Chanel Signe Particulier Eyeshadow Quad Review, Photos, Swatches

Chanel Signe Particulier Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Signe Particulier Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Signe Particulier Eyeshadow Quad ($65.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a limited edition palette for the holidays. I normally enjoy the formula Chanel uses with this type of imprint, but this year’s wasn’t as impressive–two shades were silky but powdery and two were drier on the skin. I would have loved to see the gold shade replaced with something distinctively cool-toned, which I think would make it more unique.

Signe Particulier #1 is a pale, very light pink with cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a lightly dusty consistency that applied fairly well and blended out easily. The color lasted for seven hours on me before fading. Chanel City Lights #2 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Dior Devilish #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Dior Magnify #2 (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #2 (DC, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Muse (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Delightful #3 (DC, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Touch of Lilac (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Garden Pastels #3 (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I872 Pearly Pink (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Petalette #2 (PiP, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Makeup Geek Illusion (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Sugar Coated (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Ciate Baby (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Violet Blend #1 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Cherries Jubilee (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Lilac Dream #1 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Pat McGrath Astral Ghost Orchid (PiP, $25.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Fresh & Mint #2 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Aurora #3 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #1 (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Signe Particulier #2 is a muted, medium-dark taupe brown with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had so-so color coverage with a slightly dry, powdery texture that diffused well on the skin, but it also tended to sheer out and was harder to keep even as a result. The color faded after seven hours. Dior Exuberante #1 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Black #6 (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Fall in Lust (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Nude #4 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Dusk (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I550 Olive Gray (DC, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick #2 (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Cloudy Afternoon (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Cinder (Left) (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Steel the Scene (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Erotica (PiP, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Ring-a-ling (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar). NARS Stag Film (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Chrome (PiP, $19.00) is warmer (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Shimmer Greige (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Kill Joy (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Signe Particulier #3 is a deep, plummy burgundy with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The texture was noticeably dry, and the eyeshadow applied unevenly as it applied in patches. I had a challenging time getting the color to stick to the eyelid, so I think a slightly tacky primer would be best for this shade. The color lasted for seven hours (what little did make it!), and it was blendable around the edges. Stila Deep Plum (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Yoga (LE, $14.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Honeymoon #4 (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME828 Garnet Black (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Plum Frost (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Fingerpaint Art (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Boudoir Noir (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Blackheart (PiP, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Cygne Noir #2 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Mulberry & Bright (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Rouge Noir (857) (P, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #7 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Wonderland (DC, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Pop (PiP, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #4 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Signe Particulier #4 is a bright, yellow gold with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation, but the sparkle came loose from the base, so it was messy to use and tended to apply unevenly on the skin as some produc twould stick and the sparkles would sheer out the base. It lasted for seven hours on me with some fall out. Too Faced Praline (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Natasha Denona Aurum (PiP, $29.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych (DC, $14.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Golden Nugget (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Natasha Denona Sundazed (128K) (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Gold Leaf (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D410 Gold Nugget (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Chanel Codes Elegants #1 (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Egypt (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Twinkie (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Unlimited (PiP, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Hoopla (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Night Show (P, $4.50) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Fortune Teller (P, $9.99) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Maybelline Gold Rush (P, $6.99) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Here We Go Again (LE, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). Huda Beauty 24K (Remastered) (PiP, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Dior Devilish #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Huda Beauty 24K (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Natasha Denona D'Or (284M) (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Chanel Signe Particulier Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Signe Particulier Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Signe Particulier Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Signe Particulier Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Signe Particulier Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Signe Particulier Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Signe Particulier Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Signe Particulier Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Signe Particulier Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Signe Particulier Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Signe Particulier Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Signe Particulier Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Signe Particulier Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Signe Particulier Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Signe Particulier Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Signe Particulier Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Signe Particulier Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Signe Particulier Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Signe Particulier Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Signe Particulier Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Signe Particulier Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Signe Particulier Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Signe Particulier Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Signe Particulier Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Signe Particulier Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Signe Particulier Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Signe Particulier Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Signe Particulier Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Signe Particulier Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Signe Particulier Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Signe Particulier Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Signe Particulier Eyeshadow Quad

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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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What a disappointment! These colors had the potential to have been quite the holiday season palette, although like you, I felt like the gold just didn’t do the other shades justice. So in the words of our fellow Arizona resident, the notorious Grumpy Cat: NO! NOPE!

I actually LIKE the gold and find it festive in a way that platinum (which can look really harsh and cold on me) doesn’t. But I have gold shadows enough, though that doesn’t always stop me!

