Eye Adore? Chanel Illusion d’Ombre (Initiation & Fatal)

The Chanel Infinie de Nuit Collection meant the addition of two new Illusion d’Ombres… which would be perfect if there hadn’t been so much ‘universal trouble’ with the formulation this time around.

The Illusion d’Ombre formula is supposed to be light and spongy. But an increasing number of customers (including myself) ended up with dried out ‘hockey puck’ pellets, shoved up against the side of the glass pot. This was a particular problem with the ‘Initiation’ color (silvered bronze). We expect better from Chanel (particularly at 30+ bucks a pop), and hope they decide to get it together sooner rather than later.

Initiation is on the left, and Fatal (burgundy) is on the right.

I had to exchange my Initiation at a local Nordstrom store (and checked the pot before I accepted the exchange), because the one I received in the mail was completely dried up and had no color transfer. The one that I ended up with (pitctured) is still a little dry, but it’s much better than my original, and I’m able to pick up color. So I’m just going to move on.



This is  single finger swatch. I’ve always found that the Illusion d’Ombre formula works best with fingers, at least for me. I’ve also found that it stays better on the eyelids (with no creasing) if you put it over a neutral powder color to set the lids, or a traditional primer. My lids are very oily, so if I use this formula with no primer, it will crease on me. But with primer or powder, it sets nicely and wears all day.

If you’ve been lucky enough to get two perfect pots of these shadow colors, I am truly happy for you. In a perfect world, they are absolutely wonderful. But if you’re like the countless others who got a dried up little rock of a product, return it immediately and demand a refund. No one should be stuck with sub-standard product… even (and particularly) if it comes from Chanel.


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