Lancome Moonlight Rose Illuminating Powder
Underneath the Moon, You’ll Glow Pink
Lancome Moonlight Rose Illuminating Powder ($42.00 for 0.18 oz.) is supposed to “give the skin a light-reflecting, luminous glow.” It’s a pale, warm-toned pink with a fine, frosted shimmer that sheers out easily when applied. If applied with a damp brush, it will take on a more metallic finish. Chantecaille Les Petales de Rose has a finer shimmer that turns to a sheen, so it is subtler on the skin; there’s also a slight golden tint that Lancome’s dosen’t have. Guerlain Cruel Gardenia is slightly warmer, but it’s incredibly similar. MAC Light Sunshine is less shimmery, paler.
It has a soft, finely-milled texture that makes for effortless blending during application. Though very soft and the shimmer is fine, it did emphasize the pores on my cheeks very slightly. I think the luminous, lit-from-within result is worth the trade-off, as the emphasis is subtle. Moonlight Rose wore well for seven hours, and after eight hours, there was a touch of fading along the inner edge where I applied it. This shade should work well across many skin tones, because it does not have a white base, even though it is a lighter color. For paler complexions, it might show up as a very soft tinge of pink as well.