Aug 152014

Chanel Poesie1As nearly everyone knows, Chanel has released a new series of eyeshadow palettes ($61 each). Unlike the pressed powder versions previously released in the U.S., these are “baked” textures that are released in the same format throughout the world. Chanel’s new quads are available at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bloomingdales.
Chanel Poesie3As with Chanel’s past releases outside the U.S., the packaging is the same from the front. The little velveteen pouch, the size and the like is all identical of course.

Chanel Poesie2From the back, you can see that the pans are now all round and the weight/size of the eyeshadows is lighter. Although my prior quads all vary in their weight, most seem to be more in the 6 and up gram range. Of the numerous ones available, I chose Chanel Poesie, a limited edition palette that sold out very quickly.  I was surprised, because prior Chanel limited edition releases seemed to be available for a while before sellout.

Chanel Poesie4The colors are pretty and subtle–certainly these quads are well-behaved, work friendly combinations. Like Poesie, many of them are baked-shimmer. Poesie has no matte shades in the mix. The deeper shades are more complex than the two softer shades. Overall, they create a very pretty. softly colored eye. Swatches:

Chanel Poesie swatches3

Another set of swatches:

Chanel Poesie swatches1I’ve worn this several times and it’s very easy to create a fool-proof, work-friendly eye. These aren’t the most dramatic formulas. Sometimes Chanel excels at quiet little basics like a pretty ballet flat that goes with everything. Many Chanel lovers will adore this system makes a pretty eye so easy.  Others might add a dash of drama–for example, I added at touch of MAC Black Swan to the liner to add some pretty dimension.

Something in me hopes that we will see some astounding creativity in this format from Chanel, as we have seen in the pressed powder versions of the past. Certainly, some companies seem to be going through an eyeshadow revolution right now and it seems appropriate that Chanel issue some new colors right now as well. Still, I plan on picking up a few more–Gabrielle, Venitienne and Rivoli are calling my name. For now, we have a collection of eight easy pieces for everyday (and night) wear.

Chanel’s new quads are available at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bloomingdales.

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  7 Responses to “My Thoughts About Chanel Poesie 4-Color Eyeshadow Quad”

  1. I purchased Poesie and have been wearing it nonstop. I love the formula and plan to add more of these quads to my collection. I just have to decide which quad is next. I am thinking Mademoiselle.
    I was chatting with my Nordstrom SA and she still has (as of last night), 5 of the Poesie quads available. Give her a call. She’s the counter manager and would be happy to help. Shana at Nordstrom South Bay 310-750-1415

  2. Now that you have worn both the new YSL and Chanel shadows, do you have a preference? Is one brand better than the other for depth of colour, formula and choice of finishes? Canadian residents do not enjoy the same retailer choices for these products and we often need to order online. Your comments would be greatly appreciated.

    • Hi Maureen, I prefer the YSL. I think that the variety of textures and colors within each palette is more interesting and versatile. I’m a bit taken aback by the smaller amount of Chanel product for the price.

  3. I bought all 8 of the new quads, plus the LE Poesie. I also bought all the new eye pencils. I love them. I think CHANEL has surpassed every other cosmetic company, big and little, and indeed itself in producing these exquisite new quads. I recommend each of them.

  4. I own Venitienne, and I love it. It’s such a fine, lovely shimmer finish, minus the fallout you sometimes see from brands like Urban Decay and NARS. The colors really sing on my NW10/15 skin tone. Easily one of my most favorite quads!

  5. There honestly wasn’t a combination that really intrigued me… but, I’d love to see them come out with some more! I really love the way those swatched out! Great review!

  6. These look beautiful, but I think they are similar to the Bobbi Brown’s shimmer shadows. I have three pallettes, plus two shimmer individual pans. It’s strange that none of the bloggers have mentioned this.

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