Monday, January 30, 2017

Camélia de Chanel Illuminating Powder

I found a new powder illuminator on Chanel's website that although not advertised as a Lunar New Year release, echoes the limited edition releases from other brands that celebrate the Lunar New Year. The red compact and the release date of January 25, 2017 don't seem like a coincidence to me. Without further ado, here is the Camélia de Chanel Illuminating Powder.

I think the compact looks nice in red. Not that I would have them switch over permanently, but it's nice to be able to differentiate between the compacts once in awhile. And you would need to, because this is some serious high wattage here. Although the included half-moon brush is seriously useable, I personally recommend more specialized tools and a precise hand. A closer look...

I think of Camélia de Chanel as the older, more sophisticated sister of Becca Opal. The color is similar. I don't really love the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors because I find them to be too shimmery but if Guerlain Météorites and Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders don't do it for you, and the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector line is too over the top, this may be that middle ground that you are searching for. Apply on the highpoints of the face and let's celebrate!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Guerlain Météorites Happy Glow Pearls

Happy New Year! Happy Glow Météorites, yey!

This is the latest in a long line of limited edition météorites but what makes this especially, well, special, is that 2017 marks météorites' 30th anniversary. In tribute, or so I've read, is the release of this capsule collection which also includes a blush and a couple of lip colors. I haven't seen any of them although I chanced upon the météorites being available on Nordstrom's website so off I went to order it and here are some pictures.

This set comes in the sphere that's similar to the winter Perles de Neiges, down to the included puff and mirrored lid. The color scheme however, is completely different. The Happy Glow Pearls are a combination of champagne, purple, pink and the ones they call rainbow pearls (the really large white-looking ones). Just looking at it, I'm not sure I feel like it's that special. However, I do like the sphere. The only thing I'm wishing right now is that, for the arm and leg that they charge for a container of these météorites  they double the amount of météorites pearls that are actually in the container. I feel like I'm getting less and less every year but the price just keeps going up. And whenever you look at promotional pictures, you see a container brimming with pearls. When you get one, it's never really ever more than half full.