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I bought this Lancome Poudre Majeure Excellence in the Oxford Street Debenhams store, as it was being sold off at half price: £15 instead of £30. £30 is way too expensive for a face powder, but half of that is a bit more reasonable!
The powder comes in the traditional Lancome silver box, inside of which is a beautiful black jar with the Lancome rose. I love the packaging: it looks classy and sophisticated. I think the powder would be messy to apply when out and about, but in terms of carrying it around in your bag, I would have no issues: the lid fastens securely so there’s no risk of spillage.
The powder is designed for normal to dry skin, and the shade I bought – Shade 01 – is extremely pale and perfect for me. I was happy with this as the palest shade in a lot of foundation products is still too dark for me. I tend to have oily skin rather than dry skin, but I do get dry patches occasionally and hoped the product would suit my skin because of this.
A high quality powder puff is included in the box, but I tend to apply the powder with a brush. There is a mesh included in the packaging that you can lay over the powder, providing a kind of barrier between it and the brush so you don’t use too much product. I find the powder easy to apply: it is incredibly fine, with little discernible scent, and feels velvety-soft.
The powder is ‘micro-aerated loose powder’ which offers comfort and softness to keep skin hydrated and supple. The powder felt lovely on my skin, in fact I could barely tell that I was wearing any at all, except that I knew my skin looked more even-toned and less shiny. I occasionally get dry patches on my skin, but not with this powder, which fulfilled its claim to help keep skin hydrated. I experienced no irritation while wearing this product.
Unfortunately I did notice that the powder didn’t prevent oiliness so much as some of my other powders. I imagine that this is because it is designed for dry skin.
Overall though, this is a really good powder.
I am a lover now of all things made by Lancôme, in the time I've been using their products which is coming on for six months now -I've not come across anything that has reacted badly to my skin, or anything that looks terrible. I bought this in my initial hoard of products a few months back to go with my foundation. The most expensive powder I've used in the past was around the £10 mark so when I got this I really did feel like I'd gone up in the world, but I've made a better set of cosmetics even if I have spent a bit more to start with.
~*~ Lancôme ~*~
Lancôme is a French company that sells and distributes higher end cosmetics and skin care internationally, owned by L'Oreal since the 1960's it has actually been a company since the 1930's. A brand of skin care that most of my friends think is far too expensive to entertain in their make-up bags; they have a good reputation of being pricey but worth the money. The brand has certainly collected some high end names to advertise over the years, and for a company that is almost a hundred years old, they are always making new jumps and updating their products so they are accessible to most women, and even men now in the market. A wide enough variety to attract most age groups and a variety of products that mean you could get everything you needed in your make-up bag from Lancôme - for a price of course. That's a cost now, I'm happy to pay!
~*~ Poudre Majeur Excellence Compact ~*~
Now according to the Lancôme website, this is what this compact powder offers the consumer - Enjoy shine-free skin all day with Lancôme Poudre Majeur Excellence Compact portable powder. Skin is left velvety smooth with a matte finish, allowing the natural radiance of your face to shine through.The innovative JetfineTM technology grinds the powder exceptionally fine and soft, making it comfortable and easy to apply. With added amino-acids and smoothing oils, Poudre Majeur Excellence Compact powder glides over the skin to create a luminous, healthy-looking complexion.
It comes in four different shades, although it is a transparent powder, it won't change the colour of your skin dramatically.
~*~ The Compact Powder of Choice ~*~
When I first bought this powder, the woman that sold me the rest of my products explained that due to the colour that was in the foundation if I wanted a powder to set it, I would be better off with a transparent powder as all I needed was something to stop the shine coming through during a day at work. I'm a big fan of powders, because although I like my liquid foundation I can't spend all day, reapplying foundation when I'm at work, it's far easier for me to have powder compact in my bag or in my purse to quickly whip out if I need it. This is a very compact powder to be honest, although when you get it, it does look and feel quite expensive in a fancy silver box, and when you open it up you have a leaflet explaining the product - which in normal cosmetics you don't seem to get. The compact is a fairly durable one with a mirror in, and the powder is quite deep set in the bottom, with a clear plastic insert which separates the powder from the applicator. Everything about this compact and this powder does come across, as incredibly fancy and if I'm honest, it looks like it costs a lot. Now I won't waffle about the appearance of the compact too much but, the lid of it on the outside has a central layer which has Lancôme's flower in it, it took me a good two or three months to notice and it just adds a very fancy looking touch to the product.
Application is very easy, although the compact does come with a sponge applicator and I was advised to use it for greater coverage - I do find now as always that I use a big face brush rather than the applicator it comes with. It advises that you go from the inside of the face to the outside with the sponge paying careful attention to the t-zone. When I first started using this on top of my foundation I did just that, and because the applicator is white it soon started turning a horrible shade of my foundation and in all honesty I didn't like the effect it had on my skin, I felt like I was putting a lot on the sponge for it to be absorbed and not really get applied to my face properly. As this applicator sponge is really quite hard and almost like centrally made out of cardboard it's not really one that mould to your face as you're using it. Which is a shame because I think that if it had been a little less stiff I would have carried on using it, and applied the powder as Lancôme suggest. Unfortunately the way they've made their applicator doesn't really work for my face, now for others in may well do and it might be perfect for them - I however am more of a girl that likes a brush and to be able to sweep the powder on. The powder is very fine, although because it's pressed you won't lose a lot when picking up on a brush or applicator - so you don't get that drop of powder like you do with some of he clumpier ones and to be honest it sticks in the small crannies of your face really well without clogging. I know that using the brush will bring up chunks of powder that won't always get used, so I might waste a bit more than expected but the coverage on my face is just so much better as a result.
