Chanel Abstraction Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

Chanel Abstraction Illusion d'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow
Chanel Abstraction Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow

Chanel Abstraction Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “peach rose.” It looks very coral-pink in the pot, slightly pinker when swatched, but on my lid, it looked closer to the color you see in the pot–more coral-pink than anything else. Certainly warm-toned with coppery-gold and pink sparkle. MAC Love Spice is less pink. Urban Decay Free Love is much more coral and vibrant. MAC Quartz Fusion is redder.

It isn’t yet out, but it is part of the soon-to-be-released Les Expressions de Chanel collection.  When applied dry, it has sheerer payoff, such that it is a smattering sparkles and less metallic.  When applied damp, it has better pigmentation, though not quite opaque.  The color is buildable and after two or three layers, you’ll find mostly opaque coverage.   It’s not as smooth as the best Illusion d’Ombres, but it’s definitely not chunky or gritty or glittery.  It’s more shimmery, almost sparkly.  I wore it alone all over the lid, and it lasted for twelve hours without creasing or fading.  There was minimal, but noticeable, fall out–the kind that you notice but won’t look like a disco ball from across the room.

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Chanel Abstraction Illusion d'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow
Chanel Abstraction Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow

Chanel Abstraction Illusion d'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow
Chanel Abstraction Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow

Chanel Abstraction Illusion d'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow
Chanel Abstraction Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow

Chanel Abstraction Illusion d'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow
Chanel Abstraction Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow

Chanel Abstraction Illusion d'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow
Chanel Abstraction Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow

Chanel Abstraction Illusion d'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow
Chanel Abstraction Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow

Chanel Abstraction Illusion d'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow
Chanel Abstraction Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow

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Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Just not my colour at all. At Chanel’s prices, I’m even more careful to get something that I like, feel confident in and feel that it flatters me. This colour isn’t a shade I’d wear, even in a 5 dollar shadow.

The shade looked amazing in the pot but it’s sooo sheer.

I’ll stick with my L’Oreal Pepsy Coral from the Miss Candy Collection which is that this Abstraction Illusion in it pot looks like on the skin. They actually re-promoting this shade as part of the L’Oreal TIFF (Toronto Internationale Film Festival) display in Canada.

I had really high hopes for this shade, but I don’t think it will look good with my skin tone, and I’m bummed that the texture isn’t as good as my favorite shade (Illusoire). I’m still waiting for more mid-toned colors. It seems like they’re either very light or very dark, and with my skin (extremely fair with neutral/yellow undertones) I really need something in between to not look either washed out or too stark. It seems like that would be something most brands would do first, but not with these for some reason.

Hi Cati,

I don’t have any problems with mine, even the ones from the initial launch – which I think is almost a year ago!

I remember swatching this with a regular production from the collection which was like a true gold and they both looked amazing! This color alone looks great on you Christine! Even when there is no liner that accompanies it!

It looks so weird in the pot. Like crumbly/bumpy….

I love coral colors, but not on my eyes. I think it would emphasize any redness like you mentioned.
I rather have coral on my lips, haha. 🙂

Lol I thought I was the only one that believed it looked kinda gross… I dindn´t make the brain conection but it looked nasty to me lulz…this is sacrilege I´m going to be condemned by the makeup gods for thinking like this 😛 .

I am SO excited this shade is making it to the States! Do you remember the Chanel cream shadows that came in the teeny compacts from about ten years ago? There was one called Delta which was the most gorgeous peach-pink-coral-gold. I’ve been looking for a dupe for years!! If you remember that shadow, would you venture a guess as to whether this is a dupe??

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