Thursday, October 13, 2011

Review: Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Eye Shadow in Illusoire

I've said this before... there are occasions where I pay obscene amounts of money for an eye shadow. Usually that eye shadow has the brand name "Chanel" attached to it. This is one such eye shadow.

Chanel Cream Shadow Illusoire

Chanel Cream Shadow IllusoireChanel Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Eye Shadow in Illusoire
As soon as I started seeing these shadows hitting the big blogs I become a little obsessed. I love cream shadows, and I love the intrigue of a "pot of color". It's no secret I'm a fan of MAC Paint Pots, that I've been playing with Evil Shades Spectrum pots. So why wouldn't I check out Chanel's version of the same concept?

After seeing swatches at the Dayton Mall, I set my sights on Illusoire. It is a purple/taupe/gray color that reminds me of how I wanted MAC Mauvement to look on the eye.

Chanel Cream Shadow Illusoire
The Brush
I assume that to justify the cost of the shadow, they threw in a brush! Well, the cool thing is that it's very travel-friendly, being something you open up and expand. I did not use my brush, so I can't comment on the quality. But even the sales associate at the mall said that for this type of product if you're going for wide coverage she recommended using your finger. I think that's just natural usage, though a bit unsanitary.

Face of the Night - Sept 09, 2011
Wear and Usage
Believe it or not, this shadow really doesn't crease! Yes, it wears all day long. I even did my Insanity workout with this shadow on and it DID NOT BUDGE. Superb wear! And I could remove it with minimal effort using a MAC wipe.

Note: The eye on the left is shown with Illusoire, Evil Shades Amulet, Inglot 347, MAC Idol Eyes, MAC Contrast, MAC Plush Black Mascara.

Bottom Line
It's a splurge, yes, but if you're looking to splurge it's not a bad one. In fact, I intend to expand my collection of these... just as soon as I win the lottery.

Chanel Illusoire, and other colors, can be found at your local Chanel counter or online.


  1. I have been lusting after these too, but found a cheaper alternative --- bare escentuals buxom stay there shadows. i bought 5 or 6 colors from sephora & love them all. they have that same squishy texture too!

  2. LisaInFL - Thanks for the info! I'll have to check them out. :)

  3. Well worth the money in my opinion. Looks lovely on you

  4. Gaelle - Thank you very much! :)

  5. This is beautiful and it looks great on you.

  6. Wow, it looks great on you! I found that the little brush is great for eye lining - one of the best, especially with the black Mirifique liner.

  7. Ava - Thanks for the tip! I'll give it a shot. :)

  8. Lovely color! I'm currently loving Ebloui, and Mirifique makes for a gorgeous liner. I might need Illusoire next!


  9. Hi Shannon - I still need to get more colors.


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