Chanel Clair-Obscur (308) Eyeshadow Quad Review & Swatches

01/09

Chanel Clair-Obscur (308) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow
Chanel Clair-Obscur (308) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow
Chanel Clair-Obscur (308) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow
Chanel Clair-Obscur (308) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow
Chanel Clair-Obscur (308) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow
Chanel Clair-Obscur (308) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow
Chanel Clair-Obscur (308) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow
Chanel Clair-Obscur (308) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow
Chanel Clair-Obscur (308) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow
Chanel Clair-Obscur (308) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow
Chanel Clair-Obscur (308) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow
Chanel Clair-Obscur (308) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow
Chanel Clair-Obscur (308) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow
Chanel Clair-Obscur (308) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow
Chanel Clair-Obscur (308) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow
Chanel Clair-Obscur / Quiet Revolution Quads | Look Details
Chanel Clair-Obscur (308) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow
Chanel Clair-Obscur / Quiet Revolution Quads | Look Details
Chanel Clair-Obscur (308) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow
Chanel Clair-Obscur (308) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow
Chanel Clair-Obscur (308) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow
Chanel Clair-Obscur (308) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow
Chanel Clair-Obscur (308) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow
Chanel Clair-Obscur (308) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow
Chanel Clair-Obscur (308) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow
Chanel Clair-Obscur (308) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow
Chanel Clair-Obscur (308) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

Clair-Obscur (308)

Chanel Clair-Obscur (308) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow ($61.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a new, permanent all-matte neutral palette featuring a light beige, soft taupe, mid-tone brown, and deep brown. All four shades were more subdued, though they were a little warmer, but I could see them leaning slightly more neutral on cooler complexions. They had good to opaque color payoff and were blendable but could benefit from a primer for improved coverage and longevity.

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01/02

Chanel Clair-Obscur #1 Multi-Effect Eyeshadow
Chanel Clair-Obscur #1 Multi-Effect Eyeshadow
Chanel Clair-Obscur #1 Multi-Effect Eyeshadow
Chanel Clair-Obscur #1 Multi-Effect Eyeshadow
Chanel Clair-Obscur #1 Multi-Effect Eyeshadow
Chanel Clair-Obscur #1 Multi-Effect Eyeshadow

Clair-Obscur #1

Clair Obscur #1 is a medium brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had opaque pigmentation with a smooth, velvety texture that wasn’t stiff to work with but wasn’t powdery either. The eyeshadow blended out fairly well on my skin, though it did seem to sheer out a bit in practice. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me.

01/02

Chanel Clair-Obscur #2 Multi-Effect Eyeshadow
Chanel Clair-Obscur #2 Multi-Effect Eyeshadow
Chanel Clair-Obscur #2 Multi-Effect Eyeshadow
Chanel Clair-Obscur #2 Multi-Effect Eyeshadow
Chanel Clair-Obscur #2 Multi-Effect Eyeshadow
Chanel Clair-Obscur #2 Multi-Effect Eyeshadow

Clair-Obscur #2

Clair Obscur #2 is a soft taupe with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation with a soft, smooth consistency that was dense without being thick or stiff in the pan. It blended out easily and stayed on well for seven and a half hours before fading noticeably.

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01/02

Chanel Clair-Obscur #3 Multi-Effect Eyeshadow
Chanel Clair-Obscur #3 Multi-Effect Eyeshadow
Chanel Clair-Obscur #3 Multi-Effect Eyeshadow
Chanel Clair-Obscur #3 Multi-Effect Eyeshadow
Chanel Clair-Obscur #3 Multi-Effect Eyeshadow
Chanel Clair-Obscur #3 Multi-Effect Eyeshadow

Clair-Obscur #3

Clair Obscur #3 is a light beige with warm, golden undertones and a matte finish. The color payoff was opaque, while the texture was soft and smooth without being powdery nor too firmly pressed in the pan. It almost felt a bit cream-like to the touch. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me.

