Thursday, 2 January 2014

The Favourites - Chanel Illusion D'Ombre

Without a doubt we can all agree that this year has been the year of the cream eyeshadow. Before we used to shudder at the thought of a cream shadow if it came in any other name than 'Mac Paint Pot'. However, with the release of the Maybelline Colour Tattoos all of that soon changed and every brand from high to low released their version, be it in pot or stick, you couldn't walk down a make-up aisle without spotting one! I must say that I absolutely adore the Maybelline Colour Tattoos and think that they are the best when it comes to the pricetag. However the one brand that stole my heart was, Chanel. 


Of course these are a little pricier and may be on the controversial side however the heart wants what the heart wants. I shall now begin to state why these have taken the lead in 2013. 



Now, the packaging is nice however for the price I should bloody hope so! One thing that these have vs almost every other cream shadow line is that all the colours are wearable. Sick am I of the turquoise blues and the matte greys. I want a shade that I will actually wear and won't equal in some strange side glances whilst walking down the streets. Of course these colours suit some people however, I have not yet found a way to make the 'odd' shades suit me. I would happily own and use all of the shades Chanel has to offer and I believe that everybody can find something for them from the range.



Now we have established that the shades are beautiful. Let us go onto the formula. Now I am classing these as cream shadows but they are in fact a mousse. Not a chocolate, light mousse type of formula but a stiffer mousse. Difficult to describe but a joy to use. They apply just as well with fingers or a brush without applying too much onto the eyelid and blend out so smoothly. They really are foolproof. The staying power is good but isn't the best I have found (see: ByTerry Ombre Blackstar) however if you make sure to swipe on a bit of primer in the morning these will last you until that third glass of wine later that evening!



One thing I have to mention is that a lot of these shades are a little shimmery. If you are completely averse to glitter then stick with Maybelline however if a little bit of sheen and shimmer is a good thing then keep reading. The shimmer in these shadows won't fall out so there is now worry about having a sparkly under eye area. I personally really like the shimmer as it gives the eye something extra rather than just one look. Anyone would think you have blended two colours together, then topped it with some shimmer! Only it is our little secret that really we just stuck our finger in a pot, swiped it around a little then added some mascara.


Ebloui, Emerveille, Fatal, Initiation

Overall these are truly a winner. They may not be 100% in every department but their strength really comes in their shade range. So, if you, like me, wish you could master that beautiful eyeshadow and find most other cream eyeshadows a little one dimensional then go and get your swatch on at a Chanel counter!

What has been your favourite (cream) eyeshadow of 2013?

2 comments:

  1. I really would love to try these but I haven't use my MAC paint pots enough to want any more!

    Cornelia - Ineffable Beauty

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    1. Haha tell me about it, unfortunately I only have one Mac Paint Pot (vintage selection) which I am crazy about but even with my ridiculous amount of cream eyeshadows I still want Rubenesque and a few more from Chanel... Confessed beauty addict.

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