The Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre Natural Finish Loose Powder featured in this post was purchased by me. All opinions are 100% my own.
Although my tastes of late (and beauty buying budget) lean toward products in the middle of the road, per se, I’ll admit to loving (and coveting) luxury makeup and skincare products. I love ’em! I’ve had my makeup loving eye on Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre Natural Finish Loose Powder for a while, so when the chance came up for me to nab this one you know I did!
After a small snafu at Macy’s involving a mistake they made on pricing a backpack I purchased for my son, they sent me some Macy’s Money which I immediately earmarked for this beloved loose powder.
I’ve been hemming and hawing on whether or not I should purchase this mattifying loose powder for some time now. Not only do I love using loose powder to finish my makeup, I really want to try out all products that come with that mattifying claim. Will it really work for my oily skin? Is it really worth the steep price tag of $52?
From the packaging to the texture of the powder itself, Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre Natural Finish Loose Powder oozes fancy with a cute little powder puff, to boot.
This powder comes in three colors: 20 Clair, 30 Natural and 40 Dore. I went with shade 40, which is appropriate for my medium olive skin tone. I’m not sure if the lightest color is appropriate for those on the lighter end of the skin spectrum, and also if the darkest color works for those with darker skin tones.
I decided to test Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre Natural Finish Loose Powder against a much less expensive loose powder, Coty Airspun Translucent Extra Coverage, which comes in at a whopping $5.99 and is available in one color. I used exactly the same skincare and did my makeup the same way on both days I tested each powder. For my foundation I used elf Spray Primer and Tarte Clay Stick Foundation.
Here is how my makeup looked at around 6:00 pm after a normal day of being inside in air conditioner as well as being outside in the roaring Summer heat while wearing Coty Airspun. Not bad! There’s a bit of oily breakthrough on my t-zone but otherwise it’s held on nicely.
After I applied the Chanel powder, I was in utter awe at the finish. It’s lovely and gave my skin and incredible glow. The mattifying effect did last for a few hours, but here’s how everything looked at the end of the day, under very similar conditions from when I tried Coty Airspun. Coty beat Chanel!
My Final Thoughts: So, is the be all, end all of loose powders and is it worth $52? Not really. It’s a gorgeous powder that feels silky smooth and gives my skin an incredibly glowy finish, but it doesn’t last the test of time. Nice, but not so nice I’m willing to spill $52 again!