About me: NW13 (neutral-cool toned, very fair), blue eyes, Color season is True Summer, Baumann Skin Type is OSPW.
This is my first Illusion d'Ombre shadow, and I love it. It is a beautifully pigmented frosty ice shade with a tinge of green. You can apply quickly with your finger and blend it across your lid for a simple shimmery look, or layer on thick with a tiny brush for a very pigmented party look. I really enjoy how versatile it is, and how lovely the silvery shade looks without being exactly "silver". a keeper! FYI - at least on me, I MUST wear primer with this! even a light wash slides right off into my creases in about two hours.
Stolen from my own Illusoire review, because it's the same information for all of the Illusion D'Ombres I posess: "This is one of the best Chanel products I've ever purchased. Truly, I'd give it 4.5 stars if I could. My one qualm is that this is supposed to be a setting cream that doesn't budge, but I absolutely need a primer underneath this if I want it to last more than 4 hours. (My lids are normal, not oily.) However, I use a primer under all my eyeshadows anyway, so it's not a huge deal, just one little issue."
Longevity aside, Epatant is a stunning color, and strange as it may seem, a must-have for green-eyed girls. I know it can be hard to wear anything with a green tone around the eyes when your eyes are already green (or sometimes even hazel) but this will make your natural eye color look amazing. Every time I wear Epatant, I am complimented on how beautiful my eye makeup look, how green my eyes are, and how lovely the overall effect is.
Epatant is classic Chanel: A very complex, unique shade that has an interesting depth but enough sparkle to keep it feeling fun and special. There are so many nuances of colors here: Silvery gray, smoky taupe, pearl white, soft gold, and pale green. I have a light swatch of this on the back of my hand, and I keep looking at it as I type, mesmerized by its beauty. What I love about Epatant is that a very soft sweep of this over the lid with a fluttery, lash-separating mascara can make for a sophisticated yet eye-catching look that looks complicated but is effortless to apply. You can also use this color heavily on the lid, blended into the crease, and accented with a shimmery gold or silver powder e/s into the crease and outer V, and the effect is gorgeous.
When I wear Epatant, I feel inspired to experiment with new eyeshadow looks. I think that feeling alone is a testament to how lovely and unique this color is, and how highly I recommend it. As for the formula, this particular shade of the Illusion D'Ombre range is the softest of three that I own (the other two being Illusoire and Emereville). It's extremely buttery and just as easy to apply with fingers as it is with a flat, stiff brush. I know this is a very expensive product, as far as single-shade eyeshadows go, but it will last a very long time if you store it well: Lay the glass pot upside down, with the lid sealed on very tightly, and leave it inside a drawer. I've owned this particular color for about 6 months now, and it's still as creamy and pigmented as it was the day I purchased it.
Beautiful silvery green color and excellent formula and lasting power. It feels creamy but dries like a powder. There's a lot of shimmer but no glitter fallout.
I love Chanel's Illusion d'ombre shadow/liners, but this color didn't work for me. I have very fair, neutral to warm skin with auburn hair and hazel-brown eyes. The color looked weird on me and even though it made my eyes brighter, I didn't like the shade. I think this would work wonderfully with darker skin. I own three others in different shades and love them. (Ebloui which is my favorite, Illusoire, and Emerveille). I returned this shade and purchased Illusoire which is deep purple and works better with my fair skin.
This was the first Illusion D'Ombre eyeshadow I purchased, right after Chanel's fall release of these beauties just last year. Epatant's amazing longevity, easy-to-work-with formula, and incomparable shimmer were just a few of the reasons I fell completely in love with this eyeshadow. Yes, it's very expensive for a single eyeshadow at $36 USD. Luxury comes at a price, but I have to say that I've got more use out of this than any other eyeshadow in the past year, and I probably have about 60% of the product left. Some days I apply a sheer layer, resulting in a silvery shimmer all over my lids, and other days I build it up into a beautiful, metallic green that perfectly compliments my brown eyes. I haven't used this particular shade as a liner, so I couldn't comment on that. I can, however, say the brush that this comes with is actually surprisingly nice. I don't use it for this product--I much prefer my fingers--but it's probably my favorite brush for gel eyeliner. That's another thing with this eyeshadow: fingers seem to give the best results. If you're looking at the Ilusion D'Ombres and want to try one, this is my favorite (I also have Mirifique, Illusoire, and Ebloui) and I would highly recommend it.
