My friends, I'm writing today with news of a miracle. I kid you not.
It began a few weeks ago when I was offered a complimentary makeover at Chanel. (Um, yes please.) I signed up for a friend and I, thinking I'd never buy anything—Chanel's prices are just too much for me to purchase more than an item or two per year (and I'd reached my annual quota with Taboo nail polish and Le Volume mascara—oops). But who can resist getting their makeup done, right?
My friend watched as the associate did my makeup from scratch. Her face pretty much mirrored my feelings. "Grossly overpriced facial lotion. Ho hum. Grossly overpriced foundation. Whatever.... "
Then the associate whipped out Éclat Lumière Highlighter Face Pen and applied it on and under my eyes.
My friend's face immediately registered the dramatic difference. "Now that's impressive," she said.
And it really, really was. My undereye circles, which are large and purple and probably my biggest complex, were GONE. And the skin didn't look flat or cakey or overly light. It looked...like skin. Luminous, beautiful, perfect skin.
I felt sick to my stomach. How could I shell out more than $40 for a concealer—even a miracle concealer? Perhaps the more appropriate question was how could I not? I made it out of the store, but I was sunk. I was back within hours shelling out $40 plus taxes for the product in 30 Beige Rosé.
It still hurts a little. $40-plus for 1.2 ml of product is insane. Even insulting. But the stuff is incredible.
It applies with a little brush at the end of a tube. You need to click to dispense the product into the brush. The first time you use it, you'll need to click quite a few times to push the product into the applicator, but once it's there, I find one or two clicks per eye is plenty. I stroke it under each eye, wait a minute or two (the associate said that the longer I waited for it to set, the more coverage I'd get), and gently pat it in—it blends quickly and easily, virtually disappearing into the skin and leaving perfection behind.
Some aren't a fan of this application method for sanitary reasons. Personally, although I hate that you can't see how much is left (Chanel doesn't want us to see the pathetically small amount of product they're selling us), I like the applicator—it minimizes waste, which, for a product this pricey, is key.
Let me show you:
I truly wish I were a skilled enough photographer to make these photos do the product justice—but I'm not. The skin under my eyes looks beautiful and luminous—I haven't been able to find that with any other concealer. It also wears very well throughout the day with minimal creasing. I never feel the need to reapply.
I did try a similar product by Laura Mercier a couple of years ago—it was luminous, but far more sheer. It was meant to be used with concealer, but the two products just didn't play well together for me.
Note that Chanel Éclat Lumière works beautifully with my MAC Studio Finish Concealer, which I usually pair it with in an effort to use less of the Éclat Lumière. You'd better believe I'm hoarding every drop! The sales associates said it would last anywhere from a month (yikes!) to three months (slightly less appalling). It remains to be seen how I'll fare.
Would I repurchase? I want to say no. It's just so expensive. But if I can't find something else that performs similarly, I probably will. It's that good.
Rating: Four stars out of five for the price ($40) and the small amount of product (1.2 ml). By comparison, Clinique's Airbrush Concealer, which is similar but doesn't cover as well, is $26 for 1.5 ml—about half the price.
Have you tried Chanel Éclat Lumière Highlighter Face Pen or anything else by Chanel? Is it worth the hype and the price, in your opinion?
Disclosure: This product was purchased by Eyeshadow Addict. This post may contain affiliate links.