Finally after two weeks of all sorts of “vacation”, I am finally on a slow start to getting back on my groove of things. So to start of, here’s my view on Chanel’s Illusion D’Ombre.
I was initially disappointed when I swatched the new single shadows from the Fall 2012 Les Essentiels de Chanel that I decided to get four of the Illusion D’Ombre to perk my spirits up.
I know that this is nothing new to the beauty world but I’ve been reading about them constantly so when an opportunity presented I immediately thought of these vibrant pots o’color.
According to the Neiman Marcus website:
This intensely shimmering long-wear eye shadow offers true versatility.
An innovative gel texture that is both soft and cushiony allows it to be worn as eye shadow or eyeliner.
Includes a specially designed shadow/liner brush, developed specifically for this unique formula.
The first time I dipped the tip of my finger in the pot you can definitely tell it is straight up gel. And when you press gently, it has a slight give making it “cushiony”. It applies like a gel, smooth with great blendability. It does however dry down pretty quick so it’s best to work quickly to blend it in and smooth out the edges. You can definitely wear it alone or you can wear a lighter shade on the lid and a darker one to smudge out in the lash line. Unlike brushes that comes with solo eyeshadows or palettes, the brush that came with it is actually useful. On me it wears at least 5 hours before it begins to fade. I tested mine on a very warm day and that might have to do with the wear. It didn’t run or smudge despite the mini sweats that form here and there.
On the topic of color, I can’t really pick a favorite because each color has a use for me. For a lid color to coordinate with a glowing skin I would use Emerveille on the lids with a black liner and blacker than black lashes. For a smokey eye to match my mood or what I’m wearing I would use either Ebloui or Illusoire on the lid with Mirifique smudged on the upper and lower lash lines.
To compare it with Armani’s Eyes To Kill Acqua Collection (read about it HERE) both are long lasting with ETK lasting longer by a 3 hours more (8 hours total) before I had to take off for bedtime. At 5 hours I noticed a little bit of fading around the edges on the Illusion D’Ombre, the ETK’s didn’t have any fading before I took it off. For both, I didn’t have problems with creasing. And when I tested both I didn’t wear any primer. Color-wise, I prefer ETK’s because they are more complex with different colored flecks compared to Chanel’s Illusion D’Ombre. Chanel is gel while ETK’s are a hybrid. I have no preference. Both are easy to handle, easy to blend, sets fast and creasing is not an issue.
Are you a cream/gel/hybrid shadow aficionado? Do share your views…