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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Giorgio Armani Organica Eyeshadow Palette | Fade To Grey Collection | Fall 2014 | Swatches, Photos and Review

Giorgio Armani Organica Universal Eyeshadow Palette Yeux 01 Milan Color Eye, Fade To Grey, Fall 2014
Giorgio Armani Organica Eyeshadow Palette


The Giorgio Armani Collection for Fall 2014 is about subtle and elusive elegance. It is a collection inspired by the city of Milan, and the fluctuations of its sky. The scintillating gilded hues of daybreak, the silvery light of day and the magical deep violets of nightfall. The new line is titled Fade To Grey, after Armani's charcoal and black couture collection for Autumn/Winter 2014. The look is typical Armani, but soft and subdued.

Giorgio Armani Organica Universal Eyeshadow Palette Yeux 01 Milan Color Eye, Fade To Grey, Fall 2014
Giorgio Armani Organica Eyeshadow Palette


The star of the collection, is without a doubt, the Organica Eye Palette. The inspiration for the palette is the Duomo di Milano, the Gothic cathedral church in Milan, which has beautiful openwork pinnacles and spires, delicate flying buttresses and baroque-style windows. The interplay between light and dark, and the subtle nuances of the colors and textures of the Milan Cathedral, brought to life.

Giorgio Armani Organica Universal Eyeshadow Palette Yeux 01 Milan Color Eye, Fade To Grey, Fall 2014
Giorgio Armani Organica Eyeshadow Palette

Giorgio Armani Organica Universal Eyeshadow Palette Yeux 01 Milan Color Eye, Fade To Grey, Fall 2014
Giorgio Armani Organica Eyeshadow Palette


The Organica Eyeshadow Palette ($88 for 0.177oz/5g) is an eyeshadow duo housed in a classic, black lacquer Armani pocketbook compact. The bumpy surface texture is like a relief sculpture, it gives the impression that it has been raised above the background. The shadow tray lifts up, and underneath are two double-ended sponge-tipped applicators, which fit into two individual slots. The palette contains a cool, murky, purpley taupe "grey" and a warm, sunny peachy champagne "nude". Both shades have beautiful, complex, multi-dimensional, shimmer, that's somewhat subtle yet also eye-catching. Neither of the shades is metallic or frosty.

Giorgio Armani Organica Universal Eyeshadow Palette Yeux 01 Milan Color Eye swatches, Fade To Grey, Fall 2014
Giorgio Armani Organica Eyeshadow Palette swatches

Giorgio Armani Organica Universal Eyeshadow Palette Yeux 01 Milan Color Eye swatches, Fade To Grey, Fall 2014
Giorgio Armani Organica Eyeshadow Palette swatches


The Organica Palette is reminiscent of this past spring's Belladonna Highlighting Palette. It features the same incredible gel-like texture that is made with a cold cast technique. The formula is developed from "micro-pearl" technology which gives the shadows a lightweight, airy feel. The shadows are soft, silky and weightless. The formula is similar to Chanel Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadows, except without the bounce and malleability. Both shades are quite pigmented, especially the nude. The shadows blend and layer easily for a dramatic evening look, or you can apply the shadows sheer for a soft wash of color. The shadows last remarkably long on me, about nine to ten hours over primer, and I experienced no fallout or creasing.

Giorgio Armani Organica Universal Eyeshadow Palette Yeux 01 Milan Color Eye swatch comparison, Fade To Grey, Fall 2014
Giorgio Armani Organica Eyeshadow Palette comparison swatches


I pulled a couple comparisons for each side of the Organica Palette. For the grey side, Rouge Bunny Rouge Eclipse Eagle and Laura Mercier Sable are both somewhat close, though they are a quite bit warmer. Of the two, Eclipse Eagle is closer and has a more similar finish. For the nude, the peach in Chanel Winter Nights and Armani #10 Beige Nudo are fairly similar. Though Organica nude looks quite orange next to Winter Nights peach and Beige Nudo, which lean more pink.

