Yes, I am aware that the Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eye Shadows came out ages ago! I resisted picking these up for so long partly because I thought the colors were too similar to the Ombres Perlees palette from Spring 2011, and partly because I am so in love with my Armani Eyes to Kill shadows that I didn't think these could touch them! But as previously mentioned I have been on a bit of a Chanel kick lately, so I finally decided to take the plunge and see what all the fuss is about.
I chose the Illusion D'Ombre in Epatant because it is a soft gray green which I thought would pair well with grays and browns, and work well in to the spring and summer months. Immediately on taking this home and playing around with it, I realized why I hadn't picked these shadows up immediately when they first came out. When swatched with your finger, the color is fairly sheer in pigment making the glitters more obvious. Genius that Chanel is, however, provided a handy brush with the shadow and when I swatched it with this, I was blown away. The color really packed a highly metallic finish, which appeared a dark green in some lights and a silvery one in others. The effect is truly gorgeous!
In terms of wear time, I think these live up to their name and the hype. On my lids, they lasted all day with no primer although I always use my MAC paint pot because it evens out my lids.
|Light swatch, with finger|
|Heavy swatch, with brush|
I don't know why I didn't jump on the bandwagon sooner! The Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eye Shadows retail for $36.00. I hear that Chanel is releasing 2 new shades for summer, and now I am definitely intrigued!