Beat the Monday Blues with Chanel Fascination Les 4 Ombres!

Chanel Fascination review

Before I tried Chanel Fascination Les 4 Ombres (41, RRP in Belgium: 49,50 euros), if you had told me I would even remotely like how gray and blue look on me, I would say you’re crazy. None of these is my favorite shade. In fact, I have been avoiding them all my life. I was afraid that gray would make my skin tone look dull, and blue might look too 60’s. I was fully prepared to try Chanel Fascination Les 4 Ombres on and tell you guys it is a good quad, but I wish it wouldn’t look so odd on me. Well I didn’t have to, because Fascination is such a sophisticated and modern way to wear blue, and I am entirely smitten!

Chanel Fascination quad

Chanel Fascination Les 4 Ombres 41

Chanel Fascination Les 4 Ombres is my first standard Chanel quad (my first Chanel quad is Harmonie du Soir, which has a different formula). I am aware that Chanel has two versions of their quads, namely a regular pressed version for the US and the baked one for the rest of the world. I have also heard that the “rest of the world” version tends to be sheer and produce fallout (a common culprit for baked eyeshadows), so I approached it with caution. Of course with one single quad there is no way of telling how I would feel about the others, but this version of Fascination does not disappoint!

Chanel Fascination 41

Fascination comes with a shimmery blue-teal with a slight gray undertone, a satin light gray, a satin steel gray, and a blackened teal with some shimmer. When I swatched the quad, I was a bit worried about the blue-teal. It didn’t seem to be opaque from the get-go, and I wasn’t sure if the shimmer would be messy. However, it turned out to perform well on the lids. I barely had any building up to do to make it look vibrant, and there was no trace of fallout at all. The other three shades are soft and fine to the touch, and the color payoff is excellent. All four shades blend into each other extremely easily, including the highly pigmented blackened teal. I have no issue with wear either. Over a primer, Fascination lasts all day. Do note that I systematically use a primer, so I seldom have wear issue with pressed shadows in general.

Here is the swatch:

Chanel 41 Fascination Les 4 Ombres  swatch

I think that Chanel eyeshadows are by nature different from the ones from for example Urban Decay. Fascination is smooth with great color payoff, but if you are expecting something extraordinarily “creamy” and opaque, you won’t be in your happy place with this one. However, I think a big part of the reason why I appreciate this quad so much is because it has a certain subdued quality about it. It’s easy to work with, and you can make it as bold and as office-friendly as you like. In terms of shade combination, Fascination is a brilliantly versatile quad!

For the look, I first used the light gray all over my lids as a base. I added the teal on the inner half, steel gray on the outer half, and the blackened teal in the outer v and into the crease. I highlighted my inner corners with the light gray and went over the gel liner on my lower lash line with the blackened teal.

I used Chanel Rose Initiale on my cheeks, Chanel Notorious to contour, Chanel Poudre Signée de Chanel Illuminating Powder to highlight. Since the eyes are rather cool-toned, I wanted to have a bit more warmth on my lips. I ended up mixing Chanel Fantasque Rouge Allure with Guerlain Ballade Rouge Automatique.

Chanel Fascination blue


Chanel Fascination quad 41 EOTD


Chanel Fascination FOTD

Bottom line: The shade combination and quality make Chanel Fascination Les 4 Ombres a wonder quad. It’s easy to work with, and you can make it as office/daytime appropriate or dramatic and sultry as you want. The shades do lean cool, and I think girls with neutral/cooler undertones will be able to use them more effortlessly. However, I pull them off just fine with my warm undertone, so I would say it depends more on what you pair with the quad!

Has Chanel Fascination Les 4 Ombres made its way to your local counter? Would you wear gray and blue? If you wear colors in these color families a lot, what do you pair with them? I could definitely use some pointers!

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

Mostly Sunny disclosure

  • Tracy@Beauty Reflections

    I just got this and LOVE it! It looks lovely on you!

    • Sunny

      Yaay I can’t wait to see how it looks on you!

  • Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    You always do the prettiest looks, Sunny! Bravo!! 😀

    • Sunny

      Aww thanks Becca! I was actually REALLY worried it wouldn’t come together. Not my usual shades you see 😉

  • Chris El

    This is such a gorgeous quad and it looks amazing on you Sunny!

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much, Chris! I’m beginning to believe blue does flatter brown eyes 😉

  • beauties

    goes perfect with your outfit :)

    • Sunny

      Thanks! I thought they’d go well. Would probably be weird if I paired the quad with, I dunno, a red top 😉

  • Claire

    I think the colours look nice on you Sunny. Looking too 60s is better than 80s? no? at least for me, haha. As for the baked and pressed nuggets: I like my baked quads, and don’t have any problems with them. I use them wet and the pigmentation is great that way. Overall, I think, you can’t compare baked textures to pressed ones. They are different in touch and the shimmer looks differently.

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much, Claire! Thanks for your insight on the whole baked/pressed quads as well. If I could choose I would probably go with the pressed version, but my experience with Fascination certainly isn’t bad! I swatched the other quad today (Seduction) and all four shades are so smooth and pigmented! There definitely is hope for the baked ones!

