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Chanel Initiation and Fatal Illusion D’Ombre Eyeshadows

October 9, 2013

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There are two new Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Eyeshadows ($36 each)–the golden taupe Chanel Initiation and the rich cranberry-violet Chanel Fatal. If you love this formula, you will love both.

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Chanel Initiation is a sparkling metallic gold-taupe that can be worn sheerly. The color applies with a warm golden sparkle. As many of us predicted when this formula was first release (I have one of each from the original release), seem to creep away from the sides of the packaging and slightly harden over the months. Note that the formula is still eminently usable–I continue to use those original colors–although I tend to use more pressure to pick up the color on my finger. The first Chanel Initiation that I purchased had this same effect (which I’ve since exchanged for the one pictured, above).

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Chanel Fatal is a deep cranberry-violet color with sparkle. Like Chanel Initiation, it can be applied sheerly or more opaquely. Fatal makes a nice crease/outer eye color to coordinate with Chanel Initiation.

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Here are some comparisons with Chanel Ebloui, Chanel Convoitise, Chanel Emerveille (which you can see is shrinking slightly in its glass container), Tom Ford Guilt, and Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill #15:

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Comparison swatches:

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I’m a fan of Chanel Illusion D’Ombre shadows–they’re both quite elegant and I find Chanel’s sparkle well done. These two are consistent with the other shadows in the line.  I cannot imagine not getting these, personally. If you like the formula, these are both must-haves.

Both currently available at Nordstrom and elsewhere.

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Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Abstraction and Vision

June 22, 2012

Chanel has released two new Illusion D’Ombres outside the U.S. market, including the pink-coral Illusion D’Ombre Abstraction and high-shine metallic gold Illusion D’Ombres Vision (28-29 euros each, depending on location). This is a gel cream formula introduced by Chanel during their Fall collection last year. My original six are still doing well–there is no sign of drying out or aging. Although the product tends to pull away from the sides, I understand that this is because the gel is cross-linked and so holds together rather than a traditional gel or creme. I tend to believe that explanation, they still seem as moist as the day that I first opened them.

Unlike the first series, Abstraction and Vision seem to be more opaque. The earlier six (particularly Epatant and Illusiore) have a texture that had complex inner layers of color that sheered out beautifully. Although Abstraction and Vision still have the magical texture, the color of both is more opaque, less complex, and (especially for the gold Vision) harder to sheer out.

Of these two, most readers will find Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Abstraction suits most occasions easily. This is a color that looks almost coral in the pot, but applies as a soft pink pearl. I can see that this will pair well with Illusiore (or any other powder shadow in the violet category). Readers who dislike wearing pink on the lid should heed that instinct. This does lean pink when applied (Chanel calls it a “peach rose”). Abstraction’s light and pearly tone keep this from giving me a full pink-eye effect, particularly when mixed with another shadow. However, the other colors in the original six are much more in my comfort zone.

Chanel occasionally releases a color in its line that is over-the-top fantastic in the catwalk sense of the term. For many reasons, this is why I love the line–they are an haute couture design house, so it should be no surprise. Vision fits within that category–this is a highly-reflective shimmery, sparkling pot of gold. If worn full-force, it’s worthy of a high fashion moment. One might pat out the color or wear it sheerly. As one of the Cafe Makeup commenters noted, Vision is a gold version of Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Fantasme. I did experience a bit of fallout, and layering Vision takes practice because it can get a bit patchy. I got the best results mixing Vision with a moisturizer first–it allows the product to be worn sheerly without any patchiness.

Readers should note that Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Vision is a high-reflect, glitter-rich product. The micro glitter in the other Illusion D’Ombre (except for Fantasme) is far more subtle than Vision. I experienced fall out during application, and the glitter twinkles a bit like a MAC Reflects–it’s prominent.

Here are swatches of Chanel Abstraction and Chanel Vision, applied both heavily and lightly. There is no moisturizer used in this image, these swatches are straight from the pots:

Another set:

 I have a feeling that Abstraction and Vision will go into a “don’t use much” category of Illusion D’Ombre, along with Fantasme. Abstraction can work with the new eyeshadow quad Variation released with this collection (review to come). Vision is a niche, glamorous product that is highly reflective, metallic and glittery.  I did find this makeup look wearing Abstraction on Emma Stone on Chanel’s Facebook page:

To Abstraction has been sheered out to get this look (or perhaps the lighting has washed out the color a touch). Either way, it looks amazing with Emma’s eyes. Here’s the complete break-down from the Chanel release:

  • Face: Le Blanc de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Base, then applied CHANEL Vitalumiere Aqua Hydrating Cream Compact Makeup SPF 15 in 10 Beige, buffed with a soft synthetic brush.
  • Eyes: I applied a wash of CHANEL Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Abstraction, a shimmery peach rose shade available in November. I finished the eyes with two coats of Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara in Noir.
  • Lips: The focal point of the makeup was definitely the lip. I used CHANEL Rouge Coco Lip Colour in Rivoli. I love the contrast of a deep lip shade on fair skin; it’s always so arresting and takes a real commitment to wear. Only a girl with real confidence can pull it off with grace.


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Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Rivière

May 2, 2012

Every year, Chanel has been releasing an Asia-exclusive collection. For 2012, Chanel’s released a beautiful Le Blanc collection based on a brightening them previewed here at Rouge Deluxe. Last year, Nordstrom brought this collection to the U.S. during the July Anniversary sale, and I’m hoping that they do this year as well. I was able to obtain only two pieces (although I’d pick up more if I was able to find them from a U.S. department store or on

I was able to buy the Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Rivière, from Chanel’s gel-like eyeshadow line (discussed here). Rivière is a soft silvery light mint, with the lightness and touch of sparkle emblematic of the Illusion D’Ombre line.

 As a person with blue-green eyes, I was concerned that this shadow would be “too green,” however I found that the color is quite silver, cool and light. Because of the texture of this shadow, the color does not apply like a block of mint at all–instead, it’s a touch of eye-brightening silver with a faint hint of mint. I like to pair this with Emerveille, although this formula plays very well with powder eyeshadows as well. Here are swatches of  Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Rivière swatched lightly and heavily (I prefer to wear it lightly), and also a comparison with Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Epatant (the other green in the Illusion D’Ombre line):

I agree with The Nonblonde that this is “gorgeous”–her thoughts about Rivière are here. Since she posted her review, Rivière has gone out of (that was my source for this product as well).

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Chanel Illusion D’Ombre: Update and Application Tips

June 28, 2011

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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Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Illusoire: Review, Swatches and Comparisons

June 24, 2011

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.

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