I haven’t been talking much about face powders lately. I was distracted by all those pretty lip and eye products. This loose powder featured today is something that’s been around for ages. It just took me yonks to finally try it out, and I am not disappointed. Let me tell you my history with loose powders. I have never been a fan because they just slide off me in less than an hour. Also, those I tried leave a “powdered face” look so I just stick with my Lunasol one. For more coverage, I’d use a compact powder foundation.
I don’t know what got into me, when I bought this. I guess many raved about it and I got curious. And then, it looks nice on my vanity table.
My shade is 20 Claire. I am still a newb when it comes to Chanel products and shades, so I’m not sure why there are shade differences in loose powders. I wonder if it makes a difference if I used a darker one. If any of you can enlighten me, I’d be more than willing to learn!
The poudre universelle libre comes in a sturdy plastic container, with its signature black and white logo. The container looks just like any other loose powder so there really isn’t much to say. It comes with a powder puff which is soft and fluffy, but it’s also nothing special… not that it is extra soft or extra plush. I cannot detect any scent which comes with most of Chanel products but I didn’t exactly put my nose into the powder and sniff. I’d hate to think what’d happen to my sensitive nose!
The powder however, has changed my mind about loose powders in general. It is very finely milled and very subtle. Once you press the powder onto the face, the powder melts into skin, leaving a smooth finish. There is no trace of powder whatsoever! No matter how much I pile on, the powder doesn’t settle into lines. Great for under eye area! It does not leave my skin matte and flat. There is still a soft sheen that peeks through. I’ve read some reviews likening this to MUFE HD powder, but since I haven’t tried that before, I can’t comment. Also, I find that my face stays shine free for at least 4 hours, which is definitely a feat!
What I don’t like though, as with most loose powders, is the fact that it’s too bulky to travel with me. It’s too big to keep in my bag for touch ups, and I don’t even want to get creative to depot some product. Soooo messy. I’m also thinking how to wash the powder puff. I guess if I ruined it, I’ll just buy another one. There are plenty of powder puffs around 😉
At RM153 for 30g of powder, it’s not terribly pricey, and I’d recommend you get it at the store. I checked the price online, and it’s much more expensive. I have a feeling I’ll be using this for a long long time, because I only need a small amount of product each application.
Have you tried this? What are your thoughts? Do you prefer loose powders to compact ones?