Saturday, 30 March 2013

My Eyes Have the Blues: Chanel Les Quatres Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow in Fascination

Happy weekend, everyone! Today's post features one of the lovely goodies I picked up at my recent Chanel makeover, which I talked about in my last post, here

One spring trend that has been raved about left and right is blue eye makeup. From robin egg to navy, this is a trend that has simultaneously piqued my interest and skepticism. Back in high school I was quick to adopt a blue eye makeup look (see here and here if you want photographic evidence), which is why the look evokes both nostalgia and a bit of, well, cringing. Eek. But when I saw that Chanel was touting the blue eye makeup trend this season, my skepticism melted into temptation. If you're going to jump on a bandwagon, might as well be one as chic as Chanel's! ;)


So my foray back into blue eye makeup has been ushered in with the incredibly fun, sleek, and elegant Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow in Fascination. As with all Chanel products, it came packaged in a chic black and gold box:


The palette itself is sleek and slightly reflective, with a label on the back and the iconic interlocking "C"s on the front: 



And a peek inside! The compact features a decently-sized mirror, two sponge applicators, and a logo-embossed cover to keep the eye shadows fresh:


Here's a shot of the eye shadows themselves. As you can see, Fascination features dome-shaped eye shadows in four distinct shades: a cool-toned pale grey, a cheery sky blue with gold shimmer and lavender undertones, a mid-tone charcoal, and a nearly-black deep navy:

Chanel Fascination Eye Shadow Quad

And swatches! Starting with the shade in the top right of the palette and working counter-clockwise:

Swatches for the Chanel Fascination Eye Shadow Quad, against my NC15 skin tone

As you can see, the silver shade is quite pale and semi-sheer, the blue and charcoal shades are slightly more pigmented, and the navy-black is fully opaque. Each have different levels of sheen to them, with the deepest shade being closest to matte and the bright blue shade the most shimmery of the lot. These swatches were all applied with a dry sponge applicator, but apparently you can wet the brush/sponge to make the colours more intense. I've yet to try this, but looking forward to giving it a go!

The palette even comes with a little booklet that describes the function of the palette, as well as 5 different ways you can utilize the shades to create varying looks. It's not a necessary addition to the palette, but it would definitely be a handy resource for someone new to makeup and seeking some tips. And of course the descriptions are incredibly appealing- who wouldn't want to play with a palette that offers "a perfect harmony of luminous, contrasting shades for a makeup look that can go from ultra-natural to extremely sophisticated "?






















Overall, I'm pretty happy that I've warmed to the blue eye shadow craze and am looking forward to incorporating this palette into my makeup routine. Look out for a Look of the Day featuring the Fascination quad soon!

Is this a palette you would buy? Any other spring trend that are capturing your interest at the moment?

Cheers! xo

52 comments:

  1. Looks nice! I used to shy away from blues as well but lately I've been using it more :-)

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    1. Thanks! They're really growing on me too :)

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  2. This looks like a lovely palette, I don't really find that blues really suit my colouring, I'm better suited to brown eyeshadows so I'd love to try it in a different colour :)

    Rosie
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    therunwayrose.blogspot.com

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    1. Yeah, blues can definitely be hard to wear, but these ones are surprisingly do-able! But Chanel do some great neutral quads as well. Worth checking out for sure! xo

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  3. I want a palette just like this but in greens! (I think it matches my eyes better.)

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    1. I'm sure Chanel has some great green quads as well :) Thanks for stopping by! xo

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  4. They look so beautiful! xx

    http://bebeautiful901.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks! I'm really loving them! xo

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  5. The colours look beautiful! The shades somewhat remind me of the moon and the sky at night :)

    dreamdustx | Urban Decay Giveaway

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    1. Aren't they? And yes, the palette definitely has a 'starry night' type of feel :)

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  6. These colours are beautiful! I love the colour blue but since I have green eyes blue eyeshadow doesn't usually look good on me. I'd like to make it work though because blue eyeshadow can look so pretty in a smokey eye look.

