Double rainbow all the way across the sky! Oh my God…Oh my God…Oh, God! What does this mean? Ohhh…Oh my God… -Unknown wise man
The Diorsnow Rainbow Powder (officially Les Neiges de Diorsnow Colour Correcting Radiance Powder in 001) is an Asia exclusive that Renee brought back from Taipei at my request. I thought this might be of interest because (1) it’s so crazy beautiful (serious makeup p0rn ahead!), (2) many of you live in Asia, and (3) sometimes Asia exclusives pop up in the U.S., such as during Nordstrom’s summertime Anniversary Sale (although that’s starting July 17th and I haven’t heard anything yet…). Update: The beauty specials for the Anniversary Sale are now up and they definitely don’t include Rainbow Powder. Update #2 (Feb. 2016): An almost exact dupe–in appearance at least–can be found in the Guerlain Meteorites Voyage Exceptional Compacted Pearls of Powder ($179 with the case or $59 for the refill pan). I updated this post with a comparison below.
The white compact is subtly pearlized with silver accents. It comes with a soft gray carrying pouch that holds not just the compact but also a pink-haired brush. However, the brush tends to apply too much, resulting in powdery patches. I normally use a synthetic powder brush by EcoTools instead.
The powder is an enchanting mosaic of white, lavender, blossom pink, and mint. Although each of the colors arguably color corrects for something (sallowness, dullness, redness, etc.), the powder translates into a translucent, cool white that primarily brightens the skin and neutralizes sallow tones. It doesn’t really diminish redness.
The powder is shimmer-free and instantly mattifies skin and blurs the appearance of pores to create the look of smooth skin. It has decent oil-absorbing abilities, making it a great choice for oily skin and T-zones. On my normal-to-dry skin, however, the effect was occasionally drying, so I dust it on very lightly.
The powder is hard-packed, so I run a powder brush over it several times to pick up enough product. In the swatch photo below, I ran my finger over the powder about 10 times; in normal application, one layer translates to a very sheer application. Sadly, as you’ll see in some of the pics below, I’ve managed to get foundation on it (I think from my sticky cushion foundations).
I use Rainbow Powder as a finishing powder after foundation but frequently before blush. Due to its neutralizing abilities, it works well as a base for cool-toned blushes (albeit not as well as lavender blush).
In case anyone is hoping for a similar product that’s more readily accessible, I tested this side-by-side with a few other brightening and color-correcting powders in my stash:
- Besame Brightening Violet Powder
- Guerlain Meteorites Pearls
- Guerlain Meteorites Voyage Exceptional Compacted Pearls of Powder
- Physicians Formula Mineral Correcting Powder in Creamy Natural
- Hourglass Ambient Light Powder in Ethereal Light
Versus Besame Brightening Violet Powder
Quite comparable in performance to Rainbow Powder, the main difference being that Violet Powder is in loose powder form. Was hard to notice a difference at the end of the day.
Versus Guerlain Meteorites Pearls
These are an obvious point of comparison, as many reviewers have noted. Meteorites leave the tiniest shimmers (visible if you know to look for them) whereas Rainbow Powder has zero shimmer. Meteorites only soften shine while Rainbow Powder instantly mattifies; Rainbow Powder also neutralizes yellowness and blurs pores better. As you can see in the swatches, Meteorites–even swatched heavily with a dense brush–is practically clear compared to other powders. At the end of the day though, my skin showed comparable amounts of oil and shine with the Meteorites side possibly having a bit more glow (not from oil but from the radiance in the powder). Out of all the powders in this post, Meteorites has the glowiest sheen, especially apparent in flash photos. Clarification: The sheen is really only apparent in a heavy swatch. Applied normally on the face, it leaves a clear radiance but not a true sheen (no resemblance to a highlighter).
Versus Guerlain Meteorites Voyage Exceptional Compacted Pearls of Powder
I do not own this pressed powder. (I refuse to say “compacted pearls of powder.” Really, Guerlain?) But I stopped in my tracks when I saw it online and had to add it to my comparison.
Guerlain’s version purports to be radiant and have strobing/highlighting capabilities, but after reading Color Me Loud‘s review of Guerlain’s version, I think it sounds incredibly similar. Color Me Loud essentially describes it as mattifying and blurring without shimmer and imbuing a subtle lightening effect. Sounds like Rainbow Powder! Check out her blog and The Happy Sloths for full reviews and swatches.
The most notable differences that I can discern from reviews is that Guerlain’s powder has the trademark Guerlain scent and has champagne specks in it whereas Rainbow Powder is scentless and doesn’t have champagne (any hint of champagne in my photos is foundation residue).
Versus Physicians Formula Mineral Correcting Powder in Creamy Natural
Produced a similar effect to Rainbow Powder. However, the texture of the Physicians Formula was a lot softer, making it easier to pick up with a brush but also easier to overapply. At the end of the day, the Physicians Formula side looked a touch more powdery, but that could probably be corrected with a lighter application.
Versus Hourglass Ambient Light Powder in Ethereal Light
Ethereal Light’s texture is softer and more powdery. Viewed side by side, it’s apparent that Ethereal Light has a touch of cream versus Rainbow Powder’s stark whiteness. Ethereal Light also has some ultrafine shimmers (they translate to a slightly satin finish on the face) whereas Rainbow Powder has none. While both powders similarly brighten, Ethereal Light does nothing for pores and doesn’t mattify skin. As the day went on, the Rainbow Powder side looked drier while the Ethereal Light side still looked smooth.
I don’t regret purchasing Rainbow Powder and use it frequently, but I can’t say it’s worth going to special lengths to acquire. Depending on your preferences and skin type, one of the other powders in this post might serve you just fine or even better!