New Series Alert!
In recent history, some products have shocked me. Which brought me to the idea of hosting a series on products that shocked the pants off my expectations. Perhaps I thought they would be great and they ended up ‘meh’. Or, perhaps I thought they would be ‘meh’ but ended up AMAZING! This will hopefully be a balanced series with equal parts disappointing and equal parts pleasant surprises!
First up: Chanel’s eyeshadow quad, ‘Harmonie du Soir‘ that comes from their holiday collection.
Recently I was browsing YouTube and found a new video by Tanya Burr, showcasing this palette in an everyday makeup tutorial for a great autumn/winter look. In her video I fell in love with this palette! It looked gorgeous on her and on camera. The colors are perfect for autumn/winter with gorgeous browns and a stunner of a cranberry shade. When I searched for this product online, it was SOLD OUT! Naturally, this only increased my desire for this little gem and I scowered eBay till I found a pretty amazing deal on it.
It’s not often I purchase something online and literally fret until it arrives. I wanted this so badly! It only took a couple days to get here and I still grew very impatient. I wanted my hands on this.
Finally, it arrived and I immediately photographed it and started applying it to my eyes.
And….I was majorly let down.
I wouldn’t post this review if I loved it honestly, because I’d feel bad raving about a product you could no longer purchase. But think of this as a ‘you dodged a bullet’ post, because if you didn’t waste your money on this quad you certainly did. Yes, the colors are absolutely gorgeous. The problem? Well, okay, there are several.
First disappointment is the lack of color payoff on these. If I was able to swatch this at a Chanel counter, it never would’ve made its way home with me. The shadows don’t get nearly as intense as you would hope from a Chanel product. In fact, they don’t get even remotely intense. It’s like a very subtle hint of color. Yes, they build…but it actually takes a lot of building for them to get close to what I was really wanting. As well, the idea of building them doesn’t excite me because of my next point.
These are far too powdery. I don’t want to say they’re ‘chalky’ because it’s not in a cheap way. Rather, these are very soft and flake out. As a big fan of Urban Decay shadows, this was quite a shock to me. UD shadows are super pigmented and need only a slight amount to get great color payoff. Those shadows last ages because you barely need any product. With this palette, I doubt I would last to winter if I used it on a regular basis. You just fly through this stuff!
Then, after finally getting a look I was happy with, I was more disappointed at how easily they wear off. I’ve worn this palette three times now. All with an eyebase. Twice with a cream shadow base, the other with an eyelid primer. There is no way these would ever last through a whole day. Sure, you can create a nice look for dinner but definitely don’t plan on this to last you through a full night out. Major bummer, right?
I’m so bummed by this palette. Maybe I went into it with too high expectations, but if you can’t expect decent color payoff and staying powder from Chanel…who can you expect it from? A positive is that these do blend very easily (because of their very soft quality). Other than that, there’s really not much to get excited about it. Honestly, you are better off purchasing an eyeshadow trio from Wet n’ Wild than a Chanel quad like this one.When Wet n’ Wild is kicking Chanel’s booty on a product, something’s backwards.
Has anyone tried any other shadows from Chanel? Are they all this disappointing or did I just have bad luck?
Also please share any products that have been surprising to you lately! (In a good or bad way.)