Pricey But Pretty Darn Perfect: The New Chanel Harmonie Du Soir Quadra Eye Shadow

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Hey, buddy! Another beautiful fall morning here in the Bay Area. I went to take the trash out this morning, and when I exhaled I actually saw my breath in the air. It’s only a matter of time before it gets really cold again (well, cold for this part of California, which I know is not really that cold compared to other parts of the country, but we’re weather wusses here).


Hopefully the new Chanel Harmonie Du Soir quad will keep me warm… Not so much physically warm, but its four colors (taupe, gold, pink and plum) have been firing me up. Lately they’re all I’ve been wanting to wear.

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Harmonie du Soir Quadra Eye Shadow ($65)

Harmonie’s formal name reads like a champion race horse: “Regard Signe De Chanel Quadra Eye Shadow in Harmonie Du Soir,” and at $65, it’s priced like a thoroughbred, too.

There’s really no way around the fact that this is one expensive piece of makeup, but as hard core Chanel-o-philes already know, the price premium is nothing new from the line. This palette does include a special quilted design on the pan, though, which makes it seem a little more exclusive.

Oh, and it would make such a wonderful gift! Imagine opening it up on Christmas morning… [SWOON!] I’d need a fainting couch.

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chanel harmonie du soir

chanel harmonie du soir quad closeup

Harmonie Du Soir eyeshadow in Bronze Gold

chanel harmonie du soir quad closeup

Harmonie Du Soir eyeshadow in Taupe

chanel harmonie du soir quad closeup

Harmonie Du Soir eyeshadows in Violet-Plum and Pink

chanel harmonie du soir quad swatch

Harmonie du Soir Quad eyeshadow swatches from the left: Bronze Gold, Taupe, Voilet-Plum and Pink

The Chanel Harmonie du Soir Quad 60-second overview…

  • Finish: One of my favorite things about this quad! It’s shimmery without being frosty. Wearing it, I feel all delicate and glowing, like I’m being illuminated by candlelight and photographed using a soft focus lens. It plays nicely with my fine lines, even as the day wears on, just as the formula itself never appear heavy or thick.
  • Pigment: I’d characterize each of the colors as “just shy of full coverage.” Guys/gals who love saturated pigments may want to build them up in layers, but I kinda love how Chanel dialed back the opacity. I think it makes these extremely easy to blend and gives me more control over how much color I apply on my eyes.
  • Blending: Another big plus for this quad. Easy, seamless color transitions — no elbow grease required. And no shadow fallout!
  • Wear time: How about damn good? Maybe even epic. The other day I wore the colors in the quad for 12 hours. In that time they hardly creased at all, and the colors had faded only a teeny, tiny bit by the end of the day.

So, yeah. Love this! It’s my favorite piece from the Eclats du Soir de Chanel holiday collection so far, and a home run for Chanel.

A really, really expensive home run. Price is the only thing that keeps it from being a grand slam.

PRICE: $65
AVAILABILITY: Coming next month to Chanel stores and

MAC Marilyn Monroe is up!

mac marilyn monroe collection

Morning and happy Thursday! Just a quick note about the new MAC Marilyn Monroe collection — it’s online now at, and not surprisingly, many of the pieces are already sold out! I should have more pics, thoughts and swatches to share in the coming days.


In other news, I’m staring at a cup of coffee that I know I shouldn’t have (because I’ve already had enough).

Yeah…when has that ever stopped me before? 🙂

Have a good one today. We’re almost to Friday.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. This is beautiful! I especially like the taupe (of course).
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  2. Soo Jin says:

    Hey Karen! That Chanel quad is so beautiful and so expensive! haha! I’m wondering how it’ll look on us fair-skin ladies. Looks perfect on you!

  3. This is gorgeous on you!! I still needs it, regardless of cost!
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  4. gigi says:

    these colors are absolutely stunning and they look ecpecially good on you in the way you applied them! thanks for the review. gigi. food and beauty blogger @

  5. Chelsea says:

    Ahhh, gorgeous! I was secretly hoping it was rubbish so that I wouldn’t want it!

  6. gio says:

    What a lovely palette. Looks beautiful on you!
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  7. Kim says:

    Oh, this is just cruel. 🙂 It’s been a cray-cray week and I told myself that I was absolutely going to get over here today, no matter what. Naturally the first product up is the one I’m trying not to think about. HAHA! The quad is lovely. And I still don’t need it. I know, keep telling myself that!

  8. You are looking radiant and lovely as always, K! 🙂

  9. Aelyn says:

    So gorgeous, love the way you blended out those eye shadows!

  10. Carrie says:

    Omg, I love how you applied the gold to the bottom of the eye! These colors look even better on than they do in the compact. I really want!

  11. So pretty! I like that the shades come across softer. I’m a bot worried about the pinky plum color making me look bruised though. I once declared I wouldn’t pay over $50 for an eye shadow palette. Once way the key word there.
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    • Karen says:

      LOL, Cindy! You know, I was worried about the plum shade looking funky on me, too, but it’s actually really wearable. There’s very little red in it, which I think makes it easier to wear.

  12. Trina J says:

    Haven’t been to your blog in a bit, but I love the new look! Oh and I’m loving the Harmonie du Soir Quadra Eye Shadow palette…this would be a great for a gala or evening event. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  13. Eboney M says:

    Are the gold and brown colors similar to the ones in the topkapi quad? Is the quality similar to topkapi as well?

  14. Eboney M says:

    I meant gold and taupe sorry bout that.

  15. Damn it! There doesn’t seem like there’s any way around it–I NEED this eyeshadow quad!!
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  16. Tammy says:

    So absolutely gorgeous!!

  17. Oh oh oh this does look pretty darn perfect on you!!! I wasn’t sure about the plum, but on you it’s whoaaaaa! Must check this out now 🙂
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  18. Tiffanie says:

    I will definitely be getting this! Thanks for the thorough review.

  19. CynthiaCC says:

    Ack! So gorgeous! So pricey! I only buy Chanel when I have a dept store gift certificate. Is this LE? Hope not.

  20. Jennifer says:

    OMG that is gorgeous! Chanel… keeps getting better!!! Their quads have always been stellar though, no?

  21. Ava says:

    Lovely! It appear to have the same silky texture as those in the Topkapi quad.
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  22. Nina says:

    I love love love this Chanel quad! The colors are gorgeous and deep!

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