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.