Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Chanel Reverie Natural Finish Loose Powder
Chanel Reverie Natural Finish Loose Powder

Chanel Reverie Natural Finish Loose Powder ($52.00 for 1.0 oz.) is described as a “rosy golden beige.” I think Chanel missed a vital component of the description, though: LOTS AND LOTS OF SPARKLING BITS AND BOBS. The base color is a soft, candlelit beige with a hint of warmth and pinkness that features flecks of sparkle. It seems less sparkly compared to last holiday’s Feerie (which I don’t own but saw briefly). If you’re not a fan of loose sparkle in your face powders, I’d pass on this. It’s a finishing powder that mattifies and sets makeup, but it also had noticeable bits of sparkle everywhere I applied it. I barely patted it on, and there was a healthy blanket of sparkle all over my face (well, the half I applied it to).

The good and bad news is that you can’t really see it in the photos. You can definitely see it in person, though. We were waiting for some to-go food when I was testing it, and my husband looked at me strangely and said, “You have glitter all over your face.” Why, yes, yes, I did! I’d describe the particle size to be more that of sparkle, so noticeably smaller than glitter but larger than shimmer and more reflective. It’s not so densely-packed with sparkle that every inch of your skin is sparkly, but it’s definitely apparent.

I’m not keen on it as a finishing powder; I think the random sparkles take away from the mattifying, finishing effect of the powder itself. I’d rather grab one of the flesh-toned shades (although, this is really quite transparent on, as finishing powders are designed to be) that do just that but do not have any sparkle. However, The Muse loves it, so give her a review a look-see for some balance. With the amount of sparkle in this, I thought it was better suited for holiday glitz on shoulders and decolletage. It would even work well on legs and arms. Now that I think of it that way, it reminds me of an old Benefit powder that was a sparkly powder that came with an elegant, over-sized pouf to apply, which was quite fun and pretty for body.

The powder itself does mattify and finish off foundation quite well, and it helps keep my foundation in place and to last longer by extending the wear an hour or two hours. I don’t think it hides imperfections, though, because the sparkle draws attention to them.  It’s extremely finely-milled and feels truly like silk against the skin.  It’s lightweight, doesn’t look cakey, and should work well on many complexions.

The Glossover

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Reverie

A-
The powder itself does mattify and finish off foundation quite well, and it helps keep my foundation in place and to last longer by extending the wear an hour or two hours. It's extremely finely-milled and feels truly like silk against the skin. It's lightweight, doesn't look cakey, and should work well on many complexions.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Chanel Reverie Natural Finish Loose Powder
Chanel Reverie Natural Finish Loose Powder

Chanel Reverie Natural Finish Loose Powder
Chanel Reverie Natural Finish Loose Powder

Chanel Reverie Natural Finish Loose Powder
Chanel Reverie Natural Finish Loose Powder

Chanel Reverie Natural Finish Loose Powder
Chanel Reverie Natural Finish Loose Powder

Chanel Reverie Natural Finish Loose Powder
Chanel Reverie Natural Finish Loose Powder

Chanel Reverie Natural Finish Loose Powder
Chanel Reverie Natural Finish Loose Powder

Chanel Reverie Natural Finish Loose Powder
Chanel Reverie Natural Finish Loose Powder (right side only)*

* Yes, I’m wearing different eyeshadows on each eye.

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Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Chanel, $52.00 (Late October).

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: (left) Fyrinnae Meerkat, Steampunk, Immortality; (right) Lancome Always Fuchsia, Enduring Vert; Tarina Tarantino Tommy Jet Eyeliner, and Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Waterproof Mascara. On cheeks: Maybelline Light Pink Fit Me Blush. On lips: Revlon Red Velvet Colorburst Lip Butter.

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53 thoughts on “Chanel Reverie Natural Finish Loose Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. LOL what Shawn said just cracks me up! Mine probably wouldn’t even spot it :p

    I think I’ll pick their loose powder up (the regular, non-sparkling kind) soon. I’ve heard great things about it, and it’s good to know this one seems just as fine. The effect looks pretty on you in that photo, but I’m really not sure I want to walk around with shimmer all over my face!

