November 21, 2008

Chanel Poudre Precieuse Gold Highlighting Powder Review, Swatches, & FOTD

The Muse is all about Chanel today! She was saving this post for a rainy day but she’s feeling rather generous so today she’ll bring you a review of Chanel Poudre Precieuse aka Chanel Gold Highlighting Powder aka holy cow this is expensive and so worth it!

Yes indeed the Muse skipped down to Nordie’s a few weeks ago and purchased Chanel Gold Highlighting Powder for $75 USD…….I can hear the cries of agony, the sighs of pain, the shouts of “but what about tightening your belt Muse! The economy is at war with itself!”.

Yes, yes I know the price is pretty high but I dare you…I double dog dare you to head into Nordie’s…look at the powder…and deny yourself. Go on do it. I’ll wait here until you get back… you’ll be carrying a shopping bag with your Chanel Gold Highlighting Powder tucked up inside when you do get back!

To justify the cost we should all remind ourselves that this is a huge old pot of delicious, sparkling, shimmering, ridiculously luscious gold powder. Am I tempting you yet? This is a large jar so it’s not as if you’re paying $75 USD for a dinky little jar of gold powder…..there’s enough gold powder inside to last you a few decades if not more…..see? I’m justifying why you should be dishing out your $75 bucks for this!

On top of being some of these most gorgeous gold powder I’ve ever laid eyes on, it also happens to multitask as a face, eye, and body powder! For my FOTD I used Chanel Poudre Precieuse Gold Highlighting Powder on my eyes, my cheeks, and I sprinkled a tiny bit on my lashes when they were still wet with mascara for a bit of a golden gleam!

The powder is silky smooth and beautifully pigmented. You can build color up for an intense sparkling effect or a very subtle golden glow, the choice of how much to use is entirely up to you. This comes with a large silky brush that fits the contours of my cheeks perfect and allows for evenly distributing the powder across my face and if I’m using it on my body the extra large brush allows me to sweep it on evenly for a perfect golden glow!

Do you need it? Yes. I’m passionate about gold powders and eye shadows and honestly this is some of the best I’ve come across in all my year’s of collection cosmetics! The gold sparkle is simply divine and allows for a sophisticated sparkle or a really vibrant burst of gold! Who doesn’t want a bit of golden sparkle during the Holiday season? Is it worth the price? Yes, for sure considering how large a jar you’ll be getting and how much product is inside plus it’s ability to multitask as a body, cheek, hair, eye, etc…product makes the $75 USD price tag very worth it.

All in all Chanel Poudre Precieuse Gold Highlighting Powder is on my Holiday Collection Favorite’s List and I’m happily Muse Approving it for purchase! If you’ve been denying yourself all season long now is a great time indulge in a gorgeous powder to make yourself beautiful and more importantly, sparkly for the Holidays!

As I mentioned above for my look below I used the powder as an eyeshadow, some on my cheeks, and a bit sprinkled on my lashes!

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Dior Night Diamond Review


About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Citrine

    Hey , I think what you are doing is actually stimulating growth in the economy…if nobody buys stuff there will be less money flowing in the system and more people will be out of jobs…

    PS. It looks so nice on your cheeks, like little precious freckles!

  • Ethereal Prey

    ahhh! i so want this!!! but i can’t justify 75 for it though. sigh. I’ll just dream about it then.

  • Aline

    ahhhhhh i LOVE this powder!! i bought mine a few weeks ago… when i first saw it, the price tag made me hyperventilate.. i was thinking to myself “hell if i shell out that kind of money for this glorified pixie dust”… but let me tell you, i couldnt get the damn thing out of my head.. i kept looking at the swatch on my hand on the drive home, feeling myself weakening.. i was thinking about it non stop during the day and dreaming about it at night…

    on my MUA review i wrote that i wanted to buy it an engagement ring and marry it lol.. that is how much i love this stuff…

    it looks gorgeous as an eyeshadow, and adds sparkle to just about any area of your body.. you lips, cleavage, neckline, around your eyes, ANYWHERE!!

    im so glad i snatched this beauty up =)… btw, did you check out the gold shine glossimer muse? absolutely GORGE!!!

    btw, if you havent seen it yet i wrote you a response regarding the foreign films =)

  • jojoba

    you know, i always love that kind of brush! i started using one from my YSL Semi-Loose Powder and it got me searching for more. there is one from Laura Mercier but it’s too big. This one, however, looks just right.

    And oh the gold powder! just gorgeous! You look great with it on!

  • Nell

    Oh, swoon…
    I love it. Iīm not sure if that came out in Europe at all. There was a domed pressed gold powder in the fall collection, did that come out in the US too? Maybe we got one version and you another?

    Looks really lovely on you (envy)!

  • Askmewhats

    wow muse! you’ve done great by being able to capture the sparkles! 🙂 Pretty!

  • Andrea

    $75.00 is a small price to pay for a piece of heaven! Wow, that powder looks awesome and I WANT! I bet a little goes a long way, too…that’s enough to justify the purchase for me.

    I’m a big fan of your blog! Before I purchase things I check out your reviews and they are so helpful.

    Thanks for sharing your wealth of glamour knowledge. YOU.ARE.AWESOME!

    Have a great weekend!

    Miss Priss

  • Kat

    wow, seems im the first one 🙂

    this golden eye shadow is very warm and look nice on u ;p really nice

    this time i wanna hear ur idea about the Guerlain’s new foundation,
    Parure Fluides

    is much more expensive than my expectation, $60 CAD
    (the HD foundation from Make up forever is $40 CAD)

    it has a strong nice smell, i decide to give it a try.
    But i would still love to hear ur opinion about it.