It’s not terribly original, but I still love the gold with the berries. It’s a nice, festive pop of color. I would have gone with a less chunky version, though.

Oh no! I thought this quad had a very interesting mix of colors –cool toned purples with a pop of gold. That gold was calling the magpie in me, but I don’t think these shadows are going to last on my oily lids, even with primer. I’m going to try to dupe the quad from my existing stash

Hi Christine, I’m disappointed this palette received such low ratings. I had it applied at the counter to see if the colors are wearable on my fair-to-medium, warm-toned skin and it was beautiful. I was pleased following application of the pale and taupe (shades 1 & 2). The deep plum was used as a liner and a touch of gold and I couldn’t have been more pleased. It stayed on with no creasing or fading until I took it off that night. I haven’t used the palette as it will be a Christmas gift from my in-laws although I did go back for the black/red eye liner that’s part of the collection. Will be curious to see what I find when I get my hands on it.

I had really good luck my palette! In fact I couldn’t be more pleased with mine. Don’t understand what the problem is really. I can’t say enough good about the smoothness and blendibility. Must have got the only decent one . Wow!

Just noticed that there is no reply for positive comments. Seems to me Christine that you are determined to hate this palette. Many of my friends have also bought this palette with no problems what so ever. I. Die every that every person has a different degree of skin texture , oil etc… And I repeat the dark red stays with no crumbling!! Just saying…

Hi Loti,

I’m just behind — I had over 500 comments in the queue as of today! November is our busiest month due to all the sales and palettes, so I’ve just been really behind on comments (like perpetually). I’ve just spent the last four hours trying to get through. Your comment went up! We have a whole user review system set-up so you can leave reviews (and it would have been approved immediately, as you wouldn’t have to wait for me to reply!), so I’m deeply upset that you think I would censor your comment rather than give me the benefit of the doubt and simply asking if I had received your comment.

A very disappointing review for this. I was too hoping it would live up to the quality of Harmonie du Soir but alas no. I guess it’s all good though as I will save loads by skipping this one. Thanks for all your hard work that enables soo many of us to save our cash for products with better reviews! x

Thanks for saving me money on this one. I was going to make it my Christmas gift to myself because I love the colors. My money is probably better spent on UD or MUFE eyeshadow palettes.

Me too! I’ve seen so many good reviews and raves for the previous palettes. These were known for the creamy texture and excellent color payoff. I was so excited to finally get to try one, I pre-ordered mine.
What a disappointment. I agree with you Christine, the palette is just so dry and flat;( You must of had to make multiple passes to get the swatches you posted? There are too many good palettes to keep this one!

Hmmm. I have this. But, I did purchase the Illusion D’ombre too because the only reviews/looks I have seen prior to yours used them both. I just figured it likely would need a base and I fell in love with it, so I just realised a base may be needed. However, I think that does stink and totally is not justifiable. I’m just a sucker!

Hey Christine. Sorry if that comment was confusing.I was doing too many things at once! I bought both because everyone who had already reviewed it, used it with the Illusion d’ombre. My quad just came last week. I have not personally used it. I really do love this collection. If it works well (all 4 shades) with a base, I’m ok. . if not , I’ll have to consider returning.

Too bad because the swatches look beautiful. But the dryness and sheering out issues could probably be greatly improved by using a primer, don’t you think?

Possibly! The darker plum shade was crumbly when I worked with it, so I think a primer isn’t going to help with that one – you need something tackier.

I used it over Nars Pro Prime and it didn’t help. I actually think a C+ is generous for this quad. I would give it a D. It’s a very frustrating quad.

Apart from the very poor ratings (I mean how can Chanel not get a gold right?), it is a very boring palette with lots of dupable colours. Their Autumn quad was much better. It is strange having the gold in there – a silvery grey would have been better.
A lovely eye look you have done with this palette Christine.

What’s with the sponge applicators though. I’m not saying they’re useless, you can perfectly apply eyeshadow with them, but they are cheap, feel cheap, and no one willing to spend $65 on a quad would prefer them to brushes. Besides, they take up too much space in the packaging.

I’d never thought I’d say this but these applicators are actually really good! They’re not sponge – well, they might have a sponge core but they’re actually a very fine cotton flannel type of fabric and they work really well! I usually discard sponge applicators or keep them to use in a pinch (like at the gym), but I’ve kept the Chanel ones in their quads and do actually use them because they deliver really good colour! Give them a try or compare them to other sponge applicators and see if you notice the difference.

