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Clarins Spring 2016 Ombre Iridescente Cream Eyeshadows

Clarins Silver Ivory Ombre Iridescente Cream Eyeshadow
Clarins Silver Ivory Ombre Iridescente Cream Eyeshadow

Clarins Ombre Iridescente Cream Eyeshadow ($24.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a cream-to-powder eyeshadow that is supposed to adhere well to skin, last long, and give “pure color.” The texture is lightly spongy, where it has give if you press against it, but it doesn’t have the wetness of your traditional cream eyeshadow. The texture is smooth, lightweight, and blendable, while color coverage was mostly opaque to opaque. The three I tried lasted between seven and eight hours on me. You’ll notice that Silver Ivory has come away from the edges of the pot, but it didn’t seem drier in texture compared to the others and pretty much performed similarly!

Clarins Silver Ivory Ombre Iridescente Cream Eyeshadow ($24.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a muted, light-medium golden pewter with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The consistency was easy to use, blendable, and retained most of its opacity when applied to the lid without sheering out too readily. On me, it lasted for seven and a half hours before creasing. Cle de Peau Serenity (Right) (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC French Toast (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Too Good to Be True (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Palladium (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Lunar Cycle (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Two Stylish #1 (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #5 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #19 (LE, $33.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Funny Bunny (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Arctic Grey (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Fly by Twilight (LE, $20.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Give In Take I (LE, $29.00) is lighter (85% similar). bareMinerals Bling (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Anastasia Beigely (LE, $12.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Acoustic (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Golden Pear (LE, $14.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). NARS Lost Coast #1 (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Hello Kitty Cookie (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). MAC Greenluxe #3 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). NARS Antares (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Clarins Silver Pink Ombre Iridescente Cream Eyeshadow ($24.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a muted, medium pink-mauve with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff with a smooth, blendable consistency that applied well and was easy to use. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours before creasing on me. Tarte Haunting (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Lilacked (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Winter Dream (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Lotus (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Ametrine (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Aglow (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). theBalm #32 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Maybelline Rose Riot (140) (LE, $6.99) is lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #7 (P, $33.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Smoky Quartz (LE, $30.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Pretty Vulgar True Colors (P, ) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Maybelline Inked in Pink (P, $6.99) is cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Honey Lavender (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Dior Magnify #4 (P, ) is cooler (85% similar). Sephora Orchid Mist (LE, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Sugared Raisin (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Poker Face (LE, $14.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Milk Makeup Peep Show (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Clarins Silver Plum Ombre Iridescente Cream Eyeshadow ($24.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a medium-dark, mauvey taupe with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had great pigmentation with a lightly creamy, smooth texture that applied nicely to the skin and blended out easily. This was the longer-wearing of the three, as it made it to eight hours before light creasing was noticeable. Tarte Wave (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Up Too Slate (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Lilac Dream #3 (P, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). YSL Taupe Drop (03) (P, $30.00) is cooler (85% similar). Clarins Rosewood #3 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Cherie (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Stag Film (LE, $29.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Cloudy Afternoon (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). L'Oreal Pain au Chocolat (P, $5.99) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Dior Golden Snow #4 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Maybelline Black Orchid (130) (LE, $6.99) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Zoeva Outline (P, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Zoeva Delicate Acidity (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). NARS Callisto (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). MAC Bounce Around (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). Anastasia Chocolate Crumble (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Surratt Beauty Mesmer Eyes Prismatique Eyes

Surratt Beauty Mesmer Eyes Prismatique Eyes
Surratt Beauty Mesmer Eyes Prismatique Eyes

The following was previously written for my first review on this formula, as all three I tried were very consistent in performance: Surratt Beauty Prismatique Eyes ($38.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a two-part compact that twists to reveal a glittery, more powder-like eyeshadow on the lower level, and then on the upper level, the lid twists off and reveals a cream eyeshadow. The brand states that the cream eyeshadow is a long-wearing, “water-proof shadow base” that can be used underneath the glittery eyeshadow or as an eyeliner. The glittery eyeshadow is called a “prismatic top coat.” The two only work well when used together, but neither works that well alone. Together, they’re pretty, but the cream eyeshadow is fussier than ideal for a cream-based product, so blending and getting even coverage were quite challenging.

