Chanel Smoky Eyes Quad
My mom has always been a huge Chanel fan long before I’ve even touched any makeup. A couple months ago, she was picking out a lipstick and asked me if I wanted to try any of their products. I was curious to see how Chanel’s eyeshadows compare to MAC or even drugstore brands, so I picked up this quad filled with grays and blacks to try out a classic smokey eye.
Here’s a look I’ve done using this quad and some swatches-
To be completely honest, I wasn’t very impressed. Aside from the beautiful and sleek packaging, the actual eye shadows were a bit chalky (the white highlight shade especially), and it took a couple swipes before I could even get this amount of color pay off on my arm. Just to compare, I decided to swatch a couple of MAC eyeshadows in the same color family.
(MAC eye shadows left to right: Carbon, Print, Knight Divine, Electra)
I found that these colors glided on a lot more smoothly and delivered more pigmentation after just one swatch. If you can afford more than just drugstore products, but don’t want to spend quite as much as a Chanel product, I suggest trying out these shades from MAC.
However, if you want an even more inexpensive alternative, I came across a Physicians Formula trio of mine that works great as well!
Physicians Formula Baked Smokes Eye Shadow Trio
These shadows can be applied either wet or dry. As you can see, with just a bit of water (or MAC’s Fix Plus), the pigmentation comes off so much more vibrant than the Chanel quad and is a fraction of the price! I’m not quite sure if stores still carry this trio in particular, but I know you can still find it on Amazon.
Going back to the Chanel quad, I rate it a 3/5 overall. I do like that that the shadows come in one compact with a good sized mirror so it’s easy to take on the go, but I wish for that steep price that it had much better pigmentation. So lesson to be learned here–don’t underestimate the drugstore! You can get higher quality products and save a lot more money:)
Have you ladies tried any Chanel eye shadows? What are your thoughts? Let me know!