  2. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Dominique Dominique

    I own Féérie, Rêverie seems to be more subtle in a way. I will purchase it, I love Chanel loose powders regular or Holiday.
    I saw the Dior Holiday powder yesterday, it’s a golden powder verr flattering too !

  3. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jade Jade

    Heehee I’ve often wondered if you get around with two different eyes while testing. I THINK I can see the powder, might be my eyes playing tricks though! Like the lip butter too :)

  4. “We were waiting for some to-go food when I was testing it, and my husband looked at me strangely and said, ‘You have glitter all over your face.'”

    Ooo, husband. Takes some getting used to to say that, doesn’t it. ;)

    Anyway, I was thinking I might want to pick this up, but if it’s as sparkly as you said, then I’d most likely skip. Thanks for the review, Christine! :D

  5. OH MY GOODNESS! I need this in my life STAT!

  6. The powder itself looks good, but I’m not sure about the shimmer in it. I like a matte face, maybe a dewey finish, but definitely not shimmery or (god forbid) sparkly.

  7. dom

    Can barely tell the shimmer on your picture – kinda reminds me of how Guerlain Meteorites would work. BTW I didn’t realize you had different e/s until I read your disclaimer at the bottom. I think I the one with the teal-ish/green-ish shadow is nice.

  8. Yellowlantern

    Hmmm…It doesn’t look to disco-y from the photos, but I know sometimes that can be hard to capture on film so I take you and your husband’s word that this is quite sparkly in person. Oh, and I love the look on your right (my left) eye!

    ps. your link to Muse’s review seems to be broken.

    • Yellowlantern

      Also, I just noticed that your rating system is slightly different? There’s no more packaging rating?

      What made you change your mind about giving a rating for that? Is packaging reflected in the product score or something or have you decided not to rate it at all?

      • We removed packaging after several long debates about it (internally, and by that, I mean mostly between Shaun and myself). At the end of the day, the feeling was good but not 100% great, super amazing, perfectly functioning packaging (which, by my standards, does not often exist) should not prevent an otherwise amazing, perfect product (which is the more important piece) from getting an A+. As the rating system stood, packaging had to be 4.5 or 5 (and everything else perfect) to be given an A+. A lot of people also interpreted the packaging score as a reflection of how cute/pretty it was (and I looked at the functionality, durability, etc.), so it was confusing for some.

        If packaging is particularly good/bad, it’ll be something I mention in the review (which is what I do already, so it’s not that packaging will be ignored now). Packaging is not part of any specific component, but it may be reflected in one of the areas if it’s particularly bad (or good) – most likely application. The one product I always think of is Benefit’s Stay Don’t Stray, which dispensed enough product for your face and then some, when all you needed was enough for your eyes – so it made it a harder product to use.

        The Rating System is fully explained here: http://www.temptalia.com/review-disclosures-policies-and-the-glossover-rating-system

        Hope that helps! :)

  9. asha

    Your face looks flawless.. Newly married glow of course ;)

  10. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Mindy Smith SunshineAz

    Wow! Your skin looks absolutely flawless and glowing!

  11. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Pamela Pamela

    Christine, does it feel odd to use the word “husband”? By the way, what’s your new last name? (If you don’t want to divulge, I understand.). I kept my maiden name because it was shorter and easier to spell.

  12. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Brenda Brenda

    Husband?? Did you get married already?? You know we are all excited for you guys to get hitched!! LOL :)

    • Yep! A week and a half ago :)

      • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Brenda Brenda

        GAH!! I’ve been trying to keep up to your blog but I missed it!!! Congratulations!!! I hope the day was everything you both wanted it to be. (I’ll be married two years in Dec) Wish you all the best :)

        It must be odd with all these people you never meet, a part of your life in a way. I’ve read your blog every day for three years and I’ve enjoyed watching your skills and the website grow. I read while my baby naps and I appreciate all of your (and Shawn’s) hard work.

  13. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Christina Christina

    Hi Christine!

    I see you’ve gotten on board with Fyrinnae! They’ve got some fantastic products! I have all the colors you’re wearing on your right (my left) eye. :) Meerkat and Always Fuschia look almost the same that I didn’t notice they were two different colors. Doesn’t matter, though. Your eyes look great, as always!

