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Qwic-Pic: Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Apparition - Comparisons & A Look



A quick post just to showcase one of the newest Illusion D'Ombres from Chanel - Apparition. Apparition was one of 2 new Illusion D'Ombres that premiered with Chanel's Blue Illusion Collection recently (click HERE for collection details and feature of Le Vernis in Sky Line).

Apparition is the deeper smokier shade of the two new Illusion D'Ombres and is described as an "intense greyish blue" by Chanel's Creative Director Peter Philips.

Like I've mentioned in other posts, I tend not to use the Illusion D'Ombres on their own - given that these often have a glimmering effect to them, I prefer patting or smoothing some on either on the whole eyelid or on the centre of the eyelid (where the iris would be) for a little pop. 

I was looking at my blue eyeshadows to pair it with - here are a couple of comparisons to show you how Apparition compares with some other deep blues.

I picked out Sephora Jumbo Liner 12 HR Wear Waterproof Crayon in Marine, Inglot 428 Pearl and L'Oreal Colour Infallible in All Night Blue. I picked these because these are the deeper (less bright) blues in my stash.

At first I thought L'Oreal Colour Infallible in All Night Blue would be the closest to Apparition - apparently, I was wrong. All Night Blue is far more blue than Apparition and has brighter blue microshimmer in it. Sephora Jumbo Liner in Marine and Inglot P428 are also far more vibrant and bluer in comparison.


Apparition has a much smokier base - at the edges of the swatch which is a touch sheered out, you can see that the base is more of a deep charcoal grey rather than a navy or indigo. Looking at the photos now, I'd say it has a "dark-wash denim" tone to it. The paler silvery-greyish shimmer in it gives it an edge - it catches the light at particular angles, making Apparition glimmer, where it otherwise smoulders.


The swatch you see above is a relatively heavy swatch. Among my other Illusion D'Ombres, I use Graphite (khaki-pewter with gold glimmer) and Vision (gold glimmer) the most - in comparison, Apparition feels a touch more wet and slightly sheerer, requiring a slightly more heavy hand for it to show up more opaquely. Layering does not seem much of a problem, thankfully - it goes on smoothly when patted over or smoothed with my finger tip. To this end, I had on this look for more than 9 hours (from about 2pm to about 11pm) - there was no creasing, flaking, smudging or fall out.


Here is a quick look I pulled together earlier this week using Apparition.

Here's what I used for this look:


Olay White Radiance Sunblock (click HERE for review);

Smashbox Hydrating Primer (click HERE for review); 

Burberry Sheer Foundation in #10 (click HERE for review);

Laura Mercier Secret Camoflage Concealer in SC-7 (click HERE for review)

Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Loose Powder in Golden Orange



Topshop Creme Blush in Pinch

Benefit Box O'Powder in Bella Bamba (click HERE for review)



NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base

L'Oreal Colour Infallible in All Night Blue

Chanel Apparition 

Dollywink Liquid Eyeliner in Black 

Too Faced Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner in Perfect Peacock (waterline)

Too Faced Lashgasm Mascara



Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip in 2C

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in #29 (click HERE for feature)



One part of me is just itching to get hold of the other Illusion D'Ombre in Destination from the Blue Illusion collection - I'm just going to ignore that nagging little voice and wait for what wonders might be in store for Holiday 2012. I can't remember if the new Illusion D'Ombres are permanently available  though.

I'm not googling and keeping abreast of the upcoming collections for now - I don't want to get caught up in it like I always do. So far, the only Holiday collection I've taken a peek at is Guerlain's Holiday 2012 and I like what I see!

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day ahead with your loved ones :)


Disclaimer: Product featured was purchased with my own money.

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Kas, you look great with blues. Oh my the Inglot blue is amazing!

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Jacqueline: thank you so much! I love blues and wear most shades except the pale sky blues - that one somehow makes me look super sleepy :P . The pearl finishes in the Inglot range are amazing; 428 has great texture and payoff! One of the must-haves, I feel ;)

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<3__<3 *controls*

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Evonne: It's really rather nice ... or hold out first and see what comes out for Holiday 2012! :D

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Evonne: ahh, you making a heart eyes - i think you can do this : LOVE : (without the space in between the characters and you should get :LOVE:

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Blues look great for your skin tone, it brings out the darkness in your eyes n hair.. :) and 'apparition' looks great for a basic smoky eye look..^^

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Amyrleex: thank u so much for such a lovely comment! :HEART: yes, these deeper denim-wash blues are an alternative to the blacks and greys; sometimes they can end up looking dull - the infallible in All Night Blue tends to look a bit blah on the eye, espy from a distance. But with the subtle glimmer in Apparition, it sort of saves the day :)

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Hi Kas, I think you're right that apparition has a much smokier base. It has grey base rather than navy. I agree with you on that! The look you did looks nice. The color blends very well and I like that look for a dinner :)

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Meryl: thank you meryl! I'm not "strict" when it comes to using colours - i wear whatever whenever, depending on my mood :P Sometimes I feel Apparition looks a tad dull but it catches light pretty nicely and is a great alternative to black :)

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