Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder for Plumes Précieuses Holiday 2014 Collection, Swatch, Review, Comparison & FOTD

It must be the destiny of beauty bloggers to wear fall lipsticks in summer, put on pastel springy eye shadows in winter and walk around with golden sparkles in fall. As Chanel Camélia de Plumes goes, I am not complaining a bit, because it is the most gorgeous highlighter for each season which I would like to share with you today.


Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder



Camélia de Plumes is the star of Chanel's Plumes Précieuses Holiday 2014 Collection. It was summer when the first sneek peak photos started floating forums and social media. It was a true attention catcher. It quickly became one of the most awaited items. The design is truly breath taking. If last highlighter from Chanel was out of this world, this one must be sent directly from heaven.

Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder

Although it may look like a palm tree, the name suggests that these are "Camelia Feathers". I love the fact that this is a little surreal, feathers of a Camelia bird which flew far far away so long ago.


Close-up: Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder

Another interesting fact about Camélia de Plumes is its shade. It is said to be platinum by Chanel but I think it is much more complex than that. In the pan it looks very cool and silvery but once swatched and compared  it pulls rather warm, almost gold. Like a white gold, a natural gold. It is beautiful and I believe it can be worn by both warm and cool complexions and would look equally flattering.


Close-up: Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder

Below you can see a close up of the make-up I shared with you here. Thanks so much on the comments about my lipstick, it sounded like I need to go bold on the lips more often. You can see  Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder applied heavily on the top of the cheeks. And yes it is a heavy application for it to show up on the camera. You see it is in no way frosty although very pigmented. Under artificial light, the effect is stronger than what you see here but still not over the top. Seriously this highlighter surprised me in a good way, a very good way and it is probably the only piece which impressed me from Chanel's holiday collection until now, since I find the rest of the collection rather unspectacular and a little uncoordinated.


In-action: Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder

Here is some comparisons, I have pulled out Chanel Poudre Signee (still a favorite of mine), Armani Belladonna and a discontinued shade Joues Contraste #49 Luna from Chanel for a comparison.I was especially wondering how Camelia de Plumes would compare to Luna, since Luna is the whitest powder/highlighter I have.



Comparison: Chanel Camélia de Plumes, Chanel #49 Luna, Chanel Poudre Signee, Armani Belladonna

As you see in the swatches, it turns out Chanel Camélia de Plumes is not white, not platinum nor silver. It is a silvery gold, like white gold if that makes sense. This slight warmth to its undertones makes it very wearable. The texture is similar to Armani Belladonna, very pigmented, finely milled and yet not frosty. Aah how I wished they would make a fol finish nail polish which looks like this and include it in the collection... Wouldn't it be better than another red?

Comparison swatch: Chanel Camélia de Plumes, Chanel #49 Luna, Chanel Poudre Signee, Armani Belladonna

Here is one more shot. I haven't said this for a Chanel product for ages but, ladies, you need it!! Even at this price point. Once you put it on, you will know what I mean.


Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder

Final thoughts: Love love love! If you can afford it, it is a must-have in my book. It is the only piece from Chanel Holiday 2014 which made my heart skip a beat. Chanel Camélia de Plumes is not just a pretty face, its quality and this shade makes it a staple.

Availability/Price: Chanel holiday is now available in US and it is about to arrive worldwide soon. It costs $76 but Chanel highlighters costs more in US so I believe it will be more reasonably priced in Europe.

Have you added Chanel Camélia de Plumes in your wish list?


35 comments

  1. I need to photograph and swatch mine RIGHT NOW!!! I was afraid it'd be way too sparkling and silvery, but it looks great on you and if you say it's good, it must be good!

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    1. Hi Sunny,
      as I have also written under your post, I am very confused to see how cool it looks on your skin. On mine it is almost too warm ;-) Such an interesting highlighter!

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  2. Anyone knows how this one compares to Chanel Pearl Glow Powder in the past? Rika swatches the latter here: http://www.frontrowbeauty.com/chanel-pearl-glow-powder-review-and-fotd-possibly-the-best/ I've been using it lovingly (and sparingly). From the swatches, they do look similar to my eyes.

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    1. Hi Thao,
      unfortunately I don't have this one to compare for you. They may be similar but I think this new very pigmented formula is there for a year or so. So I doubt their finish would be similar.

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  3. My goodness - even more beautiful than I expected. And it does look much less cool and pure silver (which I thought unusual but difficult to wear) than in the promos. I can't wait. Pretty eye makeup in your photo too. Susan, London

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    1. Hi Susan,
      thanks. Yes this one is a true stunner and it is really a must have in my opinion.
      Xox

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  4. Ok sold on me and i agree that such an alluring name such as phenix deserved a more daring option than another creamy red

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    1. LOL, you are right. It should have risen like a Phenix but instead will be forgotten among the others reds ;-)

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  5. I can't wait another month!!! Today I bought some pics from new collection Rouge Allure Gloss - two glosses, one Rouge Allure, two nails...- and I'm waiting to prove them in the weekend!
    Thanks Sara!
    Bye...

