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.
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.