Monday, December 10th, 2012

Chantecaille Rose Petals (Les Petales de Rose) Illuminating Face Powder
Chantecaille Rose Petals (Les Petales de Rose) Illuminating Face Powder

A Delicate Highlighter for the Holidays

Chantecaille Rose Petals (Les Petales de Rose) Illuminating Face Powder ($74.00 for 0.42 oz.) is described as a “sheer, flattering glow [for] all skin tones” with “light-perfecting powders [that] provide a veil of subtle radiance, while [being] long-lasting, comfortable.” It’s a pale pink with a golden shimmer-sheen; when it’s layered on heavily, it looks mostly pink, but when sheered out, you’ll see all of the shimmer, sheen, and luminosity come through. NARS Albatross has a similar sheen, but it has more of a creamy white base, rather than a pink-tinged one. MAC Lightscapade has more shimmer, less sheen.
Guerlain Cruel Gardenia is darker, less cool-toned.  The general way it looked on the skin reminded me of the majesty of Guerlain’s Parure de Nuit.

There was something about it that caught my eye when I was browsing Nordstrom, and I impulsively purchased it (which is rarer than you’d expect).  The beauty of this highlighter is in its finish; it’s soft as silk, extremely finely-milled, and melts against the skin to give a natural, luminous highlight that doesn’t accentuate pores but actually softens the overall texture of the skin.  It wore for a full nine hours and hadn’t faded one bit.  It came as no surprise that it was easy to blend on the skin, and it’s the kind of powder that gives off a glow, a sheen, but not shimmer or sparkle.  Unfortunately, all that magic comes at a rather steep price tag!

One bright spot is that the powder contains 0.42 oz., which is twice the size of most blushes, though it’s only 25% or so larger than many highlighters on the market. For all its hefty price tag, the compact is made out of lightweight plastic. Typically, at this price point, you’ll see a packaging upgrade to metal or the like, but not with this product. If you’re familiar with Guerlain’s Meteorites (Pressed) Powders that retail for $56, it’s a similar feel (in regards to packaging) and resulting disappointment. Both are fantastic products and look beautiful on the skin, but for the price, the lack of heft was something I noticed immediately.

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Chantecaille Rose Petals (Les Petales de Rose) Illuminating Face Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

A+
It's a fantastic highlighter that has an ultra soft texture, beautiful appearance on the skin, and gives that lit-from-within glow. I wish the packaging was more luxurious, to go along with the luxurious price tag.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Chantecaille Rose Petals (Les Petales de Rose) Illuminating Face Powder
Chantecaille Rose Petals (Les Petales de Rose) Illuminating Face Powder

Chantecaille Rose Petals (Les Petales de Rose) Illuminating Face Powder
Chantecaille Rose Petals (Les Petales de Rose) Illuminating Face Powder

Chantecaille Rose Petals (Les Petales de Rose) Illuminating Face Powder
Chantecaille Rose Petals (Les Petales de Rose) Illuminating Face Powder

Chantecaille Rose Petals (Les Petales de Rose) Illuminating Face Powder
Chantecaille Rose Petals (Les Petales de Rose) Illuminating Face Powder

Chantecaille Rose Petals (Les Petales de Rose) Illuminating Face Powder
Chantecaille Rose Petals (Les Petales de Rose) Illuminating Face Powder

Chantecaille Rose Petals (Les Petales de Rose) Illuminating Face Powder
Chantecaille Rose Petals (Les Petales de Rose) Illuminating Face Powder

Chantecaille Rose Petals (Les Petales de Rose) Illuminating Face Powder
Chantecaille Rose Petals (Les Petales de Rose) Illuminating Face Powder

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Nordstrom, $74.00.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

NARS Albatross has a similar sheen, but it has more of a creamy white base, rather than a pink-tinged one. MAC Lightscapade has more shimmer, less sheen. Guerlain Cruel Gardenia is darker, less cool-toned.  The general way it looked on the skin reminded me of the majesty of Guerlain's Parure de Nuit.

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: Lancome Petit Tresor Eyeshadow, Edward Bess Dusk Eyeshadow, Lancome Lumieres de Paris Les Paillettes, Burberry Trench Eyeshadow, bareMinerals 5AM Eyeliner, and bareMinerals Midnight Eyeliner. On cheeks: (your left) MAC Silver Dush Iridescent Powder, Kevyn Aucoin Natura, (your right) Chantecaille Rose Petals Highlighter Powder, Kevyn Aucoin Natura.

