I couldn’t think of a more appropriate way to end 2019 than with this spectacular beauty, CHANEL’s Duo de Camélias Illuminating Face Powder. An online exclusive, this was one I was not going to pass up on — mainly because you all know about my obsession with this brand (seriously; click the CHANEL tab in the sidebar to see exactly what I’m talking about), but also because something about the pattern literally stopped me in my tracks. And then I realized: this would make THE perfect highlighter to wear on New Year’s Eve. I love it when all the stars are aligned this way!
My order arrived in this lovely holiday edition bag and even included 2 travel-sized samples of my choosing, both housed in their own little drawstring bag (see picture below). As I always say, it’s all in the details and that’s something CHANEL has always known.
Duo de Camélias Illuminating Face Powder (CAN $90.00) | Let me start by saying that pictures do NOT do this justice; trying to capture every sparkling nuance freaked my camera out a bit, but trust me here: the shimmer is actually otherworldly. Housed in the brand’s black lacquered casing, the double C’s on the lid are silver, as opposed to the traditional white, and it includes a full sized mirror on the inner lid as well as a good-sized brush with its own velour pouch. Inspired by the camellia flower, the House’s iconic emblem, one side of the surface is gold with the other silver, stamped with a raised cable knit pattern along with Art Deco camellia blossoms on top. Each portion is in fact large enough that it can be used individually, provided you go in with a tapered brush, although the real magic happens when you swirl the two together, creating what can best be described as a wash of fairy dust along the skin (excessively described, but so damn true). This isn’t a subtle highlighter, but interestingly enough, neither does it come off as glittery — it’s that CHANEL sorcery at work, creating a texture that lays down absolutely beautifully along the skin, capturing and reflecting light strategically. Staying power, when applied over primer/foundation, is excellent as well, and only seems to look better with wear (I don’t even understand how that’s possible, but there you have it).
As this is a limited edition piece, I’m fairly certain it won’t be available for much longer (I’m actually surprised I was still able to snag one) so fair warning, as they say. My verdict? It’s absolutely breathtaking and well worth the money … and I can’t wait to wear it this evening to ring in the new year!
Wishing you all a Happy New Year, filled with prosperity and love and thank you for all your continued support on my ever-evolving beauty journey! PS: I have something super exciting coming in 2020 and can’t wait to share it with you!
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