Omg, this is my first illusion d ombre and it is my fave e/s to date! So easy to blend and apply, bouncy-mousse like texture, so buildable - from sheer to pigmented.. i like to do an all over wash of color on the lid with this sheerly, and apply a darkish shade to outer V corner of the eye! a dream to work with, but the price is a bummer. i use my fingers, instead of any brush, but i think the mac 217 will blend it beautifully, if you dont like using your fingers. i wanna collect 5 colors from this.. but that is just sheer madness right.???? lol. the only reason why i wont buy again is because i will never finish this pot, and i wanna get the other colors!
This is a very shimmery greenish silverish color that actually reminds of of mac's golden olive pigment.
It does last on me without creasing but after a 12 hour day I did notice that it had faded a bit.
I disagree with a reviewer that said it was too sheer- you can build this up to be quite dramatic!
Quick and easy.
I do think I get a better application with my fingers than with the brush it comes with. The brush seems a bit scratchy and the top falls off the bottom but hey I never expect to use the brushes that come with things anyway.
It comes off easily with eye makeup remover at night.
This was definitely my best beauty purchase of 2011. Epatant is absolutely gorgeous. Love the taupe/shimmery green color with the perfect shimmery texture. It's so easy to apply. I am usually not a big fan of cream e/s but this one has something special about it! It stays put all day long and buildable from a sheer wash to an intense party makeup. I love this eye shadow. The only downside is the price which is very expensive. Luckily I had a discount coupon and I'm so happy I used it to get Epatant. This is a must-have for ladies who like shimmery e/s.
As for the packaging it's a jar, a brush is included and surprisingly enough the brush is actually pretty good. continued >>
I love the texture of these shadows! The plush mousse melts instantly on my lids and is very pigmented for such a light texture. I apply with a tiny shader brush by EcoTools and blend it out either using the same brush or my fingers, and the lovely green-silver-gold-taupe stays on my lids for the whole day. However, it does crease, unlike powder formulations. I find that the shade seems to be too light to use as a wash on its own, so I pair it up with Illusoire in the outer corner and a dark brown liner on the lashline. I took off a lippie because the testers that Chanel make for their counters and stores contains 0.5g more of product! The pot of the retail version looks much bigger, but in fact it only contains 4g, which to me seems like a optical illusion to trick the customer. The price is indeed Chanelesque, so I'm disappointed in knowing that the testers are bigger than the real thing. Overall this is a great product that I recommend if you like unique colors that look classic and natural, and I will repurchase.
I don't often buy higher end makeup, but because I love sparkle, I love green eyeshadows and this particular product has been very much raved about, I couldn't resist at all.
I don't regret spending over 20GBP for this eyeshadow and will tell you why.
Shade: it is a nice neutral khaki green when swatched and the shade seems to be the same when put on my eyelids. Some people say it is not green at all and consider it to be more gray/silver, but I guess it depends on your skintone and other factors. For me it is neutral enough to wear to work (when sheered out all over the lid) and for a bit more drama with a darker green in the crease/outer v.
Consistency: this e/s has an interesting texture. On one hand it feels like a mousse, but on the other, like a sponge, it is firm and soft (which I know is an oxymoron, but how else can I describe this feeling?). I know that one of the fellow MUAers dropped the e/s and the product rolled out of the pot, so you better be careful with it if you decide to buy it:)
Performance: I have oily/hooded lids and not much stays on them for a full working day (including commuting: more or less 11 hours), this does. Of course, it fades, but doesn't crease. I usually wear a primer underneath, but still without the primer it lasts fine most of my working day.
I think I've covered everything I needed to cover. I said that I won't repurchase it only because I use it often and still have plenty of product left. I think it will last quite a while! If you are thinking of buying it, go for it.