Giorgio Armani Organica Universal Eyeshadow Palette Yeux 01 Milan Color Eye, Fade To Grey, Fall 2014
Giorgio Armani Organica Eyeshadow Palette


I have very mixed feelings regarding the Organica Palette. It's exquisite, truly a work of art. The shades are gorgeous - especially the grey. They go together beautifully and capture the essence of the Duomo di Milano. The quality is unsurpassed. The formula is light and airy, and the shadows blend together exceptionally. My gripe? The price. It seems quite steep to pay almost $90 (or over if you include shipping and/or tax) for an eyeshadow duo.

For more reviews and swatches, check out Color Me Loud and Temptalia.

I purchased the Organica Palette from Giorgio Armani. It is also available at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale's.

Did you pick up the Organica Palette? What do you think of the price?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté | Fall 2014 | Swatches, Photos and Review

Yves Saint Laurent YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté Heart of Light Powder Blush Fall 2014
YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté


Following the release of the Cuirs Fétiches Collection for Fall 2014, YSL introduced the Fusion Ink Foundation. Now they've launched another new product geared towards achieving a beautiful, radiant glow, the Blush Volupté Heart of Light Powder Blush.

Yves Saint Laurent YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté Heart of Light Powder Blush Fall 2014
YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté


Blush Volupté is available in nine colors, in shades of pink, rose, peach and tan. The design concept is like that of the Eyeshadow Couture Palettes, and was inspired by Yves Saint Laurent’s classic Mondrian dresses. The dresses, in turn, were inspired by the abstract paintings of the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian, who was an important contributor to the De Stijl art movement.

Yves Saint Laurent YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté Heart of Light Powder Blush Fall 2014
YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté


The Blush Volupté are also somewhat similar to last winter's Rue de Babylone, in that each blush combines two different shades and finishes in one. The center square is a "highlighter", while the outside is a "blush" in coordinating shades. While a little too small and disproportionately laid out to be used separately, blended together, the shades allow you to create your own custom look. You can concentrate your brush on the center section for a more glowy, luminous finish or on the outside for more color.


Yves Saint Laurent YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté Heart of Light Powder Blush Fall 2014
YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté

Yves Saint Laurent YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté Heart of Light Powder Blush Fall 2014
YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté


Passionnee #6 ($47 for 0.31oz/9g) comes in a large, gold compact with the YSL logo on the front. It comes with a in a plush, black, velveteen pouch which opens from the side rather than the top. Passionnee is combination of two different shades of warm, rosy pink. The outside has a satin finish with a smattering of golden shimmer. The inside is much lighter in tone and is filled with golden shimmer. When blended together, the end result is a soft flush of color with a luminous sheen and subtle sparkle. Though there really isn't a significant difference between the outside section and the blended result.

Yves Saint Laurent YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté Heart of Light Powder Blush swatches Fall 2014
YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté swatches

Yves Saint Laurent YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté Heart of Light Powder Blush swatches Fall 2014
YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté swatches with forced flash

Yves Saint Laurent YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté Heart of Light Powder Blush swatches Fall 2014
YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté swatches with forced flash

Yves Saint Laurent YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté Heart of Light Powder Blush swatches Fall 2014
YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté swatches with forced flash


The texture of Passionnee is quite good - it's luxuriously soft, silky, and creamy. When used, there is only a slight amount of powder dispersed. It has a delicate, floral scent, though it fades after a few minutes and didn't irritate my sensitive nose. The pigmentation is not as intense or vivid as other blushes. It's very subtle on, though it can be built up. The swatches above show each shade, then both shades blended and then both swirled together. The swatch applied with a brush (Tom Ford Cheek Brush) was done quite heavily, and it makes me wonder how well some of the shades will show up on other skin tones.

Yves Saint Laurent YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté Heart of Light Powder Blush swatch comparison Fall 2014
YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté swatch comparison


I pulled a few similar blushes to compare to Passionnee. Chanel Rose Écrin is peachier. Armani 506 Blush is probably the closest in color, though it's a little bit deeper rose and has more of a satin finish with subtle golden sparkle. Guerlain Blush G Série Noire is the closest in terms of finish, but the color is pinker and brighter. Hourglass Luminous Flush is richer and a bit brighter.

