Dec 262012

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The Poudre Signee de Chanel ($68) is the star of the Chanel Spring 2013 collection. The color is a soft shell with a touch of pink. The compact is a standard size, the same as the Chanel eyeshadow and blush palettes. However, the velveteen sleeve is larger than most:

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Inside, the pouch houses a spongetip applicator.  We ignored the sponge (typically, sponges give very heavy application) in favor of a soft face brush (for these looks, we used the Burberry Face Brush No. 2):

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This pressed powder is embossed in a Chanel makeup-lover’s dream pattern, scattered with images of Camilla blossoms, lipsticks, glossimers and other pretty Chanel symbols.

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Close up of the powder:

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Overall, this is a very giftable palette, ideal for Valentines or perhaps even Mother’s Day (for those thinking ahead):

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Liz and I found that the palette gave a soft candlelight glow indoors. Here, Liz applied the Poudre Signee de Chanel on her browbone and all over her cheek. You will not get the high-shine or metallic effect of a liquid like Benefit High Beam or NARS Copacabana.  Rather, in soft light she has a luminous soft candle-lit glow as Poudre Signee provides a pretty fine finishing powder effect. In this type of soft lighting, the effect is very subtle.

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Another (with flash). This is with Chanel Joues Constraste Frivole Blush, as well the Chanel Raffinement Eyeshadow quad, also from the Spring 2013 collection.

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Liz and I loved the little Chanel embossed touches on the powder compact of the Poudre Signe de Chanel, which brush away after a few uses of the compact. We thought that the Poudre Signee de Chanel would be appropriate for an indoor day event (such as a wedding), or for an evening look. We did get a bit of a sparkle effect in bright sun, so we’d prefer other finishing powders for a daytime/outdoor look.

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  13 Responses to “Poudre Signee de Chanel Review”

  1. Sounds like I can give the Poudre Signee a miss–good news as so many of the other Chanel spring items look gorgeous! Especially the Raffinement quad shadows. In the middle of the blizzard hitting the midwest at the moment, so I think it’s the perfect time to do some online shopping!


  2. Wow, this is beautiful! Sadly I wish it had more color or maybe a bit warmer; I’d totally justify the price at that point.

  3. I adore Chanel’s new highlighter. It is subtle and perfectly daytime appropriate much like the Lumière Perlée from the Le Blanc collection two years ago. I use my Tom Ford blush brush to sweep a “C” across my brow bones and cheek bones. It softly illuminates those areas without being over-the-top shiny or sparkly and it blends beauitfully with any blusher I decide to use. There is just a slight touch of pink to Signée which gives the warm candlight effect and it looks lovely swept across the décolletté with a large fluffy brush. It really is beautiful and a very nice alternative to the more glittery or metallic highlighters that abound during the holidays. As for that over-sized sponge applicator, it gives a heavy, precise application (which is good for blog swatches, I guess), but a brush will give a more natural and diffused glow. I’ve purchased some gorgeous highlighters this year, but Signée has become my daily go-to.

  4. It’s so beautiful but I can’t see the difference with and without it!

  5. Wow this is really beautiful. If I have this, I’ll probably be too afraid to use it and mess up the gorgeous design.

  6. This looks so gorgeous but like Angela said I will be afraid to wreck the beautiful design.

  7. This looks absolutely gorgeous! I just doubt I would be able to actually use it, it is that pretty, after all! But I need this! 🙂

  8. Hello Amy and best wishes for 2013! I am always glad to see your swatches and reviews!You mentioned above that Chanel Poudre Signee is more like a soft finishing powder. How would you compare it to Guerlain Meteorites?

    • Katerina–Guerlain Meteorites are a more everyday wearable finishing powder for me, because they don’t have as many glitter bits as the Chanel. If I had a choice for that purpose, I’d go with the Guerlain’s Meteorites from their standard line.

  9. Could you wear this powder everyday? If it was something I’d use all the time that would justify the price

    • Some will be put off by the subtle sparkle. If you are thinking of it as an everyday highlighter, you’d want to try it first. It’s pretty, and I don’t think it’s over the top sparkle (it’s more subtle that you would see in a high-sparkle Nars blush, for ex.), but it really depends on how you want the finish to look.

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