Chanel Lumière Sculptée Highlighting Powder Review!

By Tina A. - January 30, 2012

The next few weeks are going to be a little tough here: finals are coming up very soon and there's no excuse for any second waisted. But, because, I don't want to neglect the blog altogether (not to mention I need to keep my sanity somehow), I've thought that a few more shorter posts would be the best way to go!

So, this will be a review of the Lumière Sculptée De Chanel Highlighting Powder, a beautiful item, that caught my attention well prior to its release.




I mean, look at that gorgeous sculpted detailing (apparently inspired by a belt buckle worn by Coco Chanel), isn't that a little work of art by itself?

The actual powder is a very pale ivory (almost white) highlighter, that adds a unique luminosity thanks to its gorgeous iridescence (infused in the actual product, the silver sheen you see here is just an overlay). Chanel describes the iridescence as "golden and pearly", on my skin however, it leaned more towards a pale pink, definitely more on the cool-toned end.

The texture puzzled me for a bit: swatched on my hand it seems a little chalky and not as finely-milled as one would hope from Chanel, but upon application I can't detect that at all. In fact, it adds the most wonderful definition on the cheeks, I wouldn't describe it as a glow, but more as if I had an actual halo light above my face, highlighting my features with every move.

And before you ask me the expected question, "How does it compare to Dior Amber Diamond?", take a look at the pic below (Amber Diamond on the left):




As you can see, they're very different from one another. Amber Diamond is known for its fine texture, warmth and subtle golden sheen, traits that make it an excellent highlighter for every skin tone (and almost any cheek combination); Lumière Sculptée on the other hand is a lot whiter, certainly more obvious and the effect it gives is that of a white silken fabric's reflection - and I'm not exaggerating people, that's the effect I'm seeing!

That said, I do have a feeling that it wouldn't be the best match for those of you with darker skintones -  it might look a little too obvious (so perhaps Amber Diamond would suit you better). Personally, I'm extremely glad that I decided to go for it, it's super flattering on my skin, very different from any other highlighter I own and in the end, worth the (hefty) amount I paid for it (taking the sculpted design into account and all that).


Have you tried any of these two highlighters? What highlighters are you currently using and what's on your wishlist? :)

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18 comments

  1. Wooooow, look at this detailed engraving!
    *moment of silence for the Chanel grandeur*

    I agree with you, it may be best suited to paler skin but damn it looks to die for! Enjoy wearing it, hun! xx

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    1. @cbsg5861: Lol! :))) Personally, I don't think it wouldn't work for you, I've seen asian skintones rock this highlighter, so unless someone is medium-dark to dark, this would probably suit them! Mwaz!! xx

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  2. oh you and your chanel make-up candy...!I am sooo jealous right now, you have no idea...!
    It looks like such a unique product...!

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    1. @Athina: I'm a Chanel-tease, huh? LOL! It is a unique product, I mean, look at that detailing! However, if you're looking just for the actual result, they released a loose powder version of this this holiday season, that my Chanel counter lady says is basically the same product. I would suspect that one would be easier to find and probably would cost less too! xxx

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  3. I saw this one IRL but it's too pale and frosty for me, and for that effect i can use an eyeshadow if i want too...:(

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    1. @EllysMakeupbag: Yeah, I understand your concern, I wouldn't have picked it from a hand swatch alone either. Thankfully it's much better once on the skin! As for skintones, I've seen asian girls with this on and it looks wonderful! I think that most light to medium skintones can easily wear this!

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  4. First of all it looks gorgeouuuuus!!!and second that 'll be perfect for pale skin tones,like me in winter where I tend to use from Amber Diamond the lighter shades..if I use it all together right now is like a blush!!Thanks for the review!!

    xxxx

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    1. @Blushingloves Irene Greece: Exactly, you see my swatch of Amber Diamond atm, it kinda looks more like a blush, right? That's why it's worth investing in a few highlighters that perform differently I think! ;) xxx

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  5. Ααααχχχ...ααααχχχ...μα ειναι...ειναι απιστευτο!! Απορω πως κρατηθηκα δηλαδη! Μαλλον η τιμη του με κρατησε :-Ρ Ειναι πολυ ομορφο παντως κ η chanel ξερει απο shimmer, δεν κινδυνευεις ποτε να φανει κιτς! Ααααχ♥♥♥

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    1. @beautyincrisis: Χεχε, πραγματικα ειναι πολυ καλο προιον - αν και ενδεχομενως εκ πρωτης οψεως μπορει να μην "πειθει"! Δεν εχω δει τιμη για το αντιστοιχο προιον σε loose powder μορφη, κατα πασα πιθανοτητα θα ειναι οικονομικοτερο! x

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  6. Hi Tina! Great review on the Chanel Highlighter. I haven't used either the Chanel or Dior highlighter....in fact I rarely use highlighters and I have one old Elizabeth Arden one kicking around as well as a couple of MAC ones. You've just reminded me to put one of them to good use again instead of them sitting around so thank you for the review! The detailed pattern on the powder makes it look very luxe too :)

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    1. @Κaren Law: Well, I'm a sucker for anything engraved/LE! Bad for the wallet, but good for the makeup collector in me, haha! Yes, I find that highlighter is a step often omitted when in a hurry, but it really does make a difference in the finished look! It's just a matter of finding the right one for you: my MAC ones... well, after having tried those two that I mentioned, I could have probably done without!! xxx

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  7. Ti panemorfo shimmer!!!!!!! tELEIOOOOO! prepei n t dokimasw!

    xoxo
    fashionsugarbubbles.blogspot.com

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    1. @FashionSugarBubbles: Ειναι οντως ξεχωριστο! Δες κ τη loose powder version αν το κοιταξεις! xx

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  8. Both look very pretty but I think I prefer the one on the left. :)
    http://happychinadoll.blogspot.com/

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    1. @Happy Chinadoll: It's always nice to mix things up I think and try different things! :)

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  9. That looks beautiful. With a light hand it would look really natural

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    1. @Vivian: Well, that's quite a heavy swatch on the pic anyways! :)

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