Chanel Highlighter

Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder Quick Look

January 27, 2013

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Here are a few images of Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder ($80/ .42 oz). My beautiful friends, this is what Cafe Makeup refers to as a Chanel Emergency. Because I have a feeling that this product is about to go onto for only a very little while, I thought I would post these now, rather than wait until sell out to do a full review. I purchased mine from the Chanel Boutique in San Francisco, although I understand that Chanel Studios (Nordstrom Seattle and elsewhere) will stock as well. I do not know (but I doubt) that these will be sold at department store counters.

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 I am currently mustering the courage to try this. The Best Things in Beauty, who is braver than I, has swatches here.

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Chanel Mouche de Chanel comes in an elasticized velveteen pouch housing a sponge applicator and a standard size square Chanel compact.

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The illuminating powder is a reproduction of the decor at the Château de Versailles. To my mind, it evokes the Hall of Mirrors or perhaps a ceiling architectural detail. The pan has the image of a bee, the symbol for French royalty.

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Close up of the pan which show that this is a gelee type product:

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This is a beautifully worked pattern. 

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This was released in connection with the Chanel Cruise 2013 show, which took place at Versailles.

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I hope you enjoy these images. I haven’t learned anything official, concrete or specific about its availability–I simply called the Chanel boutique as the items arrived late last week. If you like, I suggest calling your own Chanel boutique to reserve one or to have it sent to you. Otherwise, I would look for the item on in case it appears there. 

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  • Sunny January 27, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    OH MY GOD this Chanel highlighter madness has to stop! I’m still head over heels with the one from the spring collection, and now there’s a new one that is so super gorgeous? *fans herself*

  • Emi at Project Swatch January 27, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Oh wow, this is gorgeous! I love how elegant the design is.

  • Amaryllix January 27, 2013 at 5:37 pm


    I had a lot of back and forth with customer service on when this would appear online. The final word from the one person who sounded like she knew what she was talking about was February 1st. 🙂 Regardless from the sounds of it this collection is SUPER limited.

    • Amy January 27, 2013 at 6:15 pm

      Thank you so much for the information! I’m not surprised to hear these are very limited–those Guerlain Cruel Gardenia’s sold out quickly and never came back (same with the Laura Mercier version with the beautiful flowers). My sense is that these are difficult to make. I would check tomorrow and Tuesday–sometimes they are early and the page is already up for the product. Or just call Nordstrom Seattle or a boutique (shipping from a boutique is very expensive). Don’t miss out!

      • Amaryllix February 4, 2013 at 4:38 pm

        Hi again Amy,

        This powder finally made it onto today! I even checked this morning and it still wasn’t posted. It must have been posted anywhere between noon and about an hour ago.

        Thought maybe your readers would like to know. 🙂

        • Amy February 5, 2013 at 7:35 am

          Thank you! I’ve also sent this out on Twitter

  • Ava January 27, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    The Nordstrom Flagship store in Seattle has them now; Call Ondrea at 206- 628-2111. Nordstrom has free shipping. Mine is on its way!

  • Dana January 27, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    Oh, great. and Nordstrom – that means, we Europeans are screwed again. Thanks, Chanel. How very considerate. I wished customers here would wake up and boycott Chanel. They’re obviously not interested in us, otherwise they’d give us a chance to buy their products. Disgusting.

    • Amy January 28, 2013 at 5:18 am

      Perhaps a Chanel boutique? I do not have a local one, but I did call one and had it sent to me. Previously, I had thought this would only be available in Paris so Europe must be in their game plan somewhere (it’s on the Chanel Singapore site right now, so I can not imagine that Chanel wouldn’t release outside Paris too).

      Keep in mind I am writing partly from a US perspective on Cafe Makeup too. I do not have detailed info about the international release or a contact at Chanel to inquire. Also, I believe that Nordstrom does international shipping, but I don’t know if Nordstrom Seattle does from the counter. It might be worth a try if nothing closer comes your way?

  • Gauri January 28, 2013 at 6:07 am

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  • Brooke @ BlushingNoir January 28, 2013 at 6:14 am

    This is so stunning. Chanel always creates the most artistic and lovely compacts.

  • Zeynep January 28, 2013 at 6:19 am

    I ordered mine from the Chanel Boutique at Wynn Las Vegas (free shipping and they sent me some great samples as well). You can call them at 702.765.5055.

  • Christina January 28, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    This is already available in Canada. I didn’t buy it because I found it to be too sparkly for me. I forgot to ask if that was only the top layer, and perhaps it would not be so bad.

  • Makeup Morsels January 29, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    This is so stunning, I don’t think I’ve ever wanted an highlighter/illuminator this badly before. I’m surprised to hear this is a gelee type product! I had thought it would be another one of their powders. It’s gorgeous at any rate, but I’ve already splurged this month, so I’m holding off on this one.

  • Angela January 30, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    This is available at Neiman Marcus in Troy, MI (no testers, though). I think it should be available at most Neimans now.

  • Meta January 31, 2013 at 2:16 am

    If any of the Australian readers are lemming this, Chanel Chadstone stocks this palette for AUD90 Mine is on its way 😀

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  • Sara February 8, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Can you please do an updated post on how you apply and wear this?

  • tracy February 14, 2013 at 5:25 am

    that isn’t a bee in the middle it is a fly (the name is mouche which is fly in french)… a lot less classy than it being a bee