I am about to conclude my reviews of Chanel's Holiday Collection, Plumes Précieuses. You can my thoughts on the eye shadow palette, highlighter and blush. Today I would like to introduce a product from the peach themed part of the collection, together with the Joues Contraste #180 Caresse and Rouge Allure #227 in Volage. I have also picked Volage and Stylo Yeux in Or Blanc from this collection, which I will try to review too. At the moment I have some other reviews lined up though, such as Tom Ford and Guerlain, which I am very excited to share.
|Chanel Illusion d'Ombre #847 Envol|
Chanel Illusion d'Ombre #847 Envol is a shimmery soft peach which brightens up the eyes. Under day light, it gives a polished look without being too shimmery nor too metallic. Under artificial light, it becomes much more shimmery but still it is not over the top. When I wore it for the first time, I was not impressed. Not to bring the topic of those mirror visits of a narcissist again but during the day I have caught myself watching it occasionally at the rest room. It looked so pretty.
|Close-up: Chanel Illusion d'Ombre #847 Envol|
The effects of some diamonds winking on your eye lids is hard to capture in camera. What I like about Envol is that it becomes subdued at day light and shows itself under light. Below I am wearing it all over my lid with a touch of MAC Omega on the crease to avoid it from looking swollen or flat.
What I am a little confused about is the date of the release. I have told you before about Joues Contraste in Caresse too, which was also looking so Spring to me, Envol is the same. I can't see myself wearing this during winter, when I will rather be rocking some smokey eye nor would I reach for it during Holiday season when I am in the mood for some gold and glitter.
Another reason why I see Envol a little uncoordinated in the collection is because it doesn't go so good with the eye shadow piece of the collection as a base. Usually Chanel releases an Illusion d'Ombre to carry the day look to evening by adding some shimmer to the base of the eye shadow quad/quint. Last year #827 Initiation was a lovely base for Charming Quint for example. This year I approched Illusion d'Ombre with high hopes and tried it under Oiseaux de Nuit. You won't see an eye look from this effort because the result was really not good.
|In-action: Chanel Illusion d'Ombre #847 Envol|
I have pulled out some of my other Illusion d'Ombres to compare. It is no secret that I am collecting them. I like their moussy texture and longevity. Some days when I am late in the morning, there is nothing better than an Illusion d'Ombre for to pad on the lid, add some mascara and voilà. Ready to go! ;-)
|Chanel Illusion d'Ombre #847 Envol and comparison to other shades|
Envol is like a light-hearted sister of #82 Emerveille. Emerveille is more brown and a tad deeper. I like the shimmer qualities of the later Illusion d'Ombres more than the first releases though so I prefer Envol to Emerveille in this respect. #93 Impulsion is more pink and definitely frostier, #88 Abstraction is also pinkier but close in terms of finish and lightness.
|Comparison of Chanel Illusion d'Ombre #93 Impulsion, #83 Abstraction, #847 Envol and #82 Emerveille|
Final thoughts: Although I wouldn't be wearing #847 Envol for the holiday season and I don't really understand how this combines with the rest of the items from Plumes Précieuses Collection, it is still a lovely piece on its own. I don't think it is a must but if you like bright eyed looks and some refined shimmer, make sure to check it out.
Do you use shimmery cream eye shadows under your satin/matte beauties or do you prefer wearing cream eye shadows on their own for a quick swipe and go kind of day?