Jun 232011

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Long Wearing Eyeshadow in Mirifique ($36 #85) is part of Chanel Fall 2011’s release of cream-gel eyeshadows.  You can read my overview of the line here.

Mirifique is a very intense deep back with multidimensional color that comes from microsparkle. I’m picking up touches of blue, although this color is quite subtle.  This is a very flattering liner.

The gel-like texture of these works beautifully as a liner. I found that it looked sexy because it can be easily smudged when first applied.  I used the enclosed brush, and wiggled it a bit during application to avoid a harsh too-defined line.  It could be applied very precisely right at the lash base. Because of the microsparkle, I did not bring the color all the way to my waterline– I tend to avoid using anything with sparkle that close to my eye for safety reasons and because I wear contact lenses. I used this for 14+ hours yesterday as a liner (through an hour of oral surgery!) without any movement.

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As you can see in the swatches below, Mirifique is a very deep black.  On the left, I’ve sheered it out for an all-over wash gray-black effect.  On the right, I’ve compared it to Chanel’s Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Ebony #47, a matte near-black.   In outdoor sun with flash:


So far, so good.  I’ll update when I do a sheer wash on the lid to test staying power.

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  5 Responses to “Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Mirifique: Review”

  1. I will also use this one as a liner mostly. I once had similar liner, tought is was colorless with sparkles. Can’t wait to try them all. Please, do a review on nude shadow.

  2. At first I thought this would be my favourite out of the six. The blended swatch is a bit of a let-down for me, although it looks amazing as a liner.

    • Ah, depends perhaps on the look you want Sylvie but I’m glad that the review is helpful. Since seeing such a smudged wash on some pale beauties in Paris, I’ve been on the lookout for just exactly that look, so for me this is going to work well in Fall. I wear it with a nude blush or soft contour, berry lip and a wash of soft smudgy gray on the lid.

  3. How pretty! I love that these seem rather versatile. Thank you for the great review!

  4. These all look so amazingly beautiful !! So glad to see you posting again, you have been missed !!

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