There are some beauty products where you look at the price tag and scoff, thinking “why on earth would anyone pay that much for a ________ (insert outrageously overpriced item here–Clé de Peau LE version of the La Crème, I’m lookin’ at you!! [kind of a ridiculous example but you know what I mean])?!”. But then there are some things that you just get. Beauty addict or not, I think anyone that sees the stunner that is Chanel’s new for spring 2013 Poudre Signée de Chanel Illuminating Powder can easily justify the $68 price tag in their minds–it’s truly a work of art, this powder.
This breathtaking compact is part of Chanel’s 19-piece Printemps Précieux de Chanel collection. Surrounded by an array of gorgeous pastel lavenders, golds, apricots, and plums, the Poudre Signée de Chanel Illuminating Powder is still easily the star of the whole collection.
This highlighting powder is a beautiful glowing beige with a touch of pink and a very fine golden sheen. I’ve also heard it described as a peachy-beige, which isn’t entirely inaccurate as the gold and pink tend to meld together to form a pretty peach shade in the pan–especially in the light. But pink or peach, it doesn’t matter–the overall effect is drop-dead gorgeous.
The powder is embossed with a super intricate pattern that features camellias (Coco Chanel’s favorite flower), the iconic interlocking Chanel C’s, tiny little tubes of lipstick and gloss, and mini-bottles of nail lacquer. The level of detail is fantastic–it’s incredibly tragic when you go to use it the first time. The only other time I’ve been so pained to ruin a powder was with my Burberry Summer Glow palette (I miss that thing soooooo much!!! *sobs uncontrollably*). But this one is so much more intricate and exquisite, it was about 100,000 times harder! Still, I persisted…and the results were very worth it!
The texture is quite satiny and smooth–very finely milled. The resulting glow is not too shimmery or frosty–it’s such a fine, even sheen that it doesn’t emphasize pores and creates a softly-lit, luminous glow. Because the shimmer is so incredibly fine, it can be a bit much if you apply too heavily, which is why I prefer using my duo fiber fan brush instead of the accompanying sponge applicator. The applicator is tucked into the smaller front pocket of the black velveteen pouch that the compact comes housed in (see picture at top. The compact is hidden in the large pocket behind the sponge applicator).
When I tested this, it lasted a good 5 1/2 hours on my cheeks before I noticed some fading. It might not seem like it, but that’s good for my oily skin. I’ve read some other reviews online and I suspect that those with dry, combination, and normal skin will have no problems getting this to last anywhere from 7-8 hours.
This highlighter is, of course, a limited-edition product so be sure to get it while you still can. I almost want to purchase a back-up. And fyi, I don’t buy back-ups of anything–I like it that much! In all seriousness and despite what I said at the beginning of this post, I do realize $68 is a bit much to pay for a highlighter, but I honestly do believe that this one is worth it. It’s my first Chanel highlighter and while I’ve been curious about previous LE releases, they never seemed to measure up when I swatched them at the counters. They were either chalky and/or powdery, not luminous enough, too pale, too pink, etc. But this–this one was even better than I could have imagined. I was scared it would be too pink but the very slight hint of pink just barely translates on the skin; it’s mostly a glowing golden sheen, fine and delicate as gossamer. It’s truly spectacular and I couldn’t be happier with my purchase. If you’re looking to treat yourself, you need to check this one out!
»»Pricing: $68/0.28 oz. (8 g.)
»»Recommended for: everyone!
»»Overall Rating: A+