Chanel Pearl Glow Powder Review and FOTD – possibly the best

October 4, 2012

The Chanel Pearl Glow Powder has been on my radar for sooo long ever since I read about it on Sabrina’s blog. It’s a limited edition Asia exclusive highlighter which was released as part of the Le Blanc collection a while back. Although Chanel had similar highlighting powders in the subsequent releases worldwide, I just felt this one could be the best one ever made by Chanel based on Sabrina’s reviews and swatches here and here. I was finally be able to procure this product at a duty free shop through my friend. *Yay*chanel-pearl-glow-illuminating-powder-1

I don’t think I have ever mentioned how much I love contouring and particularly highlighting  – a few highlights/shades here and there on the face makes a huge difference to define my typically flat Asian bone structure, as well as adding a nice glow to the skin. I don’t contour everyday as it requires more skill and patience, but I use highlighters religiously. My go-to highlighter is in powder form – it’s fuss free and quick to use as the last step of my makeup.

On to the product itself, the size of the compact is the same as Chanel JC. Instead of including a not-so-functional mini brush, the Pearl Glow Powder comes with a large and fat sponge applicator which feels very soft and velvety. It picks up more product than a brush and it’s great for blending.

The powder is very buttery soft, smooth, and highly pigmented. It contains tons of pearly gold micro-shimmer but rest assured, they won’t make your face sparkly. It shows up as pearly soft beige on me with a tinge of gold undertone. The color is very user-friendly and works brilliantly for my skin tone as it brightens as well as adds a bit of warmth rather than silvery or metallic.  What makes this product stand out from the norm is the incredibly radiant finish. It adds a lovely soft pearly sheen to the skin that almost has a wet-effect. I’m always curious about how they make the models’ complexion look so fresh and glowing backstage, and I think I have found the answer to that!

Comparison Swatches:

From left to right: Chanel Lumiére Sculptée; Chanel Pearl Glow; Chanel Ombres Tissées Iridescent Effects Eyes in Beiges; Giorgio Armani Sheer Shimmer 1, Nars Nico, Nars Albatross


chanel-pearl-glow-illuminating-powder-comparison-swatchesWearing Chanel Pearl along the cheekbone, T-zone including the nose bridge, along the Cupid’s bow and the chin


Bottom Line: Possibly the best powder highlighter I own!

{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

Eileen October 4, 2012 at 11:45 pm

I bought this last year when Nordstrom brought the exclusive Le Blanc collection to the US for their anniversary sale. I’ve been wearing it off and on for well over a year and can say without a moment’s hesitation that this is one of the chicest highlighters I own–and I own a lot of them! Lumière Perlée is exceptional in quality, applies smoothly and evenly, blends beautifully into light to medium skin tones, and gives an elegant pearl like glow. Worn in the classic “C” shape and blended into a lovely rose blush, this highlighter is perfection 🙂


Cindy October 5, 2012 at 1:59 am

Oh wow, I am a highlighter junkie myself and I can’t believe I havent pulled the trigger on this. I loved the Le Blanc collection!


Reika October 6, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Yes I agree. Le Blanc collection never disappoints me!


Walls October 5, 2012 at 5:34 am

You look gorgeous in this post! I love the minimal makeup along with the subtle highlighting to bring out your features. I bought the Pearl Glow highlighter in Summer 2011 during Nordstrom’s anniversary sale. I have been so pleased with it, even if its price point was high. I don’t highlight often, but I am glad to have this product in my arsenal, and I was even contemplating getting a backup!


Reika October 6, 2012 at 1:05 pm

I totally get you. It’s just so beautiful so I’m actually saving it for special occasions 🙂


Maria October 5, 2012 at 5:52 am

OMG! you look soooo gorgeous! Rei, you should be in the Chanel ads!


Reika October 6, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Thank you Maria. I would be happy just to be in a Target ad lol


Yan October 5, 2012 at 6:40 am

Omg! You glow girl!
After reading your review I frantically searched for this product, just brought it off from a local auction site like 5 mins ago. Oh I can’t wait to wear it this.
Btw, long time reader, first time writer 🙂


Reika October 6, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Wow..congrats! Thanks for letting me know, I am really glad to hear that! and I hope to hear from you soon once you get the product.
Thanks for the lovely comment 🙂


Becca @ The Beauty Sample October 5, 2012 at 10:10 pm

SOOOOOOOOOOO pretty!!! I NEED this! I am going to Google the heck out if it now to try and find it!


