I’m on Cloud Nine with Chanel Harmonie du Soir!

I think the title has pretty much given me away: this is going to be a rave, and a picture-heavy one at that about Chanel Harmonie du Soir quad that is the star of the show in their Eclats du Soir holiday collection! There are many great quads out there, but some have a little something special about them. I would categorize Chanel Harmonie du Soir in the latter!

Chanel Harmonie du Soir is the first Chanel eyeshadow quad I own. I don’t know how many of you are aware of this, but there are normally two versions of Chanel eyeshadows (US/rest of the world), and we get the baked one here in Belgium. The texture of Harmonie du Soir however, is similar to a limited edition quad that came out last summer, and it is altogether different from both regular versions. Now, if only all Chanel eyeshadows were like this, I would be in serious trouble because I would want to collect them all!

The eyeshadows in Harmonie du Soir come with the Chanel logo and tweed pattern on top. There is also a plastic cover, and the black velvet pouch is standard. There are two sponge applicators that I personally do not use. I did hear that some ladies in Asia prefer sponge applicators to real brushes. I think they might be useful if you need to touch up on your eyeshadows on the go, but that might be about it.

Let me not pretend it didn’t kill me a little to dip my fingers in the eyeshadows! I have used this a handful of times now, and the logo/pattern have not completely disappeared. However, there is no way for them to stay intact. I suggest you close your eyes and brace yourself for the impact before you dip your fingers/brushes in!

I can tell you it’s totally worth the heartbreak though. Let’s take a closer look at the shades!

The first shade (upper left corner) is a golden bronze. It is beautifully shimmery, pigmented, and buttery smooth. This is again a shade that brings an amazingly twinkle to my eyes, and the quality is absolutely top-notch!

The second shade is a warm taupe. It is again a very dense, buttery, and pigmented shade. It is as good on the inner half as it is on the outer half/outer v. It gives eyes a lot of depth when you use it to contour!

The third shade is a burgundy plum that has more of a satin sheen instead of an intensely shimmery/frosty finish. This is the only color in the quad that I wasn’t sure I’d be able to use too well, but this is where magic happens: paired with the other three, this is a rare reddish shade that doesn’t make me look tired or sick!

Last but not least, we have a slightly warm pink that is rather frosty. It packs a good dose of shimmer and color payoff, though with one swipe it has the teeniest sheerness to it. It might be this way by design though!

The swatches:

All four shades are soft, creamy, easily blendable, and intensely pigmented. I have not detected a single trace of fallout with any of them, and they hold up effortlessly as well. What gets me really excited about this quad is that besides excellent quality, the shade combination isn’t run-of-the-mill at all. In fact, I think it’s positively delightful to see such an interesting mix. As I said, I had reservation about making the reddish plum work for me, but it seems that nothing can go wrong with this one. Whatever I do, the shades work in perfect harmony!

For the look, I used the taupe for the inner half, golden bronze on the outer half and over my lower lash line, the pink in my inner corners, and the reddish plum on the outer v.

If you want to see one more look, here is how I combined the quad with Chanel Apparence:

I’m sure there are other combinations to be explored as well, like using the pink on the lids and plum to contour. It is kind of rare to see a quad that packs mostly medium shades to function so well on its own (and shades that don’t go together evidently at that)!

Bottom line: If you have seen enough quality pieces this season and want something very special, I would urge you to take a good look at Chanel Harmonie du Soir. Not only does it offer quality, but it also really stands out in terms of shade selection. You just can’t combine the shades together wrong, and whatever you do it’ll be a look with an interesting twist!

Have you seen Chanel Harmonie du Soir? Is it something you might pick up for yourself? If I could recommend one piece from this collection this quad would be it!

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx



  • http://www.chloeash.com Lily (@ChloeAsh)

    We get the baked versions here too and the pigmentation is totally BLEH. I own 2 and have regretted both the purchases so I don’t even bother to look at the quads anymore. Love the last picture of you with the cat eye flick!

    • http://messywands.blogspot.com xiao

      Really? We get the baked version here and the pigmentation is stellar! So buttery and amazing I almost got it just because the texture is awesome. Then I remembered my Chanel ban :P

      • Sunny

        LOL you’re funny! What you get in the US is mostly the regular, non-baked version (it’s not round and domed). I heard that performs better than what we get here, as baked eyeshadows inevitably have some fallout.

    • Sunny

      Thanks Lily! I’ve never really taken a good look at the regular Chanel eyeshadows for that reason. Generally speaking I prefer to stay away from anything baked!

