This weekend, I sit at home with nothing to do because I am once again broke. Why am I broke? I went to the mall to get one thing and came back with about ten new makeup products, including my new favorite eyeshadow: Chanel Illusion D’ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow. I got two shades: Fantasme and Ebloui , when I really should have gotten neither and put it on my wishlist for when I had a little more money to spend – unfortunately, I had next to nothing after my trip to Vegas.

The one bad thing is that when I had flipped Fantasme over for a bit, the whole thing fell out of the pot, but fortunately that was when I got to feel how cushiony the product’s consistency was… kind of like dough! I was able to put it back in the pot and pack it back in securely.

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Swatches

These eyeshadows are extremely sparkly but also very buildable. Once you swatch it, you start off with a somewhat sheer wash of color but as you keep rubbing it in (without adding more product from the pot – just keep rubbing in whatever is left on your finger/brush), it becomes more and more opaque and pigmented. You can see in the following swatches, on the left is when I initially apply the product, and on the right is after I’ve rubbed it in more.

Each shade comes with a small brush that can be used to apply the product as shadow or liner.

Ebloui

Ebloui is a warm chocolatey brown with red/burgundy undertones and probably my new favorite brown shadow of all time. It looks very rich on me and I’ve been wearing it alone with minimal liner for a smokey look. I just build more color into my eyeliner and crease, and that’s all I need. It’s made my makeup routine a lot quicker.

Beauty in The Breakdown: Ebloui

Formula
10/10
Pigmentation
8/10
Application
10/10
Longevity
10/10
Overall Rating: 9.5/10

Fantasme

Fantasme is a semi-sheer white with silver and white glitter. I’ve read some reviews about Fantasme that were less than stellar because of the sheer nature of the shade, but I actually like it that way. FOr someone with my coloring, I’m not sure such an opaque white would look good on me – it would be too frosty in contrast with my yellow undertones and dark hair. I’m sure I could pull off that kind of shadow for certain occasions but not for an every-day look. I love the fact that Fantasme will add some sparkle to any base I put under it, but also work as it’s own white shadow if I want it to. It’s extremely versatile. I took the liberty of swatching it on top of some other MAC shadows I had on-hand:

Beauty in The Breakdown: Fantasme

Formula
10/10
Pigmentation
8/10
Application
10/10
Longevity
9/10
Overall Rating: 9.25/10

Chanel Illusion D’ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadows are extremely easy to apply – mostly I just use my finger, but for more detailed work I use a crease/contour brush or smudge brush. I didn’t experience any fall-out upon application, nor did I notice any creasing or smudging at the end of the day. I was able to wear these shadows flawlessly, and without primer, for over 10 hours.

The only down side to these products are probably the price, but I find that to be true with most of Chanel’s product line. At $36 each, I was really chewing my lip over which shade to buy because I knew I could only really afford one at the time… and then I bought two, and that ate into my Christmas gift fund, haha.

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