First it was chanel.com exclusive, then a store exclusive in the States. Dear Chanel lovers will be delighted to hear that now it is a part of Fall 2014 Collection États Poétiques around the world. I was chasing it when it is first released, was about to click order at chanel.com and it got disappeared at that moment! Then reappeared, I was excited and ordered it, just to get an e-mail that my order was canceled later that day. I have seen prices going rocket high at eBay and had to smile because it was apparent from an early auction back in May that this palette would make it eventually to Europe. Yay! Here it is.
|Chanel Les 4 Ombres #234 Poésie|
If you read my glowing reviews about the permanent Chanel quads then you know how much I love the new formula of Chanel. Poésie is no exception, it is buttery, creamy, pigmented and blends like a dream. It also has very complex shimmer for the metallic shades. Once the shades are matte, they are never too dry and perform wonderfully.
|Chanel Les 4 Ombres #234 Poésie|
Back to Poésie...Did someone said matte? satin? no no no, this is a shimmery quad. From light to dark, it has the beautiful complex shimmer I was talking about. The lightest shade is the only satin one which balances things out a bit and can be used under brow bone without going old fashioned. I also used this shade to blend the crease for a soft transition.
|Close-up: Chanel Les 4 Ombres #234 Poésie|
Bottom right: A very deep shimmery eggplant with lovely complex shimmer. This one is also dark enough applied alone or on other shades so without a doubt it will give you as much drama as needed.
Top left: A mid-toned warm shimmering taupe, which is the star of the show. It makes this palette neutral and warms it a little so that it is flattering across different undertones. This shade also has very complex shimmer.
Top right: A very light ivory with very subtle shimmer. This is the balance shade of the palette to make things more day appropriate if needed.
Bottom left: A very light neutral frosty pink. This shade is not that frosty and looks nice as a highlight on the inner corner. I used it for this purpose and found out that it didn't emphasize the fine lines.
|Swatch (sun): Chanel Les 4 Ombres #234 Poésie|
|Swatch (shadow): Chanel Les 4 Ombres #234 Poésie|
Below you can see my eye make-up from today, the products used are:
- Chanel Les 4 Ombres #234 Poésie: light pink inner corner, taupe on the lid, eggplant on the crease, ivory to blend out the crease.
- Nars Proprime to prime the lids
- Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof #906 Marron Glace along upper lash line
- Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof #89 Or Rose along the lower waterline.
- Rouge Bunny Rouge Witchery Mascara
|In-action: Chanel Les 4 Ombres #234 Poésie|
FOTD, look in context: Chanel Les 4 Ombres #234 Poésie on the eyes and Guerlain Kiss Kiss Rosy Boop lipstick on the lips.
All in all, I like Poésie but I am having a hard time to understand all the hype around this product. It does give a nice polished look and it is hard to overdo, which is probably a good thing. But for my satin matte loving heart this one is way too shimmery across the board and therefore lacks a bit of versatility. It is pretty, very pretty indeed but it is not my favorite of this line. Actually I would easily prefer Rivoli, Vendome and Venitien to Poésie. Lucky me that former are permanent.
|FOTD with Chanel Les 4 Ombres #234 Poésie and Guerlain Kiss Kiss Rosy Boop|
Final thoughts: Poésie is a lovely seasonal palette for those of you who like shimmering neutrals. It is limited edition and now released outside of US. In US, I am hearing that it is rather hard to find at the moment.