Jun 222011

For the Chanel Couture Fall 2001 runway show, Chanel Makeup Director and Awesome Genius Peter Philips debuted the Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Long Wearing Eyeshadows ($36 each), from which the above picture was taken. This name translates to “the Illusion of Shadow” although I believe that these shadows more likely resemble the illusion of light.

It has been over a decade since Chanel has newly released a series of cream eyeshadows. These have a gel-like texture. Shu Uemura aficionados may recall some jelly eyeshadows released several years ago as a limited edition series–the feel of these is a bit like those. If you push on the products, it springs back into shape. These are packed into 0.14 oz/ 4g glass pots with gorgeous black Chanel logo lids.

Indulge me while I post a view of my favorite pictures–I’ve been waiting for these for months and I wanted to revel in their gorgeousness a bit…

Each one comes backed with a small synthetic brush. I’d try this brush for application, at least to start. Unless you are Peter Philips, in which case you should know that Cafe Makeup thinks that you totally rock.

The lids are really off now! I will note that the brushes seems very well-designed to control the product. You can use the brush on the flat end to deposit color all over the lid or the edge to line. I just used a light finger-touch to apply two as a layered wash and that seemed to work well–a very light patting motion with almost no pressure deposited a visible (although not opaque) layer of product.

You can see the texture and the dome shape, here with the color names:


From the side, you can see that the product sits mostly in the upper portion of the pot to maximize your access to it. Also, the glass on the bottom gives the product a nice, heavy and stable base for your makeup table. It feels very luxurious.

You can see the multidimensionality of the product…

First swatches indoors with soft flash:


I’ll be doing more detailed reviews of these during the week. I’m also hoping that Liz can join me over the weekend to do some looks. Show her some love on Twitter @liznotlis so she’s persuaded to help us out….

Another indoor with flash:

Outdoors in full sun–you can see that several colors add some micro shimmer sparkle:

Ingredient list (from Mirifique):  Isododecane, polysilicone-11, calcium sodium borosilicate, talc, polymethysilsesquioxane, petrolatum, butyl acrylate/hydroxypropyl, dimethicone acrylate copolymer, phenoxyethanol, tin oxide, silica [+- (may contain) CI 75470 (carmine), CI 7707 (ultramarines), CI 77163 (bismuth oxychloride), CI 77288 (chromium oxide greens), CI 77289 (chromium hydroxide green), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (iron oxides), CI 77510 (ferric ferrocyanide), CI 77742 (manganese violet), CI 77891 (titanium dioxide), mica]

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  56 Responses to “Chanel Illusion D’Ombre: First Look and Swatches”

  1. I am SO glad that you are back! Your tastes in makeup are very similar to my preferences so I always look forward to reading about your opinion. I cannot wait to try Epatant 🙂

  2. I am very interested in how these wear and the crease factor. I love you Liz 🙂 I’d love to see how they look on you as we have very similar coloring. Reading back through reviews I was persuaded to pull out my Pink Teaser Glossimer today.

    • I LOVE Pink Teaser! It is one of my favourite glossimers! Hopefully some more pigmented ones will be released soon!

    • At Macy’s I tried Emerveille yesterday top of my Urban Decay Primer Potion. It creases after few (4~5) hours. But the color is gorgeous and it blends well with other powder eyeshadows I was wearing. It made totally different look. So, I’m getting Emerveille today! I will try other colors as well.

  3. Thank you for these lovely swatches! I look forward to the rest of your reviews and I would love to see some of the looks on Liz.
    I understand and respect your decision regarding this site, but I must say I have missed you!

  4. You’re finally back! I miss you! Eye shadows are goregous, I’ll buy them all.

  5. Thanks for the swatches. You’re very close to my skintone so I always appreciate them and am looking forward to the rest and your thoughts on this collection. Hope you’ll consider posting from time to time in the future. 🙂

  6. Thank you so much for taking the time to share this with us!! You are always so helpful to me when I need to place my order online. I have been struggling more than usual with this collection as well.

  7. I am sooo excited to see you are back!! I check your blog everyday without fail and was devastated when it was no longer there. I know it is time consuming to keep up with a blog like this but I am sooo appreciative and grateful that you have started to post again.
    Thank you for all of the time and effort you and Liz put into this site!! You definitely have the BEST beauty blog on the internet! 🙂
    ….Oh and yes these eyeshadows look amazing. I will definitely be getting them all 🙂

  8. What a Nice surprise, it is so Nice to read you again. I really missed you and really hope that you will consider posting from Time to Time. Regarding these eyeshadows, I am passing they are too shimmery and glittery, but I ordered the Prélude Quad and the eye pencil. Looking forward to your review of the two Rouge Coco.

