Sunday, January 22, 2012

Currently Loving - Chanel Loose Powder

As the title suggests, I've been really loving my latest cosmetic purchase and I figured that it deserves its own review. Going to keep this one short and to the point.

The subject: Chanel Natural Finish Loose Powder (I got it in shade 30)


As you'd expect from Chanel it comes in sleek and pretty packaging. You get a nicely sized tub and pretty powder puff.


Although it comes in a variety of shades, colour matching shouldn't really be a big problem since the product has very minimal coverage and the pigment of the powder isn't that obvious on the skin. Now having said that, you probably won't be able to wear it by itself or anything (the coverage is less than MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, for example) but it is a beautiful setting powder and it does its job very well in my opinion! 

PROS
- you get 30g of product, which is great compared to most loose powders
- extremely finely milled
- natural skin-like finish
- doesn't look caky throughout the day
- pretty packaging and comes with a quality powder puff
- decent oil control
- doesn't accentuate dry patches
- doesn't oxidize

CONS
- the price; this baby will set you back $56 if you are in Canada (plus tax, so just over $60 altogether) or $52 in the USA
- won't keep you matte throughout the day (if that's what you are looking for in a setting powder!)
- shade selection is pretty dismal. It only comes in 4 shades, ranging from fair-medium. Although the pigmentation isn't strong, if you had a very deep skin tone it might leave a light cast on your face if you used the lighter shades. I wish they had a translucent option as well but from what I can see on the website, they do not. Warning: the one shade they have called "Feerie" is SHIMMERY. So stay away if you don't want to look like, well, a fairy.

Here is what it looks like on my skin right after application (I don't remember what blush I was wearing, so apologies in advance if I can't answer that question)


Here is what it looks like after about 6 hours of wear:


For reference, I wore it with my Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint (a tinted moisturizer) that has zero oil control capabilities by itself just to show the powers of the powder :)
As you can see it lets some oils shine through but it doesn't look bad - it diffuses them and it just results in a nice natural glow. You can add more powder to touch up after a while and it won't cake up.

In conclusion, I love this loose powder! It does a great job at setting foundation. Previous setting powders that I have tried are Laura Mercier Translucent loose powder, MAC Select Sheer loose powder, MAC Blot powder, Bobbi Brown Pale Yellow loose powder.

If you'd like to buy it and have no Chanel counter nearby - click here. I got mine at a Chanel counter at The Bay.

46 comments:

  1. Good review, this is something to consider (although my bank would not agree). + those photos of you are STUNNING. Truly.

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  2. I'm so glad you did this post!! I have been trying to talk myself out of buying this powder for a while now... you were the last push I needed to just get it already! haha I literally just went over to Chanel.com and ordered it (along with Vamp nail polish) I can't wait to try it =)
    xx
    Bethany

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  3. You look really radiant and beautiful, by the looks of these pictures there's no way of telling you had problems with your skin!

    Anca

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  4. I like. I am in need of a really good powder. I currently have and Urban Decay one that is not the best.

    This Brunette Speaks

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  5. You have amazingly contoured cheekbones! I'm desperate for a good setting powder but I can't seem to find one that comes out of the packaging easily without spilling all over the floor! xxxx

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  6. I have dry skin so never like setting my powder but omgg you look SO gorgeous! I am lovingg that blush on you!!! xxx

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  7. what did you think of the pale yellow powder compared to this? i was thinking about getting the BB one but maybe ill save and get this instead since it looks beautiful on your skin and the oil controlling abilities seem perfect (not crazy on the extremely matte face)

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    1. the pale yellow was... just average. it made me look rather flat and dimensionless when applied. I preferred the Laura Mercier to it (if you don't want to shell out the money for Chanel and your skin isn't super oily)

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  8. do you like this better than the mat lumiere powder you were using previously?

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    1. as a setting powder - yes. just because sometimes I like to simply set my makeup without adding any extra coverage, you know what I mean?
      the mat lumiere powder was actually a powder foundation by itself so it definitely had more coverage. I will still repurchase that one maybe in the summer and use it alone because it was really great too :)

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  9. Your skin has been looking so amazing Sandra! I'm about to take the plunge on a tub of the La Mer loose powder.. but I may check this one out prior to..

