exquisite radiance. In tribute to Mademoiselle Chanel’s favorite flower, a camellia is delicately embossed across its surface. This beautiful Jardin de Camélias Illuminating Powder ($70) is part of the limited-edition Jardin de Camélias Collection. I thought today, with our fresh six inches of snow on the ground, was the perfect day to feature it.
Most of you know I ordered from this collection blind. It is exclusive to Chanel.com At the time I ordered, I wondered how the almost-white powder would look on my face - and on those with darker complexions. Today, I can tell you it looks great on me, but I have reservations about how it will look on women with medium to dark complexions. I'm hoping one of you will tell me.
As usual, I attempted the impossible: taking swatch photos on my pale skin, hoping you will see the color of Jardin de Camélias. I took my photos in full sun. I swatched heavily at the top of my arm with a sponge-tipped applicator, and I used a brush to create the larger swatch below. I made no attempt to blend the powder.
When I apply this powder on my face, it applies as white. I have to blend it lightly to lose the white overcast and transform it into a gleam. I think the slight pink hue helps. It is not at all sparkly on me, so those who love illuminators without micro-flecks will adore it.
Jardin de Camélias is available at Chanel online, along with the rest of the Jardin de Camélias Collection. I've got more to show you, so stay tuned.
Photo at top courtesy of Chanel; other photos by Best Things in Beauty