CHANEL – Poudre Signée de CHANEL Illuminating Powder for Spring 2013

Chanel Illuminating Powder opener


The star of CHANEL’s Printemps Precieux 2013 Collection, is without question the Poudre Signée de CHANEL – Illuminating Powder. One look at its intricately embossed surface will confirm what I’ve just said; along with the ubiquitous interlocked C’s, you’ll find several other symbols long associated with the brand: Mademoiselle Coco’s beloved camellia blossom, lipstick cases, lipgloss tubes, as well as fragrance and nail polish bottle silhouettes. Almost too much beauty to take in – and all this before you even touch a brush to the powder.

Bearing the ultra finely-milled properties of a face powder but including a subtle gleam as well, this oyster coloured illuminator can almost be considered a hybrid product as it not only serves to set your makeup, but adds an understated golden glow to wherever it’s applied. I was surprised by the size of the exterior packaging (fig. 1); measuring a whopping 4.5″ x 3.75″ (compared to, say, a blush box at 3.25″ x 3″), I was expecting something oversized to emerge, but it’s only 1/4″ larger overall than a regular compact.

The inner pouch differs from other CHANEL sleeves (fig. 2), bearing a flap that folds over the front and with an attached elastic band that slips over the back (fig. 3). Once opened, there’s a secondary pouch in the front that holds a wide & flat sponge applicator (fig. 4), with the larger opening housing the compact itself. A final protection comes in the form of a large black plastic (versus the traditional transparent) embossed inner seal (fig. 5), placed over the powder.

The raised surface of the Illuminating Powder showcases several well-known CHANEL products, and adds a beautiful as well as artistic dimension to its visual aesthetic, but it is the actual powder that is even more impressive; buttery soft and incredibly fine-milled, it leaves a stunning yet subtle gleam upon the skin – like a candlelit glow almost. Simply luminous, I tell you. I don’t bother using the enclosed applicator, as I find the spongy surface applies this powder too densely; I instead prefer using my #1 CHANEL Powder Brush which has the perfect combination of width, density and bristle flexibility for an beautifully diffused application.


Cover ad for CHANEL’s Printemps Precieux 2013 Collection – I am obsessed with this entire look

Chanel Illuminating Powder box

fig. 1 CHANEL Illuminating Powder

Chanel Illuminating Powder sleeve

fig. 2 CHANEL Illuminating Powder

Chanel Illuminating Powder sleeve back

fig. 3 CHANEL Illuminating Powder

Chanel Illuminating Powder open sleeve

fig. 4 CHANEL Illuminating Powder

Chanel Illuminating Powder open sleeve & compact

CHANEL Illuminating Powder

Chanel Illuminating Powder compact & applicator

CHANEL Illuminating Powder

Chanel Illuminating Powder back of compact

CHANEL Illuminating Powder

Chanel Illuminating Powder seal

fig. 5 CHANEL Illuminating Powder

Chanel Illuminating Powder

CHANEL Illuminating Powder

Chanel Illuminating Powder 2

CHANEL Illuminating Powder

Chanel Illuminating Powder natural light

CHANEL Illuminating Powder

Chanel Illuminating Powder side view

CHANEL Illuminating Powder – raised view

Chanel Illuminating Powder macro

CHANEL Illuminating Powder – closeup detail, with flash

Chanel Illuminating Powder swatch sunlight

CHANEL Illuminating Powder, in sunlight

Chanel Illuminating Powder swatch natural light

CHANEL Illuminating Powder, in natural light

Chanel Illuminating Powder swatch flash

CHANEL Illuminating Powder, with flash


Final thoughts: If you indulge in only one item from CHANEL’s Spring 2013 Collection, I highly recommend you make it this powder; with its neutral champagne hue and finely ground shimmer, it will never appear stark (like some highlighting products are prone to) and suits basically every tone across the spectrum. It can almost pass as a light veil of colour upon the fairest of skin tones, while darker skin tones will appreciate the spotlighted gleam it imparts. And if that’s not enough to convince you, well … just look at it!

Available now at all CHANEL counters and through their website, the Poudre Signée de CHANEL is one of several limited edition items from the Spring 2013 collection.

Chanel Illuminating Powder closer

20 Responses to CHANEL – Poudre Signée de CHANEL Illuminating Powder for Spring 2013

  1. Melissa says:

    I’m a little late to this party but does anyone know if it’s still available?

    • Eugenia says:

      You would have to do some detective work and call around at various CHANEL counters to find out. A quick check reveals that it’s still available on CHANEL’s website, but you need a US address & credit card to order from there.

  2. Latoya says:

    You already know how I feel about this Eugenia…it’s just SO. DAMN. PRETTY. The end.

  3. citizensofbeauty says:

    Yeah- that would be my pick as well! It’s beautiful.

  4. It’s simply gorgeous! I didn’t realize what those designs in the background were – eye opening! I think I’m set on Frivole as my pick from Chanel Spring 2013 but it’s such a pretty little collection overall. Enjoy your new treasure! :)

    • Eugenia says:

      I wasn’t sure either, until I brought it home and checked under a magnifying lamp, lol! As to Frivole, I LOVE IT!!! I’ve been using it daily and it blows me away every time – it will suit your skin tone beautifully, Liz!

  5. Louise says:

    Such gorgeous swatches as always on your blog! I really love the pattern on the powder. How much did you pay for it? Thank you.
    Have a nice day and again congratulations for your top-quality blog!

  6. Kim says:

    This looks stunning – do you know the price? How does this product compare to the Chanel 2011 Holiday illuminating powder?

    • Eugenia says:

      I believe it was CAD $70.00, although I was able to get $20.00 off my purchases due to a beauty rebate (at The Bay). With regards to how it compares to the Holiday 2011 version, they are nothing alike; I found the 2011 highlighter to be chalkier in nature and significantly paler, while this one is more golden and with a really finely milled powder.

  7. Linda says:

    Another enviable addition to your makeup collection! Just beautiful! I SO agree with you on their collection’s “look’ – just very pretty and soft. LOVE!
    how does this stack up against Guerlain’s Meteorites?

    • Eugenia says:

      Thanks, Linda! I was initially concerned that the two would be way too similar, but they are nothing alike; the CHANEL provides a golden glow while the Guerlain is more pink-leaning and gives an overall diffused appearance – not a specific highlighting product per se. In other words, both worth owning :)

  8. Jelena says:

    How do you feel this compares to Nars albatross?

    • Eugenia says:

      To be honest, I don’t use Albatross, but that one looks basically white beside this CHANEL product. Also, I find that this powder blends more effortlessly into the skin, as well as looking like a more “natural” glow.

What are your thoughts, beautiful?