Chanel Eyeshadow

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Mirifique: Review

June 23, 2011

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.

Bottom label:

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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  • Anna June 23, 2011 at 7:43 am

    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.

  • Sylvie June 23, 2011 at 9:52 am

    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.

    • Amy June 23, 2011 at 11:16 am

      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.

  • Frances June 23, 2011 at 2:16 pm

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

  • Jennie P June 24, 2011 at 12:30 pm

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