Before I begin this post, I want you to close your eyes and imagine a sizable golden jar with the Guerlain logo and brand name on the lid. Can you do that? Yes? Great. The thing is as hard as I tried, I could not successfully photograph the packaging of Guerlain Les Voilettes Translucent Loose Powder Mattifying Veil. But you know what they say: it’s what’s inside that counts!
Packaging-wise, Guerlain Les Voilettes Loose Powder (I’m going to stick to this because the full name is so long) is pretty glamorous! It is about the size of my palm, which says a lot because I have rather big hands. The puff that comes with it is extremely thick and bouncy! Since I learnt my lesson with Givenchy Poudre Première, I have left the sticker on for the moment. It contains a very generous amount of 20 grams (0.7 oz) and goes for 45 euros here in Belgium.
You guys might remember that I bought the compact version of Les Voilettes some months back, and it is one of the very few pieces of makeup I actually carry in my bag. I didn’t feel the need to own the loose powder version as well, but I received 3 Medium for my birthday and now this is what I use to finish my makeup off. Medium is the shade that is the closest to my skin tone.
According to Guerlain, the loose powder version is supposed to “even out the complexion and set foundation” while the compact version is for “mattifying touch-ups at any time of the day.” Except for the fact that I don’t think anyone will want to carry this around, the two do not perform all that differently on me. I think the loose powder has a lower risk of looking powdery, but that’s about it. Unless your skin is oily all over, I would suggest using a brush for the area where not so much mattifying is needed. The finish is a silky matte that isn’t dull or heavy-looking, and it keeps my foundation going for a couple of hours longer!
The problem with the packaging is it is hard to control the amount of powder that comes out, so there is always some fiddling before I can get just the right amount of powder onto the brush/puff. Again, it might be a good idea to keep most of the holes taped.
Here is how 3 Medium swatches:
I took some comparison photos for you. Remember Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint?
This is how it looks with some Guerlain Les Voilettes Translucent Loose Powder Mattifying Veil on top:
I think the mattifying effect is visible, but it doesn’t take all the natural sheen out! I know that a glowy finish looks better in photos. However, with my combination skin, I always need a little mattifying in real life. It won’t take long till the glow comes back out again!
Bottom line: I do like Guerlain Les Voilettes Translucent Loose Powder Mattifying Veil, and I would recommend it to people who want their base to have a silky matte finish. Some girls with drier skin told me the compact version doesn’t work too well for them, and I can see why. With the loose powder however, there is a better chance. Now that I own both, I will keep this at home and the compact in my bag. Come summer, something slightly mattifying but not cakey-looking will get a lot of love!
Do you carry a powder compact around? If so, which one?