I bought Chanel’s ‘Dreams’ Quad some time ago, and to be honest it hasn’t had much use. It looks so pretty in the pan, but when you actually start using the colours, you realise that all is not as it seems:
Now there are Chanel quads in my collection that I love: Winter Nights, Smokey Eyes, Demure, Spices etc. But I’ve always felt as if this limited edition quad just didn’t measure up to the rest. Add to this the fact that even heavily applied makeup on my eyes and face can turn out a ‘natural look’, and you have a quad that I don’t reach for that often.
The lavender colour is pretty, but so sheer that you can barely see it. It also fades after about an hour’s wear, even with a primer. The yellow is a very subtle highlighter, but I prefer a stronger highlight most days. The brown is the standout shadow of the bunch for me. It’s creamy, easy to work with, and works well on my blue eyes. The black, however, needs to be handled with caution. It makes a good liner, but if you’re trying to use it in the crease, you can end up looking like you have two black eyes if you’re not incredibly careful.
Fortunately, Holly (Beatideas) recently sent me Viz-a-Violet pigment by MAC:
Oh how grateul I am for this pigment. Used on the lid and the crease before I use this quad, these Chanel shadows behave as they should. They are vibrant, have great staying-power, and have more shimmer than they did before.
I’m sure some of you looking at the swatch above think that Viz-a-Violet pigment is far too strong to take the place of the humble lavender in the quad, but trust me, my eyes have a way of making quite bold colours look muted. Observe:
MAC’s Viz-a-Violet pigment applied all over the lid, crease, and lashline.
You get a clearer sense of the colour of Viz-a-Violet pigment here.
The rest of the Chanel Dreams quad shadows added. Brown in the crease, yellow to the browbone and black to the outer v.
Revlon Colorstay Liquid Liner in Blackest Black and Covergirl Lashblast in Very Black.
See? All that makeup and everything still looks so lightly applied! Gah.
I’ve added Maybelline’s Mineral Power Blush in Moonlight Mauve, Dior Amber Diamond Highlight, and MAC’s Angel lipstick.
So there you have it. I can finally use my ‘Dreams’ quad, and I’m pleased about it. I love collecting makeup, but I like to use everything I have as much as possible.
You can still buy Chanel’s Dreams quad on Ebay from beauty-e-scentuals-826 for USD $42.99 plus $14.99 shipping, and MAC’s Viz-a-Violet pigment is available from cmalaika for USD $24.88 plus $9.00 shipping.