CHANEL LOOSE POWDER: MAC MSFN’S CLASSY OLDER SISTER

I love MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, but despite its best efforts, it doesn’t keep me shine-free for long during the Summer. Blot, blot, powder is not something I like to do a lot of. While searching for something that would last longer I whittled my loose powder wishlist down to Laura Mercier, Guerlain & Chanel. I chose Chanel, obviously – I’ve become a bit of a Chanel fangirl recently.

CHANEL NATURAL FINISH LOOSE POWDER 30 NATUREL

CHANEL NATURAL FINISH LOOSE POWDER 30 NATUREL CLOSE UP

Chanel Natural Finish Loose Powder – 30 Naturel (30g/£31.50) is described as a “natural sheer matte finish” powder, that “through the inclusion of photo-reflective pigments” helps to “disguise fine lines and skin blemishes.” For me, it’s slightly matte, looks natural, yet it leaves a beautiful glow to the skin – very similar to MSFN. It feels much silkier than MSFN though, & gives a more brightened & luminous finish.

The jar is bulky (not something I’d carry around for touch ups) so after blotting during the day, I’ll apply a little MSFN if needed. I only have to blot once instead of 3-4 times with MSFN alone – quite the achievement for a combination/oily skinned girl + Summer!

CHANEL NATURAL FINISH LOOSE POWDER 30 NATUREL SIGMA TAPERED FACE F25

CHANEL NATURAL FINISH LOOSE POWDER 30 NATUREL SWATCH

I like to apply it with my Sigma F25 Tapered Face brush (my favourite brush so far for powder & bronzer, mostly because of the shape. I much prefer it to traditional paddle brushes.) I usually pat it lightly into the powder, swirl it in the lid & apply it all over my face after foundation & concealer. It doesn’t look cakey, it doesn’t feel heavy & although it looks very light against my skin when swatched heavily, it blends away into nothing. Because of this I don’t think it provides much, if any, coverage.

I wanted to see if I could capture the ‘photo-reflective pigments’, (tiny shimmer), so applied a few layers to my arm. If you look veryclosely & are looking for them, you can see a few. When applied on my face I don’t detect them but I do notice that my skin has the aforementioned glow to it. The powder has a slightly sweet, Soleil de Tan scent to it, but is much lighter – I love it, but I know not everyone would appreciate it.

CHANEL NATURAL FINISH LOOSE POWDER 30 NATUREL MAC MINERALIZE SKINFINISH NATURAL MEDIUM DARK

The main thing I love is that it sets my make up but doesn’t make me look too matte. Other powders I’ve tried felt like a compromise – they didn’t give me the MSFN glow.

Overall, would I recommend it? Yes. I think that loose powder is often overlooked but it makes a hell of a difference to the overall look & lasting power of a made up face. Is it worth the price? Yes. Comparatively speaking, MAC MSFN (10g/£18.50) works out at £1.85 p/g, & Chanel at £1.05 p/g. Despite the initial higher cost, you’re getting a lot more for your money, & for me it works better especially during the Summer.

78) Continuing with my Chanel-fangirl-ness, I can’t wait to see the Topkapi eye shadow palette in person! Especially the taupe shade. & Rouge Blush. & Plumetis lipstick, Illusoire & Epatant Illusion d’Ombre.. Check out The Beauty Look Book & Café Makeup for great swatches, comparisons & photographs of Chanel Fall 2011.

QUESTION TIME!

If you haven’t already noticed, or are not already reading the lovely Tiffany’s blog, Will Work For Makeup (you should, one of my favourite blogs!) then you wouldn’t know that I’ve been featured in her blogger interrogation series

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I’m proud to say that I could only find one spelling/grammatical error (I wrote ‘there’ instead of ‘their’, oops! Explainable through late nights & a lot of Uni work..) but if you find more, feel free to say ‘:D

While on the subject of questions, I received a Stylish Blogger award from the wonderful Aseya of Pretty in the Desert, another great blog/lady! So I have to divulge 7 things about myself. & have a think & pass it on to other bloggers soon.

1. My favourite number is the number 7, I’m oddly drawn to it.
2. I’ve never broken a bone, but did have an appendectomy. When I was under, I dreamt about a cheese factory with a conveyor belt that mannequins with beach wear were riding. & the farmer was growing the cheese on sticks.. There were sheep wandering around & he cultivated the cheese by wrapping their wool around the stick, & then pouring milk onto it. Hm.
3. I have a really odd sense of humour.
4. I love taking photographs! Which is really weird, because I hated my camera in December. I couldn’t work it out, & the controls/options intimidated me.
5. If I could change anything about myself, I’d wish for a flatter stomach. Time to hit the gym.
6. I love blogging, even if I don’t post everyday. I’m working on posting more often!
7. & finally, I’m late to everything. It’s usually on the ‘5 minutes late, so it’s more annoying that I didn’t just set off 5 minutes earlier’ scale, but I’ve been known to be much worse. Really bad habit.

Well.. after all the sudden bulk of personal information, if you have anything else you want to ask me (could be about anything!) then feel free to in the comments. This is question time, after all 😀 & thank you to Tiffany & Aseya!

71) Question for you: Do you take a blog more seriously if it has a lot of followers? Are you more likely to pay attention to what the person is saying?