Sorry Guerlain, but Chanel wins this round.
Lumière Sculpteé de Chanel is the centerpiece of the Les Scintillances de Chanel Holiday 2011 Collection. The intricate high relief design aside, Lumière Sculpteé de Chanel is a great white gold highlighter. Those who lamented the lack of pigmentation in Guerlain Parure de Nuit can gleefully swipe their brushes over this prettiness and see a more pronounced effect. At least, in the hand swatch. On the face, you get the soft glow the best of highlighters provide.
L-R: Lumière Sculpteé de Chanel, Beige Lamé
The texture of the palette itself is buttery soft. When I touch it, it's almost like touching marshmallows, but not as squishy, if you know what I mean. I cannot stress how easy it is to pick up pigment from Lumière Sculpteé de Chanel. Just lightly press any brush to its surface and there it is. In the picture above, I applied Joues Contraste Tempting Beige to my cheeks and swiped Lumière Sculpteé de Chanel above it to highlight. I also applied a little of the highlighter to the area below my brow.
I'm also wearing Beige Lamé in the picture, but you wouldn't be able to see it. Beige Lamé is the exact color of my lids with a smattering of pink and blue glitter. I don't know why I like it even when it doesn't show up on me, but I really do. Though in terms of functionality, I guess people who are less yellow will get more use out of it.
The Chanel Holiday 2011 collection features a bevy of other products, including some other eyeshadows, a blush, a loose powder, two Glossimers, two Rouge Allures, one Rouge Allure Laque, one Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss and a gold liquid liner. I didn't purchase any of the lip products because none of them clutched at me and made me take them home. I thought Triomphal and Famous (the gloss and RA) were splendid reds based on the promo pictures, but they turned out to have a pinkish tint, which I didn't like. RAL Empire made my lips look chapped - a pity, since I'm a huge fan of the RAL formula. I would have loved Brun Rose if it swatched true to pan, but it turned out to be peachy on the skin. Pretty, but not really what I was looking for.
Lumière Sculpteé de Chanel and Beige Lamé retail for $72 and $28.50 respectively and are now available at Chanel counters, boutiques, and online at chanel.com. Items from this collection may be something you'll want to run out to get. Since it's been around for a week, I can imagine half the counters to be sold out of the highlighter palette already.