Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Long Wearing Luminous Eyeshadow in Illusoire ($36 # 83) has the potential to be my favorite color of all of those released. This is a smokey mauve shade that looks absolutely gorgeous when applied, due to its very subtle reflective shimmer and the overall play of the shade with light. As with the others in the line (overview here), Illusoire has a gel-mousse texture that sits lightly on the lids.
I live for this type of neutral-with-an-edge color. Unfortunately, I haven’t had much time to test out this beauty. Except for a few swipes in my crease, which worked well over Epatant, I’ve yet to dig too deeply into this gorgeous color.
Nonetheless, I know that if I were waiting for more information about these shadows, I’d be wanting to see things as soon as possible. In that spirit, I’m hitting publish so you’ll have as much information as I do as soon as I can send it. Here are some comparisons, with Illusoire swatched lightly, then heavily. I’ve also shown that Illusoire has a deeper grey base that Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Fauve (due in the U.S. in August/September). Illusoire has more dimension and sparkle than Chanel Ombre Essentielle in Taupe Grise, still one of my favorite deep mauve-taupe colors. I’ve also compared this with the mauve side of the Nars Habenera duo, as well as the lighter mauve-lavendar of Nars Nouveau Monde.
More swatches, which really shows how beautifully Illusoire catches the light:
And one final:
I’m promising to update you on wear time. For now, this looks like it has real potential as a color.