Lancôme Absolue Powder

Lancôme Absolue Powder
LM Translucent, Lancome Absolue Pearl and GoldenLancome Absolue powder Golden and Pearl


19 reviews

78% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.5

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 3.5

Price: $$$



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on 4/14/2016 1:28:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

I'm minimalist - I use Super City block tinted SPF 40 daily as my foundation. I have some fine lines & texture, but good skin tone otherwise, normal/dry, no acne. I ultimately just need the lightest coverage to blur and even out my complexion.
I've never been a fan of any powders. They always seem to settle into and accentuate my fine lines, esp. mineral. I stayed away from them for years. If you're like me and never got along w/powders - this may be for you.
It's super finely milled and so light. Incredibly soft. Smells like fresh rose. It doesn't find creases. Applies translucent but doesn't look cakey or ashy because it's tinted. It doesn't cling to hair and doesn't suck the moisture out of my skin. Leaves a soft (but not dry) feel to the skin, like having nothing on at all. I bought it Pearl & Ecru Light, which seem to have no shimmer. This powder has a great blurring effect, it just subtly evens out the finish of the skin. It's superb over the tinted Supercity block, no extra foundation needed. It adds a polished, natural finish. More satin than matte. It looks realistic and I love that. I love the way it perfects, my skin but better, and no obvious camouflage/cakey/unnatural look. It's almost like a soft-focus filter.
It's geared towards normal/dry skin, I highly doubt it would offer any real oil control, but it takes the shine off anything dewy.

(I also tested Peche. It was a gorgeous golden hint of luminous shimmer, like a more refined version of Mary LouManizer, and I kind of wish I bought it to use as a highlight. Ecru light and Pearl both look a bit orange in the pot, but they apply translucent. Neither imparted any color. Nor did the Peche).

The CONS: It won't give coverage. And it does make dry spots more apparent, but what powder doesn't? Moisturize/exfoliate and problem solved. The container is not easy for touch ups on the go. It's big and bulky. They need to fix that.

A very nice finishing powder for sure. This powder makes all the others I've ever used seem like sand. Another reviewer said this and it's a perfect analogy.

17 of 17 people found this helpful.

on 3/26/2016 4:33:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Blue

I am super picky with powders and have issues with being oily, large pores, and I am acne prone. I really really like this so far. It gives a great luminosity to the skin and adds some color. Not shimmery at all. I use the pearl to highlight the middle of face when doing a full face of makeup and use it to set my foundation when doing a quick face for some naturalness. Definitely worth the price in my opinion.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I have this in the color "Absolute Peche", which is a softly luminous setting powder with warm/yellow undertones. Lancome also has a luminous loose powder with pink undertones called "Absolute Golden". Anyway, this loose powder is gorgeous! It has a beautiful soft, gentle luminosity (no large chunks of sparkle. No frost. Not a highlighter). It gives my face a healthy, youthful, ethereal glow. LOVE IT! It is also lightly hydrating, so it will NOT dry your skin out or make it look chalky. In fact, it actually helps blur fine lines. This is *THE ONLY* powder I EVER use to set my undereye concealer, because it will not accentuate fine lines, but will actually do the opposite .... it blurs the fine lines and makes my undereye area look hydrated, youthful and fresh! REALLY love it!!! :)

13 of 13 people found this helpful.

on 2/5/2016 1:59:00 AM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I'm am 53 years old and this powder does not settle into my fine lines and wrinkles, I use the color pearl my second choice is ecru light

7 of 7 people found this helpful.

on 2/4/2014 1:32:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Very Oily, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

Full disclosure: I used to work for Lancome. I didn't review a single Lancome product during my time with them as a Beauty Advisor, as I felt like writing reviews for products I sold was a huge conflict of interest. Now that I'm doing something else, and have no dog in this fight, so to speak, I want to give a shout out to one of the finest products Lancome makes. This is the best loose powder I've ever used. The shade I use, Absolute Pearl, is one of the two lightest natural finish shades, along with Absolute Ecru Light. Absolute Peche and Absolute Golden are better suited for highlighting, as they contain a large dose of sparkle. I also own and love NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder, as well as Chanel's Poudre Universelle Libre loose powder, but this is my favorite out of the bunch. It's the most finely milled talc in the whole universe, and every powder you use after it will feel like sand. It gives the face the most beautiful soft focus finish I've ever seen, and never looks dry or powdery. NARS and Chanel both give a lovely finish, too, but this powder is a bit smoother and more comfortable. It has no mattifying properties like the NARS, but it blurs pores and fine lines just as well, while feeling a bit more soothing on the skin. It's actually a bit more finely milled than the decidedly smooth Chanel, but the lightest shade, Absolute Pearl, is a bit darker and more pink than Chanel's lightest shade. It doesn't really matter, however, as the light shades are more or less translucent, and don't really offer anything in the way of color or coverage. None of the natural finish shades contain as much shimmer as the Chanel or the NARS. The only negative point I can make is that it's absurdly expensive for the amount you get. Luckily, I ordered two backups on my last gratis order. Hopefully I'll be set for a while.

