There’s something to be said for tradition. Take fall makeup, for instance, and the Chanel Enigma Eyeshadow Quad ($56). Although I love that Chanel went totally renegade with the summery Rouge Coco lipsticks and Glossimer lipglosses from the Les Contrastes collection, it’s also kind of comforting to get seasonal products that typify the season, ya know?
The moment I saw this quad, the first thing I thought was, “What’s the connection between these shades and the new Rouge Coco colors?” I didn’t immediately see how/if the four shimmery shades of peach, chocolate gray, violet gray and dark plum were related to the lippies, but I think I’m beginning to understand.
Doesn’t the shimmery peach shadow in the quad look related to Rouge Coco lipstick in Chintz? I feel like its golden pink undertones also play off the iridescence in the Petite Peche, Coral Love and Rose Dilemma Glossimers.
NOTE: Eagle-eyed US Chanel-ophiles might notice that the round eyeshadow pans in these pics look a little unusual. That’s because the European Chanel quads come with rounded pans like these (this one happens to be from their European inventory), while the US quad pans are rounded rectangles. Shapes aside, the colors are exactly the same.
As for how the colors within the quad itself relate to one another, I like how the three darker shades contrast with the shimmery peach.
I’d have to say that the deep, dark plum made the biggest impression on me, while the chocolate gray and violet gray almost looked like the same shade when I applied them dry. It took a dampened brush head to fully appreciate the nuances between the two.
Because Chanel eyeshadows are quite powdery, some folks expect them to be hard to work with, but I don’t think that’s the case at all. Enigma’s shadows latch onto my skin like a suntan and with negligible fallout. No need to worry about looking like you just stepped out of Studio 54, Fangtasia or [INSERT FAVORITE NIGHTCLUB HERE]!
Clockwise from upper left: peach, chocolate gray, dark plum and violet gray eyeshadows
Swatches from left: peach, chocolate gray, violet gray and dark plum on NW20 skin
Swatches from left: peach, chocolate gray, violet gray and dark plum on NC35 skin
Enigma has the makings of a spectacular quad for everyday smokey eyes, especially if you’re looking for something outside the typical black/blue range, but I still wish Chanel would cut makeup lovers a break and hold a sale (OMG, wouldn’t a fall friends and family discount rock!?).
Be that as it may, when it comes to Chanel, I think the quality is there, if the heart and pocketbook are willing. Consider adding Enigma to the list of hits from Les Contrastes de Chanel. Available next month at Chanel counters. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A
You might like the Chanel Enigma Eyeshadow Quad if…
- You like the way you look in shimmery shades of gray, plum, chocolate and/or peach
- You’ve been hunting for a flexible smokey eye quad to wear from dusk till dawn
- You’ve been very good lately and deserve a reward
Added to the list of things to do before I die
I NEED to find a little black hat like this one for Tabs…
Something tells me he won’t be into the idea, but maybe if I bribe him with a little ice cream cone filled with gravy, hmm…
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,