Chanel Les Folie Noirs Eyeshadow Quad ($60.00) is from Chanel Noirs Obscurs Collection. ( Be sure to check out reviews on the limited edition nail polishes and lipsticks, too!) It’s a limited edition eyeshadow quad with each shade being embellished with the brand’s signature logo in black.
While I was impressed by the new Rouge Allure lipsticks and Le Vernis shades, the eyeshadow quad was a disappointment. In fact, I had to let my disappointment simmer a bit in case I was too harsh/expected too much. I do not recommend this eyeshadow quad unless you’re a Chanel collector–then you’re not really looking to use it so much as own it as a collector.
If you actually want to use it, the shades are poorly pigmented, go on unevenly, and just overall, look mediocre–even with a sponge applicator. (Swatching with a brush always gives the least amount of pigmentation, whereas swatching with a sponge applicator usually yields the most.) The swatches included in this post are with a sponge applicator, for your reference.
The dark brown shade (top left) goes on extremely sheerly and almost looks chalky on my skin. The color itself is a cool-toned dark brown. Next to it is a dark forest green with a slight bit of shimmer. This one swatched better and had so-so pigmentation (just not quite as intense as I’d like). On the bottom right, there’s a muted, dark navy blue with subtle navy shimmer. This also swatched decently, though not quite as well as the green. The last shade is a slightly warmed-up medium chocolate brown that isn’t as sheer as the other brown in the quad, but it’s still quite faded when swatched.
Ultimately, if you use a sponge applicator (or even use this product wet) and layer on the color–and I do mean layer–you may find this works well for a range of smoky eyes. For me, at the price tag, I expect well-pigmented eyeshadows that feel soft, silky, and require minimal effort to work into my eyeshadow wardrobe.
Chanel, I love you, but this one is a miss for me!
- Product: 16/30
- Value: 6/10
- Ease of Use: 3/5
- Packaging: 4/5
Recommendation: Skip this — opt for a permanent Chanel eyeshadow quad if you’re in the market for eyeshadow or else sneak a peek at the limited edition Rouge Allure Lipsticks!
Availability: October/November 2009
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