Welcoming Chanel's new 4 Ombres quads & formula

Chanel 4 Ombres Tissé Gabrielle
Yay! The new Chanel quads have finally arrived - and I’m sure each of us European gals will be very excited. If you’re not too sure why, let me explain: these quads hold the brand new formula of the Chanel 4 Ombres eyeshadows. It’s supposedly much more alike the U.S. formula, which has always been infinitely better than the baked European versions in terms of pigmentation and texture. And it doesn’t stop there: these quads contain more product as well. The old baked versions held 1.2 grams, while these contain nearly double that amount: 2 grams! Obvs, I couldn’t wait to check one of these babies out.

Chanel 4 Ombres Tissé Gabrielle
Chanel 4 Ombres Tissé Gabrielle
The new 4 Ombres palettes are inspired by Chanel’s famous tweed, each shade representing the colour of one of the threads in existing tweed fabrics from the Chanel archives. In Belgium, eight quads have been made available. I’m not sure if that’s the case in all countries - collections do tend to differ about from region to region. There are three pretty natural palettes that’ll tickle any nude lover’s fancy: Tissé Camélia (definitely my favourite from the collection), Tissé Mademoiselle and Tissé Rivoli. If you like a pop of colour, there are four palettes holding exciting colour combinations like those of Tissé Vendôme, Tissé Cambon, Tissé Riviera and Tissé Vénitien. And finally there’s a classic palette perfect for a smokey eye: Tissé Gabrielle.

Chanel 4 Ombres Tissé Gabrielle
Chanel 4 Ombres Tissé Gabrielle
I was so excited when I finally got around to some makeup playtime with Tissé Gabrielle - Peter Philips (Belgian pride!) used the quad already some time ago in the Chanel Les Métiers d’Arts 2013/2014 show.. So that means business. This palette is one of those perfect easy peasy smokey palettes: whatever you do, this’ll turn out smokey. This will be a muted look without a lot of visibly different colours - all shades are in the same family and when blended, transition seamlessly. The highlighting shade is just sheer perfection - I’m in love! I’m not used to wearing these kind of shades anymore, but I immediately remembered why greys and blacks used to be my favourites back in the day. All of that, and the formula has been altered so well (the creators also left out talc, by the way) that you can count on these not to crease as well as stay pretty and vibrant for quite a while.

In Belgium, these will retail for a flat €50.00, but as usual it might differ a little from retailer to retailer, keeping in mind that everyone has their own kind of membership perks and so on. In the US these will be launching later this year, so stay tuned. In short.. thanks Chanel, from all of us: this new formula thing rocks!

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