Chanel Raffinement Quad Sets My Neutral Heart On Fire + EOTD
Hi friends, whoo I’ve had quite a weekend. We finally held our official housewarming (after moving in for over a year lol!) and invited almost 40 peeps to our house. It was a challenge cooking up a storm but it was worth it because it was so fun and everybody had a great time.
As you are reading this, I’m heading off to New York with the hubs. I had to blog about Chanel Les 4 Ombres Eye Shadow Quad in Raffinement from the Spring 2013 Printemps Precieux de Chanel Collection that I picked up during my travels to Sydney and Singapore.
I mentioned this briefly in my Jan Faves video but I thought I would delve deeper into this beautiful product which is without a doubt my favourite neutral quad in my collection. I have a lot of neutral palettes but this one truly sets my heart aflutter.
The version I picked up is the non-US baked one and the swatches on the US version really intrigued me (here and here). I would have to swatch the US version in NYC – or perhaps I shouldn’t because I might think it’s silkier and more pigmented since they are not baked haha!
But I’m very happy with my baked version and I’m actually not a huge fan of heavily pigmented eyeshadows. I like my shadows pigmented don’t get me wrong but I dislike it when it’s so dark that just a harmless tap could turn a look into an unintentional smokey eye. There is fall out when you blend your brush on the shadows but I don’t have a problem with fallout when I apply the colours.
My favourite shade is the top left one which is a taupe than leans a little cool and my second favourite is the top right one which is lovely as a highlighter in the inner corners of the eyes. The bottom right one, a rich-looking dark cocoa, is matte and is excellent to smoke out or lend depth to a look. I certainly don’t see it as an “eggplant” brown shade as described in the Temptalia website but that could be something in the unbaked version which is different from the baked one.
This EOTD looks like a deeper version of the Bobbi Brown Rose Gold look I did a couple of months ago. As you can tell, I’m an ardent fan of this family of colour.
I applied the top left colour, a light taupe, all over my lid, then went over that with the top left shade, a deeper tapue, then I gently blended in the bottom right shade, a dark rich cocoa just above the lash line and deepened it at the edges. Finally, I used the top right shade, a light shimmery vanilla, to highlight the inner corners of my eyes.
It has been 2.5 months since I had this quad in my possession and I’m not sick of it yet. I think I can go lighter or darker with this quad and it’s something I can always rely on.
The weight of the Chanel palette gives that added glamour when I go through the ritual of putting on makeup. It just feels and looks so amazing, even when compared with my other neutral palette favourites: Wet N’ Wild Walking On Eggshells, Lunasol Skin Modelling Eyes 01 Beige Beige and Visee Royal Party Nude palette.
Though I would say that MAC Satin Taupe, Espresso, and All That Glitters are still very strong neutral favourites in my collection. Perhaps it’s time to make my own MAC neutral quad for travelling?
What is your favoourite neutral palette? Would you buy this Chanel one?
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