01/02

Chanel Clair Obscur #4 Multi-Effect Eyeshadow
Chanel Clair Obscur #4 Multi-Effect Eyeshadow
Chanel Clair Obscur #4 Multi-Effect Eyeshadow
Chanel Clair Obscur #4 Multi-Effect Eyeshadow
Chanel Clair Obscur #4 Multi-Effect Eyeshadow
Chanel Clair Obscur #4 Multi-Effect Eyeshadow

Clair Obscur #4

Clair Obscur #4 is a deep, taupe-brown with warmer undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage in a single layer, which was buildable to full coverage with less than half of a layer on top. The texture was a bit denser and stiffer compared to the other shades, so it was a little more challenging to blend out but definitely workable. It seemed to take on the natural finish of my skin, though, so I would pair it with a primer if you have oilier skin. It wore well for eight hours on me before it started to fade noticeably.

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About the Reviewer

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Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Since this is ‘Clair’, out of curiosity I wonder if they are going to come out with a Moyen and a Dore? Beautiful neutrals and I like the look of them, the velvetiness. I love the blues you mixed in from the Quiet Revolution quad.

Clair-Obscur is “Light-Dark,” the French equivalent of Chiaroscuro, which plays up the contrast between light and dark shades. It’s probably standalone.

This just seems so “non-exciting”. When Chanel launched their “Tisse” quads with the wonderful formulas, they really seemed to be onto something. This quad, though – it just doesn’t generate any excitement for me and I’m someone who generally gets very excited by neutral e/s assortments. The Dior Feel palette from last year seems somewhat similar to this but a lot nicer and with one extra shadow.

I swear if this doesn’t remind me of an old Almay quad I used to death back in the mid 90’s! LOL. Also, an old Physicians Formula quad, too.

I really love a good neutral palette and would have loved seeing how this looked without all the other colored shadows that were incorporated into the look muddying it up. Using so many different colors from another palette just obscured the look of the Chanel palette that was being reviewed. I know I am probably in the minority in expressing this opinion, but before anyone hates on me, remember, it is just my opinion–nothing more; nothing less. I’d much rather the product being reviewed be the focus of the look.

Thanks for the feedback, Eileen! Unfortunately, I don’t always have the time to test available to just use four shades per eye, particularly due to the other quad needing other shades to come together, and since these were released together, it made perfect sense to combine the two 🙂

I had the exact same thought as Eileen when I saw the eye look. Believe me, I and most others here have a lot of sympathy with the sheer volume of products you have to test, often in a very short time, and that’s on top of photographing, editing writing your review/copy, etc. The thing is that some people (maybe many) would only be buying one of the 2 quads so seeing how they function on their own, as they’re sold, would be helpful just from an information/”will this work for me/what sorts of looks can I achieve with it” point of view.

Hi Eileen, I agree. I know the Clair will work for me (and would love to have seen what Christine did with it) but am unsure if the Quiet Revolution will work. Would like to see each on their own though appreciate the volume of products Christine is reviewing and if (when) I buy both, I can see how Christine made them work together.

This is pretty and probably valuable as a neutral starter but I’m kinda hoping there will be something more exciting in the quad department coming from Chanel this fall/winter. They have done such original and wearable color combinations in the past and lately it seems it’s either just a mix of basic browns or it’s into the super bold flaming reds. There’s so much territory in between where they used to be a pleasure for me.

For someone who really loves their neutral mattes either alone or to use with another palette that is totally shimmery, this would be perfect. These are fairly basic shades, but these mattes have been done very well and it is often these matte shades that are not done well in other palettes.

For me this is love at first sight. The swatches look more demi-matte to me, a bit like some of the shades in the Candeur et Experience quad. Happy this is permanent.

I adore a quad like this and was hoping Lucia would release another matte quad. I’m impressed with the shade range of the quads being added to Chanel’s permanent line. Definitely on the buy list!!

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