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98 thoughts on “Chantecaille Rose Petals (Les Petales de Rose) Illuminating Face Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Amanda

    it’s beautiful! but way too expensive for me :(

  2. Mimi E. Stanford

    That just looks … gorgeous!

  3. ebru

    this product looks like Givenchy Le Prisme Blush Bucolique,aren’t they similar ? but i can2t say anything about textures of course,what do you think?

  4. I’m so thankful I can’t really shop at Nordstrom because it it’s anything like Guerlain’s Parure de Nuit then I would be picking this up! More dew less shimmer is my favorite thing.

  5. This is soooooooo beautiful!!!
    As I’m a graphic designer I noticed the packaging and the colours wedged inside the powder.
    Such a lovely mix of colours I appreciate it so much…
    …So much for the price though :\
    *sighs*
    Wish it weren’t that pricey or I would 100% buy it !
    Christine do you think it’s worth it??

    • Sooooooo hard to say. I feel like because I do have other, equally beautiful, highlighters, I really don’t NEED this. If you have nothing like it, then I think it could be – but you have to use it regularly, lol!

  6. Yellowlantern

    Whoa, it looks like High Beam in powder form to me.

  7. Avatar of beka Beka

    This looks beautiful on you! Is this meant as an all over finishing powder (similar to meteorites) or as a highlighter for specific areas (like top of cheekbones)?

    • They list it as a highlighter powder online. It’s fine enough that you could likely use it all over, but it is more sheen than a regular finishing powder, if that helps! Hm, a little more sheen than Guerlain’s Voyage Meteorites, somewhat more sheen than the regular pressed Meteorites.

  8. lovenectarlove

    This Powder is soooo beautiful! Such an classy and unique eyecatcher!

  9. Avatar of Dominique Dominique

    How delicate ! Very beautiful name and powder sad we don’t have Chantecaille here.

  10. I have yet to purchase anything from Chantecaille, but this powder looks absolutely stunning! Everything is just beautiful, from the embossed powder, to the packaging, to the swatches themselves! I think this was a great impulse buy Christine ;)

    xx Louise

  11. Avatar of rebecca blueraccoon

    I think I may have to buy this. It’s absolutely gorgeous.

  12. Products like this make me happy it’s so difficult to get this brand here in Canada. This looks like the most perfect highlighter imaginable for my skin.

  13. I’m convincing myself I don’t want it by telling myself it looks like a pile of pink, speckly poop.

  14. Monica!

    Uhm…this looks like a meringue…

  15. You look freaking fabulous!

  16. Courtney

    It’s beautiful…but not $74 beautiful.

  17. Priscilla

    Never heard of the brand…. I love it already.

  18. Oh my god, what a powder! *swoons* This one is definitely out of my budget, but I love the soft sheen it gives — illuminators with shimmer drive me absolutely nuts, but ones that truly “glow” are so hard to find.

  19. L

    It looks absolutely beautiful, on the face, the packaging/product. But the price is enough to make me cry. ;_; cause I can just imagine how much it would me if it costs that much u.s.

  20. Lauren

    Christine, on the topic of highlights, what would you recommend as a dupe for Whisper of Gilt? I have fallen in love with it and don’t have a backup, so sad about it. :(

  21. Avatar of Cat Cat G

    I don’t believe I’ve ever heard of this brand before… this looks beautiful! The pricetag though, ouch.

  22. Avatar of Abbi Abbi Wallace Pemberton

    Holy gorgeousness!!! I know I don’t “need” another powder,blush, or highlighter, but I NEED this in my life!!!

  23. Avatar of Treva Gordon115diy

    I’m convinced that this highlighter only looks great because your skin is FLAWLESS!!! Do you have a skincare regimen that you mind sharing? The weather change is making my face look like a war zone :(

    • I was using Lancome’s Beneficial SPF in the AM but the jar is done now, so I have to replace it with something else! At night, I’m using Biotherm Aquasource. I use shu uemura’s cleansing oil at night to remove makeup/clean face and Murad’s Anti-Acne Foaming Wash as my AM cleanser. I also use prescription Differin (but I use generic) at night!

      • Avatar of Treva Gordon115diy

        Thx for responding :) I’m really thinking of getting this, but I want to look every bit as “fresh faced” as you do in this pic also lol

  24. It looks beautiful on you, but I can tell by looking at it, this product would look seriously chalky on darker skin. It does look very beautiful and – aside from the cheap plastic packaging, I love the embossing and all that.

  25. That is gorgeous, and you look absolutely radiant! :-D

  26. Avatar of Karen Karen

    This product looks stunning on you.

