May 262011

Chanel Autumn/Fall 2011 will feature an Illusion D’Ombre theme, which has been previously discussed on Cafe Makuep (they had me at “smoking lava”). We now have more complete information about the entire collection.

[Edit–Cafe Makeup has now done detailed reviews of these items.  See our overview and final recommendations at this link!).


First, there are six shades of a whipped gel eyeshadow, Illusion D’Ombre, which have a shimmery effect:

Illusion d’Ombre in Fantasme:

Illusion d’Ombre in Emerveillé:

Illusion d’Ombre in Ebloui:

Illusion d’Ombre in Epatant:

Illusion d’Ombre in Illusoire:

Illusion d’Ombre in Mirifique:

Le Crayon Yeux in Khaki Platine:

Joues Contraste in Rose Écrin:

Les 4 Ombres in Prélude:

Lèvres Scintillantes (Glossimer) in Pampille and Braise and Crayon Lèvres lip pencils in Rose Cuivré and Coralline:

Rouge Coco Plumetis and Rouge Coco Étole:

Le Vernis nail polish in Graphite, Peridot and Quartz:

Swatches of these shades are here at Sophy Robson:

Some of you may recall this video in which Chanel Makeup Genius Peter Philips explains the collection:

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  38 Responses to “Chanel Fall 2011 Makeup Preview: Illusion D’Ombre”

  1. Do you know when the Chanel Ombres Tissees in beiges will be coming out?

  2. So…um yeah. I’ll be purchasing every single item from this collection. I mean, my son doesn’t really need new’s the summer. he can go barefoot for a while right? LOL Just kidding! Thanks for the drool worthy photos Amy!

  3. OMG thank you! I need one of everything.

  4. Wow Peridot looks amazing! Thanks for the info.

  5. OH MY GOD. Péridot looks AMAZING!!!!

  6. Omg yes!!! I was lemming kaska beige but I think I’ll wait to see how this looks. I wonder if the shadows are similar to armani’s.

    Any idea when the other items from byzantin will appear in stores?

    • The Nordstrom I go to in downtown Seattle is getting the collection June 17th

      • Are you sure this isn’t the Byzantine collection? That would be really early for Fall, wouldn’t it?

        • based on the color of the blush and the palette, I think it’s different. From the link you posted up earlier, the picture shows a reddish and gold JC. The e/s seem to be different colors as well. Nicolle, do you happen to have a Chanel SA I could e-mail there? 🙂

          • Byzantine has a red and gold blush.

          • Nicolle, I echo Xiao’s request for your Chanel SA’s email/name — the Chanel counter nearest me have not even heard of the Byzantine collection — I had to show them Amy’s post on my phone. 🙂

          • She does not have an email address but call the downtown Nordstrom and ask for the Chanel counter, and then ask for Phyllis. I just called and she is working now. She said she can take phone orders.

            The # is 206-628-2111

        • I was referring to the Byzantine collection 🙂

  7. I love the quad and eyeliner!! Thanks for posting the exciting news

  8. Amazing – so glad you posted this! I love it all — but the nail colors are really catching my eye:)

  9. Love the blush and I’m curious to see how the gel eyeshadow will work. That eyeliner in Khaki Platine looks fantastic as well. Beautiful collection. Thank for posting pics Amy!

  10. OH NO!!! I thought I was going to get away without wanting too much from this collection. WRONG! Oh boy!

  11. Amy-
    OMG LOVE!! I want everything!! I need to get a p/t job to support my Chanel addiction..LOL!!

    Thanks so much for posting! You’re awesome!

  12. Why do you do this to us? What did we ever do to you? =P

    I think I might need almost everything from this collection. The whipped gel eyeshadows look amazing, a little similar to the Giorgio Armani shadows but it doesn’t matter I still think I will need all six. Thanks for letting me know early to start saving my money!

  13. Okay, the Rouge Coco Shines were my first ever Chanel purchases and every collection since has made me go house poor! Haha! These look amazing. Must have the quad and blush, and I’m very interested to see the liner! Currently waiting for my Rose Platine to arrive from Neiman, can’t wait!

  14. Wow! As I was scrolling though the pictures, I just kept saying, “Oh My God! Oh My God!” July is certainly going to be an expensive month for many of us $$$ I love how this extraordinary collection of understated elegance draws upon the darker, smokier, slightly burnished side of the autumnal color palette to such great effect. It’s simply brilliant.

    I was especially curious about Prélude after hearing Philips describe it as a set of shadow colors. Shadow colors? Just what did that mean? I didn’t find his description particularly promising, but when I saw the picture, I was blown away by the smokey warmth of the quad. As for the rest of the collection, as I said, July is going to be an expensive month!

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  16. Oh. My. Gosh. I love EVERYTHING!!!! I’m so excited! My Chanel rep is coming to the counter today to show me the gel eyeshadows. I’m going to swatch them and post them on Makeupalley later tonight. Weeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!
    I want that blush and lippies too!!!!

    Thank you Amy!!!! (I have a feeling if we lived close, we would be BFFs!!!)

    • I’d love to post your swatches here too if you like. I’m at cafemakeup(at) if you like to send them.

      • Oh, yes please, Sondra! Let Amy also post the swatches. This collection is too good to keep secret 🙂

  17. OMG the new shadows and the polishes! Can’t wait!

  18. Do the colors of the potted shadows remind people of the spring ombres perlee palette..? They look very similar to me.
    Amy – would you happen to know if the byzantine collection is going to hit stores or just online only? (assuming they show up sometime around june)

    • AZ-Yes, the shades are similar to the Ombres Perlees aren’t they? I understand that only Chanel boutiques and studios will get it. If it is like Soho, online will have it too.

  19. The single shadows are the same as the spring quint!!!! And it’s the one I’m using more these days, but….

  20. I can’t wait to try the whipped gel eyeshadows. I’m curious as to how the texture will feel and what the staying power will be

  21. My birthday is in July, this is perfect timing for Chanel to release this collection. Oh my goodness, this looks like a home run! Thanks for posting this.

  22. Oh no! This collection is gorgeous, and there are so many items! I am officially on a makeup no-buy until this collection comes out, because I want one of EVERYTHING! I just adore Peter Phillips, even though he seems intent on bankrupting me. 🙂

  23. This is so beautiful – all those rosy lipcolors! 🙂 I’m intrigued by the eyeshadow texture, I really hope they’ll release that formula in more neutral shades of ivory, taupe, etc.

  24. What an amazing collection, must start saving!

  25. Oh, this collection is gorgeous! I’m very curious about the gel eyeshadows, they look very interesting. Amy, do you happen to know if these are limited or a permanent addition to the line?

  26. Wow, the new collection is gorgeous! I love the shades in Les 4 Ombres in Prélude — I think there might finally be a Chanel quad that works for me . . .

    But the real excitement is for the nail polishes. Although I think Graphite is the only one I could pull off, the other shades look incredible. I can’t wait!

    By the way, glad to see you are back and posting! This update is great 🙂

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