Before Chanel, I was using Maybelline Clear Smooth Compact Powder as shown below. I'd tried to get the blue one over the green one where possible, because some places only sell the green one. The blue one has a higher SPF than the green one by 2 levels :) So yeah, trying to be kiasu here :)

After that, I have been using that for months until I switched to Chanel and I am glad the product is value for money! :)
Note the huge price difference between the 2 brands though =P

I'm not the type who demands for counter-brand cosmetics/skin care products, as long as they are value for money and effective, I will go for them. For example, my blusher is from Silkygirl :) But of course, marketing does play a part as well, as in the prestige as well as price factors, which might not always justify its quality. This is a common misconception :)

Like you, I make sure that the product is really highly raved by ladies and get as much info as possible through researching. Just like what you are doing now - reading reviews. But I do understand what may work for others may/may not work for me. So I'd always take opinions with a pinch of salt, which you should too, especially since each individual has different type of skincare problems as well as the type of skin. FYI, I have the combination type of skin (oily T-zone) - which is rather common in our climate conditions. 

Here are the pictures of the pictures of the Maybelline compact powders just in case you're wondering how they look like.
I have tried 2 different ranges of the Chanel compact powder (because my mom got the wrong one for me - but it turned out alright!). Before buying the compact powder, I was very fortunate to have a friend working in Chanel because she gave me some samples of Chanel products to try out and I'd really liked the powders :) 

The 2 ranges of Chanel compact powder :
The white casing is Le Blanc Light Mastering Whitening Compact Foundation which has SPF 25/PA+++ while the black casing is the Vitalumiere Eclat Radiance Comfort Compact Makeup which has only SPF 10 only.

Personally, I'd prefer the whitening over the radiance one but that doesn't mean that the latter is not good too. Both are awesome but just that I'm crazy over whitening products and hence the choice :)

As I have combination skin (oily T-zone), this powder although doesn't really help much in combating the oiliness, I still like how each application is so smooth. I don't use the brush that comes along because I prefer using sponges. I think it's easier to control. Speaking of which, I'm not a fan of liquid foundation as well. The one and only I have tried in my entire lifetime is the Revlon liquid foundation which I decided not to venture into them anymore because of the mess and hassle they create. It gets stuck inside your nails although I agree that using your fingers allow greater control and easier application than sponges/brushes, that's for sure. Liquid foundation looks extremely thick on my face as well. 

Honestly, I don't require one that provides excessive or thick coverage because I have naturally good skin. I don't have acne problems and the only time I have pimples is when it's nearing "that time of the month" but recently these few months, I realised that I don't even have this problem now! The worst pimples problem was during my O Levels which is like eons ago (I am reminded how much I've aged ):) Other than that, I don't recall any other unfortunate incidents. 

The only problem I have with my faceskin is the oily T-zone (which is not that terrible and excessive) and the enlarged pores I have. Of course, and the disgusting dark circles as well! And well, I do have quite a number of moles of my face but thank god they aren't those huge and/or hairy ones! :)

One more thing, Chanel compact powder has quite a pleasant scent too. Unlike the Maybelline one.

Besides not being able to solve my T-zone problem, another dissatisfaction is that the powder "runs loose" and gets all over the mirror, causing it to be dirty and blur. Time to time, I have to wipe off the remnants of the powder bits off the mirror to be able to view clearly. Quite a hassle actually. 

And of course, once dropped, the compact powder would crack, just like the rest of the powders as well. I say this because I've dropped mine before by accident :( 

Since my other cosmetics family isn't that expensive (I use Bourjois/K-Palette liquid eyeliner, Silkygirl duo blusher, some eyebrow pencil that my sis gave me - unsure of the brand, Canmake highlighter, Loreal concealer and Maybelline masacara), I think it is only reasonable that my compact powder which covers the largest portion of my face, can be abit more pricey? :) 
If I'm not wrong, it is sold at $90+? My mom got it at around S$70+ from HK :)

**One thing which I would like to highlight that is, please babes, do get a colour of your own skin tone. I have seen so many ladies using the WRONG tone for their face and they look really awful! It should match the rest of your body and shouldn't be whiter than them. I understand it would be icky to try the tester out especially if you have sensitive skin, but if so, you should get your products that are specially made for sensitive skin. For me, I seriously do not wish to look ridiculous mismatched with the rest of my skin, so I would take the chance and test a small portion on my face. You may want to try this out. Would be great if you have wet wipes with you at the point of time as well. :)

I think those whose faces are packed with layers and layers of powders is seriously a big booboo! Don't suffocate your skin so much alright? Plus, cleaning them off thoroughly would be a hassle. You don't have to apply layers to cover up problematic areas, just get a good concealer to do the trick!

The trick is to get the RIGHT coverage for YOUR SKIN TONE, NOT THE FAIREST OR WHITEST, unless your ambition is to be a Geisha? ;)
 

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