Because this Girl Can Never Own Enough Gold Eyeshadows… Chanel Apparence Illusion d’Ombre (817)

My first Chanel Illusion d’Ombre is Vision that came out with Les Expression de Chanel earlier this year (for Europe. I have recently seen the press release for the US, and it should be available soon). Despite the fact that I like the formula, I do wish it were more opaque. Well, Chanel answered my prayer with Apparence that is part of their holiday collection, Eclats du Soir! I was on the fence about it, but once I swatched it and then swatched the Harmonie du Soir quad on top of it, I had to snatch it up!

Chanel Illusion d’Ombre is housed in a glass pot. It it supposed to be intensely shimmery and long-wearing. It has a cushion-y gel texture that is altogether unique on the market as far as my experience goes. It comes with a brush that is very useful if you want to line your eyes with an Illusion d’Ombre, though I still use my pinky if I want to wear it all over my lids just because it’s faster!

Apparence is a rather shimmery bronzy/antique gold. It is not too dark, and it doesn’t pull green like what most similar shades do on my skin tone (I’m beginning to think there is a decent amount of olive in my skin, as anything that can pull green pulls green on me). It is not entirely opaque, though I think Chanel struck a good balance with this one. You can build it up for it to look opaque enough on your lids (two thin coats will do), but it won’t be so opaque that it looks overwhelmingly shimmery or metallic on. At the same time, it is not like Vision. Vision is more like something with a clear base and many sparkling bits.

(Top: two thin layers. Bottom: one thin layer)

I think this translucency is what makes Chanel Apparence Illusion d’Ombre very interesting. It functions well on its own. It is nice, subtle enough (but not so subtle that you can’t see anything), and brightening on its own. However, things can definitely get better when you layer pressed shadows on top!

Here I swatched Chanel Harmonie du Soir (full review coming up next week) on top of Apparence:

See the nice golden tinge every shade takes?

Here is the comparison between the quad swatched on its own (top) and over Apparence (bottom):

Chanel Apparence Illusion d’Ombre wears well on me. Over a primer it shows no sign of fading, smudging, or creasing for up to 12 hours, and the eyeshadows I layered on top also stay beautifully intact. It has minimal fallout during application, and no post-application fallout to be spoken of. It goes on smooth, spreads evenly, and does not look patchy in any sense.

For the look, I have Apparence all over my lids, the taupe from Chanel Harmonie du Soir in the outer v, the icy pink for the inner corners, and the burgundy over my gel liner on the lower lash line:

Bottom line: Even with all the gold eyeshadows I own, Chanel Apparence Illusion d’Ombre has a special place in my heart. Fully-opaque it is not, but it is precisely this slight translucency that gives it amazing versatility. Whether you want a swipe of it, some eyeliner and mascara and call it a day with a subtle look, or going all out with other eyeshadows layered on top, Apparence plays both roles well!

Have you tried Chanel Illusion d’Ombre? Does Apparence look like your thing? I know some have had enough seeing all the gold this time of the year, but to be honest it is a shade I can never grow tired of!

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

  • beauties

    ik draag ook graag gouden oogschaduw :)

    • Sunny

      Yay one more for team gold!

  • BeautyLoves

    I have one of the Illusions d’Ombre and I love it! It’s so special, pretty and long wearing <3

    • Sunny

      I totally agree! I like how complex the colors can be, and the formula wears well on me.

  • Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    You are sooooo pretty Sunny!! This is gorgeous–but I won’t be splurging. I have too many similar gold shadows to want to splash out the $ for this one :/ I am getting curious about the Illusion d’Ombres though–I always hear so many good things but have yet to ever try one for myself!

    • Sunny

      hanks sooo much Becca! Even if it’s not this one, make sure you check the Illusion d’Ombres out! I’ve been eyeing Illusoire and Epatant myself!

  • Marla

    That eye shadow looks lovely on you. The gold color looks a lot like my Loreal 24HR infallible Eye Shadow 997 Eternal Sunshine.

    • Sunny

      Thanks Marla! I don’t own Eternal Sunshine, but it is lovely! I think this one has a bit more bronze in it though :)

  • deijsprinses

    Looks like a perfect golden shade without being over the top.

    • Sunny

      Yup I totally agree!

  • L e n a

    it looks beautiful on you!
    the color seems to be a neutral sophisticated gold that would flatter many people.
    i am attracted to a makeup idea of pairing simple gold eyes with red lips for the holidays. this would be wonderful for that.
    thanks for sharing! :)

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much Lena! I do think this is one of the golds I own that are easier to wear for different skin tones. Definitely check this out! I think it straddles the line of all-out glamour and sophistication expertly!

  • Claire

    It’s the season of all the golds 😀 It looks pretty on you, I still have to look out for nice golds, they seem to transfer on me so different :(

    • Sunny

      Thanks Claire! There are definitely gold shades that aren’t as warm/yellow, so look into those? :)

  • lyn

    Apparence looks lovely on you! I got this recently as well and can’t wait to try it out :-)

    • Sunny

      Thanks girly! I’d LOVE to know if you like it as much as I do!

  • Tracy@Beauty Reflections

    Very pretty Sunny! I wish I could wear golds as well as you do!

    • Sunny

      Thanks Tracy! I don’t think this one is TOO warm so maybe you should take a look!

  • Jacqueline

    I have been wanting to go to the counters to look at this but I just don’t have the time, boo! It looks really pretty on you. I want!

    • Sunny

      Oh do check this one out, Jacqueline! This is something I wouldn’t have bought unseen, but once I got to swatch it I was convinced!

  • AstroD

    I love this eyeshadow! I’ve been using it quite a bit. Now I can’t wait for the quad to arrive so I can try them together 😀 Your eyeliner looks amazing Sunny! Just perfect!

    • Sunny

      Haha I’m glad to hear you like Apparence! You’ll LOVE the quad with this!

  • Memoiselle

    I love apparence so much! It’s a very pretty gold without that “killing shimmer”. It lasted for 5-6 hours with primers with me and I am contented with that. 😀

    • Sunny

      Yup I agree! Illusion d’Ombre lasts well on me, but I think that could also be related to the cooler and drier climate.