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.
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 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.
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:
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.