Chanel Spring 2009: Mystic Eyes Quad Swatches and More!

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Leave it to Chanel to elevate brown eyeshadow into something extraordinary. I wasn’t sure if the brown, plum and taupe eye shades from this year’s Bohemian Fantasy collection would be able to top last spring’s ultra hot Aurora Blues, but after swatching ’em I think they have.


These colors are earthy, but they aren’t boring at all. There’s a good mix of cool and warm tones, too, so nobody gets left out, yay!

From left to right:

  • Sand Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow: warm shimmery taupe
  • Delta Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow: cool yellow gold
  • Brown shade from Mystic Eyes Quadra Eyeshadow: neutral deep brown with gold flecks
  • Pink shade from Mystic Eyes: cool, shimmery light pink
  • Silvery gray shade from Mystic Eyes: neutral, shimmery gray taupe
  • Light brown shade from Mystic Eyes: warm, shimmery gold brown
  • Magic Night Soft Touch Eyeshadow: shimmery plum brown
  • Brun Precision Eye Definer Crayon: dark, shimmery gold brown

The only thing from this release hasn’t really rocked my boat has been Liberty Soft Touch Eyeshadow (a shimmery beige). It sure looks a lot like MAC Shroom…

A few days ago I did a soft and smokey plum brown eye with a wash of Delta over my entire eye, lining the upper and lower lash lines with Brun liner, and then smudging Magic Night eyeshadow on top of the liner.

I paired it with Fandango blush and Aqualumiere lipstick in Malta to complete the look.


What do you think of these shades? They make me wanna put on my stretchy pants, call over my girlfriends and bust out the ice cream for a massive makeup makeover par-tay, LOL!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Are you planning to stop by the MAC counter to check out Brunette Blonde Redhead? I’m heading there tonight!


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  1. Luv J says:

    Hey Karen.. make sure you have some jamocha almond fudge for me.. I’m heading over for the makeup party!!

  2. Indian Girl says:

    Magic Night looks uber pretty ! I would like a dress or a nail polish in that color….Lovely FOTD , Karen !

    Indian Girl´s last blog post..Hello False Lashes !!!!

  3. Well I saw them in the compact and wasn’t impressed but then saw them on your arm and really liked most of them! I am dying to see BBR and was wishing they would have had them online today as part of their 25% off promotion, but noooooo. Oh well!

    Vampy Varnish´s last blog post..Dashing Diva Nail Polish

  4. Vanessa H says:

    I LOVE the colors! Why does Chanel have to be so amazing?

    You really can’t go wrong with a brown/bronze smokey eye, it’s always so pretty.

    You inspired my Saturday date night make up :-). I bought brown boots and cream sweater for the night, so this will be perfect!

  5. Justine says:

    Haven’t got a chance to see this in person yet, but the quad already looks SUPER tempting. And I already love the entire Dior Collection…

    Justine´s last blog post..Snapshot Thoughts

  6. Fia says:

    Hi Karen! Thanks for the swatches, I’m lovin all of these colors especially the Magic Night eyeshadow but I know that I can’t afford it for that price right now, what do you recommend as a duplicate of that in any brand?

  7. Karen says:

    Hi Luv J,

    LOL! That’s one of my favorite flavors. I’ll throw in some waffle cones and caramel and fudge sauce for good measure, too. 🙂

  8. Karen says:

    Hi Indian Girl,

    Oh, a dress that color would be so pretty! I’d want it to be made out of silk. You could wear gold jewelry with it, too. 🙂

  9. Karen says:

    Hi Vampy Varnish,

    The same thing happened to me… I didn’t think it would be all that but once I got it on then I fell under its spell. 🙂

    I was wondering when I woke up this morning if the 25% would apply to BBR, too. Did you get to see the collection yet in person?

  10. Karen says:

    Hi Vanessa H.,

    Oh sweet! Now all you need is some gold or pearl jewelry. Are you excited about your date?

