Just Charlie G

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I’ve been putting off doing this post. I don’t really know why! This will be fairly picture heavy, but then my posts often are so no surprises there. At first I bought just a couple of things, then I went back for a couple more. Naughty!  Anyway, lets start with my surprise favourite purchase from the collection.

The Joues Contraste Blush in Rose Ecrin. It’s just gorgeous.  For some reason my swatch and photo’s are coral toned but I find the blush to be most definitely pink. A pale, dusty sort of a pink. I never planned to get it but I had to have it. My blush collection is now completely out of control.

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Rose Ecrin
Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Rose Ecrin
Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Rose Ecrin
Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Rose Ecrin

And then I had to go and get eyeliner. Le Crayon Yeux. At first glance, distinctly underwhelming. It’s very pale, a very pale Silver Khaki. That didn’t put me off though as my other favourite liner is Illamasqua’s Precision Ink in Glister, which is a nude shade. I’m loving the effect of a pale liner on my top lid at the moment. It helps that their paleness helps to hide my lack of skill in application… anyway. Here’s a little look.

Chanel silver khaki
Chanel silver khaki
Chanel silver khaki

And then I bought three of the much-blogged-about Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Cream Eyeshadows. I bought Epatant, Illusoir and Mirifique. These are bizarre! And I don’t mean that in a bad way. They are just completely unusual in finish. I’ve seen them described in so many different ways, but I’ll go along with a mousse like cream shadow. There’s a brush with each one, which is perfect for lining, but I’m not so sure it’s great for applying the whole lid… I’ve not found a perfect way to do this yet…

Lets start with the Khaki/Gold, Epatante. If not my favourite of the three I got, certainly the most wearable. It’s glittery, but classy glittery 😉 These do crease on me, and my eyelids aren’t very oily. Primer fixes that though.

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Cream Eyeshadow epatante
Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Cream Eyeshadow epatante
Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Cream Eyeshadow epatante

Then I got Mirifique, which is the black one. I’ve not managed to get a great application on my entire lid, but it makes a superb liner. The whole lid thing is just practice I think. In the bottom picture, I’m wearing the blush again and it looks a bit more colour accurate.

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Cream Eyeshadow mirifique
Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Cream Eyeshadow mirifique
Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Cream Eyeshadow mirifique

Finally, the one I wish I hadn’t bought. Illusoir. I can’t make it work at all. It doesn’t seem to have the same levels of pigmentation of the other two. It also consistently applies patchy on me, and it doesn’t really suit me all that well I don’t think. I found even doing the swatch hard work with this one. Live and learn!

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Cream Eyeshadow illusoir
Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Cream Eyeshadow illusoir
Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Cream Eyeshadow illusoir

It’s not awful, it’s just…meh on me.

Mirifique is absolutely my favourite, but needs more practice from me to perfect the application, but Epatant is far and away the most wearable for me.

So my top picks from this collection are the gorgeous blush and Epatant and if anyone wants Illusoire for £15 plus postage then give me a shout, it’s only been used for the swatch and eye pic above, is still boxed with it’s brush.

I nearly forgot to mention this, but you may have seen me tweet that my first lot were faulty. I had to send them back for replacements…. this is why…

See how they are all shrunken in their pots, compared to the above pots? It’s a confirmed faulty batch, so if you’ve bought these, please do check them!

11 responses to “My Chanel Fall 2011Review and Swatches”

  1. Computergirl says:

    I had to send Illusoire back too due to the same reason, however I love the ombre shadows so much I bought 5 (7 actually if you count the two im giving away!) Love the blush- its making me want more Chanel! xx

  2. Lauren Rose says:

    I’ve just watched Lisa Eldrige’s new make up video on these and I’d love to get some, thanks for the review x

  3. I agree, that blush is really lovely on your. I swatched the Chanel at the weekend and my favourite (read the one I will get the most out of) is Epitant, I loved it, sadly they were out of stock as my credit card came out to purchase!

    Why does that happen?

  4. missmascara1983 says:

    If you still have Illusoir I will take it off ur hands!

    lyddi69@hotmail.com

  5. Rachel says:

    I really want Epatant for daywear, unfortunately need to buy practical things for life first 🙁 xx

  6. VijiiS says:

    I have to run out and get that blush now–thanks for the review!

  7. Larie says:

    Mirifique is gorgeous! I really love it. 🙂 I wanted Epatant, too, but I will have to save up for it!

  8. Jan says:

    This is a lovely post Charlie, I think all the colours be they blush or shadow look infinately wearable and flattering, I actually like the look of the Illusior on you – I rather like meh! but that is me all over xx

  9. Bux says:

    I’ve been using joues contraste for years – I love it, it lasts for such a long time that it’s well worth the price. It also wears really well. I don’t think you can beat that iconic chanel packaging either.

  10. Charlie says:

    Thanks so much everyone for the comments. Its clearly been a very popular launch!

  11. Tali says:

    Cant believe how sad they look shrunken in their pots! Although good that they are refunding you!
    Love the color of that eyeliner.. am a sucker for those type shades!
    As for the Chanel shadows. My three have the same consistency but ALL of my friends who have the black shade have been saying their is applying patchy. Im guessing Chanel has a few more issues than they would like to admit.

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