Oh, I see! I’ve never had a Chanel palette, sadly, so I didn’t think these were any different from regular sponge tip applicators. Well, if people actually like and use the Chanel applicators, there’s no reason to complain ?

I didn’t know either, Paz, and tossed them from the first shadows I purchased but recently, I read that they were different and decided to give them a try with the Tisse Gabrielle quad (the first one where I didn’t pitch them) and to my total surprise, they really do work well, a Katherine T. has also noted. I regret now throwing out a few.

I have 2 of the Chanel quads, and yeah, at first, I thought the applicators looked kind of cheap, and so odd they would have them in such an expensive kit. Turns out the applicators work great, because the shadows are domed and can be harder, like a baked shadow, so sometimes it can be hard to pick up the color with a brush. And with my oily lids, those kinds of applicators are great for “packing” and pressing the shadows onto my lids, so they stick better.

This palette was at the top of my wish list. I have Chanel lipsticks, eyeliners, and blushes and this was going to be my first eye palette. Everyone raved about the quality of its LE predecessors. The cool tones, apart from the gold, which I suspected I would rarely use, were right up my alley. I got the Rouge Noir Khol and mascara, which were released earlier. When I went to the store, I came with the eye primer and applied it in the store the day I purchased it. I was not impressed with the results, even in swatching it. On my eyes, it was barely visible between the time I applied it and when I exited the store. The next day, I reapplied at the Chanel store, to assure that it was not a fault in application. Same thing. Poor quality makes it disappear or just look muddy. I remember thinking, “Oh, boy, I know what’s going to happen when Christine gets hold of this.” So back it went. Because of the size and shape of my eyes, I use lighter shades on most of the lid with darker shades at the outer corner, crease, and lash line. As such, I never do a smoky with a dark color all over the lid. For that reason, I did not buy the IDO beautiful as it is. In my view this palette is just a complement to the IDO for those who use that as the focal point for the eye look. It is not a standalone. If the quality were there, this palette could have been used as a base for taupe, wine, mauve, and purple looks as well. But it isn’t. I got a Kevyn Aucoin eye shadow single to wear with it.

Thanks, Christine. And I have a theory about this. This item was the last one released from this collection and its arrival was delayed as many of us waited impatiently. Like you all, nearly all of the bloggers covered the rest of the items weeks ago. I was puzzled at the time because I’ve rarely seen that happen. And it did occur to me, I wonder if the palette has issues. Sure enough. My guess is that they knew and perhaps tried to fix them, but in any case held it back so that the rest of the collection would get the positive reviews it deserves. Can you recall a Chanel release where the eye quad was released later and alone?

I think it has happened with nail polish, highlighters, etc. that not all stock arrives at the same time. It may also be a situation where some products are coming from one warehouse and not another, but a retailer lists what they have already.

I was waiting for this quad to be released and got it on Saturday along with the IDO, the liner, and the mascara. I’ve tried it alone over Nars Pro Prime, over the IDO, and nothing improves the pigmentation. Not only that, but the IDO made my eyelids start to burn. I had to take that version it off within an hour. All of it’s going back. A C+ is generous in my opinion.

And, wtf, I shouldn’t have to *work* and *try different tricks* to get a $65 eyeshadow to perform!

Shame on you, Chanel.

I really like the colours together and how the look turned out. I’ll keep this combination of colours in mind and try a similar look with my existing products I think!

Oh no – I thought that this would be a great quad because the eye shadows in the LE quads (with the special embossing) are usually so great. Hmmmm, I pre-ordered this but I may have to reconsider when they actually get it at the counter. Bummer!

Oh, bummer! I really wanted this quad to be excellent. I like all of the colours, even if the gold is sort of an odd shadow out, still I could see many fun ways of using it. Oh, well, money saved.

I was hoping this would be the berry plum version of Topkapi but if their textures aren’t the same then I’ll pass. The colors are gorgeous though.

Well, looks like I am the only one that loves this quad!! Has been great for me and Lasts 8 hrs plus with a little primer. I am a nurse and work long hrs and eyeshadow stays! Have gotten many compliments on how nice my eyes look. So I bought a back up. Also the dark red plum is not dry or crumbly. Have purchased much worse eyeshadow. Just thought you might like to know that it does work for some women!!

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