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!
- 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
- 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.