Posts Tagged Illusion d’Ombre
Aside from my birthday purchases last month, I’ve been doing really well keeping myself in check and not buying any makeup over the past few weeks. However, sometimes even the best laid plans go askew, am I right? Some of you may have seen the exchange between myself and Eugenia of Ommorphia Beauty Bar last week regarding one of the Illusion d’Ombre shadows she’d posted about, Abstraction #88- a pinky-coral sparkly-shimmery pot of awesomeness that came out this week from Chanel, as part of their Les Expressions de Chanel collection. As soon as I saw the swatches, I knew I had to have it. Fortunately for me (unfortunately for my budget), the next night I was working at Mills, and I got my chance.
(Here’s where my beauty obsession is very clear, so please forgive me in advance)
I arrived at Mills after my *real* job, and as I passed the Chanel counter, I noticed a few unopened product shipment boxes lying there, innocent as can be. The SA was on her supper break, therefore I couldn’t find out what exactly was IN the boxes, so I took it upon myself to open them (keep in mind, that while I work IN Mills from time to time, I do not work AT Mills and I certainly don’t work at the Chanel counter ~sad face~). I eagerly peered inside to see if I was going get lucky – was Abstraction in there? Was I actually going to get to have the precious so soon after I first encountered it?
Oh yeah I was!
At least, give me credit – I didn’t do anything more than open the box, see little Illusion d’Ombre packaging lying there, check to see if one was Abstraction, and then put it aside to purchase when the SA returned. I DID NOT swatch anything or open the actual product, so…I’m not totally written off, right? Just somewhat aggressive and intrusive in my approach (oops). Thankfully, when she returned she was not (visibly) irritated with me and quickly ooh-ed and ahh-ed with me over the shadow. After I got my fill of the whole collection (there are three expressions: Brown, Purple, and Coral – which is where Abstraction falls), I greedily purchased Abstraction ($37CAD) and then swatched the heck out of it to bask in it’s glory.
What’s that? You want me to shut up and show you already?
Please, by all means…
Yeah, Abstraction is just really, really pretty. It doesn’t show up in my swatch photos nearly as lovely as it is in person. It’s got this absolutely amazing shimmery quality to it that just mesmerizes me, which you can see best in the iPhone photos, strangely. It leans more pink than coral, but is still warm enough that it really works with my skintone. On the eye the color is subtle worn alone, but the pretty shimmer makes up for it. Somehow, it doesn’t look inappropriate either, I guess because it justs melts into my skin – it’s not like a pale glitter which can look quite obvious (at least on me). I own another Illusion d’Ombre, Émerveillé, which is a warm champagne shade, and I find that it brightens my eye area in a totally different way because it’s lighter than my skintone. Anyway, Émerveillé doesn’t have the same shimmer tones as Abstraction, so it’s really apples to oranges.
I’ve worn this alone, and layered over a similar shade (I used the rose side of the NARS Grand Palais duo), and didn’t notice a huge difference color-wise. I plan on playing around with it to see what other combinations of fabulousness I can come up with – I’d love to get the coral-pink tone to really stand out, though I don’t really mind if it continues to elude me. Playing with it just gives me another excuse to wear it again
As with other Illusion d’Ombre shadows, it wears well and lasts all day with only minimal fading (without primer). I did learn from the first time around with Émerveillé that it actually behooves me (always wanted to use that word) to use the little brush that comes with the Illusion d’Ombre shadows, as after using my finger multiple times in Émerveillé, it’s gotten sort of pressed down and is hard to pick up without gouging into it. With the brush, I can just scrape a little bit off, apply it to my lid, and then blend out with my finger.
Anyway, long-winded ramble over – to sum up, Abstraction is all kinds of wonderful, will look lovely on all skintones because it’s not exceptionally warm/cool/dark/light, and sparkles like a beautiful sunset. I probably didn’t need to get all crazy and buy it instantly, because as far as I know it’s not limited edition – so for everyone else, you can purchase it like a sane person. But, I suggest you do it sooner rather than later, if only to start enjoying The Precious right away, because it’s that damn fabulous.
Consider yourself warned.
…Thoughts? (about Abstraction, about my beauty obsession, about whatever )
*Disclaimer: the reviews I’ll be writing in the next couple weeks are going to make you want to buy EVERYTHING. All of the items I’ve picked up in recent weeks have been really stand-out products.*
As I mentioned before, this eyeshadow at first seemed totally dullsville to me in the pot. I do not gravitate toward neutral shades and typically pick up something with a little pizzazz when I purchase eyeshadow. However, I am becoming more subdued in my makeup looks and thought this product would be great used as an inner eye highlight or as a quick look just washed over the lid. It’s warm golden tone is very flattering to my skintone and it makes my eyes look majorly bright and awake without adding color or too much flash (re: shimmer). As it wasn’t a cheap investment ($37CDN), similar to my thought process with my Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Shadow purchase, I figured it would make more sense to go neutral and easily wearable so as to get my money’s worth.Please excuse the fact that I was too eager and put my greedy fingers in the pot before taking photos – I couldn’t help myself!!
First of all, the texture is really lovely. It’s sort of a gel-mousse combination and feels creamy to the touch and springs back just a bit. I used my finger to apply but it does come with a brush which I think might be more effective if you’re looking for a more opaque application, as my finger sort of smooshed the product around and didn’t pick up too much pigment.
I wore this today in the inner corners of my eyes and all over the lid as a wash, and it’s giving me a seriously awesome glow factor. I look rested and well put together – but it’s almost like one couldn’t put their finger on exactly why I look so good. I keep looking at myself in the mirror (sort of a rare thing for me) and I’m majorly impressed. I can see this being my go-to for most days at the office and any laid-back weekend that requires a quick makeup application.
I applied this at 7am, and it wore easily (sans primer!) without creasing or fading till 9pm. This is amazing to me because it goes on so lightly and sheer; you’d totally think it’d be long gone by lunchtime. Again, color me impressed!
Since these are not Limited Edition, no need to break a sweat hightailing it to a Chanel counter near you to try it out. I do, however, highly recommend at least trying them at the counter just to see how wonderful it looks – you will be converted, I have NO doubt. Even a more outrageous makeup wearer can find uses for this shade. It’s somewhat of an investment but if you use it everyday, which you WILL, it’s totally worth the splurge.
Have you tried Émerveillé and love it? If you haven’t, will you give in and pick one up? How do you view cost vs. wearability – if it’s something you’ll wear often, does that make it worth a higher price tag, or do you tend to be stingy with products that cost more?
Update: Something crazy happened to this product when it was in a warm environment – note that it wasn’t outside or anything, just taken with me on a vacation where it sat in my cosmetic bag in a trunk, then was sitting on a bathroom counter at a cottage I stayed at. It was fairly hot – 34 degrees with the humidex – but it wasn’t left outside and it wasn’t particularly hot inside. But check out what happened!:It totally smooshed to one side! I guess it makes sense since it’s such a mousse-like product, light and spongy, but I was still a bit surprized when I opened it yesterday to find this happen. So, just a heads up – probably a good idea to keep it in a cooler environment!!