Review of Lancome Absolue Powder by KittySkyfish
Absolue is a tinted microfine loose powder available in four natural finish shades and two shimmery highlighter shades. The natural finish shades are: Pearl, Ecru Light, Ecru Medium, and Almond. The shimmer shades are: Golden, a medium pinky-peach (quite blushy) and ... wait for it... Peche, a fair golden shade with no peach tones at all. What were they smoking? SMH.
The Absolue line is marketed toward normal to dry skin types. Don't expect any significant oil control with this loose powder. I've used this powder on and off for over a year and it's one of my favorite loose powders in the winter, when I need something very delicate and non-drying.
My biggest love for Absolue is the fact it diminishes the appearance of surface irregularities (by cutting back on some of my skin's shine) without any powdery tightness or over-mattifying. It's extremely finely milled - finer than Chanel or Laura Mercier. It's a great powder since a small amount goes a long way and the tint keeps the powder from taking on an ashy finish. I find that colorless or pale translucent powders dull the appearance of my foundation. Sweeping this on, it looks completely invisible without any ashy dullness. The natural shades are great for anytime, the shimmer shades are best as highlighters unless you prefer a shimmery finish to your foundation.
I own Pearl and Golden (the shimmery pinky-peach highlighter). Pearl is used all-over to set and a tiny bit of Golden is used on my cheeks and brow bone to spot illuminate, add warmth, and blend in blush.
At $56 for .35 oz, this is about the most expensive loose powder around. Chantecaille's loose powder is $62 for 1.2 ounces. La Mer is $65 for .88 oz. By Terry is $69 for .52 oz.. If you go through powder fast and like to apply it liberally, be aware that you don't get much compared to other brands.
Attached are some pictures comparing Pearl and Golden. Pearl is really gobbed on my wrist because otherwise it wouldn't show up. Golden, not a lot was needed to bring out the sparkle. Select "continued" to see the pics...