Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Chanel Holiday 2009 Collection
Chanel Bird of Paradise Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Bird of Paradise Eyeshadow Quad ($56.00) is a new, limited edition, colorful palette that’s part of Chanel’s Holiday Collection. It includes four pops of color, which is a surprising twist on what we typically expect from holiday launches. Genius, perhaps? We’ll see…

The shades included in the palette are:

A paled down blue-teal with green-teal shimmer. I love the mix of a blue-teal colored base with green-teal shimmer. The color is muted without being boring; it still packs a punch of color, but it’s not over the top. It’s kind of what I’d expect from a teal by Chanel. It’s pigmented, silky soft, and blends easily.

A warm pop of goldenrod yellow-gold. This is an interesting color, because I think on cooler tones, the yellow is going to come out to play more, whilst on warmer tones, you’re going to get more of a warmer, golden shade. Also, I noticed that it seemed to warm up and cool done depending on the lighting situation (less light = more yellow; brighter light = more golden). This one wasn’t quite as pigmented or smooth as the other three shades, but it was still soft and the shimmer wasn’t too gritty. I really love the shade itself, though, because it’s not a true gold, yet it’s not orange or yellow.

A muted coppery-orange with golden shimmer and sheen. Orange can be a tough color to pull off, particularly for those who naturally have cooler complexions (because many oranges run very warm), so I know some just skip this color altogether. This is a great shade of orange that runs neutral-warm, which means it has some warmth, but it’s not overly so. It’s also not a straight copper. I love how the golden sheen catches light.

A soft olive green with golden olive shimmer. A lovely shade that actually reminds me more of fall than it does winter, but nevertheless, still nice. Pigmentation is true and the shade itself feels smooth to the touch and goes on like butter.

I’m really digging Chanel’s take on holiday this year. The colors are fun and playful, but they’re not hard to wear or even pair together (I was a little weary at first – so much color, could they work together? but alas, they can!). The only shade it’s really missing is a highlight shade, so you will have to tap into your stash to get that, but at least you get four rockin’ colors in it. Each has a metallic shimmer sheen, and I think that’s exactly what the holiday season is about–lots of glitz and glam!

This eyeshadow quad is eons better than Chanel’s Les Folie Noirs Eyeshadow Quad — so I am quite pleased. I was a bit hesitant that this one might not do it for me, but it worked out, thankfully!

As far as value goes, I do believe Chanel quads are around 0.24 oz. (I have some that say 0.24 oz., others that don’t say, and the recent Noirs Obscurs quad was 0.21 oz.), so they’re not a bad deal by the ounce (less than MAC eyeshadows). With colors like these, you may find yourself slower to get through each shade as well, so I think you’ll get plenty of usage out of the palette.

Bottom line: This is a nice palette with quality eyeshadows that give you color to play around with, but it’s not intimidating. It’s inviting, and I think it’s a good mix of colors that can also work together, not just by themselves. It’s also not overly warm or cool on the whole, so it’s more universal. I really like it, overall, but I’m not head-over-heels for it like I am over their Rouge Allure Laques.

  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: For a downplayed approach to color, Chanel’s Bird of Paradise eyeshadow quad is stop that might be worth your while.

Availability: Chanel in October/November 2009

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Chanel Holiday 2009 Collection

Chanel Holiday 2009 Collection

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43 thoughts on “Chanel Bird of Paradise Eyeshadow Quad Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Natalia

    I’m wondering if this quad would work for blue eyes…

  2. Anitacska

    Ooh, I like this one! Reminds me a little of Guerlain’s Perles des mere quad (I think that’s what the summer one was called), just a bit brighter and pinker. Nice! :)

  3. Alice

    Beautiful. The colors complement each other very well. Dang it, another item I’m adding to my Buy List LOL

  4. Miss QQ

    I love the teal but I don’t know if it is worth it to get the palette just for that colour.

  5. amy

    Thank you for the lovely and informative review. I must get this quad, along with a couple of the rouge allure laques that you’ve been reviewing. These are exactly my style.

  6. alicia

    I was so curious about this one. Another great review! I think I’m going to have to get it. It seems timeless, soft, ethereal.

  7. inuchan

    reaaaaaaaaaaaaally like this quad :)Absolutely love the golden tones underlaying the colors…

    My only fear is that, being a LE, I hope i’ll see it at my place (europe)

  8. Jennifer


    Seems like more of a Summer quad… But whatever works for Chanel. After the wonderful Rouge Laque line, I can give them slack for this…

  9. Thanks for the review! As pretty as this quad is, I don’t think I’ll get this quad since I’ve already gotten a lot of Chanel lately and still peeved by Les Folies. I think I’d rather pick up the MAC pigment sets.

  10. amy

    Very pretty, I love that punch of vibrant colour for the fall.

  11. shontay

    I want I want I want!!!

  12. Bridgette

    Such lovely colors! Another add on my make up shopping list!

  13. Lorna

    those look like complementary colors… very warm looking.

  14. Oh… this is very pretty!

  15. cmferrets

    i hope u can do a look for this for us christine, to see what it looks like on the eyes, PLEASE? THANX! =)

  16. shay

    whn does it launch???? i am totally needing this quad!

  17. Mary Ann

    I really like the color combination – it reminds me of a shimmer cube palette that the body shop came out with a couple years ago.

  18. AngelWingz

    Stunning! A lot of Chanel’s quad colors are hard to work with but these seem to compliment each other beautifully.

  19. Just when I think I was not going to buy it from the swatches, I’ll probably buy it!

  20. Amber

    These colors are beautiful – I can see myself buying this quad to use with other brown shades for a colorful smokey eye. Another Chanel beauty!

  21. ocelot1

    i really love the green…is there another color on the market thats a dupe or similar to the green in this quad?

  22. Joan

    I so regret that I didn’t get this when I was in the US. I’ve been lemming on it forever, but I thought when I swatched it at Neiman Marcus that it looked quite sheer.

    Now I’m trying to get my mom to pick it up for me – I’m going back in December but it might be gone by then! :-(