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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