It’s The Colour I Wanted: Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Ebloui

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.


Ebloui swatch


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.


xoxo Lily



  • liyeun

    weee~ Me LOVE LOVE LOVE cream eyeshadows and Chanel’s one of them. Theirs is just perfect! And like you, when I use the cream eyeshadow, I just use it as a single colour on my lid…^^

    • Lily

      I’m glad you love the Chanel ones, Liyuen 🙂 I think the lasting power could be improved, but other than that, it’s not too bad!

  • Icaria

    Oh wow Lily, 8 hours with primer? I have Fatal and it wears like iron! So true about the fact that you have to be quick with application. That’s a bit annowing but the color is so gorgeous! I’m going to have a closer look at Ébloui since it’s more brown. It’s the kind of color I’ve been eyeing lately. 🙂

    • Lily

      Yeah, only 8 hours with primer. My lids are a little oily so that might be the reason 🙂

  • I still want Illusoire but I know I have at least two that look like it.
    I am quite jealous that you can pull off reddish brown like this. Jealous! ;p
    Will look forward to the look tomorrow!

    (You got disqus! I often think about having it back on my blog although I am getting used to the google comment box.)

    • Lily

      Hey Lena, yes, I got Disqus. I was getting really annoyed with the incredible number of spam comments and this helped tremendously! I used Akismet to help filter spam but some genuine ones get caught as well. So far, disqus has been awesome!

  • TracyBeautyReflections

    I had a few of these including this one, but the non-lasting power was a no go for me. Even with primer, I couldn’t get past 5 hours without creasing. So now, I stay away!

    • Lily

      Oh my, I thought 8 hours was bad… have you tried the Estee Lauder double wear ones? Those stay one forever!

  • Paritashah26

    thats a gorgeous shade! i want to try atleast one from this range

    • Lily

      And you should, Parita. Which shade would you get?

  • Bella

    I had two, 3 years ago or so. They are just wayyyy too glittery for me and disappear straight into the crease of my hooded eyes too. I haven’t had good luck with cream eyeshadows in pots (the Benefit Creaseless ones are so-so) but I love eyeshadow pencils, the Laura Mercier Caviar sticks being my favourite, By Terry ones are great, and Bobbi Brown ones I find a bit harder to use and blend.

    • Lily

      Oh, the LM caviar sticks are great! I like Bobbi Brown ones too, because they last longer than the LM ones, but you’re right about them being harder to blend. I find that the LM ones work great with brushes while the BB ones work best with fast fingers 🙂

  • Oh ouch, 8 hours WITH primer? That’s not that long! This formula lasts for 12+ hours on me with primer, so I’m fine with that. I’ve really been more into eyeshadow STICKS though. Don’t think I’ve given my cream shadows much love ever since I discovered eyeshadow sticks 😉

    • Lily

      Ah Sunny, then my lids are oilier than yours 🙂 Yes to eyeshadow sticks!! They have been awesome and I’m loving my LM and BB ones 🙂

  • Fantasme is my favorite of these! It’s gorgeous on it’s own but works really well layered over other shadows because it’s essentially clear but with big honkin’ sparkle. I can’t wait to see this on your peepers in your eotd post! This was awesome, btw: “I then played with Ebloui and you know how it ended.” Ha ha!

    • Lily

      I googled Fantasme and it looks really pretty. I think I have something similar from Giorgio Armani 🙂 The look is scheduled in about 4 hours time! Hope you’ll like it!

  • Liz

    Sad but I decided the texture of these spongy shadow thingies were not up my alley. Thought of getting Illusoire and Epatant for a while but probably won’t, as tempting as you make the Illusion d’Ombres sound. 🙂

    • Lily

      Aaw, that sucks. These Chanel ones really aren’t good as many others, but the colour! Ebloui just sucked me in.

  • I just got rid of Mirifique because when I tried to use it again lately, it was just crumbly and wouldn’t stay put at all. I think I can’t handle these potted cream shadows!

    • Lily

      Seriously, if it wasn’t for the colour, I would have just ignored these completely… Hahaha!

  • Shu Ting

    heeheeeheee… I’m a Slotherine too!! 😀 But I am quite diligent in re-applying lipstick throughout the day because… I have too many and they are CREAM products which made me worry about their shelf lives. Anyway, the swatch shows lots of sparkle. I have Ebloui as well the sparkle doesn’t show up so much? Ditto on the wear time. Pffffft! Hail primer, we must.

    • Lily

      See, Shu Ting, that’s where logic doesn’t kick in for me. I know this product’s wear time sucks on my lids, and yet I still buy it because the colour just sucked me in. Thank goodness for primers! SLOTHERINES UNITE. LOL!!!