Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Chanel Illusion d'Ombre in Ebloui and Illusoire

I'm a bit behind the times with my post about Chanel's new Illusion d'Ombre shadows, but I have a good reason: I've been testing them out and trying to sum up my thoughts about their consistency and quality in a logical manner.

Before owning these shadows myself, I found it difficult to relate to descriptions of the texture of these shadows. As the average makeup devotee may not have tried as many different brands and shadow textures as the average beauty blogger, I thought that I would draw comparisons betwen the Illusion d'Ombre shadows and my other passion: cooking. (My husband and I are total foodies.)

So ...

... if MAC Paint Pots were cheese cake, Chanel Illusion d'Ombre shadows would be mousse.
... if Guerlain's Ombre Fusion shadows were unbaked cake batter, Chanel Illusion d'Ombre shadows would be a moist chocolate cupcake.
... if Giorgio Armani's Eyes to Kill Intense shadows were crushed cookie crumbs, Chanel Illusion d'Ombre shadows would be a brownie (fresh out of the oven).

Did any of that make any sense?

These shadows are undeniably well packaged (coming with the lovely mini capped brushes pictured below that supposedly deposit the perfect amount of shadow on the lid), but I believe that it is the texture that has the blogosphere abuzz.

I selected two shades that are certainly not out of my comfort zone as a lover of warm neutrals: Ebloui (French for "to dazzle"), and Illusoire (French for "illusory").

You can see up close that these shadows have a sponge like consistency. The unique texture becomes apparent from the very moment one unscrews the top. These shadows don't seem to weigh themselves down (as a MAC Paint Pot does in the pan) the center of the shadow is mounded and seems to spring up, and bounce back to the touch.

Ebloui: a warm toned, brassy brown.

Illusoire: a cool toned, surprisingly purple taupe.

Many of the complaints I have read pertain to the sheer volume of shimmer in the Illusion d'Ombre shadows. I would be lying if I said I wanted to wear this much glitter on a day-to-day basis. I certainly think that the glitter in these shadows limits their wearability, and many beauty lovers who may shy away from glitter may see these swatched and run. Hey, glitter just doesn't call to everyone. 

(Left to right): Ebloui, Illusoire

A bit closer (and a bit blurrier).
(Left to right): Ebloui, Illusoire

All in all I quite like these shadows. I certainly don't think they are a must have, nor are they universally flattering. However, I do appreciate their creamy, velveteen texture and find them a breeze to apply. And lets face it, I appreciate them because they're just plain beautiful.

Have you tried Chanel's Illusion d'Ombre shadows? What was your experience?