Chanel Les 4 Ombres Poésie for Fall 2014

August 5, 2014

Continuing in our soft transition to Fall, is Chanel’s new limited edition Les 4 Ombres Multi-effect Quadra Eyeshadow in Poésie (#234). This is part of the FW2014 Collection États Poétiques, and feature the recently released baked eyeshadow formula that I’m convinced is one of the best in the market right now.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Poesie

“A poetic Fall palette. A colorful game of opposites. Innocent and stormy shadows express passion and emotion…”

Having seen varying swatches and shade descriptions online, I was love-struck when I finally saw Poésie in person. This is an unusual palette, but one that needs some time to discern. At first sight, it seems like yet another neutral palette, a sort of poetic love-child between Tisse Camelia and Tisse Mademoiselle perhaps (for swatches, please refer here). But browns and purples don’t make an obvious pairing, an interesting juxtaposition that enraptures.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Poesie

The shades, in counter-clockwise direction starting from bottom left:

If the shade descriptions don’t seem to match up with how Poésie looks in the pan, that is because it does not swatch exactly close to pan either.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Poesie swatches

Please pardon the diffraction that has been reflected onto the pale pink swatch…. it shouldn’t look like there’s a slice of rainbow over it! But the rest of the colors and finishes are quite true to life.

Are you convinced now that this is no ordinary neutral palette? It is so beautifully feminine, and yet it has some kick and grunge to it with the shimmery bronze taupe and that multi-colored shimmery eggplant. Oh that eggplant, if the entire palette was made up of just that one shade, I’d be ok with that! When I swatched it, I went to makeup heaven and back. Literally swooned, and I’m not exaggerating. And that color pay-off! Mind you, these are all single-swipes.

And in case you are feeling skeptical about how baby doll pink meets disco purple crossed with ladylike browns will translate on the lids, here is my very first take on Chanel Poésie.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Poesie EOTD

I applied the medium shimmery bronze taupe over two-thirds of the inner lid, and the shimmery eggplant on the outer third. Dabbed some pale icy pink in the middle to blend, and dusted some light golden beige across the top and under the brow bone to highlight. I also lined the lower lash line with the eggplant using a narrow square-topped brush.

Similar to the other Les 4 Ombres of its class, Poésie is incredibly smooth and applied like silk. It is effortless to blend, and stays on all day without creasing or fading. I did not experience any fall out with Poésie even when worn without primer.

Lately I’ve been trying to be more selective with adding new palettes to my repertoire, and find myself breaking down palettes mentally, trying to determine if I already have those shades in my collection. Chances are, you already have an eggplant, pale pink, bronze and some random pale highlight shade in your stash. But a multi-colored shimmery eggplant, and one that is buttery soft and applies like silk? Highly unlikely (please prove me wrong!). But to blow SGD90 on 0.5gm of product (I’m breaking down 2gm by 4 shades)… that is the magic of poetry, the ability to lull you into love.


16 responses to “Chanel Les 4 Ombres Poésie for Fall 2014”

  1. Sil says:

    The close up of the palette won me over! I had seen some other photos, but was not very excited about it, until I saw yours! I completely understand you, my heart did a double-flip too, when I saw that dark eggplant color. It makes this palette, at least for me.

    • silverkis says:

      Thank you Sil! Ohh i hope you get to check this out in person…. i’d reckon the testers are pretty mulled up by now, but just swatch the eggplant and you’ll melt I promise!

  2. Linda, I shall comment on your thumbnail picture. This picture worth being on a magazine ad for Chanel, very beautiful indeed!

    • silverkis says:

      Hey babe! Aww… that’s so generous of you to say!! I’m just really glad you enjoyed the pict! Inspiration doesn’t always strike… 😉

  3. Shari says:

    I want this!!! 🙂 So pretty on you Linds, and the swatch is just so DELICIOUS as always! UGH. Chanel!! Cant wait to pick up one of their newly reformulated quads. They’ve just launched here so my life is quite in disarray right now – you know, trying to decide which ones to get 🙂 LOL

  4. lilian says:


  5. lilian says:

    Thanks for the offer and now I cant stop thinking what I need. Where I can refer to SG price for cosmetics? I don’t want to ask you all the time. Thanks!!!

    • silverkis says:

      You can take a look at TANGS Singapore’s estore… google for it. It should give you a good idea of the type of pricing.

  6. Oh Linda, now you got me excited for that eggplant shade, it look beautiful on your eyes and swatches. I will probably pick up Poesie just for the sake of completion but I am more and more convinced I will love it too. The collection is not released here yet, I am getting impatient 😉

    • silverkis says:

      Oh you definitely need Poesie, Sara…. it’s PURPLE! LOL! And you won’t regret it… it’s cool-toned so it’ll look great on you. I hope you get it soon!

  7. Sunny says:

    Hey, we blogged about the same thing today! I’m totally digging this one, too 🙂

  8. Noodles says:

    Oh!! Thanks for the eye candy, love the look you created! The collection launched this week locally, so I’m hoping to play with this this weekend! Seems likely I’ll want to take it home with me though, love the reformulated quads, and this combination of easy to use shades is a keeper! What are your other picks from the collection?

    • silverkis says:

      Thanks! I’m very sure Poesie will end up coming home with you! The new Les 4 Ombres? Tisse Venitien for sure, and Cambon. I’ve reviewed and done up EOTDs for both if you’re interested… 😉

  9. lilian says:

    Hi Linda, it may look like I am always the first reader of yours 🙂 it is because I am always in the train on the way home when I receive your new blog post. I enjoy taking my time to response to you too! So far you are the only one!

    Chanel new eyeshadow palette Poesie is my favourite among all. It is winter in Australia and this winter I love plum, purple and red wine red. I have swatched them and bought it from Neiman Marcus instead of local store because of the price in Australia is remarkably high!!

    I saw you swatch other palette and honestly one is not enough. LoL!

    • silverkis says:

      Hi Lilian, yes you’re always the first to comment! Love reading your sweet words! I think Poesie is mad loved by everybody… it is the kind of palette that has mass appeal and works for all seasons. Gosh, Australia has crazy taxes isn’t it? Let me know if you ever need anything from Singapore…!

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