35 of 35 people found this helpful.

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I see a lot of people on here are older that like it and younger that don't. I'm 26 and usually have oily skin but my thyroid has changed that and now it's combination. I originally purchased this for my 83 year old great grandmother along with lancome age foundation. When I got home I was trying to get ready and find my powder but couldn't so I decided to just use this, we'll I'm glad I did, do to have I g oily skin in the T zone my pores are big and ladies I'm a makeup artist and I'm still trying to figure my skin out because its always changing. Trying to fight my pores, acne,and oily skin has always been hard. I always went for matte everything but to tell you the truth it always made me look older and like I had makeup on, and I have tried every brand in the world no matter the price but I was just never happy, sure they covers well and some lasted all day but my pores would look big and no matter how little or what products I used it would cake in the creases of my nose and on my chin and cheeks. Well I finally decided that what looks natural and youthful is a radiant glow to the skin, not a doll pancake face. I still use a almost full coverage foundation lancome 24 one, but so I won't cake I use concealer to hide acne kat von d tattoo cover. Both are water based so it won't break out my side tube skin and u have to use likes with likes so I use a water based primer as well. But to give me that gorgeous flawless youthful glow I use this powder over all of that and bam the pores, bags, wrinkle and everything else is gone, I use the shimmer one in peche and god it's gorgeous. Look younger ladies this is ok to use with oily skin because instead of later in the day having oily glow its powder instead and you can't tell the difference , And FYI you have to blot just as much with this as u do with the thickest of matte oil absorbing foundations which is only like maybe once or twice later in the day and I live in Deep South Texas were its like a sauna outside almost all year around. Point being ladies Is that that matte pastie foundation makes you look like your wearing a pound of makeup and older and fake. Take off your makeup and walk around for a day and look in the mirror and see how youthful glow your skin look natural and not matte like a mask. You can fight the oily and still look radiant. Oh and by the way my great grandmother loved it so much after getting over the shock of the price that two more of my grandmothers own it now. It's freaking amazing I mean the pores are just gone.

9 of 9 people found this helpful.

Age: 36-43

Skin: Dry, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Other, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

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...



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23 of 25 people found this helpful.

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Tan, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

The retail price of this is $56 but I got mine for $22 at an outlet. At first when I tried it on my hand I didn't like it. It seemed too shimery. But when I applied it onto my face it gave me such a beautiful glow! I'm medium - tan skin and I got mine in the peche color which is too light I thought but it actually blends in with my tan skin tone and acts as a highlighter. It's lightweight and makes my skin feel so soft. Love this product .

Age: 44-55

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

I bought this in golden after deliberating for quite awhile to splurge on this costly powder. When I got it I was initially pleased that the container was so large until I noted that it wouldn't fit in my vanity--now what was I going to do with it? Puff included was indeed hard and cheap for the price but my biggest surprise came with the intense glitter of the powder. This was highlighter disco ball stuff and not finishing powder like I was expecting. I tried it on expecting it to calm down once on my skin but nope hours later and my face was lit up like a Christmas tree--pretty like tinsel but not what I was hoping for as I bought it for a finishing powder. This will have to go back.

4 of 5 people found this helpful.

on 12/30/2011 12:36:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

Right now, this is my go to powder.

Been using it for a month and a half, and I love it. Love the light and radiance it gives, without shimmer. I purchased online, and when I opened the box, I thought that it would be too orange and dark (Absolute Ecru Light). Almost didn't even try it.

Wow. Was I wrong. What the pigment does is warm up my skin and bring luminosity to it, I don't know how or why this stuff morphs from a nasty near orange to a perfect finish in my very fair, blue based skin, but it is divine.

I've been searching for a good finishing powder for awhile. I was a long time user of the Prescriptives compact that had the shimmer finish, but that has bee impossible to find (pretty certain it's been discontinued). Other powders have been going on too matte for my over forty skin. This is so finely milled that, as others have written below, it just melts into the skin.

After 40, we need light without shimmer, luminosity.

This is working perfectly for me. Color is perfect, does what I want, brings a luminous finish to my skin, sets my foundation, great staying power, doesn't look masky or cakey, doesn't require a delicate hand for a fantastic finish. Great big yes on repurchasing.

For this week, at least.

p.s. I wouldn't even dream of using that worthless puff for application. Just use a big fluffy brush or kabuki. I see some reviewers are basing their criticism on the entire package as sold: my review if for the powder only. Never bothered with the puff.

Also, it seems to me that many of the reviewers who love this are older, those who don't are younger. Perhaps a consideration in your decision.

Lastly, I am vain, I didn't look at the price. I wanted something that worked. :-)

UPDATE 6/27/2014: I purchased yet another jar of this stuff, for all the reasons I mentioned above. Since finding it over three years ago, this is still the only face powder that I use. Formula's the same as it was, and it still works wonderful.

That's some kind of record for me.

21 of 21 people found this helpful.

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