When Kathy Shoreman from Neiman Marcus e-mailed me a picture of the new Chanel Fall collection I had to sit down. Not only did it include 5 new shades of single eyeshadows, a new quad eyeshadow palette, a new JC Blush, New Glosses and Rouge Coco and Rouge Coco Shines...which by the way would have been enough, this collection also contained a new highlighter that didn't cost $90 freakin dollars. (Sorry, you know my weakness for highlighters and the more expensive they become, the more grumpy I become) Said highlighter in the Chanel Fall 2012 Collection is....(Drum roll)
Chanel Lumiere d'Artifices Beiges. Que? or should I say Quoi? (That's French for "What". I took French for 4 years in school and I remember none of it. I actually had to verify that quoi was correct on google translate because the lyrics for Front 242's song Manhunter
took priority over French vocabulary) Chanel Lumiere d'Artifices Beiges roughly translates to Illuminating Powder with Shimmer in Beige. Which goes to show you the value of a good education because Google translate says it means "Fireworks light of Belgians". *snort* I bet the Belgians are none too pleased.
About the powder.
First and foremost I will tell you up front. the shimmer you see on the brand new product is overspray. A glittery top coat which disappears once the product is used for the first time. The powder underneath looks quite matte and, I'll be frank, quite dull. But as I will explain in a moment, that's not a problem and the dull looking powder is a red herring, so to speak.
|image from http://www.bellasugar.com/|
Secondly, I would like to point out that Chanel is recycling powder molds. This is the exactly same sequined look as the 2006 Holiday collection Chanel Lumiere d'Artifices Metallic Eyeshadow. As you can see in the picture above, the metallic limited edition eyeshadow had the sequined look with silver pewter and gold metallic colors. This however, was metallic to the core and not an overspray like the current Chanel Lumiere d'Artifices Beiges offered today. It's great that I can remember an eyeshadow from 2006 but can't remember 4 years of French class. I guess we all know where my priorities are. Despite the re-use of the sequin motif the Chanel Chanel Lumiere d'Artifices Beiges is still a successful product
Thirdly, the quality of the powder of this product is exceptional. It is finer than pixie dust. For those not familiar with the quality of pixie dust it is slightly finer than that of Sandman Sand and Fairy Dust. There has been a long drawn out legal battle over the patent of Pixie Dust. The Fairies contend that they had the patent first and have been manufacturing this grade of dust well before the Pixies. However, the Pixies say that their patent is different and that their dust is superior and not open to embedding malicious code like the Fairy dust is. In fact, the Fairy dust is considered bulky and slow and not as dynamic as the sleeker more adaptable Pixie dust that is being used today. I have to agree. One does not need a Bachelors degree in Computer Science to operate Pixie dust, but it sure seems that way when dealing with Fairy dust, especially when you get the dreaded blue screen of death. Plus Pixie dust does not crash as often as Fairy dust. Are we still talking about cosmetics?
|With overspray removed|
Fourthly and lastly, the Chanel Lumiere d'Artifices Beiges is glowy. Yes. Glowy! (Ah ha! The red herring!) The powder despite looking matte in the pan has a very fine level of shimmer that is not glittery. The powder, when applied to the cheeks, dusted down the bridge of the nose and carefully dotted over the eyebrows, gives the face a golden ethereal glow.
The color of the powder as seen in the swatch above is golden and glowy. It is a heavy swatch applied with a cosmetics sponge, but I did this to show the color and depth of the powder. As you can see it is a buildable color and could be used on almost any skin tone from light to dark.
Do you NEED this? Well if you want a more obvious highlighter that is more frosty then no. But to anyone that wishes that they a) should have picked that Estee Lauder Limited edition powder that I featured on Highlighters You Can't Have (because this is a nice dupe for it) or b) Want to have a nice natural soft glow reminiscent to the golden hues of an Autumn twilight when the leaves on the trees blaze in orange, red and yellow and the light from the sun spreads a golden cast to the land, then YES! You NEED this! I have yet to see this show up on chanel.com or neimanmarcus.com, so if You MUST have this NOW you can call Kathy Shoreman at 571-533-4972 and place your order right away before this one sells out. It is limited edition, after all, and you never know, the Fairies might win that patent lawsuit and this powder could be recalled!* I purchased this for about $60 USD but to be honest I can't remember the exact amount and my receipt is missing, Probably buried at the bottom of my purse.
*no it couldn't. That's a joke. Sadly I have to put in a disclaimer about said joke because some people don't have a sense of humor and others are gullible.
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