I think this is my first time to try cream eyeshadow…. yup, it is. The idea of cream products didn’t really appeal to me (and my combination skin) for fear of looking like an oil-slick. With that, I never gave cream blushes, cream shadows and God forbid, cream foundations any attention whatsoever.
Everything changed when I learned that there are cream products that don’t exhibit any traditional cream characteristics at all. Case in point, Chanel’s cream blushes. Their silky, powdery finish revolutionized my traditional and rather crippling views on cream products.
Emerveille = Wander
Enter Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in Emerveille, a shimmery peach-champagne cream eyeshadow that’s part of Chanel’s permanent collection. I’ve been intrigued by this shadow-in-a-pot ever since it got all these raves from different beauty blogs I’ve come across, despite my then-indifference to such products.
Chanel’s Illusion d’Ombres all come with this mini synthetic brush. I personally used my fingers the first time and couldn’t quite get the rhythm of how to use this cream-but-not-a-cream shadow so I opted to use the brush. Bottom line: it worked just as well as my fingers.
I do like the thought of including the brush, but if the price could be slashed down without the brush, I’d be happier.
Texture and Pigmentation
Illusion d’Ombres have this plush, soft texture that almost gives it a bouncy feel when you dip your finger or brush into it. Texture is smooth and creamy (sans the oily feeling) that I actually take a few seconds more than usual to swatch it on because it glides on as I wipe my fingers through the product.
Pigmentation is sheer-medium. Don’t be fooled by my swatch below, I did a heavier swatch than the usual. It works as a light wash on the lids for those too lazy to do their whole eye makeup. It’s also great for layering, which is my favorite and most preferred way to wear it. It’s not so glittery as the other Illusion d’Ombres like Epatant, Fantasme… Emerveille is more of the shimmery / frosty finish.
I would not wear this alone because I find that it makes my eyes appear smaller. Light shades usually have that tendency on me so I’m very picky with champagne shades. Unfortunately, this is one of them. What I do is wear this an all over-base on the mobile lid paired with a darker neutral on the outer-V and crease.
Does that not look like crease city (swatch above, left) waiting to be built? To be fair, I intentionally picked up a heavier swatch because I found the first soft swatch a bit too sheer for the camera. It’s not really as messy as this when normally swatched.
Upon blending, it becomes finer and more velvety to touch. No problem with blending it on my hand. On my lids, though – it was an entirely different scenario. I didn’t use any primer beforehand so I just swept the shadow across my lids. I believe I grabbed too much product which resulted to this messy application. So the trick is to get just the right amount or even less and just build it up to your liking.
These Illusion d’Ombres are so appealing to my eyes but don’t appear as appealing on them. I tried on the other shades but they were too glittery and garish on my eyes. Sad because I recently fell in love with online swatches of the Holiday Illusion d’Ombres in Fatal and Initiation.
For $36, I want something I can reach for often and imagine myself finishing up. Emerveille is a great base (just have to remember to wear primer underneath!) that I can use everyday and top with neutrals or paired with a darker crease. It works well with both matte and shimmery shades, no blendability problem whatsoever (except of course when the paired shadow is unblendable on its own).
I don’t think I’ll buy more of these though (if ever, Fatal & Initiation will be the last, lol), because they’re so expensive and I wasn’t really wow-ed by it. I’d go for a few Maybelline Color Tattoos or MAC paint pots instead which are more value-for-money but good quality overall.