A Walk Through the Chanel Jardin Zen Eyeshadow Quad

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The Panic Buy

I didn’t think the Jardin de Camelia collection would be out so early here in the Philippines so this purchase is more of a panic-slash-surprise kind of buy. To further break it down, Jardin Zen was most probably fueled by 70% excitement, 10% limited-edition status, 10% beautiful embossing and 10% actual palette desire. As I previously mentioned as well, my mother actually enabled this purchase. If there’s one thing we both get excited about and actually agree on… it’s Chanel quads. I called her up frantically after seeing around 8 missed calls on my phone, only to find out it was about this “limited edition” palette she saw in Duty Free and asked if I wanted one. Oh, Mother, how I love thee. jzen2

Zen Garden

Chanel Jardin Zen is an Asia-exclusive quad consisting of a soft baby pink, lilac violet gray, pale golden beige and jet black. The textures are not at all frosty or pearly, but more of a silky satin finish. Hands down, this is the best baked eyeshadow quad formula I’ve ever come across. It’s so smooth and creamy, I couldn’t believe it was the (le suck) baked version that I was swatching and not the US pressed one. I’m not sure if the Makeup Gods answered my previous entry on the le suck baked quads, but I’m hoping this is a permanent reformulation of the original baked quads (someone please feel free to step up and enlighten all of us aka give us hope that it is indeed permanent). It could also just be that this quad and for this quad only, the Chanel chemists felt like experimenting with the formulation. Well Chanel, I will be starting a petition to make all your baked quads as smooth and silky and creamy as this one if I have to. jzen10jzen9


One swipe produced quite an opaque swatch but nothing bold or striking. The US pressed version is more strongly pigmented than this one. But then again, the shades are so soft and pastel-like so my expectation of bold, saturated pigments isn’t in the level it should be. On the lids, they need to be built up to two layers to completely show and still need to be added to when I do some blending because they sheer out quite a lot easily. That said, blending is as easy as breathing with these as compared to the original baked formula. I can even use just my fingers and I’d have no problems whatsoever. jzen4 jzen5


I think the downfall of this palette is its longevity. For some reason, the shades seem to fade so easily, like in an hour’s time. I’ve worn it for seven hours straight and while the eyeshadows didn’t crease nor smudge, they’ve faded significantly on me. I only used MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre for an all-over base with no primer underneath. I haven’t yet tried with the NARS Smudgeproof primer so I’ll report back if I notice increased wear-time wearing it or none. jzen6

The Look

What resulted was a very soft, feminine look that I think I could have created with my Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette. I’m not so used to wearing pink on my eyes but with the purple shade, they’ve come together beautifully thus becoming a pairing I’ve warmed up to the idea of actually wearing more in the days to come. jzeneyesjzen12

Final Thoughts

Overall, like but not love. I could have easily skipped on this palette with the onslaught of purples I’ve been attracted to lately. Admittedly, the shades aren’t at all unique. I’m sure if you’re into purples, you already have similar shades in your stash as of speaking. I do appreciate the pale gold and black shades for ease of highlighting and contouring in just one palette (which are really musts for me when I do my eyes, I like contouring especially) but I would have appreciated if they’d replace it with more unique shades instead. However, the non-uniqueness is made up for by the inexplicably divine texture (oh the silky, creamy smoothness) of this doesnt-feel-like-baked baked quad (this is of course in comparison to the old baked edition). If you’d ask me now if I’ll still get the palette after I’ve tried it on my eyes and not really finding it unique, I’d be in limbo. I like the texture a lot for a Chanel quad, but the longevity and non-uniqueness of shades are kinda holding me back. That said, I don’t think at all this is a must-have, just a nice-to-have one which in general all Chanel products fall under. Except Quadrille. I think everyone needs to have Quadrille. That’s it, ladies. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!  
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  1. Raven Ang
    February 18, 2014 / 7:34 pm

    Pretty but I think the shades are easily dupe-able. If I were to buy this quad, it would be for the embossing. 🙂 🙂 Started breaking out my purple shadows again after seeing you fall in love with them. I think they’re very summer appropriate. I see you’ve started winging your liner! Great job.

  2. Ashley
    February 18, 2014 / 9:13 pm

    Hi! My first time posting after reading your blog for so long! Decided to post bcs I was so excited. I’ve heard from my chanel s.a here in australia that chanel is reformulating their eyeshadow quads and will be launching in June with six new quads. They are supposed to be softer and longer lasting and I’ve heard they will be released in Asia in March! x

  3. Lily
    February 18, 2014 / 9:18 pm

    Looks beautiful! I personally swore off Chanel’s baked eye shadows, but you know… if their pigmentation improved, I might just have a look at it again 🙂

  4. February 18, 2014 / 10:00 pm

    Hey Shari, I loooove the look you created! Purple is your color! Too bad to hear about the wear time issue tho! I mean, no eyeshadow should fade in an hour!

  5. February 18, 2014 / 10:32 pm

    Donate those suckfest baked quads to me. I would be more than happy to take them. Hahahaha kidding (not really lol). Glad that you’re liking this quad! And once again, I am in love with the look that you created! I may take you up on that purple eotd challenge 🙂 Also, I just have to, your brows look impeccable! I mean, they’re absolutely perfect!! :))

  6. February 19, 2014 / 3:23 am

    Very beautiful on you!
    I never actively(!) wanted a baked Chanel quad, but this is an exception. Want! 😉

  7. February 19, 2014 / 7:40 am

    Chanel packaging is so gorgeous! I’d be easily deceived into purchasing this palette based on how pretty the container looks. Thanks for the review!

  8. February 19, 2014 / 8:24 am

    This looks gorgeous on you and I’m glad to hear the baked quads are improving in pigment because they sure are lovely! This cracked me up: “10% beautiful embossing”! Kind of in love with your purchase reason break down!

  9. February 19, 2014 / 8:53 am

    I’d have to agree with you, the Quadrille palette looks much nicer than this and I’d purchase that one instead.


  10. Nix Sayo
    February 19, 2014 / 1:09 pm

    Purple really looks good on you. Sucks that it fades in an hour. 🙁 Awesome job on the blending, though. 😀

  11. February 19, 2014 / 5:36 pm

    Eeeeek, gondo!!!! <3 <3 <3 bummer the longevity, though! A palette that's THAT pretty needs to last long din! Tsktsk!

  12. February 19, 2014 / 6:35 pm

    Hmm, I think I’ll be skipping this one because of the short wear time. Although I’m itching to get my hands on a Chanel quad this year, I don’t know if I should get Quadrille or wait for the new Les 4 Ombres collection to come out.

  13. silverkis
    February 19, 2014 / 6:58 pm

    Ooh purples and pinks so suit you, Shari babe!! And yes, this new baked formula will be here to stay! You can also use this wet for better pigmentation! But fading in 1hour….?!?!????

  14. Cecilia
    February 20, 2014 / 4:47 am

    Great review, I am wondering which chanel’s new eye palette you would recommend getting. This one or the spring collection one Quadrille I believe~

  15. February 23, 2014 / 10:40 pm

    i’m really glad you did this review!!! i was hoping someone would get to it soon so i could see if i should pick it up. not going to lie. am swayed by the name.

    A Beautiful Zen

  16. Jacqueline Ma
    February 24, 2014 / 10:18 pm

    I kinda skipped this quad because I have way too many. It looks lovely on you though.

  17. Anna Carmina
    June 12, 2015 / 1:30 am

    This palette is so preeettttyyyy

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