Guerlain Les Voilettes Translucent Compact Powder

January 17, 2014

Just before the Crazy Paris collection (reviewed here) launched last year, Guerlain released 2 beautiful base makeup products – the Tenure de Perfection (reviewed here) and the Les Voilettes Translucent Compact Powder. I was so overwhelmed by all the Holiday 2013 goodies that I completely missed them and only picked them up “accidentally” during the Sephora anniversary sale.

Guerlain Les Voilettes

Les Voilettes is Guerlain’s latest pressed powder that combines absorbing powders and pearls to mattify and fix makeup, and gives a flawless finish. It is very handy for touch ups on the go as a light dab of this powder completely removes shine and leaves me with a refreshed, matte visage. However, much as I’m loathe to criticize anything Guerlain, Les Voilettes disappointed me somewhat. I found the texture to be not as fine as what I have come to expect from Guerlain, it is denser and not as soft as some of the other compact powders that I currently own (fyi, my current HG is YSL Radiant Pressed Powder Compact). Also, whilst it is excellent at mattifying the complexion, I found it left my under-eye area and cheeks somewhat dry, defining lines in an unflattering way. Consequently, I am only comfortable using this on my T-zone.

Guerlain Les Voilettes casing

It comes in a shiny golden compact with a black velvet pouch. The powder itself is laser-cut with the chic-est swiss dot pattern and the Guerlain emblem in the center, reminiscent of the Summer 2013 Madame Rougit blush (reviewed here). A thin puff lies inside, between the powder and the mirror. Part of my angst with Les Voilettes has to do with the cheap puff… I like to use the edge of my puffs to dab at my under eye area, and the one included with Les Voilettes scratches painfully! It also fails at picking up the powder evenly, which may be also due to the rather hard texture of the powder itself. So, I would recommend carrying a brush with you, which is not always the most convenient thing to do (me and my impractical tiny purses!).

In typical Guerlain fashion, Les Voilettes is fragranced with the scent of violets.  Although that is usually a scent that I embrace, I found it too overwhelming in Les Voilettes.  And unlike other Guerlain products, the scent lingers long after application, to the point of annoying.

Guerlain Les Voilettes comes packaged with 6.5gm of product for SGD75, which makes it one of the most expensive compact powders that I own. It is available in 3 shades – #2 Claire, #3 Medium, and #4 Dore. I, together with most NC20-25 ladies, use #2. With all the qualities above, I would suggest splurging only if you have terribly oily skin.


18 responses to “Guerlain Les Voilettes Translucent Compact Powder”

  1. StarfighterLily says:

    Are the pics of the Guerlain pressed translucent Les Voilettes powder indeed of the “clair” 02 color that you say works for you? (I’m about an NW20.) Thanks!

  2. pearlessence says:

    Hm… would this be more of a setting powder or foundation? I liked the other powders you featured in your compact powder foundation post more!

  3. bubblymichelle says:

    I had the same exact reaction when I tried this at the counter.. It’s soooo mattifying >.< Heaven sent for those with oily skin, but on me, left dry patches and emphasized any flakiness.

    • silverkis says:

      it is so widely raved though…! 🙁

      • bubblymichelle says:

        I think we are the only two sane people.. HaHa
        When Sarah and I were talking about this around the time it came out, I was telling her how powdery and drying this felt! >.<

        • silverkis says:

          lonely on an island… egoistic not at all! ;P We should hit the counters together sometime!

          • bubblymichelle says:

            Yup! We should.. let’s slowly go sometime when you are free 🙂 btw, you need to try the new Shu eyeshadows.. The texture and payoff!!! <3 I just die!

          • silverkis says:

            i know… but im not digging the plastic-ness of it all!! The Chanel Illusion D’ombres though… NEED!!!

          • bubblymichelle says:

            Yeah, the packaging kinda killed it..
            And really? The deeper aubergine? The pink is a little silvery >.< But the cream blush…… I want it so bad! Though I know very well that I don't use cream blush! haha
            If I get it, must pick up the TF cream foundation brush to pair it 😛

          • silverkis says:

            babe… seriously, trust me… those shimmers are TDF… and then u layer that sheer pink over…it’s like MAGIC! 😀 And yes, i believe i still keep chanel cream blushes in my muji so i have a reason to use my TF cream foundie brush! lol

          • bubblymichelle says:

            Ok, let’s try it out exactly like that at the counter sometime.. then you can tell me I told you so! haha
            And yeah, this brush addiction is not gonna stop anytime soon lol!

  4. stylehazel says:

    This pressed powder looks classy.

  5. Lena L says:

    I remember enjoying this a lot. This is one of the pressed powders I’ve used up!
    I didn’t think the violet scent was too overpowering although it is clearly there. Do you find it is stronger than the meteorites in general? 😉

    • silverkis says:

      Oh yes it is a lovely powder, I’m nitpicking… I just prefer YSL in this instance. Finished it already, lens? That’s fast!!! Oh yes, definitely stronger and stays with me longer than meteorites!

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