Chanel Natural Finish Pressed Powder Review

by Rati on August 26, 2012 · 26 comments

Chanel Pudre Univreselle Compacte

chanel natural finished pressed powder review

Claims : Imparts a translucent, natural matte finish when applied over makeup in the morning or as an anytime touch-up. Ultra-fine lightweight formula with light-reflecting pigments and luxuriously soft feel creates a flattering, halo-like look.

How To : Ideal for touch-ups during the day, POUDRE UNIVERSELLE COMPACTE is applied over foundation. Using the puff applicator, apply powder, pressing lightly over the face.

Available in 4 shades.

Price : Rs 2,600

chanel natural finished pressed powder

My Experience :

I have been using this compact for a couple of months now and I am totally addicted to it. It is a translucent finishing powder. I use it in shade 40 Dore – Translucent 3.

  • It mattifies the face without making it look too powdery or too matte. It reminds me of MAC Skinfinish Natural in a lot of ways but Chanel Finishing powder has a tad bit more coverage than MSF.
  • It sets the makeup for good 4 hours and also controls oil. It has worked absolutely fab during these humid days.
  • It does not oxidize.
  • The powder is very finely milled and gives a smooth finish to skin.
  • It does not look cakey.
  • It gives a lovely natural finish to skin.
  • Comes in a compact packaging with an inbuilt mirror and a powder puff. The puff is quite soft and picks up just the right amount of product.In fact this powder works great with powder puff as opposed to the powder brush.

However

I wish this came with a couple of spare applicators. I also wish this was available in a lot more colors. Girls with chocolaty skin tone would probably not find a shade for their skin tone.

Overall, if you are looking for a compact that would offer you some amount of coverage this may not be the best thing to go for. It is just a fancy pressed powder that does a great job. You can gift it to yourself as a treat but you definitely don’t ‘need’ it. There are a ton of powders that work just as great at almost half the price. This is pure luxury. 🙂

Indian Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating : 4/5

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for the love of life August 26, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Honest review. Like!

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Rati August 26, 2012 at 3:34 pm

well they always are…

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Jabberwocky August 26, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Hahahaha. Sorry, could not help laughing at your response, Rati. Well said. 😛

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Swati August 26, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Very honest review! I definitely dont need it, coz i’m currently loving MAC mineralize skinfinish, but this one looks so so classy. Tempted!

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Rati August 26, 2012 at 3:36 pm

actually yeah msf is great . Only you have to carry a separate puff or kabuki brush with it. :))

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Parita August 26, 2012 at 3:22 pm

my compact has actually hit a pan..but not a must have na so will skip it

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Rati August 26, 2012 at 3:38 pm

yeah not a must have but if you want to give it a try, do give it a shot. it is quite nice. 🙂

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Vini August 26, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Price wise its high
BTW Nice review

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Vini August 26, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Price wise its high
BTW Nice review 🙂

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Rati August 26, 2012 at 5:59 pm

thanks vini :))

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kumkum jain August 26, 2012 at 4:28 pm

love such luxurious products, once in a while :), great review Rati 🙂

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Rati August 26, 2012 at 5:59 pm

thanks kumkum :))

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Aarbee August 26, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Rati can I say that I am in looooove with your wooden floorboard or whatever it is, it makes such a fantastic background for the pics!
Why are C*anel products sooooo expensive? Acha tell me, between this one and MSF…which one do you think is better for oily skin? I read the pros n cons, but if you had to repurchase, which one would you pick up?

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Rati August 26, 2012 at 6:06 pm

aarbee, go for mac blot powder. 🙂

http://makeupandbeauty.com/mac-blot-powder-review-photos-swatches/

There is mac sheer pressed powder too : http://makeupandbeauty.com/mac-select-sheer-pressed-powder-review/

and if i had to repurchase i would go for some compact from mac only because MSF does not come with a puff or mirror so that never helps when you have to carry it along. i can totally repurchase this one anyday. 🙂

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Sumi August 26, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Expensive!!
I have an oily skin and i’ve tried quite a few compacts.. none of them work that great..
i have to keep blotting my face every hour..

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Rati August 26, 2012 at 6:06 pm

i guess you should use a primer. That helps in making your makeup last quite long. 🙂

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Jabberwocky August 26, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Great review. Thank you for specifically mentioning that it is a luxury, not a necessity. 🙂 Otherwise, I’d have starved myself (read: skipped cheesecake and pizzas) to save up for a sinfully classy thing like this.

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Rati August 26, 2012 at 9:48 pm

jw, glad. 🙂 actually some things with chanel are such that are not replaceable but this pretty much is. 🙂 Thanks. 🙂

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Vish August 26, 2012 at 9:32 pm

nicely review
loved the honest way u expressed at the end

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Rati August 26, 2012 at 9:49 pm

thanks 🙂

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Harman August 26, 2012 at 11:32 pm

ooohh nice Rati di 🙂 One day when I earn I will also indulge in such luxuries once a while 🙂

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Surbhi August 26, 2012 at 11:38 pm

Great review Rati di. But this is so expensive 🙁 i will have to save my pocket money to get this. its better i skip this. thanks for mentioning that it is not a necessity 😛

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Nilima September 6, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Hey then which one is slightly pocket friendly substitute for it mine is very dry skin do u have any suggestions?

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Sheila Perrone July 29, 2015 at 11:24 pm

Just bought this the other day. Great powder BUT I am SHOCKED considering the name, prestige and price, that they give you a poor quality applicator/sponge! I have had cheap, drugstore compacts with 100% better applicators than this. CHANEL??? They should be ashamed! I actually threw the sponge away thinking it was a protectant for the powder! I quickly retrieved it when I realized it was the actual applicator. Going back to the chanel counter today to see if they will give me a half decent replacement.

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