Face of the Day: Chanel Smoky Eye Quad

Published in: Face of the Day (FOTD)

Heya, ladies! I had a couple extra minutes to get ready for work this morning (meaning I didn’t wait until the last minute) and tried this look with the Chanel Smoky Eye Quad.


The more I use this quad, the more I fall in love. It’s probably one of the most user-friendly (user-friendliest?) smokey eye sets I’ve seen in ages.


Also up in the mix are Chanel Joues Contraste blush in Enchanteresse, Chanel Rouge Allure lipstick in Crazed and Cargo Blu Ray pressed powder (review to follow).

How’s your hump day been? Can you believe it’s already October? You hear a lot about how time flies, but I think it even speeds up as we get older. I remember being a kid and thinking the summer would never end. Now, it’s like I blink twice and *POOF!* the summer’s gone. Someone stole my summer, and I want it back, LOL!

So what are you wearing for makeup today? Whatever it is, I hope it’s fierce! πŸ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Jousy says:

    ooh, it’s the first time i’ve been first to reply! whoo! hun, you look fantastic today! and i don’t know why, but you teeth look shinier too. πŸ˜‰ happy hump day to you too πŸ™‚

  2. carrie says:

    you look so pretty!

  3. Bisi says:

    Yup, I am definitely going to have to buy that Quad. You look gorgeous! Can’t wait to read the Cargo review as well. You didn’t happen to buy the Blu Ray concealer as well, did you? I am very curious about that product.

  4. yadiQ says:


    i must agree with you that i too feel the same way about this quad

    i cheated on it today and played with the tarte eye couture: day-to-night palette

    its really cool if you haven’t tried it yet try it!!

  5. Ellery says:

    It’s so gorgeous! You look great! πŸ˜€

    I can’t believe it’s already October but this means it’s getting closer to my birthday (27th) so I also get really excited!

    All I’m wearing is my foundation, I didn’t feel like wearing makeup today but I’ve been wearing my black lipstick since I got it earlier today, lol!

  6. Ms. Britt says:

    I love the smokey eye! I tried again last night and looked a little like marilyn manson on a bad day. I rubbed it off, tried again but tried to keep the makeup from going everywhere and when I decided it wasn’t spread out enough, I smudged a bit. Then the boyfriend asked my why I was crying and I gave up.

    Today’s makeup is Chanel Pro Lumiere foundation in Shell, Benefit Get Even pressed powder in medium, DiorShow Blackout mascara, Urban Decay eyeshadow in chopper, Almay eyeliner in black, Benefit Dallas blush, and Dior Kiss lipgloss in Hawaii Coco.

    Looking forward to the review of the Cargo Blu Ray!!

    I need a great lipgloss with staying power. Any suggestions, Karen?


  7. p. potter says:

    Wow. That looks really good! I always tread slowly when it comes to black eyeshadow because my skin is so fair. I feel like it can look really harsh on me. But you make it look effortless!

    I’m wearing bare escentuals today, and some Stila eyeshdow & mascara. Pretty basic, but still put together.

    I’m SO glad it’s finally October. Yesterday I woke up and thought, “Yay! September is over!” Only to remember that it was actually Tuesday (not Wednesday), and one day further away from Halloween. I hate when that happens.

    I love the fall. I can’t wait for the weather to catch up to the season.

    p. potters last blog post..If I were a rich man

  8. Dao says:

    You look great Karen! Everytime I do the smokey eye look, I think of you because you rock that look girl! Time flies so fast and I feel like after another inhalation we’re heading to another year.

    Daos last blog post..Lippie Week- Day 3: Avon Glazewear Lipstickin Champagne Glow

  9. Arianne says:

    This smokey eye looks so good on you! It actually gives your dark eyes an extra sparkle! Love this look. πŸ™‚

    Ariannes last blog post..Calling all Girly Girls!

  10. Karen says:

    Hi Jousy,

    Thanks, girlie! πŸ™‚ LOL, hmm, maybe it’s al my vigorous flossing!

    Have a great afternoon/evening!

