Sunday, December 9, 2012
Poudre Signée de Chanel ($68) may not impress you on first glance. Yes, it's very pretty, and its distinctive embossed double C's (large and small) will enchant until you wear through them. My practical side started to kick in as I asked myself how this light pink highlighter/illuminator would add a novel touch to my overwhelming makeup wardrobe?
Loyd to the rescue. He applied it in a C over the top of my cheekbones, sweeping it around my eye near the hair line, and finishing on my temples. He applied it on one side only and handed me a mirror. I was putty. The difference was astounding. Even though my makeup had been beautifully applied (by Erin Lockard), Poudre Signée de Chanel was the finishing touch that lit up my looks. I didn't even ask the price. In retrospect, I'm surprised I was able to contain myself and purchase only one. I suspect these limited-edition treasures will sell out - right about the time I decide I need a back-up.
I had a feeling this powder would be hard to swatch. Most finishing powders are. I'm pleased that you can see Poudre Signée de Chanel on my arm. I applied it heavily at the top of my arm with a sponge-tipped applicator, and I used a dense blush brush to apply the larger swatch below. My photos were taken in full, afternoon sun, with winter's red holly berries as a spring backdrop.
Is it a party-only powder? The good news is that I can wear it during the day. Lightly dusted as Loyd demonstrated, it brightens up my face, just as the sun becomes a rarity. I could not be happier with Chanel's new centerpiece.
I do not have confirmation of the following news, but I want to share it anyhow. It's possible that Chanel's cruise collection will be available only at Chanel.com and Chanel boutiques. I'll let you know as soon as I can confirm that rumor. Additionally, I'm sure some of you have seen photos of Chanel's spring look, shown on the runway and described by Allure. It is characterized by bright, "wild" shades. much like the bright colors for spring that Guerlain is showing. The late spring collection will be along later.
Photos by Best Things in Beauty and courtesy of Chic Profile and Allure