Lancome Moonlight Rose Illuminating Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

Lancome Moonlight Rose Illuminating Powder
Lancome Moonlight Rose Illuminating Powder

Underneath the Moon, You’ll Glow Pink

Lancome Moonlight Rose Illuminating Powder ($42.00 for 0.18 oz.) is supposed to “give the skin a light-reflecting, luminous glow.” It’s a pale, warm-toned pink with a fine, frosted shimmer that sheers out easily when applied. If applied with a damp brush, it will take on a more metallic finish. Chantecaille Les Petales de Rose has a finer shimmer that turns to a sheen, so it is subtler on the skin; there’s also a slight golden tint that Lancome’s dosen’t have. Guerlain Cruel Gardenia is slightly warmer, but it’s incredibly similar. MAC Light Sunshine is less shimmery, paler.

It has a soft, finely-milled texture that makes for effortless blending during application.  Though very soft and the shimmer is fine, it did emphasize the pores on my cheeks very slightly.  I think the luminous, lit-from-within result is worth the trade-off, as the emphasis is subtle.  Moonlight Rose wore well for seven hours, and after eight hours, there was a touch of fading along the inner edge where I applied it.  This shade should work well across many skin tones, because it does not have a white base, even though it is a lighter color.  For paler complexions, it might show up as a very soft tinge of pink as well.

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Lancome Moonlight Rose Illuminating Powder
Lancome Moonlight Rose Illuminating Powder

Lancome Moonlight Rose Illuminating Powder
Lancome Moonlight Rose Illuminating Powder

Lancome Moonlight Rose Illuminating Powder
Lancome Moonlight Rose Illuminating Powder

Lancome Moonlight Rose Illuminating Powder
Lancome Moonlight Rose Illuminating Powder

Lancome Moonlight Rose Illuminating Powder
Lancome Moonlight Rose Illuminating Powder

Lancome Moonlight Rose Illuminating Powder
Lancome Moonlight Rose Illuminating Powder

Lancome Moonlight Rose Illuminating Powder
Lancome Moonlight Rose Illuminating Powder

Lancome Moonlight Rose Illuminating Powder
Lancome Moonlight Rose Illuminating Powder

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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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I tried this in the store last month and was amazed by the texture and pigmentation! I’m not a fan of Lancome and use nothing by them but this will surely be purchased next month! I LOVED IT!

I swatched this last weekend, and it was just a touch too sparkly for me, but the color is sooo beautiful. Maybe I’ll take a look at some of the “dupes”.

Looks amazing! What brush did you use to apply this? It’s beautiful, I might have to drop getting MAC Porcelain Pink from the upcoming Apres Chic Collection for this!

I was disappointed by the way Chantercaille swatched – I felt the pink was too pale and had a great potential to be chalky on darker skin. This looks very pink and luminous, and I think it really would work on darker skin. I look forward to purchasing this!

It’s nice to see this hit the US. I came out in the fall collection in October for Canada and Euro. Love this shade to death. On my uber pale skin it didn’t read pink or blush like at all. It actually worked with my skin tone. 😉

I already have Cruel Gardenia and rarely use it, so it’s not likely that I’ll be buying this but Moonlight Rose is gorgeous and the packaging is so much better than that for Cruel Gardenia.

That’s kind of how I was with the Chantecaille Les Petales de Rose? “Oh, that’s gorgeous. I want it. I don’t need. I want it. It’s so pretty. *buys*”

Would you be able to post ingredient lists with products as well? I’ve noticed it with some reviews, but not others. I find it especially helpful since I’m sensitive to many ingredients found in mainstream cosmetics. Also, some products don’t have their ingredients listed on the websites from which they are sold (thought this was illegal?), but most indie companies have to list their ingredients… Thanks for all of your reviews, they’re so helpful!

I already have Cruel Gardenia paid 100.00 bucks for it on ebay, I don’t know I might still check this one out. I love highlighters especially pink ones.

You just saved me $42, and may have helped several of my makeup junkie friends, so thanks! Last year, Cruel Gardenia was all the rage–I got mine, but a lot of others missed out. I got lucky and found a Saks in San Francisco that sold it to me over a week before it was put on the shelves–otherwise, I’d have missed it, too. Then I see this, and my WANT WANT WANT! meter starts binging. Your swatches prove it really is a fabulous dupe for that Gardenia, so I don’t need it, but all of my friends who missed it and were pretty disappointed may well love this! It’s really quite lovely.

I’m a sucker for packaging and a sucker for product with a pretty print. I love everything about this but I’ll stick with my Chantecaille Les Petales de Rose.

I was hoping you wouldn’t post a review on this because I’ve been resisting it for so long.. then not only do you post one, but you give it an A lol gah! Its beautiful though 🙂

I just smiled when I saw your review on this. This is probably the ONLY thing that I have bought before you reviewed it, becaus I missed on the Guerlain’s cruel gardenia and Laura mercier’s rose rendezvous. Its $75 in Australia. Other wise when ever I see a review of your’s with an A as a rating, I go crazy running here and there trying to get my hands on it before its too late. I have bought the entire Guerlain holiday collection because of u! And Chanel dragon…. I started following you a couple of months ago, and I had a hard time finding Dragon. But I managed to get my hand on two! 🙂

I just broke my “no buy” and bought this yesterday. It was at our BX (a store only for military personnel and their families) for $35…I just couldn’t pass it up!

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