This has to be my new HG eye shadow. I read recommendations on beauty blogs & here before buying it online from Boots as my local John Lewis had sold out. It is expensive at Â£24 but comes beautifully packaged with it's own tiny synthetic brush. The brush can be used flat to sweep the shadow over the lid or on it's edge as a liner. I used it to lay down a wash of colour on my lids (the shadow is buildable for an intense look) & then turned the brush on it's side to line the lower lids. The shadow stayed put for 6 hours on a hot sultry evening & didn't crease on my 43 year old crepey lids. The sparkling bronze colour also brought out the denim blue of my eyes. I know that a Chanel shadow is a considered purchase, but if you buy only one high price item, I would say try Ã©bloui, you will not be disappointed!!
I love the formulation of Chanel's new cream shadows. I have seen some lovely youtube looks done with Ebloui, but I was really reluctant to get it because it looked so red-toned and I am wary of red-based eyeshadows. I saw Ebloui used beautifully by "Daisynation" and "Miss Hana G" and then I exchanged comments with Daisy and she encouraged me to give it a try. But even when I had it in my hand at the Chanel counter, I was waffling back and forth but I am SO glad I bought it after all.
Ebloui is sort of like MAC Twinks on steroids. Where Twinks can sometimes be a little bit patchy in the application process and can take a bit of work to get the colour to show, Ebloui applies so evenly and smoothly. The pigmentation is excellent, as you'd expect from Chanel and from all the Illusion d'ombre shadows, but what I really like is how it applies so evenly and smoothly, whether applying a thin layer or a heavier one. So blendable too, but it stays put all day without creasing. These shadows are a bit on the pricey side (though not as bad as you might expect for something with the Chanel name/logo/cachet) but they are SO worth it. They have glitter in them - outright, noticeable, "here I am" glitter - but it is small and there is something refined about it, rather than gawdy. Ebloui is my 2nd Illusion d'ombre shadow but I don't think it will be my last. These shadows are wonderful and they are really versatile "work horse" type products as well.
I'm totally in love.
But first of all, I do have to tell you, that it does crease. Probably not on everyone, probably not with a primer, but it can and does crease on me when used on its own, especially if I have recently used an eye cream, or my eyelids are more oily.
I don't really mind. Especially with cream eyeshadows, I'm generally happy to just give them a re-smudge midday, and I know how to make it *not* crease if I'm feeling fussy about that.
OK, moving on to the important bits. The color of Ebloui is gorgeous. It's a brownish, berry-ish, reddish color, with just the right dose of very fine shimmer - something Chanel does so well. The texture is highly blendable, so it is very easy to apply this extremely sheerly, however the color is also buildable and rich, so if you want drama, you will have no trouble creating it. You can even use Ebloui like a liner, if you like. I love how flexible this shade is, because a light wash can easily be a work-friendly easy makeup (the only other thing you need to do your eyes is a bit of mascara ... though if you have decent lashes it looks fine without as well!). I typically apply with fingers, and it only takes seconds. On the other hand, if it's evening, or you're going out, you can use this shade to create a smoky look, or a defined look, all depending on how you choose to apply. Illusion D'Ombre work fine with brushes, but I find I rarely use brushes as fingers are such simple tools and achieve such excellent results. It's not even difficult to remove the eye shadow residue from your fingers with water alone - amazing for a shadow that has such great lasting power.
This shadow is much, much easier to blend than something like Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes. You don't have that same time limit, and need for caution and control - Illusion D'Ombre is much more forgiving. It's more like Bobbi Brown's metallic cream eyeshadow in that respect ... however those tend towards a virtually un-buildable sheerness (if you build enough for real color, you're really caking it on). Again, Illusion D'Ombre wins out as it's easy as pie to get full color payoff. Like most high quality cream eyeshadows, Ebloui works well alongside powder eyeshadows. I've never been a huge fan of the "use a cream eyeshadow as your base" method ... because I love cream eyeshadows, and I feel like if you completely cover them, they loose a lot of their beauty (duh). Instead I prefer to use powder eyeshadows to intensify or define. Speaking of which, if you're not afraid of reddish eyeshadow looks, Provocative eyeshadow from Rock & Republic (a berry-ish burgundy) is dynamite in combination with Ebloui. Another great companion for a cooler look is that limited edition Bobbi Brown shade Pewter which so many people went nuts for not long ago. A light dusting in the center of the lid adds great dimension.
I am someone with very fair skin (currently wearing NARS Sheer Glow in Siberia), who does have quite red cheeks, and blue/green/gray eyes. If you have similar coloring, I really do suggest Ebloui. This color really makes blue eyes pop. I don't feel that it brings out the red in your eyes, or that it makes redness elsewhere on my face look garish ... but I do try to tone down my red cheeks and cover any blemishes. It is a bit of a bruised tone, and depending on your application, could make some people look a bit tired, but ... well that's not always unattractive.
i love this product!!! and the color is really nice , on lazy days i just wear this as a single eyeshadow and it looks great i know its expensive but this will last a really long time and i think its worth the money , the texture is really amazing. it goes on smooth and a little goes a long way , i have three colors of these eyeshadows and i love all of em .
This is a reddish/brown eyeshadow. Its very buildable and can be used daytime as well. Does not crease.