Chanel Lumière d’Été Illuminating Powder for Summer 2015

May 18, 2015

For summer Chanel has a new limited-edition powder called Lumière d’Été Illuminating Powder ($65 for 8 g / 0.28 oz). It’s called an illuminating powder but to me this is more of a soft satiny bronzer. There is a very slight sheen to this when you swatch it and look at it in the pan. On the skin it looks glowy but not shimmery. It has a similar effect to that of the Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colours in No. 30/40 but with a more bronzed and luminous effect.

The bronzer has an ultra soft but dense texture. It seems a bit harder/firmer in formula compared to traditional powder bronzers, almost creamy but not quite. This makes the color easy to layer and build in terms of pigment. A looser brush will give you a more sheered out glow while a denser brush will give you more color, almost like a contour on my medium Chanel Beige 30 skin. The Lumière d’Été Illuminating Powder comes with the embossed camellia pattern which is so so gorgeous.

On my skin, this is a medium neutral bronze that pulls slightly warm on my medium skin, but it’s not as warm in tone compared to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzers. The warmth prevents it from looking muddy on my skin (I cannot wear cool-toned bronzers or contouring products easily).

A heavy swatch below:

The Chanel Lumière d’Été Illuminating Powder will have a similar effect to a number of other bronzers. If you already own a lot of other bronzing powders you may want to shop your stash. What I find unique about this season’s Chanel is the texture. The firmer/gel-like almost cream to powder texture seems particularly good for warm weather. It adheres really well to the skin but melds in naturally. It doesn’t look fake or look like it’s product just sitting on the skin. I liked that it didn’t emphasize pores or clog pores too. Lasting power is very good from early morning until late afternoon without fading. I pulled a few bronzers and Les Beiges powders to compare:

Tom Ford Gold Dust (Full Size and Small Travel Size for size reference)
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder No. 30 and No. 40 (review here)

I’m one who can’t resist a Chanel bronzer, this one is no exception. Right now I am a Chanel B30 but am getting a bit of color so the darkest I will get is probably a B40 (foundation equivalents for me right now are NARS Punjab, Tom Ford Bisque 04 (foundations in rotation listed here). I haven’t used a MAC foundation in years because the formulas don’t work for my skin type (I break out in a really bad allergic reaction to those) but I was always matched to a NC30-35. I suspect if you are anywhere from the Chanel B40 or darker range this bronzer will look more like a subtle natural contour or nude illuminator on your skin rather than a bronzer. I found it worked well on my normal combination skin but if you are super dry, you may need some kind of a creamy base on the cheeks to help bring out the color more.

I give this one a huge thumbs up but I am a huge fan of bronzer in general. There are a number of new bronzer releases out this time of year. I would say the Chanel Lumière d’Été Illuminating Powder is a good in-between option in terms of warm but not too warm if you’re light to medium in skin tone. I’m still testing out a number of bronzers to see which one I like best. Initial thoughts: The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzers are warmer and more luminous, the Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duos are a lot softer and lighter in color if you’re fair and don’t like darker dramatic bronzers, the Guerlain is probably the best bet for you. Tom Ford repromoted both of their bronzers in white/gold packaging and a mini size, both are classics. If you want a matte bronzer Terra has no shimmer.

The Lumière d’Été Illuminating Powder is limited-edition. You should be able to find it at all Chanel counters and boutiques now. Online at Chanel.com, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, and Neiman Marcus.

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  • Holly Olivia May 18, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    This looks so beautiful! I love the rose design! I will have to look into buying it for holidays!
    Lots of love.x

  • Amanda Hollingsworth May 18, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    I'm finding that this works really well at achieving the dewy, juicy look that is so prevalent across all brands this Summer. Another brand I have added to my bronzer armoury this summer is Kevyn Aucoin. I bought both Tropical Days & Tropical Nights and they are fantastic quality. Like you I had to have a Tom Ford travel size compact mainly because the Retro compacts are so gorgeous but I am considering getting another in Terra as I could use it for contouring what with it being matt. Harvey Nichols have 15% off Beauty online on Thursday so I shall make a decision before then. Picture 3 is beautiful. Xx

  • Emmys Blog May 18, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    This looks stunning! The swatch is gorgeous x
    Emma | Emmys Blog

  • Annikky May 18, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    This looked lovely in real life, too, but I'm not a huge bronzer wearer and will stick with my Tom Ford and Guerlain for the moment. The three stylos (Laurier Rose, Olivine and Azulejo) will probably remain my only purchases from this collection, although I might cave eventually and buy the blue nail polish as well.

  • graceCie May 18, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    Love your comparison swatches! Do you know how this compares to the chanel soleli de tan bronzer? Its been my goto bronzer for years and looks so natural but trying to find sthg more compact. This bronzer intrigued me as it reminds me of soleli's texture.

  • Rachel Polansky May 18, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    I'm a B20 so this shows up with a decent amount of pigment, I also love it for the beautiful design 🙂


  • transientbeaute.com May 18, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Stunning! I am on a bronzer kick lately so I am not sure about getting yet another one

  • Stray Cat May 18, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    I wasn't going to buy this….I thought it was just another bronzer powder. After trying it on and wearing it a couple times, I decided it was special enough to warrant buying. I like that it doesn't give me too much color, but is buildable without looking cakey or harsh and I love the gorgeous sheen it gives my skin. I've worn it as a bronzer highlighter as well as a blush and really like it.

  • Arnella Kajtezovic May 18, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    The packaging is gorgeous! Beautiful swatch!


  • Tricia May 19, 2015 at 5:23 am

    Lovely! This is something worth checking out indeed. I super like the coverage and finish. It looks flawless and so natural on skin.

  • Candice Petersen May 19, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Oh wow this is absolutely gorgeous


  • Beauty Bloss May 19, 2015 at 11:09 am

    This bronzer looks so so beautiful. I have this on order and can't wait to receive!
    The Beauty Bloss

  • María Blardone May 19, 2015 at 11:35 am

    This powder looks incredible! Definitely trying it
    Lots of love, xx


  • Nikoleta Ljuljduraj May 19, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    Great post!!! 🙂
    I love this one, it is incredible!

    Nikoleta, xoxo.


  • Lexi May 20, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    I still haven't tried anything by Chanel :X Soon, soon! This Illuminating Powder looks beautiful and I thank you for such an in-depth review. I also like the looks of the Hourglass powder in your photo!

  • Fancie May 22, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    This is so damn gorgeous!!

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  • Amy May 24, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    I have been obsessed with Chanel lately. I stopped by the counter yesterday and ended up buying this illuminating powder, blush in pink explosion, and matte lipstick in l'eclatante. It was a splurge for me but having these beautiful, quality products makes me feel so much wealthier than I am! I'm wearing the bronzer and blush over the CC cream today and after 4 hours it still looks beautiful. I'm sticking with Chanel- slowly adding to my collection.

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