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What the hell, Estée Lauder – Loose Powder Review

April 22, 2014

I’m going through a very rough break up at the moment. I’m not sure if it’s for good, or if it’s something we can work through. I really thought that this was it, that I’d found something honest and pure that I could rely on. It appears that I was wrong. Estée Lauder, you have ripped out my heart and left me alone and inconsolable in a cold, confusing world. How could you do this to me?

I’ve been using your products for years. We had quite the rapport, you and I, and people always said we worked well together. We had a routine going, comprising of concealer, foundation and loose powder. But that’s gone now.

Recently, I ran out of loose powder. I did what I usually do. I figured out where on my upcoming journeys will be close to a store stocking Estée Lauder and I take my empty container in there so that I end up with the correct product and the correct colour.

I usually purchase from a department store, or online if my schedule is hectic. This time I found a Debenhams and was served by a lovely woman with an uncanny resemblance to David Walliams. Upon presenting her with my usual powder, I was told that it is no longer made and that Estée Lauder have changed it to something slightly different.

Estee Lauder Powder size difference

Basically, I went in wanting this and ended up with this. All these years I have been faithful to Estée Lauder’s Lucidity Translucent Loose Powder in Light Medium. 21g of powder and it came with its own powder puff for £27.50.

Estee Lauder Bottoms

Estee Lauder Open

I left that day instead with Estée Lauder Perfecting Loose Powder in Light Medium, no application method supplied and only 10g of powder for £28.50. What. The. Hell. To be fair, there is an annoying plastic thingy inside that twirls and leaves you with either too much or not enough powder. Nothing inbetween. Yay.

Estee lauder Powder

I am paying a pound more and receiving less than half of what I was getting before. Even if the powders were essentially the same you can still see why I would be annoyed. At least cut costs in smaller increments guys and I may not notice so quickly.  But the powders aren’t the same. This one doesn’t seem to be as effective as my precious Lucidity and it smells funny. Hmph.

I see that some stores still have my powder in stock (Boots for example) but eventually I will have to switch. Can anyone recommend a good one that won’t turn around and stab me in the back anytime soon?

– EDIT – I see people are still clicking the Boots link, desperate to get hold of some Lucidity. Unfortunately, it appears they’ve run out. Here’s how Estée Lauder recommended you get hold of some on Twitter.

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  • Katrina

    My favourite is made by By Terry, but you don’t want to know how much that costs. When my credit card weeps at me, I buy the loose powder from Illamasqua instead. Don’t buy Laura Mercier, it’s crap.

  • i hate when that happens. just happened with my favorite l’oreal product.

    • Boo! It’s just ridiculous. The new powder makes my face look dirty.

      • I’m not sure where you live – i’m guessing the UK somewhere – but if you have a yellow tone to your skin, Bobbi Brown makes the best powders for that color skin. It works on both of my daughters as well. Maybe it’s sold where you live?

        • Cheers – I’ll have a look and give it a go!

  • awww i love estee lauder’s stuff

    • I did too. New powder is not the same, though.

      • bradd78

        I just bought the new stuff too, no puff and much smaller. Probably the last time I buy it, next time maybe Bobbi Brown. Thanks for the review. I totally agree!

        • I still have about half the container left. Just makes my face look dirty.

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  • Norma Franklin

    I agree, it is a total ripoff. Not even half as good as Lucidity. They are too stingy to even put a puff in with it and it looks awful on my skin. Will look for another brand with something equal to the Lucidity. Shame on you Estee Lauder for promoting an inferior powder at a higher cost and a smaller amount of powder.

    • It looks awful on my skin too! It makes me look sick and grey or something. I am now using their Double Wear Powder – it’s not loose powder, and it still comes in the small size, but at least it looks good on my skin!

  • Emma

    I’ve just discovered this! You have articulated my thoughts to a tee! I’m fuming! Don’t know where to turn or what to use instead. Estée Lauder have lost a life long customer! So disappointed!

    • The shrinking size and increasing price of all their products has been rather infuriating, to say the least.

  • Laura

    Just left the mall with Lucidity. 🙁
    The lady gave me a sample of the new stuff and I almost fell over when she told me the price for the size.
    Please tell me what I should try!

    • I’m not using loose powder anymore, I changed to their more foundation / powder mix! Keep hearing good things about Bobbi Brown!

      • Deb

        It seems like the Bobbi Brown products are less expensive…BUT for less makeup also.

  • Laura

    No no withOUT Lucidity

  • Liz

    I know how you feel because I have been using the same for years! After numerous tries and wasted money, the one the I like the best so far is MAC loose power. I tried 2 different kind of Estee Lauder(New Lucidity replacement and Doublewear, Elizabeth Arden, Bobby Brown, Lancome, Clinique and so far MAC is my fav. I used to use Lucidity 01 and MAC NC5 looks very natural on me. Again, nothing like Lucidity but closest thing I liked so far.

    • Thanks! Haven’t tried a Mac one… been going on and off powders lately… will probably get back on it again in Autumn 🙂

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  • Debbie Klupacs

    I just went through the same thing and I am mad as hell only I Paid “”$40.00″” I have used the loose Powder for years I just get sooooooooooo mad when they stop making a producr and there is no puff the lady at the counter so oh you are suppose to put it on with a brush, well I am sorry I like using my puff!! Bring Back our Loose Powder with the puff!!!

    • I know! It was so sudden it was annoying as hell.

  • Geez. I just walked NYC trying to find my powered and on google search found your article. WTF EL?!
    Seriously have been using this since I was 18, I’m about to hit 40. Thanks for the article. There is some on ebay, but it’s cray cray exy. That said… desperate times…

  • Sue

    I’ve just purchased estee lauders perfecting loose powder as a first time user. Thanks for all the reviews on here, and I’m delighted that haven’t opened the product.. I shall take it back for a refund..Does anyone have an opinion on the double wear flawless concealer please. I have purchased to cover my undereye circles..Thank you

    • Glad to be of service. I have the concealer. It’s not as good as it used to be, but it’s still ok. I’m probably going to try something different when it runs out, just to see what’s out there.