  • Joyce (bronzerbunny)

    this looks great on you! in college i had a blue quad from chanel that i loved! i gave it to my best friend from college last year lol. ANYWHO! woo for colors working on your skintone!

    • Sunny

      Thanks Joyce! I still am really surprised! I think it has to be paired right, but it can be done!

  • Anne

    It’s a lovely look for a lovely quad. I already own Guerlain Les Gris which seems similar in spirit, so I’m not really interested in that Chanel (nor do I have the money right now anyway), but I’m very pleased to read that the baked formula can perform this well. I own Chanel Eclosion in the baked formula and I love it to pieces because the colours suits me just perfectly, but while I find it good overall quality-wise, it should be excellent at this price-point (I also have Prelude in the US formula -a friend bought it for me-, and the texture feels so smooth…). When I swatch other quads at the counter, I’m taken aback by the poor quality more often than not. Although Raffinement seemed really good when I swatched it, so you give me hope!

    • Sunny

      Hey Anne, I think it probably depends. The other quad that came out with this collection (Seduction) was SO smooth and pigmented when I swatched it today. I know that if you use them wet (they’re baked so they should work well wet) they become more intensely pigmented and shimmery, but I can understand how some people don’t want to do that!

  • Sofia

    Thanks for the review including how you percieve the quality :) Plus it looks pretty on you!

    • Sunny

      You’re welcome, Sofia! I am really surprised that these colors actually work for me!

  • Chiara


    I’m the Italian girl from twitter that want to see the Seduction Quad!

    I love this look! Do you think it’ll be pretty on hazel/dark green eyes?

    Tks, kisses!


    • Sunny

      Hey Chiara! I actually think anyone can pull of anything if they want to! You should at least swatch Fascination and see how you feel about it in general. There are many different ways to wear this quad, so you should be able to find color placements that suit you the best!

      • Chiara

        Thank you Sunny! I’ll surely swatch that palette! You look really good with blue!


  • Rose

    That palette looks lovely on you! I just found out that my Chanel counter may not be carrying this collection after all!! I am on the hunt for this collection so badly, as I already know I want at least 3 of the items! (I’m in the US.) I too was afraid of blues on my eyes (dark brown) for a long time till I thought I would give it a go a few years back. Now, blue or purple smokey eyes are my go-to look if I’m going for a bit of drama.

    • Sunny

      Hey Rose! I’m so sorry to hear this collection might not make it to the US. I do know it’s already available in Canada though. Maybe it’s possible for you to arrange the items to be shipped over? I used not to believe I can pull blue off. I practically ran from anything remotely blue! This collection has give me a great opportunity to try something blue for the first time, and now I know it’s possible after all!

  • Taylor

    Hi.. I avoid blue shadow as well, I’ll go for touches like in a mascara of a liner. I do think that Chanel has executed it very tastefully. The formula looks lovely, I have heard people complain about the different formulas. I think that Chanel shadows and diors are or people looking for a more subtle look, not the drama of UD.. I don’t think they’re very compatible.
    Gorgeous as always Sunny :-)

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much Taylor! I do think liners are the best way to start playing with a new color. If you start from a little bit on the lower lash line and like it, you might end up having enough courage to wear it on your lids as well! I don’t really have a taste for anything too sheer and shimmery, but Fascination and the Dior eyeshadows I’ve tried are just fine!

  • Angela @ The Unprofessional Beauty Blog

    This looks beautiful on you. I think I’ll have to skip this because I think I have about 12345789 other similar shades already.

    • Sunny

      Haha OK that’s a good reason to skip. I don’t own ANY and I’m just so happy that some blues do work on me!

  • Teri

    Oh those teal colours work really good on you! I’m amazed how well you wear it (you seem to wear anything well tho!) because that grey/blue shade is def a bit trickier to use!

    • Sunny

      Thanks Teri! I still am surprised about how this quad looks on me. I totally thought there was NO way this would look remotely OK on me!

  • wtmontana

    I’m not a fan of this colour quad but it looks gorgeous on you!!

    • Sunny

      Thanks! I would totally have said that before trying it on, but now I’m weirdly proud I can actually wear blue 😉 Not that it’ll become my go-to color, but it’s nice to know I have the option!

  • Beauty Box

    Hi! I love how elegant this quad looks on you. It seems like a very versatile palette that can take you from a subtle day time look to a chic smokey eye in the evening. That’s why I love Chanel quads so much…They have just four amazing little colours that can make it work for you in most situations. I love UD too but I find their shadows to be too pigmented (too much of a good thing?) sometimes and have to be super careful about picking up too much colour. I don’t always want to have a smokey eye lol!

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much, Yu Ming! I know exactly what you mean. I have monolids, so while I do want to define my outer v and bring it into my “crease,” I cannot afford to have a harsh line there. With UD sometimes it is a problem, but even this super blackened teal was blended out in the blink of an eye!

  • Dominique

    It’s really gorgeous on you ! I found the quad this morning at Sephora ( I really didn’t expect to find it ! ), great. I think it’s very subtle and classy.

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much, Dominique! It is a very sophisticated way to wear blue. Nothing outdated!

  • Jacqueline

    What a lovely look Sunny. I have a weaknesses for blues and this looks like such a lovely wearable quad.

    • Sunny

      Thanks Jacqueline! You have to check this one out if you like blue!