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

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.

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

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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

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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 information, please check the FAQ.)

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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?

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.

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!

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.

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

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.

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.

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. 🙁

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!

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.

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

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.

Thank you so much Christine! 😀

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 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!

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!

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.)

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.

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.

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.

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.

It didn’t turn ashy on me – I think it applies very sheerly as a highlighter, so unless you built it up to full intensity, I don’t think there’d be any risk of it going ashy.

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!

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!!!

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!!!

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. 😀

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

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.

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