Chanel Lumiere d'Ete Illuminating Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

Chanel Lumiere d'Ete Illuminating Powder
Chanel Lumiere d’Ete Illuminating Powder

Chanel Lumiere d’Ete Illuminating Powder ($65.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as a “golden-bronze powder.” It’s a softened, medium-dark brown with lightly warm, yellow undertones and a luminous finish. MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is pinker-toned. Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is darker, redder. Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $65.00) is darker. Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is warmer. Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is lighter. NARS Craving (Right) (P) is more shimmery, darker, redder. NYX Beach Babe (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, warmer. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is less shimmery. Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is lighter. MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is very similar. NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is slightly darker, browner. MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is browner. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

For summer, Chanel’s released a limited edition bronzing version of their Illuminating Powder. This version feels like those gel-powder hybrids like MAC Extra Dimension, NARS Dual-Intensity, Estee Lauder Gelee, etc., where the texture is soft, smooth but firm, and the color payoff is more buildable from medium to full coverage. Here, Chanel’s powder had mostly opaque pigmentation that was easily sheered out or built up to fully opaque coverage. The powder was smooth and silky to the touch, but I had no trouble getting product onto my brush (the included brush is usable in a pinch, but it’s not my preference). The texture is satiny with a luminous sheen that gives a real glow to the skin without emphasizing pores. It blends effortlessly on the skin, and on me, the bronzer wore well for eight hours before fading slightly.

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Chanel Lumiere d'Ete Illuminating Powder
Chanel Lumiere d’Ete Illuminating Powder

Chanel Lumiere d'Ete Illuminating Powder
Chanel Lumiere d’Ete Illuminating Powder

Chanel Lumiere d'Ete Illuminating Powder
Chanel Lumiere d’Ete Illuminating Powder

Chanel Lumiere d'Ete Illuminating Powder
Chanel Lumiere d’Ete Illuminating Powder

Chanel Lumiere d'Ete Illuminating Powder
Chanel Lumiere d’Ete Illuminating Powder

Chanel Lumiere d'Ete Illuminating Powder
Chanel Lumiere d’Ete Illuminating Powder

Chanel Lumiere d'Ete Illuminating Powder
Chanel Lumiere d’Ete Illuminating Powder

Chanel Lumiere d'Ete Illuminating Powder
Chanel Lumiere d’Ete Illuminating Powder

Illuminating Powder
Chanel
$70.00/0.35 oz.

92%

Average

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Makeup Look
On face:
  • Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation
  • Urban Decay Naked Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette
  • Veruschka Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadows
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty In the Buff & Midnight in Paris Eyeliners
On lips:
  • Bite Beauty Shade 005 Lipstick
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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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I am SO happy I got this now. I’m starting to see pan on my Delphic bronzer (which is my FAVORITE), and I was panicking. It also means I can keep this one intact longer! πŸ˜€

Yes, yes! If you love Delphic, try this πŸ™‚ Obviously way pricier than Delphic, unfortunately, but I found the two formulas (and color to a degree) to be rather similar.

It’s over $75 in Canada and while it is a beautiful product, I feel like the value drives it’s score way down.

Hooray for a good rating! I’m glad I decided to get this. Picking it up today at Nordstrom, along with some other items during their triple points event. I’m fair in skin tone, but I think if I use a light hand, I should be ok. I just couldn’t resist this with the camellia embossing, since I passed on their highlighter during the winter.

Nice! I think you’ll have no problem with this one. Very easy to use whether you want sheerer or heavier application. Keep me posted though! πŸ™‚

I bought this and then went back later in the week and bought a second! I think I will need a couple of heavy layers when I get color ( as I do too easy in the summer).So, I probably will then stash it away since it is a LE, But, for right now and in the winter I can see this being an HG for me.I often use it and then use another deeper bronzer over for more of a bronzed look. This is more of a tan highlighter to me. I think it is just perfect. It’s just enough to warm up my skin. I don’t find it overly warm. I use a pretty dense brush with it. So, I can see me actually hitting pan on this! I really wish they would bring it into their permanent collection! Now, I really wan to try some Chanel regular highlighters!

This is SO pretty to look at. Thank goodness this is too warm for me (99% of bronzers are), otherwise my wallet would be a lot lighter.

She is a beaute! I held off when I was abroad shopping but may reconsider this is if the collection comes to The Bahamas. πŸ™‚

This bronzer is so beautiful! I hate I swatched it at the counter. I’ve been wanting it ever since lol

I <3 this product on you and am thinking of getting it now. On another note, I'm in love with with the CT products on your eyes. Can't wait to see full reviews. I really am fond of her line but it's pricey : /

For me,this just seems an “odd” colour – sort of pumpkin-y. I just saw the new Clarins LE summer bronzer and do want to check that one out in-store. It looks nice in the photo but photos can “lie”.

The design is beautiful and I’m pleasantly surprised to see that it may be similar to Laguna. I might swatch it in store (my wallet is hoping it is identical to Laguna)!

omg…i’ve been eyeing this since before it came out. i was trying NOT to love it but its so gorgeous!! i need to go on a no-buy…

Christine, I need your help please, I already have Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light . Do you think that I need this? Thank you so much for your answer.

Just beautiful both in color and presentation. out of my price range right now us I don’t think I couldn’t bear to disturb the flower.
Beautiful on you. Great finish too.

I’ve been using this for a week. Love it! Missed the holiday LE powder, so i didn’t want to miss this one! Chanel does great powder!

This is beautifully attractive. I especially like the compact casing, yet it is a pass for my coloring and wallet. It looks really natural on you, Christine! Lovely. Do you think the flowers will continue to decrease in size as price goes up? Haha.. Like I said, great for my wallet, yet I’d love to see some spring/summer inspired carvings in cooler tones, perhaps as an ombrΓ© flower that works as both highlighter and blush. πŸ™‚ 005 looks well in you in this picture also!

So pretty!
I hardly ever use bronzers, so I’ll save some money. If I did use them, I’d run to get this though πŸ™‚

I am glad that I purchased this for my NC10 skin, but I do get flushed red in the summer, so I hope it will be okay.

Christine, the Chanel SA showed me the next makeup series to come out for this summer. It is the blue series. They have this one blue single shadow and a quad, two beautiful blue polishes and this lip plump.

I haven’t tried Soleil de Tan de Chanel in so long, and I’m not sure the one I have is what is currently out (I think the ones I have were LE!).

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