Chanel Eyeshadow Quad in Poesie

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chanelpoesie4 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. chanelpoesie5 chanelpoesie

The Decision

I 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? chanelpoesie3 chanelpoesie2

The Lowdown

Chanel 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. chanelpoesieswatch

Ring Around the Poésie

The 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. chanelpoesie3 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 Issue

I 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. chanelpoesie chanelpoesie2 chanelpoesie4

Final Thoughts

Well 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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  1. August 22, 2014 / 3:51 pm

    Looking lovely as usual, Shari 🙂 I must say I love this quad (and am so damned glad they finally upped their game and improved on the quality!) and didn’t experience too much problem with frostiness or building colour. I thought the shimmer was nice, to add some dimension to the eyes, especially for flatter lids like mine 🙂 That said, I don’t usually wear very deep colours, and I’m comfortable wearing shimmer so perhaps that might be why? I have to admit I’m already eyeing a couple other quads – this new quality just blows my socks off!

    • August 24, 2014 / 6:18 pm

      Aww thank you, PB! I saw your post on this and I have to say this quad was made for you. I guess I just have really crepey lids which is why I tend to shy away from frosts. I’ll try to wear this more and hopefully be able to wear it as effortlessly as you did! I’m the complete opposite regarding deep colours, I always love a dark outer v to ‘open up’ my eyes more 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!

  2. August 22, 2014 / 4:22 pm

    While the look you’ve done is totally selling it to me! I cannot ignore the lack of a matte shade to blend things out! This would mean I need to have a matte eye shadow somewhere along with this which is not a great thought.. #firstworldproblems 😛

    Divya | TheConscienceFund

    • August 24, 2014 / 6:20 pm

      LOL!!! We probably have that matte already hiding in our drawers, yes? 😉 But yes, I wish a matte were included just so we don’t have to use multiple palettes (esp if we’re out / traveling). I’m lazy like that. When I do eye makeup, I use one palette only and am just too lazy to mix things out. I should definitely learn to mix palettes 🙂

  3. August 22, 2014 / 5:26 pm

    Oops, I’m so sorry to hear you have mixed feelings about this! I own it and love it. I personally don’t think it blends SO easily that everything is blended out into nothingness, but I guess everything performs a little differently on everyone? You look great though! I really love the shades on you 🙂

    • August 24, 2014 / 6:22 pm

      Hi sunny! I don’t think it blends into nothingness. The darkest shade just blends out to a lighter hue, which I can’t build up to the intensity I like. On the first FOTD above, the darkest shade is still pretty prominent even when I blended it out – just not dark enough for me 🙂 And thanks Sunny!!

  4. August 22, 2014 / 5:48 pm

    Ohh sorry about the mixed feelings..I am also not really a fan of anything frosty, on the lids or on the lips, frosty is just not my preference..
    You created a beautiful look though! love the soft smokey eye look on you 🙂

    • August 24, 2014 / 6:23 pm

      It’s not at the level of “TOO FROSTY” yet for me (in these photos, they don’t look at all frosty even), but in person – it really pops out. Thanks Pam!!

  5. August 22, 2014 / 5:55 pm

    i have vendome, i have vendome!! (still haven’t used it and now i want posie. ..)

    • August 24, 2014 / 6:23 pm

      Aww the beauty that is Vendome! I want to see it on you Jen! 🙂

  6. Raven Ang
    August 22, 2014 / 6:06 pm

    From your swatches, they’re not the most unique shades but they seem to have an extra oomph to them. I can’t describe it.. Swatch mo rin yung sa sister mo! And yay!! Prettier background. (I like this kind more) 🙂

    • August 24, 2014 / 6:51 pm

      They definitely have OOMPH, ray! As in the formula is divine – smooth like butter and just baaam pigment! 🙂 The shade selections are not the most unique though. But it’s Chanel – and they’re known for these beautiful neutrals so I get why they keep on with it 🙂

  7. August 22, 2014 / 8:48 pm

    Hi Shari,
    I think you should have gone for Vendome or Rivoli, which are both much better in terms of shimmer and end result. Rivoli has this very nice metallic shade, which looks no way near that shimmer in Poesie. I have them all, all 8 quads and Poesie and I don’t think Poesie is in the first 5 I would recommend because of the reasons you already pointed out yourself. And I think Rivoli and Raffinement are not that close. (Oh… One more side note, this one is called Poesie not Tisse Poesie ;-)) Vendome would look gorgeous on you, that peachy shade is not that scary and it it unique. Nevertheless I really like you FOTDs as always :-**

