Jun 282011
 

After playing with the new Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Eyeshadows, I now have some thoughts to share.

Wear time: I experienced very good wear time.  My personal assessment is that these last as well as a powder eyeshadow on my lids, or better.  I have normal skin on the lids–not particularly oily, not dry.  I advise trying one color to judge your individual wear time–products can perform differently on different people.

How to Apply: Liz and I both agreed that dabbing these on with fingers worked best for us.  For use as a liner, we used the brush that was included with the shadow.  The thin edge did a nice job laying down the product in a precise line.

Incorporating the Look: I advise keeping the rest of your look matte, especially to start.  It is no surprise to me that Peter Philips paired these with Rouge Allure Velvet matte lipsticks on the runway.  These shadows can add a lot of glow.  To keep the emphasis on the eyes, and to avoid looking too shimmery, I powdered down my foundation.  I avoided high-shine lipgloss and added no highlighter on cheeks.

We’ve tried simple looks so far.  Here’s a close-up of Liz with a simple wash of Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Ebloui (reviewed here) touched with Mirifique (reviewed here) under the eyes as a liner:

Although these shadows can be very dramatic, I found that this simple dark wash would be fine for the office.

We also played with layering.  Here’s Liz with Chanel Fantasme (reviewed here) over Ebloui for a high-glitter look:

We both found the formula fool-proof.  After playing with the combinations on the backs of our hands for a few minutes, we found them very easy to use.

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Jun 232011
 

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Fantasme (#36 #81) reminds me of the first time that I tried on MAC’s Reflects Pearl.  There is a breath-taking level of magical soft pearly sparkle that veils the lid.  Like diamonds on fresh snow, Fantasme catches the light in a gasp-worthy way.

You can wear Fantasme alone over the lid as a sheer wash.  I applied Fantasme with a light finger-pat over another color (Embloui) to try layering.  Unlike MAC Reflects Pearl, which is a loose pigment, I did not experience fall-out problems.  The product stayed where it was placed. As a colorless neutral, Fantasme will work well as a sheer sparkle wash over any color, including the rest of those in the Illusion D’Ombre line.  Note that many of the shades already have microsparkle, and so adding Fantasme will be adding a bit of diamond icing over them.  I haven’t tried Fantasme over any powder or other cream shadows yet, although I’ll update this after trying to do so.

The mousse-gel texture of these seems to skate over (or fill in) any imperfections in the lid.  Unlike more metallic-with-sparkle shades, I do think this can be worn by any age brave enough if used sparingly–perhaps just a tap in the center of the lid over a deeper color.  I was pleased that it didn’t add lines–I’m enjoying this mousse texture.

We can debate the merits of having a high-sparkle shadow in one’s arsenal for weeks, and I respect your views.  If you don’t want some magic in your life, keep going.  I wish to gently point out that you are reading the blog of someone who goes to Paris at every opportunity, so as you can probably tell I like to push things.  This has more sparkle than I’m comfortable using for an every-day brow highlighter.  Used in the inner corner, visible sparkles can be seen. Still, I have hope for myself that there’s room in my life (and therefore my makeup drawer) for 0.14 ounces of illusion.

I’m not kidding myself that this is a PTA-friendly or for a conservative office. It’s a party in a bottle.  I might consider it for a certain type of wedding.  I love having some fun in my makeup collection–I don’t mind a little sparkle for a night out and I suspect I’ll be arm-wrestling Liz over this one.

No one does sparkle as well as Chanel. I’ve said it for years.  Fantasme is no exception.  Chanel has a way of making the extreme acceptable as long as the woman wearing it realizes that she’s on the edge and uses it appropriately.

This can be worn nearly-opaque, I suspect for the most highly dramatic stage or spotlight occasions.  Swatches (heavy opaque on the left, sheered out on the right):

 

Another Fantasme swatch:

Bottom line–gorgeous for the right occasion.

 

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