Holiday 2017 Makeup

Chanel Le Signe du Lion Illuminating Powder | Or Rose

December 13, 2017

This Holiday season Chanel has launched two new highlighting formulas exclusive to, Poudre Lumiere Highlighting Powder ($58 – 0.30 oz / 8.5 g | permanent) and Le Signe du Lion Illuminating Powder ($70 – 0.31 oz / 9 g | limited edition). The post for Poudre Lumiere has already gone live right here, and today I am sharing my thoughts on the stunning Le Signe du Lion Illuminating Powder in Or Rose.

Inspired by Chanel’s fine jewelry collection, Sous le Signe du Lion, the powder is embossed with an exquisite lion’s head detail paying homage to one of Gabrielle Chanel’s beloved motifs, the lion. The shade is a gorgeous light, warm peach with pink undertones and produces a beautiful soft yet strong sheen on the skin that isn’t too frosty. It gives the perfect lit-from-within glow in semi-opaque coverage that can be applied sheer and layered to intense. The powder has a creamy, smooth texture with an almost silky consistency that made it very easy to apply, blend and layer on the skin. Lasting power is amazing, this one remained on my skin well beyond the 10-hour mark (a full day for me) without fading, turning greasy or emphasizing my pores/natural skin texture.

Closeup image of the color and detail

Swatched on the arm

Comparison swatches:

  • Chanel Poudre Lumiere Highlighting Powder in Rosy Gold (reviewed here) has more pink in it;

Of course Chanel managed to create yet another $70 highlighter that I have fallen head-over-heels for. Each year Chanel launches limited edition illuminating powders that are more unique than the previous release, making them not just one of a kind must-haves for Chanel lovers like myself but also lovely pieces to collect.

My final thoughts on the Le Signe du Lion Illuminating Powder are that this is a spectacular highlighter. From the moment opening the compact it is a breathtaking experience all the way down to the intricate detailing of the lion’s head as it exudes nothing but pure elegance. I love that it pays homage to Gabrielle Chanel’s favorite motif and it’s definitely a unique piece compared to previous Chanel highlighter launches with the exception of Camelia de Chanel Illuminating Powder (reviewed here). In comparison to Poudre Lumiere, Le Signe du Lion has less sparkle, is smoother and produces more of a softer glow. After testing both formulas, I will say that it is not necessary to own both, unless you want to of course. My personal favorite out of the two is Le Signe du Lion. While this one is quite the splurge I do think it’s totally worth it.

You can find both the Poudre Lumiere Highlighting Powder and Le Signe du Lion Illuminating Powder exclusively on

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