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Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

01/08

Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder
Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder
Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder
Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder
Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder
Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder
Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder
Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder
Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder
Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder
Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder
Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder
Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder
Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder
Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder
Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder
Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder
Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder
Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder
Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder
Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder
Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder
Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder
Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder

Poudre Lumiere Glacee

Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee Silver Reflections Shimmering Powder ($45.00 for 0.49 oz.) is a very light white with subtle, cooler undertones and a smattering of white sparkle.

It’s a new, limited edition formula that’s described as a “highlighting powder [that] softly illuminates” with a “shimmering, pearlescent glow.” Long-time readers will know I have a personal weakness for highlighters, particularly smooth, silky, finely-milled ones, but Chanel disappointed me with this release with its chalky, powdery, and clumpy “highlighter” with minimal luminosity. It is largely a white-based powder with a touch of larger sparkle in it–I would not say it is a glow nor is it “micro-fine” in feel. Extremely fair complexions might be able to dust this all over, but the powder does not seem to add luminosity but rather dulls skin, while the sparkle is sparse but large enough that it just doesn’t give any glow. When I wore it as a cheek highlighter, it lasted for seven hours before fading.

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • LORAC Pro Metal Palette
  • Sephora Surfer Babe Eyeliner
On lips:
  • Chanel Innocent Rouge Allure Gloss

About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Yeesh. I think even on my extremely fair skin this would just look like badly applied powder with some glitter thrown in. Seems like the kind of thing that would add texture to even the smoothest of skins since it kind of wants to clump together in your swatch. What a bummer. So often the Chanel highlighters are really interesting but this is a total bummer. Can’t see this working well on anyone.

I think it would – it is more like a setting powder, because I don’t think it really illuminates… but it is not at all a refined texture so it is a subpar setting powder, too. The larger sparkle makes no sense.

Exactly. It looks like a weird drugstore powder for a brand aimed at pre-teens in the 90s. Chunky with weird glitter chunks. Doesn’t read remotely Chanel or even “highlighter.” Very off-putting product. Hard to believe one company can produce this and Camellia.

Good grief! Why not bring back something like Camelia de Plumes, which was lovely and very coveted? They could rename it and make it look like a snowflake rather than a feather/flower frond? That was a beautiful and good product that sold out before most people could even get their makeup-lovin’ fingers on it. And it was (almost) worth the price!

In general I usually love Chanel products and although many don’t score well I have been able to make them work. I am super pale so white with cool undertones is something I would normally be all over, LOL. This doesn’t look like a highlighter at all. I don’t actually wear much highlighter because of hyperpigmentation on the tops of my cheeks but I do like using this type of product in a very light dusting over my entire face. I purchased Albatross for the same reason and haven’t been happy with it so I will pass on this one.

Omigosh, just today I was at Sephora looking for a cool-toned white or silver highlighter, and this looks exactly like what I want. Too bad it doesn’t perform at all how it should! I ended up picking up a silver eyeshadow from Sephora’s collection, Diamonds are Forever, but it’s too glittery.

Yeah! An employee told me that back before highlighting became a trend, they would usually just use eyeshadow. I gotta find something that’s got a sheen or glow, but isn’t quite as glittery. Viseart Cashmere #1 might do, wish it came in a single. I do own one of the dupes, Mac Blanc type, but I feel that one is much closer to my skin tone and won’t work as a highlighter.

* employee at Sephora.

Also, Inglot #447 might do, and I might want that one in my Inglot palette anyway, or Becca Pearl pressed, since you described that one as cool-toned… hmm, this is tough!

This product would have been something that I purchase many backups of. I’m so fair that anything extra white, I gravitate towards like a moth to a flame. But a “D” rating?? EASY pass. WnW was that similar to Chanel? Wow. They dropped the ball on this item. What a shame. Thank you for the review, Christine!

The texture is just so flat for a highlighter – frankly, a “luminous” setting powder or finishing powder will do more, LOL.

