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Lancome Translucence Mattifying Pressed Powder | What’s In My Makeup?

Lancome Translucence Mattifying Pressed Powder | What’s In My Makeup?

Lancome Translucence Mattifying Pressed Powder | What’s In My Makeup?

The Lancome Translucence Mattifying Pressed Powder is a real mouthful – or… typeful if you will. At the beginning of September I picked this baby up while purchasing another bottle of the Shiseido Synchro Skin Foundation.

I’ve been on the hunt for a good pressed powder alternative to the ever-beloved Rimmel Stay Matte Powder which turns out to be chock-full of some pretty bad ingredients. After trying a Physician’s Formula one and being completely dissatisfied I thought that stepping it up from the drugstore brand might be the best option.

The Lancome Translucence Mattifying Pressed Powder $44 CAD


I’ve honestly never paid so much for a pressed powder in my life. I didn’t even look at the price tag when the lady was ringing it through because I didn’t want to know. For the size you get, I’m going to be upfront and say that it’s a bit ridiculous.

Product Details

Lancome describes this powder as “Ultra Sheer. Silky Smooth” and says that it will last for up to 12 hours without looking chalky, while providing a nice matte finish.

When I purchased this, I did receive a couple other sample products including a nude blush and a sample of the Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara.

My Thoughts


This product is nice. Like, really nice. I do enjoy using it and I find that when you apply it, it does look very sheer on your skin. However, I wouldn’t say that it lasts for 12 hours. It is closer to eight hours (or a full workday.)

It is packaged in a nice sturdy case which is great for transporting in your purse – but it does look very “grandma-ish.” I feel like an old lady when I pull this dark navy flowery case out in the bathroom to touch up my makeup. Lancome did a great job with the Juicy Shakers and now they need to step it up by revamping all the product lines to appeal to a younger generation (in my opinion.)

The sample products I received were hit and miss. I was really looking forward to trying out the mascara – which turned out to be the clumpiest product I’ve ever used. Not only that but after a couple days of testing it out my eyelids started getting sties (little pimples.) After discontinuing using that product I haven’t had a problem.

Would not recommend the hypnose doll lashes mascara if you have sensitive eyes. 

The blush is really nice, I love the colour and I’ve been wearing it since the day I bought it. I did notice that it is perfumed… which is a bit weird, but if you can get over the fragrance it’s a really good product. It lasts all day and provides a very even application.

Ingredients [In Order]

Talc. Used to absorb excess oil and moisture. However, talc does have the ability to block pores as well.

HDI/ Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer. Used for anti-caking. Studies have shown that this can be toxic when inhaled and ingested. However, it has been approved for use in cosmetics below 30% concentration.

Isononyl Isononoate. Used for Skin-conditioning, a 2008 study in Belgium says that it is an allergen. However, I cannot verify the study as I don’t have access to the article.

PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene.) AKA Teflon. Used as a bulking agent and skin-conditioner. No Studies on this chemical in cosmetics, although Teflon could be a carcinogen when heated above 350 degrees farenheit. Interestingly, it is found in 99.7% of people’s urine samples.

Lauroyl Lysine. Skin-Conditioning. Amino acid derivative from the fatty acids in coconuts. There are no adverse reactions to it. However, it could be a comedogenic (clog pores.)

Zinc Stearate. Controls viscosity. Noted as “generally safe” by the FDA. There are concerns that it could be an irritant and could be bio-accumulative.

Dimethicone. A silicon-based polymer. Used for skin conditioning and as an emollient, it is non-biodegradable. It essentially creates a “plastic” barrier/ layer on your skin.

Methicone. Another version of a silicon-based polymer.

Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone. Used for skin-conditioning, it is another silicon. Helps to slow the loss of water/ moisture on skin.

Silica. Used as an absorbing agent, an amorphous silica is approved for cosmetics and food.

Caprylyl Glycol. Used as preservatives, can be derived from plants or synthetically made. Studies have noted that there may be mild irritation with product use.

May Contain

Iron Oxides. Cosmetic colourants that are considered safe, non-toxic and non-irritating.

Titanium Dioxide. Considered a possible carcinogen when it is in a powder form. Acts as an opacity agent.

Zinc Oxide. Mainly used for sunscreen, can be toxic if it is airborne.

D47089/2. No Data.

Lancome Translucence Mattifying Powder

Would I repurchase?

Although this product does work well on the skin, I don’t believe that it’s something I am going to repurchase again. $44 CAD is a high price tag (in my opinion) for the size of the product and the ingredients that are similar to other powders that you can buy in the drugstore.

This does set makeup amazingly, but I just don’t think it’s worth the price tag.

Have you tried Lancome Products? If so, what’s your favourite? 

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  • reneejessome

    $44 is pretty pricey for such a small case! Totally sucks that the mascara gave you sties! I used to get them a few years ago and I never even thought that it could have been from my mascara!

    Renee | Life After Lux

    • Yes it is – I guess if you love to splurge on beauty products it would be okay! But for a powder it’s very iffy. Oh man, sties suck! As soon as I stopped wearing it they went away… so it was definitely the product for me. However if you rub your eyes a lot that could also cause them.

  • I guess you better not heat your powder then to stay safe from the Teflon… That aside, I don’t think I´d pay that much for a pressed powder either, not until it was about triple the size of that one.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • LOL I’ll be sure not to do that – although now I’m pretty curious as to what would happen (I guess it would just burn?) And no, $44 is quite a lot of money for some powder.

  • Hmm, I don’t think this is worth the price tag, I mean $44 is a lottttt of $$$. The blush on the other sounds really lovely, I don’t mind perfumed makeup as long as it doesn’t linger forever.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  • $44 is a bit steep for a pressed powder :/ I’ve tried a few lancome mascaras but they haven’t worked out for me 🙁 Their lip products are the bomb though! I agree they do need to repackage a few things to appeal to us!

  • Kay (shoesandglitter)

    Ouch at the price, but the pressed powder seems lovely! I can see what you mean, the packaging does seem a little old-school, but actually I kind of love it! 😀 I’m glad that it’s effective, although for that price I’d expect a powder to keep me shine-free for at least a week, haha! Shame about the mascara, I have Hypnose Doll Eyes and I totally hate it. It just does nothing for my lashes! <3


  • The price is just ridiculous! I wouldn’t buy it for sure. I mean how good does it have to be for me to actually re-buy it?

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  • It’s a shame the price is so high! The nude blush is such a gorgeous shade though! I love it x


  • Aww, shame it is not worth the purchase price :/
    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

  • Ela

    Shame – it was so expensive!

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