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Been seduced by Chanel yet againI’ve been quite disappointed with my past Chanel eyeshadow palettes that I didn’t even feel like reviewing them. Seriously, these Euro/Asian baked editions le suck (compared to their US versions). Powdery, super sheer and quite difficult to work with — anything along this price range shouldn’t need a lot of work. However, I was caught off guard when I swatched this palette in the counter because it was unlike most Chanel quads. Okay fine, the rose colors were calling out my name especially that beautiful deep brown (my undying love for browns is revolting, I know)… but swatching it changed my overall sentiment on Chanel eyeshadows.
Texture & PigmentationHappy to share that the shades in this palette are really soft and finely-milled, making it a bit powdery but once applied on the skin, blends beautifully. There is a bit of fallout from the loosening of the powder but nothing major when it comes in contact with the lids. I usually have such a hard time getting the colors to show on my lids with the other Chanel quads, but the shades here go on almost opaque with a dense eyeshadow brush.
Wear Time / LongevityOn my photos below, I didn’t wear any primer (I always want to show how pigmented shadows are naturally so I usually skip primer but when I wear it out, I use Urban Decay Primer Potion) but it lasted the whole day on me, I’d say around 7 hours, without fading or creasing. Impressive. With my other Chanel quads, I usually see a fading by the 5th hour or so.
Shades & FinishesThe colors appealed so much to me that I didn’t think for a second it could give me a ‘pink eye‘ look. Thankfully, it didn’t. A quick rundown on the shades in order of left to right from the arm swatch above: + Slightly pink-tinged champagne with a pearly sheen – makes a great base & highlight color. + Deep chocolate brown with subtle bronzey copper shimmer that almost looks matte – I love browns so I’m biased towards this. Really makes for a good defining shade. + Soft peach with a hint of copper again with subtle shimmer – I didn’t really use much of this in the look below but it will make for a good base, too. + Mid-tone burgundy with a soft, frosty finish – I’m usually scared to wear shades like this but I found it to be wearable. Among the four, I found this to be the sheerest which I’m thankful for, TBH. A strong red-burgundy eye isn’t my thing anyway. When dampened, this shade transforms to a bolder burgundy if you’re going for that more intense look. I usually wear my past Chanel quads wet which helps in their lack of pigmentation. With these, I didn’t need to even dampen them. They’ve good color pay-off even when they’re dry. I do recommend applying them wet when you’re going for a bolder, stronger, more intense look, though. They really pop out and look even more amazing. Forgive my hastily applied eye makeup. I really wanted to include a look with this post even if I had no time to take FOTD photos the past weeks. Not wearing any base makeup up there so I definitely look undone, but at least you get to see the palette in action.
OverallIf you’re like me who’s quite disappointed with Chanel palettes in general (because there are some that are great like Harmonie du Soir), I urge you to give this a swatch. It’s definitely an improved formula of the baked quads which, to be honest, aren’t worth their hefty price tags. Chanel Seduction palette changed my perception on this. It’s not a groundbreaking formula that trumps other brands but it’s definitely a change that won’t make me neglect Chanel’s eyeshadow offerings in the future. The colors aren’t exactly unique, but I appreciate how wearable, easily workable and highly compatible these shades are.
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