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Product Description: Provides smudge-proof, long-lasting color in a range of shades from matte to satin to shimmer.

My Experience: This quad is timeless, but particularly relevant for fall if you’ve caught The Great Gatsby fever. The four shades have a subtle sheen to them, the darkest shade being almost matte. The formula is soft, blends beautifully and lasts all day with a primer. The shadows can be worn as a sheer wash of color or built into a rich, smokey eye. My favorite shade sits at the top left in the palette. It’s a sophisticated mushroom-grey with a touch of purple and gentle shimmer that gives it extra dimension, making it quite unique. Layering this creates a smokey eye that screams chic twenties flapper. The darkest shade is velvety dark chocolate, perfect for bold intensity or smudging along the lash line. The bottom left shade is a light creamy taupe with a ripple of shimmer. It’s great on its own or for blending out the edges of the darker colors. The lightest color is soft ivory with a hint of shimmer that pulls together the whole palette and works wonderfully to highlight the brow bone and inner corner of the eye. These colors are so versatile and unique; they could be worn all year and throughout changes in trends, which is probably why Chanel added it to their permanent collection. Seen the pictures of Kate Winslet when she attended the Titanic 3D Premiere? Her makeup artist, the lovely Lisa Eldridge, used this palette to create her soft smokey eye. Check out Eldridge’s recreation of the look using the Prelude palette here.

The Skinny: A palette of unique shades of silky soft texture that blend easily to create a range of looks from soft to bold, including a period-perfect twenties smokey eye. A great addition to any makeup collection.


UK: £37 from Boots

USA: $58 from Chanel

Rating: 5/5


Ingredients: Isododecane, polysilicone-11, polymethylsilsesquioxane, petrolatum, calcium aluminum borosilicate, butyl acrylate/hydroxypropyl dimethicone acrylate copolymer, talc, silica, phenoxyethanol, tin oxide and synthetic fluorphlogopite

May Contain: CI 75470 (carmine), CI 77000 (aluminum powder), CI 77007 (ultramarines), CI 77163 (bismuth oxychloride), CI 77288 (chromium oxide greens), CI 77289 (chromium hydroxide green), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (iron oxides), CI 77510 (ferric ferrocyanide), CI 77742 (manganese violet), CI 77891 (titanium dioxide) and mica

Product Description: Intensely shimmering, long-wearing eyeshadows that can be used as both an eyeshadow and eyeliner.

My Experience: These eyeshadows really are different. They’re formulated as a gel, but have a mousse-like, spongey texture. They apply creamy smooth, but dry to a powder. Although they set quickly, they’re easy to work with. They come with a tiny angled brush that’s specifically designed for application on both the lid and lash line. I’ve used the brush and it works decently, but I find using my finger allows me to apply more product more quickly. I then blend out the edges with a crease brush. I like that this can either provide a sheer shimmer of color or be layered for a rich, smokey look. And although it sets quickly, it’s very easy to blend out the edges and apply more layers without it looking heavy or patchy. I prefer Illusoire because it’s such a unique color, a purpley-grey woven with fine sparkles. It looks great day or night, and sets off green eyes really well. I’ve had several compliments on this shade. Ebloui looks burgundy in the pot, but is more darkened rust on the skin. It’s a lot less shimmery than Illusoire, and just not as versatile or pretty a shade because red can be difficult to pull off. Ebloui works best when combined with other dark shadow colors, but I like that Illusoire doesn’t need that extra help. Both these shadows are very long-lasting; if you have oily lids like me, you’ll get several hours wear without creasing and they’ll last all day and night with a primer. There are six shades in this collection, including a shimmery peachy-pink that would be beautiful for summer and a velvety black with starry sparkles that I’m desperately craving. Check out detailed swatches of the whole collection from temptalia. These are pricey shadows, but I think the quality is so impressive and some of the shades are so unique that it’s worth owning at least one of these beauties.

The Skinny:
A high quality, long-wearing and easy to use eyeshadow that comes in unique and beautifully shimmering shades. Illusoire is the better color of the two eyeshadows in this review.


UK: £23 from House of Fraser

USA: $36 from Nordstrom

Rating: 5/5