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.
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.