Here is the second item I purchased from the Notes de Printemps Collection for Spring 2014! For some reason I haven't been interested in any of Chanel eyeshadow quads before (it's hard to justify the price tag for only 4 shadows, you know?) but when I saw press photos of Quadrille (limited edition), I knew it's time to make my first purchase! What can I say, I have such a soft spot for anything coral pink and plummy brown combo. :)
The eyeshadow compact is all black, simple and sleek — Chanel style. It has a good-sized mirror inside and the shadows are arranged in 4 square pans. There are two sponge-tip applicators included: one in normal triangle shape and the other long and tapered (for lining). The color scheme of the shadows is mostly neutral but the coral pink adds a small dose of “life” into the otherwise rather plain quad, making the theme a little more cheerful and appropriate for Spring.
Now from my understanding (correct me if I'm wrong) I believe there are 2 formulas for Chanel eyeshadow quads: pressed (US) and baked (International). Quadrille is the pressed version. Since I have not tried the baked formula, I can't really tell you the differences between the two. From online swatches, though, the baked version seems to be really light in pigmentation and the texture seems dry (not to mention it is more expensive, too!). Why are they selling two completely different formulas? This, I am utterly clueless!
Back to Quadrille. I have to say I am thoroughly impressed with the texture of the shadows! The pigmentation is not the most intense but wow, talk about being creamy and soft! I really did not expect this at all. The powders are so fine and literally feel silky smooth against the lid. Even the most sparkly color is creamy! They blend beautifully, too. I am just absolutely blown away by the quality here.
But it has a drawback. By being so soft, these shadows tend to crumble easily. I find that the powder gets kicked up so much even with just a light touch of a brush, so be a little gentle than you normally would to avoid excess powder making a mess out of the pretty palette!
Chanel said you can use the versatile shadows dry (for a sheer wash) or dampened (for a more dramatic look) and you will see from the swatches below that when picked up with a damp brush, the shadows indeed become more intense! When used dry, though, I find the pigmentation a little too sheer so I always layer them over a good eye primer to increase the vibrancy just a notch! The primer will help extend the wear time, too (I do get 8-9 hours easily without fading). :)
- Top left – lavender gray/grayish mauve (pearly finish)
Fine shimmer provides a soft, subtle sheen. Blends well. A bit more powdery than the rest and has noticeable fallout. Semi-sheer coverage.
- Top right – golden ivory/vanilla champagne (frosty finish)
Creamiest texture but feels slightly gritty during application. Can be sheered out to provide a light wash of sparkly champagne (the gold shimmer is very pretty and super sparkly!). Sheer coverage.
- Bottom left – rosy apricot/coral pink (pearly finish)
The “life” of the palette! Softest texture with excellent blendability. Slightly powdery. Semi-sheer coverage. I love, love, love this color. :)
- Bottom right – intense brown/dark mauve brown (matte finish)
Most pigmented. Texture is a bit drier than the rest but still blends out nicely. Semi-sheer coverage but when used damp, it becomes quite opaque and can be applied as an eyeliner, too.
Swatches (dry and damp)
Overall, I am completely happy with Quadrille! I wouldn't change anything about it one bit. I find the color combo really beautiful, feminine, and flattering on me. I also feel like it doesn't take any skills to use this quad because the shadows are so soft and just seem to do the blending for you! The only bad thing I can think of right now is that Quadrille makes me curious about other Chanel quads! And I'm not sure that is a good thing for my wallet!
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Any suggestion on the next quad I should try? Which one is your must-have? :)