I’ve been asked how the new Chanel quads recently released in the EU compare to the powder formula of the US quads – I’ve done some comparison swatches to help you see the difference. Bellow are the swatches for #202 Tissé Camélia (EU) (reviewed here) vs #33 Prelude (US). I’ve also done a comparison of the bottom two shades from the Tissé Camélia quad with the duo from the spring collection #70 Rose Majeur.
Currently, I own two US quads in Prelude and Mystére and two eyeshadow duos in Misty Soft and Rose Majeur. I also used to own the old EU quad in Enigma with baked formula which wasn’t quite to my linking. As you can see, it’s not a huge collection. My comparison is based on the items I own, and on my numerous tests and swatches of their eyeshadow range I performed in the stores.
The packaging of the new quads is similar to the old one and it comes with two sponge applicators. It has 2g of product while US quad has 6.8g – duos have 2.5g. Although you don’t get a lot of the product, the formula is much more pigmented, has no fall out and, for me, it comes to a similar value as the US palettes. Due to the powder texture, I have to build up the US palettes and I get some fall out in the process which is a waste of the product.
The main difference between the new EU quads and the US ones is the texture – while US is a standard powder formula, EU has a creamy texture. It’s not cream to powder, but soft, buttery, glide-on formula. The finish of satin shades is more noticeable in the EU quads (almost pearly) while US satin is closer to matte finish. The pigmentation is better in the EU version. With the US Prelude I have to build up the shades, and some of them can look powdery on the eye if overdone. I also find that the buttery formula of the new EU palettes sits better on my dry skin, and the pearly finish is subtle enough not to emphasise the dryness and wrinkles. I love them both, but advantage goes to EU formula.
Compared to the Rose Majeur duo – the texture of the duo is dryer, similar to the formula of US quads. Pink shades are similar when applied – the one from the Tissé Camélia quad is cooler toned. The dark shades are different in tone and finish. Tissé Camélia one is satin finish with brown/grey undertones, while the shade from the Rose Majeur duo is matte with purple undertone.
To sum up – the new EU quads are buttery; shades are more complex and deeper (especially the dark shades which have micro glitter and satin finish), while US quads and duos are on the drier side and most of the darker shades are basic matte finish.