Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder
Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder

Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder ($68.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as a “sheer highlighting powder” that creates a “soft pink powder” that can be used to “reflect light with a delicate luminosity.” It’s a pale beige with a soft hint of pink and a golden shimmer-sheen. As described, it’s a soft, sheer powder that works best when dusted over the high planes of the face. Chantecaille Les Petales de Rose is significantly pinker and has a finer shimmer/sheen.
MAC Lightscapade is whiter, cooler-toned. theBalm Promiscuous Pearl is more frosted. Chanel Beiges Ombres Tissees is more frosted/metallic but close in color.

Poudre Signee de Chanel is lightly warmed-up, but it has a little pink and beige mix that makes it slightly different than the recent highlighters I’ve reviewed, which have been really pink or really beige in comparison.  It gives skin a soft, warm glow that’s not too shimmery, frosted, or metallic.  The powder itself is finely-milled with a shimmer-sheen finish, so it’s not completely subtle, but it’s not so shimmery that it emphasizes pores.  It sits well on the skin and is easy to blend out and apply to the skin.  When I wore this, it lasted seven hours at full-power but looked a little faded after eight hours of wear.

The Glossover

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Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder

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It's a very nice highlighter with a finely-milled powder and soft, refined shimmer and sheen. The lighter base of this shade may turn ashy on darker complexions.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

5/5

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Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder
Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder

Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder
Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder

Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder
Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder

Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder
Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder

Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder
Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder

Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder
Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder

Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder
Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder

Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder
Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder

Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder
Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder

Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder
Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Nordstrom, $68.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

Chantecaille Les Petales de Rose is significantly pinker and has a finer shimmer/sheen. MAC Lightscapade is whiter, cooler-toned. theBalm Promiscuous Pearl is more frosted. Chanel Beiges Ombres Tissees is more frosted/metallic but close in color.

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: Chanel Raffinement Eyeshadow Quad, Chanel Or Rose Eyeliner, Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara. On cheeks: (your left) Chanel Frivole, Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel; (your right) Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel. On lips: Chanel Merveille Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss.

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58 thoughts on “Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Avatar of Cat Cat G

    It’s pretty and not too over the top! I can really see it’s effect in the second photo! I don’t own anything by Chanel but maybe one day :)

  2. Avatar of Dominique Dominique

    OMG beautiful ! I will purchase it, it’s really classy !

  3. Stephanie TP

    I’m so glad you have this review up! I need this powder! So beautiful!

  4. The embossing is so gorgeous on this powder. It’s really a thing of beauty. I think I may still be leaning toward the Chantecaille, for it’s refined application, though.

  5. Eileen

    This is a gorgeous white gold highlighter with a hint of pink. Swept in the classic “C” formation, it is stunning. It blends out beautifully and is daytime appropriate. Anyone who liked Lumière Perlée from Chanel’s Le Blanc collection two years ago, will love this one. It isn’t a dupe, but it is in the same vein. This is also lovely when lightly swept on the décolletté.

  6. Avatar of Virginia Virginia

    So pretty! Still debating whether I want this one or the Chantecaille Rose Petales. Which do you think would look better on beige skin with yellow undertones?

  7. Avatar of Sweta Sweta

    U loook gorgeous esp in the second pic..! can you tell me this ll look good on NC42 or will it turn ashy?? also is this close to any guerlain meteorites? Thanks!

  8. I love this color, it looks grand on you, so very beautiful.

  9. Doll

    Oh so beautiful and it really suits you!
    May I ask what foundation/powder are you wearing? Your skin looks even more (if that’s even possible)flawless and glowy than ever. Thanks!

  10. I think I just fell in love with this palette. I mean, wow, just wow!

  11. Avatar of Mariella Mariella

    This looks gorgeous. I am wanting it more than is healthy, methinks!

  12. Avatar of Shontay shontay

    I’m NC45 and this isn’t ashy on me at all. So, for anyone who’s shade goes as deep as me, don’t be afraid.

  13. Maria Eugênia

    Is it similar to MAC Vanilla Pigment?

  14. Beautiful! These are such lovely pictures of you!

  15. DEFINITELY getting this…and the Frivole blush. I’m so glad this one isn’t too cool or pink. It’s perfect and is different from all my very warm or beige highlighters at home!

  16. Avatar of rebecca blueraccoon

    I bought this on impulse last night, don’t ask me why, but I’m pleased it performs as well as I hoped :) Does it come with the brush, Christine?

  17. krystle

    Lovely! Which highlighters in your opinion are your favs/ better than this one that does not enlarge pores. Thanks!

    • Guerlain’s and Chantecaille’s have been the very best in regards to not enlarging pores. There are a lot that don’t – but those two are particularly noteworthy.

  18. Avatar of Jill AnGeLwInGz

    This is going on my Christmas list! And btw Christine I think those earrings are precious!

  19. emememily

    Which one do you prefer, this or Dior’s Amber Diamond?

  20. Avatar of Amy xamyx

    I’m in love with the embossing, but that’s about it. I already have a few HG illuminating/ highlighting powders in my stash, which are also permanant, so I feel I safely pass on this. I’ve also made a decision recently to cut way down on LE products, unless they *really* knock my socks off.

  21. Tori

    Thanks for the detailed review and lovely pictures! I know you said that this might turn ashy on darker skin tones but for fairer East Asian skin, would you recommend the Chantecaille highlighter over this? Thanks for your help!

  22. Naty

    is it only available at nordstrom or will it get in stock in other stores too (uk-stores?). i want this soooo bad, looks georgeous on you xx

  23. iluvmisge2

    Christine, how does the color and texture of this powder compare to the Guerlain Cruel Gardenia highlighter? The Guerlain is my HG, and I need to find a dupe! :)

  24. Lilpunk

    Hello!
    Is this highlighter similar to dior amber shimmer? I bought dior amber few days ago and im not sure if i should go for this one?
    Thank you!

  25. Avatar of Zombie Nicole

    Any thoughts on how this would wear on oily skin?

  26. I picked both this and the Chantecaille one that you recently reviewed. But if you were to pick one, which one would you choose and why… :) Thank you!

  27. Ollko

    Christine, I’ve just missed, did you wear the powder all over the face or only over the high planes?

  28. Cate

    Hi Christine!
    I’d like to buy an illuminatineg, setting powder, to use all over the face. I was thinking about meteorites perles Guerlain…but then I saw also this product…so now I am a bit undecided. Still Chanel poudre signee seems more an highlighter to me than an illuminating powder to use all over the face (even if the lady at the counter said it can be used all over, and is a finishing powder, actually).
    I have tons of highlighters (soft & gentle Mac, Cruel gardenia guerlain…), so now I was looking to a more subtle product, to use all over the face (and possibly also to set a bit the make up). what do you suggest to me? THANKS A LOT!!!

  29. Megan

    Christine, how do you think this would work on fair (but pretty neutral), dry skin? It looks so, so, so lovely on you in this picture and in the swatches.

  30. Julie

    I’m wanting to buy either one which would you say is overall better highlighter? P.s I’m nc30 in mac. Thanks!