I've been waiting for Chantecaille's Poudre de Perle in South Seas Pearl ($55), a new shade for the holidays. It arrived at Neiman Marcus, and I am the happy new owner of the latest Poudre de Perle shade.
This innovative all-over highlighting formula arrives in its own brush and delivers the perfect amount of luminosity to all skin tones. The smart formula replaces traditional talc particles with weightless, silky, and translucent optics that ensure skin clarity and luminosity. Particles of zinc, iron, and mica provide mineral content to calm sensitive skin and fortify it from environmental elements. It's gorgeous too.
Poudre de Perle built on the unparalleled success of Protection Naturelle, Chantecaille's excellent powder that delivers full-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Poudre de Perle's innovative powder formula is contained with its own brush and delivers the perfect amount of color. The first shade introduced, Biwa, is a pearly warm pink shade with golden peach highlights. It's perfect for most skin tones and skin types. Not only is the blush convenient to apply, it's refillable. I like the re-use concept. Less waste will help us be better stewards of our planet.
I took a photo of my own South Seas Pearl in the store (it's drizzly fizzly and very cloudy outside) and tried to swatch it there too. Because South Seas Pearl is very light, I didn't have much luck with my in-store photos. They show my arm with a light sparkle. Once I got home, I opened the top and put a small foundation brush directly into the powder to apply it to my arm heavily, ensuring that I had enough pigment and hopefully enough light to make the powder show up in an outdoor photo. I did - barely.
I think you should be able to see that South Seas Pearl is a beautiful light rose gold. It sparkles, like Biwa does, but not in a way that's distracting to me. The more you apply, the more color you'll see on your face.
South Seas Pearl can be used all over the face or in selected areas that you want to highlight. It's a color that I think will appeal to many, leaving behind a transparent, shimmering veil that's flattering and slightly warming.
Since it has arrived at Neiman Marcus, you'll be able to try before you buy. If you can't wait, check it out at Chantecaille's Web site, where there's currently a special offer. With any $125 purchase, you'll receive Amaretto Lip Gloss PSF 15 - the one worn by Angelina Jolie on the cover of Vanity Fair.
Photo at top courtesy of Chantecaille; other photos by Best Things in Beauty