Saturday 14 January 2012

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre - Review

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'This intensely shimmering long-wear eyeshadow offers true versatility. An innovative gel texture that is both soft and cushiony allows it to be worn as eyeshadow or eyeliner. Includes a specially designed shadow/liner brush, developed specifically for this unique formula.' -

Illusion D'Ombre were released as part of the Chanel Fall 2011 collection. There are currently six different shades available. They are
  • 81 Fantasme - white silvery shimmer
  • 82 Emerveille - peachy, brown champagne
  • 83 Illusoire - purple grey
  • 84 Epatant - green silver
  • 85 Mirifique - black with glitter
  • 86 Ebloui - red brown
Each shade comes in a 4g glass pot with an included brush. The packaging is quite stylish with the Chanel 'CC' embossed on the lid.

I currently own two shades; Emerveille and Illusoire. These shadows have an almost strange texture. They are quite spongy to the touch. They are quite thick and feel like a cream. I find these to be highly pigmented with excellent colour payoff. 

 They are quite easy to apply with either your fingers or a brush. Depending on the brush it can be hard to pick up product. I usually apply onto my eyelids with my fingers first and then use a brush to finish off the look.

These shadows dry into a powder like finish. I have found they last all day (around 10 hours) without creasing, fading or smudging. I do not use a primer under these.

Depending on the look you are going for you can apply these quite sheerly or more intensely. I find you can apply just one colour and achieve a really nice smokey eye. When applying you can wait for the shadow to dry and then apply another layer on the same shadow or even a powder shadow.

These shadows could be considered expensive but I believe they are worth the price. For the price you get quite a lot of product and it will last some time. I know, personally that I can't wait to get to a Chanel counter (not til March.. boo) to buy more. Chanel really has a winning product here.

Swatched in natural daylight

Availability: Chanel Beauty Counters
Price: AUD$48.00 each

Do you own any Illusion D'Ombre's? What do you think of them? Do you want to purchase them? Any products you recommend I check out at the Chanel counter?


  1. I really love the look of these. Such gorgeous colours! I might get some later on as I already have a million unused eye shadows. What colour will you get next?

  2. I used mine for the first time today and LOVE. I want to get all of them :). I have never used anything like this :)

  3. I love these. I am planning on buying them all eventually. Just have to get to a Chanel counter again, the closest is 3 hours away :(.

  4. These look super pretty :) how do they compare to the MNY Color Tattoos?


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Stephanie x

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