Chanel Highlighters

Chanel Camelia de Chanel Illuminating Powder

January 25, 2017

Camelia de Chanel Illuminating Powder Review | The Beauty Look Book

Chanel launched a new highlighter called Camelia de Chanel Illuminating Powder ($70 for 6 g/0.21 oz, made in Italy). It’s currently available online at and comes in a solid mirrored compact, limited-edition red lacquered case, half-moon brush in a stunning embossed camelia pattern. This highlighter compact literally took my breath away as soon as I opened it – the pattern, texture, shimmer and color are just out of this world beautiful. It truly is one of the prettiest compacts I think I’ve seen. On the skin my feelings are mixed. This is a beautiful highlighter that I think has an exquisite type of prism-like shimmer but I need to apply with a very light hand on the cheeks or only use this on the eyes – otherwise it’s simply too shimmery for my skin tone.

Camelia de Chanel Illuminating Powder Review | The Beauty Look Book

Chanel describes this to be “a sheer highlighting powder” that “captures and reflects light for a delicate, luminous glow.” For my medium-olive skintone I don’t find it sheer or delicate. It’s a champagne highlighter with an intense sparkle with tiny micro sparkle particles. They aren’t glittery chunks but the glow particles are definitely bigger than finely milled shimmer. I know many of my readers are split into those who are anti-shimmer anything and those who love all the glow they can get. I am one who loves as much glow as I can get as long as I don’t end up looking like a frosted or gilded statue. In all the years I’ve collected Chanel highlighters I would say this one is definitely the most glitzy and sparkly of them all. Chanel highlighters have been all over the place from so sheer that you can use as an all over setting powder to a more noticeable glow to a more traditional highlight. If you remember the sparkly loose powders like MAC Silver Dusk or Laura Mercier Candlelight (both discontinued) – this Camelia de Chanel Illuminating Powder has a similar sparkly quality but in pressed form and also in a more beige-champagne color versus the light silvery pink tint the loose powders had.

There’s a slight texture that is noticeable if you swipe the powder with a finger but swatching it on the hand or arm it feels extremely smooth and silky. The pigment is quite intense but can be easily blended out for a more diffused look. I love this on the eyes for a good champagne sparkle highlight. On my cheeks it gives my face an almost wet-look effect with the way the light hits the shimmer – but I will note that some champagne highlighters don’t look good on my specific skin tone because of the way it either matches or is one shade too light. For example Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight looks good on everyone I’ve seen it on but on my skin tone it looks chalky and just plain horrible. By comparison the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kits are some of the most glowy almost frosty looking highlighters I’ve tried – but because the colors contrast more with my skintone I find them more wearable especially if I blend them out with a brush.

A closer look

Camelia de Chanel | Beauty Look Book

Camelia de Chanel Swatch | The Beauty Look Book

Camelia de Chanel | Beauty Look Book

Swatch on bare skin:

I know this one is super blurry but it shows how the light reflects on some of the particles:

Camelia de Chanel | Beauty Look Book

A quick look on the face, photo taken without flash because with one my entire face looked like a glowy shiny mess. I have mixed feelings about this one on my face because I feel like it looks a bit too glowy and also emphasizes texture on my skin. It doesn’t emphasize pores like some highlighters do, but right now I’m working on some exfoliating and peels for my skin so texture is showing a bit on the cheek areas.


On the face:

Camelia de Chanel Illuminating Powder Swatch

Two sets of swatch comparisons for you, Set 1:

  • Hourglass Ambient Strobe Powders in Euphoric and Incandescent (review here)
  • Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Moonlight (review here)
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Shimpagne (discontinued)
  • Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Powder in Champagne Pop (review here)
  • Edward Bess All Over Seduction in Sunlight (review here)

Camelia de Chanel Swatch Comparisons | The Beauty Look Book

Set 2:

  • Tom Ford Skin Illuminating Duo in Moodlight (review here)
  • Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer 001 (review here and here)
  • Laura Mercier Face Illuminators in Indiscretion and Devotion (review here)
  • Tom Ford Shimmer Shot Spin Spin Sugar (review here)
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle (available here)

Camelia de Chanel Swatch Comparisons | The Beauty Look Book

Quick note and some thoughts on comparisons. The Camelia de Chanel has a similar sparkling quality to MAC Soft and Gentle on my skin, but the Chanel is slightly more sparkly. My personal favorite is still the Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer 001 because it melds nicely with my skin and the color is just perfect for me. This spring they’ve added 3 more shades (review soon). The comparison swatch shows the Dior and Chanel to look really similar but on camera it’s difficult to capture ever single nuance with the shimmer, color and sparkles. If you want to avoid all kinds of harsh shimmer and want just a soft natural glow the Edward Bess All Over Seduction is my holy grail cream highlighter although the Tom Ford Shimmer Shots are quite pretty and easy to wear too.

Camelia de Chanel Highlighter | The Beauty Look Book

Final thoughts: I think the Camelia de Chanel Illuminating Powder is an exquisite highlighter. I was sent one for review and would have purchased one even if they didn’t send one to me. I think it’s definitely a unique piece compared to previous Chanel highlighter launches and even unique compared to other brands. It has a sparkle that almost feels like it could be fairy dust captured and pressed into a compact. Opening it is a breathtaking experience and they really did an excellent job at creating a one of a kind piece for beauty collectors and fanatics like myself. Quality is top notch – it has a smooth even texture without any patchy issues. As with any powder there will be some fallout in the application but once on the skin I found it stayed put all day long. I love it on the eyes. On my cheeks it’s a bit much for me – even though as you can tell from the comparison swatches above I’m a bit of a highlighter junkie and love a good glow. This one is just not doable for the cheeks for everyday but I will say that right at this moment I’m in that weird skintone transition phase where I’m getting lighter and finding a lot of colors aren’t working for me. I know this will pass as I tan easily and sunshine is in the weather forecast in the upcoming days so I’ll probably get some color soon.

