For me, winter looks are all about flawless matte finishes so I was on the hunt for a new powder…
I first came across Yves Saint Laurent’s Souffle D’Éclat loose powder in one of Queen Jackie Aina‘s beauty favourites videos. After hearing her rave about how flawless and airbrushed this powder made her skin look I just had to give it a try. I’m a strong believer in spending a little more on complexion products as I’ve always found high-end products to get along well with my skin. However, priced at £38, I still wanted to try before I parted with my money!
I went along to the YSL counter at Debenhams and asked to try the powder. The powder comes in 4 shades and, straight away, the makeup artist said #04 would be the best shade for my skin (For reference, this is the shade Jackie Aina uses too, as well as #03). I was stunned at how the powder instantly transformed the look of my skin. I’d been out for a little while so my skin had started to look slightly oily but the powder mattified and gave an almost airbrushed finish to my skin.
I then purchased the powder from Feel Unique since they were offering the best Black Friday discount and it arrived quickly and came beautifully packaged. I’ve since been using the Souffle D’Éclat for around two weeks and have absolutely loved it. It comes in gorgeous packaging with a mini powder puff which I actually use, unlike most other powder puffs you find in compacts etc.
The powder is incredibly fine so it feels extremely light on your skin and doesn’t look cakey at all – brilliant if you have dry or combination skin as loose powders can sometimes worsen this. Whilst it comes in shades, the powder is translucent so it doesn’t add colour. It is said to “enhance the skin’s natural radiance” and I have found this to be true. It mattifies without taking away the glow from your skin and, with wear, it becomes almost velvety in texture.
The main downside of this powder for me is that it’s not ideal for “baking” or setting my under-eye concealer and highlighted areas. I have yellow undertones and also like to have a bright under-eye area, meaning I like my setting powders for this purpose to be quite bright and yellow toned. For this, I still prefer Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Powder. For setting my entire face, the YSL powder is perfect. The sifter is also quite tricky to use as it’s difficult to get product out but you can always just remove this.
So, worth it? Absolutely! Gorgeous matte finish, a little goes a long way, light on the skin and radiant.
For today only, Feel Unique are doing 15% off across the website using code DAZZLE so if you’re sold, go grab it ;). Happy shopping!