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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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?