  11. Karen says:

    Hi Carrie,

    Thank you! πŸ™‚

  12. Karen says:

    Hi Bisi,

    Nope… but I just might because the powder is pretty great!

    Are you a Cargo fan?

  13. Karen says:

    Hi YadiQ,

    I love those Tarte palettes! That’s a good one to cheat on Chanel with. πŸ˜‰

  14. Karen says:

    Hi Ellery,

    Wow! ROCK those black lips, hon!

    Will you be doing anything special this year for your birthday?

  15. Karen says:

    Hi Ms. Britt,

    Are you a MAC girl? By far the best for staying power is Lipglass, however, lots of people have issues with the texture. Liplass is very sticky, but it lasts *forever*!

  16. Karen says:

    Hi P. Potter,

    I feel the same way about black eye shadow. I’m still learning how to use it properly, but I’ve found that one way to avoid any starkness is layering.

    I’m glad it’s October, too! Fall is probably my favorite season!

  17. Karen says:

    Hi Dao,

    Thanks, hon!

    I know… the next three months will go by so quickly. The holidays seem to be flying by faster every year.

    What look are you rockin’ today?

  18. Karen says:

    Hi Arianne,

    Thank ya. πŸ™‚ Hope you’re having a great Wednesday!

  19. Glosslizard says:

    Ha! I just e-mailed you today about my eyeshadow indecision (Dior Twilight quint vs. Chanel Smokey Eyes quad), and now you post on Smoky Eyes! It looks stunning, my dear!

    Aagh! I am so torn! πŸ™‚

  20. Miss Fred says:

    Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!!! This is so beautiful and yet still kinda simple (or maybe you just make it look easy). I’m definitely looking forward to that Cargo Blu Ray review; I’ve been wondering about their products ever since I saw a mattifier (I’m sure that’s not the actual name) that looked pretty promising, especially for someone like me whose nose resembles an oil slick most of the time!

    Oh and is it just the picture or are the tones in the smoky eye quad sort of blueish? In the first smokey eye you did, it looked like simple greys, but in this post the shadows look sort of blue-hued. But then again it could just be my bad eyesight…

    Miss Freds last blog post..A (Queen) B Sting

  21. Julia says:

    I’m wearing my new Dior Creme Gloss in Fig Nectar… absolutely amazing. These things are fabulous. Close to Glossimers but maybe a bit more glossy?

  22. Laurie says:

    You are making me want this quad so bad! I think I just might be hitting up Nordies this weekend…

    Today I sported the Dior Gaucho palette. I worked that purple and taupe!

    I too am shocked that it is October. I really love fall and winter though. Am I crazy? I’m excited to see holiday stuff coming in though. Holiday gift sets make me happy:)

    Lauries last blog post..Breast Cancer Awareness Month Kicks Off

  23. Indian Girl says:

    I love the teeny bit of shimmer. So classy yet sexy !

    Indian Girls last blog post..Pur Minerals – Mineral Makeup Starter Kit – Review

  24. Miss QQ says:

    Hey Karen! I bought this quad yesterday! I decided to get it because I was wearing the new black dress but wearing purple eyeshadows, and I thought it would be great if I have smoky eyes. I’ll try it out this Saturday. Thanks for your FOTD. I have been kicking myself for not getting Enchanteresse blush earlier this spring, so I’ll have to try other combi.

    The black silk dress is like a baby doll dress, good for hiding those wide hips LOL.

  25. Lehea says:

    Nice look! I need to practice my smoky eye skills before Halloween. Hopefully I can pull it off the same way, if not similar to the way you did. πŸ™‚

  26. Karen says:

    Hi Glosslizard,

    You’ve got mail! πŸ˜‰

    Get ’em both, baby!

  27. Karen says:

    Hi Miss Fred,

    The tones are grey and black. I think the blue is a combo of things — I used MAC Smolder underneath (which tends to look blue-black on me) and my skin really brings out the blue in most colors.

    Have you tried using a primer on your nose? I’ve found that helps to control oil! I had very oily skin for years (still do, but now I’m combo), so I feel ya pain!

