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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