T. LeClerc • Loose Powder in Banane • Loose Powders
|Would buy this product again.||74%|
Age: 30-35 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Other, Straight, Fine Eyes: Other
The first time I learned about this powder was in the early 90's in the pages of Vogue. As a teen just learning about makeup the idea of very expensive French powder didn't click. I'd see or read about it here and there over the years and as I knew I wanted a tin I didn't seek it out for some reason. Fast forward to last week I discovered, by accident, where I could purchase this in Seattle and I was so happy a little part of me cried. Read some MUA reviews and then very quickly bought a tin the next day. For $50 , and after years of powders that don't work for my moody acne and clog prone skin, I was overjoyed that my skin gets along with this powder! Doesn't clog pores and melts into moisturized skin evenly almost immediately. The yellow tint doesn't make my skin look washed out and it tones down the pink on my cheeks and chin enough that my skin looks even toned and problem free. I make sure to set this with a spritz of Epsom salt water, or toner, and blot with a paper towel. The ingredients in this are : talc, rice powder, fragrance. Very basic. Twenty five grams of powder seems like not a lot of product for the amount they charge but it's worth it as so little is needed if you use a fluffy brush. The packaging is also very simple and gorgeous. Looks very nice on the vanity or bathroom counter and, if I read correctly, the design hasn't changed since the 1800's. My only complaint is that though there is a plastic lid on the inside of the tin, when removing the lid some of the powder poofs into the air. There is a little cardboard sifter that sits on top of the powder , that you press down onto the powder and swipe a brush over, but this moves around a bit and squishes the powder up the sides of the tin which lends to the poofing out (aka wasting money) when taking the lid off. It can't be helped as the sifter ring doesn't fit tightly to the edge of the tin. Still though I'm thrilled to finally own one of these (!!!) and also very pleased that the ingredient list is so simple and I don't get breakouts from it. Will always have this stuff on hand. I finally found my perfect face powder! YAY! ; )
Age: 30-35 Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
This used to be my go-to loose powder until about 2006 when I found LM loose powder.
I'm super pale (nc15 or lighter) and this powder was a good color match as far as darkness, and the yellow helped cover up some cheek redness. T Leclerc is easier for me to get over here in Switzerland (price is cheaper than US prices whereas LM here is double) so my general MO was to have a couple of LM powders in my stash and this as a backup, and as I got low on the LM I would use the T Leclerc. My system worked fine for years, with the exception of one bad Chanel incident. Like the LM, the "old" T Leclerc was sheer, absorbed oil, and due to my skin tone pretty much disappeared on my face and blended in with my complexion. But my latest jar bought this year has a notable formula change. It is chalkier than I remember, which is fine because I can buff it out, but worst of all it oxidizes. What used to be a lovely skin tone match on me now turns brown-orange. I haven't gotten paler or less red.
If you can get an "older" banane in a swap it is worth a try, but don't break the bank without trying one of the sample vials. I'm so sad to have to find a new backup HG. Will still mark yes on rebuy- it could work for someone NC 20 or 30 who doesn't have to worry about oxidization.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
Have not tried this but just wanted to let you guys know I stumbled across an ingredient list and there is a fragrance in this powder. May be a deal breaker for some of you.
Talc, Oryza Satira Starch (rice starch), Fragrance
Age: Unknown Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium Eyes: Brown
I managed to buy a BNIB of this from eBay for £14 delivered. I've been using it for over a year and still am not half way through the tub. I apply a loose dusting with my Elf Studio powder brush and find that it works perfectly to set my foundation and minimise any oiliness. I like how it gives a soft finish but without being totally matte and dry looking like some other powders.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
I bought this when the rave was on how fantastic Banane was and what a healthy glow it gives. Well, I guess that depends on your skin tone and the foundation you use because for me this tends to make me look sallow rather than healthy - except for during summertime when I have a deep tan. The packaging is cute rather than functional. I would not repurchase this particular colour as I have found that Chair Rosée is a great match and does the trick for me.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
This will last for many years. At first, I would use this to set the powder compact foundation with a fluffy brush. But I notice that using a brush to apply does not set the makeup as well as a flocked sponge or powder puff. I would have to blot twice during the day if I use a brush. Based on one of the reviewers below, I would tap the jar on a flat surface before opening the lid and put the sifter on top of the powder and press down firmly and dab some powder with a powder puff/flocked sponge and tap off excess with your other hand. With the powder puff, I would do a patting motion working the powder really well into the skin. After patting the powder in, it will look really yellow but use a fluffy brush to blend just a little. After trying the second method, my skin looked somewhat dewy yet my makeup was not sliding off compared to using a brush to apply. It's got zinc oxide, which is found in physical sunscreens. It's also got talc in it , so it explains why it looks a bit ashy when patting the powder in with a puff, but it goes away after a while. This powder is marvelous! Especially if you are looking for more color correcting. I would only recommend using it to set any type of foundation (liquid, cream, powder). I'm actually thinking about getting Chair Ocree as I've heard its great for people around my skin tone and lighter (NC30-35). Only downside is, it's hard to get in the States and expensive. But the quality is great and when you think about it, this powder can last you up to three to four years at least (though the jar says it can last up to three years tops). So its better to just stick with one product that is expensive rather than purchasing different products that cost half the price. Thank god for the French! :)
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool Hair: Black, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown
Superb yellow toned powder that really flattered my skin by blending so well with its yellow undertones. I didn't really need to apply a foundation beforehand as it worked so well for me. Decent oil control ability as well although not overly good. It's also good that it doesn't cake and doesn't clog my pores. Unfortunately, this doesn't come with an applicator at all, hence I had to get my own brush and spongue. Overall, I really like it and will buy this again.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Hazel
LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! I use this for everything! Great for setting makeup, highlighting, evening out redness or even toning down blush if I was too heavy handed. The yellow tone is very understated and seems to work with multiple skin tones (in my non-professional opinion formed mostly after attacking friends with makeup). It has a VERY subtle shimmer to it, so I've heard others say they sometimes use it on thier chest on nights out. If you're only looking for a matte powder, this isn't for you but if you don't mind a little shimmer I think this has the perfect amount. I sometimes use it all over my face for a dewy glow, or I will layer it on my cheekbones as a highlighter.