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  10. really pretty pictures of yourself! :)

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  11. Expensive price. But your face really does look glowing.
    www.thegirlieblog.com

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  12. Hi Sandra
    Do you use the powder puff to apply the powder?
    I LOVE reading your blog!
    Greetings from Denmark :)

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    1. yes! not all the time, but when I'm not rushing I use the powder puff to press it into the skin and then a brush to knock off the excess powder :)

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  13. It looks great on you! Definitely gives a nice glow after six hours of wear. What lip colour are u wearing? Lovely nude shade! Xx

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    1. I was wearing the Clarins light perfector lip gloss in shade 1

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  14. I love it! although my face is really really dry my t zone gets oily through out the day! I would totally buy this product because of the pretty Chanel powder puff, total girl I know haha
    you look very pretty in your photo, love the blush you're wearing, which one is it?
    xx

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  15. Your skin looks amazing, Sandra! (I'm waiting for a package containing my Effaclar Duo to try) Definitely want to give this powder a go when I have the extra funds! xoxo

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  16. I always follow your choices but in this case I already have this powder and I love it too.It looks really pretty on you.
    I'm looking for a toner but can a toner act as a moisturizer, if so, could you please recommend any? I'm using La Roche posay products because of you and I love them, do they have toners?
    Please reply to yamilovesemma at gmail dot com

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  17. Sandra, I dont understand. You said that you cant find the Chanel translucent powder? I got mine (Poudre Cristalline- Ultra Fine translucent powder, 10g) last year. And its not the shimmery one. Just translucent as named above. Has this been discontinued? Or maybe it sold only in Europe? Anyhow, I love mine. It feels like satin, no white residue. Was in doubt whether I should try the colored one as well. xxx Luna from the Netherlands

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    1. nope we don't have the translucent "poudre cristalline" version here. they have a pressed translucent powder, though! anyways I'm happy with the coloured one so no complaints :)

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  18. Love the makeup! What blush are you wearing? X

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  19. looks amazing i must give it a go x

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  20. It looks really nice on, I always have trouble finding a nice powder that isn't too cakey looking so I generally go without, but I do want to find a good one so thanks for sharing!

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  21. Hi,
    I have just discovered your blog and am now following.
    Please check mine out and follow if you like it. ;-)
    Don't forget to check out my nail polish giveaway.
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  22. Hey Sandra,

    I have awarded your blog with the "cute blog award". Please don't feel obligated to participate as I imagine you get these things all the time. This is just me showing my appreciation for everything you have shared with us. You have made me more knowledgeable when it comes to a lot of things. Thank you for these lovely posts, please don't ever stop them!

    Anca
    http://coralista-xo.blogspot.com

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  23. you look absolutely stunning!
    I might give this a go or at least try it at the counter. Looks really nice on!
    xx

    http://ms-jelena.blogspot.com

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  24. you look great in this picture!
    i love your blog!

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  25. I like the chanel powder the best. :)
    Hey Sandra if you like you can take a look at my new blog I just made it yesterday.. <3 http://yogibeeaars-blog.blogspot.com/

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  26. That looks great! I don't like cream foundation it's just too heavy for me, feel like it cloggs my pores. This looks perfect, a little pricey but it seems to last well by your review!

    Good find!

    http://louises-little-corner.blogspot.com/

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  27. because of your post about the bay having that deal where you return one or two finished/old skincare products, i got $10 off and guess what! i bought the Chanel universal powder too! LOL i was stuck on choosing a colour but i chose #30, and you're right it is very sheer and blends right into my complexion! :) i heard great reviews so i decided to purchase it. it cost me $63 with tax but with the $10 off i got it for $53.28! so happy. :D looks lovely on you! i was planning on using it to set my concealer since i either wear powder foundation or plainly use concealer to cover imperfections and set it with powder!

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  28. Your skin/make up looks fab! What else do you have on? Loving the eyes. Emmy. Xx

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  29. I'm loving your blog so I'm definitely a follower now and I think you're absolutely gorgeous! I've had my eye on this loose powder for a while but I've got horrendously dry skin especially in these cold winter months so I dont see the point in buying it, anybody have any other chanel recommendations for me? Please visit my blog and leave me a comment on my recent post, also if you like what you read please follow as it would make my day! :D

    xoxox

    www.es-jaymakeup.blogspot.com

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  30. This powder looks so impressive! You're so pretty.

    xoxo,
    Your fellow Ontarian(hehe) Sara

    saramadeup.blogspot.com

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  31. Beautiful!!!! You look so lovely here! x

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  32. I bought and tried out the LA ROCHE-POSAY Effaclar Duo over the weekend! Thank you so much for introducing it in a previous post - I'm loving it!

    - M
    http://weare-practically-frugal.blogspot.com

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  33. I wish I could line my waterline and have it look as soft as it does on you...Sigh.

    -R

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  34. love this powder!!!!
    and you are so pretty:)

    aydanim.blogspot.com

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  35. You're beautiful and this powder seams amazing! I wish a could afford it!

    XoXo
    Plami

    http://www.fashionthrill.com/

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  36. I love this too!
    http://liana-beauty.blogspot.com/

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  37. Hmmm, I'm looking for a new setting powder...I might have to try this out.
    I'm wondering if the shade "Claire" is a translucent shade? because Claire means clear, in French! Not sure, but I'll check it out when I got to the counter!

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  38. Hi Sandra! I'm curious .. have u tried Chantacaille Just skin TM? if so how did you like it?

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  39. nice opinion.. thanks for sharing...

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