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    1. Aren't they great! Blues definitely can be tricky to wear, but these shades are surprisingly do-able, so seems like the perfect palette to experiment with :)

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  7. Beautiful colors!
    If you want, check out my blog:

    http://thescentofglamour.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks! Will visit your blog soon :)

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  8. Very nice colors! xx

    www.lam-style.blogspot.com

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    1. Glad you like them, Maricruz! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  9. I'm normally not a blue eyeshadow person but after seeing how these tones made your brown eyes pop in your make over post...I'm really considering picking something like this up...very flattering shades on you!

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    1. Thanks! I was definitely hesitant to try out blue shades for the eyes, but this palette is incredibly wearable. Worth checking out for sure :)

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  10. I like the idea of applying the eyeshadow wet as a liner!
    Gorgeous colours :)


    Emily x - prettypleaseprettyplease.blogspot.com

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    1. Yeah, can't wait to test these out when used wet. They should be even more striking that way! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  11. I love these palettes, I am always quite wary of blues tho as if they run/smudge they can give a black eye effect.
    B-e-a-u-t-y-t-u-t-o-r.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Yeah, I was slightly concerned as well, but this has been totally wearable so far! xo

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  12. I love the colours that this palette includes, using then as eyeliners would look beautiful!
    daintydaffs.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes, definitely! Glad you like the shades! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  13. Great shades! and I love blue eye makeup for spring!

    live fabulous,
    goodbadandfab.com
    the personal style and fashion musings of an LA fashion lawyer living life in the fab lane!

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    1. Thanks, Jenny! I've definitely been having fun with blue makeup lately :)

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  14. I have olive undertones to my skin and Hazel eyes. Needless to say, I am a bit skeptical about this blue eyeshadow trend. I would love to see a tutorial or full look with it!

    xxoo
    Rebecca Strutt

    rebeccastrutt.blogspot.com

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    1. Yeah, blues can definitely be hard to wear. I was skeptical as well, but these are surprisingly wearable. Planning a Look of the Day with the palette soon! :)

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  15. This looks gorgeous, I really want to shell out and try some high end makeup this year

    xx

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    1. Thanks, Eloise! Chanel is definitely worth the investment :)

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  16. love these shades,have almost the same!
    Chanel<3
    let's follow each other?
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    1. Thanks, Helen! Will stop by your blog soon :)

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  17. ohhh i like the ombres earth tone colors. they are really pretty too. I love your makeover! <3 i had makeover as well but I ddnt try the eyeshadow, just the perfection lumiere foundation and loved it! :))

    maybe follow each other? ;)

    xx,
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    1. Aww, thanks! Yeah, Perfection Lumiere is a pretty fab foundation! Will check out your blog soon :)

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  18. Perfect colors and perfect brand. Have a nice day.

    http://www.fashiondenis.com

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    1. That's how I felt about the palette too :) Thanks for stopping by, Denisa! xo

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  19. That quad looks amazing! Great post!

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    1. Thanks so much! I've been loving it so far :)

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  20. what a desirable pallette :D

    just followed dear. tnks a lot

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    1. I've been loving it! Thanks so much for stopping by and for following! xo

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  21. I love the look of all these shades! I wouldn't normally choose blue eyeshadow as I imagine bright blue tacky eyes but the ones in this palette look really wearable and the darker shades would be great for a twist on the smoky eye look! X

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    1. Thanks, Zandra! Yes, these shades are surprisingly wearable! Figured if I was going to go blue, Chanel was the way to go ;) Thanks for stopping by! xo

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  22. Love Chanel's packaging. Nice to see you embracing the blue trend :)
    xx

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    1. Isn't it gorgeous! It's surprised me, but I am really enjoying the trend :)

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  23. Omg, that palette is perfection x

    http://kelseyvaldez.blogspot.com

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    1. Isn't it lovely? Thanks for stopping by, Kelsey! xo

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  24. Great tip about wetting the sponge to make the shadows appear darker. I have a Chanel in "Spices" and the colors aren't showing up as dark as I would like, so I will try your suggestion!

    Now following your blog, by the way!

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    1. Glad you found the tip helpful! I've seen the Spices quad and it looks great :) Thanks so much for following! xo

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  25. love love love!

    xx, Sandra @ Blasfemmes

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