Buro. Beauty Club Singapore: We review Gucci Beauty’s Poudre De Beauté Mat Naturel and their Éclat Soleil
The metrics of success within the beauty realm is markedly different from what it was a few years back. In this age, it's not just about the amount of sales made; the association with Hollywood heavyweights; or the prestige of a premium ingredient list. In 2020, we are looking to labels that share the same ethics and philosophy. Essentially, brands with offerings in line with what we stand for — whether that constitutes toxic-free skincare, vegan hair products, or inclusive picks catered to the masses.
The latter, in particular, serves as a new standard within the industry; the aftermath of the Fenty effect where bad gal RiRi dropped a staggering 50 foundation shade range. A failure to comply with this newly-instated bar can lead to — at best! — poor sales, and at worst, a total boycott of said product (see: Tarte's Shape Tape).
Now, on to the question of the hour: will Gucci's latest face powder and bronzer hit the mark, or go entirely off-course? The Buro. Beauty team got four panelists of widely different skin tones to dish the dirt.
Product: Gucci Beauty Poudre De Beauté Mat Naturel and Éclat Soleil.
Shade range: 12 for the powder, and five for the bronzer.
Uses: The powder prides itself on its lightweight, buildable formula that spreads evenly on the skin to grant a radiant complexion, concealing imperfections all while mattifying the oiliest of t-zones. The bronzer, on the other hand, is primarily designed to create a sun-kissed glow. Beyond that, it also claims to help blur fine lines and pores efficiently.
Price: $95 each.
Emily Heng, Beauty Editor
Shade: Gucci Beauty Poudre De Beauté Mat Naturel in 01; Gucci Beauty Poudre De Beauté Éclat Soleil in 01.
Let me preface this by saying that I expect a lot from my powders. Not only do I need 'em to suck up all the grease regularly pooling on my face, I also prefer if they a) work well with my blush; b) hide zits, spots, and all manner of imperfections so I can skip out on concealer; and c) eradicate skin dullness. Lucky for me, this bad boy by Gucci ticks most boxes. I was initially apprehensive as to its longevity seeing how it's marketed as both buildable and light-as-air texture-wise, but I was pleasantly surprised to discover it intact after an arduous work day and even past dinner. Impressive, indeed.
Unfortunately, I can't say the same for the bronzer. It does retain the powder's soft, silky texture that makes for easy blending, but that's about where the similarities end. It left unsightly smears against the inside of my mask by the third hour, and was entirely non-existent by the time evening rolled around. Perhaps it might stay better if I opted for a hefty helping of setting spray, but that's not a risk I'm willing to take. One bronzer-tarnished mask is enough to deal with, thank you.
Sonia Jit Kaur, Educator
Shade: Gucci Beauty Poudre De Beauté Mat Naturel in 04; Gucci Beauty Poudre De Beauté Éclat Soleil in 02.
I attempted the powder first. To my relief, I discovered that it was an exact match for my skin tone. That's a huge pro, plus I liked how it brightened my face without obscuring it! My natural tan still shone through despite a good dusting of the powder — which lasted all day at work without air-conditioning, I might add. I suppose if I were to talk about my grievances with the product, it would probably have to do with the slight shimmer in its finish. I prefer matte variants, though I'm guessing that this has to do with the micro reflecting lamellar pigments found in its formula. All in all, I wouldn't consider it a deal breaker, though.
As for the bronzer, I adored its soft powdery texture. It blended like a dream and was easy to apply with a big, fluffy brush. The shade worked really well for me, too. However, I'd be remiss not to point out that it's probably because I'm not looking for too much definition with my bronzers. It mixed well with my blusher and gave an understated, subtle luminosity that I'm all for.
Shadira Natasha Bte Jusri, Practice Manager
Shade: Gucci Beauty Poudre De Beauté Mat Naturel in 06; Gucci Beauty Poudre De Beauté Éclat Soleil in 04.
It's likely that regular users of matte-finish products would be alarmed at the hint of shimmer within Gucci's Mat Naturel Beauty Powder — especially since it promises a smooth, airbrushed complexion. My worries, however, were unfounded. As an individual with troubled skin, I've always avoided applying anything shiny on affected areas to avoid drawing attention to it. And yet, I found that application was exceedingly smooth, where the specks of shimmer disintegrated and blended in, rendering my visage matte. Bonus: its powdery, floral scent which was present in the Éclat Soleil as well.
Like the Beauty Powder, it contained a hint of shimmer. Unlike the powder, however, it didn't mattify completely. I also didn't feel that it didn't match my skin tone entirely, though I made it work by blending it with other products. I have to say, five hues do not make for a comprehensive range. The provided brush was its saving grace. It had a unique shape that made it really convenient to contour, especially in the space between the nose bridge and eye socket.
Monica Saranya Selva De Roy, Actress
Shade: Gucci Beauty Poudre De Beauté Mat Naturel in 05; Gucci Beauty Poudre De Beauté Éclat Soleil in 02.
Firstly, the packaging is luxe — from the texture of the cloth bag to the powder container, it screams value. You open them up, and they don't stink! They may be powder-based products, but they smell lovely. On to the powder: it is very lightweight and doesn't provide a ton ofcoverage, which is great for someone like me who wears heavy makeup when I dress up. Pretty much every type of foundation and concealer I own is medium to full coverage, so I don't need my face powder to work so hard on my face.
The bronzer at first looked extremely dark in its container, but when swatched, I felt like it could work on my skin. I confirmed this when I applied on my face, where it really took to the rest of the products welland sat very nicely on my skin. My bronzer application area is also the same area where I have vitiligo patches, and most times when I apply bronzer, it'll take off some of the base that was applied to cover up the vitiligo patches. The Gucci bronzer sat on top of all the base without making it look cakey. I used the same application method as I would usually, but I found with the Gucci bronzer you don't get that harsh streak on your face. Both products played well together.
Gucci Beauty's Poudre De Beauté Mat Naturel has earned a permanent spot in our hearts — and vanities. Lightweight, smoothening, and long-lasting, it proves ideal for our hot and humid shores. The bronzer is a bit of a mixed bag, though the consensus seems to be that it would function better if it came in more shades and was a tad more mattifying.
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