Diorshow Fusion Mono #81 Aventure, #281 Cosmos, #381 Millenium, #661 Meteore and #881 Hypnotique from Mystic Metallics Fall 2013 Collection, Swatches & Comparison

On my last visit to various counters across Stuttgart, right before I flew to holiday and as usual on the last 10 minute, I happened to see the Dior Fall 2013 collection in Douglas on Koenig Strasse, Stuttgart. It was unexpected since there was no indication of it coming to Germany before mid/end of August. I even purchased some pieces from US to make sure I get my hands on them before they sell out, such as the two quads (see reviews here and here) and nail polishes (reviews coming up soon). Several minutes later, I walked out with these beauties in my bag, rushing home, too impatient to swatch&compare. I surely was excited.

Diorshow Fusion Mono #81 Aventure, #281 Cosmos, #381 Millenium, #661 Meteore and #881 Hypnotique

Diorshow Fusion Mono is a mono eye shadow in mousse/creme consistency similar to Chanel's Illusion d'Ombres. The packaging is very similar to the creme blushes released earlier this summer, such as this one I reviewed here, the lid and the glass container are exactly the same. The feel of Fusion Monos are more like a mousse, therefore the density is lower compared to the blushes. One container has 6.5g/ 0.22 Oz of product, which is a larger than usual 4g offers.

Diorshow Fusion Mono #81 Aventure, #281 Cosmos, #381 Millenium, #661 Meteore and #881 Hypnotique

In US there are 8 colors but in Germany we got only 6 of them, of which I chose five and it was an easy choice since the sixth one is #001 Lune which is a white glitter shade and reminded me of Chanel Illusion d'Ombre #81 in Fantasme, which I own and didn't even use once. So I purchased these:

  • #81 Aventure: Deep gray / anthracite base packed with silvery glitter.
  • #281 Cosmos: Deep blue / deep teal base packed with light blue/silver glitter.
  • #381 Millenium: Khaki olive / taupe base with gold and silver glitter.
  • #661 Meteore: Mid gold shade leaning slightly rose gold packed with gold/silver/multi-colored glitter.
  • #881 Hypnotique: A gorgeous taupe purple packed with pink and silver glitter.

Diorshow Fusion Mono #81 Aventure, #281 Cosmos, #381 Millenium, #661 Meteore and #881 Hypnotique

I have to admit, once I have seen those in counter, I first kept a distance, not knowing what to get. I have read many "not so pleasant" reviews about Diorshow Fusion Mono, mostly stating these are very sheer and too glittery. After I swatched one at the back of my hand, I was surprised by the mid coverage I have seen. Was it because I was expecting the worse? I was expecting something close to a few Chanel Illusion d'Ombre shades, such as Fantasme or Vision with almost a clear base and chunky glitter but Diorshow Fusion Monos were different. These had glitter but they were not chunky and the base color was indeed showing up. I am not saying that you can get a full coverage with it but it does give color once applied with fingers on the eye lid. Its sheersness is similar to Chanel's Illusion d'Ombres and I found some of the shades even less sheer than their Chanel counterparts. I took swatch pictures with direct and indirect light to give you better idea of the glitter and base colors.

Indirect light swatch: Dior Fusion #81 Aventure, #281 Cosmos, #381 Millenium, #661 Meteore, #881 Hypnotique
Sunlight swatch: Dior Fusion #81 Aventure, #281 Cosmos, #381 Millenium, #661 Meteore, #881 Hypnotique

I have recognized that most of the Diorshow Mono shades have close relatives from Chanel Illusion d'Ombre line. As I already pointed out, my missing shade of Diorshow Fusion #001 Lune is very close to Chanel Illusion d'Ombre #81 Fantasme. Let's see how the others compare...

