Sorry for the lack of updates recently. The gloomy weather has made most of my photos turn out unusable, so I have piles of product ready to review, but no photos to show for it! I may need to invest in a lightbox soon— anyone have any recommendations?
Anyway, I finally picked up the Chanel eyeshadow quad in Prelude from the Fall collection. Originally it was a hard debate for me between the Topkapi quad from the Byzance collection (reviewed here) and Prelude, but I chose Topkapi because it was LE. I felt that the two quads, both being neutral and having taupe and brown shades, were rather interchangeable in my collection. Now that I own both, I definitely feel that they are very different.
Prelude is a cool-toned palette, with four neutral-grey shades (From top right corner):
- Neutral off-white with a sheer finish
- Intense dark brown/grey with purplish undertones
- Taupey light grey with a creamy but sheer finish
- Sheer medium grey with slight blueish iridescence
Although the shades are slightly warmer in the pan than your standard grey palette, it reads neutral-cool on my warm skin. I found the colors to be very flattering on me, and also found all shades to be usable. It can be tough to wear true greys on warm-toned skin due to the typical blue undertones, but all the shades in Prelude are very wearable. Compared to Topkapi, this quad applies as a greyish smoky eye rather than a brownish one. Each shade also has a semi-matte finish, with very little shimmer.
However, I found the pigmentation to be a little lacking in this palette. I expected creamy and intensely-pigmented shadows that are easy to blend (perhaps I was spoiled by Topkapi), but all of the shades in Prelude applied a little more sheerly than I expected. The formula was also a little less creamy than I expected, with the darker shades needing a little more blending than Topkapi or my Burberry shadows.
I found the white shade (1) to be the sheerest, as it barely showed up on my browbone. The taupe color (3), which I use as a base color, also pretty much disappears into my skintone. Most of the color impact from this palette comes from the medium grey (4), which gives me a pretty, subtle smoky grey eye when applied to the lid and crease. I didn’t find the dark grey (2) to be intense enough to be an eyeliner shade, which was also disappointing.
Still, despite my gripes about the pigmentation, I love the overall effect that this palette gives— a soft, wearable neutral look with grey undertones. It looks great on a wide variety of skintones due its neutral base. My mom also owns this palette, and it looks great on her as well.
If you are looking for something wearable and classic, and don’t mind the sheer pigmentation, I highly recommend Prelude. It is a wonderful addition to Chanel’s permanent line, and I hope they continue to release such universal palettes in future collections.
Buy online from Chanel for $57