I have never been taken with the Chanel Illusion d’Ombre eyeshadow things when they were first released. No doubt they are pretty but most of them seem to contain a high frost finish that I am not a fan of.
I have no idea what actually possessed me to get the Illusion d’Ombre in Riviere, which was released together in the Chanel Fleur de Lotus Spring’12 Collection not too long ago. I had purchased the blush and glanced over at Riviere, which was also calling out to me. It was shiny and limited edition, and I found myself walking to the cashier with two Chanel boxes in hand.
* taken in natural indoor daylight *
Illusion d’Ombre is a cream-mousse eyeshadow that comes in a glass pot. Riviere is a mint green with a hint of teal and contains multi-coloured pastel shimmer. It is a very pretty colour! I don’t have anything like it in my current collection, which is probably another reason why I picked it up.
Apologies for the dingy swatch but you get the idea. The texture is very interesting. Is it a cream? Is it a mousse? It feels like it’s somewhere in between. Very soft and souffle-like. It’s not exactly a powder either. I don’t have Armani Eyes to Kill or L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows, so I can’t really compare what the texture is like. But I do have a few Benefit Creaseless Creams and the Chanel variety feels a lot softer and silkier.
The box has a few illustrations on how the Illusion d’Ombre can be used. I didn’t bother trying it out with the brush it came with because I have better eyeliner brushes. Besides, I tend to use Riviere as a wash or highlighter, so I only require my fingers for such usage.
Sadly, this stuff creases on me even when I have an eyelid primer on. It lasts approximately 4 to 5 hours before it starts showing signs of creasing. It is quite disappointing considering the high price point but I guess it is not entirely to blame because my lids can get a tad bit oily over a long work day. I’ll probably only use Riviere for shorter outings.
Overall, I really like the pretty pastel colour and can see myself using this with green or blue eye palettes. The consistency is quite lovely and I do like the extra bits of shimmer as it brings out the eyes. But I’ll definitely think long and hard before getting another Illusion d’Ombre due to the creasing.
Chanel Illusion d’Ombre retails at RM110 and consists of six different shades in the permanent line. Riviere is a limited edition colour from the Fleur de Lotus Collection for Spring 2012 and is an Asian-specific release.
Have you tried any Illusion d’Ombre and how has it worked out for you? I’d love to find out what you think.