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.


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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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

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

Honest review. Like!


Rati August 26, 2012 at 3:34 pm

well they always are…


Jabberwocky August 26, 2012 at 7:57 pm

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


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!


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. :))


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


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. 🙂


Vini August 26, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Price wise its high
BTW Nice review


Vini August 26, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Price wise its high
BTW Nice review 🙂


Rati August 26, 2012 at 5:59 pm

thanks vini :))


kumkum jain August 26, 2012 at 4:28 pm

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


Rati August 26, 2012 at 5:59 pm

thanks kumkum :))


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?


Rati August 26, 2012 at 6:06 pm

aarbee, go for mac blot powder. 🙂

There is mac sheer pressed powder too :

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. 🙂


Sumi August 26, 2012 at 4:55 pm

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..


Rati August 26, 2012 at 6:06 pm

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


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.


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. 🙂


Vish August 26, 2012 at 9:32 pm

nicely review
loved the honest way u expressed at the end


Rati August 26, 2012 at 9:49 pm

thanks 🙂


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 🙂


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 😛


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?


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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