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 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.
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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