Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Pinwheel, pinwheel spinning around...Guerlain Poudre De Soie Illuminating Powder Silk Shimmer


I have a affinity for a number of things, and pinwheels are a definite fascination; they remind me of my youthful Summers in Chicago as well as one of my favorite childhood tv shows of the same name (and if you watched Pinwheel, you're awesome!). Moreover, I'm enamored by their imagery and symbolism in Japanese anime and art. Pinwheels evoke a flurry of emotions of being charmingly delicate and jubilantly whimsical, and yet, they conjure up this sorrowful, melancholic, haunting adolescent beauty; but hey, that's just how my skewed mind works.

So, I just about rocketed off the sofa when I saw the piece de resistance from Guerlain's Blanc de Perle Spring 2015 Collection, the Poudre De Soie Illuminating Powder Silk Shimmer on Isetan's online store; a visual masterpiece of a illuminating powder, this was one highlighter I just couldn't refuse!


I found the choice of packaging odd and unfitting of the artistry of the enclosed product. The semi-pearled, extremely pale ballet-pink, plastic casing feels a little cheap, and lacks weight. It reminds me of Mary Kay packaging from the 1970's.


Let's take a moment to admire the heart-stirring work of art that is the Poudre De Soie Illuminating Powder Silk Shimmer.


The only plus side to the packaging is the case's childproof-fashioned, twist off lid and base grooved-ring, locking mechanism. The mechanism's snapping sound secures your investment from any unwanted topless incidents.


Guerlain's Poudre De Soie Illuminating Powder Silk Shimmer has an intricate, Japanese-inspired origami pinwheel center, with a traditional Seigaiha-patterned background...extraordinary, isn't it!


Poudre De Soie is a peachy-rose gold with microscopic shimmer. The color is fairly neutral and would be flattering on most skin tones. Befitting it's name, the silk shimmer has a finely-milled, silky smooth texture that melds magically onto the skin. The finish is not frosty nor shiny, but has this wonderful iridescent, luminous glow. I've used this illuminating powder dusted all over my face and as a highlighter, and I'm smitten with both results; just make sure to use a soft fluffy brush or a fan brush when applying all over the face. Finally, the Poudre De Soie is unscented, which saddened me, because I love Guerlain's trademark violet-scent.

Guerlain's Poudre De Soie Illuminating Powder Silk Shimmer Contains 10g / 0.35 oz and retailed for 8,424 yen. I don't remember if this was released outside of Asia, but if not, hopefully it will make its way to your shores one day.

Extra Pinwheels pictures below.


Aki and I circa 2009. I made the pinwheel in the photo above. Also, I'm not sure if you can tell, but my hair is an eggplant purple; may go back to that color in Fall.


I took this photo last Tuesday when I was in Harajuku. I believe this is the Tommy Hilfiger store; I parked in front of it, for some time, just watching the three larger pinwheels in the center move. It didn't cross my mind to take a video of the window display until I was on the train home...d'oh!

14 comments :

  1. The imprint is beautiful. Is this highlighter a new or old release?

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    1. This highlighter was released this year about a few months ago.

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  2. Wow, what a beautiful highlighter! I'm so bitter that I can't use Guerlain's products -- too heavily scented for my sensitive nose/allergies/migraines. :(

    You & Aki are super cute. :) How long have you lived in Japan?

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    1. My jaw dropped when I saw this locket piece. It was almost painful to use...almost >:)

      Shame you can't use guerlain. I too suffer from migraines :(

      I've been living in japan for too long :p just kidding, going on 7 years maybe 8...

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  3. Gorgeous highlighter (and photos), love the significance it has for you!

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    1. She is a beauty isn't she! I've been handling this highlighter with care as to preserve the design.

      Glad you enjoyed the post.

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  4. Both Perfect! You and Aki of course!

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  5. Oh wow, this is sooo unique and so beautiful! That color is just phenomenal! Not too pink or gold, it's totally perfect texture and color! I'm not one who buys many highlighting products but I do oogle over them!

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    1. I really hope this shows up at your counter someday, because she is a really beaut! Beside bring a beautiful highlighter, it also looks gorgeous on the lids.

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  6. OMG!!! This is so pretty!!! I love the packaging and the design of it. Well....this is something worth checking out.

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    1. One of my favorite highlighter purchases of the year.

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