Chanel Variation Eyeshadow Quad Review, Photos, Swatches

Chanel Variation Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Variation Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Variation Eyeshadow Quad ($58.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a cool-toned palette that featuers shades of “light rose, silver-grey, deep purple, light shimmering plum.” It will be released sometime this month online and at Chanel retailers, and it joins the permanent range (according to the press release).

The first shade is a pale pink with a soft, frosted finish. It is nicely pigmented, but it does have a very slightly powdery texture. Chanel Harmonie du Soir is yellower. theBalm Matt Chung is similar but matte in finish. Dior Aurora is frostier. MAC Young Venus is more shimmery. Dior Garden Pastels is similar.

The second shade is a dirty gray-brown with a frosted finish. It had so-so color payoff, but it was definitely on the sheer side. When I wore this shade, it gave me some trouble with fall out during wear. NARS Vent Glace is warmer. Buxom Pug appears darker, as it is more opaque. theBalm Selfish is browner. NARS Grand Palais is similar, a bit warmer. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone is lighter.

The third shade is a medium-dark brown with reddish undertones. It had decent pigmentation, but it was powdery. It is best applied patted against the lid. MAC Smut is similar. theBalm Presto is a bit redder. Urban Decay Barlust is shimmery. Urban Decay Busted is a touch darker.

The last shade is a burgundy-purple with a pearly sheen. It had great color payoff, and it applied evenly and smoothly. MAC Round Midnight is more purple, less red. MAC Rich Core is more shimmery but the color is dead-on. Make Up For Ever #311 is very close in color, but the finish is more frosted.

Likeย Intuition, this quad is a mix of more basic shades, but the quality is not there across all the shades, so what could have been a classic, go-to palette, ends up looking weak when it’s so dupable. ย All four shades were finely-milled and extremely easy to blend, but the pigmentation was too varied (ha!) and the fall out from the taupe shade was disappointing. ย When I wore this palette together, it lasted eight hours with no fading or creasing without a primer.

Chanel Variation Eyeshadow Quad Review, Photos, Swatches

B
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
84%
Total
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Chanel Variation Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Variation Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Variation Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Variation Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Variation Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Variation Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Variation Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Variation Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Variation Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Variation Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Variation Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Variation Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Variation Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Variation Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Variation Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Variation Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Variation Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Variation Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Variation Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Variation Eyeshadow Quad

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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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I have the baked version of this quad, like always Chanel makeup is very subtle but pigmentation is not that good. Very long-wearing with a primer, such quads are good if you need gentle and soft eye makeups. When I want more dramatic eye makeups I use UD or Cargo or MUFE aqua eyeshadows or Chanel Illusion d’Ombres of course which are really very pigmented.

I really love the look you created there, and it’s helpful to see it step-by-step too!

It’s a shame about Variation though, because it looked so pretty in the pan. I’m actually surprised, because when I swatched the European version at my local Sephora, the pigmentation seemed to be surprisingly good! So I assumed the US version would be even better. I guess that for once, I may appreciate the fact that we get the baked formula in France.

I was just about to give it a LOVE when I started to see only how you did the step by step. But then I remembered it’s not how you did the look but the quad itself. And then I said “nah”. lol

Thank you for this review. I always feel like I’m saying the same thing, but I truly mean it each and every time. Your reviews are priceless to me. This was a palette I had considered because it looked so beautiful in pictures. However, after reading your review, I think my money is better spent elsewhere. With the quality being a bit below what I expect of Chanel, and the dupable shades, it doesn’t seem worth the price.

I like this one more. The shades are lovely, but again with the so-so quality. I’m sure it’s still good but there are SO many other brands that have such AMAZING powder formulas that I’m always hesitant to spend my money on Chanel. I think I’ll have to go swatch for myself and see how I like it and if it’s worth it

I *LOVE* that you gave us a step-by-step photo tutorial. I can’t tell you how grateful I would be if these were a more regular thing. (Depending on your time constraints, of course.)

As for the palette itself…. *shrug* I do, however, congratulate Chanel for restraining itself — just this once — from its crutch-like, obsessive dependence on beige, beige-taupe, beige-brown, beige-pink, beige-grey, gold or bronze. Baby steps, Chanel, baby steps. I know you can do it….

I went to scroll down to the comments and then was halted by awesomeness. Thank you for the step by step! Shame about the quality of the palette. Those plum shades really work beautifully on your skin tone.

What a shame! I agree that if the performance and textures were Uh-may-zing, this would be a classic, beautiful, even must-have palette. But a B on a high end quad with four very basic-looking shades? There are too many stellar powder formulas out there for this to be excusable… and its permanent!

Christine, I love that you’ve photographed how you did the look in “steps” so we can see each of the shadows and then how they come together for the final look. I hope you’ll be doing more of these. It’s great, even if the product isn’t up to par!

Thanks Christian for putting each steps of the shadows. This certainly helpful for those of us new in eye makeup ! If possible, please list down the name of the tool, will be great ! Thanks a lots !

I am from Germany – this palette is avalible here since months – i love the colours, I swatched it few times, but it’s always end up in some sparkly mess. There is to much sparkle and to little colour/pigments. It’s a shame, because it looks so beautifoul in the pan, but on the skin it’s a no go (at last for me).

Thank you for sharing the step by step of this look, so lovely! It’s wonderful how you make everything work! The look, together with your honest and complete review, gives me everything I need to decide whether this palette is worth it. Thank you for the great work you do!!

Hi I’ve been referring to your blog for several years for good reviews of Chanel makeup. You consistently provide quality information. But the step by step photos of how you made the look is *super* cool. Thanks for doing this for us. I have brows like you – which affects how I apply eye shadows. Thank you for showing *exactly* how you create the look!

I really want this pallete. I was not sure until I saw your tutorial at the bottom. I saw in Instyle magazine that this is what they used on KStew to make her Vampire Bella transformation in Breaking Dawn part 2. There is more brown undertones than the description leads you to believe. Thank you do much for your amazing reviews.

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