Based on the fact that the cream eyeshadow is the long-wearing part and has the most claims, I rated this as a standalone product plus how well it did hold the glitter eyeshadow, but the wear considers it on its own as well as when worn with the glitter eyeshadow. On the other hand, the glitter eyeshadow’s wear is based on how long it wears over the cream base (there seem to be next to no claims made for the eyeshadow, other than calling it a top coat and it designed to be very sparkly!). The cream eyeshadow worked decently as an eyeliner without the glittery eyeshadow on top of it, but on the lid, it had a tendency to crease before it had a chance to set due to a longer dry-down time. If I applied the glittery eyeshadow on top of the cream base as it was drying down, the glitter was fairly locked on and seemed to prevent any initial creasing. Then the whole layer cake of product lasted for nine hours before I noticed faint creasing. The cream eyeshadow was fairly crease-resistant, but the longer dry down time meant keeping the lid close and lightly patting the cream eyeshadow back into place after 15-20 seconds until it was fully dried at about 45 seconds. I recommend a flat, slightly narrow, synthetic brush to pat on the glitter eyeshadow for best results.

The glitter eyeshadow will get everywhere without the cream base to lock on, and the glitter seemed like flecks, which were a pain to remove from the skin (it is always amusing that glitter won’t stick to the lid, but it’ll stick to your nose no problem!). The cream eyeshadow was generally pigmented but had a fair amount of slip to it without being really thick, so it tended to look patchy and uneven on the lid, especially the more I blended out the edge. It is the type of product that is easier to use as a base on the lid and then use traditional powder eyeshadow to do crease work. The packaging felt flimsy to me, and I’ve too often swiveled open the lower level and nicked the edge of the pan as a result. I had consistent results across the three shades I purchased inasmuch as wear and application went. This particular duo had a more pigmented, buildable cream eyeshadow in it, though it was even more slippery than Glamour Eyes, so it easily looked patchy and streaky applied.

Mesmer Eyes (Cream) is described as a “khaki green.” It’s a murky, medium-dark olive green with warm, brown undertones and a natural sheen. It had semi-opaque coverage that was buildable to opaque coverage after two passes, but it takes some doing to manage the formula as it dries down. I kept my eyelid closed and patted lightly over the natural crease about half-way through the dry down phase, which helped to push color out of the crease. Once it dried down, the color would last for eight and a half hours. Makeup Geek Dirty Martini (P, $6.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Viseart Dark Matte #12 (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm D4 (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Shade III (LE, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Mozambique (P, $25.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mesmer Eyes (Glitter) is described as a “glistening green-gold duo-chrome.” It’s a light-medium, yellow gold base with a green-to-gold shift that is most apparent when it is layered but is very subtle on its own. The texture was smoother and less crumbly than Glamour Eyes, so it was easier to use and applied more smoothly over the cream eyeshadow. MAC Night Thrill (LE, $22.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Gorgeous Gold (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

8
Product
8
Pigmentation
7
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
80%
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Surratt Beauty Glamour Eyes Prismatique Eyes

Surratt Beauty Glamour Eyes Prismatique Eyes
Surratt Beauty Glamour Eyes Prismatique Eyes

Surratt Beauty Prismatique Eyes ($38.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a two-part compact that twists to reveal a glittery, more powder-like eyeshadow on the lower level, and then on the upper level, the lid twists off and reveals a cream eyeshadow. The brand states that the cream eyeshadow is a long-wearing, “water-proof shadow base” that can be used underneath the glittery eyeshadow or as an eyeliner. The glittery eyeshadow is called a “prismatic top coat.” The two only work well when used together, but neither works that well alone. Together, they’re pretty, but the cream eyeshadow is fussier than ideal for a cream-based product, so blending and getting even coverage were quite challenging.

