CHANEL – Lumière d’Artifices Beiges Illuminating Powder fall 2012 (swatches, comparison & review)

 

Other than the nail lacquer ‘Vertigo’ (previous reviewed here & here), the other item I was most excited about in CHANEL’s fall 2012 collection, was the limited edition face highlighter, ‘Lumière d’Artifices Beiges’. To begin with, I was curious to see its duality: a face powder AND a highlighter … then the sequin-embossed pattern hooked me. Doesn’t get more iconic CHANEL than that!


a shower of golden fireworks – the inspiration behind this powder’s name (source)


I love how the box shows a little picture of the product!


the glossy black compact


Lumière d’Artifices Beiges (made in bella Italia!)


Lumière d’Artifices Beiges – revealed!


Lumière d’Artifices Beiges and its totally useable bevelled brush


 

CHANEL’s ‘Lumière d’Artifices Beiges Illuminating Powder’ (what’s with these companies and their mile-long names?) is a lovely and interesting product – one which provides a light dusting of coverage as well as a subtle gleam along the points its applied to. The initial sparkle is only on the surface layer and primarily for the product’s initial “look”, which disappears immediately upon the first pass of your brush. CHANEL recommends first applying this sparkle along the décolleté area, in order that it doesn’t go to waste – I agree. The striping of the 2 tones, ivory and light tan/peach, are too thin on their own to be used individually, although a thin eyeshadow brush would probably work if desired, but they are definitely meant to be swirled together in order to benefit from the beautiful multi-tonal wash of colour that is then achieved.

The angled and bevelled brush that comes with the compact, is of a decent enough size and excellent quality, that make it not only quite useable, but a perfect accompaniment for this powder and very travel friendly, if need be.

This unscented powder is exceptionally finely milled, with hardly any visible kickback when I swirled my brush in it; upon initial application, I wasn’t sure if there was any discernible effect, but as soon as the light touched my face at certain angles, I was presented with a beautiful and subtle gleam with just the barest whisper of colour, making this one of the most natural looking highlighters I’ve ever come across. Staying power was quite impressive as well, and I found that as the day progressed, my skin’s natural oils almost fused with this product, diminishing the initial glow which then slowly faded into a slight sheen.


swatch – natural light


swatch – in sunlight


 

I had heard much talk about ‘Lumière d’Artifices Beiges’ being almost identical to the bronzer released in this past summer’s collection, ‘Sable Beige’ (previously reviewed here), but upon swatching the two, I immediately noticed differences, with Sable Beige being:

  • several degrees darker in tone
  • shimmer slightly more pronounced
  • not as finely milled

Nonetheless, while the two seem to be in a similar tonal family, you really could not use ‘Lumière d’Artifices Beiges’ as a bronzer, by any means – neither could you use ‘Sable Beige’ as a highlighter. Both are equally amazing in their own rights, serving different functions.


swatch – natural light


swatch – in sunlight

 

Final thoughts: Sometimes I fall for an incredibly beautifully packaged item, paying top dollar for it, then have major buyer’s remorse when said product fails to live up to all the hype and my expectations. I’m therefore very pleased to note that this was not one of those times *giant sigh of relief*. I own many bronzers and probably more highlighters than I’ll ever need for at least 3 lifetimes. I’m not even sure that this falls into either one of those categories as it seems to be a hybrid mix of both, although the tan portion of ‘Lumière d’Artifices Beiges’ is not deep enough to provide significant bronzing; what it does, is to add a nice dimension of depth, so that this highlighter winds up looking warmer-toned and slightly more complex than usual — never flat. At US $65.00, it better look good, right?

PS: I was able to snag this beauty for free using my Pharmaprix/Shopper’s Drug Mart bonus points that I racked up. How much more am I loving this powder now?!


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