Saturday, October 8, 2011
Little Gems: Chanel Illusion D'ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow Epatant Ebloui Illusiore Reviews & Swatches
One of my favorite products on my makeup counter right now is the Chanel Illusion D'ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadows in Epatant 84, Illusiore 83, and Ebloui 86. They are smooth and shimmery pots of all in one easy to use eyeshadow from the Chanel Illusions D'ombre de Chanel. (BTW, my apologies for the group shot with the touched Epatant and Illusiore. I didn't realize my settings were a bit off when I took my initial group shot... oopsies!)
I was only able to get three of the six from the collection (must stick to budget!). Epatant 84 is a taupey silver shade. It is my favorite. Illusoire 83 is a mauvey purple shade. Ebloui 86 is a dark maroon shade.
All 3 shades are very frosty but are very easy to use. It has a slightly springy and moist feel in the pot when I pick it up with a brush. It kind of reminds me of freshly baked cake in how it springs back. I don't have anything else in my makeup collection that resembles it. The texture is smooth, even with all the frostiness. I found I got a bit of fall out with these, but that varied on the type of brush I used. Each shade can be made sheer to full coverage, depending on your taste.
Included with each eyeshadow is a small flat edged brush that resembles a larger travel lip brush with a wide and slightly rounded tip. It picks up the eye shadow nicely, just be careful not to dig into the eye shadow since a little bit of product goes a long way! I also tried using a MAC 239 and MAC 242 to apply the eye shadow. The 239 allowed for a sheerer application, where the 242 was easier to pack and smooth on the eye shadow for a denser appearance. Overall I prefer the 242 for application. I like a longer handle than the included brush from Chanel. It does work well for travel and if you care to toss it in the makeup bag with you for touch ups.
Epatant, Illusoire and Ebloui make for a sure-fire smokey eye look without any guess work. Just match it up with your favorite highlighter shade, your choice of crease color, and you are set. I found that I got about 8-10 hours of wear with these before they started to crease on me. I find most eye shadows will crease on me within 4 hours without any base. I was really pleased with this since I could skip out on using a base, making it extra handy for keeping in the makeup bag for date nights after work. Of course a base makes your lids smoother, so its still a good option, but not a necessity for the Illusion D'ombre Eyeshadows.
I absolutely love these, but despise the price. At $37 CAD each, I kind of held my breath and didn't listen to the total when I handed the Chanel makeup artist my credit card. That was my first time ever to spend that much on single eye shadows. I must say that have been very worth while for their beauty and longevity. I probably will not be getting the remaining three Illusion D'ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadows from this collection, mostly due to budget. Sigh, no backups for me, but I will enjoy every last little bit of these beauties as long as I possibly can :)