Of course when it arrived my CId'o *rolls eyes at stupid length of name of gorgeous product* was showing signs of being a bit dried and shrunken.
Instant gratification girl that I am it took me six hours to think sod it and stick my fingers into it anyway! In all honesty I think there have only ever been a couple of things in my life that I wanted to touch, and yet was afraid to touch in case it spoilt them, as much as this and neither of them make for suitable subjects on a beauty blog.
Its a sort of pouffy mushroom of loveliness in its pristine condition, see I bet the people at Chanel would have loved that "mais qui, c'est en pouffy champignon d'amour". Bear with me my porridge is wearing off. And then when you touch it it sort of turns into a gel/cream type texture. I have long shunned cream eye shadow as I rather like the ceremony involved when applying shadow with a brush; sweep, tap, apply, repeat - lovely. The whole dob your finger in the pot, smear the colour on your lids thing is a bit lacking in elegance, to my mind. But this was Chanel, so I was prepared to make an exception - dobbing and smearing anything from a pot with those interlinked "C's" could never be other than elegant.
This describes itself as "long wear, luminous eye shadow" I took the pics below after 5 hours of wear and I think the evident creasing belies the claim of "long wear". I deliberately didn't apply a primer, well I've lost my udpp so I don't actually have a primer at the moment, to see how this would fair on my dry, crepe'y eye lids and it's a little disappointing on the wear front. Everything else about it is to die for though. Oh my god the colour, I love it! It pulls a little more bronze on me than I had hoped, I was really wanting it to look more red and initially was disappointed but in daylight the colour is beautiful enough that the fact is more brown than reddy isn't a major issue, am thinking that a careful purchase of something to put in the crease to pull the red/berry tone out of it will help. I am also considering purchasing an eye liner pencil in a berry shade. Possibly a Chanel one...... thanks to this particular blog post - thanks Klara! I am having a bit of a love affair with eye liner pencils having applied my UD 24/7 in Whisky recently and been impressed by how much more "made up" it makes me look, something new to add to the lust list!
So how does it look on?
Gorgeous! Even in the sub-par environment that is "the context of my face". I did just apply Ebloui all over my lid and well into my crease, Whisky on lash line and water line, top and bottom and mascara. Still loving my MAC Tenderling blush which I think works really well with this and Bobbi Brown lip pencil in Cocoa which sort of browned down my Benefit lipstick which is pink but I can't remember name of!
You can see the creasing quite clearly - this was applied at 6.15am and I was taking the pics at about 11.15am.
Whilst I hate the pic it does show this off nicely! I am really glad I opted for Ebloui and I think I might go down the route of a Chanel pencil rather than buying Illusoire, although then again, I might not - will need to see it in the flesh to make a final decision. If anyone can recommend an eye shadow I could apply in the crease to pull out the red tones in this please let me know.