  11. Karen says:

    Hi Justine,

    I haven’t seen the Dior Quad yet but hopefully the collection will be at the nearby counter soon. EEK! I can’t wait!

  12. Karen says:

    Hi Fia,

    Hmm… I can’t think of one off the top of my head, but when I go to the MAC counter to see BBR I’ll try to find you a dupe. 🙂

  13. katee says:

    Chanel is totally my crack!! I got the mystic eye quad, both the sand and delta liquid eyeshadows and the brun eyeliner. Oh, I got the vendetta np and fandango blush too. I LOVE EVERYTHING!!

    katee´s last blog post..OPI South Beach Collection Spring/Summer 2009 – Swatches Part 1

  14. p. potter says:

    May I just say that anything Chanel creates makes me salivate.

    I love their quads. More than I care to admit.

    p. potter´s last blog post..Bitten by the BodyBugg

  15. Justine says:

    I bought Parisian Lights and it is BEAUTIFUL and I thought the beige-y matte 553 quint Elegante wouldn’t look all that different on my skin but it did and I want that for work looks… so I can save my IL quint. XD;

    The taupe eyeliner released with Dior is also lovely, but at 26$ I think I’ll have to find an alternative… XD;

    Justine´s last blog post..Snapshot Thoughts

  16. jojoba says:

    seriously i hate this collection on me but it’s sooooooo YOU!!! you look gorgeous with every single item you have tried one. I guess it’s only fair that they release different stuff for different skin tone. i look up each every post you did! fabulous!

    jojoba´s last blog post..Review: Shiseido MAQULLIAGE Jewelling Pallette #10 Nobel Glamorous, #20 Brilliance Tiara, Dramatical Gel Liner RD 632, GY831, Christmas 2008

  17. lesley says:

    I wanna go to your makeup party!! This collection definitely will put something new into my neutrals! Can’t wait to see them in person at my Chanel counter and play =)

    You look really cute with this look!! And I received Coralista today so I can’t wait to play with it, I think I heard Angels singing when I opened the box 😉

  18. Laurie says:

    That is one pretty quad. I saw it in the store but was able to resist the magnetic pull! Also, I love your hair here! Are you still thinking about cutting it? Maybe you should try to do the look that seems to be all the rage on the City?! It would go with the Bohemian Fantasy theme here!!

    Are you planning on doing some BBR looks? I’m looking forward to that!

    Laurie´s last blog post..Chick Flicks

  19. Erica says:

    i bought the quad 2 days ago and love the colors! but they don’t seem to stay on my brushes very well…after applying and admiring my handiwork, i noticed so much glitter/shimmer below my eyes and on my cheeks! these are the first shadows i’ve bought that are NOT mac in YEARS, so i was a bit disappointed with the staying power…but the colors are just so pretty!

  20. Julia says:

    I saw the quad today and thought the colors were gorgeous but dupable. Magic Night is gorgeous – Lancome has a similar eyeshadow but I forget the name!

  21. Miss QQ says:

    Hi Karen. You look beautiful! I love Mystic Eyes, I’m wearing it today. 🙂 Do you use the liquid eyeshadow as base? I sometimes use that, or the Too Faced Eyeshadow Insurance, which I just bought when Sephora opened locally last month. It is great, thanks for introducing me to it!

  22. Glosslizard says:

    Ooh, Mystic Night looks so pretty! I’m saving my lemmings for the NM event (I don’t know when it is yet, but I know it’s coming up!) so I haven’t seen anything in person yet! Might go out tomorrow…..

    I did get out to MAC today for BBR though, scored the Blonde MSF, Knight, Pincurl (love the pink iridescence) and Strawberry Blonde lipglass (SO pretty)!

    I am so in on an ice cream makeover party! I’ll bring Ben & Jerry’s Cake Batter and Creme Brulee! 🙂

  23. Vanessa H says:

    Very! I love planning new outfits with make up and hair…and pearls are a good idea, I just don’t have any 🙁 Might have to do plain old gold hoops..

