Never- at any time in her life- did Gabrielle Chanel imagine that luxury could have any purpose other than to make simplicity appear remarkable. (Edmonde Charles-Roux, Chanel and her World: Friends, Fashion, and Fame)
There so many things that you could say about Chanel, but this statement is the one that resonates so completely with the contemporary company. I just recently purchased Poudre Cristalline, a loose, translucent powder. Gorgeous, and finely milled with the tiniest hint of shimmer that translates beautifully when applied to your face. Do not fear the shimmer, ladies. You will not look like a disco ball. This powder lasts all day, and it did not affect my skin negatively at all. It is expensive, and there are cheaper alternatives, like MAC or MUFE, or even the Laura Mercier. But this feels luxurious on the skin, and I've had my eye on it for a while. So worth it, in my opinion.