  27. Sandra

    You are only using this product on your right cheek and the Mac highlighter on your left cheek?

  28. … It’s so dang pretty. And ahahaha crap it’s in a store I can actually visit. Bye money. It was nice knowing you.

  29. Avatar of Bishakha Bishakha Sen

    Dont know if it’s a dupe or not but this is what I use and like for a subtle highlighter . It gives more of a sheen and to my eyes looks like it could be a DUPE for the CHANTECAILLE ROSE PETAL powder that is really $$$ :( …… Here it is . http://www.vampyvarnish.com/2011/04/physicians-formula-powder-palette-mineral-glow-pearls-powder-blush-swatches-photos-review . I use the one called transluscent pearl .I think if you like MAC Mineralize Skinfinishes, you’ll like Physicians Formula’s Mineral Glow Pearls. In fact Christine from Temptalia has done a review on it ( a diff shade )http://www.temptalia.com/physicians-formula-light-bronze-pearl-mineral-glow-pearls-review-photos-swatches

  30. Wow! What an absolutely beautiful powder. I wonder if I can mix MAC vanilla pigment with a pale pink pigment to create something similar. I wish it wasn’t so expensive!

  31. Anne-Sophie

    WHY did I saw this post?! Now I need it. It looks fan-tas-tic on you. I love that it’s sheen and I love the finish on the skin….

    • Avatar of Abigail abigailOD

      Oh dear, my thoughts exactly!

      Christine, I don’t have the Parure de Nuit, but I do have the Perles du Dragon. How do they compare? Do I need both in terms of finish and longevity?

      This maybe my first purchase from this brand. Do you love this brand? Like how you do Guerlain?

      • This has more of a sheen, like Parure de Nuit (or Guerlain’s Voyage powders), and there’s not an iota of actual sparkle.

        Given that I’d say having Parure de Nuit would be good, even if you had Perles du Dragon, then I guess I’d have to say this is good to have along Perles du Dragon. They are similar in products in that they both work well as highlighters, so think about how often you use your highlighter(s) :)

        I’ve liked what few Chantecaille products I’ve tried, but I’m not overly familiar with the brand.

        • Avatar of Abigail abigailOD

          Thank you so much Christine! :D

          I secretly hoped I don’t need both but I’m happier that I *can have both. Yay! ;-)

          What’s the best type of brush for its texture? Mac 188/187 or the tapered face brush? :-)

          • I like the 165 a lot for this – it’s what I would use (but I like a stronger highlight), but for a really ethereal finish, the 188 (or even the 184) is great!

  32. Avatar of Tamara Tamara

    I knew I should’nt have clicked on the link from Facebook. Now I need this in my highlighting stash! Even though it has more of a pink hue, I think I will still be picking it up. Thanks Christine!

  33. Avatar of Alison Alison

    Oh, wow! Its really wonderful to see you reviewing Chantecaille – and that its actually GOOD!

    • The real question is it the worst case scenario or best case scenario… A+ but $$$! Like you really want it to be F and $$$ so it’s easy to resist, LOL!

      • Avatar of Mindy Smith AZSunshine

        So true Christine! Sometimes… I’m happy when you give a product a low grade, so then I don’t want it…LOL

  34. Avatar of Kafka Kafka

    I hear nothing but the best about Chantecaille (& Clé de Peau) so it’s nice to see it reviewed here. Alas, this is outside my budget, but it looks lovely! (So too does the Kevyn Aucoin Natura, btw.)(Sorry, I couldn’t resist posting that one more time.)

  35. PJ

    Hi Christine,

    Did you only apply this on the tops of your cheeks? Can this be used as an all over powder similar to Guerlain?

    • Hi PJ! Just as a highlighter :) I think it has a stronger sheen than Guerlain, but with a light hand and the right brush, I think it could also be used all-over.

  36. Banafshe Sharifian

    How similar is this to MAC Forever Marilyn beauty powder?

  37. Avatar of Magdalena Magdalena

    This looks so pretty! It’s a shame that it’s not talc free! For that price it could have better ingredients

  38. Avatar of Ellie Ellie

    Ehmmm no. I don’t care how pretty it looks, it’s not worth that much. :(

    • I agree! Granted it looks beautiful on Christine, but there are so many highlighting powders on the market how can you ever justify spending 74 dollars on one?

      Especially considering how many low cost, high quality makeup products are out there.

      Plus, I’m a litte bit of a sucker for nice packaging, and this falls flat in that department.

