Chanel's introduction of the Illusion d'Ombre Long-Wear Luminous Eyeshadow took the blogging world by storm this Fall. I abstained, largely because there were other Fall releases I was more immediately interested in, as well as the fact that these are permanent additions to the lineup so there was no need to rush out and get any of them.
However, I recently broke down and purchased Mirifique, a lovely sparkly black that I use primarily as a liner, so last time I went to my Chanel counter, I decided to branch out and try another one. I was there for a makeover for an event, and the color the artist chose for me was #86, Ebloui. Ebloui translates to "dazzled," and although I can't say that's exactly how I feel about it, I do find it to be a nice addition to my collection.
The Illusion d'Ombre shadows are a very interesting consistency; part powder, part gel, they have a pillowing consistency and apply like a cream. Ebloui, in the jar, appears to be a deep burgundy with plenty of shimmer. However, on the skin and on the eyes, the burgundy morphs into more of a plummy brown. Still lovely, but definitely different (at least on me), so I do recommend doing a swatch test or getting an SA to apply it to you before purchasing.
Here's a swatch on my arm:
As you can see, the color most definitely has a lot of brown in it, and in this shot you can see the golden sparkles throughout. One thing you definitely need to know about these shadows is that all of them are sparkly to one degree or another. Ebloui has less than some of the others (most notably the glitter-bomb that is Fantasme), but it's still sparkle, not merely sheen, so be aware.
On my fingertip, the color, in my opinion, is much prettier. It's a burgundy-brown with a metallic sheen. This is how I first perceived this color in the store...on my fingertip. It impressed me so much that I was a bit disappointed with how it translated onto my skin with a brush (or even using my fingertip for application, which is my preferred method with this formula), but I do still like it. Here's how it looks dipped onto the fingertip straight from the jar:
I was most attracted to that metallic sheen, which is why I have a bit of an issue with this one. Sadly, I could not get it to shine like that on my lids, no matter how I applied it or how much I applied. Even so, the finished product is very pretty and it complements my brown eyes quite well.
Here's the look the makeup artist came up with for me:
He used Ebloui on the lid and under the eyes with Ombre Essentielle shadow single in the crease. He used the Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Jade (which is really more of a teal in my opinion) to bring out the hazel in my eyes (which I didn't know I had, but okay). He finished off with the Stylo Yeux in Black Shimmer (which, unlike Ebloui, is not terribly shimmery) to tightline up top and in the lower inner rim. Tons of mascara to make my lashes reach up almost to my brows finished the look.
I was happy with this effect. I use my Dior 1-Couleur shadow in Gold Touch (review coming soon) for the crease, with very similar results. I would have taken a picture, but my husband took the kids to a farm today and stole my camera, so you'll have to just trust me on that one.
Bottom Line: The Illusion d'Ombre shadows are very unique in texture and take some trial and error to get your best application technique perfected. Once you've got it down, though, they're very user-friendly and they do last all day long. They're sparkly and shimmery all at once, so swatch before you buy, and they apply slightly more sheerly than one would think, but they can be easily built up for a more intense effect. Although I can't say they're my favorites, I can say they're very nice, with a good formula, excellent wear time, and a lovely array of colors. Worth a try.