Cream shadows never had my attention because I was under the impression that they would be difficult to apply and to work with. In the last year or so, it appears that both the high-end and low-end lines have been releasing moussey textured cream shadows that are equally long wearing and application friendly.
The Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in 82 EMERVEILLÉ is my favorite because of its warm peachy tones that works well with my skin color. All of the Illusion D’Ombre shadows come in glass jars with a teeny applicator (not pictured). Much like MAC paint pots, the glass jars are heavy, bulky, and not travel appropriate.
The screw top lid must be on tight and the jar must be stored upside down to preserve the product. Because it will dry out easily, I stopped myself from purchasing more. I felt that EMERVEILLÉ was the most useful and versatile shade; and, so far, it has proved itself worthy. I agree with the initial claims – it is long wearing and doesn’t crease or smudge; the product glides on easily and can be blended; and, the texture is bouncey and moussey in the jar, yet creamy when applied to the lids.
According to Chanel, “this intensely shimmering long-wear eyeshadow offers true versatility.” Its “innovative gel texture is both soft and cushiony [which] allows it to be worn as eyeshadow or eyeliner.” The product comes with “a specially designed shadow/liner brush, developed specifically for this unique formula” (not pictured).
For application, I like to apply it with my fingers and then blend it out with a blending brush. In some cases, I’ll use a synthetic brush that is specifically designed for cream shadows. Either way, you need to work quickly after application because this sucker will dry fast and then stay there forever.
Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow – 82 EMERVEILLÉ can be layered under eyeshadows or can be worn alone. Sometimes I like to brigthen up my inner corners with this color; or, I’ll line by bottom lashline with this along with a smokey eye. I don’t like to use this as a base because I don’t want to cover up its unique and pretty color. If I do apply this all over the lid, I apply a darker tone in the outer corners of my eye for definition.
For $36 each, this is an expensive product. This is just another version of the Armani Eyes to Kill shadows and the L’Oreal Infallible cream shadows. Because of the price point and the fact that other brands have come with similiar products, it’s not necessary that you go out and buy this right away. It’s nice to have and it’s pretty; but certainly not worth the nearly $40 price tag. However, I believe that EMERVEILLÉ is truly a unique shade that everyone should have in their collection! :)
How do you feel about cream eyeshadows?
Made in France.
Retails for $36.00.
*Quotes extracted from http://www.chanel.com.
*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)