Chanel Makeup: What's good? #2
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And two shades of Illusion d'Ombre, I'm not impressed with either of them (temptalia.com):
Is It Coral or Pink?
Chanel Abstraction Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow
($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “peach rose.” It looks very coral-pink in the pot, slightly pinker when swatched, but on my lid, it looked closer to the color you see in the pot–more coral-pink than anything else. Certainly warm-toned with coppery-gold and pink sparkle. MAC Love Spice is less pink. Urban Decay Free Love is much more coral and vibrant. MAC Quartz Fusion is redder.
It isn’t yet out, but it is part of the soon-to-be-released Les Expressions de Chanel collection. When applied dry, it has sheerer payoff, such that it is a smattering sparkles and less metallic. When applied damp, it has better pigmentation, though not quite opaque. The color is buildable and after two or three layers, you’ll find mostly opaque coverage. It’s not as smooth as the best Illusion d’Ombres, but it’s definitely not chunky or gritty or glittery. It’s more shimmery, almost sparkly. I wore it alone all over the lid, and it lasted for twelve hours without creasing or fading. There was minimal, but noticeable, fall out–the kind that you notice but won’t look like a disco ball from across the room.
Fans of Illusion d'Ombre and sparkly eyeshadows in general will like the finish. If you have a lot of natural redness in your eyes, you might find this emphasizes it.
Chanel Vision Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow
($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “gold.” It’s a bright, yellow gold with a glittery, metallic finish. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine is softer. L’Oreal Gold Imperial is similar but not as dark or as yellow. Giorgio Armani #1 is similar but more orange, less metallic. OCC Triptych is yellower. Inglot #404 is a bit darker but comparable in color.
The texture of this felt smooth when really sheered out, but if you make an attempt to layer or go for opaque color, it does not apply smoothly no matter how much I tried to coax it. The best way to wear it is really as a wash, just a sheer bit of color, because it minimizes its tendency to ball up into chunks on the lid. I recommend applying prior to foundation, too, as quite a few sparkles will get elsewhere. I had some minor fall out during wear, but by and large, it stayed put. After wearing this for eight hours, again, there was some fall out, but it hadn’t creased. It isn’t yet out, but it is part of the soon-to-be-released Les Expressions de Chanel collection.
I'm not keen on the way it looks on the lid, as a result of the sheerer color payoff, because it looks uneven on. It sparkles and shimmers in a delightful way, and from several feet away, it is quite pretty. When I glance casually in the mirror, it's not so nice.
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