Chanel Lumière d’Artifices Beiges – Fall 2012

June 24, 2012

Chanel’s star product this season is their Illuminating Powder with Shimmer called Lumière d’Artifices Beiges (18 g/ 0.63 oz, made in Italy). It’s an exquisite face powder embossed with round circles that look like overlapped pieces of sequins. The powder itself is dusted with a silvery glitter overspray. Underneath there are stripes of soft golden beige and soft beige-rose. The powder in the compact itself looks more like a light pink/rose. On the skin this translated into a more golden-beige finish for me with only very slight undertones of pink/rose.

The sparkles were difficult to capture with the camera. At an angle the shimmer/sparkle overspray is easier to see:

Under artificial light, you can see the shimmer: 

Here is the powder with the overspray removed. I’ve photographed it at an angle hoping you will be able to see the sheen of the powder. It’s really beautiful in person:

Swatched, this pulls warmer and more beige on me than what I see in the compact:

This is truly stunning on the skin. After the overspray was removed I thought it might be too boring but the color is just really lovely as a highlighter. It’s not too pale and not too dark – it’s perfect for Chanel B30 skin and I suspect it will be lovely on other skintones as well. The pigment is medium but visible and the shimmer just glows on the skin. The texture of this is velvety soft making it easy to blend and layer.

I pulled a small sample of other Chanel powders to compare. Ombres Tissées in Beiges from last August is significantly lighter and more frosty. This summer’s Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzers have a similar luminous glow, but I would say the Fall 2012 Lumière d’Artifices Beiges has more pigment and a slightly more glowy quality. You might find it too similar to Sable Beige to justify owning both.

I believe this is a limited-edition product. Unfortunately I can’t recall the price – I suspect it was in the $60ish range which I found reasonable given the fact that some other limited edition powders such as Lucky Stripes and Ombres Tissèes Beiges and Route de Indes de Chanel have been upwards of $75 to $95 each.

I personally adore this powder. I do think it’s a must-have for me, but that is simply my own opinion.

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  • Those embossed sequins are stunning! The color is beautiful.

  • Anonymous

    I think it might be $75 ahh. But it really is quite pretty.

  • This is gorgeous. On my wishlist 🙂 Thank you for sharing

  • That is stunning, it might well be a tad too warm on me and yet I know I'll cave and grab one when they come out here. Thanks for sharing (enticing) 😉

  • Oh, my! Beautiful swatch! I have Sable Beige, and I like it a lot. "Sequins" look a bit lighter. It would be a hard decision to make deciding if I should buy Lumière d’Artifices Beiges.

  • That is a gorgeous toned powder. I would love to purchase this! It'd be different from any highlighter I own already.

  • That is gorgeous; I can't decide between this and the powder from the Bombay collection. They may both have to be mine!

  • As an uber cool toned fair skinned person this looked like a finishing powder on me. It darkened my face like an ok grade bronzer. But my SA pointed out (luckily) that around my jaw line it turned Jersey Shore / Snookie orange. (I have a lot of red in my face.) Sp this was a bust for me. Looks great on your skin though! When will CHANEL ever do a cool toned highlighter? I feel like everything is pulling yellow lately.

  • God, this is achingly beautiful. I have been struggling with myself, trying to convince myself that I don't need Sable Rose–but I pretty much gave up on that and was going to grab it tomorrow. But now…I REALLY want this highlighter! Gah!

  • How beautyful it looks :)!

  • You always have nicest swatches!! 🙂 Which one do you prefer between this one and Sable Beige from summer collection? Thanks!

    Katie from LovePassionMU