Chanel Notes du Printemps Spring 2014 collection: Quadrille, Intonation & Chamade

January 2, 2014

I finally got back to work today after a week’s siesta, which meant lunchtime freedom to roam the malls *yay*.  And guess what I chanced upon: Chanel’s Spring 2014 collection out in full force at the flagship Ion boutique!!

Chanel Spring 2014 Notes du Printemps display

So of course, swatch I must.  I hadn’t intended to pick up anything from Chanel this season, because I’m on a temporary self-imposed makeup “diet” until I am able to fully digest some of my recent acquisitions.  But this swatch fest had me itching to pull all the stops, as you may soon see why…*sigh*

“Spring makeup strikes a colourful chord with light, joyful notes. At the heart of the collection, a chorus of fresh, luminous reds sets the season’s tone for cheeks, lips and fingertips.”

The Notes du Printemps collection seems to have something for everyone.  Many of the items will be joining the permanent collection, whilst some are limited editions.  Personally, I always seem to gravitate towards the eyeshadow palette in every new launch, and in the 10 minutes that I had, I swatched Chanel Lumieres Facettes Eyeshadow Quad in Quadrille.

Chanel Quadrille Eyeshadow Quad

Clockwise from top left:

And as promised, the swatches:

Chanel Quadrille Eyeshadow Quad swatches

Prior to checking Chanel Quadrille out in person, I had read some unfavorable reviews, so I had very low expectations.  Consequently, I was surprised to find the textures are all fairly soft (for Chanel), although there was noticeable variation amongst the 4 shades.  The colors all applied semi-opaque, and I felt they could improve with some work.  This palette may also be applied damp for greater intensity and opacity.

Before I had to dash, I also managed to swatch the 2 new Le Blush Crème de Chanel.

Chanel Intonation and Chamade Cream blush

Intonation (right) is limited edition, and is a warm peach pink.  When I first saw images of this, I thought it resembled Presage.  But when I compared the 2 in store, Presage (reviewed here) is completely coral, whereas Intonation is much more pink with just a hint of peachy warmth.

Chamade (left) is a brighter, more intense salmon pink.  It is still fairly warm, almost coral-ish but leaning more towards red rather than peach, though nowhere as red as Fantastic.

Here are the corresponding swatches:

Chanel Chamade & Intonation swatches

There is much more that Chanel has to offer this Spring 2014 – a limited edition Poudre Universelle Compact in Preface with a very light pink tint, several lipsticks, glosses, and nail polishes, etc etc… but I fear for my own sanity.  There are much stronger forces in my universe at the moment then the world of Chanel.

Are any of these calling your name?