I only had one. Illusoire. I thought the formulation was OK and the pigmentation was nothing to shout about either. However, it worked really well on the lids and I grew to like it a lot. I have been looking for a reddish brown for a long time, and I thought it was Fatal (Chanel’s Christmas limited edition Illusion d’Ombre). I swatched it and thought it wasn’t dark enough and was a little too shimmery for my liking. I then played with Ebloui and you know how it ended.
I’m not sure why, but Ebloui is more bouncy than the Illusoire I have. Picture above is how it looks – used. I have tried applying it using my fingers, using a denser eye shadow brush and also a fluffy blending brush. The dense eye shadow brush gives a very pigmented finish, fingers give a softer finish while the fluffy blending brush applies sheerest. Depending on what result you want, application technique and tools matter as well. As you can see, it is a warm reddish brown with silver flecks of shimmer. The shimmer isn’t too apparent on the lids and there is little to no fall downs.
I like to use this as a single colour on my lids and finish with black liner and mascara. I find that I need to work faster to blend out the edges, the window being about 20 seconds? Gosh, it’s difficult to be precise with the time. The idea is, just work fast before it sets. The wear time isn’t 24 hours, no, and at best, I get 8 hours WITH primer. Without primer, I only get about 5 hours of wear before fading and creasing. When I wear it to work, let’s say, I apply it at about 7.30 in the morning, it would have faded and creased some time by 2 or 3pm. So I just use my pinky to rub it off and I’m left with liner and mascara. LOL! Naturally, the lasting power would increase if I applied powder eye shadow over it, but I got it because of the colour, and that would defeat the purpose. Of course, I could bring it to work and re-apply, but hah! I’m known for my “Sloth”erine characteristics (geddit geddit?) I’ll be wearing it for tomorrow’s FOTD post, so stay tuned 🙂
I am liking this quite a lot despite the less than impressive lasting power. When I want it to last longer, I like to use Burberry Mulberry over it – the colours match quite well 🙂 Have you tried any Chanel Illusion D’Ombres? What’s your favourite shade? I thought Ebloui was darker and more difficult to wear, but it isn’t and is quite flattering. Don’t you agree? Do you like cream eye shadows? You can find this at all Chanel counters nationwide for RM110.