After recently rediscovering and really liking Chanel Joues Contraste blushes, I decided to give the brands quads another go. I'd actually been eyeing a couple of items from the Spring collection (Frivole and Raffinement), but passed on both of them and instead decided to go with a couple of other shades I'd had my eye on for a while, Rose Ecrin and Variation.
|Chanel Les 4 ombres: 37 Variation|
Variation was released last year as part of the Les Expressions de Chanel collection and contains four pretty, shimmery shades. A light pink highlighter, a soft taupe, a mauve-y rose, and a dark, rich aubergine.
|Chanel Quad: Variation|
Variation is the first palette I've tried from Chanel for quite a few years. I don't even remember the name of the quad I originally tried, but I do remember the shades in the palette having very little colour payoff, being quite hard in texture and generally difficult to work with. While Variation contains some very pretty colours, I have to say, I am also a little bit disappointed with the texture and colour payoff with this one, too.
|Chanel Eye Shadow Quad: Variation|
The light pink highlighter shade and dark aubergine both apply quite well, but I find the taupe and mauve-y shades quite difficult to work with. Both contain a lot of glitter and neither are particularly pigmented. I've experimented quite a bit with different application methods, but I always end up with a very sheer and very glittery wash of colour. I've also found all of the shades to be slightly powdery texture wise and fall out has been a bit of an issue. Wear time hasn't been very good either actually. Applied on top of my regular shadow base, which normally does a pretty good job at keeping my eye shadow in place (Becca's Vicuna Eye Tint), I found I had some pretty bad creasing and fading going on at the end of the day.
|Chanel Variation Swatches|
Used together, the colours look a bit wishy-washy and meh, so I've mainly been using them separately alongside other shadows from different brands. The aubergine colour makes a nice liner shade and works well applied and blended as a crease colour, and the pink-y highlighter looks really pretty paired with quite a few other shadows I have in my collection, the other two shades are quite disappointing though. Particularly the mauve/rose shade.
Variation contains some lovely colours, it's just a shame a couple of them don't apply particularly well and colour pay off is quite poor. I love Chanel's lip products and really am