Chanel Rouge Noir Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

Chanel Rouge Noir (857) Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow
Chanel Rouge Noir (857) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow

Chanel Rouge Noir (857) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “black red.” It’s a muted, dark plum with warmer undertones and fine gold and purple shimmer. Burberry Mulberry (24) (DC, $29.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I834 Grape (DC, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Aubergine (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Pop (PiP, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Dior House of Pinks #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Fabulous Three #3 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #4 (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Rare Find (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). KVD Beauty Wonderland (DC, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Universal Appeal (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Stila Garnet (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar). Stila Deep Plum (LE, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Cabernet (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Tarte Show Plum Love (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Stila Plum (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Jammin' (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Rich Core (P, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Sugarpill Countess (P, $13.00) is more shimmery, brighter (85% similar). Dior Blazing Gold #4 (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Makeup Geek Sensuous (DC, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Illusion d’Ombre formula is a cream eyeshadow that applies like a cream but dries down and feels more like a powder, as it remains blendable and doesn’t cling or feel tacky. The texture is smooth, blendable, and forgiving on the skin. It had good color coverage, though not quite opaque in one layer, that can be sheered out, if desired, as it is quite easily diffused. On me, this shade stayed on for nine hours before creasing slightly.

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Chanel Rouge Noir (857) Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow
Chanel Rouge Noir (857) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow

Chanel Rouge Noir (857) Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow
Chanel Rouge Noir (857) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow

Chanel Rouge Noir (857) Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow
Chanel Rouge Noir (857) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow

Chanel Rouge Noir (857) Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow
Chanel Rouge Noir (857) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow

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Mariella Avatar

This looks an awful lot like Ebloui, which was too red toned for me (I used it so rarely that it sort of dried out, though it can still be used just by roughing up the surface a bit). As this shadow seems even more red, it isn’t something I would like to spend my makeup money on.

Aj Avatar

I love plum eyeshadows- whether they’re shimmery, satin or matte. This one is pretty, but I like the dupes better. Probably will get the Burberry, MUFE and Makeup Geek ones – can’t have too many right? 😀

Katherine T. Avatar

IDK, this looks more brown with a hint of plum. From the name Rouge Noire and the way it looked in the pot, I was expecting a darkened plum burgundy, which would’ve been great for fall/winter

Nancy T Avatar

As a green(er) eyed peep, we *know* these type of shades are my weakness, right? Yeah, this is definitely up my alley! Although I wish it had denser pigmentation when blended out, as I love my plummy or purple shades to be more intense. So I will probably nab either MUFE I834 Grape or MAC Rich Core instead. Cannot have enough plums, burgundies or purples!

Erica Avatar

Christine, your zoom lens photo of this cream shadow made my heart flutter for a few seconds (lol). If it could be this lush and dark on my lids I’d buy it in a minute. Alas, the next picture shows it being a little too sheer for my taste.

P Jill Avatar

I was hoping to see your eye look using this shade. Just knowing it is a plum toned shade is not enough for me. Sometimes plum shades can make skin tone appear ruddy in my opinion.
That being said, I had a thing for those illusions d ombre once. I think I own 6. But I find that they dry out long before the product is gone. And heaven forbid you drop one on the floor. I did once. The jar didn’t break, but the product, though still moist, shattered.I pieced it back together in the jar , like a ball of play-dough, but it was never the same effortless application again.

Trish Avatar

Well I’m kinda disappointed. I was expecting more intensity maybe- or more color? That sounds silly I know but not liking it sheer at all. This is definitely one I need to play with at the counter! Thanks for the heads up Christine.

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