Based on the fact that the cream eyeshadow is the long-wearing part and has the most claims, I rated this as a standalone product plus how well it did hold the glitter eyeshadow, but the wear considers it on its own as well as when worn with the glitter eyeshadow. On the other hand, the glitter eyeshadow’s wear is based on how long it wears over the cream base (there seem to be next to no claims made for the eyeshadow, other than calling it a top coat and it designed to be very sparkly!). The cream eyeshadow worked decently as an eyeliner without the glittery eyeshadow on top of it, but on the lid, it had a tendency to crease before it had a chance to set due to a longer dry-down time. If I applied the glittery eyeshadow on top of the cream base as it was drying down, the glitter was fairly locked on and seemed to prevent any initial creasing. Then the whole layer cake of product lasted for nine hours before I noticed faint creasing. The cream eyeshadow was fairly crease-resistant, but the longer dry down time meant keeping the lid close and lightly patting the cream eyeshadow back into place after 15-20 seconds until it was fully dried at about 45 seconds. I recommend a flat, slightly narrow, synthetic brush to pat on the glitter eyeshadow for best results.

The glitter eyeshadow will get everywhere without the cream base to lock on, and the glitter seemed like flecks, which were a pain to remove from the skin (it is always amusing that glitter won’t stick to the lid, but it’ll stick to your nose no problem!). The cream eyeshadow was generally pigmented but had a fair amount of slip to it without being really thick, so it tended to look patchy and uneven on the lid, especially the more I blended out the edge. It is the type of product that is easier to use as a base on the lid and then use traditional powder eyeshadow to do crease work. The packaging felt flimsy to me, and I’ve too often swiveled open the lower level and nicked the edge of the pan as a result. I had consistent results across the three shades I purchased inasmuch as wear and application went, but this particular duo had the least pigmented cream shade–but since these are intended to be layered on the lid, it did not really make a difference once the glitter eyeshadow as patted on top. It was, of course, noticeably sheer and even more muted on than in the pot when used as an eyeliner.

Glamour Eyes (Cream) is described as a “royal plum.” It’s a subdued, medium-dark lavender purple with subtle, neutral-to-cool undertones and a natural sheen. It had sheer, streaky coverage unless really piled on, but this made it extremely difficult for the product to dry down evenly without gathering into the creases. When used as a base, I really did not find it to be an issue that the coverage was sheerer or uneven, as patting the glitter on top hid it entirely while still acting as an adhesive for the flecks of glitter. MAC Nearing Dark (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Fairytale (P, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Motown (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Charade #2 (P, $25.00) is warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Mulberry (LE, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Purple Haze (DC, $16.00) is cooler, better quality (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Glamour Eyes (Glitter) is described as a “brilliant blue-violet duo-chrome.” It is more of a medium, pink-mauve base with blue-to-violet shift with a very glittery, chunky consistency. I think the chunkiness is actually due to how soft the product is, so a lot more product gets dislodged from the surface of the pan than you’d expect, so a very light touch is best. I might even consider using a slightly dampened brush as well. It looks cooler-toned once layered over the cream eyeshadow, and you can start to see the duochrome come through, but on its own, it just seemed like a warmer shade with a lot of glitter. Urban Decay Horizon (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Lancome Garden Rose (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Passion (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Smoky Mauve (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Glitterrock (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Halo (P, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Parallel Universe (Left) (LE, $25.00) is warmer (85% similar). Giorgio Armani #7 (P, $33.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Anastasia Blossom (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Too Faced Mauvelous (LE, $16.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
78%
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ColourPop Where the Night Is Super Shock Shadow Set

