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? :)