Illusions d’Ombres de Chanel Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow Palette Prelude Review, Swatches, Photos

A taupe shadow palette?

Chanel has it. Illusions d’Ombres de Chanel for Fall 2011 is an interesting reflection in color and should be a crowd pleasure for those that absolutely adore taupe!

Me, I can’t pull them off so well but I had fun trying!


The Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow Palette in Prelude is a study in sophisticated shades that are subtle, subdued, and very ideal for a professional working environment. Taupe lovers will embrace this palette like a long lost prodigal son returning from an adventure abroad however lovers of color will probably find it a bit lacking.

The colors start off with a true taupe shade, that undefinable shade of both grey and brown. A soft, creamy vanilla is also included for highlighting followed up by another taupe-y beige and finally chocolate-y shade that’s almost purple for lining with.

The shades are all soft, pigmented, and blend easily. The colors are a tad difficult to work with if you aren’t a huge taupe person. I personally find them a bit of a chore to blend as they end up turning all sorts of muddy when used together however with a little time, patience, and care you can create a contrasting eye look with just the right amount of defining beauty.

I found Chanel’s choice of blush, Rose Ecrin, an interesting choice to pair up the shadow quad with. This is a subtle, light dusky rose that swatches as almost a beige peach.

And finally another very interesting pick is the Chanel Glossimer in Braise. This shade takes a far off left hand turn from the other more muted shades in the collection. It’s a bright shade of garnet red with golden shimmer. The color is of medium pigmentation and looks best when applied over a stain for added pop. I thought it was a sharp turn from the more subtle, subdued shades of both the quad and blusher.

Illusions d’Ombres de Chanel for Fall 2011 is all about natural, sophisticated elegance. I’m not getting a complete Fall vibe here but more along the lines of a professional working woman collection.

  • Eyes: Quadra Eyeshadow Palette in Prelude
  • Cheeks: Joues Contraste Rose Ecrin
  • Lips: Glossimer in Braise

How about you?

Loving Illusions d’Ombres de Chanel?

What will you be hauling from it?

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this one!

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  • 7/5/11 12:50 Laci:

    I love the Prelude quad. It’s just so gorgeous. I splurged and got that and 4 of the new cream shadows. I’m in complete love with those.


    • 7/5/11 12:51 the Muse:

      hey laci…I suck at taupes ;-D I wish I could love it more but my looks all come out muddy using it grrr ;-D I’m loving the cream shadows, they are really rockin’! How are you btw? Good weekend?


      • 7/5/11 16:15 Laci:

        It was aight. I had to work the 4th. Such is the news biz. LOL


        • 7/6/11 10:46 the Muse:

          aw sorry laci :-/! but it’s kinda good, you prob weren’t as lazy as we all were on Tuesday ;-D sometimes I’d just rather work as long weekends make me lazy as hell!


  • 7/5/11 13:00 Tammie:

    I love the blush but when I swatched it in Nordstrom I just couldn’t see myself paying $43 for it when I am so far just as pleased with my blushes 1/2 the price (Tarte, Benefit and MAC) :|. I really want to go high-end overall but so far I’ve just been hoarding the lipsticks I like since I feel they are more of an “experience” and something fancy one can whip out and enjoy more than just in my own bathroom in the morning.

    As for the eyeshadow palette I really love neutrals right now, and do it every day (I only use a itty bitty hint of color in the outside corner sometimes) but I am not a huge eye person as I have very little lid that shows up so I don’t like to spend bit on eyeshadow. I have the UD Naked palette and that is all I’ll ever need really.

    Wow that was a little novel haha ^^;;


  • 7/5/11 17:46 Polly:

    I absolutely love taupes, so it’s strange that I’m actually more tempted by the blush than the eyeshadow… The colour just looks soo pretty in your swatch!


  • 7/5/11 18:49 Christine:

    Muse, I think these colors look absolutely gorgeous on you! Not muddy at all :).


    • 7/6/11 10:08 the Muse:

      aw you’re too kind thanks christine ;D!


  • 7/5/11 21:30 emi s.:

    wow, i LOVE the eyeshadow palette


  • 7/6/11 11:58 Majick:

    Well, from the description and swatches these colors are very similar to the latest Tarte TSV and the last Bobbi Brown TSV Eye Palette. I think you could get the same ‘look’ from both of them.
    I always think I look really boring in taupe but in reality it is the perfect shade to go with everything. I like Chanel but the frivolous days of actually purchasing any are long gone. (Unless I find another vendor with deep discounts and they rub my nose in it. Gotta leave room for an exception. LOL)
    I think you look great in taupe; you probably have that same feeling I get when I wear it. It’s really nothing special but it always looks polished I think.


  • 8/3/11 5:41 Nia:

    Love the basics in the collection. As you said, a very sophisticated collection with work-safe colours that are not boring.
    The quad makes a great eye look for a pin up look with red lips 😉

    How are you doing? How was your vacation? :)


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