With the latest collection from Chanel - the Nuit Infinie de Chanel Collection - for Holiday/Christmas 2013 hitting counters recently, I was very pleased to find two new and limited edition shades of Illusion D'Ombre's were released. The Illusion D'ombre shadows would have to be one of my favourite products made by Chanel so I could not resist and honestly? I wouldn't even try to resist the call of Chanel and limited edition. It is a very strong pull!
The Illusion D'Ombre shadows are a cream shadow with an almost mousse like consistency. I would consider them one of the best cream shadows on the market - fantastic colours, long wearing and easy to apply. Actually that is pretty much everything I look for in an eyeshadow!
The two shades released for this collection are perfect for the holiday season. Rich tones with beautiful soft sparkles make for a very elegant look for all the special occasions that come with Christmas time.
The shadows come housed in the typical glass pot with a black lid with the Chanel logo imprinted on the top. Also included is a little shadow/liner brush which I didn't even take out of the box, I find it pretty useless with these shadows (application tips down below).
Described as a platinum bronze by Chanel, I find this shade leans to more of a bronze-gold on my skin. This shade is quite glittery so the pigmentation is not as strong on initial application but can be built up. This wears well for a full day on my eyes with minimal fading at the end of the day and no creasing or shifting on the lid. No fall out either from this more glittery shade.
This shade is described by Chanel as silver purple. To me it is more of a medium dark, plummy brown shade. This has more a metallic shine finish than Initiation and definitely less glitter. Pigmentation is good on initial application but can still be built up or sheered down for a more subtle eye look. Again this shade wore well all day with minimal fading by the end of the day but no creasing or shifting on the lid.
I know some people have trouble applying the Illusion D'Ombre's and personally I did too to begin with. I now find the best way to apply is to use your fingers to apply the shadows to the lid area and then use a blending brush to soften out the edges (I like to use a Real Techniques Base Shadow brush or a MAC 217). Then use your pinky finger or a pencil brush to apply to the lower lash line. You get a reasonable amount of time to work with these shadows before they set. No primer is necessary but it never hurts.
Initiation on the left and Fatal on the right. The swatch is pretty accurate but doesn't really show the glitter in Initiation. It is quite a fine glitter though. This is a couple of finger swipes of each shadow to really show the colours. It is easy to get that opacity on the lid and can be sheered down easily too.
Personally I love these shadows and would never hesitate to buy or recommend these. They are just that good. Remember these shades are limited edition so don't think about it too long (meaning just buy them, you won't regret it)!
The Illusion D'Ombre's retail for $48.00 for a 4g pot. These are currently out in the Chanel Beauty Boutiques and I would imagine they are out at other Chanel stockists by now too, if not yet then they will be soon.
Have you tried the Chanel Illusion D'Ombre's?
Would you sport these shades on your lids for the holiday season?