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D’ya pass on Diapason?If you recall my no-return rantings in the past posts, well… itwuzdiz one, lovers and friends. I approached the Chanel counter with only this item in my surely to-buy list and so when I tried it on, I think I wasn’t fully objective and critical as I analyzed it on my eyes. All I saw was… it’s so frikkin’ beautiful in the pot, how can I not get it. With a mix of it probably looks good on my eyes, I’m sure, how can it not be. The Chanel counter lights (with the choice of daylight, warm light, incandescent light at a touch of a button!) also contributed to the surrender. To be honest, there was virtually no decision-making involved as soon as the pot was opened.. shut up and take my money, Miss. So yes, there is no one to blame but
The LowdownMy first Illusion d’Ombre wasn’t a stellar experience. It was a sheer, glittery shade that made my eyes smaller so I couldn’t really use it on its own. In fact, I am so averse to these Illusion d’Ombres because they are just too glittery and sparkly for my eye-likings (matte or satin, please). However, Diapason looked like it had the most subdued version of sparkle among all the IdOs I’ve seen, swatched and felt. And indeed, it does.
TextureDiapason has the same bouncy, plushy characteristic that all IdOs exhibit. It feels just as smooth, fine and creamy as my previous IdO, Emerveille. The texture is very lightweight and easily blendable. Truly, I have no qualms about the formula. It does set quite fast though, so I have to work quickly.
ApplicationThat said, my general problem would be in application. I use my fingers but my eyelids are so small, even my pinky is too big to do precise work. Using my regular MAC brushes, the product applies too sheerly that it takes too much work and product. The best thing I’ve done is work with the applicator in applying the product and the tip of my pinky to lightly blend the edges. Still, not the best way of applying that I could imagine. I think I may need to invest on some more eyeshadow brushes, specifically for cream products. Have to say though, even if blending the product is easy, it gets sheered out easily so I find myself reapplying more only to sheer it out even more when I blend it. ACK! #creamshadowproblems I would definitely appreciate suggestions on tools and how-tos on using cream shadows for tiny hooded Asian lids like mine.
Pigmentation and LongevityOne light swipe of Diapason is pictured above (on my fingertip) – the color is definitely bold and saturated. Also, I’m showing two swatches in different lighting. One is in direct sunlight, where the plummy red base comes out more and looks bleh against my yellow undertones (that are way too prominent in direct sunlight, too). The other is in the shade where my yellow-ness is more subdued and Diapason’s reddish base doesn’t peek through too much, only a little. Do note that the glitter and sparkle are almost non-existent! On the lids, they don’t come out as much as well. Shimmery but not sparkly. One happy little kid here! As for wear, Diapason faded significantly after 7 hours. I didn’t wear a primer underneath though, just an all over cream shadow base so I’m not sure if it would wear longer had I worn my regular eye primer.
The LookAnd so the verdict is… while I’m teh worst at applying cream products, having been spoiled rotten by powder shadows too much, I think I actually am beginning to love Diapason. But that’s not without figuring out how to make it work for me. My first big mistake was applying it bare-faced with nothing else on that my yellow undertones crashed against the reddish base of Diapason. Lesson learned: can’t use this alone without any foundation or atleast a tinted moisturizer and concealer on! Second, I applied it on my lids without a base! That doesn’t work for me, too. My yellowish lids also made the reddish tones come out more. So when I checked the first photo I took when I did this, I didn’t see plum or violet.. I saw maroon/red. Lesson learned: use MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre as a base to cancel out yellow tones first. The look I did above consists of Chanel Illusion d’Ombres in Emerveille on the inner half and Diapason on the outer half. I didn’t layer them together so I could show Diapason without any base underneath, except MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre which is a yellow beige (more beige than yellow), just to cancel out the prominent yellowness of my lids.
FINAL THOUGHTSI think I’d have to wear it more and figure out how to apply it best and what other eye colors and products I could use it with. I would also like to rock it on its own but I just feel so ambitious saying that for some reason (I feel that wearing it with other shades is easier and less work than wearing it alone). Is it worth it? I can’t tell for now. I’m a long way from getting the best of these cream eyeshadows but if you love shades like these with a beautiful duochrome property and would like to try out the Illusion d’Ombres but are put off with the sparkles in most of them, Diapason in particular is worth checking out. Also, I picked up a few Maybelline Color Tattoos recently so I’ll be playing around with those soon and see how they compare with these Illusion d’Ombres as they’re both cream shadows but with price tags that are worlds apart.
Chanel Diapason can be found here.
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