Chanel Eye Makeup

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Mirage, New Moon and Utopia

May 3, 2014

This summer Chanel brings us three new stunning shades of Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Shadow in Mirage, New Moon and Utopia ($36 each for 4g/0.14oz). All three colors are breathtakingly gorgeous. I think all are universally flattering colors, each with a stunning mix of shimmers. Both New Moon and Utopia are listed as limited-edition, while Mirage is listed as permanent. As with all other Illusion D’Ombres, these are semi-sheer but layer able with intense shimmer.


More pics and swatches:

Mirage is a luminous warm bronze. It seems to have been launched to replace Initiation from Holiday (which is now discontinued, but still available at Neiman Marcus). If you compare the two shades, Mirage has a more refined shimmer while Initiation has more visible silver flecks of sparkle. Both are similar on the eyes.

It was a bit difficult for me to capture the differences with a flash, the shimmers blinded my camera so I have two sets of swatches. The one with flash is more accurate with color.

This one is without any flash, under artificial light, it makes the colors look a bit green, but shows the difference in undertone and texture better.

New Moon is my favorite of the three. It’s a complex burgundy, gold, brown, red mix. It can appear reddish when swatched on the arms or hands but it applies much more neutral on the eyes.

Two sets, same items in each, just different lighting include MAC Constructivist, Bobbi Brown Velvet Plum (review here), Chanel Ebloui, Chanel New Moon, Armani Eyes to Kill 28 (swatches here) and Chanel Fatal (review here).

Utopia is a gorgeous lavender sparkle. It’s one of the few lighter pink/purples I can actually pull off without looking like I have pink-eye. Medium or dark purples are easy for me to wear (as long as the red in them is minimal), lighter purples tend to clash with my olive skin and make me look sickly. Utopia has the perfect mix of pink and purple.

Below comparisons swatches to Armani Eyes to Kill 30 (hard to find but swatches/review here), Bobbi Brown Cool Lilac, Chanel Utopia, Chanel Illusoire, Chanel Impulsion (review here) and Armani Eyes to Kill 8.

These are must-haves for summer in my book – especially for Chanel fans. For those who avoid dupes/similar colors, I think you’ll find these shades particularly unique. I’ve had a lot of fun playing with these over the last week. They are extremely versatile and easy to wear for any occasion (day or night). Lasting power is quite good as long as you’re not one who rubs your eyes frequently throughout the day.

The Illusion D’Ombres are $36 each, now at all Chanel counters in the US. Currently online at Nordstrom, Saks and

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  • louisebray95 May 3, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    These look incredible! I hope they get brought to the UK, New Moon in particular looks stunning 🙂 thanks for the review x

    • Lisa May 4, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      New Moon looks even better in person!!!!!!

  • Sunny May 3, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Thanks for the swatches and comparisons, Sabrina! I managed to pass on Initiation, which means it's totally OK if I pick up Mirage, riiight? 😉

  • Dovey May 3, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Hi Sabrina,

    I'm loving the look of Utopia! What a great pinky orchid shade 🙂

  • Behindthepillar May 3, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    These are all beautiful and I can't wait till they get to counters in the UK. I have had the odd problem with these formulas drying and shrivelling in the pot (in the early releases) but I am still a great fan. The colours and textures are so flattering to such a wide spectrum of skin tones and eye colours and they are so easy to use.

  • Teri May 3, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Great colours again, gah! I'm espcecially loving Mirage, that one looks so wearable yet sexy!

  • carley be May 3, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    these are really unique colors. I may have to pick a few of them up or all of them lol. oh the struggle

  • Jo Sharma-Stray May 3, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    I need New Moon in my life, it's stunning!

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  • Jen27 May 3, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    These look stunning! Loving the look of New Moon especially- so pretty and unique 🙂

  • Christine S May 3, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    The colours look incredible, New Moon in particular, and love the comparisons you've made between the brands. I can't wait for these to become available in Australia! x

  • Siham Hamdan May 4, 2014 at 1:18 am

    New Moon is too pretty I'm dying literally

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  • Visceral Maze May 4, 2014 at 2:06 am

    they are beautiful. but bit too shimmery for my eyes, which sadly does not pull of shimmer very well. I wish they did though.

  • Anonymous May 4, 2014 at 3:33 am

    Hey Sabrina, what kind of brush do you use to apply the illusion d'ombres? Also have you found that they dry out over time or do they keep their original texture nicely? Thanks!

    • Sabrina May 5, 2014 at 6:10 pm

      I usually just use my fingers to apply. I haven't had any dry out, although the surface is spongey when they are brand new. Once you start using them and pressing down the texture becomes a bit stiffer (but not dried out). I've had mine since they first released. No issues so far with any shades.

  • Aerie Berrie May 4, 2014 at 3:55 am

    These look great! Great swatches they look like they took time 🙂 xx

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  • Scoo May 4, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    These are gorgeous! Wish I could get all three!

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  • Jess Whitbread May 4, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    These are stunning!

  • Victoria May 4, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Wow!!! Those are just gorgeous!! I especially would love to try New Moon, it looks so beautiful. Think an over 40 woman could get away with these?

    • Sabrina May 5, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      I think so – they are on the sparkly side and if you are one who doesn't like too much sparkle, I find New Moon looks really lovely and a bit more subdued if you apply/dab it over a powder shadow.

  • æ·lyn May 5, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    I was waiting for this post! I ordered Utopia unseen, can't wait to get it now. I'm torn between Mirage and Initiation (so glad I can still find it at NM) I love a full out glam look, should I go for Initiation and not Mirage? What do you think? Or are they just the same on the lids? Does the glitter from Initiation end up falling out everywhere?

    • Sabrina May 5, 2014 at 6:09 pm

      I prefer Mirage, it's less sparkly and easier to wear. For me Initiation didn't have any fall out. They are different on the lids in undertone, but the effect is similar if you look from a distance.

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  • Niki {Glossy Blonde} May 9, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    These are so, so gorgeous! I want them all!

  • Linda May 29, 2014 at 5:28 am

    These just landed in Singapore, and i love love New Moon (for the sparkles) and Mirage!!! Gah… can't seem to get enough of these IdO!!!

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