Chanel Camelia de Plumes Highlighting Powder Holiday 2014

 

Illuminate cheekbones, eyelids or décolleté with a translucent veil of silver and gold. Inspired by Gabrielle Chanel’s original Fine Jewelry creations, this precious, limited-edition accessory is embossed with a feather motif in the shape of a camellia.

Chanel has been on a serious roll when it comes to highlighters in the past couple of years… They released some beautiful ones and Camelia is no exception. Design is true work of art . It comes in a nice black velvet pouch with a separate compartment for a brush (haven’t even tried it). The size of the compact is the same as their blush and eyeshadow quad compact.
Camelia appears much more cooler toned and silver in the pan than it really is. Also it’s texture seems quite hard (??) almost like gel to powder. It doesn’t have that soft and silky powder texture you might expect from Chanel. It also is more metallic than any other Chanel highlighter I’ve tried.  Shimmer in it is chunky and kind of sits on top of the skin. These two things I resolved with more buffing and blending – the more you blend it is less and less metallic and shimmer melts into the skin. Overall you get nice subtle silver/golden glow. I think this does make it unique since you have both cool and warm tones in ti. In swatch photos below you can also notice some tiny multi colored shimmer.
Any kind of denser and firmer brush will help pick up enough product and you won’t have problem with dryer/harder texture.
Camelia really compliments Caresse blush that is also part of the Holiday collection ( reviewed here ). Chanel is a master in making collections with multiple products that compliment each other so nicely.
Indoors heavy swatch with a flash:
Outdoors heavy swatch in direct sunlight :

Main downside – the price. 72$ plus tax will make your wallet hide in some dark corner and cry for help.

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