Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Eyeshadow in “Mirifique”

I finally splurged on the super gorgeous Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in “85 Mirifique”. The packaging is similar in size to the glass pot of a MAC Paint Pot (the Chanel one is slightly wider, even though it comes with 1g less product). The texture is completely different though from a MAC Paint Pot. This eye shadow has a gel-based formula that feels light like a mousse yet is thick like a cream. Because of the unique texture, it applies easily as an eyeshadow or eyeliner!


The colors in this Illusion d’Ombre line are intensely shimmery, but without any of the annoying fallout that is common with sparkle-packed eye shadows. If you love dark black with multi-colored shimmer, Mirifique is a must have! This is what MAC’s “Black Tied” and other shimmery black eye shadows should’ve been. Each Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Eyeshadow also comes with a compact brush that I actually like using when applying these (which isn’t usually the case when I buy a product that comes with an applicator). The edge of the brush is angled and thin for lining, and the flat end can be used to apply color along the lid.

Click on the picture below to get a closeup of the swatches. When you look at Mirifique without flash, you can see the very fine multi-colored shimmer. There are larger silver sparkles that really stand out when taken with flash. In case you’re wondering, “Mirifique” is French for “wondrous” — I can see why! :)

I’ve already come up with a glamorous smokey eye makeup look featuring Mirifique that I’ll share with you all soon. For now, here’s how Mirifique looks as an eyeliner. The line is not as intensely black as my favorite Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel in “77″, but the sparkle it has is very alluring. I usually try to avoid sparkly/glittery products too close to my lash line because they can irritate my contact lenses if there’s fallout, but I was able to wear these the whole day without any issues — it stays in place!

This is definitely a lot pricier than I normally would like to pay for a single eye shadow at $36.00 for 4g / 0.14oz of product (compared to a MAC Paint Pot that comes with 5g / 0.17oz for $17.50), but it has met all my expectations and I’m so happy with my purchase! :)

7 Comments

LilyJanuary 31st, 2012 at 10:24 am

Looks amazing on you, that hint of sparkle is so lovely! Do you like the brush for applying as an eyeliner or would you suggest using an eyeliner brush instead?

Eden-AvalonJanuary 31st, 2012 at 3:22 pm

It’s truly beautiful. I read that these are basically the expensive version of the Infallible eyeshadows? Is it true?

WyceeJanuary 31st, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Thanks Lily! I usually have a particular brush I like to use with a particular gel liner, but for Mirifique I actually haven’t found the need to try using it with a different brush. The only downside is the brush handle is short, but that doesn’t bother me much since I feel like I have enough control when using it. :)

WyceeJanuary 31st, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Hi Eden-Avalon,

I haven’t tried L’Oreal Infallible eye shadows yet, but based on swatches I’ve seen, these Chanel Illusion d’Ombre have sparkles like no other! :)

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