Diorshow Fusion Mono & Chanel Illusion d'Ombre similar shades side by side

As for the first comparison, Chanel Illusion d'Ombre contains 4g/0.14 Oz of product and costs 29.90EUR/$36. Diorshow Fusion Mono has 6.5g/0.22 Oz of product and costs 29.90 EUR/$30. Below you can see that my Chanel Illusion d'Ombres dried slighty in a year or two and got detached from the container. I believe this is also what is going to happen to Diorshow Fusion Mono, but we have to wait a year to see the effect. I would say their consistency and coverage are very similar. The first shades which were released two years ago with Fall 2011 Collection of Chanel were also all very metallic. Some of the shades which were released later on, such as Apparition have less glitter. So first enjoy pan vs. pan shots.

Diorshow Fusion Mono #881 Hypnotique vs. Chanel Illusion d'Ombre #83 Illusoire
Diorshow Fusion Mono #381 Millenium vs. Chanel Illusion d'Ombre #84 Epatant
Diorshow Fusion Mono #281 Cosmos vs. Chanel Illusion d'Ombre #91 Apparition
Diorshow Fusion Mono #661 Meteore vs. Chanel Illusion d'Ombre #86 Ebloui
Diorshow Fusion Mono #081 Aventure vs. Chanel Illusion d'Ombre #85 Mirifique

I swatched Diorshow Fusion Monos side by side to similar Chanel Illusion d'Ombres:

Diorshow Fusion Mono #881 Hypnotique vs. Chanel #83 Illusoire: 
I have to say that #83 Illusoire is my favorite of Illusion d'Ombres, so this one was a tough call. I found Dior Hypnotique darker, therefore providing slightly more coverage but at the same time had a bit more glitter inside. I do like it because I was finding Illusoire slightly too light. 

Diorshow Fusion Mono #381Millenium vs. Chanel Illusion d'Ombre #84 Epatant: 
The difference is apperant in the pictures, Millenium is more gold/khaki and darker, Epatant is lighter and more of a metallic light taupe. Millenium gives you more color, if this is what you would like.

Diorshow Fusion Mono #281 Cosmos vs. Chanel Illusion d'Ombre #91 Apparition:
This is one of the most distinctive pairs. Apparition is rather matte and warmer, leaning slightly purple. Cosmos on the other hand is more of a teal blue with blue glitters. I love cosmos, I think it is a unique shade and so fitting to its name.

Diorshow Fusion Mono vs. similar Chanel Illusion d'Ombre swatch set 1

Diorshow Fusion Mono #661 Meteore vs. Chanel Illusion d'Ombre #86 Ebloui:
These two were also very different. Chanel Illusion d'Ombre line has many golds, which were too yellow or silver once compared to Meteore. Ebloui, although the closest, leans more red/brown and has also less glitter. Meteore is more of a rose gold/copper gold shade, which Chanel line doesn't have yet, so is also rather unique at the moment.

Diorshow Fusion Mono #081 Aventure vs. Chanel Illusion d'Ombre #83 Mirifique:
Were you classifying Mirifique as a black? It certainly shows dark in the pan but once swatched side by side with Dior's Aventure, you can see that Aventure is darker/deeper than Mirifique. They both have similar silver glitter but Aventure has definitely more color.

Diorshow Fusion Mono vs. similar Chanel Illusion d'Ombre swatch set 2

Melanie asked about how the ingredients compare between Chanel Illusion d'Ombre and Diorshow Fusion Monos, here is the list of ingredients (thanks to Jenny who found it out for me, also check out her post for further drool-worthy pictures of Diorshow Fusions)

Diorshow Fusion Mono Ingredients (taken from Millenium): Isododecane, Mica, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Polysilicone-11, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Silica, Isononyl Isononanoate, Polybutene, Myristyl Lactate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Butylene/Styrene Copolymer, Bht, Tin Oxide.+/-: CI 19140 (Yellow 5, Yellow 5 Lake), CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), CI 77000 (Aluminum Powder), CI 77007 (Ultramarines), CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), CI 77288 (Chromium Oxide Greens), CI 77289 (Chromium Hydroxide Green), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77510 (Ferric Ferrocyanide, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide).

