Chanel Rouge Contraste Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow ($34)is a new, limited edition Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow that launched with the Chanel Fall 2016 Makeup Collection. I love that Chanel continues to bring out seasonal shades llusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow but I hate that most of these shades I fall in love with and they end up being available for a limited time! For example, the shade Fatal is one of my favorite shades but sadly long gone!
Most people commonly reference L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow when it comes to the Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow but personally I don’t really see how the two are anything a like. These have a spongy texture that do not retain their shape and are much like Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in the fact they have a moldable, clay like texture after the initial layer is swatched away. I typically find the texture very easy to work and would call the formula part cream and part mousse with an easy to blend texture that doesn’t crease or fade easily. These used to come with a slanted eyeliner brush but they now include a sponge applicator for application. But I personally use a finger as that’s the best method for applying and blending them.
Rouge Contraste is a dark bark-like burgundy brown with a matte finish. I’m so sad because this actually didn’t apply as smoothly as most Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadows I own! It’s a bit dry which results in a patchy application but a little time, patience, and love will get it on your lids smoothly enough. I think you can clearly see how patchy it is on my arm in this post. The color is perfect for smoking out across the lash line but this too also takes time and patience because the color doesn’t always want to cooperate. the good news is it works out quite well once in place and doesn’t have any creasing or fading issues. I love how it accentuates my browner eyes as well.
Chanel Rouge Contraste Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow is one of the more unique and darkest shades I’ve seen from Chanel and the color proves a little testy to work with but once on it looks delightful!
Chanel Rouge Contraste Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow is available now for a limited time at nordstrom.com.