Jun 232011

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Fantasme (#36 #81) reminds me of the first time that I tried on MAC’s Reflects Pearl.  There is a breath-taking level of magical soft pearly sparkle that veils the lid.  Like diamonds on fresh snow, Fantasme catches the light in a gasp-worthy way.

You can wear Fantasme alone over the lid as a sheer wash.  I applied Fantasme with a light finger-pat over another color (Embloui) to try layering.  Unlike MAC Reflects Pearl, which is a loose pigment, I did not experience fall-out problems.  The product stayed where it was placed. As a colorless neutral, Fantasme will work well as a sheer sparkle wash over any color, including the rest of those in the Illusion D’Ombre line.  Note that many of the shades already have microsparkle, and so adding Fantasme will be adding a bit of diamond icing over them.  I haven’t tried Fantasme over any powder or other cream shadows yet, although I’ll update this after trying to do so.

The mousse-gel texture of these seems to skate over (or fill in) any imperfections in the lid.  Unlike more metallic-with-sparkle shades, I do think this can be worn by any age brave enough if used sparingly–perhaps just a tap in the center of the lid over a deeper color.  I was pleased that it didn’t add lines–I’m enjoying this mousse texture.

We can debate the merits of having a high-sparkle shadow in one’s arsenal for weeks, and I respect your views.  If you don’t want some magic in your life, keep going.  I wish to gently point out that you are reading the blog of someone who goes to Paris at every opportunity, so as you can probably tell I like to push things.  This has more sparkle than I’m comfortable using for an every-day brow highlighter.  Used in the inner corner, visible sparkles can be seen. Still, I have hope for myself that there’s room in my life (and therefore my makeup drawer) for 0.14 ounces of illusion.

I’m not kidding myself that this is a PTA-friendly or for a conservative office. It’s a party in a bottle.  I might consider it for a certain type of wedding.  I love having some fun in my makeup collection–I don’t mind a little sparkle for a night out and I suspect I’ll be arm-wrestling Liz over this one.

No one does sparkle as well as Chanel. I’ve said it for years.  Fantasme is no exception.  Chanel has a way of making the extreme acceptable as long as the woman wearing it realizes that she’s on the edge and uses it appropriately.

This can be worn nearly-opaque, I suspect for the most highly dramatic stage or spotlight occasions.  Swatches (heavy opaque on the left, sheered out on the right):


Another Fantasme swatch:

Bottom line–gorgeous for the right occasion.


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  11 Responses to “Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Fantasme: Detailed Review”

  1. These little guys were the only piece I was/am unsure of in this collection. I have difficulty wearing creme/gel like shadows due to creasing and the color generally wearing off by the end of the day. I think I may buy one of these as a test run first. But this color is absolutely magical. Thank you for the detail review Amy.

  2. Amy, do you happen to have the ingredients for this, and could you post them? If you don’t have time, that’s fine – I completely understand. Thank you for the beautiful swatches! It reminds me of a snowglobe, in the best possible way 🙂

  3. Is this a repost? Or a new post? Are you guys back???

    • New post–we’re going to take it slow and see how it goes….

      • great – i love reading the blog and seeing the swatches. i agree with isnotfashion – i don’t need a post everyday, i just love seeing your collection! 🙂

  4. Really? Like adding a diamond icing??? I want it!!! Nice review!

  5. thank you for restoring your old posts and reviewing the fall collection. i personally look forward to your opinion and photos of the major beauty collections. maybe just reviewing the collections as they come and not worrying about posting everyday or every week even could work. i really hope you find a way to keep this blog alive. good luck either way!

    • I think you really hit the nail on the head, isnotfashion. I was trying to establish a cadence that didn’t work for my everyday life. Thank you for your lovely comment.

  6. That is simply stunning. It’s one of those things I’d love to own just for the sheer joy of playing with it! Thank you so much for sharing.

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