Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Chanel illusion d'ombre - Ebloui

I'm back! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and thank you to all my followers as I am now officially over 50 members! Now lets get back to all things make up and pretty......

Its official, I have fallen in love with an eyeshadow! Trust me to fall in love with a shadow that costs £22.50 but Chanel rarely disappoint me so I had a feeling I would adore this product before I even saw the results. I purchased this shadow a few weeks ago whilst out shopping for Christmas gifts and couldn't resist treating myself to it after about a week of drooling over the photos and swatches online.

 By the time I got to the Chanel counter many of the shades were sold out including Mirifique a dark black colour and Illusoire a grey silver tone. I had been on the hunt for a dark smokey colour and so was a little upset to find that these shades were already sold out but decided to go for Ebloui a bronze brown tone which is like nothing I already own and I wondered how and when I would wear the shade but I knew that I had to try the formula and decided to take the plunge! And I am SO glad that I did! The results were incredible and I have worn this shade about 5 times already on nights out over this Xmas period.

Chanel Illusion d'ombre in Ebloui - £22.50

The packaging is typical Chanel glossy black with gold finish which immediately screams luxury and the  little jar that the product comes in has a lovely screw top lid with the famous C's on. It is small and compact which makes it great for my handbag but the amount of product is good and because you need a small amount each time applied to the eyes, you get the feeling that the pot will be lasting you a while. Especially because I will be using this shadow for evenings out or special occasions I don't think I will run out any time soon.

So lets talk about the product itself. The shadow is longwear and luminous in its finish which means that once it goes on it will last all night so taking it out with you is not essential. I am always nervous taking an expensive make up product out at night so to know that I can leave it safe at home is always a bonus. 

The texture is divine. It is like a mousse/cream which is incredibly soft to the touch which makes it a pleasure to use on the eyes and it feels lightweight once applied unlike many powder shadows which can feel heavy, particularly if creating a dramatic smokey eye look. The colour is gorgeous, a bronze with a hint of red making it less beige than I had imagined and it really stands on its own as a colour unlike some of my bronze/brown matte shadows which I often need to use with another colour to get a strong eye look. The particles of shimmer within the shadow are what make the finished look so fantastic and gives a hint of classy iridescence rather than cheap glitter. 

There is a small brush included with the shadow which is lovely for gifting or for those who don't own many make up brushes however I enjoy using my fingers to apply the product because it dries fairly quickly and is so easy to blend using the warmth of my fingers and I have better control of how much I am applying. 

Overall, this product looks and feels expensive which in my opinion makes it worth paying over £20 for. I wouldn't usually want to spend this amount of money, especially on an eyeshadow, however this is honestly one of the best eye products I have ever used and as soon as the other colours come back in stock I will be buying them! Look out for a festive Christmas party look using this amazing product!



  1. I adore these and have reviewed Illusoire, Epatent and Emerveille on my blog. I haven’t tried this one yet though and may need to pick it up soon!

  2. glad im not the only one in love with it! hehe. I am desperate to try more of the shades so hopefully some of them will come back in stock! this colour is definitely worth investing in :)


  3. wow, this shade looks lovely, great review! :)xx