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 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.
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.
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?