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    1. Hi Megaste,
      I hope you are enjoying your pieces from Rouge Allure Gloss. it seems like you had a nice haul ;-)

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  6. This is at the top of my wish list for sure. I'm going to stalk my counter until it arrives!

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    1. Hi Jenn,
      do so because everyone wants one, I hope there will be enough stocks.

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  7. Oh, ich bin sehr gespannt auf das Puder! Macht einen guten Eindruck!

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  8. Hi Sara. I am a long time lurker of your blog. I already have GA Belladonna. Do you notice any differences between the two when applying them lightly (like you would apply on your face)? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Pawanaj,
      thank for leaving a comment, please do so from time to time ;-)
      Yes I do see a difference. Belladonna is cooler, therefore actually more natural for my skin but I like combining Camélia de Plumes with warmer toned makeup.

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  9. I wasn't interested in Chanel Holiday, even this highlighter - figured it would be too cool/light a color for me. BUT I think your review and face pic changed my mind...ack so so beautiful!!! And I'm in the camp that loves your bolder lip :-) xo

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    1. Hi Gummy,
      on some it looks cooler, like on Sunny to Temptalia. On me it is rather warm. So maybe check out at a counter before deciding.

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  10. This was the only thing from Chanel's holiday collection that I purchased and its a beauty! When I first saw it, it was one of those OMG moments. The way it glistened under the store light was simply stellar. When I swatched it, I thought it was far too shimmery for me seeing as I'm a bonafide senior citizen, but the SA convinced me I should give it a try, and I was pleasantly surprised at how beautifully Camélia de Plumes translates on the skin. I'm fair with peachy undertones and I have salt n' pepper hair with an abundance of silver at the crown on an almost black base. This highlighter with it's interesting amalgam of pale gold and silver works with both the warm and cool tones that make up my coloring. Obviously, this is a highlighter intended for an evening out, but with holidays just around the corner, I'm sure many of us will have ample opportunity to wear it. I like it in the classic "C" formation, browbone to cheekbone. It's also lovely lightly swept on the décolletage. I thought the rest of the collection was ho-hum, Camélia de Plumes has a place of honor in my highlighter drawer :-)

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    1. Hi Eileen, it is interesting to hear that your skin's warmer undertones and your eye's cooler tones combine well with Camélia de Plumes. I have to try to sweep this one on the décolletage as well, but I am afraid to apply it more and loose the pretty design. Right now I am using primarily the sides which are free of the flower design. I agree with you on the rest of the collection although I got the items, none will probably be worn for the second time.

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    2. Well I have a fair neutral skin tone and a warmer eye area thanks to warmer under-eye circles and it works well on me too. In fact, it is the first highlighter I have ever purchased!

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  11. So unique and pretty on you! I probably would have been too scared of the green hue to get it, but it works!

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    1. Hi,
      no green hue lol, it was just a way to explain how the goodness shows up. It is interesting though to see how different it looks on other people.

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  12. it looks pretty on your warmer complexion but I would pass for being too gold-y on me. The patterning is killer, though

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    1. I would try it out, it looks different on each complexion.
      My complexion is not warm either, I have mauve undertones which are cooler which makes the whole effect rather natural.

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  13. I was going to skip this highlighter as I have so many, but now you're making me want this, Sara!!

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    1. LOL Carolyn, let me tell you if you check this one at the counter, you will get it so avoid to see it if you decide to skip ;-)

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  14. Glad to hear you love it! It sure looks pretty, both in the pan and on your skin! Don't think the icy finish would work on me though.

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    1. Hi,
      no icy finish, it is not over the top, would work on you too, but you know better of course ;-)

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  15. Beautiful review! It looks so subtle and great on you. Totally agree, Chanel needs to put this in a bottle as a nail polish.
    I actually just saw this yesterday in person at Macy's and I adored it, had to buy it. When you sheer it out it gives a very subtle golden highlight, it is a chameleon, not as icy on my skin as in the pan. I have a lot of redness in my skin, this tones it down. Wear it in good health!

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    1. Hi Silvita,
      you explained it so good, it is not as cool on the skin as it is in the compact and works wonderfully across complexions. I hope you enjoy yours with good health :-).

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  16. Ah, this is such a thing of beauty! Almost too pretty to use... almost :) Glad to hear it isn't frosty. Looks great on you! xo

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  17. Oh it looks SO nice on you Sara! The Chanel Holiday collection this year is so blah-this is the only think piquing my interest!

    Stacey | Expat Make-Up Addict xx

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  18. omg i need this!! Gosh i think i need 2 of these!!! Pale gold highlighters are sooo my thing! And i thought it was camellia LEAVES?? LOLOL! These won't launch here til Nov 6.... i'm hopping around impatiently already! It feels like it might be similar to Charlotte Tilbury's Box of Gold from last Xmas...

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  19. I have been trying to tell myself I don't need this but I think you just convinced me that I do. Let the hunt begin!

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