Summer Eyes | Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Eyeshadow and Shu Uemura Petal Lash Mascara

Summer Eyes with Chanel and Shu Uemura
Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Eyeshadow (Mirage) | Shu Uemura Petal Lash Mascara

I purchased Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Eyeshadow in Mirage on a whim; I wanted a soft golden/bronze cream shadow, something subtle and buildable. I had heard these eye shadow pots were incredible and after playing with them at a counter, I picked up Mirage. The colour is a delicate bronze shade with warm undertones and metallic sheen. The texture is buttery soft and incredibly easy to blend. The texture of the product allows it to be built up; to get the colour that it appears in the pot, you need to apply a few layers, which makes these eye shadow pots incredibly versatile. By sweeping a layer onto the lid and building product into the crease, you can create a delicate, subtle smokey finish. I've seen the Chanel Illusion D'Ombre being compared to the Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Eyeshadows and I have to say, I'd choose Chanel every time. I find the Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Eyeshadows are harder to work with, the texture is tough and awkward, and the colours are bold with less range for creating different looks. With the Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Eyeshadows, the colour is softer, more sophisticated, and the texture is far more pliable providing many more options for application.

Shu Uemura makes my absolute favourite BB cream - the Stage Performer BB Cream - and yet I had not tried any of their other products until I picked up the Petal Lash Mascara. I typically look for a huge mascara brush to create thick, bold lashes - this mascara is completely different. The brush is thin with a curved wand making it easy to wiggle into the corner lashes, separates them, and adds an even layer of colour. While this mascara won't create a dramatic look, it does produce perfect lashes; the formula coats the lashes with colour evenly, separates, lifts, and creates a natural finish. The formula doesn't flake, smudge, or irritate, and despite being waterproof, it's easy to remove without scrubbing. While it's not going to replace my favourite mascara, I can't fault the Shu Uemura Petal Lash Mascara at all.

Paired together, the Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Eyeshadow and Shu Uemura Petal Lash Mascara are perfect for summer.