(See Alice Review) Poudre Signée de Chanel

There's been plenty of buzz about the new  Spring 2013 Printemps Precieux de Chanel makeup collection and I've read many a review where beauty blogger are raving about the Poudre Signée de Chanel Illuminating Powder. Notably, the lovely and prolific TemptaliaPerilously Pale, and Musings of a Muse

I had a gift card burning a hole in my pocket and couldn't hold myself back from biting the bullet on this product ($68 USD, not including tax). I'd been looking into an illuminating powder and had narrowed it down to the Poudre Signee de Chanel and the Dior Shimmer Star in Amber Diamond. When I swatched the two next to each other, I noticed that the Shimmer Star was a little closer to my skintone, but overall the effect was very similar. Forgot to take pictures of these two,  swatched next to each other, bad Alice! 

In the end after spending 20 mins pro and conning each purchase... I decided to go with the Chanel:

1. I don't have any Chanel cosmetics and have heard really great things about them

2. I've been trying to buy cosmetics with fewer toxic ingredients. Granted, I'm not a chemist, but I like to read up on these kinds of things. It's nice to take precautions! The Dior has paraben(s?)
3. Have you seen the Chanel packaging? As you can see from my pictures below, it's frickin' unbelievably gorgeous!

How beautiful is that? The powder is pressed into the iconic Chanel interlocking "C", little mini lipsticks, mascara tubes, and CoCo Chanel's favorite flower, the camellia.

The powder itself is very pretty. I prefer highlighter that is slightly shimmery and gives a subtle sheen. Besides, who wants to look like a disco ball? I've swatched the powder below:

It's finely milled and of good quality- plus, it doesn't have parabens! I can use it as an everyday powder and it comes in a little black case with makes it highly portable. I'm not too fond of the price as this was quite a splurge for me or the little spongy brush that comes with it (it's not very good for applying the product and the shimmers from the brush get all over the little, black, velvet case). Overall, I was pleased with the product and am glad to have it in my arsenal!

What do you think? Have you tried the Poudre Signée de Chanel? What beauty purchases have you made this month?

Ta ta for now!

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