Translucence Mattifying Silky Pressed Powder
Last Updated:08.26.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Lancome's Translucence Mattifying Silky Pressed Powder is magnificent in every respect, though it should be stated that you don't need to spend this much to get a great pressed powder.

The texture is disarmingly silky, so this applies and blends smoothly, looking very skin-like and not the least bit dry or powdery. As with the best pressed powders, skin is left looking polished and refined, with a soft, lasting matte finish. Those with oily skin will find touch-ups will be needed, but you can layer or reapply this powder without it looking thick or cakey.

This provides sheer coverage (it's not a powder foundation) and the shade range is marvelous, with options for fair to slightly dark skin tones. The darkest shades (in the "Suede" range) can look ever-so-slightly ash, but if applied with a brush instead of the included sponge they're perfect.

  • Supremely silky texture and beautiful sheer matte finish.
  • Looks natural and keeps excess shine in check for a respectable amount of time.\
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Makes skin look softly refined, not dry or powdered.
  • Soft, neutral shade range with options for all but very dark skin tones.
  • Expensive

Talc, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Isononyl Isononanoate, PTFE, Lauroyl Lysine, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Methicone, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Silica, Caprylyl Glycol May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Zinc Oxide

Brand Overview

Lancome At-A-Glance

Strengths: Some good cleansers; well-formulated scrubs; foundations with beautiful shades for almost every skin color; great concealers; several outstanding mascaras; the Artliner liquid eyeliners perform well; impressive powder eyeshadows; some fantastic lipsticks and automatic lipliner.

Weaknesses: Expensive for what amounts to mostly mediocre to below-average skincare products; lacking in effective treatments for blemishes or lightening skin discolorations; average toners; moisturizers that are short on including state-of-the-art ingredients; jar packaging; some foundations with sunscreen do not provide complete UVA protection.

French flair, free gifts with purchase, constant magazine ads, and attractive packaging impel women to seek out the Lancome counter. Once you're there, though, unless you're captured by the enticing claims, the skin-care products are resoundingly dull, and we mean really, really dull (the makeup is a different story). With new research and developments in skin care many cosmetics companies typically improve their formulas, even if just in a small way. That’s not the case with Lancome, which tends to raise their prices while producing lackluster, ordinary formulas with little benefit for skin.

Even more shocking is that their most expensive skin-care items tend to be the most disappointing, usually for what they lack rather than for what they contain. It's startling to realize that their priciest moisturizer is remarkably similar to dozens of other Lancome creams priced more reasonably (but still too high when you consider what you're getting for the money). It seems that all it takes to justify the excessive prices is a good story based around a rare ingredient and claims of delivering a younger look. What a shame so many consumers are taken in by this kind of marketing mumbo jumbo.

L'Oreal-owned Lancome, along with L'Oreal's own skin-care products sold at the drugstore, has fallen well behind their competition. For all their lofty claims and beautiful models, many other companies leave them in the dust. Most of the Lauder companies (Clinique, Estee Lauder), along with Dove, and Olay have skin-care formularies that consistently outperform those of Lancome and L'Oreal in terms of what substantiated research has shown is necessary to have healthy, more wrinkle- and age-resistant skin. Lancome claims to understand women, and they certainly know how to entice them with pretty packaging and scientific-sounding claims. It would be far better if they had an intimate understanding of what it really takes for skin to look its best and function optimally.

The biggest improvement Lancome has made is that almost all of their sunscreens now include the right UVA-protecting ingredients. Who knows why it took them so long to get this straightened out (L'Oreal is no stranger to this issue, as they have developed and patented new UVA filters throughout the years), but it is now easier than ever to find a reliable sunscreen from Lancome. Given their prominence and presence in department stores around the world, Lancome isn't easy to ignore. Our suggestion is to look beyond most of the skin care and focus on what they do best: makeup (especially foundations and mascaras).

Note: Unless mentioned otherwise, all Lancome products contain fragrance.

For more information about Lancome, owned by L'Oreal, call (800) 526-2663 or visit www.lancome.com.

Lancome Makeup

L'Oreal-owned Lancome is a stellar, French-bred collection of makeup that remains the best reason to shop this line. Because most of Lancome's skin-care products have problematic elements (be it jar packaging, insufficient sun protection, or dated formulas), it is a relief to find that, for the most part, the colorful side of their business has more than its share of innovative products. We enjoyed the fact that no matter where we shopped, Lancome's counter personnel were friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. There's a lot to keep track of, and Lancome deserves credit for keeping their salespeople so well informed.

If you're looking for a force to reckon with for foundations, Lancome is a must-see. They continue to offer some of the most elegant, silky formulas anywhere and in a color range that is overwhelmingly neutral, whether your skin is porcelain or ebony. The only troubling aspect is that most of Lancome's foundations with sunscreen do not contain adequate UVA protection or the SPF rating is too low. Lancome obviously knows about the risks with these issues (after all, they market ecamsule, their version of the UVA-protecting ingredient Mexoryl SX, and brag about its UVA range). And considering that, we are not recommending as many of their foundations as we have in previously have. Beyond this major gripe, you will discover that Lancome has a well-deserved reputation for their fantastic mascaras, and that their latest powders and eyeshadows apply with a silkiness that makes them gratifying to work with. The rest of the makeup encompasses many valid choices, but before you commit to Lancome, consider the similar options available for less from sister companies L'Oreal and Maybelline New York. Striking a balance among the best of each of these lines will give you first-class makeup that beautifies without breaking the bank.

Note: Lancome is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because its products are sold in China. Although Lancome does not conduct animal testing for its products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law.” Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.

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Too matte; accentuates dryness

A very little goes a long way, but it's difficult to use little enough of this powder to prevent it from deadening your overall complexion. It's not a great option for people with drier skin, because it does highlight patches. Finally, for what you pay for it, you get *very* little product, much less than typical compacts.

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Good for setting powder

I'm on my 2nd compact. While I agree the texture is very sheer and nature. (Too nature you can't use it to re-apply your makeup). Lancome didn't create enough shade like their foundation. I am in between shade 100 (the lightest) to 150. If possible, shade 125 would be ideal! It does make skin softly refined. However... if you already have dryer area, this powder WILL enhance the unwanted dry-patch. The sponge come with the compact is not useful at all, a soft brush is much preferred.

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agreed,4star worthy powder

The only other powder I've used was clinique gentle blend and that powder gave me painful cysts EVERYTIME, no idea why. This powder hasnt caused any problems at all and I use it daily. It goes on very matte, too matte for me, but quickly looks natural when oil breaks thru. It never, ever cakes, even with many pats over 8 hours. The sponge is easy to clean and picks up/applies powder well enough. good color range. Very highly recommended

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Beautiful Powder!

I purchased this powder based on the Beautypedia Review, and I was not disappointed. It truly is a beautiful pressed powder. It is silky smooth and very sheer. It doesn't build up on your skin and leave you looking "cakey." It mattifies, but still leaves your skin looking natural. I use the sponge that comes in the compact to apply the powder, and it works great! I have nothing but good things to say about this powder! I think it's worth every penny, and I would definitely re-purchase.

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