Les Essentials De Chanel (Holiday 2012)

Chanel released the final collection of goodies for the year, including the highly anticipated Volume de Chanel Mascara (which lives up to the hype). They’re doing some funky pre-order thing online, with anticipated sales for Black Friday, and the stores only sold them for one day. Now, everyone has to wait until next Friday to get the rest. All this hype… for what is reportedly going to be a permanent addition to the makeup roster.

But back to the collection:

Liquid Eyeliners in Platine and Purple, Volume de Chanel Mascara, Illusion d’ Ombre in Abstraction, Illusion d Ombre in Vision.

Liquid Eyeliner in Platine
Liquid Eyeliner in Purple
Volume de Chanel Mascara
Now, here’s the funny thing about this formula. It lengthens and curls your lashes (without need of a lash curler) beautifully. The volume is okay. It’s not amazing. So I find it funny that it’s being marketed as a volumizing mascara. It’s the best mascara Chanel has come up with yet, in my opinion. 
Illusion d Ombre in Abstraction
Illusion d Ombre in Vision
(much brighter and more glittery than Apparence)
There is also a black liquid liner that I was inclined to skip. This collection is already out at my local Macy’s and Bloomingdales stores. I hear that Nordstrom has it as well. It is not up on the Chanel website yet, but I imagine they will catch up soon. Must have of the collection is the mascara, for sure. The Vision Illusion d’ Ombre is a bigger standout than Abstraction, and the Platine liquid liner is to die for (I have every intention of using it as a waterproof eyeshadow). 
I’ll put these babies to good use in upcoming projects and FOTD’s. Ciao for now!

Eye Adore: Chanel Illusion d’Ombre (Riviere)

The Illusion d’Ombre in Riviere was the only other piece I was interested in, in the Fleur de Lotus collection (you’ve already seen swatches of the blush and eyeshadow quad).

It’s nearly impossible to capture the aqua shimmer on camera. the way it looks in the pot in this picture is pretty much dead on. But it also translates true to my warm skintone… and that’s an unexpected surprise. I expected the aqua color to be lost on me, but it’s not.

I’m happy to report that this Illusion d’Ombre came quite intact. I really think that the Blue Illusion Pots were a rush job and that Chanel didn’t put as much emphasis on ‘quality’ control.

You can find out more about Illusion d’Ombre in Riviere HERE.

Eye Adore? Chanel Blue Illusion (llusion d’ Ombre)

This was one of those things where I had to think long and hard about what I wanted to do next. When Chanel released its Blue Illusion Collection. I was all over it.

I didn’t care for nail color, but I definitely wanted the Illusion d’ Ombres, and maybe one of the pencils. So when the collection went up on the Chanel website, I was all over it.

I ended up with both Illusion d’ Ombre colors in Destination and Apparition, and the Kohl Eye Pencil in Blue Aerien.

Looks great, right? Now, check this out:

What in the Sam Hell… I was PISSED. I called Chanel right away. Surely, at $36 a pot, you guys can do better than to send me two dried out pots of paint. They apologized, and asked me to return them for a full refund. They would not, however, be able to replace them. The Illusion d’Ombres were sold out. BOO! So I packed them up… but I didn’t ship them. And within days, Chanel pulled the Illusion d’Ombres off the site. I believe now only the nail polish is available. Talk about your Limited Edition.

So I called the local Chanel Boutique, and they didn’t have them either. So I thought about it.

And then I went back, opened the pots up, and pressed them into place:

I remembered that these are not typical paint pots. Which means, that they’re not exactly set to ‘dry out’ the way, say, a MAC Paint Pot would (this also means that you can’t reconstitute them the same way). Since the spongy texture of my pots was still intact, I was able to manipulate the formula to go back into place. I sealed them really tight and let them ‘sweat’ a bit in my windowsill (to catch a little sunlight)… and then I tested them with my fingers. Consistency was perfect. They swatched like any normal Illusion d’ Ombre would.

Perfect. So I’m keeping them. They seem to be behaving properly, so I’m happy again. I would say that you can find out more about these Illusion d’ Ombres on the Chanel site, but the company pulled them down. I understand that Nordstrom in Seattle, Washington is carrying the collection… and I’ve heard that a few beauties have called up there to purchase them. I sincerely hope that NO ONE got the same janky looking pots as I did. That was not cool. I need the Quality Control department at Chanel to do better. That brand is too pricey for such a slip up… although in truth, you should expect quality from any company, no matter how much the product costs.

FOTD: Cool Tones

This was quick.. and I have to say, I’m really getting the hang of the Chanel Illusion d’Ombre shadows. I find that they have the most staying power when I used them over powder. But it I use them alone, they’ll also really stick if I use my fingers… not a brush. This face lasted all day. I put it on at 8am… and people were still commenting on it by 6pm in the evening. No touch-ups.