Yves Saint Laurent YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté Heart of Light Powder Blush Fall 2014
YSL #6 Passionnee Blush Volupté


YSL has been really killing it lately. They used to be a brand I never really noticed. Over the past year, they have become a brand that is always on my radar and I can never wait to see what they come up with next. Passionnee is a gorgeous, flattering shade and a formula to die for. I do wish it were just a bit more pigmented, but at this do make it a bit more foolproof to use and harder to over do the color. I'm eying a few other shades that I just might have to pull the trigger on.

I purchased Passionnee (Blush Volupté) from Nordstrom. The Blush Volupté line is also available at Sephora, Neiman Marcus, Saks, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale's and YSL.

Have you tried the new Blush Volupté yet? Are there any shades on your radar?

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Clé de Peau Beauté Satin Moon 305 Eye Color Quad | Celestial Radiance | Fall/Winter 2014 | Swatches, Photos and Review

Clé de Peau Beauté CdP Satin Moon 305 Eye Color Quad Refill Case Celestial Radiance Fall 2014 in studio lighting
Clé de Peau Beauté Satin Moon 305 in studio lighting


The theme of Clé de Peau Beauté's Fall/Winter 2014 Collection is Celestial Radiance. The look is about eyes painted in a halo of a cosmic aurora. The face, faintly cloaked in heavenly splendor. Lips, soft and nude, understated and concealed in mystery. As a part of the collection, Clé de Peau Beauté has released eight new Eye Color Quad Refills and Cases which will replace the current ones. The new Quads range from warm neutrals to luminous pastels to eye-catching blues and greens.

Clé de Peau Beauté CdP Satin Moon 305 Eye Color Quad Refill Case Celestial Radiance Fall 2014 in studio lighting
Clé de Peau Beauté Satin Moon 305 in studio lighting


Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Color Quads ($55 for 0.21oz/6g) are sold as refills and are packaged in clear, plastic cases. The Compacts ($25), which have also been updated for fall, are refillable and sold separately, and include two double ended applicators. The new quads have a different layout from the old ones. Instead of being broken up into disproportionate shapes and having unequal amounts of each shade, now all the shadows are the same size.

Clé de Peau Beauté CdP Satin Moon 305 Eye Color Quad Refill Case Celestial Radiance Fall 2014 in studio lighting
Clé de Peau Beauté Satin Moon 305 in studio lighting


The new Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Color Quads are incorporated with a "new Optical Color Formula, which melts into skin for a translucent effect, as well as an IH Powder to correct uneven skin tone and help the formula last longer. Premium Argan Tree Oil helps ensure fade-resistant color and White Lily Extract moisturizes the delicate eye area." All of the quads are also lightly perfumed with Clé de Peau Beauté's signature scent of natural rose.

Satin Moon 305 consists of four shadows in warm, earthy tones. All the shades have exquisite, multi-faceted, refined shimmer. The sparkle in shades #1 through #3 is somewhat muted while the shimmer particles in shade #4 are more obvious. None of the shades are overtly glittery or frosty - it's shimmer that's tasteful and well done.
  • Shade #1 is a light medium, warm, honeyed-butterscotch shimmer.
  • Shade #2 is a medium warm, russet bronzey- brown shimmer.
  • Shade #3 is a light medium, warm, taupe shimmer that leans lavender pink. The mauve can be seen better at some angles, while at others, it looks more like a fawn taupe.
  • Shade #4 is a deep, dark, neutral sable brown matte with iridescent sparkle.

Clé de Peau Beauté CdP Satin Moon 305 swatches Eye Color Quad Refill Case Celestial Radiance Fall 2014 in studio lighting
Clé de Peau Beauté Satin Moon 305 swatches in studio lighting

Clé de Peau Beauté CdP Satin Moon 305 swatches Eye Color Quad Refill Case Celestial Radiance Fall 2014 in studio lighting with forced flash
Clé de Peau Beauté Satin Moon 305 swatches in studio lighting with forced flash


I don't have any palettes that are similar to Satin Moon in their entirety, so I pulled some comparable shades for each color.

