Chanel – Illusion D’Ombre review

Chanel Illusion D’ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Émerveillé. I think we can award this the longest product name ever, right off the bat.

Review – Chanel Ilusion D’Ombre in Émerveillé

I saw this in a Lisa Eldridge video where she used it on the lovely Sophie Dahl, and it just looked so pretty… and now it’s found itself in my makeup bag (hurrah!). 

Chanel say this is a luminous and iridescent creme eyeshadow, that is silky, light and long-lasting.  Chanel aren’t fibbing. It lives up to all their promises, and I love it.

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Émerveillé

Émerveillé is a beautiful champagne shade, which works as a ‘grown up’ all-over subtle shimmer for day wear. At night, I’d ramp up the dark brown or black eyeliner to give it an edge.  A small amount of this blends a long way, and it has a very useable cream-to-powder texture. It almost looks like velvet in the pot (which is typically Chanel – a chic glass container with a black lid, adorned with the immediately recognisable logo).

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Émerveillé – product & brush view
For your £24.00 (I know!), you get a good little brush with it, that works well to apply the cream.  I also like to apply the Illusion D’ombre with a domed synthetic shadow brush, like the Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush. You’ll find the best results from the included brush when it’s used at an angle, as a liner tool.

Chanel – Illusion D’ombre in Émerveillé – swatches. Left – one application, Right – two applications. Please note, they have photographed more bronze than they actually are!
I find that cream eyeshadows often crease on me, even when used with a primer – but the texture of Chanel’s Illusion D’ombre seems to allow it to cling on to the lid, without budging. It’s still well in tact after 6 hours, and needs minimal retouching after this.
The best thing about this shadow is that even though it remains uncreased, it’s still workable after hours of wear, so you can change your look or add to it, without having to start from fresh.
There you have it. My very positive ramblings about what is a superb eyeshadow for Spring/Summer.

Have you tried any of the Illusion D’Ombre shades? Or do you prefer a high-street version – if so, which one? Let me know!


  1. March 20, 2014 / 2:27 am

    This looks absolutely beautiful I haven't tried any but you've definitely tempted me now!!! xxx

  2. March 24, 2014 / 11:00 am

    I think you need to treat yourself! 😉 xx