If you bought this I’d love to hear your thoughts! If you can chime in on your skintone to help those who are debating whether or not to order sight unseen that would be amazing too.

The Camelia de Chanel Illuminating Powder retails for $70, currently available online at

Illuminating powder provided courtesy of Chanel for review.





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  • Frances Kayleigh January 25, 2017 at 5:15 am

    I love the look and sound of this! To be honest I am all about the glow at the moment and love something a bit glittery for the evening so I think it could work for me. And of course it’s absolutely beautiful! xx

    Frances Kayleigh | Beauty Fashion Lifestyle

    • BeautyLookBook January 25, 2017 at 6:27 pm

      It’s a really pretty one! Love it on my eyes, but if you absolutely love a glow then I think you’ll like this one!

  • Candice Petersen January 25, 2017 at 5:49 am

    Wow that highlight looks incredible

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

    • BeautyLookBook January 25, 2017 at 6:28 pm

      It’s quite incredible – sparkle is unlike anything else I’ve tried.

  • Tatiana January 25, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Thank you for this honest review. I think you saved me some $$. I am honestly looking for a highlighter that gives me more of glow than any kind of shimmer or sparkle. Looks like I need to find the Edward Bess highlighter somewhere. Going to leave the fairy dust sparkle to the younger gals.

  • Jayd Alice January 25, 2017 at 9:54 am

    This is absolutely gorgeous and even though it didn’t necessarily work for you, I’m still interested to try it out! Thanks for including so many swatches and extra information chick, I love reading in-depth reviews x

  • Jaime | Girl Loves Gloss January 25, 2017 at 10:04 am

    I was dying to try this and then I heard it wasn’t coming to Canada and I was gutted. Reading your review makes me feel less so though, I really don’t love highlighters with sparkle. I’m testing out the other Chanel spring highlighter right now and it also has distinct micro glitter in it. I think Dior 001 is still my first love as well!
    Jaime |

    • BeautyLookBook January 25, 2017 at 6:26 pm

      Oh no, I hate that! Glad I made you feel better though! The Dior one is life.

  • lawler January 25, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Your comparison swatches are my everything. Seems like I need to check out MAC’s Soft and Gentle.

  • Tian January 25, 2017 at 10:35 am

    This appears to be the exact same design as their summer 2015 illuminating powder you reviewed. Quite bummed to see they did not create a new design, but the camelia flower is a classic. The red lacquered packaging is unique and gorgeous though!

  • Gemma Louise January 25, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    This is literally the prettiest highlighter ever, I need it nooow!

    Gemma Louise

    • BeautyLookBook January 25, 2017 at 6:25 pm

      It’s a stunning one indeed πŸ™‚

  • Joni January 25, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    I’m so so torn about this!! I really love the compact and I’m okay with some sparkle, but the price tag is painful when there are other enticing things out right now… I am torn between this and the new pink version of the Dior highlighter– I have and love the 001, but it’s a tad warm for me right now… and I’m also super interested in Burberry’s blush “palette” (it’s one color, don’t know why they say palette!) but it has a pretty shimmery sheer rosy color that I can see being pretty versatile… tho it also has a quite high price tag. Have you seen the Burberry one yet?

    • Joni January 25, 2017 at 2:31 pm

      Okay, I retract, I just saw the Burberry blush in your “currently obsessed” section… will you be doing a review?? thanks!!

      • BeautyLookBook January 25, 2017 at 6:24 pm

        Yes! Burberry review coming soon! In the meantime check out The Non-Blonde blog she has a review + swatch on her site πŸ™‚

  • AstarteOurania January 25, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    Oh Chanel, making highlighters that I find hard to resist especially with that camellia flower design! Even better that it’s not the silvery pink tone which does not work on my skin. I want all the highlighters! lol

    • BeautyLookBook January 28, 2017 at 10:27 am

      I love non-silver-pink ones too πŸ™‚

  • Yvonne Ashon January 26, 2017 at 9:17 am

    This is super. Will love to get my hands on one.

  • disqus_H18ALDw6QX January 26, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    Thank you for this great review!

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  • Jackie Mirek January 27, 2017 at 4:58 am

    Will this be a only item?

    • BeautyLookBook January 28, 2017 at 10:29 am

      Hi Jackie – right now all the info I have is that it’s available on, don’t know if it will launch elsewhere.

      • Jackie Mirek January 28, 2017 at 4:54 pm

        Thank you!

  • Lexie | NAILGIRL.NET January 27, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    What a gorgeous highlighter! So so beautiful in the pan and on skin!


  • Huong Vo February 8, 2017 at 11:26 am

    That is such a beautiful highlighter, Sabrina!!! I’m such a sucker for pretty packaging like that! ::swoon::

  • Natalie Redman February 11, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Gorgeous highlighter!

  • Victoria February 22, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    This is so beautiful, but I never use highlighter anyways so this one IΒ΄ll pass!