Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre

Yes, I jumped on the bandwagon but that's only because I have an extremely soft spot for cream shadows. I have this romantic notion that with the sweep of a finger, I can have that almost natural eye look in just 2 minutes. But no matter how hard I try, I will need at least three other products to get my eyes look semi-awake!

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Emerveille does a great job of getting me look awake with just mascara (well almost, I still need to have a perfectly done brow!)

I tried to hold out and snap a picture of this lovely peach shadow before dipping the brush into the mousse-like texture but I am an extremely weak individual!

(I love the little brush it comes with)

And here it is compared to my beloved soft peach gold MAC Paint Pot in Rubenesque.

Here's a swatch on my NC42 forearm:

L to R:
Emerveille, Rubenesque

Emerveille pulls on the cool side compared to the warm golden sheen of Rubenesque. It almost looks like a peach champagne shade with a lovely finely milled shimmer. Normally, this would make me walk away but there's something about this that I just love on my lids. Yes, it gives me that "my eyes but better" look.

Which is a good thing when you barely had six hours of sleep because you have to retrain yourself to sleep regular hours during the week coming off a vacation week.

Here it is on my lids and Chanel Inimitable Mascara - Noir on my lashes/NARS Larger than Life Lengthening Mascara - Black layered with it. MAC Espresso e/s on my brows.
I used the brush included with the shadow pot. Then I blended the color with my ring finger to my brow bone to diffuse any harsh lines or deposits of color settling in one spot.

For just a hint of definition/color - I added NARS Outremer (bright true blue) on 3/4 of my lower lash line and the outer corner of my top lashline with a dry slanted brush (MAC #266). I will wet the brush next time to see if I get more of an intense color. I didn't add any other shadow. I think this is as basic as it gets for me.

I am happy with my color choice and I cannot wait to pick up another one (or two) of the new Chanel Illusion D'Ombre. I am even more thankful that these are permanent and I don't have to rush back to the counter.

As if that's the only reason I need to run back to the Chanel counter!

Purchased by yours truly at Nordstrom, $36 USD/14oz.


  1. I like the comparison to Rubenesque. I'm still debating on these...

  2. Thanks - it's the only thing I have in my stash that's a soft peach gold I could compare it to. If you love the whole cream shadow concept like I do then it might be worth looking into. I'm sure it'll make more of an impact on someone that's fairer than I am.

    I will say that application is pretty much goof-proof. Glides on easily.

  3. Emerveille actually does make you eyes look quite awake. Very pretty!I like the sneaky addition of Outremer as liner, I'm definitely going to borrow that idea.

  4. HA - thanks Dovey!

    That's how the NARS S.A. applied Outremer on my eyes as a liner.

  5. Thats really pretty, I'll be picking up that shade when they come out here. I really like how you have used Outremer as a liner, I didn't have any interest in that shade but I have changed my mind now after seeing this post :)

  6. Thanks, Replica - that's a huge compliment to me. I think that's the only way I can get Outremer to work for me, as a liner.

  7. It looks so pretty on you! Looking at the swatch it looks very sheer, but it translates so well on your eyes.