  • Nadiah

    Wow.. I think you look sooo pretty in white/beige!so natural fresh & sweet..i think the colour suits u to the max..

  • petitez

    Its really nice! But the price tag….. seriously makes me think twice!! >_< i guess for now, looking at your pictures is enough! hehehe….

  • Jenny

    OH muse, i just noticed that you have so many readers BUT NONE COMMENT?!?!?!

    how so! outrageous! (lol, even though i did the same)

    but i noticed this review and i felt compelled to comment.

    Okay, lets start with how you have convinced me to buy this 0_0

    this is horrible especially because in canada, it isn't 75$ but more like 95$

    forking 100$ is going to cause me some painns in the heart but the way you say it will last a lifetime and a little more will make me happy enough to buy it >___<

    thanks MUSE(LOL), for hurting my wallet even moore

    ps. still love you tho!!!

  • nutty

    Hi Muse

    whats your take between the chanel gold powder and dior’s night diamond powder?? are they similar?

    between the both of them, which do you reckon is a must get?


  • prettybeautiful

    love the gold. didn’t know gold dust could go on everywhere real well.

  • the Muse

    morning Citrine!

    Happy Monday!

    LOL thanks that justifies my purchase 100% 😉

    aww thanks! 🙂


  • the Muse

    morning aline!

    Me too 🙂

    Oh my chanel obsession has set in..this is a common disease for the makeup junkies 🙂 lol!

    LOL!!!!!!!! obviously you’re loving it more than me..I’ll have to step up my game and sleep with it 🙂

    I think I don’t mind the price since it’s so multitasking..I took it this weekend and added some to the brush and gently tapped it over my hair for a bit of sparkle 🙂 it’s extremely multitasking!

    Ugh stop tempting me..!!!!! 🙂

    Oh yes I’ll answer it shortly..can’t wait to read it!


    Happy Monday!

  • the Muse

    morning jojoba!

    Me too! It just works ya know? It fits the curve of the face beautifully!

    I used it this morning to apply my setting powder 🙂 works a treat!

    Thanks!!!!!!! *hugs* 🙂

  • the Muse

    hi nell!

    Wow..good question..I’m not sure either..I actually have the domed one..I’m reading it this morning 🙂

    That did come out in the US yup!

    Aww thanks *hugs*

    You can get it when you come here! w00t!

  • the Muse

    hello andrea!

    I agree 😉 Yes’s big time shimmery so a tiny bit goes a very long way!

    Aw thanks so very much Andrea, I’m so glad you enjoy Musings! I really appreciate the kind comment!

    Big big hugs! 🙂 I’m glad you decided to comment, totally made my day!

    Hope to hear from you again!

  • the Muse

    hi there Nadiah !

    Thanks so very much 🙂 I appreciate the lovely comment hun!

    Happy Monday!

  • the Muse

    morning serene!

    Thanks hun! 😉 The price is a bit heavy but I feel a bit better about it as it’s awesome quality and huge!

    Happy Monday lovie!

  • the Muse

    hi Jenny!

    LOL Actually I was so busy I didn’t get a sec to post ’em so quite a few people commented 🙂

    hehe but thank you for your comment!!!!!!

    LOL I’m glad I’m so convincing 🙂 I think it’s well worth it..who doesn’t love a big pot of shimmering gold right!? 🙂

    EEP! Price jack in Asia, Europe, and Canada stinks 🙁

    Honestly it’s a huge jar of powder so you’ll be using it for a LONG time 🙂

    LOL thanks for still loving me even after tempting you so badly 😉

    Thanks for the lovely comment!
    Hope to hear from you again soon!


  • the Muse

    hi nutty!

    Umm they are completely different items. One is a pressed powder and one is loose. One is gold and one is beige…quite vastly different.

    I think both are a must get 🙂 The dior is an ideally perfect subtle pressed powder with shimmer where as the chanel is more of a vibrant sparkling powder! 🙂

    Hope this helps! I’ve reviewed both with pics so you can view the Dior one and this one to compared and see which you love most!

    Hope this helps!

  • the Muse

    hi prettybeautiful!

    I used some on my hair this weekend and some on my chest and upper arms 🙂 it smooths on wonderfully well and gives a nice sparkle..I guess it depends if you like shimmer on your body or not 🙂

  • LippyNBlush

    Doesnt Lancome have a silver version of this? Have U seen it? I saw a pic of it, a silver dust LP. Ohh.. it’s lovely! But I think Im leaning more towards the quad. I REALLY REALLY want tt. The quad is $83 here so kinda steep. Dilemma!

  • the Muse

    yea they do but funny thing is I haven’t seen it ANYWHERE! So weird!

    Eeep that is expensive..the quad is gorgeous 🙂

    can’t blame you for wanting it!

  • Vivian

    Hmm, it does look tempting, but I prob won’t buy it. Since I have rosacea, yeah, I got treated and got a little better. Still those ugly patches on my cheeks, my nose and my chins irritate me. This powder is chunkier than dior and EL. Oh well, but that saved me big bucks!! Midnight butterfly radiant powder-I tried it in the store and I got itchy afterward.. (They were sold out a couple days later, talk about shopping spree)

    Thats being said, I will shell out bucks for Estee lauder one sometime soon. Hugs Muse for your awesome review and comparison!

  • the Muse

    hi vivian!

    Aww sorry to hear about your rosacea 🙁

    It’s def a heavier texture compared to the dior and EL.

    I think you prob experienced itchiness b/c of the scent 😛 That could be a prob!

    You’re most welcome my dear and hugs back! Can’t wait to hear how you like the EL!

  • Jam

    Looks so Beautiful on you!! Makes me want to buy one now although it’s expensive