Sunday, April 19, 2015

Estee Lauder Courrèges Illuminations Face Powder

Estee Lauder recently released a small collection in collaboration with the iconic French fashion house, Courrèges. I chose just one item from the collection, the Illuminations Face Powder ($32/.24 oz). The product is encased in glossy white plastic with a transparent "porthole" on top, and has a smooth dome shape that is pleasing to the hand. It has the fun 1960s futuristic, space-age design that Courrèges is best known for. But aside from the interesting packaging, it is the product inside that really caught my eye! This is just the type of buttery-smooth, champagne hued highlighter I am habitually drawn to. And at $32, the price for this product seems fairly reasonable in comparison to Estee Lauder's Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelée, which is $40. (I tried both in the store and preferred this one because it provided more illumination, whereas, on my skin tone, the Bronze Goddess Gelée practically disappeared.)

Estee Lauder Courrèges Illuminations Face Powder

The shade in the pan is a beautiful pale, soft peachy champagne, but is less peachy and more champagne when applied on the skin (see other swatches and comparisons at Temptalia.). The texture and finish is so smooth--like that of a powder geleé but in a looser formulation, similar to a mineral powder. Overall, this is a gorgeous highlighter that I am happy to have stumbled across at Nordstrom last week. Although it is a limited edition and seems to have sold out quickly online, you might still be able to find it in stock at local counters.


Below is a comparison with some of the lighter highlighters in my collection. In retrospect, I wish I had included The Balm's Mary-Lou Manizer and Kevin Aucoin's Candlelight, rather than some of the more pink-toned highlighters shown here, but hopefully this will give you a better sense of the tone of the Courrèges. 

  1. Estee Lauder - Courrèges Illuminations Powder
  2. Bobbi Brown - Pink Shimmer Brick  
  3. Lancome - Blush Highlighter 001
  4. Estee Lauder - Crystal Baby
  5. Laura Mercier - Highlight 01
  6. Guerlain - Cruel Gardenia 
  7. MAC - Perfect Topping Mineralize Skin Finish

Swatches from left to right: Estee Lauder Courrèges Illuminations Powder, Bobbi Brown Pink Shimmer Brick, Lancome Blush Highlighter 001, Estee Lauder Crystal Baby, Laura Mercier Highlight 01, Guerlain Cruel Gardenia, and MAC Perfect Topping.

The Estee Lauder Courrèges collaboration is an interesting one that offers some unique products. If you are intrigued, I recommend checking the collection out at your local Estee Lauder counter soon, before it is gone!