Swatches of the new Chanel Les 4 Ombres ft. Tisse Gabrielle

July 8, 2014

Chanel’s recently reformulated eyeshadow quads, Les 4 Ombres, is finally here in Singapore!  I had reviewed Tisse Venitien earlier, the feature palette that has been shown on all the marketing materials, and was in no particular hurry to go blow more dollars.  But when I found myself inexplicably in front of a Chanel counter, I couldn’t help but dip my fingers in the fresh display.  Since I was at it, I thought I’d at least do it in the name of blogging, and bring you some swatches together with my first impressions!

Chanel les 4 ombres display

Of course I can do this in chronological order, but that’s not quite as fun nor confusing to do.  At first swatch, the palettes fall into 3 broad categories in my mind, and they represent the type of look that I think are achievable.

The Pretty Gals are some of sweet pastel-ish palettes that I think are general crowd pleasers.  Suitable for all day wear, great for brunch with the gals or a day at the office.  They are:

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Tisse Camelia

Tisse Camelia (202) is a warm gentle breeze through the famed Camelia Gardens.  The colors are very similar to YSL’s Couture Palette #7 Parisienne, but I prefer Tisse Camelia for the better pigmentation and texture.

Chanel Tisse Camelia swatches

The shades (from left to right) are:

 

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Tisse Vendome

Tisse Vendome (204) is a warmer version of Tisse Camelia, and very similar in color story but with some spectacular shimmers.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Tisse Vendome swatches

I really apologize for the blurry image here, my camera went berserk from the glitters, and I simply couldn’t get a good shot under store lighting.  But if you can bear with it, the shades (from left to right) are:

 

The Party People are some of the most colorful and exciting palettes I have ever seen from Chanel.  Each are well composed with a medley of light / dark and mid-tone shades and are thus very wearable for most occasions – simply blend in more pale highlight shade to tone down the brights for a subtle eye, or amp it up at will!

The featured palette on all the Chanel campaign materials is Tisse Venitien (232),  This bears the green theme, and I’ve reviewed it here.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Tisse Riviera

Tisse Riviera (224) is a cool blue palette that is really incredibly pretty.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Tisse Riviera swatches

The shades (from left to right) are:

 

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Tisse Cambon

Tisse Cambon (228) is a very pretty purple palette that is reminiscent of YSL Couture Palette #9 Love but less Moulin Rouge, more 31 Rue Cambon.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Tisse Cambon swatches

The shades (from left to right) are:

 

The Sultry Ones are some of the deeper, darker palettes that offer a variety of smoky eye looks.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Tisse Rivoli

Tisse Rivoli (226) is a cool taupe/brown palette, and boasts of an exceptional taupe that made my jaw drop in awe.  To be honest, the palette at first sight did not appeal much, and it took me a 2nd trip to another Chanel counter before I got around to swatching it.  But when I did, I wanted it so bad!!

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Tisse Rivoli swatches

The shades (from left to right) are:

 

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Tisse Gabrielle

Tisse Gabrielle (208) is a very interesting take on the smoky eye.  It swatched intensely pigmented and almost electric on my hand and immediately came home with me.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Tisse Gabrielle swatches

Much as I loved the swatches, the colors simply did not translate well on my lids.  I tried applying the shades with and without a primer, but they all pulled grayish on my lids, and in particular, the mauve and brown looked almost identical on me.  It does make for a very interesting complex smoky eye if worn all blended together, but if you intend to create a more wearable day look, it may be challenging.  The best is to make use of the ivory, dabbed in the middle for a bit of pop and contrast.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Tisse Gabrielle EOTD

 

I am missing swatches of Tisse Mademoiselle which I will rectify as soon as I can!

Meanwhile, I hope the swatches & shade descriptions are helpful if you are looking to make an online purchase decision.  As the blurry Tisse Vendome swatch photo above illustrate, these new Chanel Les 4 Ombres may seem like perfectly ordinary palettes, but they pack some kick with multi-faceted shimmers!  In true Chanel elegance, these are tiny and non-obtrusive, but gives the eye that soft glimmer to make things interesting.  All the palettes were equally soft and creamy to the touch, and pigmentation were fairly consistent and good.  The shades did not crease on me throughout the day, but I did notice Tisse Gabrielle faded after about 8 hours of wear whereas Tisse Venitien stayed put.  I don’t have the rest of the palettes (*yet*) and so I can’t attest to their wear time, so I’d really love to hear your thoughts if you have any of them!

xoxo

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