Thursday, October 25, 2012

CARON face powder / le Teint a fleur de peau

Laura Mercier is not a very popular brand in France because it's available only in the main department stores.  We can't buy it online or pass by at Sephora and have a peek.

But I have American friends who swear by the LM mineral powder (it was even in my 'dying to try' list), and finally curiosity got the better of me.  It's taken me this long to get around to it because I had (am. still. having.) a less-than-stellar experience with the MUFE HD powder. 

I find this powder to be messy, and the container really isn't user friendly; you can use only a medium-sized powder brush because a bigger one won't fit inside the lid from where you pick up the product.

So I went to Printemps, which I find to be quieter and calmer than Galerie Lafayette, to have a close look at the LM powder and ask for an application [(we don't get samples over here :( ] - but on the way I got sidetracked at the Caron counter and this is what I came away with:

Already the packaging makes me wish I had an actual boudoir decorated in burgundy velvet... 

It comes with a washable puff-

-along with the instructions to apply the powder liberally to the T-zone, then to use a brush to diffuse it to the rest of the face.

It has a sifter-

-which actually isn't very practical because it doesn't completely contain the powder, but I doubt this design has changed much from the launch of this powder.

CARON specialises in fine fragrances, and the powder is the only make-up produced by the house.  According to the information booklet-

"Natural ingredients are ground, blended and sifted several times to achieve an outstandingly fine, lightweight texture...  Caron face powder is recommended by dermatologists...  It is sweetly scented with the fragrance of natural Bulgarian Rose, distilled by the in-house perfumer."

The range available includes:

1.  TRANSLUCENT formula
-a sheer, natural finish 
-for sensitive skin
-available in 10 shades

-for face and body
-for evening use
-available in 3 shades

3.  CLASSIC formula:
-excellent coverage
-matifying finish for combination skin
-available in 9 shades

-for the original gold box
-come with new screen and puff

-for touch-ups
-available in 4 hues to match the loose powders
-the golden compact fits in the palm of the hand

-use light-seeking colored pigments to give a natural look
-available in 3 shades

-large brush to remove excess powder
-swan's down powder puff

I got the shade in "Gitane", which gives the most sublime, peachy, brightening glow to my skin.

And the cost?
Here's another reason why that damn MUFE powder hurts me so much.  For the MUFE powder I paid 34 euros at Sephora, and that contains 10g of product.

The Caron powder is on average 45 euros, depending on where you get it, and it contains 30g of product.  That would mean that that damn MUFE powder should cost about 17 euros, or in the reverse calculation, the Caron powder should cost 135 euros...

If you get a chance, I would strongly recommend that you have a look at the Caron.  I was pleasantly surprised at the experience!

34, Avenue Montaigne Paris 8ème
90, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré Paris 8ème

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