April 25, 2012

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre vs L'Oreal Color Infallible

I've often heard that the L'Oreal Color Infallibles were dupes for the Chanel Illusion D'Ombre eyeshadows, but since I didn't own the little Chanel pots I couldn't do a proper comparison of my own.

Illusion D'Ombres sell for around $50aud a pop here in Australia, and frankly I was not about to pay that much for a single eyeshadow. But when I saw Jen was selling her Illusion D'Ombre in Ebloui at her blog sale, I had to pick it up as I'd always been curious about them.


So now that I have both eyeshadows (actually, I have quite a few of the L'Oreal ones, blogged previously HERE) I can do a proper comparison. Please bear in mind this is purely a comparison of their quality, rather than comparison of colour.


Texture
As soon as you open the lids and put them side by side you can tell there is no comparison really. The Chanel one is a gel-like cream, with a somewhat springy consistency whereas the L'Oreal one is more a cream to powder consistency. So besides the fact that both come in glass pots, there's no comparison of texture.



Pigmentation
Both eyeshadows are incredibly pigmented, with no fallout whatsoever from either of these. Both have shimmer particles in them, but they translate to the eyelid more as a sheen rather than disco-ball glitter.
Winner - tie


Application
With the L'Oreal Color Infallible one swipe with a flat eyeshadow brush is all that's needed for an opaque coverage of the lid. With the Chanel one I find that I need to do small strokes backwards and forwards several times to get the same level of coverage as I get with the L'Oreal one. So for ease of application, L'Oreal wins for me. 
Winner - L'Oreal 



Longevity
The ads for the L'Oreal Color Infallibles claim that it lasts for 24hrs. Since I'm not in the habit of wearing my makeup all day and all night, I can't put that claim to the test. I normally apply my makeup around 7am in the morning before heading to work and then remove it before going to bed. I've worn both eyeshadows to work, and by 8pm the L'Oreal one starts to go patchy around the edges, whereas the Chanel Ebloui still looks fresh as I'm washing it off around 10pm.
Winner - Chanel



Value
You get 4gr product in the Chanel pot for $48aud. The L'Oreal pot is 3.5gr but is only $19.95aud. Often the L'Oreal ones are on sale, or have a buy 3 pay for 2 deal going with them but the Chanel ones are never on sale. It doesn't take a genius to work out who the winner is.
Winner - L'Oreal Color Infallible


Overall
Both are excellent products and you won't be disappointed with either of them if you get them. None of them crease or have fallout, and both are nicely pigmented and long lasting. However for me personally purely because of the cost aspect L'Oreal Color Infallible is the overall winner. 


 Have you tried any of these eyeshadows? 
Which one do you prefer?

24 comments :

  1. I haven´t tried neither of them, but because of the price I would probably choose L´Oreal.
    Great post!

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    1. Thanks hun, it's such a big price difference isn't it yet quality is the same!

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  2. I have tried both of them, and love them both. But frankly, because of the price, I would sway to L'Oreal!

    Sharleena xx

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    1. I know, I wish I could afford all the Chanel products but I can't... and the L'Oreal ones fit my needs perfectly so I'll stick to the budget version. xo

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  3. Great comparison :) I have one of the Chanel pots but a whole stack of the L'Oreal, they are just so amazing on and I love grabbing them when they are on sale. My Chemist had them for $10 last week, amazingly cheap. I don't have either of these shades though, I will have to check them out x

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    1. I'm always on the lookout for more of the Loreal shades as I love them all and NEED to add them to my collection. The brown I have is v.easy to wear, you'd love it.

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  4. I love the Chanel Illusion D'Ombres shadows I ended up buying all 7 shades available (and have done countless posts on my blog about them, I love them that much). I have been meaning to get some of the Loreal ones but when I look the display usually only has shades I don't like left.

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    1. Thanks for the heads up, I'll have to check out your swatches on your blog... NOT that I need any more Chanel Illusion D'Ombres of course :-)

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  5. I haven't tried Chanel Illusion D'Ombres but I love L'Oreal Color Infallible. I have nine shades and I still want more of these :)

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    1. They're addictive aren't they! I want ALL the L'Oreal shades, all of them are so good!

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  6. I've been meaning to do my own comparison post but I STILL haven't tried the loreal ones yet! I have the chanel ones and love them, emervielle is my most used colour. They are pricey but I put aside $12 a week and within a month I can buy a new pot. I really want to try the loreal ones though, because they have so many colours!

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    1. That's a great idea, putting money aside like that for it. But I'm just not disciplined enough and I don't know if I could do it hence my preference for the cheaper Loreals.

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  7. I adore the Chanel pots but dont use them as much as I could because I fear using them up. That said, I much prefer them and have three - haven't tried Ebloui it looks gorgeous! I have heaps of the Loreal pots but find while they're lovely I do get more fallout and the outcome on a brush as opposed to using my fingers can be a lot harder to control due to the cream-to-powder consistency.

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  8. I've also heard the L'Oreal compared to Giorgio Armani 'Eyes to Kill' Intense Silk Eyeshadows (which there are now a few new shades of!) I may need to pick up one of the L'Oreal and try them out! Lord knows my pocket-book would thank me ;)
    Awesome post!
    xx
    Bethany

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    1. This is what I've heard too - that they're like the Armani ETK shadows! Great review though :)

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  9. i am spewing that we only got three loreal infallible eyeshadow shades here in the UAE :(
    http://starvogue84.blogspot.com

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  10. great review honey,and I was thinking about maybelline color tatoo and L'Oreal!you just made it easier for me!kisses!!

    xxx

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  11. I love these L'oreal shadows and was wondering if they were a dupe for the Chanel, this is the first post where I've seen them side by side like this. Thanks for the info :)

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  12. I have heard so many great things about the L'Oreal Colour Infallible eyeshadows, and to see is stack up so well against the Chanel -- well, I am sold!

    Thanks for such a thorough review, I really enjoyed it.

    Lx

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  13. I'm not a big cream shadow fan, but the L'Oreal shadows would be my choice, especially since it's easy to apply. That Chanel color is gorgeous though :)

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  14. I've still yet to try either of these but I'm glad you did this comparison. I've heard they were dupes before as well and price points really matter!

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  15. nice opinion.. thanks for sharing..

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