Chanel Initiation Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Eyeshadow Review & Swatches

Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Eyeshadow Initiation

Chanel Initiation Illusion d’Ombre Long-Wear Eyeshadow ($36) is one of two limited edition shades that launched with the Chanel Nuit Infinie de Chanel Holiday 2013 Collection.

I thought for sure the other shade, Fatal, was by far my favorite but I have to say Illusion is just as stunning!

Chanel Initiation Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Eyeshadow is called a platinum bronze and indeed considering all the sparkle in the mix it’s platinum for sure!

Chanel Initiation Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Eyeshadow

At a glance it feels a bit like a golden brown but has warmth to it which makes it more of a bronze brown with silvery and gold sparkle. I loved the shade but I thought the sparkle was a little TOO much. It almost felt like I had applied a cream shadow and dusted loose sparkle or shimmer across my lid right after. If you dislike shimmer I’d avoid the shade. If you love it, well, needless to say you’ll adore Initiation.

Chanel Initiation Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Eyeshadow  Swatches

I realize that Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow are commonly reference to L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow but I always feel the formula is completely different. These are more of a mousse-texture with a sponge-y bounce back consistency that reminds me of Dream Bouncy Blush. It’s part cream, part mousse, with a satiny dry down that blends easily onto lids. Typically they wear very well on my dry eyes without creasing or fading. Chanel also includes a slanted eyeliner type brush for application but I actually tend to use my finger for application!

Chanel Initiation Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Eyeshadow is a keeper shade and unique to warrant a purchase. It does have some hardcore shimmer but the color is stunning!

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Loves it!



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  • 12/19/13 21:13 Debra:

    i don’t think I have seen such a beautiful eyeshadow on you in a while. This is gorgeous and I must have it. :)


    • 12/20/13 10:22 Isabella Muse:

      aw thanks debra :)


  • 12/19/13 23:20 melissa:

    I’m not sure this one is for me but you look very festive! I like the red lips paired with the sparkly eyes.


    • 12/20/13 15:13 Isabella Muse:

      thank you misses! I was kinda meh on it too…I can’t believe i’m saying this but gulp it’s a lot of shimmer! but I do like how it looks on 😀


  • 12/20/13 8:12 Ashley:

    This color looks stunning on you. I love how you paired it with a red lip very nice!


    • 12/20/13 15:08 Isabella Muse:

      aw thank you!


  • 12/20/13 12:09 telle:

    greetings Muse! 😉 How do you find these compare to the dior monofusion shadows? also what lippie are you sporting? its such a fantastic holiday look, AND still fun for the occassional day look! 😉 loves this! might have to hunt this down!!!! 😀


    • 12/20/13 12:17 Isabella Muse:

      hi telle! not the same, monofusion have more of a powdery texture these are kinda a bouncy mousse consistency :) that’s mac huggable lipcolour in rusty :) thank YOU!


  • 12/21/13 2:05 Heather:

    I like the eyeliner on the waterline and the matching lid color underneath.. hmm I’m gonna try that!


    • 12/26/13 12:14 Isabella Muse:



  • 6/19/14 11:14 yonghuiyovi:

    Love the color! and so pretty on you!


    • 6/19/14 11:15 Isabella Muse:

      aw thank you, you’re too kind!


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