• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Pearl-powder a cosmetic for improving the appearance of the skin
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. perle, acc. to Diez, prob. either a corr. of L. pirula, a dim. of pirum, a pear, or of L. pilula, dim. of pila, a ball.


In literature:

She had used the pink powder, put on a beautiful white dress, carefully arranged her hair, and she wore the pearl ornament.
"The Harvester" by Gene Stratton Porter
Ah what a thing pearl-powder is, when one knows how to use it!
"The Law and the Lady" by Wilkie Collins
He dared not touch her cheeks, for fear of disturbing the pearl powder.
"The Malady of the Century" by Max Nordau
But still, through the paleness, there was the faintest possible tinge of pink colour shining through the translucent pearl powder.
"The Eustace Diamonds" by Anthony Trollope
A table-spoonful of this liquid is equal to a small tea-spoonful of pearl-ash in the lump or powder.
"Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches" by Eliza Leslie
A "young" lady of 60, given to rouge, pearl-powder, and cosmetics.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1" by The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.
She wore long pearl ear-rings, and her narrow, melancholy face was delicately rouged and powdered.
"Franklin Kane" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
The head-dress surmounting the powdered hair is of white satin with seed-pearl ornaments.
"Woman as Decoration" by Emily Burbank
The face, and arms, and neck must be made as white as possible by the use of pearl-powder.
"Home Pastimes; or Tableaux Vivants" by James H. Head
With that pearl-powder they cover the paganism that is dearer to them than the glory of Christ.
"Erasmus and the Age of Reformation" by Johan Huizinga

In poetry:

Here early rising from a sinless bed
How sweet it were to view Aurora shed
Her first white glances o’er the dusky wood,
When powdered as with pearls the sprays all gleam
Through the grey dawn, like prophecies of good
Or like some fairy dream.
"A Poet's Home" by Charles Harpur