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Chanel Illusion D’Ombre In 87 Riviére

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in 87 Riviére is a limited edition shade released in Fleur de Lotus Makeup Collection For Spring 2012 together with several other Le Blanc products. Retailing at S$52 for 4g of product, made in France – it is now available at all Chanel counters island-wide.

I believe this is an Asian exclusive collection, much like the Tourbillions D’éclat de Chanel Makeup Collection released last year. And if so, I think these items will roll out at specific Chanel outlets internationally or online in a couple of months.

Swatches above taken under natural sunlight without flash.

It’s quite funny how I never got around sharing my thoughts about the Illusion D’Ombres. I remember being so excited when news of these cream (?) shadows were to launch last Fall – my guess was, the excitement kind of wore off after the long wait. However, I have really enjoyed using them and in this post, I shall share the shades I have picked so far, swatches, a little of my thoughts about them and comparison of 87 Riviére with a few other greens I have in my collection.

Since its debut, I have picked up 81 Fantasme, 83 Illusoire and 84 Épatant.

81 Fantasme is a glittery silver-white that glistens beautifully under any light – in fact, they all do. This shade looks absolutely fabulous layered over deeper eyeshadows. Gently pat a small amount to the center of the eye lids, inner corners of the eyes or under the brows for highlight. This is quite a versatile shade. Sarah did a great review of this shade here – she also suggests using Fantasme as a highlighter on the cheek bones and this is also listed as one of her favourite products of 2011 here.

83 Illusoire is a deepen eggplant with multi-coloured shimmer. This shade is beautiful worn alone or layered over/under a neutral eyeshadow palette. Sabrina shares her thoughts of this shade here and she layered Illusoire over Chanel Les 4 Ombres in 14 Mystic Eyes, check out what else she wore here.

84 Épatant is a dark olive-green with multi-coloured shimmer. Absolutely stunning on its own, this shade alone can create a set of beautiful smoky eyes for the evening – very subtle yet sophisticated. Sophia has a great set of comparison swatches for this shade here.

Lastly, 87 Riviére is a fresh, baby mint with multi-coloured micro-shimmer. It does look ever so slightly more silver-ish when swatched than in the pot. It’s such a beautiful, almost pastel shade which is perfect for this season. I can imagine a dress, bag, accessories or a pair of shoes in a similar colour.

For me, Riviére can be used in a similar fashion as Fantasme – inner corners of the eyes, center of the eye lids to open and brighten up the eyes. Riviére is also a gorgeous transition colour, think Riviére and Épatant.

All swatches above and below taken under natural sunlight without flash.

When I was mentally going through my stash for similar shades to 87 Riviére, the first I thought would come close was MAC Glided Green Pigment. When swatched, you can see that Riviére has a silvery sheen as compared to Glided Green and that Glided Green is more crisp and bright.

I hope the comparisons below paints a better picture of 87 Riviére for you.

The texture of these Illusion D’Ombres still fascinates me because they are neither cream nor powder. They are almost like a cushion or sponge being ever so bouncy and soft to touch yet delicate. I am very much impressed with the level of colour payoff and its wearability. I have no problems with them creasing, sliding or fading even in such a humid country. If I plan to wear them for longer hours, say more than 8 hours, I will apply a primer (just in case). On a day-to-day basis, I usually apply them without a primer.

I don’t usually apply eyeshadows with fingers, I prefer brushes but for this product due to its texture and consistency, I find using fingers one of the best ways to apply them. I gently bounce/tap my middle or ring finger to pick up enough product and pat onto the lids instead of swiping. A little goes a long way, I can’t imagine finishing any of them.

Depending on the eye look, I will use either Sephora IT Brush #235 or MAC 217 to soften the edges. Crease brushes such as Laura Mercier Eye Crease or Smashbox #15 Definer Brush also helps to define or darken especially for the outer corners.

All in all, the Illusion D’Ombres are a new breed of eyeshadows which I have yet to find a replacement for. They contain such complex coloured-shimmer which sparkles beautifully and have an almost wet, metallic finish – an ultra chic and modern touch for any eye makeup. Depending on your personal style and colour preference, I believe you will find a shade that suits you perfectly.

I am also very excited to see the other two new shades from their Blue Illusion Makeup Collection this Summer. Namely, Apparition – an intense grey-blue and Destination – a pale silvery blue. Accompanying these new shades of Illusion D’Ombres, there will be Le Crayon Yeux Precision Eye Definer in Bleu Aérien and Le Vernis in Sky Line (which I am not least excited about but we shall see when the collection launches in July).

Are you a fan of the Chanel Illusion D’Ombres? Which colours did you pick and how do you normally wear them?

Thank you for reading, have a wonderful week ahead.

14 thoughts on “Chanel Illusion D’Ombre In 87 Riviére

  1. Thanks for this post, Joey! I remember how vastly disappointed I was when Chanel Illusion D’Ombre was first launched after months of lemming thus ended with none. But now, you just made me lem for this again!!

  2. got the Riviére. It works very well for the pastel theme for summer.
    I don’t know if this color is light but it stay not as long as others permanent color…

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