Chanel Natural Finish Pressed Powder in Naturel

I may not be able to afford a Chanel 2.55, but by George, I can buy the makeup! Okay, this is one of the very, very few instances (thank God for that, or else I’d be utterly broke) that I actually bought something purely because of the brand, luxury and look. It was a spur-of-the-moment-having-a-crappy-day-need-retail-therapy purchase.

Chanel Natural Finished Pressed Powder Official Picture

Description:

Translucent powdered perfection.
Mattifies with light coverage and optically conceals imperfections. Your complexion is natural, radiant and luminous. The fine, light texture of POUDRE UNIVERSELLE COMPACTE is very pleasant to the touch, and soft on the face, for maximum comfort.
POUDRE UNIVERSELLE COMPACTE combines all the cosmetic qualities of a loose powder combined with the ease of use of a compact powder. Formula based on micronised talc, which gives it its softness and natural mattness. Light-reflective pigments minimise imperfections and give the complexion its luminosity. Lauryol lysine, an amino acid derivative, contributes to the « glide » of the texture.
Made in France.

Ingredients:
Talc, Nylon-12, Silica, Lauroyl Lysine, Magnesium Myristate, Hydrogenated Coco-Glyceries, Magnesium Stearate, Boron Nitride, Isopropyl Lanolate, Aluminium Hydroxide, Potassium Sorbate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Parfum, Tocopherol, Lecithin, Glyceryl Stearate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Oleate, Citric Acid [+/- (May Contain) CI 75470 (Carmine), CI 77007 (Ultramarines), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Mica]

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As usual, all of Chanel’s compact powders and makeup palettes come beautifully encased in a double-C embossed velvet case.

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The texture of pressed powder is very fine. I chose the shade Naturel as I wanted something with a sheer finish, which would go nicely over my foundation. The powder’s translucent, and applies smoothly on the skin. The coverage is light (this is not something you’d want if you prefer at least a medium).

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My mistake for not snapping a photo of the powder first before using. Now the words are all smudged :(

A snag about the pressed powder – it’s a tad too fine. In fact, I couldn’t even use a face brush to apply this on my face, because as much as I rubbed the brush on the pressed powder, very little would come out. I was hoping to not use the enclosed powder puff (tiny lil’ thing, that one), but in the end, I had no choice. The powder puff worked better with the pressed powder and gave me the amount and finish I wanted.

To be honest, other than the compact looking absolutely gorgeous and oh so luxe, there’s nothing more I can praise about it. You can definitely get better pressed powders out there (e.g. MAC, Max Factor, etc) that would cost you significantly less than this. Still, I love how this baby looks on my dresser, and there it’ll stay. Oh I know I know, it’s a very expensive decor item :P

Chanel’s Natural Finish Pressed Powder compact costs a whopping AU$88, and is available at all Myer and David Jones departmental stores. The guilt of spending so much on this has definitely set in. Oh leave me alone, it’s so purdddddyyyyy … *caressing the compact against my cheek* :P

No more. I promise *gulp, and cross my fingers behind my back*

What I like about it: Luxurious packaging, and hello, it’s Chanel.

What I do not like about it: Powder is too fine, gives very light coverage. Also, it’s very expensive for a compact powder.

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10 comments… add one

  1. Kahani

    Oooh! Pretttyyy…. I plan to buy myself a Chanel red lippie for Christmas… =P

    And thanks so much for the plug! *hugsies*

  2. Nikki

    Thanks for your honest insight, I’ve always thought CHANEL is THE ONE for the ultimate powder and foundation for that ULTIMATE flawless finish! thanks for snapping me back to reality!

  3. geekchic

    I WANT THAT CHANEL 2.55!!! *sulks* But aiyoh, you’re right, the luxe factor is super high with the chanel powder on your dresser ;)

  4. Connie

    sweet sweet indulgence eh? The packaging truly is beautiful. so classy and posh :)

  5. Ollie

    Ohh babe, its a Chanel *full stop*
    That’s all that matters. :P

  6. prettybeautiful

    ahh i totally und why u are willing to part with the cash for this. it looks really gorgeous with the double C

    p/s: just hopped over to kahani’s blog, she really has great fashion sense!

  7. Stephanie

    I own one myself, though I have no gripes with how sheer it is, because that’s the way I like it! However, I also, like you, tried to use a powder brush to apply it (In my case, a kabuki brush) because I didn’t want to use the enclosed puff, but had no choice. The puff does give much better control than the brush.

    Love the packaging indeed :D Pure luxury at its best.

  8. meldee

    Hi Tine, thanks for the plug! :) I’ve been reading your blog off/on, and am envious as anything that you’re in Melbourne, which is like my favourite city in the whole wide world. Aah!

    xx

  9. cuteandcurls

    I like the packaging but for the price tag – nuh uhhhh ^_^ Im a MAC Pressed Powder user since 2003, I love its coverage on my skin that its so difficult for me to try other brands..

  10. Jennifer

    I just ordered this online but am scared of the color. I know you’re a NC30 and I am also, but sometimes NC35. I’m a yellow undertone usually classify as light medium to medium. Do you think it will be a match for me?? Thank you!

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