This is not a thorough review, but I did want to quickly share a few better quality swatches and photos of the two new Illusion D'Ombres from Chanel's Holiday 2013 collection. As you can see they are both gorgeous!
My first impression is that Initiation is a beautiful bronze/fawn/taupe shade, but it does have a lot of very fine bits of sparkle throughout. They reflect the light beautifully, but this may be something to keep in mind if you are not a fan of sparkle. However, it is less sparkly than products like MAC's pressed pigments or Bobbi Brown's sparkle shadows and the sparkles do seem to stay put, so hopefully this won't be an issue for most. The color is certainly an eye catching neutral and I imagine it will be universally flattering.
Fatal is a lovely smoky silvered plum. It is shimmery but does not have the micro-sparkles as in Initiation. It reminds me a bit of shades like Urban Decay's Toasted and MAC's Satin Taupe, except it is more plum toned and the silvery shimmer makes it appear less warm. I haven't tried it on my eyes yet, but judging by swatches alone ... I think I'm in love!
|From left to right is Fatal and Initiation both applied lightly and then very heavily|
|Top row left to right: Apparence and Initiation |
Bottom row left to right: Illusoire and Fatal
To give you a better idea of the colors, here they are shown next to Apparence (released in 2012) and Illusoire (released in 2011). Colorwise, Fatal and Initiation are unlike any of the Illusion D'Ombres we've seen thus far. These two beautiful neutrals should have a wide appeal and are the type of shades that you can wear on their own with the addition of some black liquid liner and be out the door.
I was asked recently which shade I prefer and it was impossible for me to choose. Only time will tell if one will stand out as a favorite!
Which do you like best?