  9. I am so thankful that you are back! I adore your pictures, point of view, tone, etc. You are a treasure in the beauty blogging world!

  10. Are you back? I couldn’t be happier about your return!!! Looking forward to your superb (lemming-creating) pictures and honest reviews.

  11. Yay, you are back! I missed you already 🙂
    Love your swatches and I might think I’ll get Epatent.

  12. I already know that Chanel is a very high quality line except my only issue with cream shadows is it tends to crease and crack. I rarely wear creams.

    I am so glad your back. I was so sad when you said you were closing down cafemakeup and am glad you are still blogging. I wanted to comment on some of your other posts but comments were turned off.

    whats your trick to stop cream shadows from creasing?

    have you thought of joining a site called tumblr to blog? its free and its nice as a just for fun type of blog.

  13. i’m so glad you’re back… i was seriously thinking your blog was gone!

  14. I was very depressed when you were gone. When I received my email notification today from Cafe Makeup, I couldn’t believe it. Welcome back. Can’t wait to see the swatches and also wondering how that compared to Armani’s Eyes to Kill Intense.


  15. c’est magnifique! Amy – do you by any chance have the other pieces of Byzantine? I’m stalking Chanel for the Topkapi quad….

    • I keep hearing that they will be released any day now. I do not have them yet–you can get on a waitlist at Norstrom Seattle (call Tressa)–they will be getting all of the items–or Chanel Soho. I’m going to tweet @cafemakeup the moment they become available from any of my sources. Let me know if you see them online so we can all know too?

  16. I am SO glad you are back! Please, don’t do that again! 🙂

  17. Amy, it is such a pleasant surprise to see new posts from you! I don’t usually comment on blogs but was so disappointed when you closed Cafe Makeup, and bummed that I couldn’t comment to say you and Liz were greatly appreciated and would be missed. I am glad to see you are back for now, and hope Liz is able to model some looks. I will understand if time does not allow for regular posts, but I look forward to seeing the fall collection and will remain hopeful for more in the future. Take care!

  18. I’m so happy to see you back, I really appreciate all of the pics/reviews. You were definitely missed!!

  19. Amy-
    I was just thinking of you today when my Chanel Fall goodies arrived. I thought there is no way Amy can not post about her beloved Chanel and this collection is so unique! I am having so much fun playing with all the colors.
    I hope Liz has time to model these shadows. I have a hard time using cream shadows and could really use some advice.

    So, so happy you are back!! Your blog is the best and you share my love a Chanel !

  20. Very glad to see you again, Amy! Your wonderful input and photos were missed by so many people.

  21. So glad to see your posts, I hope your return is permanent! I really missed your insightful writing and lovely photos.

  22. oh, Iam so glad you are back!!!!

    I played with these last week in the store and I loved Epatand, however I think the Spring Les Perles palette gives very similar and better, nicer look so I decided to pass. I think it was too much chunky glitter on my eyes.

    I can not wait until you will review other items.
    I already have Rose Ecrin, Prelude quad, nail polishes and some lippies and have been wearing them for couple of days now, pretty much since I got them I haven’t been wearing anything else, LOVE Rose Ecrin!!!!

  23. Also on the picture do you know what is model wearing on her lips?
    I have Plumetis and I dont think that’s what it is.

  24. Hi Amy !

    I am a 22 year old gal who recently got into makeup ! Like 9 months back I guess !
    And I have a few blog sites on my bookmark page ( few – about 60 )

    AT THE TOP OF THAT BOOKMARKS IS YOUR SITE followed by temptalia and mbb !

    I canNOT tell you how much I missed you !

    THIS has become my first priority everyday in the morning as soon as I wake up, I rush to my laptop and check the site,

    You have taught me a LOT about makeup.

    Yes, people can scoff when they hear that and say ‘It’s just makeup” but I have come to love this SO much that now I just can’t seem to love anything as much as this ( And i was previously into a lot of other stuff like books, music and am a straight A student too)

    I stay in India and I actually don’t have most of these luxury brands here !
    I ask my friends who stay abroad to get them for me !

    You have been a friend/inspiration to a lot of gals like me Amy !

    I just can’t thank you enough !

    You rock !

