• beauty,  favorites,  reviews

    Chanel Ombre Premiere vs. Illusion d’Ombre Cream Eyeshadow Comparison

    I am a fan of cream eyeshadows and one of my favourites is from Chanel. I’ve collected a few shades in the older Illusion d’Ombre formula and recently purchased one in the newer Ombre Premiere formula. There are differences to the two and below is a quick comparison between them.

    • Chanel Ombre Premiere in 838 Ultra Flesh vs. Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in 88 Abstraction

    ♦ Packaging: They come in similar boxes but the Chanel logo on the newer Ombre Premiere is in gold. The mini brushes included are also different. The old one is a synthetic angled brush because the Illusion d’Ombre formula was also marketed as an eyeliner. The new brush is definitely a bit more practical and is in a proper eyeshadow brush shape. I believe it’s made of natural hairs too. Truth be told, I’ve never used any of the included brushes because they are so small and dinky.

    ♦ Texture: They both apply smoothly and are relatively pigmented. I use my fingers to apply because it’s just easier. A brush is good for creating sheer washes over the lids. Although there’s shimmer and glitter (in the older formula), it never feels gritty. Both formulas are soft to the touch and feels mousse-like. Although my Illusion d’Ombre pots are a few years old, they have minimal dry out and are still usable.

    ♦ Finish: This is where they differ. The finish of the older formula or at least the ones I have, are more shimmery and glittery, so they are perfect as a topper. The new formula is definitely a bit more subdued. Some of the new ones have a demi-matte or satin finish with little shimmer. They both have a somewhat powder finish but the newer one is definitely a bit more dry and long-lasting, which is why I prefer it as a base.

    Overall, I like these cream shadows because they are perfect on its own or as a base. Not to mention that they are also multi-purpose because you can use it on the face and lips too. I’ve used the Illusion d’Ombre in Abstraction (shown in this post) as a cheek highlight and it is really quite pretty.

    It is difficult to pick which I prefer because I like both formulas for different reasons. I do plan to pick up another Ombre Premiere to add to my collection because I saw so many pretty, wearable shades that I know would work just as well.


    Have you tried the Chanel or other brands cream eyeshadows before? What are your favourites? Do share in the comments below.

  • beauty,  quickies

    MOTD: Light and Airy Peachy Pink

    Are you a fan of peachy-pink makeup? I love these light and airy tones!

    ♥ Guerlain Meteorites Baby Glow – Another foundation product I dug out recently. I like the sheer to light medium coverage this gives and like most other Guerlain foundations I’ve used, I need to be a bit careful with application and apply light layers otherwise it can get cakey in some parts.

    ♥ Guerlain Meteorites in Clair – Quite possibly the best finishing powder. It leaves a very, very subtle glow. Also one tub of these pearl balls will last a lifetime. I’ve had mine (used regularly) for years and years and it’s still full.

    ♥ Chanel Blush in Fleur de Lotus – I think this is limited edition and came out in 2012. That’s how long I’ve had this. It’s a gorgeous swirl of coral, pink and rose and has a slight satin sheen. I pick up very little product with a Lunasol cheek brush and lightly fluff on my cheeks.

    ♥ Cezanne Eyeshadow Quad – I got this at the same time as the cheek stick, which I’ve featured before. It’s a lot more peachy in person (the lighting in the photo washes it out). The color payoff is typical of Japanese eyeshadows, i.e. not very pigmented, but I like is as a light wash on my eyes.

    ♥ Kate Tokyo Eyebrow Powder – I just purchased this after testing it at an event last week. This powder matches my eyebrows pretty well and is quite long-lasting. The lighter shades can be used to contour the nose I think.

    ♥ Peripera Cloud Ink Velvet – A pretty coral matte liquid lipstick. I like their lip products as I find them to be quite lightweight. But matte lipsticks can be drying so I sometimes top it off with gloss or a lipbalm.

    ♥ Hakuhodo, Shu Uemura and Laura Mercier brushes (various) – Just a few of my favorite eyebrushes along with a Shu Uemura curler to apply my eye makeup. I hardly use mascara because I don’t like dealing with the removal bit. So I’ll just curl my lashes to open my eyes a little and hope for the best.


