Saturday, July 28, 2012

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow - 82 Émerveillé Swatches & Review

Ohhhhhh Chanel. You always do this to me. The minute I buy one thing of yours, I then want to buy everything else you have to offer. This product has had me browsing through the Chanel website every night. *Sigh*.
Chanel's line of cream shadows, or the Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadows, have been a coveted item for me since they first were released and Pixiwoo first started using them in tutorials. Then Temptalia did reviews. And posted photos. And it was done. I had to get them.
My first was Epatant, which was a pewtery silver with a green tone to it. I loved it - the color, the texture, the wear. So next on my list was Émerveillé, because it was the next most wearable and a lot of people on YouTube had been using it and it was gorgeous on like... everybody. It's always a good sign when people ranging in skintone, hair color, eye color and style all look good in the same product.
These shadows are cream based, but are a very different texture than most cream shadows. This is more spongy - it literally is slightly bouncy, porous feeling, kind of moldable, and very smooth. A mix between a mousse and a cream shadow, I guess. It's easy to use with your finger as well as a brush, but I prefer to use my finger, especially since it's my own product. It does come with a tiny brush, but I've never used it.
Émerveillé is a peachy rose gold color. It swatches to a very light rose gold and looks slightly shimmery on the lids. It's the nicest wash of color and its that perfect tone for the summer - it looks amazing next to a slightly tanned cheek.
In terms of wear, I always need a primer so I have never tested it without a primer. Just over Too Faced Shadow Insurance it wears all day for me, even if I don't set it with a powder. You can build it from a soft shimmer to a strong, almost full frost like you see below, if you want to. Most of the time I go in-between in intensity.
I definitely intend on purchasing more of the Chanel cream shadows - the other 3 are more intense and bold though so I'll probably go buy them in the fall. The thing is, as with all Chanel, they're expensive so it's something I do plan ahead with when I go to buy any of the products.
These are available at Nordstrom and all other high end cosmetics retailers like Neiman Marcus or Bloomingdales.

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