Fluffy little pick of the week: Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Long-Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Mirifique, with review and swatches

These swatches don't do justice to Mirifique's sparkliness -
check out Temptalia for a great close up of all it's multi coloured glory
This week’s pick is these gorgeous cushiony gel/mousse eyeshadows from Chanel. Firm and slightly moist to the touch, with a dense sponginess, Illusion d’Ombre long-wear luminous eyeshadows are unlike anything else in my collection. Packaged in their luxurious little glass pots, and with 6 unusual and interesting shades, they are really, truly, beautiful.

I was veering towards Epatante or Illusoire, which are shades I would probably get a lot more wear out of -- particularly for day. But I fell for Mirifique the hardest, with its seductive shiny, shimmery ways. A deep black with multicoloured sparkle, this shadow is so pretty that it’s almost hypnotic. I really think it’s love. 

It’s so enticing, in fact, that I couldn’t wait until I’d photographed it for the site, but dove right in and applied it straight away for an intensely dark and sparkly full-on night-time look. There was some fallout at first, but once it set, it set, and stayed put after that. The brush was easy enough to work with, but I think I’ll use my fingers next time.

Compared to the others I swatched, Mirifique seems the most pigmented of the Illusion d'Ombre range. It’s incredibly versatile and can be worn in several ways -- as a liner, as a dramatic black shadow, as a sheered out sparkly gray or as a base for any smokey eye look.  

Released last month, these cost €28 for 4 grams of product (but are slightly cheaper in the airport, where I picked mine up). Now, that’s not cheap, but having tried Mirifique, perhaps the best endorsement is that I really, really want both Epatante and Illusoire, too.  Like, REALLY.
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