Dec 21, 2012

Poudre Signee De Chanel Illuminating Powder - Printemps Precieux de Chanel Spring 2013 Makeup Collection

Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Highlighter Powder (available here) - $68

A limited-edition creation, this sheer highlighting powder is artfully embossed with the icons of Chanel. Bringing a fresh vitality to the face, the soft pink powder lightly dusts over cheekbones and high points to capture and reflect light with a delicate luminosity. Part of the Printemps Precieux de Chanel Collection for spring 2013.

Poudre Signee De Chanel Illuminating Highlighter Powder Printemps Precieux Spring 2013 Makeup Collection Indian Beauty Blog Swatches Review Ingredients FOTD Looks
Poudre Signee De Chanel Illuminating Highlighter Powder Printemps Precieux Spring 2013 Makeup Collection Indian Beauty Blog Swatches Review Ingredients FOTD Looks

The new Chanel highlighting powder - Poudre Signee de Chanel - is easily the hightlight of the newly launched Printemps Precieux de Chanel collection.  The soft, buttery highlighter is beautifully crafted with miniature Chanel icons embossed all around the interlocking C's.  With use, of course, the beautiful detailing would wear off, and I had a hard time getting myself to do the first swatch!  The powder comes wrapped in a pouch - just like almost every other Chanel powder product - and included in the pouch is a paddle-shaped sponge applicator which I am pretty sure I will never ever use (mostly because I am not sure how to clean it!).  The Poudre Signee de Chanel illuminating powder is described as a soft pink by Chanel, but it has more of a warmth and a faint golden hue to it rather than a pink.  Depending on the light, it can go from a beige-pink hue to a warmer glow and sometimes look almost like a plain/chalky (gasp!) powder.  Scroll on for more photos.

Poudre Signee De Chanel Illuminating Highlighter Powder Printemps Precieux Spring 2013 Makeup Collection Indian Beauty Blog Swatches Review Ingredients FOTD Looks
Poudre Signee De Chanel Illuminating Highlighter Powder Printemps Precieux Spring 2013 Makeup Collection Indian Beauty Blog Swatches Review Ingredients FOTD Looks
Poudre Signee De Chanel Illuminating Highlighter Powder Printemps Precieux Spring 2013 Makeup Collection Indian Beauty Blog Swatches Review Ingredients FOTD Looks
Depending on the light, Poudre Signee de Chanel does have a pinkish hue to it.  I suspect this mix of colours does make it easier to adapt to most skin tones.
Poudre Signee De Chanel Illuminating Highlighter Powder Printemps Precieux Spring 2013 Makeup Collection Indian Beauty Blog Swatches Review Ingredients FOTD Looks
The paddle-shaped sponge applicator included with the Poudre Signee de Chanel.
Poudre Signee De Chanel Illuminating Highlighter Powder Printemps Precieux Spring 2013 Makeup Collection Indian Beauty Blog Swatches Review Ingredients FOTD Looks

A bit of info for those interested in the quantity:  Just to give an idea regarding the size of this compact, it's the same size as the Poudre Douce Soft Pressed powder from Chanel - much larger than the regular Joues Contraste blushes - but it contains only about 8 g of product compared to 14 g of the powder.

Poudre Signee De Chanel Illuminating Highlighter Powder Printemps Precieux Spring 2013 Makeup Collection Indian Beauty Blog Swatches Review Ingredients FOTD Looks
Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder - Size comparisons
I took this photo with no direct light falling on the powder, and it looks like a regular powder with no particular glow visible.

Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Highlighter Powder - Swatches/FOTD

Like any other illuminating powder/highlighter, Poudre Signee de Chanel relies on shimmer for the light-reflecting properties that give the elusive glow to the skin.  What sets this apart from the others, in my limited experience, is that the shimmer is very, very finely milled, so much so that it just almost melts into the skin.  If you have used the Joues Contraste blushes from Chanel, you would know what this would be like.  Sure, there is shimmer, and yes you can see it, but only if you look really closely.  Instead, what's visible is just a beautiful soft glow that is quite effortless to achieve - no buffing, blending expertise needed.

Poudre Signee De Chanel Illuminating Highlighter Powder Printemps Precieux Spring 2013 Makeup Collection Indian Beauty Blog Swatches Review Ingredients FOTD Looks
Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder - Swatches
The Chanel SA who helped me pick out the product recommended applying this on the high points of the face - the bridge of the nose, the cheekbones, anywhere light would hit the face and give a natural highlight to it.  She also swept a dusting of this under my eyes to provide a brightening effect, but I didn't find it useful at least on the kind of dark circles that I have.  The highlighting effect is more obvious in indoor lighting and/or brighter lights rather than on a cloudy/less sunny day like the weather we have right now.  I have uneven/problem skin, and I generally steer clear of most hightlighter and anything with shimmer in it.  Because of how finely milled this product is, I can actually use it on my skin, but I would still use it with a lighter hand.  Another incentive to use this sparingly (apart from the cost) is that on my darker skin it can look a bit ashy, especially with dull daylight.  Here's how it looks on me:

Poudre Signee De Chanel Illuminating Highlighter Powder Printemps Precieux Spring 2013 Makeup Collection Indian Beauty Blog Swatches Review Ingredients FOTD Looks
Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder - FOTD
I have used a generous dusting of the powder along my cheekbones and over my nose. Also used:  Chanel Eyeshadow Quad in Raffinement on my eyes and Rouge Extrait de Gloss Merveille, both of which are also part of the Printemps Precieux de Chanel spring 2013 makeup collection.
Joues Contraste Blush in Rouge.
Which brings this long-winding review to an end - well almost.  Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder is a beautiful but expensive pick from Chanel's spring 2013 makeup collection, so is it an abslolute must-have?  If you don't have another highlighter or one that you find fabulous, you could definitely give this a try.  As with most highlighters and/or shimmery products, if you have uneven skin tone or not-so-perfect skin (an issue very close to my heart :P), you should know that this product will draw attention to all those teeny tiny defects that you strive so much to hide!  You can still use this but with a lighter hand.  That apart, if you are cuckoo-crazy about Chanel, nothing I am going to say is going to change your mind, so go ahead and buy this - it truly is beautiful!

MORE FROM THE CHANEL SPRING 2013 MAKEUP COLLECTION
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Polish:  Fracas
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Polish:  Emprise
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Polish:  Accessoire

10 comments:

  1. Wowwwwwwww... You loooook soooooooo pretty Rads :)

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    1. I didn't even want to use it cos it looked so pretty in the pan :D

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  3. Prettttttyyyyyyyy pretttyyy you looking :)
    The earrings are super cute!!!

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  4. Rads ...... WOW ..... so very WOW .... to me it looks nowhere near ashy like you said ... and nooooooo am not cuckoo-crazy about CHANEL ..... but i know one friend who is ... sooooo may be i can GIFT her :D i am always generuos that way ... so yeah may be for her if she has not picked already :D :D
    you are looking very pretty with this :D :D

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    1. Oh I finished buying this already..you gift me something else :P :P :evilgrin:

      Hehehe..thank you!!!

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  5. I am so going to buy this when it releases here...right now blown all money on Guerlain and really like 2500$ or so....so will wait for summers..LOL
    this is gorgeous and reminds me of Guerlain's Cruel Gardenia although this one has a touch of gold and champagne.

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    1. Hahahahaaa..you sure did do a MAJOR HAUL with the Guerlain goodies!!!!! People have to put on sunglasses to open your blog - is blinding :D :D

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