Monday, October 15th, 2012

Chanel Destination Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow
Chanel Destination Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow

Chanel Destination Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “pale-satin shade [that] adds a silver-blue accent to eyes.” It’s a subdued, silver-ish blue with a frosted, metallic finish. When sheered out, it’s almost more silver-white with just a hint of blue. MAC Bright Moon is darker, grayer. Buxom Husky is bluer and lighter–more sky blue. Urban Decay Strip is a bit darker. Urban Decay Mary Jane is also similar, a bit bluer–richer. Inglot #429 is more periwinkle.

I’ve been wanting to review this for awhile, but it’s been sold out online (sold out before I even received mine!) and though it was supposed to be available at regular counters/retailers, I’ve yet to see it pop up online. Luckily, when I checked this weekend, it’s back in stock on Chanel.com. Sometimes I love Illusion d’Ombres, and sometimes, they’re a bit of a miss. Destination┬áis more of a miss for me, unfortunately.

The downfall of Destination is that it doesn’t apply opaque, even if you make an attempt to build it, because it doesn’t apply very evenly. It’s a little splotchy and patchy. As a result, it works better as a base color or applied very sheerly as a wash of shimmer. I think other shades within the formula do a better job of merely illuminating eyes if that was your goal. Destination wore for six hours well, but by eight hours, there was noticeable fading.

The Glossover

LE
product

Destination

C+
I'm a fiend for this type of color normally, but the problems with wear and pigmentation make this a no-go. I'd rather pay $36 (double!) for another Urban Decay Strip or Mary Jane!

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

3.5/5

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Chanel Destination Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow
Chanel Destination Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow

Chanel Destination Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow
Chanel Destination Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow

Chanel Destination Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow
Chanel Destination Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow

Chanel Destination Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow
Chanel Destination Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Chanel, $36.00.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

MAC Bright Moon is darker, grayer. Buxom Husky is bluer and lighter--more sky blue. Urban Decay Strip is a bit darker. Urban Decay Mary Jane is also similar, a bit bluer--richer. Inglot #429 is more periwinkle.

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9 thoughts on “Chanel Destination Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. I don’t like the color. Too blue and frostly. Also too bad about the uneven application. Definitely a no go.

  2. Ali

    i’d love to see this in a look!

  3. Too bad the pigmentation is so disappointing, otherwise it would have been a lovely eyeshadow, a perfect sky-blue.

  4. Ahh too bad–it’s SO pretty in the pot!!! But in your swatch, so sheer :(

  5. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Megan Della

    This makes me glad I took a pass on this one. I managed to get apparition, which I do like, but don’t love because it’s not as opaque as it could be either. I do think it’s better than destination however.

  6. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Amy xamyx

    I believe there’s a L’Oreal Infallible that seems similar to this. While not an *exact* dupe, it may be worth checking out, at a 1/4 of the price.

  7. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Alison Alison

    What a shame! The Illusion D’Ombre name is usually synonymous with fantastic eye shadow, so this is a bit sad to see…

  8. Elizabeth Beaudry

    Wow, I am really glad I did not invest in this. I LOVE Chanel makeup–it’s the only brand I use (except for a couple of Estee Lauder odds and ends), and I think the blue shades I get from my “Lagons” quad are prettier, especialy when applied damp. Glad you saved me some money! :-)