection: Ombre Premiere Memory and Urban

Chanel Ombre Premiere

I’ve spoken about the new long wear Chanel cream eyeshadows here. I like them a lot and if there is one thing to pick up from the Fall 2017 make-up collection is the Ombre Premiere in Memory. It’s pure golden brown goodness that can work wonders on both blue/green or brown eyes!

Chanel 2017 Fall-Winter Travel Diary make-up Collection: Ombre Premiere in Memory

Ombre Premiere in Memory by Chanel

Whilst Memory is a pleasure to work with and blend, Urban is a little more difficult. I experienced a little more fall-out but not all the time. If I blend fast enough, then it’s fine. It’s a beautiful blue and you can either wear it with Memory, or create a string smokey eye. Feel free to play around!

Chanel 2017 Fall-Winter Travel Diary make-up Collection: Ombre Premiere in Urban

Chanel Ombre Premiere in Urban

Chanel 2017 Fall-Winter Travel Diary make-up Collection: swatches of urban and memory ombre premiere

Swatches of Urban and Memory

These two beauties can be used on their own, or as a base for the quads in the collection (more on that in another post!) and they are both very long-lasting once they set (8-9 hours on me). They retail for ยฃ25 and can be checked out here.

Chanel 2017 Fall-Winter Travel Diary make-up Collection: Ombre Premiere in Urban and Memory

Urban and Memory

Here’s a very simple, daytime make-up look I achieved using only these two Ombre Premieres. It took me five minutes to create (I used the little brushes that come with the cream eyeshadows):

Chanel 2017 Fall-Winter Travel Diary make-up Collection:: Brand and Memory Ombre Premiere Long wear cream eyeshadow on eyelids

Make-up look with the Chanel Ombre Premiere in Memory all over my lid and Urban in my outer corner and along my lash line

And a close-up:

I hope you enjoyed this post! It’s true that not everything in a collection can suit everyone all the time and I prefer to be honest with my reviews. Whilst I saved myself some extra expense by skipping the Chanel Palette Essentielle, I’m thoroughly enjoying the Ombre Premieres and the quad that I got! A separate review on the quad and the lipsticks of the Chanel 2017 Fall-Winter Collection will be coming up soon. Till then, enjoy this wonderful fist September days and don’t forget to smile and have fun whatever you do!



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  1. Menia September 2, 2017

    I love the blue eyeshadow!!!!

  2. Yiota September 3, 2017

    Urban and Memory are beautiful shades, I love the look you created with these two. The swatches of the Palette Essentielle are too powdery and cakey!? They look that way in your hand and I presume they are hard to work with which is disappointing. Happy weekend Eleni ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. Tigritsa September 3, 2017

    Lovely review! And your photos are phenomenal!

  4. Georgiana September 4, 2017

    What a beautiful collection. The eyeshadows look gorgeous. Enjoy your holiday! Weather in London is miserable, so make the best of it.
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  5. Sam September 5, 2017

    What beautiful products. I have never tried chanel makeup before. It’s too bad the palettes weren’t so great though!

    Samantha Series

  6. Ms Via September 5, 2017

    Loved reading your honest review. Your pictures are superb. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Velvet Blush September 5, 2017

    I think the concealer, blush and highlighter palette is short sighted too. That’s why I don’t think a big price tag essentially means quality anymore, I’ve been disappointed with quite a few high end products over the years. Nevertheless, the cream eyeshadows do lot a lot better x

    Velvet Blush

  8. A Very Sweet Blog September 5, 2017

    Thanks for swatching everything! I was wondering about this collection. Wish the navy was just a little darker. Everything is beautiful, but you’re right (not that beautiful with the price tag). LOL
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  9. LindaLibraLoca September 5, 2017

    I saw it in person a few days ago and even though I was contemplating one of the quads, I ended up getting nothing. The cream shades, though beautiful, are similar to ones I already own and of the quad only two shades did convince me. Not enough for this price tag.
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  10. Shireen L. Platt September 5, 2017

    For some reason your pictures are not loading for me so I can see the swatches. ๐Ÿ™ I’ll check back again later!

  11. Amy September 7, 2017

    Memory is such a beautiful colour, I think it’s perfect for this Summer into Autumn transition (although I have to admit, my heart is already in Autumn!). I hope you have an amazing holiday! – Amy

  12. Astrid September 10, 2017

    My thoughts are the same with the face palette… especially since my skintone is darker. I’m feeling kinda done with beauty brands that doesn’t seem to care about darker skintone ladies!

    That being said, more often than not, Chanel usually tempted me out so much. Especially Memory looks so pretty! Enjoy your holiday Eleni <3

  13. rebecca September 11, 2017

    I need those creme eyeshadows!!!! I love Chanel makeup (i’ve tried the foundation before) but the price hurts me a little!

    I definitely want to start trying more of their products though as i feel like they’re an investment!

    Rebecca xx
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