Earlier this year Chanel released eight brand new, reformulated eyeshadow quads. Inspired by the famous Chanel tweed, they feature sophisticated, easy to wear shades. The colours are available in matte, iridescent, and metallic finishes.
There was a lot of debate in the beauty world regarding the baked formula of the old (now discontinued) palettes and their pigmentation. I was among those who weren’t the biggest fans of the old ones and I much preferred the US version with the unbaked powder formula. When the news about new quads came out I was very impatient to get my hands on them. I’ve managed to restrain myself and buy only one palette to try it out. I chose # 202 Tissé Camélia as it has the perfect combination of colours for a daytime look, and a deep dark colour for a smokey eye. I’ve been testing it for the last three weeks, I didn’t want to rush the review before I give it a proper run. So finally, here are my thoughts.
The palette has the similar packaging as the old eyeshadows. It comes in a box and a velvet pouch and with a leaflet containing suggestions how to apply the shades included in the palette to achieve different looks. It contains 2gr of talc-free product.
All shades in Tissé Camélia palette are soft and creamy, easy to blend and build up. They don’t smudge into one shade when blended, as some eyeshadows do when they are too soft, and for that reason I find them very easy to work with. I love applying them all over the lid with my finger tips and then building up with a little sponge applicators that came with the palette. Standard eyeshadow brushes also work with these, so it’s really up to your personal preference as to which one to use. The staying power is excellent – I’ve experienced only very light creasing after more than 8 hours of wear.
The palette has a neutral colour range, suitable for majority of skin tones and eye colours. All the shades have a subtle micro-shimmer that works to deliver the satiny-pearl finish, while not looking glittery on the eyes. I love how Chanel does shimmer, it’s never over the top.
^ Top left – my favourite shade in this palette, it’s a mid-tone lavender taupe with a satin finish. This is such a gorgeous colour, perfect for all over the lid or crease.
Top right – white with a pearl finish and light grey undertone. Soft, creamy formula makes it perfect for a highlight under the eyebrows and in the inner corner of the eyes, but I also find it looks very glamourous all over the lid paired with an eyeliner. It could be blended for a subtle glow, or build up for full coverage.
Bottom left – soft peachy pink with a satin to pearl finish.
Bottom right – darkest shade of the palette, deep purple-brown with a satin finish.
Overall, judging by this palette, Chanel has done a beautiful job with the reformulation of their Les 4 Ombres palettes. They are much more pigmented then previously and easier to work with. Tissé Camélia won me over completely, I can get so many combinations just out of this one palette that I kept reaching for it almost every day over the last three weeks. I even prefer the new formula over the US one (comparison swatches here). I highly recommend you check out Tissé Camélia, it’s a little gem.