Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Chanel Mouche de Beauté Illuminating Powder from the Versailles de Chanel Cruise 2012-2013 Makeup Collection

When I imagined how Chanel's Mouche de Beauté Illuminating Powder ($80) from Versailles de Chanel Cruise 2012/13 Makeup Collection would look, I never imagined that it would be rose gold. I didn't see rose gold in Chanel's photo above. Imagine my excitement when I pulled it out of its FedEx box! It had the appearance in the compact of rose gold, and, sure enough, it's rose gold - at least on my skin.

The limited-edition Versailles Compact, called Mouche de Beauté Illuminating Powder, is the superstar of the collection. The embossed relief of an architectural detail from the famous Château de Versailles is worth the price of admission. Incidentally, the collection consists of two new pieces. All of the other pieces, such as Rouge Coco Shine in Boy, are re-promotes.

Here is a photo of the powder as it appears to my eye - and my camera's eye. It arrived with that odd "discoloration" on the right side of the design, but that "uneven overlay"  had no effect on the powder itself.

Isn't it gorgeous? Granted, that design will not stay with it forever, but it's certainly pretty to look at when new!

I took swatch photos in full, mid-afternoon sun. I swatched heavily at the top of my arm using a sponge-tipped applicator. Then I used a kabuki brush to apply a light touch below. Interestingly, the compact comes in a lovely velveteen pouch with its own applicator - a large flat sponge like the one that comes with Estée Lauder's Pure Color llluminating Powder Gelée Blush in Tease. The sponge is a fabulously effective applicator. The powder is not powdery. It seems to be a new formula from Chanel.

The color of this gold illuminating powder is nothing short of divine. The more you apply, the more rose gold the color appears. You can see that the light application on my arm shows the rose hue, but it's not as dramatic as the darker swatch above.

Mouche de Beauté Illuminating Powder is a limited edition that, reportedly, will only be available at Chanel boutiques. I purchased mine from Chanel on 57th Street in New York. You can call any Chanel boutique in the United States (or Paris) to order it.

There is one other new piece in the collection: a vibrant pink eye shadow. If I can get photos, I will show it to you tomorrow.

Photo at top courtesy of Chanel; other photos by Best Things in Beauty

31 comments:

Suselew said...

That sure looks like Rose Rendezvous from Laura Mercier or Modern Mercury by Estee Lauder. Have you been able to compare the three?

VancouverChic said...

Hi C-Girl,
Could this be used as an eye shadow???? The color is gorgeous, but with rosacea skin anytime I put on a sheen finish I look like a glowing lobster lol lol
But if it had good staying power as an eye shadow that would be cool. Thanks for the awesome pics!!!
Warm Regards,
Joanne

Charleston Girl said...

Hi Suselaw, I haven't had time to compare it to anything I already have.

Charleston Girl said...

Hi Joanne,

I don't see why not. I will try it.

lovethescents said...

So very beautiful, Charlestongirl. Thank you for the review and the swatch.

Anonymous said...

Hello,

Glad to see this is out in the US now - hopefully this means it'll come out in the UK soon ! Looking forward to seeing the pink shadow :)

Anne

Anahita said...

It's so funny that you got your package the same day I did. I was taken aback at how rose gold the powder was. I was not expecting that. I thought it would be more gold

Charleston Girl said...

Hi Lovethescents,

For this one, you might want to consider breaking your no-buy vow.

Charleston Girl said...

Hi Anne,

I hope so too. I know it's available in Paris. Someone just bought it for me there. Was covering all my bases and ended up with two.

Charleston Girl said...

Hi Anahita,

So, do you like it?

Anonymous said...

I really like some of the new illuminating powders, but have a dumb question. I like to use a loose powder over my foundation, can I still use one of these over top without looking too "powdery"?

Charleston Girl said...

Hi Anonymous,

I would not recommend this particular powder as an allover finishing powder. It's too jazzy. If you want a finishing powder, why not the new Guerlain Météorites in Perles du Paradis? Even they are a bit of a highlighting powder. Consider (strongly) Chantecaille's HD powder for a finishing powder, and use this one for highlights.