ColourPop Midnight Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Midnight Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Midnight Super Shock Shadow ($20.00 for 0.28 oz. or $5.00 for each 0.07 oz. shade) is a collection of four Super Shock Shadows that can be purchased a “set,” but you can also purchase each shade alone. There’s no monetary advantage to purchasing the set; the only difference is you would get the packaging that reflects the collaboration and collection’s name. It’s a nice selection of shades, and all four shades performed well for me and were consistent with the formula I’ve come to know and love. If you’re unfamiliar with the Super Shock Shadow formula, it is more like a cream-powder hybrid than traditional cream eyeshadow. If you touch it, the product feels more like a sponge or stiff mousse, as there is light give, but it doesn’t have the same emollient or thickness of traditional cream products. The texture is thinner and is manipulated on the skin more like a powder. The brand says that using fingertips yields the greatest pigmentation, and if you prefer, synthetic brushes, but I find synthetic brushes to work well for applying and still getting great pigmentation out of the majority of shades (typically the very glittery shades are ones where fingertips really do improve them).

Midnight is described as a “black undertone with a ton of gold glitter on top in a metallic finish.” It’s a blackened olive green with warm undertones and gold glitter. It had semi-opaque coverage that was buildable to opaque coverage with two to three layers of product. The texture was lightly emollient and blended out well without turning patchy. The eyeshadow was still going strong after ten hours of wear (no primer), but I did have a few stray glittery bits underneath my eye. Charlotte Tilbury Veruschka (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Gingerluxe #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Greenluxe #4 (P, ) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D308 Aquatic Khaki (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Gabon (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #24 (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Hammered (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Color Field #5 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Zodiac (P, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I328 Bronze (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Cosmic Deco #2 (P, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Eureka (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Crowbar (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Sephora Hidden Treasure (114) (LE, $13.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Inglot #419 (P, $6.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Porter is described as a “warm burgundy with gold multi-dimensional gold glitter on top [of] a metallic finish.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark cranberry with hints of warm, pinky-copper tones and subtle gold sparkle. The texture had a really creamy, smooth feel to it, and it applied with true-to-pot color with full coverage. It blends out with ease and doesn’t look patchy or faded. On me, I didn’t have any fading or creasing even after ten hours of wear. Colour Pop Lectra (DC, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Heritage Rouge (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Hidden Motive (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). City Color It's a Girl (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). MAC Plummed (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Framboise (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Brazenly (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Chanel Delicatesse #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). YSL Scandal #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Telepathy is described as a “bright gold with a green undertone in an ultra-metallic finish.” It’s a bright, light-medium yellow gold with an almost “cool” undertone (compared to most golds, which are often orange-based) paired with a metallic sheen. The eyeshadow had great color payoff with a smooth, blendable consistency that applied beautifully and was still in pristine condition after ten hours of wear. Kat Von D Prophet (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Blitz (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #5 (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Thrasher (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 02 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Goldmine (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Tryst (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora David (LE, ) is more muted (85% similar). Makeup Geek Fortune Teller (P, $9.99) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Sephora Bronze (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Instigator (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #3 (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Hourglass Color Field #2 (P, ) is lighter (80% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #4 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Weenie is described as a “pinky rose gold in a pearlized finish.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark coppery bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It was nicely pigmented with full coverage and a creamy, moderately emollient texture (it felt “wetter” than most ColourPop eyeshadows). It sheered out just a wee bit when applied, but it layered well if you needed pristine, opaque pigmentation. It wore well for ten hours. Coloured Raine Who Me (P, $6.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D708 Pinky Copper (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Reward Yourself (LE, $16.50) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop La-La (LE, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Rose Gold (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Muse #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Quite Yummy! (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Haze (LE, $45.00) is cooler (90% similar). City Color Homecoming Queen (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Viseart Petit Pro #7 (LE, ) is darker, more muted (85% similar). NARS Rigel (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Paradiso (Eye Color) (LE, ) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Kat Von D Quartz (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). City Color Yas! (P, $6.99) is darker, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Makeup Geek Hocus Pocus (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Catnap (-, $5.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Milk Makeup Gig (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Midnight Blast (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Divergent Peaceful Shimmer (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar). Kylie Cosmetics Duchess (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
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Chanel Iridescent (112) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow

