Why did I consider getting this Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Eye Shadow?
I strongly resisted getting these eyeshadows for their price. I know you’re wondering, so I’ll tell you. They’re $34 a pop! Wowza! I’ve never laid down that much green for a single eyeshadow. Ever. If you think about it, $34 bucks can buy you a really nice meal with some wine and dessert! Ok, so the wine and dessert would be extra, but you get my point. I just couldn’t see myself splurging for these bad boys… that is until I saw Lisa Eldridges’s 5 minute face using one of these eyeshadows. It looked so easy to apply, and the colors looked incredible, so I gave in…
Where can you get this?
I got both of these eyeshadows at Nordstrom.com
What did I find in the package?
The eyeshadow comes in a square box as seen in the picture above. Inside is a very good quality glass jar with a screw-on black lid that packs 0.14 oz of eyeshadow. The package also includes a small brush. All very convenient, and for the price, I would expect no less.
Time to try it. What did it do for me?
The texture of this eyeshadow is like nothing I’ve ever used before. It’s a like mix of cream and mousse. Not like a solid cream, but rather a soft, dough-like texture. The consistency and formula of this eyeshadow makes for a very unique experience. It goes into the lid very smooth, with a texture that feels really soft. The color is easy to build up, but the more you blend the more color you will have to apply. It blends very well. The easiest way to apply these is with your own fingers, but you can also use a brush. I found that the color changed depending on how much you apply. The more you apply, the more intense color you get. The colors are beautiful and vibrant.
One thing I liked was that I have a fair amount of time to play with it in my lid until it sets. Once it sets, I haven’t seen any creasing yet, and that’s without using any primer. I don’t feel it’s needed at all. They are really long wear and don’t budge. I’m gonna call it bullet proof eyeshadows. They are also very easy to apply. A five year old could probably apply these without much difficulty (and you know how five year olds love to wear mom’s makeup).
These are the perfect eyeshadows to be worn by themselves. They do have some glitter which stays put and doesn’t get all over the place. I have seen no glitter fallout, so I’m very impressed.
The two colors I got are:
- Épatant (French for amazing) – darkish, smokey green with a hint of gold shimmer/glitter
- Illusoire (French for illusory) – smokey purple/gray over a grayish-brown base with a silvery sheen.
Here are some pictures of the Chanel Illusion D’ Ombre:
What is the Verdict?
Yes, I wish I could own all the colors available of these eyeshadows. They are beautiful, the consistency is unique and they are so easy to apply. I’ve read these may be part of Chanel’s permanent collection and if so I might get more colors at some point next year.