Chanel Riviere Illusion d’Ombre Long-Wear Cream Eyeshadow
Chanel Riviere Illusion d’Ombre Long-Wear Cream Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a pale shimmering green with subtle golden shimmer. A warmer, seafoam green, if you will. I couldn’t think of any shades that really were that similar. Urban Decay Money is darker, bluer. MAC Fresh & Mint is cooler-toned, almost bluish. Dior Garden Pastels was darker, more intense.
This formula is supposed to be shimmering and long-wearing with a soft, cushion-y gel texture. It can be worn as an eyeshadow or as an eyeliner. Riviere is sheer to semi-opaque–I wasn’t able to build-up the color enough so that it was fully opaque. Every shade I’ve come across within this range, except for Fantasme, has been opaque. I also had some trouble getting an even layer of color, as this had a tendency to bunch up on itself, which would make it look uneven on the lid. Whether or not a color is sheer or opaque, you still want an even layer of color. The texture is soft, bouncy–definitely that “cushion-y” texture coming into play. I was worried about the wear, given the problematic application, but it looked exactly as it did when initially applied ten hours later.
P.S. — This was originally a Nordstrom exclusive (that’s where I bought mine), but it has since been removed from Nordstrom–luckily, Chanel released it as an online exclusive to their own website as well, which is where you can purchase it at present.