I knew when I saw the promo pictures for Chanel's Fall 2011 Collection, ILLUSIONS D’OMBRES DE CHANEL, that I'd be buying more than just the nail colors! Naturally, today is cloudy and rainy, but I hope my overcast photos will still show you how beautiful everything is.
Graphite is a favorite from this collection for many people, and it is indeed a lovely shade. This pewter shade with mainly gold glitter has a slight green hue to it in certain lighting. I love how defined the glitter appears against the base background. All three shades from this collection have a very nice formula, and I used two coats. All shades were photographed indoors with no flash, and outdoors under cloudy skies.
Peridot is a deep golden green duo chrome. It's not a bright gold, but more of an antique gold. These photos are a mix of indoor and outdoor (clouds), and I can only imagine how pretty this is in full sun.
Quartz didn't move me either way when I saw the promo pictures, but I thought as long as I loved the looks of the other two shades, I'd give this one a chance. This medium taupey champagne shade easily won me over when I saw that it had blue shimmer, which I hadn't noticed until I saw it in real life.
Easily intrigued by textures, I was more than curious about the Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadows in this collection. I chose Illusoire (smoky plum) and Epatant (deep pewter green). These have a very unique texture, and are a cross between a gel and a powder. They look like a powder, but when you press on them, they indent and then spring back. They're not only gorgeous, but entertaining to play with!
Above shows them swatched on paper, and below is a very light swatch on my skin. These are very pigmented, so they build up quite easily.
I also picked up the Rose Ecrin Joues Contraste Powder Blush, because it looked like a universally nice shade. This medium rose tone is so smooth and very finely milled. It has a delicate rose scent, and the slightest touch of gold shimmer.
I'm very happy with the products I selected from this collection. I love everything, and I'm resisting the urge to pick up a few more of the eye shadows. I'm not sure if I want them because they are so pretty and apply/wear well, or if it's just because I want to press on them and watch them spring back to their original form!