      • Avatar of rebecca blueraccoon

        Each person has their own budget and their own priorities. No purchase needs to be “justified”, it’s just a question of 1) can you afford it; 2) do you want it; and 3) will it make you happy? If the answer to all three is yes, what’s the problem? Clearly there’s a market or this wouldn’t be available at the price it is.

        Every time Christine reviews an expensive item like this, or like Guerlain’s Wulong Meteorites, people comment about how expensive it is and how ridiculous it is to pay that much money for makeup. Every Cle de Peau review she’s done, half the comments are about the price and not the product. Value is a personal judgment; if I decide I’m going to get value out of a $60 lipstick, or a $74 highlighter, that’s my call, and no one else has the right to judge me for it.

        The highlighter is gorgeous, and it’s a well-done product, and I absolutely would spend $74 on it – in fact, I did buy it earlier today. I agree that there are probably other well-performing products on the market that are less expensive, but I wanted *this* one, and it’s my call.

        • Avatar of Mindy Smith AZSunshine

          Well said blueraccoon! The only reason I haven’t purchased it is because I’m currently happy with the size of my collection and don’t want to add to it at the moment. I wouldn’t hesitate to pick it up if I didn’t have others that were already very similar to it.

        • Avatar of Abigail abigailOD

          I can’t help but say Amen to that! It truly is all about “what floats your boat”

          Thanks for the reality check blueraccoon!

  39. I LOVE how pretty it looks on you, but yikes, the price is steep. I’m shocked that they’d even consider using such lightweight packaging.

  40. Stephanie

    Hi Christine!

    How would you say this compares to Dior-skin Shimmer Stars (amber or rose)?

    Thanks,
    Stephanie

  41. will it turn ashy or whitish on warm and dark skintones??

  42. Dear Lord, this is stunning. I originally passed this one over because I thought it might be too pink/cool for my warm skin, but it looks great on your warm skin! Great–another lovely highlighter to add to the list! I wonder how this one compares to the gorgeous new Chanel one from Spring…that one is incredible-looking as well!

  43. Miss J

    Nooooo! I am so upset I saw this post, LOL. This is stunning, but so expensive, and my resistance is weak! Crap.

  44. Dana

    I want that. It looks like a subtle, powder version of High Beam.

  45. It really does look stunning on you!

  46. Avatar of Malia Malia

    Looks so lovely, and the price is what I’d expect from them actually.

  47. Avatar of Pamyla Jill

    I am starting to really love the Chantecaille brand, although Ive only purchased her lip chic(s) and glosses and creme blush. (Part of the thrill is the hunt since no store within 65 miles of me sells it) Im not sure if Im ready to spend $74 on “highlighter” though. I wish you would review her ($72) HD pressed powder, Im very curious about that. FYI- Her holiday products: lip chic- Nocturne, and brilliant gloss-
    Glamour are STUNNING!!!

  48. Ra-jin

    Hi Christine :3 I was wondering if there is any possibility of getting a pic of the top of the compact?

  49. Avatar of Sally Sally

    Looks wonderful on you, agree with above poster that when I initially saw in the store I thought it would be too pink…oh no now I’ll have to get it!!!

  50. Avatar of An An

    This is so freaking pretty and gorgeous! But the price… O.O Too much for me.

  51. Avatar of Veronica Veronica

    Absolutely gorgeous. Not sure if I could talk myself into buying a highlighter this expensive, but it certainly looks like it’s worth every cent. :D

  52. katie

    It looks so beautiful on you. I wont be getting it though. The price is too much. If the packaging was fantastic I might have been more tempted.

  53. Marloes

    Oh Christine, you look lovely.

    Natural, but so glowy and ‘healthy’.

  54. Avatar of Mindy Smith AZSunshine

    If I didn’t already own 193756 other highlighters I would rush out to the store and pick this up!

  55. Avatar of Hana Hana

    I like this especially since it comes as a compact but I figure I can pass since I own Guerlain’s Cruel Gardenia. Very pretty tho!

  56. Stephanie

    Hi Christine!
    How would you say this compares to Dior-skin Shimmer Star (in amber or rose?)

  57. Avatar of Connie Connie

    I nabbed this 20% off tonight. I can’t wait to get it.

  58. Laura

    Christine, it is almost sickening how beautiful this product looks on you!! Absolutely breathtaking! It’s a shame it’s $74. Why?!

  59. Ghalia Al-Khobr

    Thank you for the beautiful review but I really do believe what makeup artists say about blending and finishing your product. Could you please let me know what brush/-es you used to apply this Chantecaille powder and how did you apply it (what method did you use – stippling, blending in circular motions etc). I would really appreciate it if you could e-mail me a copy of your reply in detail.