Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre Natural Finish Loose Powder in Clair

by lyn on October 10, 2011 · 10 comments

in Chanel, Powder

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After applying a foundation or BB cream, I would use powders whether loose or compact to set my base makeup. I honestly believe it is an essential step in my makeup routine to help my makeup last longer and also to create a good base for other powder cosmetics I may use, such as blushes, bronzers or highlighters.

chanel loose powder

The Chanel loose powder comes within a box that is typical of Chanel’s black and gold packaging. The jar itself has the iconic Chanel logo printed at the top. Chanel’s packaging is very elegant and the jar will look beautiful on anyone’s vanity.

chanel loose powder

Each jar comes with a white, pillowy Chanel puff, which is better than those dinky little unusable brushes that sometimes come with loose powders. Of late, I have been using cotton puffs with setting powders, so the Chanel puff is a welcomed addition.

chanel loose powder

It has a perforated plastic sifter top which helps reduce spillage and wastage. I plan to transfer some product into a mini-sized loose powder jar because it’s easier to travel with. I can’t imagine taking the whole full-sized jar out anywhere.

chanel loose powder

From the above photo, you can tell that Clair matches my skin tone very well. It is a light beige shade with neutral undertones and should be suitable for those ranging from NC15 to NC25. The Chanel loose powders are all extremely finely milled and have an absolutely gorgeous silky texture. They each have some light reflecting properties, which will help minimise the appearance of skin imperfections. It has a matte-satin finish that never looks dull but instead, creates a certain luminosity that makes my skin look a little more radiant.

chanel loose powder

I have used the powder to set high-end to drugstore range foundations and it works with each of them. I love that it doesn’t cake nor appear dry and it does not enhance some flaky bits on my skin. If you have good skin, you can probably get away with using this on its own.

My t-zone gets oily but I find that the powder helps control the greasiness for at least 4 to 6 hours in our tropical weather, which is pretty good in my books. Even when my natural facial oils start to come through, the powder doesn’t pool, separate or oxidise. The powder is lightly scented but it’s undetectable once applied.

Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre is sold at Chanel counters nationwide for RM152. Each jar consists of 30g worth of product and it will last a good long while as you’d only need to use very little each time. The price may seem expensive at first but when compared to MAC’s Prep and Prime Translucent Finishing Powder, the Chanel powder works out to be cheaper at RM5.07 per gram, whereas the MAC powder is RM11.25 per gram. That’s right, beauty geeks, after doing the math, the Chanel powder doesn’t seem like such an expensive purchase after all.

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

huixin October 10, 2011 at 2:40 AM

eeep! u made it sound real good :P although i don't use makeup (let alone loose powder) on a regular basis, but i have the urge just to own one now *smack self*

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alisa October 10, 2011 at 3:14 AM

thanks for the follow!i love your blog, it has so many useful reviews, will sure come visit often!btw, i was going to purchase the lid smoothie by clinique, i dont know if i should still!

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lyn October 10, 2011 at 4:07 AM

Hi Xin, If you don't use regularly, it may not be necessary to get one although it's a really good loose powder ;-) The texture is sooooooo fine and it goes on like silk. Since you have pretty good skin, you can probably get away with using this on its own.

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lyn October 10, 2011 at 4:09 AM

Hi Alisa, It's a pleasure and I do enjoy your blog :-) Thanks for stopping by mine too! With regards to the Lid Smoothie, if you don't have oily lids, it may work on you. But sadly, I am not that in love with it.

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beetrice October 10, 2011 at 6:16 AM

way to be the enabler! :P I now tempted give this a try after finishing up my Paul & Joe loose powder, although right now am loving the P&J one heaps thanks to its nifty sifter! :)

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lyn October 10, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Sorry, babe… didn't mean to be an enabler ;-) P&J's loose powder is so pretty and I love the vintage, girly packaging. I can see why you like it too.

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Stephanie Choong October 11, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Ooooh I like this a lot :P Before I discovered T. LeClerc loose powder (I prefer yellow-coloured powders over pinkish ones), I was using this. It's really worth every sen, and I think I used 2 jars over a course of 3 years? I lost count, really. Though it's a bit heavy and not travel-friendly (But I have travelled with it before).

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Paris B October 12, 2011 at 2:38 AM

Dammit and you say I give you lemmings?! >.<

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lyn October 12, 2011 at 3:02 PM

Hehehe, just returning the favour ;-) We are not #evurl for nothing.

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lyn October 12, 2011 at 3:05 PM

I can see why you like it so much 'cos I'm absolutely lovin' it too :-) I don't think I'll be finishing this powder anytime soon since the jar is so huge and I still have a few others to go through.

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