Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow in Ecolosion - Review, Pictures, Swatches

As far as I can deduce by using google Ecolosion is the french word for "hatching".... like out of an egg or a chrysalis or a pod or something like that.  French Speakers. Please tell me if I am incorrect. That works well for an eyeshadow Quad from a Spring collection, because in spring all things are hatching and being born and going through a metamorphosis of some sort,

No matter what the word means, Chanel's new Spring eyeshadow quad in Ecolosion is a warm and refreshing break from the typical pastels of yester year.  Springs "It" color is orange, or Pantone 17-463 Tangerine Tango, so Chanel's eyeshadow quad would be incomplete without some sort of warm sunny orange shade in the palette.  But the genius behind this eyeshadow quad is the addition of a rich smoky plum color. It is actually warm maroon, almost burgundy or Pantone 19-1617 TC called Burgundy.  (Color nerd alert referencing Pantone colors). 

Regardless of the name or the Pantone color reference the Chanel Quadra Eye Shadow in Ecolosion is stunning.

Let's take a look shall we?

Sweet warm peach

Shimmery/Sparkly Ivory

Deep Mysterious Burgundy

Neutral Beige

The genius behind Chanel Eye quads are 
a) You can apply them wet or dry depending on the intensity you desire
b) You don't have to use all the colors in one application.

I know it's hard for makeup addicts, like us to take a step back and put down the blending brush, but you don't HAVE TO use all the shades in a qua, just because they are there.


Mayhaps.  But the nice part about eye palettes are choices.

One could mix the warm peach with the burgundy as an accent or to line. Or go all over the eye with the beige and use the burgundy in the crease.
Or go all half and half with the peach and the ivory
The possibilities are endless  *actually, there are a finite number of possibilities but I suck at math let's estimate between 17 and 78453476 just to be safe.

So a close look at the colors reveals that the shades are all shimmery. Two are very well pigmented The Peach and Burgundy) and two are more sheer (Ivory and Beige) and could be used as a layer over a more pigmented shade.

I had the honor of having the Chanel Ecolosion Quadra Eyeshadow applied by John Fussell - National Makeup Artist for Chanel Cosmetics.  Mr. Fussell has, 20 years in the beauty industry and it goes without saying he is a master.  His application for me was much more subtle than I would normally do.  He explained that by using a tapered fluffy brush I could achieve the hint of the burgundy shade in the crease and outre eye without upsetting the symmetry and freshness of the peach ad beige shades.  The end result (of which I have no photographs) was pretty and delicate. He was a very nice man and made a point of showing the other Chanel counter reps exactly what he was doing and how he did it.  He's an awesome trainer.


I'm about a subtle as a brick through a glass window.

I want color. I don't want delicate. I want HEY WORLD! Not. hihowyadoin. I mean, I wouldn't have a blog if I was a shrinking violet, now would I?

That being said, THIS is how I applied the Ecolosion Quadra Eyeshadow Palette

Beige as a base on lower lid just below the crease.
Peach on inner eye stretching out to above the crease and over
Burgundy in crease and to line underneath
Ivory to highlight and blended and layered over middle crease.
Some random and discontinued Kat von D liquid eyeliner in a burgundy color and Josie Maran GOGO Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara

I purchased my Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow in Ecolosion for $58 at Neiman Marcus from my favorite Sales associate, Kathy Shoreman.  You can call Kathy Shoreman at Neiman Marcus in Tysons Galleria at 703-761-1600 X-3282 and she can ship one out to you ASAP!

Oh and just because I have pictures, here are some comparisons:

 Beige comparison from the Chanel Prelude Quad

Burgundy comparison from the Chanel Magic Night Single

 Close in color but different enough to own both, in my opinion.


  1. Great review! I especially love your comparison swatches (as always). I think I'm going to go and put on a Taupe eye shadow now in honor of you. maybe even Erika F.

  2. I really love the Ecolosion palette! Though I can appreciate subtlety in others, I am also a lover of explosions of color;) I love how you applied these shades!

    1. Thanks!! Did you do a review as well? I would love to see pics of it on you.

  3. I've been resisting this quad, but the colors are beautiful! Was John Fussell in DC recently?

    1. Hi! John Fussell was in DC on December 9, 2011. Not all that recent. I just was a slacker when it came to posting. :-/

  4. hi!!! i've been using this quad for about a month and i need to ask you about the look you created. mine has no glitter when i wear it what so ever. did you use all of the colors wet? i'm very pale and the "coral" shade does not show up at all. i even purchased tiger lilly single from the collection. in chanel's video, you clearly see tiger lilly placed in the center lid. did you use a primer? i'm only getting intensity in the maroonish/burgundy shade. i feel like i wasted my money and also feel like tossing this into the trashcan. i'd appreciate any suggestions. thankyou very much!!

  5. I told myself that I don't need this, but now after seeing your swatches and look, I'm rethinking my decision! So lovely!


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