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Chanel White Essentiel Light Reflecting Whitening Compact Foundation Review

June 24, 2009

I know I’m a little late in adding the text for this post, but I’ve had the worst morning! My subway caught on fire halfway through my commute and idiot that I am I decided to stay in the station which was filling up with smoke to wait for my connecting train =X. Needless to say we were evacuated a few minutes into my wait and the station was floodeed with police and firemen. But onto our review!

I picked up Chanel’s White Essentiel Light Reflecting Whitening Compact SPF 25 in #30 Beige Cendre while I was in Korea (full haul photos HERE) for two reasons: (1) it’s not available here in the US, and (2) I loved the sleek white compact. It’s refreshing to have a non-black compact from Chanel, as fingerprints on a shiny black surface drive me a little nuts.

Like the Guerlain Parure Pearly White foundation I reviewed HERE, Chanel’s White Esesentiel Compact Foundation claims to be designed specifically for Asian skin, whatever that means. I’ve been using this on and off for over a month now, and as expected, I haven’t really noticed any whitening benefits, but then again I wasn’t expecting them. The foundation is enriched with a Vitamin C derivative which Chanel states is an active whitening ingredient, but really how well can a powder foundation whiten your complexion? Don’t get me wrong, that’s not to say that I don’t really like this!

Chanel’s White Essentiel Compact doesn’t offer much at all in the way of coverage as I really have to pack it on to get anywhere close to medium coverage, but it does really brighten the look of your complexion while smoothing out the surface texture. The foundation contains light-reflecting pigments which help to capture and diffuse light, creating the illusion of smooth skin.

And my favorite thing about the White Essentiel compact? The way it leaves my face feeling silky smooth post-application. White Essentiel has a micronized airy texture that really leaves your skin looking and feeling exceptionally smooth and almost airbrushed.

Silica microbeads in the foundation help to absorb any shininess without leaving you looking too matte, making this a pretty fabulous touch-up powder. This powder foundation has become an indispensable part of my makeup arsenal, and I always carry it in my purse for touch-ups throughout the day–it eradicates shine while leaving your skin looking smooth and radiant, all without disturbing your underlying foundation.

Unfortunately the color I picked up, #30, is a little on the dark/yellowy side for me, but this powder is so sheer that it doesn’t really me much. If you’re in Asian and have access to this, definitely check it out and let me know what you think!

The White Essentiel line also had these fabulous color-correcting, radiance-boosting primers that I LOVED but that I couldn’t purchase due to customs issues, and I’m also dying to try the whitening foundation, but those will have to wait until another trip.

Etude House Peach Skin Pact Review & Swatches

June 2, 2009
Etude House Peach Skin Pact in #1 Peach Bloom

Baked compact supplies light skin coverage with minute, pearl powder particles for long lasting complexion flawlessness.

Etude House’s Peach Skin Pact was released a few seasons back along with the Pore Erasing Peach Base (review HERE), and like the Peach Base, has that same heavenly peach scent that I utterly adore. Come to think of it, most of the Asian products that I own smell pretty amazing–case in point, Jill Stuart’s products. Yumminess in gorgeous packaging!

The powder itself applies like rather nicely–it’s smooth and silky and contains brightening pearl powders to give your complexion a nice brightened look. The trouble for me comes a few hours later. My oily complexion doesn’t take too well to this powder, and while I’m oily around mid-day like I usually am, the real issue is that it just doesn’t look so good once the oilies set in. My face ends up looking a little splotchy as this wears down unevenly and people ask me if I’ve been crying.

I know there are a lot of people who simply adore this powder, and if your skin tends to be on the less oily/dryer side, I can definitely see how it might be pretty amazing, but for me it’s just average.

Still it’s a really nice powder for a really low price. This was actually a gift from my cousin so I can’t remember the exact price, but I believe that it was around $15 or so, and while I’m not in love with it, I do quite enjoy owning it.

Photo of bare skin.

Photo of skin with Peach Pact.


Yves Saint Laurent Semi Loose Powder in #2 Sand: Review and Photos

September 22, 2008
Yves Saint Laurent Semi Loose Powder ($56)

As promised, I’m here to tell you more about what I purchased with my Saks Mystery Money! Say hello to my beautiful (but ridiculously bulky) new Yves Saint Laurent Semi Loose Powder in #2 Sand–isn’t she shiny? So while I usually love YSL’s packaging, to be honest this is a little too much shiny gold on one product for my liking, but oh well! I love what’s inside enough to overlook the somewhat tacky exterior.

So why do you need this powder? Well first and foremost, it’s a pressed powder that you shave into a loose powder, meaning no more spilling powder in your purse! You grab the black dial, turn it clockwise until your desired amount of powder has been shaved off, and then apply. And on top of that this stuff is amazing for creating a flawless matte finish. It has enough color to it to camouflage any residual redness I may have left after foundation application and keeps me oil-free for hours on end. It took a day or two for this to grow on me since I’m used to the shimmer that my La Mer loose powder has, but now that it has I absolutely LOVE this!

I’ve been known on occasion to complain about the brushes that compacts come with–they’re usually cheap-feeling sad, stiff little things that can’t live up to the quality of their powder counterparts. But this YSL brush is a whole different story! It’s super soft, dense, and perfect for a mid-day powder touch-up.


So what’s the one thing I hate about this powder? I think it’s pretty obvious from the photo above–the thing is huge! I guess it’s not so large that I can’t travel with it, but I was hoping for something smaller =X. And one other little gripe I have is that the powder is rather heavily scented.

Two other minor concerns: (1) It annoys me that I can’t see how thick the powder is, so I don’t know how much I have, and (2) I wonder if I’ll be left with a small mound of powder at the center where the hexagon is. I’m thinking not, since that’s probably why the starburst is off center–so never mind!

The Inside (looks like a pretty starburst)

After a slight turn of the dial-see the shavings coming up?

A Close-Up

While the powder looks like it’s coming up in chunky curls, if you tap it around in the container you’ll see that it’s actually VERY finely milled and really looks and feels great on. Now if only they would slim down on the packaging and cut back on the scent, this would be a perfect product!

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Interested in reading about some other great YSL products? Learn more about the Rouge Volupte lipsticks here and here, and see what my favorite mascara looks like on me here.

Looking for a really cute pressed powder option? Click here!

Do you get ridiculously oily mid-day? Click here to see the pressed powder that could solve all your oil-slick woes!

Beautiful powder packaging on a budget? Click here for a great option by Carmindy for Sally Hansen.