Chantecaille Wild Horses
Burberry Gold Trench No.04

Clé de Peau Beauté CdP Satin Moon 305 comparison swatches for Shade #1 Eye Color Quad Refill Case Celestial Radiance Fall 2014 in studio lighting with forced flash
Clé de Peau Beauté Satin Moon 305 comparison swatches for Shade #1 in studio lighting with forced flash


Burberry Chestnut No.05
Chanel Charming
Dior Iridescent Leather

Clé de Peau Beauté CdP Satin Moon 305 comparison swatches for Shade #2 Eye Color Quad Refill Case Celestial Radiance Fall 2014 in studio lighting with forced flash
Clé de Peau Beauté Satin Moon 305 comparison swatches for Shade #2 in studio lighting with forced flash


Chantecaille Sel
Le Métier de Beauté Corinthian
Chanel Gri-Gri
Burberry Rosewood No.09

Clé de Peau Beauté CdP Satin Moon 305 comparison swatches for Shade #3 Eye Color Quad Refill Case Celestial Radiance Fall 2014 in studio lighting with forced flash
Clé de Peau Beauté Satin Moon 305 comparison swatches for Shade #3 in studio lighting with forced flash


Chanel Prelude
Giorgio Armani Gunmetal #8

Clé de Peau Beauté CdP Satin Moon 305 comparison swatches for Shade #4 Eye Color Quad Refill Case Celestial Radiance Fall 2014 in studio lighting with forced flash
Clé de Peau Beauté Satin Moon 305 comparison swatches for Shade #4 in studio lighting with forced flash


The texture of Satin Moon (305) is soft and buttery. The shadows are all plush and velvety, though a bit powdery. The pigmentation is exceptional. Shades #1 through #3 are exceedingly pigmented, though the colors are soft and hazy, rather than the sharp and vivid shades you may be used to. Shade #4 isn't quite as pigmented as the others and it takes a bit more layering to build up the opacity, though not much.

One of my favorite ways to wear this has been, to take shade #3 and apply it all over my lid as a base shade. Then I apply #4 in the outer corners in a "V" and blend. I finish it off by applying a touch of #1 in the inner corners to highlight and add a dab of #2 on the middle of my lid and blend the edges ever so slightly. All the shadows blend together effortlessly, resulting in a diffused, low-key, smoky look. Over primer, the shadows lasted all day, without any creasing, fading or fallout.

Clé de Peau Beauté CdP Satin Moon 305 Eye Color Quad Refill Case Celestial Radiance Fall 2014 in studio lighting
Clé de Peau Beauté Satin Moon 305 in studio lighting


The price of Satin Moon (with the compact) seems like a lot - but that's because the quad and the case are sold separately, so you feel like you are spending more. Though in actuality, the total price is it is on par with brands like Tom Ford, Armani and Guerlain. The quality of Satin Moon 305 is phenomenal. The shades are sophisticated and refined, with a spectacular texture and long-lasting formula. If you are someone who likes soft, luminous shadows, but isn't a fan of a lot of glitter or frost, I would recommend checking out the new Eye Color Quads from Clé de Peau Beauté. They are well worth the price, whether you skip the compact or not.

For more reviews and swatches, check out The Beauty Look Book, Best Things In Beauty, Beauty Professor, Silverkis' World and Beauty Gypsy.

I purchased the Satin Moon 305 Eye Color Quad Refill and Case from Nordstrom. They are also available from Neiman Marcus, Saks and Bergdorf Goodman.

Have you ever tried anything from Clé de Peau Beauté before? What was your most expensive eyeshadow purchase?