  28. Karen says:

    Hi Julia,

    That sounds really pretty… and tempting. I don’t have any of the Creme glosses so this gives me an excuse to visit the counter. πŸ™‚ Hooray!

  29. Karen says:

    Hi Laurie,

    I love fall… but winter is another story. I love all the changing leaves, scarves, hot cups of cocoa by the fire, etc., but I can’t hang when it gets *too* cold. And I’m from California (total weather wimp), LOL!

    I am really excited about the holiday releases, too. I will feel like a kid in a candy store at the makeup counter!

  30. Karen says:

    Hi Indian Girl,

    Thanks! It’s a beautiful quad!

  31. Karen says:

    Hi Miss QQ,

    Girl, you know I love wearing baby doll dresses to occasions where there’s food. That way I won’t have to loosen the belt after eating, if ya know what I mean. πŸ™‚

    I can’t wait to hear about your smokey eye! If you think of any neat ways to work this palette or other combos let me know… I am sorta stuck on this look for now, but am always try somethin’ new. I’m thinking of combo-ing it with a few MAC Paints and perhaps a Benefit cream shadow next!

    Have a great rest of your week!

  32. Karen says:

    Hi Lehea,

    You can totally work this! What is your costume going to be?

  33. Marisol says:

    Soooo pretty!

    The other day I got some L’Oreal HIP eye shadows after a friend told me about them and let me tell you, I like them. Great pigmentation and a breeze to blend.

    Today my FOTD was Too Faced Shadow Insurance, MAC Bare Study on the lid, MAC Soft Brown e/s, L’Oreal Flamboyant (yellow & purple color) yellow on the lid, purple on the outer crease, MUFE black liner on waterline & DiorShow.

    Marisols last blog post..Rare-Earth Facial Cleansing Masque – a must for me!

  34. Blake says:

    This is gorgeous on you! I was just on Nordrys website and they have already sold out online… must be selling fast! gotta get one before it does! πŸ™‚

  35. tricia says:

    i have to have those earrings! where did you get them? like p.potter my smokey eye is not right yet, hope to get it right soon, thanks to you!

  36. Beauty Fool says:

    Hi Karen,

    This looks great on you! I was looking at this quad at the store but I decided to buy their La Ligne Professional Eyeliner Duo. Have you tried it? It’s similar to this quad but it’s a cake liner and shadow so the colors work when wet and are very, very dark and intense. I think you might like it, it’s a little expensive but it’s truly beautiful!


    Beauty Fools last blog post..Kimora Lee SimmonÒ€ℒs Beauty DonÒ€ℒts!

  37. Tammy says:

    I love this look! I wish I had Chanel money because this quad and eyeshadow you used are gorgeous!! Cute earrings btw.

    Tammys last blog post..Cibu Review

  38. lexi says:

    Loving your eyes today (as usual)! I did full on smoky eyes too and I just went to the mall with my baby girl- so what if it’s evening eye makeup just for a quick jaunt in the mall? I love your pic in the heart cut-out it’s so 7th grade!

  39. Karen says:

    Hi Marisol,


    Okay, L’Oreal HIP are on the list! πŸ™‚ What colors did you get?

  40. Karen says:

    Hi Blake,

    Thanks! Are you a Chanel fan, too?

  41. Karen says:

    Hi Tricia,

    You can do it! I still feel like I have a lot to learn, but practicing makes it easier. πŸ™‚

    I got those earrings at H&M. They were $3!

  42. Karen says:

    Hi Beauty Fool,

    I haven’t tried any makeup from that line. It sounds intriguing, though. I will try and track it down… hopefully I can find some nearby me so I can play!

  43. Karen says:

    Hi Tammy,

    Thanks! Got those at H&M…

  44. Karen says:

    Hi Lexi,

    Girl, that’s how I roll, too. I’ll wear smokey eyes to Safeway to buy bananas and bread! πŸ™‚

    Hee! Remember those laser pics from middle school? I still have some of my BFF’s from back in the day!

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