MAC Chez Chez Lame Special Reserve Highlighting Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Chez Chez Lame Special Reserve Highlighting Powder
MAC Chez Chez Lame Special Reserve Highlighting Powder

MAC Cham-Pale: Chez Chez Lame Special Reserve Highlighting Powder

MAC Chez Chez Lame Special Reserve Highlighter Powder ($28.00 for 0.35 oz.) is one of two new and limited edition highlighting powders included in the Cham-Pale launch (the other being Rose Ole). MAC describes it as a “soft gold with silver shimmer.”  It’s a softened white gold with subtle yellow undertones and a soft white shimmer-sheen.  I don’t see so much of a silver shimmer as I do a soft white one, though.

The texture is soft and smooth, and it applies beautifully on the face. It has a highly reflective quality that may make it too much glow for some, but it doesn’t seem to emphasize my pores, though.  It doesn’t work for me as a blusher (I wasn’t expecting it to but just a heads up), and I do worry it will be ashy on darker skin tones, because of the paleness of the color and the amount of white shimmer.  It’s not quite as soft as Mineralize Skinfinishes and a bit more powdery, nor as finely milled as beauty powders.  The more neutral tone of this golden highlighter makes it appropriate for both cooler and warmer skin tones.

P.S. — In the full face photo, I wore Vintage Selection as a base, Retrospeck on the lid with Caviar Dreams in the crease, Feline on the waterline, Chez Chez Lame on cheeks, and Straight to the Head on lips.

MAC Cham-Pale Collection is a limited edition launch (official information and photos here) that is set to launch in-stores on December 26th in North American, January 2011 for international MAC locations. The approximate launch date for online is December 24th. It features color products as well as a few skincare items.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: The more neutral tone of this golden highlighter makes it appropriate for both cooler and warmer skin tones.

AVAILABILITY: MAC Cosmetics, in-stores December 26th, internationally in January 2011.

MAC Chez Chez Lame Special Reserve Highlighting Powder
MAC Chez Chez Lame Special Reserve Highlighting Powder

MAC Chez Chez Lame Special Reserve Highlighting Powder
MAC Chez Chez Lame Special Reserve Highlighting Powder

MAC Chez Chez Lame Special Reserve Highlighting Powder
MAC Chez Chez Lame Special Reserve Highlighting Powder

MAC Chez Chez Lame Special Reserve Highlighting Powder
MAC Chez Chez Lame Special Reserve Highlighting Powder

MAC Chez Chez Lame Special Reserve Highlighting Powder
MAC Chez Chez Lame Special Reserve Highlighting Powder

MAC Chez Chez Lame Special Reserve Highlighting Powder
MAC Chez Chez Lame Special Reserve Highlighting Powder

MAC Chez Chez Lame Special Reserve Highlighting Powder
MAC Chez Chez Lame Special Reserve Highlighting Powder

MAC Chez Chez Lame Special Reserve Highlighting Powder
MAC Chez Chez Lame Special Reserve Highlighting Powder

MAC Chez Chez Lame Special Reserve Highlighting Powder
MAC Chez Chez Lame Special Reserve Highlighting Powder

MAC Chez Chez Lame Special Reserve Highlighting Powder
MAC Chez Chez Lame Special Reserve Highlighting Powder

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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 applied it on my friend who is NC45 and it looked beautiful it did not look or turn “ashy” i used it to highlight her face to give her a subtle glow

you look gorgeous!  so where did you put special reserve?  is it
on your cheeks close to your nose?  i love how glowy it is!!  

and what foundation are you wearing?

It’s all over the cheeks – I applied it like a blusher, rather than using a blush and then highlighting with it, because I wanted you to see the highlighter and not get distracted by a blush or anything!

This is Chanel’s Mat Lumiere.

The texture seemed pretty different, since those highlighters were more powdery. There is a full face photo in the post so you can see how the shimmer looks like on the face!

I wanted to post this. I just got home from some shopping, and saw on my phone you had these posts up. So, after some hiding of presents in the closet I hopped on here.
My daughter walked into the room and saw on the screen your pics of you wearing these products. She asked who you are, said you look so happy and pretty.
You do Christine. While I may only get a couple from this collex, you really do look extra beautiful in this collections’ pics.

WOW! I have wanted these highlighters as soon as I read they were coming out then I wanted them more when I saw the promo pictures and now I MUST have them! Haha. Christine, this looks stunning on you, so natural as if it is your own skin glowing by itself. Really pretty and I love the crumpled paper effect on the pressed powder.

Hey, Christine! How does this and rose ole compare to Dior’s Amber Diamond Skin Shimmer (my fav golden highlighter!)? Which 1 of the 3 would you prefer? Thanks!

I think i’d like to purchase this, i just don’t know how often I’d use it. I have MAC’s happy together blush/highlighter, and I barely even use that..

Christine, I have never used MAC foundation because my skin does not need very heavy coverage. I use Sonia Kashuk foundation, and I am Cream 03 in that brand. Do you know at all what I would be in MAC foundation?
This is the link to the foundation I use:
http://www.target.com/Sonia-Kashuk-Face-Designers-Shopping/b/726917011/ref=sc_fe_l_2_1084124_2?node=726917011
I use the perfecting luminous foundation, which can be found in the foundation collection link. I am Cream 03.
Please respond, this could help me so much! Thanks, Ginny

bought it and love it! i have NC25 skin and it’s a perfect cheek highlighter with any blush. the texture in the pan is really cool and the product itself is super smooth and buttery. a little goes a long way!

Personally, I did not like Chez Chez Lame. I prefer Too Chic & I love it so much! Chez Chez Lame has too much glitter & I didn’t like the texture, so I returned it. Rose Ole is just gorgeous tho!

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