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Love at First SwatchI have to admit I wasn’t at all enticed to grab this palette when I saw it online. I mean, come on Chanel, where’s the trendsetting brand I once knew? Of course, this may just be my defense mechanism for the onslaught of desire and hankering that are to come. True enough, as I swatched the quad in the counter… I was devoured. Goodbye, restraint, common sense, no-buy realizations, blahdiblah. Chanel Lumiere Facettes in Quadrille is my first non-rest of the world palette that I bought here in the Philippines as we never really get those over here in the Third World, just those dinky ole round ones with the poorer pay-off, powder galore and just basically… shit (oh and Hi, I’m the shithead who still buys them). Sometimes, one or two palettes would come out superior than the rest (cue in Chanel Seduction), but those are more the exception than the rule. Quadrille is a mix of plummy mauve, salmony coral, deep chocolate and a golden beige highlighter. It reminded me of Seduction waaaay too much even before I picked this up so I didn’t even give this a second look when I saw swatches of it online. PASS, said the woman with a plan. However, upon swatching it in store… take all my money baby Jeezus! I think it’s because I’m so used to swatching those le shit baked quads that take at least three swipes to fully show up on my arm that one swatch of this almost made my panties drop.
The LowdownThe texture is just super creamy, finely milled and silky smooth (something I didn’t think I could say about Chanel shadows!). The two shades on top have that subtle sheen and slight iridescence (as seen on the photo above, the one in direct sunlight) while the two below register more matte. The photo below it shows the palette after use — ummm, what.. I just used this!? Where are the powder puff girls? Almost no powder kicking in this palette, I was kinda stunned (note: this is in comparison to the baked version). As for pigmentation, they are not bold, saturated or intense but compared to the le
SwatchesI swatched Eclosion, instead of Seduction (which is really the more similar palette) because I’m currently experiencing the result of my makeup disorganization (I can’t find Seduction!!!). Anyway, although they are worlds apart in shades, I wanted to show the pigmentation difference. I have Eclosion in the Euro-Asian rest-of-the-world baked version and I had to swatch three layers to show up as pictured, whereas the Quadrille shades are only a layer each.
The LookSo I bought the palette mostly because of the texture and the major difference from the baked version, not because I as completely in love with the shades. I mean, I was even hesitant at that pinky coral shade thinking to myself, “howdyhell do I wear that!”. Fine, maybe I’ll just wear it sparingly (or not at all), says the woman with a plan again. In a twisted but very much welcomed turn of events, I actually fell in love with the coral shade among the four that you can see it used not at all sparingly in the look above. I even liked it so much I’ve worn it four times already!
Final ThoughtsI think those who’ve experienced the beauty of the US versions of Chanel eyeshadows — this quad is just another palette, maybe even worse than the regular US version they’re used to. But for someone who’s been accustomed to the le suck rest-of-the-world baked palettes, this is something worth checking out and even getting especially here in the Philippines where these US versions rarely ever make an appearance. Sure, the price is outrageous but I’m talking irrationally here (so listen but don’t listen). Overall, I quite love this palette. I mean, I’ve been compulsively wearing it out a lot. Also, the shades are a great break from neutrals without treading won’t-go-out-of-the-house unwearable territory. In fact, I’ve never been more relaxed and comfortable wearing non-neutrals in my life. I even got complimented by the Dior and Guerlain SAs when I went back to the mall to check on the creme love-of-my-life blush, Intonation.
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