Sunday, August 10, 2014

YSL Fétiche Eyeshadow Couture Palette | Leather Fetish Collection | Fall 2014 | Swatches, Photos and Review

Yves Saint Laurent Fétiche Eye Eyeshadow Couture Palette Collector Cuirs Fétiches Leather Fetish Collection Fall 2014 in studio lighting
YSL Fétiche Palette in studio lighting

YSL has released a refreshing palette for Fall 2014 that has been garnering a lot of attention. I wasn't initially drawn to it and was going to pass on it. Though after reading all the rave reviews, I couldn't hold out and ended up purchasing it.


Yves Saint Laurent Fétiche Eye Eyeshadow Couture Palette Collector Cuirs Fétiches Leather Fetish Collection Fall 2014 in studio lighting
YSL Fétiche Palette in studio lighting

The inspiration for the Cuirs Fétiches (Leather Fetish) Collection comes from the pattern and grain of fine leathers. It's edgy, untamed, sensual, even a little dangerous. It brings to mind, a no holds barred, take no prisoners kind of attitude. A sense of empowerment. From the outside of the palette, which is embellished with black leather, to the warm, lavish shades inside, this palette has bad girl written all over it.


Yves Saint Laurent Fétiche Eye Eyeshadow Couture Palette Collector Cuirs Fétiches Leather Fetish Collection Fall 2014 in studio lighting
YSL Fétiche Palette in studio lighting

Fétiche Palette ($60 for 0.18oz/5g) is a mix of warm, autumnal shades with a surprise addition of a moody blue-green.
  • Shade #1 is a medium, warm, burnished bronze copper shimmer with copper, gold and silver glitter.
  • Shade #2 is a medium light, warm, gilded shade of yellow gold shimmer and gold and silver sparkle.
  • Shade #3 is a medium deep, cool, inky shade of cyan-blue with a touch of grey and a satiny finish.
  • Shade #4 is a sooty, dark, soft, matte black.
  • Shade #5 is a deep, warm, sable brown satin with gold and copper shimmer.

Yves Saint Laurent Fétiche Eye Eyeshadow Couture Palette Collector Cuirs Fétiches Leather Fetish Collection Fall 2014 swatches in studio lighting
YSL Fétiche Palette swatches in studio lighting

Yves Saint Laurent Fétiche Eye Eyeshadow Couture Palette Collector Cuirs Fétiches Leather Fetish Collection Fall 2014 swatches in studio lighting with forced flash
YSL Fétiche Palette swatches in studio lighting with forced flash

Like the other two palettes that I've reviewed from the new line, Fauves #2 and Saharienne #4, the formula of Fétiche Palette is outstanding. The shadows are soft, smooth and velvety. All of the shades are extremely pigmented, opaque in two to three passes, except for #4. (which is best used wet as a liner). Otherwise it looks too hazy and it's hard to differentiate it from #5. The shadows don't crease and last about eight to nine hours on me over primer before I start see any fading. I experience minimal fallout.


Yves Saint Laurent Fétiche Eye Eyeshadow Couture Palette Collector Cuirs Fétiches Leather Fetish Collection Fall 2014 in studio lighting
YSL Fétiche Palette in studio lighting

Fétiche Palette allows you to create a myriad of looks by combining the shades in a variety of interesting and unusual combinations. With a nearly flawless formula, this is one palette you don't want to miss. Even if you're an angel.

For more reviews and swatches, check out Cafe Makeup, Color Me Loud, Perilously Pale and The Non-Blonde

I purchased my Fétiche Palette from Nordstrom. It is also available at Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales and YSL

Did you pick up the Fétiche Palette? What has been your favorite fall palette this year so far?

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Chanel Smoky Grey 905 and Marron Glacé 906 Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliners | Swatches, Photos and Review

Chanel Smoky Grey 905 and Marron Glacé 906 Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliners Multi-Effect Quadra, Summer 2014
Chanel Smoky Grey and Marron Glacé Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-lasting Eyeliners

With the release of the new Multi-Effect Quadras, Chanel has added to the Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner ($32 for 0.01oz/0.30g) line. Three of the shades, Marron Glacé 906, Iris 908 and Bleu Métallique 909 are permanent additions to the range, while Smoky Grey 905 is a limited edition. I picked up the more neutral offerings, Smoky Grey and Marron Glacé. Both are fabulous and perfect for every day. Marron Glacé in particular coordinates effortlessly with both Tissé Rivoli and Poésie.


