Amazing Things Happen When You Wear the Chanel Sophisticated Eye Collection’s Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow in Vanites

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When I wear the Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadows in Vanites ($57; part of the new Chanel Sophisticated Eye collection), unicorns shoot glittery rainbows from their horns, every cat within a 10-mile radius rolls on its back and flashes its tum, and Ryan Gosling materializes on my doorstep and offers to take me to Pinkberry for a salted caramel fro-yo.


Well, at least that’s how I feel when the colors in this divine eyeshadow quad are decorating my lids.

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I tried them on this afternoon, and the purple, pink and two duo chromes couldn’t have been much easier to blend; I barely had to flick my wrist. It was like swish, swish, DONE!

“Ooh, nice!” El Hub said when he got home from work, which loosely translated means, “Your eye makeup, while bold, doesn’t scare me like it does sometimes when you wear crazy-@ss purples.”

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Chanel Vanites on lids and lower lash line, Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara in Purple on lashes, and MAC Eye Kohl in Fascinating on lower water line

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Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Enchanteresse on cheeks and Glossimer in Wild Rose on lips

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I think the duo chromes even brought out my Cullen side when I stepped outside to water the plants in the late afternoon sun; the sparkle on my lids was easily Vampire Edward caliber (one flashes from plummy brown to pinkish gold, and the other from pale pink to purplish gold). Just too. Darn. Good.

Vanites could become one of fall’s sleeper hits, and I really do think it’s worth the price (especially if you have a weakness for purples and taupe).

PRICE: $57
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Chanel counters, stores and also online

You know you’re a cat lady when…

…you discover that the cocktail ring you like at Nordstrom Rack is called “Cat’s Eye” and you can’t contain your excitement.


Pretty, isn’t it? In a gargantuan glowy ring kinda way? The designer’s name is Ariella.

Do you ever wear giant cocktail rings like these?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. purple’s my favourite colour so this palette is right up my alley! the two outer shades in your swatch are my favourites :).

    oh, and that ring is divine!

  2. AtelierGal says:

    The quad had my heart at “PURPLE” and nothing else matters!
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  3. Denise says:

    Gorgeous eye look! And the cocktail ring is fab. I don’t have the guts to wear something so big though. I always admire girls who can rock huge rocks!
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  4. Hyzenthlay says:

    Ahh, I love these and the way you made them look, but I need to save my money for other things (like some serious dental stuff). You should do a special giveaway of this one 🙂 And then only for your fans who are teachers and who attended your Alma Mater! 🙂 Or not . . . And I’ll just drool over the pictures 🙂

  5. AO says:

    I am soooo getting that Chanel quad. Purples are my thang. haha

  6. gio says:

    What a lovely palette. I love purples.

  7. Heidi says:

    Love these colors! Oh, and I really like that ring, too. It’s funny how I am about jewelry — I will rock the biggest, boldest earrings, pendants, and bracelets, but rings have got to be unobtrusive. They just get in my way, but I do love the look — just not practical for me.

  8. Kimberly says:

    That purple is killer. Though I’m not sure its $57 killer :/

  9. peach_ says:

    Such a pretty look! I love the cat eye ring; it looks like it’s glowing! Have you been doing anything different with your skincare or base makeup? Your skin looks especially nice!

  10. AK says:

    HA! – I love your writing so much! Never fails to give me a good laugh 😀 Truly, there is nothing that can compare to a cat giving you permission to rub its tum. Karen, this is really a glamorous look. I l-o-v-e LOVE those colors! The purple is a really good one. Thanks for sharing this review -have a good morning!

  11. Inaya says:

    What foundation are you using? Your skin looks amazing 🙂

  12. Crystal says:

    Love purple, and love the ring too!
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  13. Vijaya says:

    I’m not into giant rings. I always prefer mine a little smaller!
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  14. Kim says:

    OK, you just made me choke on my nutri-grain bar while laughing at your translation of El Hub’s “oooh, nice”. And I’m glad the unicorns are shooting rainbows out of their HORNS, because I was a bit worried for a minute. 🙂

    I think the eye look is great on you, but I really like the Glossimer in Wild Rose in these pics. Super flattering. 🙂 I’m basic and boring with my jewelry, just like with my makeup, but I think the cocktail ring is awesome on you.