Coverage of this powder is great, it only takes a quick sweep around the sunken pot to get a good covering on the brush to sweep across my face - places like my chin and cheeks can be done with just one stroke round the pot. The higher shine areas such as more forehead and t-zone I might need to go over a couple of times to ensure I'm happy with what I've got on my face - and confident that any renegade oil won't come seeping though any time soon. I can normally apply this first thing in the morning before I go to work and after an eight or twelve hour shift I can happily say that I'm not anywhere near as shiny as I would have been with some of my older powders. On a very hot and sweaty day, you can expect to reapply but it's not through fault of the powder, more just the humidity and heat of the environment around you. The powder is really soft and does make your skin feel very soft and silky to the touch, which is brilliant because a lot of liquid foundations can make the skin feel quite wet and a little bit sticky, but this takes all that away and leave you with a nice matte finish to your skin - which is really soft and makes you feel very fresh faced. Due to the fact that it is a transparent powder - you don't have to really match it up with your foundation too heavily, it only comes in four colours so you would never be able to totally match it to your foundation, just go for the one that is closest to the colour you have. It's transparent so you're not looking to blend it in with your neck or face, it just blends naturally into your face and the colour of your skin. Eliminating and shine and sticky feeling skin as it goes along. It might be expensive but, its more than worth it because it's so kind to your skin, and doesn't take a lot of effort to remove at the end of the day - a quick rub over with a cleanser and a toner and it will be easily removed. I've not had any reaction to this powder in the time I've used it, it's been very kind to my skin.
It might not have the best applicator for my face, but doesn't mean it wouldn't be perfect for anyone else - after a few months of usage I've still got over half my compact left and although it's £29 a compact I'm happy to spend that, given it's lasted me four months already and I'm going to easily get the same amount of usage out of it. With this powder a little goes a long way, good value for money even if it seems like a massive outlay to start with.
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
From Lancôme's official website this is £29 for the compact, but you may well find it online at cheaper prices - but the official price is £29 but if you can get a bargain then I advise grabbing it with both hands you won't regret it.
I was given this Lancome powder last year by my mother. She had actually received it as a gift from my father but for whatever reason she didn't like it and so passed it onto me in the hopes that I would get on better with it.
Lancome is a very luxurious and expensive brand, though not the high end brand I usually opt for. If I want to spend a little extra money there are certain brand I have a loyalty to because I know their products are outstanding, Lancome is one I have had mixed experience with. That didn't put me off using what was a free powder compact though and I was keen to test it out.
The power comes in a black plastic compact case. The black plastic is very shiny and has the small gold rose synonymous with the brand in the corner. It has a clasp which you push to open the compact lid, this can then be clicked back into place easily when you have finished with it. Inside there is a mirror and on the opposite side a circular dish with the powder in. You also get a sponge applicator to apply to powder.
The design is fairly standard for a face powder, though it is finished in an expensive and rich looking way. The branding is subtle but the colours make is distinctive as a Lancome product, as they often opt for this very shiny black plastic embellished with gold. My first impressions were good, and the quality of all the finishing is top notch (the mirror is particularly good).
The powder is a lovely silky smooth lightweight powder which feels soft to the touch. It has a great matte quality to it and it feels very rich. It also has an incredible smell which is like a flowery talcum powder and money scent (if you can imagine it). Again the overall impression is of a really high quality and sleek product which definitely bodes well for its performance once applied.
Applying the powder is easy, with either a powder brush or the sponge applicator provided. I am often reluctant to use sponges as I worry that they remove any existing make up (which for me is foundation) and they soak up the product which is a waste. however, the sponge that comes with this is super soft and actually provides really great coverage. The overall effect once applied is amazing, I actually look like I've been airbrushed. So much so that you actually can't see my freckles once I've finished! It covers every blemish, it gives you a lovely radiating glow and leaves your skin looking flawless.
The compact costs £29.00 to purchase and I would say you get a relatively small amount of product inside. I don't tend to use mine all that often, saving it for special occasions as I know I won't be able to justify replacing it because the cost is too great. I am probably half way through it in 6 months, but I save it for use once a week or sometimes less. If you used this every day then I think it would probably only last you a month or two which isn't great for the price.
Overall, I think this is an amazing powder I just don't have the money to spend on it.
Lancome Poudre Majeur Excellence Compact / All skin types / Poudre Majeur Excellence Libre is formulated with incredibly fine and lightweight powders that blend perfectly into your skin / leaving a luminous / natural-looking finish / The silkiness of this unique texture gently envelops the skin in comfort and softness / while preventing dryness / All skin types / Sponge included.