    • Thank you for your sweet comment, Swathi!! 🙂 I’m glad to hear that you enjoy the site! (now keep up those A’s though!!) (pssst I know you are!) Giving you a great big hug across the oceans….

  25. Oh Amy!! These are gorgeous. LIZ – WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!! Please!!!!! We really appreciate you guys taking a mini break from your break to show us such lovliness!

  26. I really, really, really missed you, dear Amy! Was so lost without your blog for the past weeks. haha….
    You really take the best photography on products. And I want to say thank you to you and Liz for your time and efforts to share ‘beauty’ with us. May you both be always happy and well.

  27. Wonderful to see you back… I was gutted when you said you were closing. Yes, I agree with Jackie, I am a Chanelaholic, and will never get into re-hab! I know that you are not doing Chanel skincare, but have I have heard that they are bringing out a Chanel Sublimage cleanser. Not sure when it is comming out and the sales assistant isnt either, but I am told it is for sure. Are you able to find out? Can’t wait to see their Christmas collection :-)) . Keep it comming, its all good !

  28. Mirifique is the only shade that stands out. The others are very similar to Ombres Perlees de Chanel. Are they similar in texture?

    • Sabrina at The Beauty Look Book did a comparison. I find the Illusion D’Ombre quite different in texture–more pigmented and with microsparkle in several of the shades. If you recall their first release of their Ombre D’eau colors, they used many of these same tones–burgundy, khaki, mauve-taupe. I think of these as very “Chanel colors.” The overall look is more intense and dramatic compared to the Spring Ombre Perlees.

      I’ll try my best to do my own I’llusion D’Ombre comparison with the Ombres Perlees next week.

  29. Amy, so thrilled you are back! Nothing even begins to compare to your blog. I have already ordered all the fall CHANEL, and I was waxing nostalgic about what your blog might have said about this collection. Now I will know for sure. Thank you.

  30. When I saw “Cafe Makeup” in my inbox my heart skipped a beat. Could it be? YES!!!! I fist pumped the air and couldn’t help give a little cheer (at work!) My coworkers gave me a strange look but I just shrug it off. You are back and even if it’s just for a short while, I will take whatever I can get. I feel most in tune with your and your blog. Your Paris posts inspired me to try products I had never heard of. And I couldn’t be more pleased. Your devotion, time, energy and resources have not gone unappreciated. I thank you & your daughter from a most grateful heart.

    • Aw you are so sweet Sondra–we’ll do what we can! I cannot promise the same level of frequency always tho!

  31. So very glad you returned! What made you jump back in??? I love your beauty blog and enjoy your color comparisons. Extremely helpful!. Your information is so reliable. I have bought so many items reviewed on your site. Welcome back and thanks!

  32. Holy cow you’re back! Whew, thank gosh! Thanks for making the return 🙂

  33. I love ur site. I am soooooooooo glad u r back!!! Your reviews are incredible. Please keep going.

  34. Welcome back, Amy. As you can tell from the overwhelming response, you’ve been missed not just for your superlative reviews, comprehensive knowledge, and gorgeous true-to-life pictures, but first and foremost for the generous spirit and warm friendship that is always served up at Café Makeup.

  35. Oh!!!! Im so so so glad your back even if it is only once in awhile posts.. I had recently found your blog and quickly devoured all your wonderful posts. I too, like many others, was devastated to see it had closed. Thank you so much for all you do! Your blog is one of the few that i felt really cares about her readers

  36. Thanks for the gorgeous swatches, and yay for being back!

  37. I’m so glad Cafe Makeup is back (my wallet may disagree but it can zip up and shut up!)! lol I always look forward to your posts and these shadows are amazing. I love epatante so much I want to buy a back up (and that’s very rare for me to do). go Chanel!

  38. I’m really happy you came back updating this fabulous blog! Yours is my favourite, ever!
    Keep it up and thanks for the swatching of these, I like Mirifique, I’ll pick that up!


  39. Welcome back! I never erased the bookmark for your URL. I guess I was always hoping that at some point you’d come back to continue to post your unique reviews. Hooray! I am enjoying using Epatant and the Khaki Platine pencil. I look forward to your views on the rest of the collection.

  40. […] Café Makeup shares with us some of the first close-up looks of the beautiful Chanel Illusion D’Ombre eye shadows for fall. […]

  41. I adore your blog, so so glad to see it back. Can’t wait to get my hands on some goodies from this Chanel line. Everything looks so great!

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