Chanel Illusions d Ombre

Chanel has put out quite the little collection for fall 2011 called Illusions d’ Ombre de Chanel.

The collection includes three new colors called Graphite, Peridot and Quartz, two of which I feel are VERY worth the sky-high pricing. 🙂

Formula. You know Chanel, plenty chippy on most people including myself. Well most polish is chippy on me within 48 hours anyway so really, it’s hard to tell. The first time I wore Peridot though I got a very random circle chip in the middle of my pointer finger within 24 hours. STILL the color is so gorgeous…

Peridot and Quartz applied a little streaky. Peridot does even out when it dries, but Quartz still showed some streaks. Graphite is thicker and I didn’t have any issues applying it and it dries pretty quickly also.

Note: Graphite and Peridot are limited edition (sadly) but Quartz will be part of their permanent collection.

Chanel Illusions d Ombre 2
Chanel Illusions d’Ombre

Chanel Illusions d Ombre Peridot
Chanel Peridot

Chanel Illusions d Ombre Peridot 2
Chanel Peridot

Chanel Illusions d Ombre Peridot 3
Chanel Peridot

Chanel Illusions d Ombre Graphite
Chanel Graphite

Chanel Illusions d Ombre Graphite 2
Chanel Graphite

Chanel Peridot
Chanel Peridot

Chanel Peridot 2
Chanel Peridot

Peridot is a green/gold/yellow/ multi-chrome color. Depending on the lighting it switches colors easily and beautifully. There is always that hint of green lurking on the corners, which I love. I definitely do not have another green like this one, so no dupes for me yet!

This applied in two coats and dries to a nice streak-free finish.

Chanel Graphite
Chanel Graphite

Chanel Graphite 2
Chanel Graphite

Graphite is a super glittery foil green/silver/grey color. Like Peridot (though the finishes are quite different) this changes depending on how you move your hand around. Overall I would say it’s mostly a very pale evergreen color with a super strong grey/silver cast to it. Again this is really unique to anything else I currently own. Love it.

This one applies best with three thin coats I have found, rather than two thicker ones.

Chanel Quartz
Chanel Quartz

Quartz is a medium metallic taupe with a slightly frosty finish and pink and green shimmer. At first swatch I wasn’t all that impressed with it because it went after I swatched Peridot and Graphite.

However after looking at it again I realized I do actually like it, just not the same as the other two. I used two coats for this swatch but think three coats would have brought out a nicer depth in the base color.

Availability: Chanel’s website, select department stores.

Pricing: $25.00 each (gulp).

What do you think about these colors? Will you be picking any of them up?

-Kelly

Written by Kelly
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