    Too bad about the sparkle in the Chanel powder. I was curious about it, but I’ve got my eyes set on the quad anyway. Thanks for the review!

  14. Monica

    it seems very clear

  15. Glitter in a setting face powder is just wrong. The two products do not belong together IMO. I like your right eye :0)

  16. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Mariella Mariella

    Christine, our right or your right? I can’t see much difference but was expecting my more glittery “flash” from your description. It actually looks really nice – well, YOU look really nice – both sides of you!

  17. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of virginie virginie

    CAn’t see a damn thing on the pic, I don’t know if it
    s a good sign or not… ;-)

  18. Helen

    Hi Christine, how is this compared to those Guerlain meteorites? What would you recommend if I need to pick between the two? Can’t afford both :(

  19. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Katherine Katherine

    Slightly off topic, but don’t you just love that you can call him your husband now? :) My husband and I are coming up on our 2-year anniversary and I still get a little smile when I refer to him as “my husband.” (I also like to call him “my huus-bannd” to his face in my best Dan Savage impression.) Not that labels are all important, but it just makes me happy.

  20. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Megan Megan

    Twilight has a lot to answer for! ;) I don’t understand why they’d put glitter in a setting powder. Not one for me.

    Funny that you should be wearing Meerkat in your full-face shot. I placed my first Fyrinnae order the other day, and it included that! I think all of the shades I ordered were in the purple family, actually. Anyway, it looks lovely on you!

  21. Chrystal

    Teehee, you were getting takeout ‘with the ‘hubby’. :)

  22. I can definitely see a difference in the photograph — there’s more of a shine to the right side of your face.

    And it appears that I’m going to need to get Red Velvet because that colour just looks gorgeous.

    • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Amy xamyx

      Ditto on the Red Velvet! I just did a major lipstick purge (and plan to go through again in case I missed anything), so I’m actually allowing myself to buy lip products. This is likely going to be the first.

  23. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Carolina Carolina

    I have absolutely nothing productive/constructive to add other than to say I loved when you went “and my husband looked at me strangely”… awwww… husband. :D How is Shaun doing with the “wife” word? Has it been hard not going boyfr…husband? lol

    • No awkwardness for either of us :) We are happier being able to say husband/wife than girlfriend/boyfriend or fiance!

      • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Carolina Carolina

        Awwww… I didn’t mean awkwardness (it’s adorable), but I know from friends that after years of saying boyfriend/girlfriend, the first couple of weeks they kept messing it up (and being endlessly teased every time they got it right). :D

        But I’m glad you are both owning up to the new status. ;)

        Adorable newlyweds are adorable. :)

  24. Nothing to do with the powder, but you look so beautiful in this picture – I love your makeup, its very flattering on you.

  25. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Michelle Michelle

    I’ll pass on the sparkly powder! However it looks nice in your face shot picture, and so does the lip butter. Red Velvet is vampier on me but it’s such a great fall/winter red.

  26. Audrey

    I love it on you! It would be too expensive for me though ):

  27. Amrita

    OMG I think I’m more excited to see you wearing eye shadow by Fyrinnae! They’re the best! :D I hope you think so as well. And make sure you pick up Pixie Epoxy :)

  28. Wow I love both your eye makeups ! haha :D the powder looks nice, too :)

  29. margo morrill

    Hello, I was wondering… How do you like this compared to the Guerlain pressed powders or there perles. I really like the idea of a little shimmer And just wanted to know your thoughts on any comparison between the 2 and which one you would go with?

    • Nothing like Guerlain’s Meteorites, pressed or otherwise – this has chunks of glitter, Guerlain’s doesn’t! I would go with Guerlain all day long.

  30. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Lauren Lauren

    Hi! I’m a huge fan of the site, thank you for all your hard work! Do you think this powder would work well as a highlighter? I’m not interested in it for allover, but maybe for cheekbones, brow bones, etc? Or do you think it might just end up all over my face? Thanks!

  31. francesca

    You’ re irresistible, I always am so impatient for your reviews…, my husband hated glitters however, just because then he finds them even on his socks.. but now it seems he resigned…
    kisses from Italy