Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Chanel Quadrille (537) Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Quadrille (537) Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Quadrille (537) Eyeshadow Quad ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) consists of a plummy mauve, golden beige, pink-coral, and dark brown. It’s generally warm-toned with a range of light to dark shades, and it certainly brings to mind the theme of spring. Every single eyeshadow has an incredibly soft, finely-milled texture that feels like silk, but they were also a little powdery as a result–you’ll find excess is easily lifted as you tap and press your brush to each pan (and the palette gets quite messy). I’d recommend lightly tapping excess off your brush to minimize any initial fall out, as well as pressing/patting the brush against the lid. If you use a dampened brush, it minimizes some of that powderiness while amplifying the pigmentation. When textures get more powdery, they don’t wear as long or as well on me, so I did notice signs of fading after seven hours of wear, even with some shades applied with a dampened brush (doesn’t live up to the “smudge-proof long wear” claim).

This is how Chanel describes the color payoff of the quad: “dry for subtle shadowing, or dampened for more intense color.” If you like subtle, sheer colors on the eyes, then this quad achieves that result easily when used dry, as the shades are prone to sheering out. If you want more intense color payoff, you’ll need to use the shades damp.  I don’t think the majority of the shades get to fully, opaque color–I certainly wouldn’t describe them as rich or intense–but they do get more opaque/pigmented with a damp brush for application and somewhat less powdery but doesn’t fully resolve the powderiness. I think you’ll still need some sort of base to apply them dry, as they really do sheer out considerably (with the dark brown shade being the exception)!

Quadrille #1 is described as a “lavender grey.” It’s a muted, warm-toned, plummy mauve with a satin finish. Apply dry, it’s semi-sheer, and then applied with a damp brush, it was more opaque though not fully opaque in color (and still a little powdery). Makeup Geek Last Dance (P, $5.99) is more shimmery, less pink. Make Up For Ever #141 (P, $20.00) has a higher sheen but is close. NARS New York (P, $24.00) is warmer. MAC Trax (P, $15.00) has a stronger golden shimmer. Lancome Colour du Jour (P, $19.00) also has a bit of a golden shimmer. See comparison swatches.

Quadrille #2 is described as a “golden ivory.” It’s a warm-toned, ivory beige with a pearly sheen. Applied dry, it’s fairly sheer and powdery enough that it will be more of a barely-there wash, and then applied with a dampened brush, it’s more semi-opaque with some noticeable sheerness (less powdery!). bareMinerals Celebrate (LE) is similar. MAC Smokeluxe #1 (P) is more metallic. MAC Brownluxe #1 (P) is similar. Disney by Sephora A Wish (LE) is less warm-toned. MAC Sahara Dust (LE, $15.00) is a touch darker. MAC Shroom (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Dazzlelight (P, $15.00) is a bit lighter. See comparison swatches.

Quadrille #3 is described as a “rosy apricot.” It’s a warm-toned, pink-coral with a satin to matte finish. Applied dry, it looks less pink, is semi-sheer, and more matte, and then applied with a dampened brush, it has a subtle satin sheen and appears pinker, as well as it is more pigmented. MAC Rose (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Sushi Flower (P, $15.00) is darker, more matte. MAC Dear Cupcake (LE, $15.00) is a bit warmer but close. Chanel Rose Favorite (LE, $28.50) is darker, pinker. See comparison swatches.

Quadrille #4 is described as an “intense brown.” It’s a subtly cool-toned, dark brown with reddish-burgundy undertones and a mostly matte finish. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque and was the least powdery shade of the four. Applied damp, it was more opaque and a bit darker/more intense. Too Faced Triple Fudge (P) is similar. Laura Mercier Espresso (LE) is darker. MAC Phresh Out #5 (LE) has a stronger sheen. LORAC Espresso (P) is a bit darker. bareMinerals Boardroom (LE) is less red-toned. See comparison swatches.

The Glossover

LE
palette

Quadrille (537)

B-

If you like subtle, sheer colors on the eyes, then this quad achieves that result easily when used dry, as the shades are prone to sheering out. If you want more intense color payoff, you'll need to use the shades damp. This is in line with how Chanel describes the color payoff of the quad: "dry for subtle shadowing, or dampened for more intense color."

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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LE
product

Quadrille #1

C+

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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Dupes
LE
product

Quadrille #2

C+

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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Chanel Quadrille (537) Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Quadrille (537) Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Quadrille (537) Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Quadrille (537) Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Quadrille (537) Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Quadrille (537) Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Quadrille (537) Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Quadrille (537) Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Quadrille #1 Eyeshadow
Chanel Quadrille #1 Eyeshadow

Chanel Quadrille #1 Eyeshadow
Chanel Quadrille #1 Eyeshadow

Chanel Quadrille #2 Eyeshadow
Chanel Quadrille #2 Eyeshadow

Chanel Quadrille #2 Eyeshadow
Chanel Quadrille #2 Eyeshadow

Chanel Quadrille #3 Eyeshadow
Chanel Quadrille #3 Eyeshadow

Chanel Quadrille #3 Eyeshadow
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Chanel Quadrille #4 Eyeshadow
Chanel Quadrille #4 Eyeshadow

