Illamasqua CanCan Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

Illamasqua CanCan Eyeshadow
Illamasqua CanCan Eyeshadow

Illamasqua CanCan Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Can Can Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright lilac purple.” It’s a medium lilac with strong purple tones and a cool undertone. The finish is matte. Benefit Fancy Pansy is closest in color, but it’s lighter and has a shimmery finish, so it appears different. Inglot #346 is lighter, more pastel.

Can Can had lovely color payoff, but it was a smidgen on the drier side, so there was a little powderiness to contend with. It’s not overly difficult to deal with, but it’s noticeable and must be mentioned. It can be hard to find a shade of lavender like this that has such strong pigmentation, though, and it’s what makes this shade stand out the most.  I liked that it was darker than your average lavender/lilac shade, because it’s easier to wear, especially on medium to dark skin tones.  The texture is soft and smooth but a little too soft (hence the powderiness).  When I tested the wear, it managed seven hours with light fading around the edges but no creasing.

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Ingredients

Talc, Dimethylimidazolidinone Rice Starch, Mica, Aqua (Water), Propylene Glycol, Magnesium Myristate, Octyldodecanol, Isopropyl Myristate, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-150, Phenoxyethanol, Ricinus Communis Oil (Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil), Cetearyl Alcohol, Quaternium-26, Silica, Methylparaben, Glyceryl Ricinoleate, Cera Carnauba (Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax), Candelilla Cera (Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax), Ethylparaben, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Stearic Acid, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Propylparaben, Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediamine, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Cetyl Alcohol, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Parfum (Fragrance) And May Contain: [+/- Titanium Dioxide Ci 77891, Iron Oxides Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499, Carmine Ci 75470, Ultramarines Ci 77007, Yellow 5 Lake Ci 19140, Blue 1 Lake Ci 42090, Bismuth Oxychloride Ci 77163, Manganese Violet Ci 77742, Ferric Ferrocyanide Ci 77510, Red 40 Lake Ci 16035, Chromium Oxide Greens Ci 77288, Chromium Hydroxide Green Ci 77289] (Eu Exclusive Shades May Contain: Ci 12085, Ci 15850, Ci 45380, Ci 15985, Ci 73015, Ci 45410, Ci 77266). May contain Carmine as a colour additive.

Illamasqua CanCan Eyeshadow
Illamasqua CanCan Eyeshadow

Illamasqua CanCan Eyeshadow
Illamasqua CanCan Eyeshadow

Illamasqua CanCan Eyeshadow
Illamasqua CanCan Eyeshadow

Illamasqua CanCan Eyeshadow
Illamasqua CanCan Eyeshadow

Illamasqua CanCan Eyeshadow
Illamasqua CanCan Eyeshadow

Illamasqua CanCan Eyeshadow
Illamasqua CanCan Eyeshadow

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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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I typically stay away from shades like this because although I have a light, neutral skintone, my eyes are extremely dark. However, I think this one could actually work for me.

This is my one and only Illamasqua e/s and I love it. It can be a little powdery, but it isn’t that bothersome. I love to use it with a bold purple and blue look placed slightly above the crease to blend and soften the stronger purples and blues. Need to pick up some more of their eyeshadows.

So lovely! – but I think I would leave it to the cooler skinned gals.  This might be one of those shades that just sits on my face and just doesn’t work.  It would be more accessible to me if it were greyed down a bit.  Nonetheless, a super pretty shade.

This kind of reminds me of MAC Beautiful Iris, but matte. I have blue-green eyes with gold, so purple always looks great against them. Even though I am warm toned, purple never fails me.

It’s VERY pretty! Not for me, but very pretty. It’s a lot paler, more lilac-y than my MUFE’s #9 which is about as pale purple as I like to go. I think it would look utterly lovely on a pale-skinned person

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