The only drawback is the packaging. It's actually very cute, but there is no way to travel with it and I've had to decant some in order to bring it with me. The top can fall right off and the sifter moves around too must to be of much use. If they would just make it so at least the top screwed on and off it would be much better. I would have taken a lippie off for this, but I would have given it 10 lippies if I could so I didn't.
On the other hand, the size of the container is very generous and a little goes a long way. After three years, I'm only halfway through my tin.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
i have been using this product for more than 3 years now. i really like the color on my skin. in terms of price, t lecler is sold locally for Php1,500 (about $30)... reasonable enough for a great loose powder.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Black
This is the only powder i have found to be yellow enough to even out my pale-ish pink skintone. I use it over my Giorgio Armani face fabric #8 foundation and it works like a dream...
I will be using banane for life! I wish i could have discovered this earlier.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
This powder manages to even out my skin tone like no other. I have always had very pale, pinkish complexion, but since using AHAs, the pink has become far more noticeable. This powder manages to cancel out the pinkness, and Banane is a pale enough color to do so without turning my skin orange. Layered over a couple dabs of strategically placed concealer, it simply restores my skin to a neutral color and gives a very healthy looking candle lit glow. Instead of looking dry and matte, my skin looks absolutely natural. I find that I can wear more shades of cosmetics when I wear this powder, as the colors won't clash with my skin tone or enhance ruddiness.
The price is pretty hefty for me, but the product will take years to go through, and I find I use far less foundation when I use this. The packaging is just beautiful (I find the sifter quite effective, and I have had no problems with it at all the way some other reviewers have), and I will admit that I find it very romantic to use the same powder women have been using since the height of the Victorian era.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown
Very nice powder..no problem with clog pores but ....I have combo skin but b/c i use Retin-A i can be flaky with some dryness so this powder is not for me ,only for this reason don't look good on me.Will be very good for oily gals or/and with skin problems as is made also for people with acne problems.Other way as i mention i had no problems with skin issues even help me to dry some pimples i had on my chin.
Talc,Rice Starch ,Zinc Oxide ,Fragance ,Carmine (CI 75470 ),Chromium Oxide Green ( CI 77288 ),D&C Red21 ( CI 45380 ),D&C Red 6 ( CI 15850 ), D&CYellow 10 ( CI 47005 ),FD&C Blue 2,FD&C Yellow 5 ( CI 19140 ),FD&C Yellow 6( CI 15985 ) ,Iron Oxide Black W9829 ( CI 77499 ),Iron Oxide Red W3801,Iron Oxide Yellow W1802 ,Manganese Violet ( CI 77742 ), Red 102 Aluminium Lake ,Red 102 Aluminium, Red Oxide of Iron ( CI 77491 ) ,Ultramarine ( CI 77007 ),Yellow oxide of Iron ( CI 77492 )
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Fair, Warm Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
After having read plenty of reviews I expected that this would become my HG loose powder, I decided to buy one. I also hoped that it would mattify my skin, neutralize redness on my face and give the impression of much smoother skin. The powder barely manages to optically minimize my expanded pores. It also does a little concerning the redness, but at least it does mattify to some extent. Unlike some other, I don't have the problem with packaging – I find it extremely practical and very elegant. Also when compared to the amount of powder that the package contains (30 gr) I don't find the product too pricey. I also don't like the smell of this product. It is probably the best loose powder I ever had, but it is not HG.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Black
This is the closest approximation of a loose powder shade that I can get to my HG-but-discontinued loose powder, a translucent chartreuse shade by Japanese dept. store brand Kesalan Petharan. It's a pale, luminous yellow that looks more scary in the pot than it does on my skin. I have yellow/olive/golden light Asian skin, and this melts on my skin once I put it on. I tend to choose powders 1-2 shades lighter than my foundation to make room for oxidisation.
