GUERLAIN Les Voilettes Pressed Powder Translucent Compact Powder Mattifying Veil

GUERLAIN Les Voilettes Pressed Powder Translucent Compact Powder Mattifying Veil


5 reviews

60% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.4

Price: $$$$

Package Quality: 4.4

Price: $$$$


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on 2/1/2017 3:24:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Normal, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

The last time I had Guerlain pressed powder was in London in the 1980s. I've been using the Clinique pressed powder for many years now and grown quite tired of it. Enough was enough. So glad that I splurged on the Guerlain les violettes pressed powder. The texture is deliciously delicate, sufficient coverage which really smoothes out the complexion, and the fragrance divine. Feels like the something Claudette Colbert would have used. The compact is a little cheap and plactic-y despite its elegant gold color. As for the price, yes it's high but it's Guerlain and you get what you pay for: fantastic quality. (Full disclosure: you'll find it on eBay for about US$10-15 less than retail.) So welcome back Guerlain pressed powder; I hope never to be without you!

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Age: 30-35

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Brown

This powder is very good, looks natural, has low to medium coverage which is ok for me. The price is too high and it's very small too. I'll write another review during the same, now it's winter and it's perfect for my skin

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on 12/25/2015 4:47:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Black

The compact is very minimalistic and gorgeous. Its small enough to carry in your clutch or even your pocket. I was disappointed upon receiving because the gold casing is PLASTIC. not even gold coated silver or factory gold, but I guess thats what makes it very portable.

The powder is finely milled and softens shine without tampering/shifting makeup. I would only use this for touch ups and not as a finishing powder as it does need constant reapplication. The applicator that comes with is crap and bringing a brush defeats its portable purpose.

For its price, I would suggest getting their loose powder as this is purely gorgeous expensive for the look of it.

on 11/10/2015 11:23:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Warm

Hair: Black, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

I generally love Guerlain products but did not prefer this powder for my oily skin type. The texture is awesome - velvety and soft. The case is luxurious and the product itself smells great. It did not collect in fine lines or pores. Unfortunately, it also did not keep my super oily skin from turning into a greasy mess for more than a half hour. There was just no way I was going to be able to maintain my face with this product especially since it does build up with application. The SA had suggested this one to me over the Meteorites for a natural look and I purchased it in the medium shade which seemed a good match for my fair but yellow toned skin. I did not break out or have any allergic reactions but ended up returning it because it was just not the right product for my oily skin and $57 USD from Nordstrom was fairly pricey for a product that just did not do the job I purchased it for. This does seem to be a nice powder though and would likely work beautifully for someone with normal or dry skin.

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

PROS: mattifying, velvet finish, extends wear time of foundation/tinted moisturizer, convenient lightweight packaging
CONS: none (other than cost and quantity of course!)
"DUPE": Besame Brightening Violet Powder

After seeing Guerlain Les Voilettes Powder Compact reviewed on Temptalia I just had to have it! This, along with La Petite Robe Noire, launched my obsession with Guerlain products!

APPLICATION and APPEARANCE: Les Voilettes comes in 3 colors. I purchased the Medium for my light-medium skin tone. It doesn't impart much color however as it is very translucent. This powder is wonderful for setting your tinted moisturizer or foundation (I pair it with TheBalm's BalmShelter tinted moisturizer for an everyday look, but also works perfectly with my favorite foundations, Besame Souffle and Guerlain Lingerie de Peau.) A light layer gives your skin a matte velvet finish, not at all chalky. The black pouf it comes with is fabulous, so soft! I don't think there's any need to use a different applicator.

PERFORMANCE: I have combination skin, so whether my skin leans oily or dry is dependent on the weather. But my T-zone is the area that usually gets oily. With Les Voilettes my face stays shine-free nearly all day on average.

SCENT: Scented with Guerlain's signature violet fragrance. It is the same scent used for Meteorites. I personally adore it, but it may not appeal to everyone. The smell is not detectable once applied to the face.

PACKAGING: The packaging is pretty, it is a simple shiny, reflective gold metal compact. It doesn't have the heft associated with luxury products unfortunately, but the fact that it's lightweight makes it easier to carry around! Comes with a velvet pouch to protect from scratches.

LONGEVITY OF PRODUCT: After using it for about 3 months, on a somewhat regular basis, I have already hit pan. I plan to avoid using this as much as I can and instead use Besame's Violet Powder as an alternative in order to conserve it. Once I am able to, I will purchase the loose powder version of this product as loose powders last much longer than compacts. They are not as convenient but that's okay.

Highly recommended!

Affordable Alternative/"DUPE": If you are looking for a cheaper alternative, a product that performs in a similar fashion is Besame's Brightening Violet Powder (a loose powder, but Besame does sell a pressed version that is a bit pricier.) The lavender color gives you a brightening effect but is still translucent. You get the exact same velvety-smooth finish Les Voilettes has without looking chalky. The powder is of course violet-scented but it is completely different from Guerlain's- it is less perfumey, more organic with stronger green notes, very light and delicate. The packaging is retro-inspired, and comes with a pouf as well. At $22, the price is less than half of Les Voilettes's! Now available on Sephora's website!

UPDATE 1/7/2015: I now own the loose powder version of Les Voilettes, the product performs exactly the same as the pressed version. Recommend the loose powder to get the most for your money, but the pressed is by far the most convenient (and certainly not messy!) I did not experience the packaging problems Temptalia described, with powder constantly being released.

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