Chanel Smoky Grey 905 and Marron Glacé 906 Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliners Multi-Effect Quadra, Summer 2014
Chanel Smoky Grey and Marron Glacé Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-lasting Eyeliners

Automatic pencils have always been a favorite of mine, for their ease of use, precision and long-wearing formula. Stylo Yeux liners twist up and don't require sharpening, though there is a built in sharpener if you prefer a more defined tip. The formula is soft and creamy, though sometimes it can be a hit or miss, and at times, a bit harder and not as pigmented.


Chanel Smoky Grey 905 Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliners Multi-Effect Quadra, Summer 2014
Chanel Smoky Grey Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-lasting Eyeliner

Smoky Grey 905 is a light to light medium to medium, warm, taupey-grey with no shimmer. It's really more of a brown or a taupe than a true grey. Marron Glacé 906 is a medium to medium deep, warm, slightly reddish, rusty brown with silver sparkle. It's simply stunning and the complex shimmer makes it unique.


Chanel Smoky Grey 905 Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliners swatches Multi-Effect Quadra, Summer 2014
Chanel Smoky Grey Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner Swatches

Chanel Marron Glacé 906 Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliners swatches Multi-Effect Quadra, Summer 2014
Chanel Marron Glacé Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner Swatches

Chanel Marron Glacé 906 Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliners Multi-Effect Quadra, Summer 2014
Chanel Marron Glacé Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner

I found the formula of Smoky Grey and Marron Glacé better than some past releases. Smoky Grey was a little hard and unforgiving -  at first, but then it softened up. It glides on effortlessly and lasts all day on me (on my waterline). Marron Glacé is extremely soft and creamy, perhaps a bit too much so. It goes on quite easily, but I had to be careful not to exert too much pressure, or the pencil would break.  Marron Glacé also lasts all day on me (on my waterline). Though I found it to smudge a bit (if you are someone that tends to rub your eyes a lot you may want to keep that in mind), as if it doesn't quite seem to set completely, whereas Smoky Grey seems immovable.


Chanel Smoky Grey 905 and Marron Glacé 906 Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner swatches Multi-Effect Quadra, Summer 2014
Chanel Smoky Grey and Marron Glacé Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner Swatches

Both of the new Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliners are wonderful. Each is beautiful in its own way. Smoky Grey is more subtle and low-key, while Marron Glacé, though a neutral, is a bit more eye catching. I would be hard pressed to choose between them.

For more reviews and swatches, check out Mostly Sunny.

I purchased Marron Glacé from Chanel and Smoky Grey from Nordstrom. They are also available at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and Bloomingale's.

Have you tried any of Chanel's new Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliners? What is your go-to eyeliner?

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Chanel Dentelle Précieuse Illuminating Powder | Swatches, Photos and Review

Chanel Dentelle Précieuse Illuminating Powder, Nordstrom Exclusive, Summer 2014 in studio lighting
Chanel Dentelle Précieuse in studio lighting

I didn't pick up that many things from Nordstrom's yearly anniversary sale, but the one thing I made sure to get, is the Dentelle Précieuse Illuminating Powder from Chanel. Originally released exclusively in France at the beginning of April, it has since then found it's way around the world.


Chanel Dentelle Précieuse Illuminating Powder, Nordstrom Exclusive, Summer 2014 in studio lighting
Chanel Dentelle Précieuse in studio lighting

Made in Italy, Dentelle Précieuse is a limited edition, which is exclusive to Nordstrom. The highlight of Dentelle Précieuse is the intricately designed lace embellishment, which is both elegant and elaborate. The design is inspired by Gabrielle Chanel's love for the delicate fabric, which she considered to be "one of the prettiest imitations ever made of nature's fantasies."