  24. Vivien says:

    wow that quad is like absolutely stunning. i wish i wasnt so addicted to mac so i couldnt maybe afford other things!! lol

  25. ZAJA Natural says:

    Wow, you look possitively radiant. Wonderful colors, I love all the brown combos.

  26. ZAJA Natural says:

    Don’t you just hate typos, I meant positively:)

  27. Karen B says:

    *sings* I want it all… I want it all… I want it all… I want it nooooow
    Hehe, seriously though. Love the quad and the plum single eyeshadow so I guess I’ll be getting those together with that fierce scarlet gipsy lipstick 🙂 Bye bye cash!

    Karen B´s last blog post..a thought

  28. Lucy says:

    Hi Karen,

    I LOVE my Mystic Eyes Quad….I got the two lip glosses also in Beige Guitar and Mystic Rose. I think the eyeshadow quad looks really good our brown eyes. I tried the Fandango blush, it was a bit muddy on me, so I skipped it.

  29. TUPRNUT says:

    I picked up the quad this past weekend and just adore it. I usually do a new eye look everyday, but I wake up in the morning dying until I can get ready and put this on. It’s just fantastic and can I say, I think I like it more than the quad from this Fall??!! Ahh! Did I just commit a Chanel sin?

    I wish I had more $$ to get a few other items from this collection, but am quite content with my purchase.

    Happy Friday.

  30. YadiQ says:

    i am so inlove with chanel and diors new collections

    i am totally confused on which one to get the dior quint in parisian lights or this one

    uggh too hard of a decision 🙁

    what would you do? or do they seem very different to you ?

  31. Karen says:

    Hi Yadiq,

    I haven’t seen the Parisian Lights quad in person yet! Mystic Eyes isn’t LE, though, so you have time to decide which one you want. I really love this Chanel Quad though… I can’t lie!

    How’s your Friday been?

  32. Karen says:

    Hi Tuprnut,

    Happy Friday to you, too. 🙂 What combos and looks have you done with your quad? I did one yesterday with the pink on the browbone, light brown on the lid, dark brown on the outer V, and the silver on the inner corner.

  33. Karen says:

    Hi Lucy,

    Girl — I found a really nice lip combo last night. I used Rose Rebelle lipstick with Beige Guitare on top. It’s really pretty. You could probably dupe it with a rosey pink frost lipstick if you have one lying around. 🙂

    Also, what combos have you done with your quad?

  34. Karen says:

    Hi Karen B.,

    LOL! Hey, at least you’ll look fierce this spring. 😉 Are you all packed?

  35. Lucy says:

    Hi Karen,

    I’m going to try that lippie suggestion…seems to be a pretty combo.

    I’ve been using the purple and silver shade and lining my eye with Lancome’s Color Design liner in Amethyst Luxe….i just love the liner with this combo!

  36. Karen says:

    Hi Katee,

    I hear ya. What do you think of the liner? It’s pretty, huh?

  37. Karen says:

    Hi P. Potter,

    Girl! Those quads are the gateway Chanel drug, lemme tell you. 🙂

  38. Karen says:

    Hi Justine,

    I’m looking forward to peeping Parisian Lights. Hopefully I’ll get to see it soon.

    Happy Friday!

  39. Karen says:

    Hi Jojoba,

    Oh no, I’m bummed that the shades don’t work for ya. What is it about the release that you don’t like? The great thing about makeup, though, is that there’s always something new right around the corner to look forward to. 🙂

  40. Karen says:

    Hi Lesley,

    Yay! There’s always room for more at the party!

    I’m stoked that you received Coralista today. Doesn’t it smell good?

  41. Karen says:

    Hi Laurie,

    Yah, I will hopefully get the chance to go to the mall today to peep some BBR stuff. El Hub and I are still working out our car sitch, so we’re juggling one car back and forth between us.