Meredith said...

I just called one of the Chanel boutiques in Las Vegas (they have 3) and they said you already have to be their customer or they won't sell one to you! Can you imagine? I am on the waiting list at the Seattle Nordstrom, however. This looks gorgeous, can't wait to receive it. The SA said it shipped to them on the 14th so it'll take a week or two before I can have it but it looks like it's worth the wait.

Charleston Girl said...

Meredith, I have heard that. Call 57th Street in New York. They did not ask me if I was a customer. Also try the Chanel store in SoHo.

Eileen said...

Hi Anonymous,

I'm a bonafide loose finishing powder addict. I just love the way it pulls everything together. I don't have this particular luminator--yet--but I do have Modern Mercury which I've read is a similar type of formulation. I apply the luminator directly over my foundation and then lightly apply my loose finishing powder as usual but I avoid the area where I've applied the luminator so I retain its full effect. I think these bold luminators have their own very special look and I don't want to dilute the impact by powdering over them. These luminators do not feel like traditional powders. They are powders, but they apply creamy smooth and have a silken sheen. You won't look powdery.

Goddesslily Seymour said...

I saw the eyeshadow and it's gorgeous, maybe i'll just pop on over the Chanel and pick up both items.

lovethescents said...

STOP tempting me, Charlestongirl!!!!

Charleston Girl said...

Everyone,

I confirmed today with SoHo that if they do not already have you in the Chanel computer system, they won't sell you these items over the phone.

I really don't understand that reasoning.

Charleston Girl said...

Hi Goddesslily Seymour,

Hope you got them on your trip.

Charleston Girl said...

Hi Lovethescents,

Just doing my job. :)

Charleston Girl said...

Meredith,

If you see this, please e-mail me at bestthingsinbeauty@gmail.com.

Ava said...

The Chanel illuminating powder arrived at Nordstrom Seattle today (mine is on it's way!). Call Ondrea in the Chanel Studio at 206-628-2111.

BusterBoo said...

This powder is beautiful to look at! I agree with Suselaw -- it reminds me of Laura Mercier Rose Rendezvous.
Thanks, CG, for the quick preview.

Charleston Girl said...

Thanks, Ava!

Charleston Girl said...

Hi BusterBoo,

I had all my bases covered. One should arrive today from France. The U.S. got it here faster. I guess I'll be selling the extra.

Cat lover said...

Can you please do comparision swatches with Rose Rendezvous, Cruel Gardenia & Chanel's current illumuinating powder. Can you give me an idea of what your skintone is? Thank you! Love your blog!!!

Christina said...

Hi, I saw this last Tuesday and tried it on. I liked it, but did not like the sparkle. I was afraid I would not get a lot of use out of it since I thought it is too sparkly for work.

Eileen said...

Hi Cat Lover,

I don't know that Charlestongirl has time for comparison swatches, but you can search her blog and find the items you're interested in seeing because she has reviewed and swatched all of them :-). Quick rundown in case you don't actually own any of these: Rose Rendezvous is a rosey bronze and Cruel Gardenia is a pale pink. Signée de Chanel is a very light gold with a hint of pink and you can see for yourself the color of Mouche de Beauté.

Charleston Girl said...

Hi Cat Lover,

I have very pale skin. I'm a #2 in Armani foundations and Warm Ivory in Bobbi Brown, if that helps.

As Eileen said, I just don't have time between the new things and my real job to do a lot of comparison photos. I never have the older products at hand. They have to get filed away (and out of my way) so that I don't trip over them. Now if my filing system were better...

Even that takes time. You can compare swatches by looking at all of the posts here. Just use the search button on the right.

Charleston Girl said...

Interesting, Christina, because it's a sheen, not sparkly, on my skin. How did you apply it?

Catherine said...

Hi! I am planning to get the Poudre Signee de Chanel, but I'm still not sure how well it will go with my golden skin. Should I hold out for the Mouche de Beaute instead? It seems "warmer" toned, which is what I need. I can't buy both, unfortunately. My skin is 4.25 (natural tan) or 4.5 (warm natural) in Bobbi Brown.