It may be difficult to imagine, during this week of snow and cloud cover, the warm spring days that lie ahead–when we’ll be wearing both bronzer and sunscreen and may want to add some glow to the face. As always, the beauty industry runs a season ahead and I can imagine that Chanel had these days in mind when it designed the Emprient de Chanel (Chanel Imprint) Poudre Eclat Illuminating Powder (Radiant Glow Highlighting Powder) ($65).
As the name implies, the surface has an imprint of the iconic Chanel logo in gold, surrounded by a multicolored circles which are packed with shimmer. Aside from a light surface overspray, which quickly wears away, the bulk of the product applies as a warm, peachy-gold shimmer. Despite the name, the product does deposit some visible color to the cheek. For all but the palest skin tones, this amount of color will not be sufficient to substitute as a blush.
There is a small brush included, about half of the size of Chanel’s typical powder brushes that come with bronzers or the like. It is sufficient for travel, and was probably included to assist with precise placement. You may prefer to use a larger brush, depending on the area you wish to cover.
Below, I’ve swatched this next to Chanel’s Les Tissages Lames de Chanel highlighter released for this holiday (two slightly different swatches). Here are some differences that were apparent to me:
- The Empriente de Chanel’s large double CC’s give the impression that the palette is primarily gold, however the background textured area is a warm golden peach with a barest hint of pink
- The Empriente de Chanel is not as gold as Les Tissages
- Les Tissages has more — and slightly larger– glitter bits, where the Empriente de Chanel has a multidimensional smooth sheen