Chanel Illusion d'Ombre Ingredients (taken from Mirifique, copied from this Cafemake Post): Isododecane, polysilicone-11, calcium sodium borosilicate, talc, polymethysilsesquioxane, petrolatum, butyl acrylate/hydroxypropyl, dimethicone acrylate copolymer, phenoxyethanol, tin oxide, silica [+- (may contain) CI 75470 (carmine), CI 7707 (ultramarines), CI 77163 (bismuth oxychloride), CI 77288 (chromium oxide greens), CI 77289 (chromium hydroxide green), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (iron oxides), CI 77510 (ferric ferrocyanide), CI 77742 (manganese violet), CI 77891 (titanium dioxide), mica]

Also check out Chicscience for further swatches, including two US exclusive shades #021 Etoile and #821 Chimere.

Final thoughts: If you like Chanel Illusion d'Ombres, most probably you will like Diorshow Fusion Monos too. Note that Dior offers 50% more product for same/cheaper price. Currently they offer up to 8 shades, depending on the country (6 shades for Europe) and I am overall pleased with five of the shades I have purchased. These can be used as a base color or alone as a wash of color on the lid for quick looks. Sheernes is similar with Chanel Illusion d'Ombres, so if you like intense eye looks, you may have to pad some eye shadow on top of that. If you don't like glitter, then be aware though. They have gorgeous multi dimensional glitter some might fall in love with but for some these may not be worn daily. I personally find those day time appropriate but maybe this is just me, since I also like the glitter eye shadows of Tom Ford on day-time looks.

Can you wear glitter on day time? Will you be checking Diorshow Fusion Monos?



  1. Thanks for the extensive post, Sara! I'm pretty sure I'll end up grabbing Millennium! I've always wanted Epatant, but I might prefer Millennium more!

    1. You're welcome Sunny, hope it was helpful. I am sure Millenium would look fabulous on you, I can't wait for your review on that xox

  2. I have been hoping and waiting for this type review! I love the Illusion d'ombres and have been so curious about the Fusion Monos. I am so happy to see that Cosmos is different enough from Apparition to justify getting it.

    How do the ingredients compare between the two?

    1. Hi Melanie,

      Cosmos is beautiful. I love the blue sparkle in that, so gorgeous. I am going to try to post some looks with these too.

      About the ingredients, very good question. Since I am on holiday and have only the glass but not the box with me, I can't check right away but I am going to find that out and edit the post, so please stay tuned.

    2. That would be wonderful, thanks so very much! Enjoy the rest of the holiday!

    3. I edited the post above with ingredients, hope it is helpful.

    4. THANK YOU!!! Yes, extremely helpful!

  3. So many lovelies all together, I really think the fall Dior collection is going to cost me dearly :)

    1. Hi Clare,
      If you like a bit of shimmer, make sure to check out these lovelies. And of course the eye quads are to die for LoL.

  4. Hi Sara,

    Thank you so much for this review and swatch, I love CD Cosmos! Also, Chanel's illusoire and CD Hypnotique are both very similar. Were there any fall outs from the glitter? Will you be able to use Mac 217 blending brush with this?

    1. I only used my fingers until now but for dense application you can use a blending brush (I haven't tried it but i am sure 217 would work) slightly damp. I have experienced slight fall out during the application and very small amount wandered to the bottom of the eye in some hours. Since I have dry eye lids, this almost always happens to me, so was not particularly worth mentioning in the post. Hope this helps.

  5. millennium and meteor need to come home with me !

    1. I hope you like them, they are gorgeous. Make sure to try them wet too! :-**

  6. Wow, great post, Sara! These are just so stunning! <3

  7. Meteore is super gorgeous! I'm not too sure how it would look on me by itself, but I can make it work by layering it with so many other bronzes & golds!! :)

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  9. I love how you compare the shades which are alike. (keep it up please)
    wow millenium seems georgeos!

  10. I love the monos (powders) and I have about six of them. I've been considering these, but I'm worried I won't wear them enough to justify the investment. What is the shelf life of these? Supposedly six months... Are yours still good, 2 years later?


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