Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Mirage

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Cream shadows are my obsession, either potted ones or stick ones. They are a quick, long lasting product that's great for travel. Some shades are great for a one-eyeshadow-only look, and so far I have not found cream shadow that I truly dislike (quality wise) yet. This Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Mirage is one of a few cream shadows that I have been wearing a lot lately. Since it is a luxury product (and actually my first product from Chanel, how exciting!), of course you want to be sure that it's great quality before you buy it...

The packaging is beautiful, the product is in a glass pot with a Chanel logo on top of the black, glossy lid. The glass is transparent, so you can see the shade clearly through the pot which is nice.You get a free slanted, flat brush with the shadow which I have tried to use several times but then failed miserably. I bought this on a whim at the airport, we had exactly 3000/3500JPY left (I forgot the price), so I spent the money to buy this, and I'm happy I did!

Mirage is a shimmery golden bronze colour, it's right up my alley. I actually thought it would have a more yellow-gold pigment in it but it's a bronze with gold undertone. It's not too light or too dark, perfect for everyday all year round and you can amp it up for the night. If you have hooded lids like I do, this is so nice for all over the lid and then you blend it up to your crease. It gives a subtle definition the lids. Mirage is one of those easy shades, you know, one that you could slap onto your lids and just know it would look good. When the edges are blended, it takes away the shimmer and left just the bronze pigment so it looks almost two dimensional.

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre 95 Mirage all over the lid

The texture and formula is unique to me. I haven't tried anything else like this before! It's pillowy, different than my Maybelline Color Tattoos that are like cream inserted into a pot. When you pick it up with your fingers it does not look like you're picking up cream product, it does not leave a dent or anything, so you are not left with a thick layer of cream on the tip of your finger. The product just moves around in the pot but it's almost like you are not doing anything to it. The first time I tried it, I really did not want to mix the product with natural oil from my finger, so I used the brush that came with the shadow. The brush did an unimpressive job at picking up product, that brush isn't suitable to pick up cream shadow with this texture. I find myself dipping the brush into the pot again and again until I was desperate and in my attempt to pick up more product with the brush, the product turns crumbly on my lids and the brush did a bad job as well in blending the product. After a couple of times using the brush to apply the product, I gave up and used my fingers, and it worked a lot better that way. I still use the brush to apply the shadow on my lower lashline, so I can get some use out of it, but even for that it is not a good brush. I definitely recommend using your finger to apply the shadow and then using a fluffy brush to blend the edges, that way it's a lot quicker to get the most amount of pigment onto your lids. 

When worn, this feels so weightless and lasts long without creasing (with my NARS Pro Prime underneath, of course). I have yet to find the negative to this product except that it's luxury so it's expensive. I love it! When I bought it at Narita it was a lot cheaper than I expected, though. I love it! I am hoping that it won't dry out so quickly, but we'll have to see. 

Much love,


  1. Ntique!!!! Bagus jugaaa lo pake winged liner dan <3 gausah pake alesan slightly hooded lids trs gak cocok karena that looks biutiful on u

    1. Terus itu mata kiri keliatan bekas benerinnya :'''') hahahaha. Tp bagus kalo pake false lashes doanggg. Ini udah lumayan sih dulu jelek bgdh


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