My order of Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre from Strawberrynet.com arrived in my letterbox today. I used to use this all the time, but in recent years I’ve moved away from it as I’ve tested other finishing powders on the market. I’ve been using Dermacolor Fixing Powder most recently, which wears well all day, but I’ve been looking for something a little lighter to use on a daily basis through the summer months that doesn’t melt off my face as soon as I step outside. I thought I’d give Chanel Poudre Universelle another go to see if it was as good as I remember.
Today was a really hot day, so for someone like me with split personality oily/ dry skin, today was a great test for this powder. What I’ve discovered, in summary, is that this is a great finishing powder.
It’s not drying on the dry areas of my face, and it does a good job of controlling oil, but I do find that I’m looking shiny on the oily areas of my face by mid-afternoon and am in need of a touch up. If I really need to look non-oily for the whole day, I just apply a little Ben Nye Translucent Netural Set (colourless) on my t-zone, then dust all over with Poudre Universelle as usual. I also enjoy the fact that this finely-milled powder doesn’t accentuate fine lines and makes my skin look flawless and soft. It also doesn’t leave the dreaded ‘cakey’ look on your face. I don’t look powdery after I apply this, just ‘finished’.
To apply, I just shake the closed pot (without the puff inside), dab the puff in a little of the powder, tap off any excess, then press all over my face. I then blend/ brush off any excess with a large powder brush, then I’m good to go. This is quite an expensive powder (AUD $60 on Strawberrynet.com, and virtually impossible to find for the right colour and price on ebay) but it does last a very long time. If you’re not a fan of loose powder, there’s also a more travel-friendly compact version available too. If you haven’t tried it already, give it a go. It’s a fantastic product, and one of the best finishing powders around.