Chanel Quadrille #4 Eyeshadow
Chanel Quadrille #4 Eyeshadow

Chanel Quadrille (537) Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Quadrille (537) Eyeshadow Quad: #2 (inner lid), #3 (middle of lid),
#1 (outer lid/crease), #4 (crease)

Chanel Quadrille (537) Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Quadrille (537) Eyeshadow Quad: #2 (inner lid), #3 (middle of lid),
#1 (outer lid/crease), #4 (crease)

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38 thoughts on “Chanel Quadrille (537) Eyeshadow Quad Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. I have been eagerly anticipating this review and I really wish the quad did not run quite as sheer, but not necessarily a deal breaker for me. These colours as so wonderful together.

  2. I guess it’s nice that they sort of match up to their claim, but I was hoping for a bit more intensity! The colours are pretty though.
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  3. I like my colors bold and popping, so I’ll pass for this one. The end result looks lovely on you though.

  4. Aww, they’re so pretty in the pan. I don’t care for sheer shadows though. I want my shadows to pack a bit more of a punch!
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  5. I’ve got dupes that are superior to all the shadows in this quad, going by your ratings and comments and looking at the comparison swatches. At sixty bucks, I’m not prepared to shell out for something of mediocre quality.

    • Phew! Happy to hear you have better quality dupes, Mariella :D

      • The fact that you provide so much information about similar shadows and also let us see comparison swatches makes us all better consumers and better able to decide if a product is good, a must have or something so similar to shades we already own that we can take a pass on an item. Since I have Trax, Dazzlelight AND Shroom and Boardroom makes me feel a bit smug (or at least virtuous) in passing up on this one. Of course, how virtuous can I really be if I own this much makeup?? (g)

  6. Liz

    awwww, I actually considered this one for once as the colours are soooo pretty! Do Chanel still release a baked version of their quads in Europe? I may check that one out, hopefully it holds up better

  7. I am a huge fan of sheer eyeshadows but powderiness is an instant turn-off, to me! :/

    Merry Christmas, Christine. You are a big role model for me and what you’ve achieved (from scratch) with your career truly inspires me. I hope you, your husband, Mellan, and your family have a wonderful holiday!
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  8. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Sasha Sasha

    All these makeup companies trying to get us with pink/mauve combos! It’s a shame I couldn’t splash out and get Le Metier de Beaute’s Nouvelle Vague when it was out. I think I’ll just save my pennies and get Naked 3 and Burberry Antique Rose. I really love those purplely mauve colors for crease shades. Tease was the only shade I used from my Naked 2 before I swapped it.

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    Shame about the powderiness, but I admit I like Chanel’s softer formula. (Hyperpigmented formulas can be a pain when you’re in the NW10-15 range because they can get overwhelming on the eye.) When I swatched this at the counter, I thought it was quite pretty, though it’s warm enough that I’d pass it up anyway. Those reddish mauves do me no favors, unless I’m trying to emulate Edward Norton in Fight Club. :P

  10. Alia

    Thank you for the review! Just ordered this from Nordstrom….love ALL Chanel quads – My favorite eye shadow and blush brand

  11. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Pamyla PJ

    Im glad I held off on purchasing this until your review. The promo pics looked so promising! I have only purchased one Chanel quad in the past, called Lillium. I found the shadows in it to be too small and dry/powdery. Im looking forward to the other spring collections from Chanel.

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    It really is a shame. The colors in the pan are beautiful.

  13. I like the colors but the quality doesn’t seem that great with this quad. It’s pricey to be sheer and powdery
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  14. Sarah021

    typical chanel colours! :/

  15. i love colours like these but I have to wait until someone with a baked version does a review.

  16. Wow, they looks pretty!

  17. I thought I might be interested by the quad, but meh – I’ll happily pass.

  18. Summer

    This reminds me too much of Eclosion – and based on your pictures, I may not be wrong! – so I will be passing.

    Your review of Eclosion here for anyone who wants to compare!

    http://www.temptalia.com/chanel-eclosion-eyeshadow-quad-review-photos-swatches

  19. Denise

    Hi Christine! I’ve been a long time lurker on your website (years, tbh) and I finally decided to join! I purchased this quad not long ago and I really liked it! Using a primer really gives the colors vibrancy. I do have to agree though that it is a bit powdery. Thank you for all you do! Your reviews are the utmost helpful to myself, family members, friends, and thousand of others

    • Yay!! Welcome, officially, Denise! :) Thank you for joining!

      Happy to hear it’s working for you! I agree that a primer is more necessary with this particular quad. What combo have you been doing most with it?

  20. Janelle

    Ordered this and the duo from
    Nordie’s Monday. I hope the duo is not as powdery. The idea of a messy quad doesn’t appeal to me!

  21. Karin Ho

    The colors are so common, nothing new here, especially the browns and champagnes..