The packaging is the best and worst part of this product. It looks pretty - that's the plus. But the logisitical part of it makes it the worst packaging for a powder in the world. There's a sifter type thing, but it's movable and made of flimsy cardboard. So there's no real way to permanently separate powder you're about to use, and powder you're storing at the bottom of the pot. It's the equivalent of dipping into a large mountain of powder with your brush. Not very user-friendly or hygenic.
My skin is normal - combination, and this is good for my skin type because it's not too oil-blotting. It does have a tendency to look cakey, so I prefer using a brush.
Prices for T Leclerc are super high, especially if you purchase in Europe. This powder is no exception.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Oily Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I love this powder, I have oily skin with alot of redness, this powder not only helps control shine but makes the redness less noticeable. I have used so many powders but none have been as good as this one. I ordered the compact powder to use for touch ups. I do not find the cost that bad considering how much I have spent on others. The container is messy but not something that would prevent me from repurchasing once I run out. It is hard to find this product in stores so I had to order my online. Great product!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Other Hair: Black Eyes: Black
Talc ，Rice Starch ，Zinc Oxide +/- (CI 15850/Red 6 ，CI 42090:2/Blue 1 Lake ，CI 47005:1/Yellow 10 Lake ，CI 19140:1/Yellow 5 Lake ，CI 15985:1/Yellow 6 Lake ，CI 77742/Manganese Violet CI 77288/Chromium Oxide Green ，CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide ，CI 77019/Mica ，CI 77492/Iron Oxide Yellow ，CI 77491/Iron Oxide Red ，CI 77499/Iron Oxide Black)
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
Thanks again ladies - I bought this based on your reviews and am so happy I did. This is by far the best powder I've used. I have oily MAC NC30 pale skin with yellow undertones. I apply this over the top of Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser in Nude and find I only need a minor touch-up mid day. It definitely controls shine, minimises any red marks/blemishes. Feels light and looks natual but better.I don't find the tin annoying - I have kept the plastic cover that was over the powder when I purchased it. I keep that on and just spoon a little powder on top of that, then the sieve over that. I don't have any spillage. Quite an expensive product, but worth it. This is a keeper. The travel box version is essential for the handbag, although I apply with a retractable brush rather than the velour puff that comes with it.
I have just bought LM apricot face tint and finish with this. Love it!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
I have an obsession with yellow powders, and lemminged for this for so long. This powder would be good for someone who has good skin and even complexion and just needed a set look. I have some issues with redness, pores, and oiliness- unless I use a primer/corrector underneath, I don't expect the matte brightening effect to last for more than an hour. My own rice/silk powder has more substance! I prefer the Agnes B loose powder (now discontinued but a rare few do popup) as it is more yellow and not as chalky - believable or not.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Hazel
i did it. i bought this b/c i searched all over MUA for a loose/sheer powder to offset the redness in my fair skin. i have used this three times with my B.E. baby buki brish and it works well. yes the packaging sucks and i can't decide how to make it better. the sifter SEEMS like a good idea, but i don't get enough powder on my brush and the process is time consuming-but no where near as time consuming as the ridiculous bare essential's "process." i love the consistency of banane and therefore of T.LeClerc. it shrinks my pores and looks like i am not wearing any makeup at all. it feels light as well. that is EXACTLY what i have been searching for everywhere! i have been using smashbox's wet/dry pressed powder for the past 2 years and always looked and felt like i had powder on, especially in daylight. not with banane! i am THRILLED to no end. my HG. a friend does the whole B.E. "process" so i tried her makeup and it made the pores on my nose look like giant craters! the only thing i found with the T.LeClerc is that it does not really cover red spots well b/c it is so natural so i used a bit of concealer on a spot and then put on the powder but it ruined the whole perfect natural look. i won't need concealer soon anyway b/c my skin is clearing up :) i am so happy with banane. i think it looks great and that i am not looking too yellow, i might buy the lavender powder and mix them...(thanks to MUA i have racked up a few new HG products recently!!!!) EDIT: 3/6/07-i recently went to the laura mercier counter to buy her makeup stick to use under my bananae powder for more coverage-a wonderful salesperson helped me choose my exact color match of LM; however she did say, "whatever you are using on your face now is TOO YELLOW!"
(i had not told her i use the bananae, it was just obviously YELLOW, AND DID NOT MATCH MY NECK OR CHEST AT ALL!) so-needless to say-hello LAURA goodbye T.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
Just a very average powder yet so expensive. I like Shiseido powder better.