I do believe that Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Long-Wear Luminous Eyeshadows are exactly what I expected from the MAC Big Bounce Eyeshadows.
These innovative shadows have a texture that you may have never experienced in the shadow world before.
Let’s take a look!
A range of shimmer eyeshadows with a gel texture that is soft and cushion-y.
What can I say? The formula is most interesting without a doubt and they are exactly what I thought MAC’s Big Bounce Eyeshadow would be, which happened to be such a said fail but you’ll experience none of the same disappointment with the Chanel Illusion d’Ombre as the formula turns into a very interesting affair.
You have a variety of things going on here. The formula looks whipped as in a mousse-like texture but turns out it isn’t quite spot on for what you’ll feel when you touch it for the first time. I’d go with a soft, sponge-y texture here that bounces instantly back to shape when touched. The creaminess of the product has a certain thickness that feels cushion-y and allows the product to easily spring back to it’s original shape. I kinda think of these as clay. I imagine if you dump it out of the jar and start to mold it you can come up with some grand masterpiece! I absolutely love the way these feel and can’t really compare them to anything else on the market at this point.
I do believe at first glance you might get a Giorgio Armani Beauty Eyes To Kill Intense vibe or even a bit of Lancome Ombre Magnétique one but these are honestly like neither product. They have a unique formula all their own that isn’t like anything I’ve tried in the past.
I find these glide onto lids beautifully and leave behind buildable color that can be intense or really, really subtle. The two shades I tried both had a nice pop of color and plenty of shimmer so be aware during application, the shimmer is no joke here. I find they blend out easily on my lid with no issues of patchiness plus they wear incredibly long without the color fading, creasing, or migrating. The two shades I tried were Emerveille a soft shade of shimmering peach and Mirifique which is an intense shade of black with silver sparkle.
The shadows are housed in a glass jar and each is $36. The $36 could prove a bit much for some but you’re bound to get a plenty of use out of a single shade since a little goes a very long way. They also come with a brush which is a slanted eyeliner type brush. I found it a little useless as I’d have preferred a dome shape that would work easily to apply color on my lid however if you’re lining your eyes with these than the brush may come in handy!
I really liked these overall and felt like they were an incredible shadow however…
They are WOW all kinds of shimmery! I love me some shimmer but if you’re strongly averse to the finish you might want to gently swatch at counter before deciding whether you need these or not.
I wish Chanel had released a better shade selection. Don’t get me wrong some of the shades they introduced are amazing but I’d have loved a brown or even a copper…perhaps in the future?
- Those who want to experience a long wearing cream shadow with a unique formula.
- Shimmer lovers!
- Those who enjoy cream shadows and prefer this shadow medium (if you love cream eyeshadows you’ll be delighted with the interesting texture of these).
- Those who dislike shimmer (these have a healthy dose of shimmer).
- Those who aren’t keen on splurging near $40 on an eyeshadow.
Overall, Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Long-Wear Luminous Eyeshadows prove one of Fall’s more innovative beauty releases. The texture of the shadows is truly something you haven’t yet experienced in a shadow! I find these wear amazingly long and create some very pretty eye looks but they can easily be overdone in the shimmer department so use a lighter hand to avoid the disco ball effect. At the very least , if the price scares you, check them out at counters as you’re bound to fall in love with at least one shade…!
Loves ’em lots!
Available now on counters and online at www.chanel.com
Muse Approved for purchase!
Disclaimer: I purchased one of these and one was sent as a sample from Chanel for review.