Review: Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre

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Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre in Clair – £36

Throughout the years, I’ve tried plenty of different powders in an attempt to find the perfect one. It has to be pale enough for my ghostly skin, mattify without going cakey, keep my makeup in place all day, leave a natural finish and just generally be a product worth repurchasing again and again. I don’t want to speak to soon, but I think I may have just found the ultimate babe of the powder world, hiya Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre! (Or, as I shall be calling it, Natural Finish Loose Powder). I’ve been using this for a couple of months now and so far it has lived up to all expectations, I think we’re on to a winner here.

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Chanel claim the powder gives a natural sheer matt finish and disguises imperfections and I think it does just that (although it’s not quite so good at the latter). In the photo above, I’ve got powder on one side of my face and not on the other side – can you tell which is which? I think it’s pretty hard to tell, which I would say is a good thing as it proves that it gives a very natural and almost invisible finish. (Sorry about the extreme closeup – it’s on the left, by the way). The Chanel Loose Powder just prevents shine and evens out the complexion a little bit without adding a powdery finish or altering the colour of your foundation. I wouldn’t say it was particularly good at covering imperfections, you definitely still need to use concealer – but it does a great job of setting the concealer in place so blemishes stay hidden all day. I use the Real Techniques Powder Brush to apply the powder.

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The length of time the Chanel Natural Finish Loose Powder stays put for is the other big plus point for me. I don’t have particularly oily skin, but usually after a few hours of my normal makeup routine I need to re-powder certain areas like my nose and chin. With this, however, my makeup really does stay in place pretty much all day. I haven’t needed to do touch ups during the day at all, and would only bother re-powdering my face if I was then going to be going out again in the evening. On nights out I used to apply extra powder every time I went to the toilets, but with the Chanel powder I only touch up once at the most, sometimes not at all. Amazing!

The main thing that was putting me off buying this product was the price. £34 is pretty expensive, there’s no denying that. I do, however, think it’s actually pretty good value for money as you get a huge tub with 30g of product which is probably going to last for years. That works out at around £11.33 for every 10g of product. The powder I was using previously was MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish Natural which is £21 for only 10g of product. So if you think about it, the Chanel one is half that price! CHEAP!

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I honestly can’t rave about this enough, so far I haven’t found a single bad point about it. Apart from, perhaps, that the tub is too big for my makeup bag – but I’ve just kept a little tub from something else that was empty which I can refill if I need to. If you’re looking for a powder which does everything you need a powder to do, then I would definitely recommend trying this gem out!


Freelance social media and digital marketing consultant with a penchant for writing blog posts, drinking sickly sweet cocktails and exploring the cobbled streets of Edinburgh.


  • Emsipop says:

    Oo it sounds lovely! £34 is too much for me really, but the MAC comparison is clever – it's actually a bargain! =) xx

  • Sounds lovely and looks great on your skin! xo

  • I might need to try this! My Estée Lauder colour has been discontinued, and I tried the rimmel stay matte that everyone loves but I didn't, so this will be next on my hit list once I finish off the Estée Lauder I think.

  • It sounds great but the price tag is bit steep!

  • Catherine says:

    This sounds lovely, definitely one to save up for!
    Catherine x

  • mel davies says:

    Your skin looks flawless in this photo! I adore chanel packaging, it just seems high end to me xx

  • Kirsty M says:

    And now I definitely have to buy it! I've been debating it for so long but it just seems totally worth it. And like you say- it's actually a bargain with the mac comparisons. You used MATHS and everything. Bargain ahoy! Xx

  • Michelle says:

    Okay Gillian, you've completely sold this to me. Your skin looks so perfect in this photo!

  • Claire says:

    Wow this powder sounds amazing, your skin is flawless. I will definitely keep this powder in mind, when I've finished my Mac MSFN 🙂

  • Jenny says:

    It looks lovely on you! I love the packaging of Chanel products too, so sleek and classic.

    I just found your blog, I'm in love. Your photos are great!


  • It looks gorgeous on you! Can you do a comparison between this and the Kryolan matte powder please?

  • Ella C says:

    Love your blog. Thinking of buying this to use on my wedding day. Is there flashback? Thanks

    • Gillian says:

      No, there isn’t any flashback – I think it would be perfect for wedding day makeup!

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