    LOL, I have NO IDEA what’s going on my with my hair. I haven’t had time to cut it and dunno what the heck to do with it, so I’ve just been wearing it straight because it’s easy. 🙂

    Hope you’re having a good Friday so far. Got any plans for the weekend?

  42. Karen says:

    Hi Erica,

    They do perform differently than MAC shadows, for sure. I’ve noticed that I get good results when I use shadow brushes that are stiffer, like the 252… Also, what base are you using?

  43. Karen says:

    Hi Julia,

    I like Lancome shadows! Do you have any favorite colors?

  44. Karen says:

    Hi Miss QQ,

    Yup, I used Delta as the base for this! It was my first time using the product and I really liked it.

    Glad to hear that you dig Too Faced Shadow Insurance. Don’t you love how it won’t budge for nothin’?

  45. Karen says:

    Hi Glosslizard,

    Yay, the more the merrier. Bring the kitties, too. Tabs will provide some gravy-laden snacks. 🙂

  46. Karen says:

    Hi Vanessa H.,

    Gold hoops are classic. You can never go wrong ’em!

    Is this a new person, or somebody you’ve been dating for awhile?

  47. Karen says:

    Hi Vivien,

    It’s a pretty quad. I totally understand the MAC addiction… it’s an easy one to develop. 🙂

  48. Karen says:

    Hi Zaja Natural,

    Thanks! Are you a Chanel fan, too?

  49. Laurie says:


    Rest in peace – poor truck! My husband and I share one car – but I take the good old DC metro to work and we live right near a mall. I stopped at Nordstrom on the way home from work last night:) It will be painful to move from our current convenient locale!

    We’re going to take it easy this weekend – it was hard to have a full week back after so much time off. I have big plans to relax. Hope you have a fab weekend!!

  50. TUPRNUT says:

    The look that seems to work best on me so far:
    light pink on inner corner
    silver on lid
    ligther brown on crease
    dark brown as a “liner”

  51. Vanessa H says:

    LOL not a new guy, we’ve been dating for going on 4 years :-). I get to treat him tomorrow night for a change of pace and it’s an excuse to get all dolled up!

  52. Karen B says:

    Not yet. I have my one English exam on monday so I’m kinda concentrating on that right now. I guess it’ll come.
    I’ll be the fiercest Erasmus student in the whole of Sweden 🙂

    Karen B´s last blog post..a thought

  53. Karen says:

    Hi Laurie,

    I hear that! My Nordie’s is five minutes away. When we move it’s gonna be painful to be so far from all that great makeup, LOL.

    Enjoy your weekend and I hope you get lots of good rest!

  54. Karen says:

    Hi Tuprnut,

    I am going to try your look next! I hope it works for me. Do you use a base beforehand?

  55. Karen says:

    Hi Vanessa H.,

    How fun! That’s always a good thing to switch it up every once in awhile. I hope your makeup looked great and that you and your sweetie had a blast. 🙂

  56. Karen says:

    Hi Karen B.,

    LOL! You will.. and your makeup will be equally as ROCKING!

    One of these days I’ll make it to Sweden, sigh. I’d love to go back to Europe!

    Good luck on your exam on Monday. 🙂

  57. Karen B says:

    Thanks dear 🙂
    Of course it will 😉 I actually got dubbed the MA of our music class as for our musical project three girls had to do red lipstick and they couldn’t work a lip pencil so they asked me. It was so funny: suddenly all the girls wanted me to do their make-up.

    Karen B´s last blog post..a thought

  58. lexi says:

    hey girl,
    you ever feel like you need to take a break from certain lines? sadly, this is how i am feeling about Mac right now – i’m loving Stila again and i finally bought the NARS duo in Paris, i think i might give the Kat Von D line a sephora a go and I may pick up my very first chanel palette – i am feeling these colors

    i kinda miss being a student… =(

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