  15. Nina says:

    im not a ring person …. i even forget to wear the essential rings LOL.

    that eyeshadow quad — Karen y u tempt me? 😀

    its lovely!

  16. Chris25 says:

    I really want Chanel makeup! I never had it this bad before. This craving kicked in right before I took out my very first college loan. Go figure. I really can’t afford HE makeup and now I want it, of all the appropriate times. 🙂

  17. steph b says:

    My reward for getting through a crazy work week in good shape is a high-end makeup treat. This quad is the first thing on my list to check out. Chanel Taupe Gris has become my absolute favorite shadow.

  18. No, I never wear large cocktail rings like that just because I have really small hands and thin fingers, so it would look really funny on me. Hehe, plus even finding a ring that fits my fingers is a whole other story!

    Your ring is definitely a statement piece! 😀
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  19. Rachael says:

    This is by FAR, one of my favorite looks on you. You look fresh, flirty and beautiful.

  20. Jill says:

    Beautiful!! I love how these colors are interesting and fun, yet not too in-your-face. I love the way you lined your eyes!

  21. Marian says:

    I have that quad from it’s first release. It looks much better on you than it does on me. It looks a bit muddy on me. Every time I wear it someone tells me I look tired. : (

  22. jennifer s says:

    Karen, what secret have you been hiding from us? Your skin looks gorgeous and refreshed. Like you had a mini peel or something. 🙂

  23. Sarah S. says:

    Whoaz, girl! From the swatches I was like “meh” but this eye look on you is amazeballs! Probably my favorite you’ve featured, ever. You look extra-gorgeous 🙂

  24. Your skin looks amazing, you have got that gorgeous olive skin colour and brown eyes. You get away with wearing most eyeshadow colours. The purple is goegeous, you’ve just applied enough so it’s not to over the top. I have added you to my 50 favourite blog sites on my blog. Hope thats ok?

  25. Jilliterate says:

    You look stunning! I’m jealous!

  26. mulberrytea says:

    Purples aren’t for me because I don’t wear color, but I’m glad it works for you! The Lagons quad has been getting a lot of praise, but I haven’t heard much word on Vanites yet. Glad you’re a fan!

  27. Joyce says:

    I love purple eyeshadows! The dark one looks stunning!
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  28. Eesha says:

    Killer look Karen and that ring is surely stunning 😛
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  29. Monika says:

    You look absolutely AMAZING! I love all the makeup you do but this is in class of its own.
    Not too bold nor too subtle – it is just perfect.

  30. Faye says:

    Hi Karen,

    The shadow looks great on you! I hace a question for you — and I guess other readers — do you know if this is the same as the Euro/Chanel version by the same name? I got the Euro version years ago, and it sounds the same (except for the difference in shape/consistency )– I wonder if the colors are the same.


  31. Noga says:

    Karen this looks just gorg on you!!
    Can you think of any Mac dupes for the palette (specifically for the dark purple color)?

  32. G says:

    I will have to dig mine out – This is a repromote from years ago – think my old one has hit pan on one of the colors – Totally forgot about this quad until I saw it last week – Wish they would bring back the Dreams quad – That is my all time favorite Chanel quad – Do you have it?

  33. mkdallas says:

    Beautiful colors on you! That is indeed a gorgeous quad and you look smashing!

  34. Instant Karma says:

    Oooh pretty! Glad to know it’s husband-approved, lol. Whenever I do something wild with my makeup and my boyfriend is around, I always ask him if I look ridiculous. Luckily, he’s never said yes! 🙂

    I love the cocktail ring! It looks great on you! I have a few myself with big-ass gem stones :D. There are quite a few sellers on Etsy who do an excellent job making statement rings. Many do custom sizing, too, which is nice for me considering how scrawny my fingers are, lol (I wear a 4.5, so buying rings in stores is not really an option for me).

  35. Tati Abaurre says:

    Oh my gosh! You are sooo funny! I looove the way you write your posts 🙂 very inspiring!



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