    • August 24, 2014 / 6:53 pm

      Sara!! Your posts on these quads were my ultimate references for picking 🙂 You showcased them all beautifully, temptingly even! I should definitely have gone with Rivoli or Vendome. 🙁 I regret that now! Poesie is just so-so on me. And omg, thanks for the heads up – Tisse Poesie LOL. It even says it on the box already dang it Shari. HAHA! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Sara! I’ll give Vendome a swatch next time 🙂

  8. August 23, 2014 / 12:09 am

    The shade selection does seem very worn. It seems like a very typical neutral palette and I think only the pink beige shade adds a bit of depth to it. The uniformity of the finish din makes it a bit uninteresting. Oh well.

    • August 24, 2014 / 7:04 pm

      It’s very Chanel. Sometimes I think what if there were more ‘out-there’ shades – would I go for those instead? Probably not rin. So yah, I just wish the mix of the finishes varied and the shades more complex.

  9. August 23, 2014 / 12:34 am

    I honestly expected a more exciting review but I’m glad I’ve read this! I’m not too fond of frosty eyeshadows either and the fact that the darkest shade was a bit of a fuss to apply … It’s a pity they weren’t a hit for you. I will definitely keep your comments in mind when I’ll finally be able to swatch them in store! Thanks Shari!

    Alice x |

    • August 24, 2014 / 7:05 pm

      I honestly thought I’d be more excited, too! I’m a huge Chanel fan. Especially their eyeshadows! It’s not that the darkest shade was a fuss to apply, I just hoped it registered darker 🙂 Thanks Alice!

  10. August 23, 2014 / 11:44 am

    Really informative review! 🙂

    The palette looks a little blunt, in my opinion, since almost all have the same finish 🙁

    • August 24, 2014 / 7:06 pm

      Thanks Jhanzey! And yes, it does seem quite boring because of the uniform finish. 🙁

  11. August 23, 2014 / 9:37 pm

    These shades look absolutely lovely on you, but aspects of the texture do sound a bit off. I’ve been eyeing the reformulated quads for a while now, will have to swatch them in-person and decide! Hope you’re having a great weekend 🙂

    • August 24, 2014 / 7:07 pm

      The texture is really not a problem, I’m sorry it came out that way! Texture is divine actually! It’s just the frost finish really doesn’t get on with my lids well 🙂 Do give them a swatch – they’re so buttery smooth and just boldly pigmented!

      • August 24, 2014 / 8:18 pm

        Gotcha! I actually checked them out in-store yesterday and picked up Tisse Rivoli. I’d been eyeing it for a while 🙂

        • August 24, 2014 / 8:46 pm

          Oh wow!! YAY! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts and see it on you Jenn!!! Im sure it’ll look lovelehhh!

  12. August 23, 2014 / 11:57 pm

    I have to agree with the frosty looking finish!! It’s beautiful, the shades and on your eyes they are so flawless but the light white shades are very frosty I wouldn’t put them in my inner corner! I totally do need a quad or two though! I don’t own any chanel yet but I really will be browsing intensely at duty free!!

    • August 24, 2014 / 7:08 pm

      You definitely won’t go wrong with one of these quads – should you find a shade selection from the new quads that suits you 🙂 The texture is amazing!!! AHH! But yes, sadly I’m not a fan of frosts so I was quite disappointed with that – I hoped they would register a bit more satin. 🙁

  13. jgpangi
    August 25, 2014 / 6:44 am

    Feeling frosty? It’s fine, let it go.
    (Sorry, I just had to go there)

    (Weak) jokes aside, they look lovely on you. Chanel is so far out of my price range as to be on the moon, but it’s enlightening to see that even the big beauty doyennes don’t get it all right. Maybe this is their easy peasy n00b’s set?

  14. Claudia
    August 26, 2014 / 7:42 pm

    The shades look so beautiful but it’s super annoying that the colours wouldn’t built up well, that’s such a shame!

    Claudia xx | Beauty and the Chic

  15. ChicScience
    August 27, 2014 / 9:59 am

    This palette looks beautiful on you. I am glad Chanel upped their game and changed their formula. Unfortunately, I had to pass over this palette since mauve/purple shades do not look good on me. XO 🙂

  16. August 30, 2014 / 3:19 pm

    love this palette on you a lor shari. I hate frosty eyeshadows, have you used them wet? I like chanel baked formula because they apply so smooth and pigmented when applied wet. I haven’t experienced any frostyness with the new formula (applied wet). you rock those purples xxx

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