Chanel Elemental (352) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow is a new, neutral quad featuring two matte and two satin-to-pearl shades. For lighter skin tones, the color story could work for a soft, neutral eye that would be hard to overdo–particularly as it ran a bit sheerer and was a little more powdery compared to more recent Chanel quad releases. I felt like the formula sat well well on my skin where the matte shades almost “melted” and looked quite smooth (more so than average). I would recommend wearing this with primer as the formula could have lasted longer.
Chanel Elemental #1 Multi-Effect Eyeshadow
Elemental #1 is a deeper beige with subtle, warm undertones and a pearl finish. It had buildable coverage from semi-opaque to opaque in two layers. The texture was smooth, finely-milled but slightly powdery in the pan, though it wasn’t prone to fallout. It applied evenly and stayed on well for seven and a half hours before fading visibly.
Chanel Elemental #2 Multi-Effect Eyeshadow
Elemental #2 is a light mauve with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It appeared slightly darker in hue when applied to my skin and also read slightly cooler-toned to my eye in practice. The texture was finely-milled, smooth to the touch without being powdery. It actually performed better than I anticipated based on how light it looked in the pan–I anticipated a drier, more powdery formula. It wore well for seven and a half hours before showing signs of fading.
Chanel Elemental #3 Multi-Effect Eyeshadow
Elemental #3 is a muted, medium taupe-brown with warmer undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that was hard to build up, though it was easy to blend out and soften on the eye, so those who prefer sheerer coverage (and who are likely lighter in skin tone) may find this workable. The texture felt firmer and seemed thinner compared to the other shades in the quad, which were more yielding and easier to pick up with a brush. It started to fade noticeably on me after seven hours of wear.
Chanel Elemental #4 Multi-Effect Eyeshadow
Elemental #4 is a medium-dark peach with moderate, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer, buildable pigmentation (up to semi-opaque) with a soft, velvety consistency that was somewhat powdery in the pan. The color went on evenly and didn’t sheer away to nothingness, but I would advise using it with a primer or else enjoying a sheerer application. It lasted nicely for seven hours before fading a bit.