Chanel Dentelle Precieuse Illuminating Powder, Review, Comparison & Swatches

Just when you think that you own all the prettiest powders ever released, Chanel comes up with something which takes your breath away. Chanel Dentelle Precieuse Illuminating Powder with the most beautiful delicate lace pattern, looks almost made of fabric. It was released in the beginning of April and was sold exclusively at selected Chanel Stores in France. Twenty four pieces of Dentelle Precieuse made an appearance at Stuttgart Breuninger last Friday. If you are chasing it, make sure to give a call today. I know the dilemma though, can I use it, ever?

Chanel Dentelle Precieuse Illuminating Powder

Well, I have some good news for you. The tester at the store still had some pattern left although it was heavily swatched. SA told me that this particular highlighter is designed in a way that the pattern is preserved longer. I found out if I use a brush rather than my fingers, I don't notice this lovely lace vanishing after each use, which was the case with, say Poudre Signee. 

Chanel Dentelle Precieuse Illuminating Powder

It is hard to capture the color of Dentelle Precieuse. My camera didn't want to contribute to my passion of giving you at least one color accurate photo. The ones above look much more pink than it is. The one below though is taken with my phone, which has the best color accuracy. Dentelle Precieuse is a natural light beige with only a hint of pink, not a champagne nor rose gold. It is very close (one tone darker) than my skin color (NC20 for reference) and has very fine shimmer rather than glitter or frost, this is why it looks very natural on. I can use it as more of a bronzer/blush on the cheeks than a highlighter. 

Close-up: Chanel Dentelle Precieuse Illuminating Powder

I used this opportunity to pull out some of my precious highlighters and play with them. Here is a comparison between Chanel Illuminating Powders from my stash. By the way have you seen photos of the Christmas highlighter, it has platinum color and a very pretty flower design. Anyway, back to the precious lace...

Chanel Dentelle Precieuse Illuminating Powder vs. other Chanel Illuminating Powders

Once Dentelle Precieuse is compared with other highlighters, you can see that it is darker and less shimmery. I like the very subtle effect it gives as a daytime enhancer. Route des Indes and Lucky Stripes are both more golden/yellow. Mouche Beauty has more pink and it is more shimmery/frost. Poudre Signee (my everyday highlighter) is lighter and a tad more shimmery.

Comparison Swatches, Chanel Dentelle Precieuse Illuminating Powder vs. other Chanel Illuminating Powders

For more swatches and lovely photos, check out Indigo Kir Royale, Ommorphia Beauty Bar and Silverkis.

Final thoughts: A truly exceptional collectors item which I am trying not to use that often ;-). Dentelle Precieuse might be too dark as a highlighter for fair ladies though, in case you intend to use it (than rather watching it). I can see it work well on deeper complexions as highlighter and lighter complexions as bronzer/blush. 

Do you buy items just for the packaging and its design or is the function/performance more important to you?


  1. These are beautiful swatches! I keep on quibbling back and forth about this new beautiful highlighter. I actually do think it is too beautiful to use. Do you think it would work all over as a light bronzer as well or would it be too shimmery to work all over the face?

  2. This one is truly one of the most beautiful ever made! I saw and swatched it and passed since I just couldn't justify it and let's be honest... I don't think I would want that beautiful pattern to disappear! You're right about the fact that it will last longer than others, it was still apparent on the tester I swatched and had been put to good use already. Gorgeous, just gorgeous! :)

  3. This is without a doubt one of the most gorgeous intricate powders ever! I would not have the heart to use it but I would love to have it as a collector's item :p. It's just beautiful beyond words!

  4. Wow, I fear this would be too pretty to use! Thanks for the comparison swatches :)


  5. Unbelievably beautiful and I would buy this in an instant if we could get hold of it in UK. I have only just managed to get my hands on the Asia release Zen palate via a US website - Chanel seems to be in the business of setting nation against nation in the battle for limited edition pieces! Thanks for showing this one though as I haven't seen reviews anywhere else. Susan, London

  6. The most beautiful beauty product ever released. I definitely wouldn't use it :)


  7. Oh man, I so wish we'd get this in Belgium, but naturally something so limited is skipping our market altogether! Soooo pretty!!! It looks quite subtle as well!

  8. That's such a drool worthy collection you have there!
    A very kind SA reserved one of the very few in Taiwan for me, and I really couldn't bring myself to use it for fear of ruining that beautiful lace design. Thanks so much for have the balls to use it and letting us know the design is sturdy!

  9. That picture of all the illuminators together is just pure beauty porn! *drool* What a beauty dentelle precieuse is.

  10. Do you know if it is coming to the US?

  11. It's a Nordstrom exclusive right now for anniversary sale. Bought mine today. Beauty poem for sure


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