Chanel Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette Review Swatches

Chanel Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette: Review, Swatches, and Face of the Day

Chanel Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette ($80) from the Synthetic de Chanel – Holiday 2016 Collection Libre


I’ve always thought of myself as an independent-minded person. You know, the type that won’t do something just because everyone else is doing it or because someone tells them to.

But, beauty-wise, there’s one exception to that:

Chanel makeup.

Everything Chanel launches I want.


Even things I didn’t consider before, like the matte baby pink nail polish in their Holiday 2016 Collection Libre. I’ve always disliked matte nails and I’ve never been a fan of baby pink, but I’d more than happily wear Chanel‘s Velvet Nail Color in Pink Rubber!

Or, usually, I don’t get particularly excited about cool-toned eyeshadows, but as soon as I saw the Architectonic palette from the same Synthetic de Chanel Holiday collection, I knew that I had to have it!

img_4489The Chanel Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette features some pretty original shades for the Holidays, eh?

Isn’t it beautiful?

With the matte blue shade on the left, it was literally love at first sight. I had been looking for that exact point of blue for ages, but when I first swatched it on the back of my hand I was a little disappointed, as it didn’t transfer to the skin really well.

Luckily, it’s a whole different story when applied to the lids over my trusty NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. It’s the first eyeshadow formula I’ve tried that applies better with a brush on the lids (I use a flat firm synthetic brush) than when swatched with fingers. Which I’m definitely not complaining about!

img_4492Swatches of the Chanel Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette from the Synthetic de Chanel – Holiday 2016 Collection Libre. It took some layering for the two blues to look fully opaque on my arm, but, like I said, these shadows perform a lot better on the lids!

I really had never tried a formula like this before! It feels so creamy to the touch (on the outer box it says that it’s a cream-to-powder formula) and has only minor fallout.

Here’s my favorite look I’ve created with the Chanel Architectonic palette so far:

img_4510The Chanel Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette is providing a very nice break from my usual warm tones

To achieve it:

  • I’ve started by applying the platinum grey (middle shade) on the mobile lid and blending it out into the crease.
  • Then I’ve lined my waterline with the Urban Decay Glide-On 24/7 Eye Pencil in Mainline,
  • which I’ve then blended out using the matte blue (first shade from the left) along the lower lashline.
  • And I’ve also used the same blue shade to line the outer part of my upper lashline.
  • To finish off the look I’ve patted the silver shadow (first from the right) in the inner corner, before applying two coats of Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes mascara.

img_4503Even though I’ll probably still wear gold on the eyes and red on the lips for Christmas, I really appreciate that Chanel has launched something completely unusual for the Holiday season

And this is the rest of the makeup I used:

img_4497Despite it hasn’t replaced my beloved Chanel Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad in 268 Candeur Et Experience in my heart (my favorite, EVERRR), the Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette is a very welcome addition to my eyeshadow collection. VERY welcome.

And the Chanel obsession continues…

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  • Reply
    H A Parker
    November 21, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    You look SO stunning Carol and this palette suits you beautifully! I love how you’ve used the blue shade to really smoke out your lower lash line too! This is such a unique palette and I’ve been loving blue eyeshadow lately. Although, I’ve been pairing the blue tones with warmer colours, I’d still love to use these cool tones too. The shades look super pigmented and the shimmers have such a high shine appearance on your skin. I wonder if any of my family are kind enough to get me this for Christmas haha.:D – Beauty Bay Swag Bag Haul

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    November 21, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    I used to be the same with MAC, I´d get everything they released without second thoughts, but I eventually grew out of it. Chanel has never been very tempting to me, but the look you created is so pretty! These are colors I´d normally not go for, but they look stunning on your complexion.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    November 21, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    Beautiful is not a word that describes this palette because it is simply gorgeous!!!!! Your makeup look is so nice Carol and you are glowing! I am definitely copying this look for festive season but I think I will go with red or dark pink lips! 🙂


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    November 21, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    Impressive pigmentation! Thanks so much for the inspiration.

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    November 22, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    It’s official, this is my all-time favourite beauty post of yours so far Carolin! I’m with you on appreciating all things Chanel, and this palette is particularly special 🙂 Ahhh, I just can’t get over how gorgeous the colours look on you!!

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    November 22, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    These colors look fantastic on you. I think it might be my favorite look on you, ever! I have been very tempted to get this palette, I really like colors like that!


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    The Makeup Train
    November 22, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    The swatches look SO pigmented! Wow!

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    Caterina Sosso
    November 22, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    Carina, anche se io sono come te: viva i toni caldi! Mi aspettavo che il mascara di CT fosse più volumizzante però:)

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    November 22, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    I used to be so into cool toned eyeshadows when I was in my early 20s, but then ended up being a neutral person. Matte blue on your lower lash line looks so beautiful, I love silver&blue duo!

    Ela BellaWorld

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    Claire Talks Beauty
    November 22, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    Love the Look ! This navy blue color looks stunning on you!

    Claire From

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    Fashionably Idu
    November 22, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    I’ve never been a huge fan of Chanel makeup. I love other brands better. This palette looks great and of course the look you created is beautiful.

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    November 22, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    Oh this is beautiful! I adore Chanel.. I can see why you are obsessed! Looks great on you x
    Becca | theBeautyInbox

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    Lisa @ Midwest Glam
    November 23, 2016 at 4:50 am

    Oh wow that blue is stunning on you! It really does look much nicer on the lid. You created such a pretty look. I love it!

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    November 23, 2016 at 5:49 am

    Love the look you created here! On me the cool toned shimmery shadows look awful! xo

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    November 23, 2016 at 8:25 am

    This is very, very pretty. See, I feel like cool-toned shades look really vibrant and eye-catching on people with warm skin tones. That’s why I really like to wear cool shadows on my eyes despite having warm undertones.

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    November 23, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    I just love the look you created….eye shadow swatches look well pigmented.

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    Kiss & Make-up
    November 23, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Gosh, the eye look is SO striking, Carol!

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    November 23, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Your eye look is beautiful!

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    Shireen L. Platt
    November 24, 2016 at 3:43 am

    I have never bought palettes in this cool shade range because they usually make me look washed out like a zombie but you just gave me some hope that I might be able to pull it off too. I thought the eyeshadows are too shimmery but they actually look really pretty on you.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    November 24, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    I am usually not that into cool shades but I have to say, seeing the final look has convinced me! you look beautiful and the shadows payoff is gorgeous, you can just see that they are creamy to powder type, which is love! 🙂

    Have a great week!
    ♥ Josune @ Your Beauty Script

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