Want create site? Find Free WordPress Themes and plugins.Oh newly-reformulated Chanel baked quads, I’ve waited so long for you! This range of shadows is probably my most anticipated release this year because it’s no secret I’m a huge Chanel fan. (No) thanks to my mother dear who introduced me to this bank-breaking brand. I’ve some of the older baked quads and while there are a few gems in there (Seduction, Raffinement), most are just too sheer and dry. The new Chanel formula promises to be softer, more pigmented and creamier in texture so there’s no need to use the shadows wet to obtain a more opaque finish. No more getting jealous of the US version of the quads which are more dense and have higher color pay-off than the old baked quads we get over here.
The DecisionI just have to share, I don’t know even know how much time I spent in the Chanel counter in Rustan’s deciding which palette to get. My top three choices going in (based on online swatches) were Tisse Rivoli, Tisse Venitien and Tisse Gabrielle. I even tried on Venitien on me because I was adamant on getting a non-neutral this time. But then, as I sat there and pondered, I realized I probably won’t be getting a lot of use out of it because I don’t wear green eye makeup most of the time. And even if I made an effort to — everyday green eye makeup, really? So I crossed it off my list and thought about my two other choices. Rivoli is said to be the sister of Raffinement (a quad I already had) so it’d be quite redundant to get it even if they’re not completely the same. And despite how beautiful Rivoli is, to me it just felt like the same Chanel quad (tweaked a shade or two lighter or darker) churned out year after year because it sells. Ugh, I’m saying this but the quad I got runs in the same family. It was then a battle between Gabrielle and Poesie, the only limited edition release among all the quads. I probably gravitated towards Poesie only because it was limited edition. Plus, my sister was set on getting Gabrielle because she loves them smokey shades (one of her favorite quads is Mystere). So it was by process of elimination that I finally settled for Poésie. How unexciting, right?
The LowdownChanel wasn’t kidding when they said these are softer, smoother, creamier and just 100x better than their old quads. I concur! Rich pigment in just one swipe, no fallout, no crumbling – feels like a denser version of the Illusion d’Ombres which are their legit cream shadows. These are so easy to blend and work with that the SAs in the counter didn’t even use any brushes when they applied Tisse Venitien on me (and Gabrielle on my sister). They only used the wand applicators (those tiny things you probably just throw out or keep and never use) when you buy these palettes. No kidding, you guys – these are definitely made for the lazy blenders. The color story of each palette is also designed so you don’t have to stare at them for a few seconds and ask yourself, “Now how the hell do I wear these?” The gradation of shades in each palette is beautifully built so you can do a complete eye look in just minutes.
Ring Around the PoésieThe shades in this quad contain a golden beige, light pinkish beige, bronze taupe and a dark purplish bronze (in order of swatch above). I wish they darkened (one or two shades up) one of the lighter shades because looking at them on the swatch above, they look almost identical. Thankfully, they transform on the lids when applied — with the light pinkish beige registering darker than the golden beige (which I mainly use as a highlight shade). Overall, the colors are okay — nothing too unique or spectacular. Almost run-off-the-mill Chanel shades even. They also border on frosty/shimmery which is close-but-not-quite-there-yet to being overly so for my taste. I guess I was too excited for the formula that I didn’t contemplate too much on the shades. Ho-wellz!
So Easily Blendable, It’s An Issue?Now for my slight issue (although it’s more because of my application technique and not the formula’s fault), these are such a dream to blend that building up the darkest shade on my outer v seems impossible. It just sheers out easily and then blends in seamlessly with the other shades. Which means I can’t get it to darken up as heavy as I want it to easily. Just see the photo directly below — I applied the darkest purplish bronze probably four times and blended it out in hopes of building up the intensity. Nada. I experimented on other techniques and found that patting the shade on with only the applicator or even just my finger works best. I don’t blend it out with a brush anymore, I just lightly smudge the edges et voila, achieved the look I wanted. See photos below!
Other IssueI find that these easily fade and crease (on my crepey, oily lids) without primer which I barely go on without anyway. But since I wanted to test these fully, I wore no primer at all. In just two hours, I find the shades aren’t as intense as when first applied. Although of course, a primer solves these issues. Also, I wish at least one matte shade were included in these new quads. Everything’s just all shimmery. If the purple bronze shade in Poesie were matte, I’d probably be more satisfied with this quad overall.
Final ThoughtsWell how do I say this? I’ve mixed feelings. I’m definitely impressed with the new formula of these baked quads as compared to the old ones. Good riddance to those! But then my excitement kind of fizzled out when I tried them on and saw how ‘frosty’ they looked on me. I guess I just wished there were a mix of textures in the palette (like how the Tom Ford palettes are) to keep from being too shimmery or frosty. I don’t think I’m getting any more quads from the range, though. Cos even though I may actually love the formula, the shades and frost finish just don’t blow me out of the waters. And that’s from an almost die-hard Chanel fan right here.
How about those of you guys who’ve tried these? Please share your thoughts below! I’d love to hear your opinions on these newly-formulated quads.
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