The Favourite Powder: Chanel Poudre Universelle (vs. MAC MSFN)

A woman leaning into her vanity mirror, with a pink feathery puff (as useless as a chocolate teapot), puffing away at her nose. Or.. "I'm just going to go powder my nose!" The powder is such an icon of the make-up world, so much so that it even has a room named after it. Its role in history is now engrained, through films and watching our nans and moms, and thus - every woman since the dawn of time, has embarked on their search for her perfect powder, to fulfill this epic nose puffing destiny.

Complete and total bollocks, but I didn't really want to think I was the only one with hoards and hoards of powder!

The good news is, that my hoard is beginning to dwindle down, as today, I really must tell you about my favourite powder.


Meet Chanel Poudre Universelle Compacte in 40 Beige Dore.

You may recognise the name from its infamous sister, the Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre, and they're  basically like unidentical twins. This is the same exact formula, except in pressed form.

The rave..

The Chanel Poudre Universelle Compact is my favourite powder. It's like dusting on a layer of silk - your skin becomes smoother, your pores smaller, and you just look really, really soft. It's the perfect friend for any foundation, as it doesn't ruin the natural texture but just "softens", and it adds just enough pigmentation to perfect your look - it's like someone's waved a wand and voila! Real-life soft focus.

For this reason, it's an epic touch-up powder. It's slim, compact, it doesn't crumble and it has a nice big mirror. However, my love for it has made it a busy bee, flying between my vanity and make-up bag - I just love it too much!


Who would like it..?

This is an incredibly light, and low pigmented powder - so if you're looking for a matte, flawless finish, this probably isn't your best bet. It also does nothing for oil control - it doesn't make it worse, but it doesn't make it too much better either. This is more for people who like that natural finish, that want to have that bare-looking skin.

If you like tinted moisturisers, but it just doesn't last long enough, but you also feel you can't powder because it'll ruin the look - give this powder a shot. If you like heavy matte foundations, but feel a layer of powder just adds a bit too much, try this one. It really is like a silk veil, just enough to keep things in place, and just enough to make your skin look a touch softer. It will also add a slight touch of coverage too.

Comparisons..?

Almost a year and a half ago, I ditched my MAC Mineralised Skinfinish Natural because it was really easy to look cakey, it didn't have a mirror, and it crumbled during transport. I tried it a month or so ago and I appreciated it for what it was - I liked that it was a bit more pigmented, but had a natural sheen. But if you're looking for natural, a sheen isn't as natural as you can get with powders, as I've now found out!

Having seen lots of people ditch the MAC MSFN since then for being too cakey or powdery, I really wanted to write this post, because it just reinforced my thoughts for why I ditched the MAC MSFN so long ago (granted I do like it now) - Chanel Poudre Universelle Compacte is what I wished the MAC MSFN would be.


In summary..

On a day to day basis, especially in warm weather when my skin is behaving - this powder is the best. I really do enjoy it and I genuinely have no idea how it gives the finish it does being a powder. I haven't really been tempted by any powder claiming to be "natural" anymore, because this just does it so well. What's more, it seems to work really well with the ever popular Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation - the two have been my go-to combination for the past several weeks, as it gives an incredibly naturally flawless finish.

It'll set you back £32, and its loose sister, £34. But in my opinion - 100% worth it. It comes in limited shades, but only because it's not pigmented enough to make a massive difference to your skin if it's slightly off. It does its job well, and that's what you want from the historic, epic, make-up item that is the  women's powder!

Have you tried the Chanel Poudre Universelle sisters?
What's your favourite powder?

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Comments

  1. I love powder but don't own many (just Witch translucent face powder and the e.l.f. Complexion Perfection). I would love to try a more high-end powder though! Great review x

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    1. Oh I adore powder! I'd highly recommend this one! :)

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  2. I snagged a Limited Edition Poudre Universelle last spring and absolutely LOVE it! The best for natural looking coverage that isn't too heavy!

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    1. I totally agree - I didn't know that had a Limited Edition one, how cool!

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  3. Sounds sort of like Bare Minerals Ready Mineral Veil, have you tried it? I'm still looking for the perfect setting powder myself. I just want my skin to look like skin (while I hide blemishes, of course)

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    1. It does doesn't it! I've heard bits and bobs about it, they must be similar :)

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  4. Great review, I am looking for a new powder to pop into my makeup bag and this might be the luxe one I'm looking for!

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  5. This is my favourite powder too!!! I have it in the colour 30 natural (I guess) and repurchased it a lot. It is just the best for my skin (I have dry skin)

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    1. Ahh I can totally see myself repurchasing it too haha! That's so funny cuz I have oily parts on my face too and I still love it! :)

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  6. Thanks for the review doll! I've heard great things about the loose version, and it's good to know this one works just as well (and is easier to transport)!

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    1. Oh yeah completely, and a bit cheaper ;)

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  7. Great review.

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