Chanel Dentelle Précieuse Illuminating Powder, Nordstrom Exclusive, Summer 2014 in studio lighting
Chanel Dentelle Précieuse in studio lighting

Dentelle Précieuse comes packaged in the classic, sleek, black Chanel compact. It is enveloped in a large, black, velveteen, wrap - around pouch that secures with an elastic band, with a separate pocket to keep the small angled, natural hair brush. There is a black plastic protective dome that covers the powder to safeguard it from damage.


Chanel Dentelle Précieuse Illuminating Powder, Nordstrom Exclusive, Summer 2014 in studio lighting
Chanel Dentelle Précieuse in studio lighting

Dentelle Précieuse Illuminating Powder ($80 for 0.21oz/6g) is a light medium to medium, warm, glowy fawn, with suggestions of copper, bronze and rose and complex shimmers. On me, it's a luminous, incandescent, peachy-champagne beige with bronzey/golden highlights and at times, a slight hint of pink, though the pink can be a bit hard to see. It's much more subtle on the face than in the swatches below.


Chanel Dentelle Précieuse Illuminating Powder swatches, Nordstrom Exclusive, Summer 2014 in studio lighting
Chanel Dentelle Précieuse swatches in studio lighting

Chanel Dentelle Précieuse Illuminating Powder swatches, Nordstrom Exclusive, Summer 2014 in studio lighting with forced flash
Chanel Dentelle Précieuse swatches in studio lighting with forced flash

Chanel Dentelle Précieuse Illuminating Powder swatches, Nordstrom Exclusive, Summer 2014 in studio lighting with forced flash
Chanel Dentelle Précieuse swatches in studio lighting with forced flash

I pulled a few similar highlighters and powders to Dentelle Précieuse. Dior Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powder is lighter and a more yellow gold. It also is transparent with a more glittery finish. Chanel Poudre Signée de Chanel is also lighter, sheerer and it has about the same amount of shimmer and luster as Dentelle Précieuse. The color is a bit more of a yellow golden-champagne with a tiny touch of pink (though not nearly as yellow gold as the Diorskin Nude Shimmer Powder). I found Hourglass Luminous Light Ambient Lighting Powder closest in color and tone. It is also not as shimmery or sparkly as Dentelle Précieuse.

Overall, the Diorskin Nude Shimmer Powder and Signée Powder don't add color so much as they add shimmer and sparkle, while Luminous Light adds a lustrous glow. Dentelle Précieuse adds a touch of color and a glistening radiance.


Chanel Dentelle Précieuse Illuminating Powder swatch comparison, Nordstrom Exclusive, Summer 2014 in studio lighting with forced flash
Chanel Dentelle Précieuse swatch comparison in studio lighting with forced flash

The lace design embossed onto the surface of Dentelle Précieuse doesn't go all the way through the powder. After a few uses, the beautiful decoration wears away. The powder itself is lush and buttery, which only gets softer, silkier, as the pattern is worn down. Dentelle Précieuse is extremely finely-milled, with no discernible scent, and when used, it kicks up minimal excess powder. When I've worn it, Dentelle Précieuse has lasted around eight hours on me before I start to see any fading.


Chanel Dentelle Précieuse Illuminating Powder, Nordstrom Exclusive, Summer 2014 in studio lighting
Chanel Dentelle Précieuse in studio lighting

Dentelle Précieuse is not your typical highlighter. It adds a touch of color and gives a lovely, lit-from-within glow on my fair skin (lighter than B10), that isn't over the top or overtly glittery or shimmery. While on darker skin tones, it looks more like a traditional highlighter. This difference is because Dentelle Précieuse is darker than my skin, while lighter than darker skin tones, so it appears differently on different people. Regardless of your skin tone, anyone can wear Dentelle Précieuse. It's definitely a must for Chanel lovers out there.

For more reviews and swatches, check out Color Me Loud, The Beauty Look Book, Indigo Kir Royale and Ommorphia Beauty Bar.

I purchased Dentelle Précieuse from Nordstrom. It is now also available at Chanel.

Did you pick up Dentelle Précieuse? Or has the high price tag kept you away?