Friday, November 27th, 2009

Lancome Sparkling Cherub Illuminating Powder

Lancome Holiday 2009: Lancome Sparkling Cherub Illuminating Powder

Lancome Sparkling Cherub Sheer Warming Illuminating Powder ($40.00 for 0.35 oz.) is very true to its name: it’s a subtle powder that warms up the complexion.

To me, it feels and looks very much like a bronzer. Although it initially looks sparkly, it’s just a gold overspray, so after that top layer disappears, you’re left with a mostly matte combination of colors. The outer right is kind of a beige-y fleshy-tone, while the inner ring is a deeper bronzy shade. I’m not really a fan of overspray, just because all they do is make it look pretty, sparkly, and different than what it really is.  I’d rather just see it in its semi-matte to matte form.

It’s not really practical to use each section alone, so together, they mix and create a very lightly warmed-up bronze-orange powdery shade. I could see some maybe using the inner portion alone, but the outer ring is a little thin to make it easy to use by itself.

The design of the cherub is cute, and you’ll see it linger in your compact for several uses (until you flatten him out, LOL), which is nice. I could see myself using this as a light blusher on cheeks or maybe a dusting on my forehead, nose, and chin to add extra warmth during the winter season. I don’t, personally, think I’ll reach for this too often, but if you’re looking for a way to warm up your complexion, this might be it.

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  • Product: 24/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: For a cutely designed, subtle bronzer, Sparkling Cherub might have you covered.

Availability: Nordstrom

See swatches

Lancome Sparkling Cherub Illuminating Powder
Lancome Sparkling Cherub Illuminating Powder (left)

Lancome Sparkling Cherub Illuminating Powder
Lancome Sparkling Cherub Illuminating Powder

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16 thoughts on “Lancome Sparkling Cherub Sheer Warming Illuminating Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Roxanne

    Not too impressed (especially for that prize, LOL). Would love to see if it really does make a difference.

  2. Make_up_Maven

    Thanks for the great picture of this and review. I’ve been eyeing this since it came out – I live in a rural area so I have to order everything online – sight unseen. The color is very different from their website and I would have been extremely dissapointed with the overspray. So, thanks, you just save me 40 bucks! LOL

  3. Macaddict

    What’s the product swatched on the right????
    Love the color!
    Otherwise, the Lancome powder is pretty bleh…

  4. amy

    That is adorable! But I think I need something a little darker for the bronzer.

  5. rowan

    it is so pretty!

  6. Christine,
    I’m trying to decide between this and the EL Opulent Shimmering Powder. I’m NC 30, warm, blue eyes, which would you recommend?

  7. The Cherub is really cute, but overspray is kind of annoying.

  8. The sparkles are too big for my taste =( Thats too bad…

  9. this power is totally underwhelming. maybe if the design wasnt so juvenile they would catch some people who just liked the look of it whether or not the product is useful, but as it is I cant imagine who their target market was…

  10. Luisafer

    hmmmm, don’t like it when you have to find lots of excuses of how it would work better… too much for something that’s not easy to use nor will use a lot

  11. sara

    yeah id like one!! its really pretty!