The first time I encountered one of Chanel’s Illusion D’Ombre pots was on a photo shoot when make-up artist Victoria Barnes insisted that the Illusoire would open my eyes up without looking overdone. I let her do her job, despite initial reservations that the murky grey/purple/taupe wouldn’t do anything for my brown eyes. Once she’d applied the sheeny shadow, I conceded: the woman knew her make-up. Dabbed over a little black kohl, I looked wide-eyed without the need for a contrived, laboured line.
Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Illusoire
I ran home and bought my very own little pot, the contents of which I either smear on with my finger for a relaxed, insouciant smoky eye or apply with a little brush on top of liner to add depth and stop it looking too flat and crisp. What stands out to me is not only the fun of the use-it-as-you-will pot, but also that it makes doing make-up so damn easy thanks to it being blendable, easily layered on top of another product and long-wearing.
Chanel Illusion D’ombre in Emerveille
You know what happened next, don’t you? I went out and bought another. Emerveille, this time. While the same lightweight gel texture as Illusoire and still softly reflective, this is a totally different kettle of fish. Emerveille is a soft-focus peachy neutral that sort of warms the eye up while adding subtle definition.
Instead of using any liner with this, I simply smear it on my lid and use mascara (this is how I imagine chic Parisienne women approach make-up – I like to listen to Charles Trenet while I put it on).
Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Vision
I didn’t stop there. Hell no. Come Christmas, I am ALWAYS susceptible to a glitter purchase* but when I clapped my eyes on Vision last year, it was everything I’d dreamed of and more. The gold sparkle (yes, sparkle, not sheen – this one is bolder) looks good when layered right on top of another eyeshadow on the dome of your eyelid or pressed in a line above the lashes. While I wore it an awful lot for festivities, I took this one travelling with me recently and was surprised by how good it looked on a bare lid when coupled with a light tan.
* For the sake of my finances this winter, I fully intend on steering clear of any make-up that even slightly suggests that it will transform my lids into a spectacle akin to a glittered bauble.
Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in New Moon
Next, I did the only logical thing for a make-up junkie. Yep, bought another one on my way back from Copenhagen. Part of the summer collection, I felt New Moon would fill the gap the others have left – it is an extremely sparkly, burnished bronze with warm undertones and therefore perfect to jazz up a kohl-rimmed eye when coupled with a tan. And, though I’ve only had a chance to wear it twice, I love it. Dearly. I suspect it’s only a matter of time before the other seven shades available make their way into my make-up bag.