Chanel Iridescent (112) Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow
Chanel Iridescent (112) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow

Chanel Iridescent (112) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is aptly named, as it is a pale white with an iridescent sheen that flashes pink, lavender, and blue paired with a soft, frosted finish. Tom Ford Beauty Ripe Plum (Left) (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Magnify #1 (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Skinny Dip (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Cube (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Crushed Indigo (Left) (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Triple Impact (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Sugar Rush (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Mood Ring (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Opal (P, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS Cassiopeia (P, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Le Marais (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Pink Heart (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Moonstone (LE, ) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Illusion d’Ombre formula is supposed to be an “intensely shimmering long-wear eyeshadow.” If you’re unfamiliar with the formula, it is lightly spongy and slightly emollient, but it doesn’t feel like the traditional cream eyeshadow and is much thinner and more powder-like in how it applies and wears. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin and had semi-opaque coverage in one layer. It was buildable to opaque coverage after two layers or sheered out for more of a wash of shimmer, if desired, without issue. It lasted for nine and a half hours on me before creasing slightly.

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Chanel Moonlight Pink (118) Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow

Chanel Spring 2016 Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadows ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) are an unexpected miss. Chanel was one of the first brands to debut this type of product, where it’s a cream eyeshadow but applies and feels more like a powder on the skin with a spongy texture. It’s been a favorite for a long time, but I had serious issues with application with two of the three shades.

Chanel Moonlight Pink (118) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a softened, light-medium rosy pink with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The texture was slightly dry compared to a lot of the range, but it applied decently. It had weak pigmentation, but it was buildable without emphasizing the lid texture. The eyeshadow started to crease after eight and a half hours of wear. Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Booty Call (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Hourglass Monochrome #2 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Wattles (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Lancome My French #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Dior Chimere (821) (P, $31.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). MAC Give Me Fire (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Pop Art Princess (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Pure Bred #2 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Sephora Pink Champagne (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Urban Decay Last Sin (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Buxom Glitz Factor (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, brighter (80% similar). Sephora Tea Rose (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Chanel Envol (847) (LE, $32.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). NYX Golden Peach (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). Anastasia Intense Gaze (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Kat Von D Killing Jar (P, ) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Lorelei (LE, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Ocean Light (122) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a brighter, medium blue with fine blue glitter. It’s hard to describe why this ended up being such an atrocious product, because even in the pot, it doesn’t feel half as dry as it looks on the skin. It’s so splotchy and uneven; it applies and barely wants to blend out. I think the only way to salvage it is to use it as a base and layer much more opaque colors over it, but there are better products out there for that purpose. The color lasted for eight hours before creasing, but I had fall out over time. MAC Switch to Blue (LE, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Kimono (P, $5.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). LORAC Blue Quartz (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Buxom Backstage Pass (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Aja (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Stila Lapis (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Buxom Bulldog (P, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I218 Indigo Blue (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Skywalk (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). LORAC Cobalt (LE, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Anastasia Azure (LE, $12.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Fenty Beauty Midnight Bolt (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Chanel Swing (116) (P, $29.50) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Griffith Green (126) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark green-ish teal with fine gold frost. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but the texture, while it felt smooth, was difficult to blend out. I also encountered an issue where the color would lift off if I tried to blend it out along the edge (even gently). It lasted for eight and a half hours before creasing slightly. Urban Decay C-Note (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Scarab (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Emerald Lust #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Whispering Ibis (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Peacock (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Emerald (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Try Me On (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NYX Jaded (P, $6.00) is warmer (85% similar). Coloured Raine Forbidden (P, $6.99) is darker (85% similar). Milani Bella Emerald (18) (P, $4.49) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Damaged (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Clarins Garden Escape #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Typhoon (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Siren Blue (LE, $45.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). NARS Hydra (LE, $29.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Cleopatra (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). Tarina Tarantino Very Wicked (LE, ) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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