I have been using Mat Lumiere compact for a long time now (this might me third or fourth refill) in 10 Lumiere. During the year, I use it on top of Mac Studio FX foundation (during winter months & when going out), on its own (warmer weather) and for touch-ups during the day.
I think I keep repurchasing for the combination of GREAT packaging, solid quality and because it usually gives a good balance for my mixed skin: it is not dull, as many mat powders can be on the skin and for most of the time provides the nice, glowy-mat appearance its name promises. Used on its own, it has medium coverage and I am usually happy with the slight soft-focus effect it leaves on the skin.
However, it not a perfect compact for the summer, at least for me. My T zone becomes oily very soon after the application (in spite of using matifying base underneath it) and I need repeated touch-ups on and on during the day.
So, I am now looking for something else to get me through the summer heat, but will probably get back to it in autumn.
This probably isn't the best compact for me out there, but I still haven't found the better one.
I stay in tropical country which has summer all year long. And no, this powder is not helping me to control my oil at all, it gets oily after 3 hours. It doesn't help that it comes with poor coverage, sheer-medium coverage. Only comes in 6 shades. The good thing is, it doesn't break out on me at all, as I am rather acne-prone. I like the finely-milled powder as it glides on my face easily. For the price like that, I will not repurchase it.
It the most expensive compact i have bought so far. Like this as it give a nice glow but tend to cake after a few hours. As i apply this without any foundations or primer. Pores on nose become more obvious at mid day.
After 4 mths of usage, cystic pimple begin to pop out of my face. I wish it not this powder that i am reacting to. So i will stop for a while before using it again. Will update soon
I purchased this to use as a powder to add extra coverage and set my foundation. It does give me a fairly flawless look and seems to cover the bumps and pockets on my face quite well. The powder itself is soft and lightweight on. Packaging is high quality.Two negatives: 1) There are only 6 shades available in Australia and the one I purchased was a little too dark/yellow (Poudre #50) so I have to lighten my skin back up with a light setting powder. 2) The price - AU$98 is crazy! This would be great if it exactly matched my skin, which I would expect if paying that price. Looks and feels nice (not fantastic, just very good) if done with a very light hand, but will not repurchase because of the price and colours available.
I recently went into Chanel makeup craze, after trying out the new vitalumiere aqua (which i LOVE). But since vitalumiere aqua dont have that much staying power (my days are usually 8am to 8pm..), i wanted something that i can use to touch up that has some coverage. I was thinking of a powder foundation rather than just a pressed powder. The SA suggested this one in No50 Poudre.
I have to say, i'm not loving it at all. It comes with a sponge applicator, and i find that if i use the sponge, it makes my face looks very cakey and chalky. Even if i wear it on its own without any liquid foundation beneath its still cakey. I really wanted to love it coz it IS Chanel. =)
The packaging is GORGEOUS and on the powder there's a CHanel engraving that makes it all so pretty.
Now, what i do is use it as a setting powder if i want more coverage/staying power BUT i use a soft big powder brush. I think maybe in the summer (i dont like wearing liquid foundation in the summer, too heavy looking) i might try to wear it on its own with a kabuki brush and buff it in and see how it goes.
I first tried this product many years ago when I won a voucher to a beauty shop. I brought this product and for a while only used it as a 'special occasions' make up because of the cost. Now I use it every time I wear make up.
I have the shade 40 - Sable, it suits my skin perfectly, the coverage is great over any foundation or just over concealer. It stays on all day, manages to cover any blemishes and has good coverage.
I tend to apply it using the sponge and then go over it with a brush to spread it better. I find using a brush on the powder itself causes too much wastage I'd rather not have for the cost.
This is definitely my go to pressed powder. I don't use anything else. I know the price is a bit but I find it lasts for ages and is totally worth it. (And buying online is a lot cheaper!)
A very good foundation. It doesn't change the colour during the day, it lasts several hours, doesn't really smell comparing to the liquid version, doesn't crease, doesn't flake, doesn't accentuate pores. Sponge (which is included) can actually be used for application, but gives a full coverage, I personally prefer brush for medium coverage. It doesn't really make you look matte, rather luminous. It doesn't control oil very well, but I start shining with any foundation in a couple of hours. I don't use it for touch ups during the day, because I think in that case my face looks sort of over made-up:). I prefer blotting paper or Poudre universelle. I always repurchase it, although I always try new foundations, I always have this, because it works on me very well.
why I love this product:
1- Med Coverage
2- Keeps you matte for about 5 hours which is great on my oily skin
3- Doesn't break me out
4- Doesn't look cakey at all, as it says on the package its a luminous powder with means it gives enough life to oily skin without taking from the matte
5- Can be used with a skunk brush for sheer coverage or with a powder puff for med to even high coverage ( depends on how much you add )
6- you can apply cream products over it easily without it changing texture
7- Has SPF 10 which is always a plus
8- package is sturdy & the mirror is good quality AND has refill
only wish it was cheaper but in this case I think you are paying for what you are getting , a great quality product =D
This is my everyday foundation. I have gone through three of these. It doesn't provide much coverage, but I don't need a ton of coverage. It is perfectly light and it doesn't break me out. I recommend this for someone who wants light coverage and a lightweight foundation.
This is my HG powder (along with Dior Forever powder), but unfortunately I can't find it in the US. I am NC15 and wear this in 10, although if there was a shade lighter I would probably be a slightly better match. I use a kabuki or powder brush to apply to bare skin for lighter coverage or over foundation for heavier coverage. It wears well all day with minimal touch-ups. After almost two years of use haven't found it's clogged my pores or caused any irritation to my very reactive skin. Unlike my Dior powder, refills are available.