Annabelle Chai Eyeshadow Quad swatches, review, photos | Beautifully bronzed at the drugstore

Annabelle Chai eyeshadow swatches review

The product: Annabelle Cosmetics Eyeshadow Quad in Chai Chai Chai

This week is kicking my butt, you guys. It’s already Thursday and I’ve barely gotten out of bed because my abdominal muscles hurt so much — they’re so tender that touching them makes my head spin, which: never a good sign.

So, well, let’s talk makeup. I picked out a stellar product from one of my favourite lines today, and hopefully writing about it’ll help cheer me up a bit!

Annabelle eyeshadow quad review Chai

Annabelle Eyeshadow Quad in Chai Chai Chai

The product: Chai Chai Chai includes four gorgeous, super-smooth eyeshadows that are a dream to apply and blend. They’re crazy pigmented for a drugstore product, and apply vividly even without primer, never crumbling or kicking up dust.

The top two shades are a little more frosty than the bottom two, and the chocolate brown (third swatch) is just divine — it’s rich and dense, even more-so over primer, with a beautiful, uninterrupted finish. The darkest brown is a little drier than the rest, but makes up for it with a smattering of silver shimmer that twinkles as you move about.

Annabelle Chai eyeshadow quad swatches

Annabelle Eyeshadow Quad in Chai Chai Chai, swatched dry on unprimed skin

What impressed me most about these shades, I think, was how wearable they are. Yes, the overall feeling of the palette is very bronze, but it’s not so warm that I couldn’t wear it around if I wanted to. (If you love metals or warm colours but can’t always pull them off, this might be a good one to try.)

And, if warm bronze isn’t your thing, these quads come in cooler options, too — stormy grey-blues, cooler taupes, mossy browns, and purple-pinks.

Annablle eyeshadow quad swatches - Chai Chai Chai

Annabelle Chai Chai Chai swatches

The packaging: Where this product flounders (just a little!!) is its packaging. Chai Chai Chai comes with two applicators that are really just too small to be of any use — “crapplicators,” if you will.

It’s also a really hard palette to get open, which is both a positive and a negative: on one hand, it can be frustrating, but on the other, I feel 100% confident just throwing this into my bag, because it’s definitely not going to spring open if jostled the wrong way.

Annabelle Chai Eyeshadow Quad review

The verdict?

Annabelle consistently proves itself to be one of the best budget brands out there, and this quad is no exception. While the particular colour palette of Chai Chai Chai was a little too warm for my preferences (though it worked ok with my colouring), I would absolutely recommend these quads if you’re looking for a great drugstore palette for day-to-day use or travel!

Availability: $10.95 CAD at & in most drugstores across Canada.

Annabelle Chai Chai Chai review swatches

Annabelle Eyeshadow Quad ingredients:

Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Silica, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Phenoxyethanol, Tin Oxide.

+/- Manganese Violet, Mica, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Ultramarines, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Carmine, Black 2, “Blue 1 Lake”

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  • I'm sorry to hear that you're not feeling well. Hope the pain goes away soon! :|

    Honestly, I'm jealous of the Canadian drugstore offerings. I don't think we have anything like this within the same price range. This quad is probably too warm for me but maybe the darkest cool brown anchors down to make it work. Very pretty colors for sure! I'd love to see other quads as well. :D
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    • Thanks, Lena :) I bet Annabelle's Java Jive and Pink-A-Boo quads would look beautiful on you — it's too bad that the brand's so hard to get outside of Canada!

  • This looks so pretty! I wish I could try this brand.
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  • beautyreflections2013

    Awwww, HUGS Rae. I hope you feel better soon.
    This is my favourite quad from Annabelle!
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  • Alison

    It sounds like we're both having one of those weeks, Rae. I'm wishing you all the good health in the world and hope things pick up soon. <3 Like you, I'm a little too pale and too cool-toned to feel comfortable wearing such bronzey colors but this formula sounds completely divine. I just know if I ever get to visit Canada I'm going to have a makeup frenzy at the drugstore thanks to you. <3

    • Yes!! If you ever do, shoot me an email ;) I'd love to recommend some things for you to try out!