Chanel Perfection Lumiere (Beige Ambre 64)
Chanel Loose Powder (Dore)
By Terry Blush Terrybly in Sexy Plum
Chanel Illusion d’ Obmre in Fantasme (lashline to just above crease)
Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in Illusoire (lids)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Zero (waterline)
Armani Eyes to Kill Stretch Mascara
By Terry Rouge Shimmer Terrybly in Kiss Me Quick

FOTD: Metallic Smoke

I wanted to smoke out my eyes with metallic colors… but I didn’t want them to get lost (sometimes when you blend too many shimmers the colors lose their identity), so I mixed two distinctly different shimmers/textures.

Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation (Beige Ambre 64)
Chanel Loose Powder (Dore)
MAC in Lilyland Pearlmatte Powder (blush)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Pom Pom & Black Bear (brows)
Bobbi Brown Light Peach Color Corrector (browbone)
NARS Cream Shadow in Ponderosa (lids)
Chanel Illusion d’ Ombre Eyeshadow in Illusoire (lids)
NARS Eyeshadow in Mekong (blended through crease)
YSL Shocking Eyeliner in Black (lashline)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Zero (waterline)
By Terry Mascara Terrybly in Purple Success
Chanel Lip Pencil in Nude
Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Raffinee

FOTD: Green Layers

I layered Chanel Cream Shadow in Epatant over a powder shadow… and here’s what happened:

Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless Foundation in 11
Chantecaille Talc Free Powder in Shadow
Rock & Republic Blush in Call Me
Kjaer Weis Eyeshadow in Cloud Nine (lashline to brow)
Chanel Illusion d Ombre Cream Shadow in Epatant (lids)
Estee Lauder Eyeshadow in Emerald Star (outer corner)
Estee Lauder Doublewear Pencil in Forrest (waterline)
Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara
Le Metier de Beaute Lipgloss in Summerland

FOTD: Oil Slick

I wanted to try a new Cargo shadow that I got… that sort of resembles liquid glitter. I paired it with Chanel cream shadow in Mirifique for a quick look:

Hourglass Foundation Veil (06)
NARS Blush in Luster
Tarte for True Blood Eyeshadow in Werewolf (brows)
Cargo Metallico Wet/Dry Eyeshadow
Chanel Illusion d’ Ombre Cream Shadow in Mirifique
Guerlain Kohl in Black Frida
Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara
Cargo Metallico Long Wear Lip Gloss

Chanel Illusion d’ Ombre (Fantasme)

I didn’t think that I was going to like this one much. But I have to say, right behind Mirfique (shimmer black), Fantasme is one of my favorites in the Illusion d’ Ombre Collection.

It is the most sparkling white that I’ve ever seen in a formula. It’s counterpart would likely be the Aqua Cream from Make Up For ever in #4. But the latter looks downright dull in comparison:


Fantasme is mostly sparkle. I do NOT recommend using this alone, unless ‘disco ball’ is the look that you are going for. I think that Fantasme works best when layered over mattes to give the color dimension and add shimmer. Think of it like putting ‘glitter’ on top of your finished look, without worrying about fallout.

Next to the Aqua Cream (on the bottom) you can definitely see the shimmer in Fantasme. The Aqua Cream swatches more solid.

I like this one. I am putting right next to Mirifique as my new favorite.

FOTD: Black & White and Afghan Red

Eh, I don’t know about this look. I wanted to use some white and some black and my new NARS lippie… but I’m not sure that it popped as much as I would have liked it to:
Diorskin Nude Foundation in 5.1
Rock & Republic Tinted Illuminizer
NARS Orgasm Blush
Rock & Republic Eyeshadow in Tribal (brows)
NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk (lashline to browbone)
Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in Mirifique (lid/waterline)
Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadow in #7 (inner corner)
Make Up For Ever Smoky Black Lash Mascara
NARS Lipstick in Afghan Red

Chanel Autumn 2011: Illusion d’Ombre (Illusoire)

Okay, this one may be my favorite of the bunch. That’s the good news. The bad news is, I REALLY don’t need it because it’s a dead ringer for its Armani counterpart. Check it out:

Both Illusiore and Armani’s #4 are a greyish purple. Armani has tossed a little red in there, but so has Chanel… you just can’t see it unless you get really close. Armani’s version is a bit ‘chunky’ with the color mix, and Chanel’s is fine. But it doesn’t matter because they pretty much look the same on the skin.

The proof is in the swatch:
Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in Illusoire
Chanel is on the top
Armani is on the bottom
I was blown away by the similiarities. The only real difference between these products is staying power. You know Armani has that in spades. But it’s easier to layer the Chanel version with powders because the formula is more pliant.
Illusoire and Mirifique top my list of favorites from the cream shadow collection… followed by Epatant. I’m getting the hang of making them work and STAY in place, little by little.