  • http://beautiesatwork.wordpress.com/ beauties

    mooie kleuren :)

    • Sunny

      I agree :)

  • http://brigidbeautyblog.wordpress.com Christine Brigid

    I have owned two Chanel quads in my life and both have been gorgeous. This one looks like it may be the best yet– I would wear ALL of those shades. Stunning! Both looks are lovely on you, the second one is my favorite.

    • Sunny

      Thanks Christine! The second one is pretty understated for me, and so easy to create/wear!

  • http://followmarla.blogspot.com/ Marla

    That’s a beautiful quad. I love your hair in these pics.

    • Sunny

      Thanks Marla! I was having a pouffy hair day so I held part of it in the back :)

  • http://may-mayhem.blogspot.com M.May

    Chanel can never go wrong and this quad is sooo luxurious! It’s definitely a great quad for everyday use if you’re sick of the usual brown and taupe shades!

    ♡ M.May

    • Sunny

      Hey M. May, I agree! This is still mostly neutral, but with a very interesting twist!

  • http://themakeuptrain.com Chris

    Beautiful colors! That burgundy shade would be perfect for a holiday look.

    • Sunny

      Exactly! I was so surprised how well it works in combination with the other shades. Perhaps I should be bolder and use it in a bigger area. So far I’ve restricted it to my outer v/lower lash line!

  • http://mybeautysample.com/ Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    Ahhhh this palette–SO pretty! I was at the mall last night and came THISCLOSE to swatching this quad, but I made myself keep going. I knew that if I swatched it, I would probably love it and buy it, so I didn’t :/ (I was on my way to Sephora and knew that I would probably spend over my budget so I had to draw the line SOMEWHERE! :P)

    • Sunny

      Haha you cracked me up, Becca! I know exactly what you mean. Oh well, I hope at some point you’ll pluck up enough courage to swatch this one. It really is gorgeous!

  • AstroD

    I accidentally ordered two of these! I was so excited that it was finally online that I wasn’t paying attention and just entered all the payment details, haha. I was going to return one but I’m thinking I might keep one to look at and use the other. I ordered it in the US and a friend is bringing it home with them in December, can’t wait! Ridiculously over indulgent and consumerist to own two, but I won’t do it again. I agree that the usual baked Chanel quads are disappointing.

    • Sunny

      Haha really? That’s pretty awesome!

  • http://confessionsofacanadianwallflower.blogspot.com Victoria

    Those shades look so heavenly! I’m really liking your hair in the pictures above, you should wear curls more often :)

    • Sunny

      Thanks Victoria! I actually got a perm, so my hair is curly. It looks curlier in these pictures because I styled it right before I took the photos :)

  • http://memoiselle.com Memoiselle

    Hi Sunny!
    I agree with what you have written above! Harmonie du Soir is such a pretty pretty palette. It’s finely pigmented and the colors are so nice. This is so far my favorite Chanel quads.

    • Sunny

      I’m really hoping Chanel will keep using this formula, because it’s GREAT!

  • http://aucupariabrumalis.wordpress.com Claire

    I still want this quad so bad, your swatches are not helping :P I wonder if the reddish shade will be too warm for me. I am still working on a technique, where I can use a red e/s and make it look ‘good’ on me, lol. *sigh* those holiday collections are just great this year, even the Dior palette was amazing (best texture Dior has ever made), everything is just so tempting, lol.

    • Sunny

      Haha sorry Claire! The reddish shade actually works well with the other colors in the quad, so if you blend it on top of another shade it’s not going to look muddy (at least it doesn’t on my skin tone). I agree that we’re seeing great stuff this season!

  • http://www.valleydollbeautyblog.blogspot.com ValleyDoll

    I’m impressed with the pigmentation ! It’s actually really good. I bought one Chanel quad once and I really didn’t like it.

    • Sunny

      Oh yeah I know what you mean. This one has a totally different formula so I think pigmentation-wise it can’t disappoint!

  • http://www.lenallure.com L e n a

    i have made up my mind not to get this one, but i keep reading about this amazing quad! *arghhhh*
    you look absolutely beautiful wearing these colors. :)

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much Lena! This one for me is really too good to pass!

  • http://www.zibbieko.wordpress.com Zibbie

    I got this quad two weeks ago and I haven’t had the heart to touch it yet!!! HHAHAHAHS.

    • Sunny

      Haha you should take your pictures, close your eyes, and go ahead. I promise you won’t regret it!

  • http://beautycabby.com lyn

    You look absolutely gorgeous and this quad looks so stunning! I can’t wait to dig into mine. Have to take some decent pics first ;-)

    • Sunny

      Thanks Lyn! You should definitely do that!

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