Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow in Prelude

I didn't want to believe the press images of the new Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow palette when I saw them. I have been let down by PR images in the past.  However, when the notion of a new TAUPE eye shadow palette from Chanel was planted in my tiny lizard brain, I went into full survival mode.  

All unnecessary bodily functions were shut off in order to survive until the Chanel Quadra Eye Shadow Palette in Prelude was released. I ceased bathing and tweeting. I camped out in front of Neiman Marcus inspecting each delivery truck like a bomb sniffing dog.  I sat in the hot, hot sun and in the cool, wet rain but I never strayed from my post.  I would scurrry about when the mall security cops came by with my large Chanel sunglasses and Louboutin heels so as to blend in and not look like the stalker of taupe eyeshadow that I actually was.  Eventually the Sales Associates at Neimans adopted me and left me croissants, expired Dylan's Candy Bars and bowls of Vanilla half-caf latte outside the doors at night.  I was greeted every morning with a stronger and stronger yearning for a TAUPE eye shadow palette from Chanel.  Finally, On Friday I met my reward.

Like walking into the promised land, when I opened the doors of Neiman Marcus the lights shown a little brighter. I heard angels singing. The sparkle from the silver and gold accents in the store twinkled in my eye.  And there she was. My favorite Neiman Marcus Chanel Product Specialist, Janine Greenberg.  Her expertly applied makeup beckoned to me like a siren's song. She said with no more than a whisper, "We got the new Fall collection in. Do you want to see it?"  Like words spoken from a prophet I accepted the invitation and floated over to the display for the Chanel Fall 2011 Color Collection.

There it sat. The Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow in Prelude in all of it's TAUPE-y Glory. I had a Taupegasam on the spot. I managed to collect myself, purchase Prelude and quickly scurry back to my home to photograph, swatch and test it.

This WAS the taupe I was looking for. The press images didn't lie. This was taupe in definition and in application.

Behold the First Shadow in the upper left hand corner of the Quad.

TAUPE! A true grey brown. But with the added accent of green and pink shimmer gives this taupe a depth beyond reproach.

See how it practically melts into the skin? A soft powder envelops the skin and creates the ideal crease or base for a smokey TAUPE eye.

Moving Clockwise we come upon the highlight shadow.

An inviting and friendly neutral creme color that hearkens back to childhood vanilla ice cream cones.

A sweet not too frosty highlight that shows up even on my pale vampire skin.  Applied to the inner eyelid, it brings a glow to the eyes that lights up the entire face.

Moving to the bottom left hand shadow we have the steadfast beige.

Some blasphemers have said that "Beige Is Boring" but where would we be without beige? Without beige we would have no suitable neutral base for a delightful taupe crease color.  Without beige we would have no suitable carpet in model homes.  Without beige we would only have IVORY.  A world without beige is not a world I care to live in.

As you can see from this swatch, this beige is special. It is shimmery and opaque at the same time. It is an excellent base shadow and can double as a highlight for those with darker skin tones than I.  This beige has teeny tiny shite silver sparkles that do not fall out on to the cheeks but give a luminosity to the color once applied to the eye.  This my dear readers is a beige to be reckoned with.

Last but not least. On the bottom right hand side of the Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow in Prelude, we have a rich smokey brown.

Almost purple in some lighting, this deep dark richly pigmented shadow can act as a liner, a crease color or used in the outer V of the eye.  

The lush pigmentation of this shadow applies smoothly and softly.  The elegant fine peach and pink like shimmer is not as apparent applied to the eye as it is in the pan. However, it gives the shadow an intensity that is not equaled with lesser red based browns.  This brown is the icing on the cake, the bow on the package, the glue that holds this elegant Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow in Prelude all together.

The overall quad is decently pigmented and the shadows are slightly harder than the Chanel singles.  The Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow in Prelude can be used wet or dry for a varied intense to subtle look.  One need not worry about fall out or fading when wearing this quad with a primer.  One only need worry about the envy of others who see your stunning and alluring eyes once you have applied the shadows.

Do you NEED this?  Does a fish need water?  I think you have your answer.

The Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow in Prelude retails for $57 and can be purchased at your local Chanel Counter or from or from the darling and helpful Jenine Greenberg at Neiman Marcus by calling her at 703-761-1600 Extension 3280.


  1. I love the look of that, but I am waiting for my taupe fix in August with Fauve. I also plan to get Taupe Grise :)

  2. :O! I NEED THIS. Seriously, my life is not complete without it. When can I get my paws on it in the UK??

    P.S. I super love your style of writing, really sucks me in :3

  3. "A world without beige is not a world I care to live in." Brilliant phrase, and I'm not even a fan of beige. Your writing style is getting better than ever. Also, that is one beautiful eyeshadow quad, I must admit.

  4. Best post I've read in a long time, in terms of writing. My favorite was the cheeky description of lizard-like tendencies. It was incredibly funny. Brava!

  5. oh, only the best post ever!! I love beige...beige is my buddy. my dog is beige but that's a coincidence. my skin is beige, so beige haters...bleh to ya.

  6. You know, I'm really glad I'm not the taupe ho you are or I'd be broke. I'm more the smokey eyes whore. Which this appears to fit. So I'm screwed regardless.

    So far, I've restrained myself to Khaki Platine and Peridot from this collection. Now I need to go back and check this out, too.

    Thanks for that.


  7. Argh it's gorgeous :X.

    Ps. I love your descriptions of your reactions hahaha.

  8. They are very pretty. And thankfully nothing that would suit me LOL

  9. I like the 2 darker shades. Browns and taupes always work for me when I want a natural look.

  10. The evil Pink Sith has just convinced me that my collection isn't complete without this. Do I love you more than ever now? Or do I stop reading so that you will no longer tempt me? I think I'll love you! :)

  11. If I didn't already own this I would be purchasing this off of Chanel's website based on this post alone. I love this quad and every taupe shadow there is! I'm still pining over Fauve!!!

  12. Loved this post - you have a way with words :) I think the term taupegasm should be added to the Oxford English Dictionary :P I had to get this palette - I love the taupes and the vanilla ice cream shade makes a pretty nice highlighter :)

  13. Very entertaining!! And I can attest to Janine's expertly applied makeup! :) this Friday there is a Chanel National event at Neiman's Tysons--I think they have some afternoon spots available, and they will be offering pishpek changes while you wait!! Call the same number to book but ask for Janine....why not get some treats if you must have TAUPE?!!

  14. YOUR.FAULT. I ended up in ordering this. Then I was with my SA and even she said - boring! But I did not use it yet. Is it Taupegasm for brwon eyes? is ist... basic? is is to be paired with RED?
    Is ist to be kept or do I rather need a real orgasm? I mean - oops.

    Anyway I am not sure about the beige and the briht taupe - they seem rather similar to me. They could have done it with plum or with burgund.


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