When Fashion Meets Beauty: Chanel L’Intemporel Palette

March 10, 2015

One of the great things about Chanel is that every product line – from fashion to accessories and beauty – is under the same management and privately-owned by Coco Chanel’s original business partner and investor. In contrast to other brands under licensing arrangements, there is greater integration of fashion and beauty, with a depth of history that makes things so much more interesting. And the latest L’Intemporel Palette is a testament to the rich fashion history from the House of Chanel… it is a tribute to their famed 2.55 handbag, which is itself an icon of women’s liberation.

Chanel L'Intemporel Palette

L’Intemporel de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette is an exclusive, limited edition creation from the Chanel Makeup Creation Studio, inspired by the leather braided chain of the 2.55 bag. First launched in the 1920s, the chain of the 2.55 bag revolutionized fashion as it allowed women to carry their purses both on their arms and on their shoulders. It was originally made entirely out of metal chains, which were reminiscent of the chains caretakers wore around their waist at the convent where Coco was raised.

L'intemporel de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette closeup 2

One of the attractions of the 2.55 bag has always been the rich plush textures of the quilted leather, and it is re-created each season in different shades. And the latest makeup inspiration does this fabulously. L’Intemporel de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette immediately struck me as a very different kind of eyeshadow palette from the House of Chanel as it boasts some sumptous jewel-toned hues complete with beautiful complex shimmers.

L'intemporel de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette closeup

Unfortunately, the L’Intemporel Palette is one of those eyeshadows that apply better than they swatch. The formula is incredibly soft, and most of the shades (except black) contain some lovely fine shimmers. These do not translate well when swatched on the arm, but applies well with a brush. Typical of Chanel shimmers, these only show up under low light and are not obtrusive, but give additional depth and complexity to the shades.

L'intemporel de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette swatches

From left to right, the shades are:

Chanel L'Intemporel Palette EOTD 1

It always amazes me how Chanel is able to take bold hues and transform them into smokey eye looks. Granted, nobody is expected to wear all 5 shades in 1 eye look, I am often impatient and I like nothing better than a challenge. To start, I dusted some of the champagne gold all over my lid as a base. Thereafter, I applied the eggplant shade on the inner half of my lid, and dark teal on the outer half. To finish, I patted some of the shimmery white on the center of my lid, and lined both my upper and lower lash lines with black. As you can see, the teal shows up very well on my lids, and the layering of shades give that pretty micro shimmer when light is reflected. Purple-Green-Gold EOTD… who’d have known?

Chanel L'Intemporel Palette EOTD 2

For those who favor something easier and more classic, feel free to break up the palette into duos by mixing a darker shade with one of the paler shades. Here, I first applied the teal all over my lid, focusing on the outer half. Thereafter, I patted some champagne gold on the inner half to create a gradient effect. Finally, I lined the lower lash line with a mixture of black and eggplant, and dabbed some shimmery white on the inner corner.

Chanel L'Intemporel Palette EOTD 3

And the simplest of all… this time I applied the shimmery white all over my lid, followed by the eggplant on the outer half. Black along upper and lower lash lines just to give more definition to my eyes.

As always, Chanel has given us something utterly gorgeous. On its own, L’Intemporel de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette carries an interesting mix of hues and finishes to enable many varied looks. It also carries a bit of fashion history that is meaningful for every woman regardless of age and background. And so, it has secured its place as one of my favorite palettes.

xo Linda