Chanel Illusion d’Ombres #92 Diapason & #93 Impulsion

January 22, 2014

After my initial survey of the Chanel Spring 2014 collection (here), I didn’t think I would be picking up anything… until Kate the Driveller planted the Illusion d’Ombres in my mind.  And after swatching them for myself, I was convinced that what the rest of the Spring collections seem to be missing, is neatly packed inside these two precious little glass jars (oh, how I hate the new plastic bubble thingys that are popping up this season!).

Chanel Illusion d'Ombre Diapason

Chanel #92 Diapason Illusion d’Ombre is a medium dark duochrome purple with multi-colored shimmers.  It almost seemed kind of silly, that I had just recently found a new home for my #83 Illusoire, only to pick up another purple Illusion d’Ombre.  But (I wished I could provide a comparison swatch, but obviously I can’t now) where Illusoire leaned more towards silver and had a grey base, Diapason has a reddish-brown base and leans more towards purple-plum.  Diapason also packs some periwinkle blue, pink, and lilac shimmers which give it the duochrome personality.  Depending on your skin tone and the light, it could appear cool / neutral (on me) / warm-toned.

Chanel Illusion d'Ombre Impulsion

Chanel #93 Impulsion Illusion d’Ombre is a sweet baby pink with frosty sparkles.  The pastel pink base is somewhat sheerer, and does need a firm hand for the color to show up.  However, I think that to be the differentiating factor as baby pinks we all have, frost-galore Impulsion does not.  Instead, you can choose to either layer on the pinks, or sweep this gently over an existing eyeshadow to bring it to the next happy place.  I know there are some references to Tom Ford glitters, but personally I don’t see much similarity at all – for starters, Impulsion is a gel with a softer texture than powder shadows; also I don’t believe there is a pink shade in the entire Tom Ford line-up that is this sweet; and the glitters are just different.

Chanel Illusion d'Ombre 92 & 93 swatches

I must ‘fess up, the idea of layering one over the other did not originate from me but from Kate, and look how gorgeous!!!  But just in case you were wondering how to wear one multi-shimmer dreamcoat and frosty Barbie pink to the office, this is how I do it:

Chanel Illusion d'Ombre 92 & 93 EOTD

Chanel Illusion d'Ombre 92 & 93 EOTD 2

In case you are trying to decide between one or the other, Impulsion is limited edition whereas Diapason is joining the permanent line-up.


11 responses to “Chanel Illusion d’Ombres #92 Diapason & #93 Impulsion”

  1. these are so stunning, will definitely have to try some out! xxx

  2. Shari says:

    Your swatch makes me want DIAPASON so baaad. NOOOOO!

  3. pearlessence says:

    Are these… cream shadows?

  4. rubyangel711 says:

    Wow! The layered result is beyond gorgeous! Love it

  5. mjacqueline says:

    I bought both too, I think I’m more in love with Diapason than Illusoire, I’m going to dig them out to compare. I love how it looks layered together, so pretty.

  6. I love both of these and shall be buying them. I don’t think the Illusion D’Ombre really compare in any way to any others out there. People have tried to say that the Fusion Mono eyeshadows by Dior are the same but i have to disagree, because the textures of both are completely different, although i do like both i think Chanel have better shades on offer for my blue eyes. Great post from you again hun x

    • silverkis says:

      Thanks for reading! I agree… neither the Dior Fusion Monos nor the Lancome monos have the same kind of texture and sparkles as Illusion d’Ombre. I don’t own very many of them though, cos I always forget my singles, but the ones I have, I love!

  7. Oh, I never tried to layer those! It is really a good idea *runs to try it out* Thanks for the idea.

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