FOTD: Blue Shimmer

Today, I mixed a little powder and a little cream to create a little blue shimmer:

Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick in Praline
Kevyn Aucoin Radiant Diaphonous Powder
Chanel Blush in Rose Temptation
Rock & Republic Eyeshadow in Tribal (brows)
Chanel Lagons Palette:
Medium Blue on lids and under waterline
Light Shimmer Blue in crease
Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Shadow in Mirifique (lids)
By Terry Kohl Crayon Terrybly in Black Print
By Terry Mascara Terrybly in Purple Success
Armani Sheer Lipstick in #18

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 Cream Shadow

Okay, we’re going to take these one pot at a time. First of all, I want to give each and every color a thorough testing and review, and I can only afford these suckers in pieces… so we’ll take them one at a time.

I started with #85… Mirifique. I got this one first because it’s the only one that DOESN’T remind me of the Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadows.

See that pot? Looks a lot like the Armani version, doesn’t it? It’s a little more shallow and a bit wider, but holds approximately the same amount of product. The Chanel version comes with a little brush… so you can use the shadow as a liner. The price is higher as well… the Armani version is 32.00. The Chanel version is $36. So you’re paying $4 more for the brush. Think of it that way.

Mirifique looks black in the pot, but is full of shimmer… mostly silver. It does not have an Armani counterpart. The black version of Armani Eyes To Kill shadow (#13) is matte black.

One thing to note about the Chanel version, it’s very easy for this shadow to go glitterbomb. I suggest a VERY light hand.

I swatched this using the flat end of the Chanel brush, to get a nice thick line. The shadow picks up very easily and hits the skin very easily. Now, some SA’s have been telling people that this shadow is creaseproof. So I let it set for FIVE FULL MINUTES, before I tried to move it.

Here’s what happened:

Yeah, not smudge-proof. So I’m going to go out on a limb and say that these shadows are not crease-proof either. I enlisted the help of an expert (Laura from Chanel at the Grove) and she told me that if you use too much of these shadows, they will crease like crazy. According to Laura, the more you blend them out, the better. She says the glitter works best with mattes and dull shimmers, otherwise you end up looking like a disco ball.

I always celebrate honesty in a person, especially at a counter where they are expected to sell you on the latest and greatest that the brand has to offer.

The only thing going for these shadows at the moment is that they are glittery. You can get better-performing versions of the formula from Benefit and Buxom, for a fraction of the price. Unfortunately, with these shadows, the glitter is also the thing that will likely be to their detriment. A lot of people have been complaining about the glittery finish, and I’ve seen a few posts about skin irritation.

My personal take: I like the idea of these shadows, and I don’t even mind that they are glittery. I thought it would bother me at first, but after seeing them in person… I’ve changed my mind. But in all honesty, they don’t hold a candle to Armani. The Armani shadows go on smooth and evenly without need for a base, don’t crease, don’t fade, and don’t move once you’ve put them on. You can blend them out, or line them up one on top of the other… and you still end up with a stellar product.

Chanel is behind the 8-ball on this one. The formulation needs perfecting. And it doesn’t help that these shadows came out as part of a massive product release for Autumn 2011. In the case of the latest collection, less may have ended up being much more.