When Chanel launched their Illusion D’Ombre shadows back in 2011 they were that rarest of beauty launches: something we’d really never seen before.
These cushiony, whipped-mousse shadows are something special: firm and springy to the touch, they’re pigment packed, gorgeous to look at and effortless to use.
Worn sheered out across the lid or layered up for a more intense finish, they make for the perfect, one-step eye – and once they set, these babies ain’t going nowhere. The shade range is spectacular; Chanel have a gift for creating the most covetable colours.
I own, and love, the smoky violet Illusoire, black and silver Mirifique, sparkly gold Vision and silvery green, Epatant – and now, there’s a new kid on the block. On my last trip through Dublin Airport I snapped up Mirage, from the summer collection, and it’s been on my face ever since.
A warm, golden bronze, this has some shimmer and sparkle but also looks quite natural on the eye. It’s versatile enough to take you from the office to the beer garden or beach, and the shade looks delicious in the sunshine – it will warm, lift and flatter any skintone.
And let’s take a second to appreciate that packaging, shall we? That glass pot feels appealingly expensive, and the glossy black lid with those signature double C’s? Divine. ( I know, I’m SUCH a fangirl.) The brush is pretty decent, too – I alternate between it, my fingers or whatever flat shadow brush comes easily to hand.
Part of the permanent line, Mirage is €30 (full price, though cheaper in the airport) – and that’s probably the only thing I’m not actually loving so much. The cost has crept up from the €28 launch price, and I’m not sure I’d go much higher for a single shadow pot.
What do you think – would you give Mirage a home?