Review: Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Eyeshadow

Review: Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Eyeshadow

posted on: 6.20.2012

The other day I was feeling quite rowdy and decided that I really wanted to splurge on a luxury makeup item. Like, really splurge. In my head, I associate "splurge" with "Chanel", so I knew I had to make it happen. And conveniently enough, one of my best friends was heading to Orlando for some shopping and brought me with her, so I was able to make my splurging dreams a reality.

Before making the trip, I did a lot of research on luxury cosmetics to see what product would be worth the money and would be the most unique. I decided that I really wanted to get the Illusion D'Ombre eyeshadows that Chanel came out with recently, and with Temptalia's grade of approval, it was pretty much a done deal. The shades were pretty unique and nothing else really compared to it. Now onto my actual review!

Temptalia has a really in-depth review of these eyeshadows, so I'm going to just direct you to there for all the technical stuff and possible dupes. I am truly in love with these eyeshadows. At $36 a pop, it is a bit of a splurge, but I do believe these are completely worth it. These are truly long-wearing, too. I only had them on for about 7 hours, but it showed no signs of creasing or fading any time soon. I am actually more excited to use these in my makeup kit than on myself. I would like to purchase the other four shades exclusively for my kit.

The texture of these shadows are really interesting. These are gel-based cream shadows. They feel kind of springy and sponge-like. There is really no way to accurately describe these shadows in words- just go to a Chanel counter and feel them out for yourself because it is truly unique. The packaging is nice and sturdy- I've always thought of Chanel to have the classiest and sleekest packaging. These shadows also come with a collapsible brush, which is actually pretty decent. These shadows can also be used as an eyeliner as well.
Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in 83- Illusoire

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in 85- Mirifique
The two shades I bought were Illusoire and Mirifique. These two colors are really interesting. It's really hard to describe them because they are so multi-dimensional. Illusoire is a taupe/purple hybrid color, and Mirifique is a black/navy/glittery hybrid. Getting a good photograph of the swatches of these colors was extremely difficult! You definitely need to see these in person.

From a makeup artist's standpoint, these shadows are so worth it. They are extremely versatile for a makeup kit and will work on just about everyone (depending on the shade- obviously). Plus, I believe it is pretty important to have some luxury cosmetic items in your kit for clients- but that is a post for another time (coming soon!). From an average consumer's standpoint, these definitely aren't necessary but if there's a shade that speaks to you, it is totally worth it. Plus, these shadows will look wonderful on the bathroom counter and add a bit of luxury to your life. If you have $36 to spare, check these out. I plan on getting the other four shades to add to my kit!
Illusoire on the left; Mirifique on the right


  1. can you sense my jealousy? LOL

    now i really need to have them!!
    awesome review =]

  2. Ahh, Mirifique is so beautiful! Oh my goodness. Lemminggg

  3. Thanks for this post, I was eyeing these. The blue one is speaking to me :)


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