      • Maggie

        Oh wow! I've never heard of this brand before! You should totally do a recommended Canadian drugstore brand/products post–I would be all over that for my next visit to Canada!

  • Jen

    Wow!! This is super pretty, and exactly the kinds of colors I always gravitate toward! Also, LOL at "crapplicators."

    I hope you feel better. :)
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    • Amy

      Totally have to agree with Jen, the "Crapplicators" comment had me chuckling! I am sorry for your pain, but thanks for giving us greedy readers something pretty to swoon over!

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      • No problem, Amy! Writing this up definitely helped me take my mind off things, too. ;)

    • Thanks, Jen :) If these are your sorts of colours, I bet you'd love this quad — the quality is definitely there to back up the shades!

  • Helena

    "Crapplicators" is what I will call useless palette extras from now on! Now cool it on the sit-ups. :p

    • :P LOL, Helena. I promise to stop doing sit-ups and start building little plastic houses out of my crapplicator stash instead.

  • mostlysunnybunny

    Hey Rae, so sorry to hear you're in a lot of pain! I hope writing this review helped!

    Tracy actually sent me one of these a while ago (Haute Mer). I've got to crack it open and give it a proper go!
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    • Doooo iiiiit. I'm really curious as to what you'll think of Haute Mer, Sunny!

  • These shades are right up my alley! Hope you feel better soon.

  • Oh Rae I hope you feel better fast!

    I have a duo somewhere (can't remember which) and it didn't work well for me but that was before I got a primer. Might perform better with it. If it does I'll definitely have a closer look at these. :)
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    • Thanks, Hélène :)

      The formula for this quad is actually different from their singles/duos/trios — it's far more pigmented in my opinion, and has a better texture!

  • The colors are soo stunning, they aren't flat and every shade is unique in tone and color! I love brown palettes like this…not just browns that are all a notch lighter or darker than the last! I totally would love a quad from annabelle!

    • Yes!! This has so much more life to it than your typical neutrals palette — the colours are all quite dynamic, both together and alone.

  • natalieheather

    This quad looks amazing! I've never tried any of their eyeshadows, but they look incredible!
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    • Put it on your to-do list, Natalie! These quads are fantastic ;)

  • amandarobots

    This looks straight up my alley – I adore warm neutrals on my skin. I've overlooked Annabelle time and time again; I'm thinking it's time I try the brand out!

    • Hold up. You have access to Annabelle and you haven't tried the line yet?! *mimes slapping you upside the back of your head*

      The next time there's a sale, you NEED to pick up this palette! And their liquid & gel eyeliners are great, too — I'd recommend Black Spark (liquid) and their Smudge Paint gel liners. ;)

  • sylirael

    'Crapplicators' officially made my day :-D The fact that you weren't feeling great while writing this did not :-( I hope things have improved! Sometimes when I overdo it on the cambre back in ballet I twinge my rectus abdominus, and spend three days feeling like someone is skewering me. T_T …My sympathies!

    This is a really pretty palette. I know what you mean about wearability – I don't really go for orangey warm tones, but this palette made me take a second look! I don't think I've seen this brand around here (not a shock in NZ, LOL), but I'd love to poke around the other colours!

    Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go and immediately find as many conversations as possible into which I can casually drop the word 'crapplicators' :-D
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    • :D :D :D but also :(. You guys are the nicest and I 400% don't deserve it.

      Be careful out there in your pointe shoes, syl! Don't let thinking about crapplicators distract you from your form :p

  • Yikes, hope the pain subsides soon!
    I have this palette and it's amazing, so surprising how good the quality is
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    • Thanks, Jas <3 <3

      Also: right??? These palettes are so freakin' good for the price!!

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