Chanel Illusion D’Ombre ‘Emerveille’

I feel like I’m on a bit of a designer make-up kick at the moment, I spent a silly amount of time loitering around the Dior and Lancome counter in Boots and recently picked up this little beauty from Chanel. This is one of their new-ish Illusion D’Ombre eye shadows in ‘Emerveille’ (number 82).

Shade wise, Emerveille is very me – nice and neutral. I would describe it as a peachy/rose gold sort of shade – in the pan in looks more peachy/pink than it does when applied. The shimmer shows through more when on the eye.

Texture wise, these are really hard to describe – they feel sort of mousse-like, somewhere between a powder and a cream. But somehow a bit heavier than a mousse. Perhaps a bit like lightly pressed loose pigment… with a hint of liquid to hold together. Does that make sense at all?!

I find there really is something unbeatable about Chanel packaging – the glossy black with the interlinking ‘Cs’ just feels like the ultimate in luxury make-up. The little glass pot also comes with a brush to apply the shadow, which has bristles similar in texture to a foundation brush but obviously smaller and with an angled head. I didn’t get on very well with trying to use this to apply the shadow, I tried an alternative eyeshadow brush too and that just seemed to push the product around rather than pick it up… so I mainly use my fingers to apply this.

This has been my main eyeshadow of choice all week, paired with some fairly thick black liquid liner. Simple, but effective. I haven’t had any problems with wear at all – it is designed as a long-wear shadow, but I still use a lid primer just to be sure (currently using Two-Faced Shadow insurance).

Here are the swatches, first in natural light and then with a flash. Obviously, under the flash the cool shimmer tones seem to show up far stronger and make it look quite frosty,

Natural Light

With Flash

I paid around £23 for this eyeshadow, which isn’t exactly cheap. Somehow I often feel it’s worth splashing out on a bit of Chanel – I can imagine it will last a while and it does come with a brush… yes, these are all my little justifications for spending silly money on a single eyeshadow. I can’t say it’s a must have that you can’t find anywhere else, but I can say it’s lovely and I’m happy I bought it.

On my little designer make-up kick I have also got a little goody from Lancome to show you. And considering getting either… a Dior foundation (forever or nude, not sure) or a Lancome (teint idole).. if you have tried either, let me know what you think!

Bought by me.



  1. Jennifae
    January 29, 2012 / 5:40 pm

    I really want to try Chanel Illusion D’Ombre this year.

  2. January 29, 2012 / 9:46 pm

    I have thIs eyesHadOw in twO different colours and like you I wasn’t a fan of the brush. I cant remember what the colours are – its sparkly white and a red/brown.

    I recommend Diorskin Forever completely. It’s been my ‘going out’ foundation for years. If I’m extra naughty and don’t take my makeup off before going to bed, the base is still perfect even in the morning.

    Apols for the random capitals, my iPhone is misbehaving!

  3. March 15, 2012 / 12:40 pm

    You should seriously try Clarins new Ever Matte foundation. It is soo extremely natural looking and undetectable on the skin. It has great matte wearing power without drying your skin out and looking too flat. I love your eyeshadow pick. So classy and timeless. I do not see anything wrong with spending that amount of money on high-end makeup. I mean come on, it’s Chanel. We as women shell out $4,000 on one of their purses. We can justify spending $36 on an eyeshadow.
    : )

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