So I’ve been playing around with Chanel’s Illusion d’Ombre in Ebloui lately. I swatched it months ago when it was released in Norway but I fell for the Mirifique shade instead. After really enjoying the texture and staying power of Mirifique I decided to pick up another one.
When I was at duty free in Heathrow a few weeks ago, I swatched Ebloui. I thought it wouldn’t really show up on my skin but in the airport lighting it was quite a nice subtle shade. At first glance it just looks like coppery glitter on my skin. But in the shade it looks even better. It’s got a nice plummy brown hue that looks so classy.
As much as I love in-your-face bold shadow looks, having Ebloui in my stash kind of gives me a chance to wear more subtle looks.
Here’s what I did (and I promised it did not take more than 15 minutes):
- I started out with NARS Pro Prime Smudgeproof Eyeshadow base. I applied a really thin layer.
- Then I used a MAC 217 brush and patted Ebloui from the upper lashline but stopped before my crease. I did this a few times though because it’s difficult to tell how much is on my eyelid. In other words, it’s actually quite difficult to overdo it.
- Then I took the same 217 brush and blended Legendary Black into the crease and outer corner.
- I lined my upper and lower lashline with MAC Feline which is a smudgy black eyeliner. In typical “I’m-too-scared-to-wear-shadow-on-my-lower-lashline” style, I just smudged more Feline on my lower lashline and set it with transparent powder.
At the risk of looking silly, here’s what it looks like with my eyes closed:
Now I’m off to ponder why I always look so yellow in photographs. Here are some additional links in case you’re curious:
- Temptalia’s Chanel Illusion D’ombre Swatches
- Karen’s Look with Chanel Mirifique
- What in the world is Legendary Black: Temptalia’s Swatches of MAC’s Legendary Black
P/s - I’ll never be able to swatch as well as Temptalia and I’m not even going to bother to try as I don’t live in a very well lit place. I do live in a country with a love-hate relationship with sunlight so I really don’t see myself ever finding the proper time and place to swatch eyeshadows. I’m always at work when the sun is shining anyway :)