Chanel recently released the limited edition Las Vegas De Chanel Collection, which includes the Lucky Stripes Iridescent Powders for Eyes and Cheeks. To make myself feel better about dropping $95 on a materialistic object, I keep telling myself that I can't bring "money to my coffin" so I might as well spend it while I'm still alive. Also, I try to rationalize my expense by telling myself that it's for my blog and my readers and not just me, me, me, even though deep down inside, I know that I only bought it because I couldn't resist the gorgeous design. -_- Chanel also included a soft angled brush and the standard velvet pouch, which is a lovely added bonus.
Lucky Stripes contains 4 unique shades that can be used as eyeshadows, an illuminator and even as a bronzer for my NC30/35 skin tone. In order to pick up the colors individually and use them as eyeshadows, I recommend using a small and dense brush, such as the MAC 239 (full review). All the shades apply smoothly and blend easily. They have good color payoff when layered and when used with a primer. Also, they don't crease or fade throughout the day; however, I did experience some fallouts during application. Also, I find it difficult to use only this palette to create an eye look, since it doesn't contain any matte shades. I don't like using all shimmery shades for one eye look because it ends up looking like I got attacked by a "shimmer bomb."
The texture of Lucky Stripes feels very silky, but it's a mess when I start using it because tiny sparkles fly all over the compact. The product also leaves an unflattering finish on my face. When I swirled all the colors together, using my Inglot 4SS brush (full review) and applied it on top of my cheek bones, it looked too frosty. I made sure to tap off any excess before applying. Also, I tried blending it using my Sephora #43 brush (full review) and tried applying it using the travel brush, but no matter what I did, I ended up with the same result. The deal breaker was that when I looked upclose in the mirror, I could see tiny specks of sparkles sitting on top of my skin, which looked very unnatural.
Also, I found it interesting that the color looks peachy gold when swirled all together and swatched on my arm because when I actually apply it on my face, it's colorless.
To use as a bronzer, I picked up the bronze and peachy shades and it gave my face some warmth and dimension; however, I'm not a fan of the shimmery finish. It's too overwhelming, especially for day time. Moreover, I prefer my bronzer to be matte because it creates a more natural look.
Bottom Line: The quality of Lucky Stripes is excellent when used as eyeshadows and I'm undeniably head over heels for its packaging and its gorgeous embossed star design. Those who love shimmery illuminators and bronzers would enjoy this, if you don't mind the hefty price tag. Unfortunately, the finish is too frosty for my liking. Dior Amber Diamond (full review) still remains to be my holy grail cheek highlighter because it leaves a natural glow and a dewy sheen.
(all shades swirled together)
(bronze and peachy shade mixed together)
Note: Lucky Stripes contains 15g of product and is available at Chanel boutiques inside the Bellagio and Wynn hotels in Las Vegas for
an arm and a leg $95. It’s also available online at Chanel.com, but you better act fast because it's a limited edition piece.
Will you be grabbing this as a collector's item?