Dear Christine,

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!

I have been having the worst week possible and today, just now, I opened your blog and saw this. New Chanel item with a “D” and I smiled with pure joy. Don’t get me wrong, I ADORE Chanel – thanks to you have I have a back up to my back up of the Plumes highlighter but I am so broke right now and as soon as I saw your post about this I thought, “oh no! I am going to have to get an extra few gigs to get this!” and I am wiped out. So I am so pleased it didn’t perform well and that I don’t need it thanks to your thorough testing. Thank you! Thank you from my wallet and my already exhausted self, thank you! 😉

Whew! Thankfully, nothing in the entire Chanel collection has caught my eye really and for that I am super grateful to Lucia Pica. The collection looks nice but not for me personally, swoon-worthy, which encourages me to “shop my stash” instead.

Big hug to Mellan!

xo
Ava

Well, happy to always help save you money, too! 😉 It is a strange product. Normally I can wrap my head around a product, even if it doesn’t seem to work as described (e.g. I understand why some would like a sheer highlighter, even if it was supposed to be over the top).

I feel like this was a last minute product that Chanel came up with in response to the disappointment and shock many people expressed over the synthetic de libre collection as this year’s holiday collection. I think most people expect Chanel to release a beautiful highlighter during the holidays, or, at the very least, some type of golden or glowy eyeshadow or blush, but libre was such a departure from their usual style that it left people very disappointed. In response, they released this highlighter, which doesn’t really fit into any collection or theme. It’s sort of a stand alone product.

It’s all too bad, really, because Chanel used to release such beautiful collections. For me, Dior has become what Chanel used to be (at least in terms of product presentation and cohesiveness)–and I do think it has a lot to do with Peter Philips being Dior’s creative director now.

They have had some stunning highlighters over the years, and this is definitely one of the least impressive. The consistency and finish alone are disappointing for the price point.

I wish I had waited for your review before purchasing. I was stunned by how truly bad this highlighter is. You described it perfectly, it’s a dull white powder with some glitter chunks thrown in. For $45.00, I hoped for much higher quality. Shame on Chanel.

It is a bizarre product! The base is so white, but it is also very flat/dull – big sparkle doesn’t really highlight without more sheen from the base!

My beloved Chanel, how could you let me down like this? I guess us fair folk could use it as a highlighting shade during contouring, but I’m not going to justify that quality in such a high end brand with a purchase.

I couldn’t believe it, Veronica! Chanel has been pretty strong on highlighters for awhile. Even if it was very white, but if it had been luminous, I would have understood it (even if it would not have worked for many skin tones).

ugh, Chanel can’t make a highlighter to save their life! (at least for as long as I’ve been paying attention to the brand, anyway… and I love Chanel!!!)
that pink and white perle one a year or so ago was workable, but I’ve been dying for one really good release in the shine department…
Guess I’ll keep waiting, and in the meantime I’ll just stick to the other 3,462 highlighters I own!! hahah ?

I too am a highlighter junkie. When I saw this collection I wanted every.single.item. But l waited, as I’m on a self imposed no buy for the all the holiday sales, collections & LE offerings. I’m not bragging, but with the amount of stuff I have I can dupe the majority of these things. Plus, there will always something that are touted as better & things that are over hyped.

I love Chanel’s makeup, but I’m thrilled that I didn’t cave. I had a major moment of weakness yesterday & I was going to buy all the items in this collection. I ended up not buying anything because I was sulking that I missed out on this highlighter.

I’ve made it this far without buying anything…even though I have 50 items in my Sephora cart & a massive amount in my Beautylish cart. I haven’t caved & in a few hours I’ll make one hurdle & one day until the second hurdle. Fingers crossed.

To everyone else enjoy your shopping & saving.

PLEASE MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD & VOTE ON TUESDAY!!!!!!!!!!!

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