I love all Chanel packaging and how chic and elegant they all are. I find that this is really get as a setting powder over foundation or TM. It gives off a matte look which is a plus. However when you apply it to bare skin, I found that it had no effect. It didn't even out my skintown or make me look super good.
I had to laugh at myself: $52 on loose powder, when I've got dry, fine-textured skin and rarely wear foundation. Did I need this? Did I need T. LeClerc, or Shu Uemura, or Caron, or Kevyn Aucoin, for that matter?
Then, somewhat to my astonishment, I found myself reaching for it every day. The powder is milled so extraordinarily fine it's quite invisible on the skin. There's no coverage. Instead, the powder is purely light-reflective, blurring over minute textural imperfections such as fine lines and pores while adding an incredible luminosity to the skin. In the vein of Touche Eclat, the base has milky peachy-pink tones, just enough to brighten sallow, tired skin, irradiated with imperceptible silver iridescence. In particular, this picks up beautifully under flash photography; it enhances the natural inner glow of the skin while muting shine, though this is not the powder to blot oil, by any means. I'd recommend this primarily for dry, mature, or dull skin.
This is my go to loose powder. Have used it on and off for the past 10 years trying other loose powders but always go back to this as think it is the best. I use Clair - Translucent 1 and have light yellow based Oriental skin and it matches me but as it is sheer it will match anyway. It is very finely milled so no powdery/flour look and meshes with skin and makes your skin natural matt. On it's own it gives me that super natural polished look and slightly evens out skin tone and minor imperfections. With a liquid powder it sets the foundation well (I use powder puff and press and roll method) and doesn't change the colour of your foundation and improves the wear and longevity. I have oily skin with very oily T-zone so I will get shiny in the T-zone after 4 hours wear and will need to blot and dust pressed powder. I don't expect a loose powder to keep me shine free all day as it can't. It costs £30 in UK so not cheap but it is a large tub and so lasts a long time. The packaging is lovely but not travel friendly as there is nothing to cover the sifter holes -powder can come up easily so you can have loads in the top part of the container. There is very small minute mica particles but you have to look very close (almost touching the mirror) and with a spotlight, so it doesn't sparkle in daylight or with spotlight and so it looks very natural. Unlike Estee Lauder Lucidity, Giorgio Armani Micro-fil and La Mer loose powder all which have sparkly mica particles and shine in sunlight and spotlight. Personally I hate that look as skin shouldn't sparkle! Oh and for me personally it has never caused me to break out or have allergic reaction. It also photos well with/without flash and causes no flash back.
Bought this long time ago, and for some reason it ended up way back in my storage. its a good powder but the packaging is bulky and big. it stays long time and gives a great setting finish
When you buy Chanel, you expect greatness, high quality stuff.
And Chanel doesn't seem to disappoint me so far :)
I have really fair skin, but i bought it in translucent 2..and it seems to go perfectly with my make up forever HD foundation.
It is a finishing powder so don't expect coverage, It smooths the foundation and minimizes my face oily texture...Which was exactly the reason i bought it :)
If you are satisfied with your foundation coverage and only needs to get this smooth natural powdery look..you'll love this powder :)
When it is finished..I'll try translucent 1 :)
This is a nice powder, and is finely milled.
IT IS good for setting foundation, however, I do find the sparkles to be noticeable and I don't like that. Someone once said to me "you're sparkly" and that felt pretty embarrassing as I go for a pretty natural look most of the time.
I use this mainly in evenings or in situations when I don't care if I look a tad sparkly.
I prefer mac prep and prime or a loose mineral setting powder that doesn't have visible sparkles
You don't need this product, you can use any powder
Now I know why Pixiwoo uses nothing but Chanel powder to set their makeup. It is such a beautiful sheer powder that sets foundation flawlessly. So little is needed and the effect lasts the day. .
EDIT: So I wore this for the first full day and I have to say this won't work for me. It's somehow chalky looking in daylight and it does look as though it is sitting on the skin. Not goo. Also this is weird but I could feel this powder on my skin like it was tight and unconfortable. Don't know if I'm reacting to one of the ingredients. As a result I have to return it.
The best loose powder I've come across so far. I only need to use a little each time so the bottle should last many months. Wonderful and silky texture. I like the feel of the powder puff - very easy to appy. Defintely buying this again.
I have dry skin and can't normally wear powders but this one is amazing. it makes me skin look fresh not cakey. It has shimmers in it but it's not noticeable when it's on your skin. I have it in Peche and am NC40ish
SKIN TYPE: Combination leaning dry, NC20
CHANEL POUDRE SHADE: Clair 020
I picked this up duty-free for around £25 making it terrific value. The pot is very large, containing 30g/1oz of product and I'm sure it's going to last for at least a year. You only need a very small amount of product to set your foundation.
My current HG foundation is Chanel Vitalumiere in 020 Clair, so finding a match in the Poudre was very simple. The colours follow Chanel's usual system of number and names. Clair is quite neutral. Many foundations and powders are too yellow on my skin and very cool, pink tones make me look ashy, so finding this match was a relief. It works well on a range of skintones, in my opinion. It's light and fine enough to suit a NC15 and perfect on my NC20 skin.
The powder itself is incredibly finely milled and applies very sheerly. For this reason I wouldn't recommend it as a light foundation: the coverage is very light indeed. However, as a setting powder over foundation, TM or even just primer, it works wonders. Chanel describes the powder as having a satin finish. They claim the same for the Vitalumiere liquid but the finishes aren't comparable. The powder is more of a velvet finish: definitely not matte, but nowhere near as glowy as Vitalumiere. Ideal for a setting powder, as it doesn't make your foundation look flat. Vitalumiere still looks radiant - the powder doesn't kill the finish.
The pot, as mentioned, is very large and solid. There is no sliding lid to cover the sieve, so it's not ideal for travelling (but is, I believe, available in a pressed version for this purpose). The puff is very usable, unlike the included applicator for many other products. I've found the best way to apply is to tilt the pot slightly, tap it once or twice to dispense a little powder, and scoop it up. Seems obvious but took me a while to get the hang of it without spilling the stuff everywhere...
Will definitely be buying again. Despite having dry skin, I haven't found this powder drying (unlike other reviewers). Perhaps this is down to using it over a dewy foundation - it might be a little too powdery on top of a matte one.