The iconic colors of Chanel - gold, red, beige, and black - are a never-ending source of inspiration for Peter Philips, Creative Director of Chanel Makeup. The glamorous proof, his holiday collection, Les Scintillances de Chanel, is a study of golden reflections that delicately sculpt the face with light, while eyes and lips shimmer in festive tones.
A true visionary, Mademoiselle Chanel found inspiration everywhere. Today, the Paris Makeup Studio does the same, capturing the beauty of Mademoiselle's treasured belt buckle in the limited-edition Lumière Sculptée de Chanel Highlighting Powder ($72), an illuminating powder that gently highlights the skin with a sheer blend of tender pink and pearlescence. Shades of ivory and pink dusted with tone-on-tone mother of pearls make this palette the ultimate in glamour.
It arrived at Neiman Marcus, where I quickly snatched up mine. I've been waiting for this palette for months - ever since I saw its portrait in the season's marketing materials at the Chanel counter. Now, I'm delighted to own it. It's so dazzling, it will be perfect for holiday festivities. What impressed me the most - after the fabulous pattern in the powder - is the highlighter's finish, which I'll be able to use during the day to light up my face and enliven my features.
I was forced to take these "first look" photos indoors. It's raining and gloomy outside, so I found my brightest window and snapped away, hoping to get a few usable photos. For my swatch photos, I applied the powder with a sponge-tipped applicator.
The camera detected the very light pink in the color, something that wasn't readily apparent to my eye at first glance. When I opened the Lumière Sculptée de Chanel palette the first time, I saw a subtly sparkling golden beige. Once I swatched, the slight pink hue described in Chanel's training materials manifested itself. It's definitely a tender pink - more of a pink cast than a full-on pink shade.
Despite the fact that I would blur the perfection of the belt-buckle design as soon as I swiped the powder, I couldn't resist. I wanted to get enough pigment to show you the shade on my skin. What I discovered was a finely milled, creamy powder that delightfully clings to my skin, not the surroundings. It applied easily and gave me an instant glow.
It's not overly shimmery. If anything, I'd say it glows or shines, but without micro-sparkles on my skin - even though the powder itself appears to be subtly sparkly. Perhaps if I had taken photos outdoors in full sun, the highlighter might have shown more shimmer. I'm glad it didn't! I have enough shimmering shades that leave micro-glitter on my face, which then strays from my cheeks or falls to my clothing on occasion. This one's gorgeously "grown up."
Lumière Sculptée de Chanel was worth the wait. I'm sure your favorite Chanel counter and Chanel boutique, along with the Chanel Web site, will offer it soon. I'm also fairly sure it will be scarce, so I'd avoid procrastination if you want it. Many others have been circling Chanel counters looking for it.
If you don't have a source for Chanel nearby, give Kathy Shoreman a call at (571) 212-8399 at Neiman Marcus or Loyd Cassler at (240) 497-5301 at Saks Fifth Avenue. They'd love to help you with this and the rest of the exquisite holiday collection, which I'll be showing you over the coming days. I even purchased a nail polish, which should tell you it's a gem.
Photo at top courtesy of Chanel; other photos by Best Things in Beauty