Reika October 6, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Good luck with it!! I’m sure you will LOVE it!


Lakshmi October 6, 2012 at 2:11 am

You look so lovely! I have this highlighter and honestly I’ve neglected it for a long time… must dig it out and start using it again! One of my all time fave highlighters is the Chantecaille Lumiere de rose! Have you tried it? Absolute rose gold perfection 🙂


Reika October 6, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Chantecaille makeup is exorbitantly overpriced in Australia, so I try my best to stay away from their seasonal collections..:-(


Memoiselle October 6, 2012 at 2:21 am

Wow that’s very pretty! I thought it would look similar to Ombres Tissees but they are totally different. I hope I couls still get this though.


Reika October 6, 2012 at 12:50 pm

I personally think it’s much better than Ombres Tissees! And it should be still available in Singapore or ebay!


chel October 7, 2012 at 12:16 am

Very pretty! I’m so oily but this post made me want this!


Petrina October 7, 2012 at 10:29 am

This highlighter looks gorgeous on you! Now I wish i didn’t pass up on them when I had the chance!!


Kassia October 9, 2012 at 11:36 am

This is gorgeous! I will have to make my way to the (one!) Chanel store in Delhi and see if I can scout this out. The color looks exactly like what I’ve been wanting in a highlighter!


Margaret October 11, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Wow, I love the look of this highlighter!! What are you wearing on your lower lash line by the corner of your eye? I must have this product as it makes your eyes look GORGEOUS!!


Joyce (bronzerbunny) October 13, 2012 at 2:35 am

Oooh! So pretty on you! I’m glad you finally got to get it! 🙂 Also, what are you wearing on your lips??


Reika October 14, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Thank you 🙂 I wore the JS custard lip pot in apple custard, and mixed with Bobbi Brown lipgloss in peony 🙂


Kristine October 22, 2012 at 4:39 pm

You have such beautiful, luminous, clear skin!

I just found your blog and I’m already building a shopping list 🙂

Can I ask what face makeup you wearing in these pics? What is/was your skincare regimen at the time? What do you owe the appearance of your skin to (habits, diet, regiment, products, etc.)?

I just love love love how your skin looks here!!!

I had really good skin for most of my life until recently (late 20’s) when I have started to notice some ageing around my eyes and forehead, and I just got a nasty bout of acne under control that has left me with about 20 acne scars on my forehead. I never had to do anything before but use sunblock but now… I know I need to fade the scars and and have a good regimen to keep the acne away and ageing at bay. But I do love how your skin just looks so clear, glowy, and white. Do you have any tips or recommendations?


Reika October 23, 2012 at 11:14 am

Thank you Kristine :-0
I was wearing the suqqu foundation in that post. And in terms of skincare, I use a lot of stuff and I will be doing a post about my skincare very soon!
I know your pain, as we age the skin metabolism rate is slowing down as well. Therefore I always incorporate a serum that stimulates cell turnover rate, so it helps to fade the scar quicker.


Jenni October 27, 2012 at 1:57 pm

omg!!! i didn’t know they have this pearl glow powder released /_\

but I just posted some swatches about a new Chanel shimmering powder released the other day – i wonder how different it’ll be compared to your swatch? Where did you locate this powder :)?


ALH November 11, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Hi Reika,
Have you tried Kevin Aucoin’s Candlelight (highlighting powder)? It is my HG product for highlighting, so subtle and beautiful.


Irene November 27, 2012 at 9:06 am

I need your help!!! I really want this one but the shop assistant doesn’t even know what I am talking about in DJ in Melbourne. Did you say you got yours from duty free shop? Do they have a website that I can buy it online? Thanks :).


Reika November 27, 2012 at 10:22 am

Hi Irene, this product is Asia-exclusive so it is only available at selected stores in Asia. I don’t think it had ever made to Australia and I’m not sure where to get it online.


lisa March 3, 2014 at 1:36 am

Hello Reika,

I am only recently getting interested in highlighters. Of course, I missed this Chanel highlighter. Is there something similar that you own now that you also like a lot (and not limited edition)? Keep up the great work on your blog, I really enjoy following your posts! Cheers, Lisa


Reika March 3, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Hi lisa my current favs are the new powder highlighter from Becca. They are gorgeous and the texture is so buttery soft.
I am also very impressed with the new LE highlighter from GA 2014 Spring collection. It is just released to the market so you should still be able to get hold of it 🙂


lisa March 4, 2014 at 6:32 am

Thanks Reika. Your recommendations always works for me! Lisa


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