Chanel’s eyeshadow quads don’t have a fantastic reputation in the beauty community, but Winter Nights is one of my favourite palettes and I just realised that I’ve never formally reviewed it. As far as I know, it’s only sold in the US, but in my opinion it’s well worth the hunt.
Winter Nights comes in Chanel’s usual sleek black packaging:
Here are the colours. As with any Chanel eyeshadows, the general rule of thumb is that even if the colours look mighty unwearable in the pan, they translate as very ‘safe’ and neutral on the eye:
My palette is rather dusty and well-loved; the sponge-tipped applicators were jettisoned long ago:
The palette contains a taupe, peach, pink, and greenish-brownish-black:
The colours swatched:
If I’m being honest, the peach is *slightly* on the chalky side, but the pink has the same creaminess of the gorgeous taupe. I don’t really use light colours all over the lid, so I prefer to use the peach and pink shadows as an inner-corner highlight, or run underneath the lashline to add some brightness to the eye. As you can see from the photos, the peach and pink are not strong colours, but that’s quite usual in Chanel quadras. It’s the taupe and the green that are the standout colours for me, as I love a smokey eye.
The taupe is buttery-smooth and an utter dream to apply. If you are a taupe fan, the taupe is worth the entire palette. The green shadow is very high-quality too (the same texture as MAC’s Mulch eyeshadow), and I love the depth to it. There are some small gold flecks in the green shadow which you can see in the photo below, but as with all things Chanel, it’s very understated:
The taupe applied to the lid, crease, and lower lash line:
I love to throw on this colour if I’m running out of the house and just need something on my eye:
The green shadow applied to the lid, crease, and lower lash line (I don’t know why these photos are yellow!):
You can see here how dark the green shadow is on its own, but it’s a great look in winter which I really enjoy:
However, my favourite way to wear this palette is with the taupe placed all over the eye first, then the green layered over that. It softens the darkness of the green and makes a very soft, flattering smokey eye:
I forgot the inner corner highlight in the picture below, so you’ll just have to trust my word that they compliment this look very well. You can see the taupe shadow just peeking out from the darker green shadow:
I’ve been wearing this look a lot as the weather cools down. It provides just the right intensity and is so flattering:
You’ll have to forgive the weird photo. It was the best out of a bad bunch, but ironically probably represents my “stressed from the PhD” mood the best!
If you enjoy a smokey eye, this quad is definitely worth checking out. It retails for US $57.