    Do you have any favorite peach-pink looks? Let me know in the comments below.

  • beauty,  quickies

    MOTD: Sulwhasoo Star Universe Event

    I attended a Sulwhasoo event the other day and wore my current favorite cushion foundation by Sulwhasoo. Also took out a few old Lunasol favorites as I was feeling a little nostalgic after learning the brand has pulled out of Malaysia.

    ♥ Guerlain Meteorites Base – I asked a friend to get this for me at the Paris duty free because the selling price here is a little insane. I really like using this as a base. The effect is subtle and helps brighten my complexion a little. Performs well as a primer too.

    ♥ Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion – My fave cushion foundation at the moment. It has a natural finish and doesn’t really get cakey. I normally prefer a sheer/light coverage for my foundations so I don’t use as much product but this can be built up to a medium coverage.

    ♥ Lunasol Loose Powder – A fairly soft and fine powder but it doesn’t control oil very well though.

    ♥ Lunasol Cheek Blush – I used to travel with this a lot because it’s half blush, half highlight / finishing powder. So convenient!

    ♥ Lunasol Eyeshadow Quad – I was a little bummed to find out Lunasol pulled out of Malaysia so I was feeling a bit nostalgic and dug this out to use. Their eyeshadows are generally good for basic eye looks or beginners because the colors are pretty safe and neutral.

    ♥ Lunasol Eye and Cheek Brush – I seriously LOVE Lunasol brushes and have waxed lyrical about the powder brush in a previous post. They are soft yet dense yet fluffy.

    ♥ Hourglass Ambient Powder in Diffused Light – This gives such a lovely, subtle blurring effect and glow.

    ♥ Essence Cosmetics Eye Primer – A decent primer and has a slight brightening effect.

    ♥ Nars Concealer – Best concealer ever! Smooth and long lasting.

    ♥ Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss in Amuse Bouche – Pretty pink, bright and glossy! I think the Rouge Coco Gloss is a reformulation of the old Glossimer.


    What have you been wearing lately? Do drop in and share your thoughts. I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any of the products featured here today. Let me know in the comments. Have a good weekend!

  • beauty,  quickies

    Beauty Quickie: Sunday Riley On A Wednesday

    There are mornings when I just enjoy a Nespresso coffee with a dash of light makeup. It’s a simple lunch and stay-at-home kind of day.

    ♦ Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer – I normally use this as a tinted moisturiser on its own or topped with a powder or a light layer of cushion foundation. It works well as a primer and helps my makeup last longer too.

    ♦ Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre in Claire – I’ve had this HUGE tub for a really long time and it’s still going. It has a soft focus matte finish and helps reduce some shine. Believe it or not, I’ve decanted quite a bit out for a friend before but there’s still so much product left. It may be pricey but so worth it because one tub will probably last me a lifetime.

    ♦ Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Tipsy – My favorite Tarte blush! It’s coral-pink and looks so sweet. I use very little and just lightly tap on the apples of my cheeks because my face tends to get red naturally so I don’t want anything that will end up looking muddy. It’s moderately pigmented and blendable.

    ♦ Catrice Shine Lipgloss – This is an affordable drugstore gloss and I even got it on sale. This one has a slight pinky-brown tint but it’s quite nude and clear on my lips. I like using this on top of lipsticks too.

    ♦ Yojiya Blush Brush – I bought this brush a very long time ago when I first visited Kyoto. I love using it and the hairs are soft. It’s also good for travel because it’s relatively small and compact.

    ♦ Lunasol Powder Brush – My favorite powder brush of all time. I use it with everything… compact, loose, finishing, highlight powders, it works with all! The hairs are dense yet super soft. By the way, is Lunasol still available in Malaysia? I just found out Lunasol has pulled out of Malaysia and it’s sad because they’ve produced a few of my favorite eyeshadows and brushes in the past.

    ♦ Nespresso coffee with Aeroccino foamed milk – Both machines are pretty old but they still make a good cuppa.


    How do you normally take your morning coffee? What new or old beauty favorites have you been enjoying lately?