|Epatant & Illusoire|
These eye shadows are amazing. First of all, they're Chanel, so you know they're not going to disappoint. Secondly, they have a very unique texture - a bit like a mousse: gel like & cushy. It applies quite easily and is buildable. It can be used as either an eye shadow or an eye liner. They have an intensive shimmer (the grown-up kind) that look amazing in all lights. Chanel claim that this is a crease free eyeshadow, and from my 8 hours of wear (with primer underneath) it has delivered this claim without a problem. In Australia, these babies retail for $48 for a 4g/0.14oz pot (ouch)! But they come with a mini angled brush, which is good quality but I have yet to try them out.
|Mini angled brush that comes with each eye shadow pot|
|The mini brush, lid off and put on the end as an extension. Very convenient!|
I have only two: Illusoire 83 and Epatant 84. I purchased them from Myer. Epatant I got about a month ago with two Myer gift cards (thanks, myerone!) and some loose change. Illusoire I got just recently, after putting aside $12 per week after I had purchased my first one and fell in love. I hope to get at least two more colours - Ebloui 86 and Emerveille 82... anyone want to be my secret santa? Haha. I'm glad christmas is just around the corner!
Onto the swatches. First up, Epatant, which was my first one. It is intensely shimmery and you can see a FOTD that I posted awhile ago using this colour by clicking here. I would describe the colour as a muted green-silver. I imagine that this colour would suit anybody as it is just so universal. Personally, I'm not big on green eye shadows but the silver is what drew me to buy it.
|Obviously I've used this a few times already!|
Now onto Illusoire. This colour is very popular, almost everyone goes for this one as their first Chanel Illusion D'Ombre eyeshadow. I would describe it at a soft metallic purple-mauve-taupe (sorry, I'm not good at describing colours)! It's shimmery (as they all are) but it's not quite as shimmery as Epatant. I love purple eye shadows so this one was a must have. It looks gorgeous as a wash of colour on the lid all on it's own. I haven't yet used this with any other shadows to create a look, but I do plan on playing around with it once my eyes become less red and irritated.
|My Illusoire when it was still a virgin, hehe!|
|Illusoire worn alone as a light wash on my lids.|
Now here are the swatches of it on my arm. The first photo was taken in natural lighting, no flash. The second photo was taken in natural lighting with camera flash. You can see that even in natural lighting, it's supremely shimmery.
|Botton/left: Epatant. Top/right: Illusoire.|
Natural lighting, NO flash.
|Bottom/left: Epatant. Top/right: Illusoire.|
Natural lighting, WITH flash.
Gorgeous, no?! I'm itching to get the other colours, as I love the consistency and ease of application. When you find something great that you really love, I believe you should get it in all colours available! So... as I asked earlier, who's going to be my secret santa this year?! Hehe!