Beautiful finish, and excellent, flexible coverage. Great for photos too. I wear Fair Maiden, the lightest neutral, and am sort of a not-very-yellow-at-all NC15 in MAC. I first bought the refill to try it out for around $9 and I love it, so will be upgrading to the compact in the near future. The refill is the size of a large eyeshadow, like La Femme or Bobbi Brown. Mine just came in a little plastic sleeve so I moved it into a small Z Palette with a depotted contour powder (La Femme Taupe) and a blush (La Femme Nectar Peach), perfect for my everyday face.
I pat it on with a damp sponge for full matte coverage, with a dry sponge over sheer liquid foundation to give it a perfect finish, and with a brush for a very sheer finish. If applied with a damp/wet sponge, it does tend to make my skin feel dry and tight once the powder dries and sets, so look out for that if you're dry.
I got Porcelain Doll, too yellow, too dark. So then I got Fair Maiden, also too dark.
So that's unfortunate. It makes it just as crap-tastic as every other powder- because really, all I'm ever looking for is a foundation that's white enough without being too white... or too yellow, or too pink (but the right gradient is a good start).
I'll give it points for not being as dark as el cheapo brands which hues start at some kind of blonde shade, and bypasses about us super white redheads, goths and other just general no-the-sun-is-not-fun types making me look like I tried to fake tan with my foundation (not a good look).
So yes, the shades are an okay range, but from a professional brand I'd expect at least a half shade lighter (and come to think of it they could probably do with at least one shade darker in either neutral and cool too). You know, because some of us are actually *almost literally black* and *almost literally white*, and we generally tend to be on the more on the pinkish/ blue side than the orange/ tan side.
Like this powder/foundation. I use it when I want to go a little lighter with my makeup. A good variety of shades and provides good coverage. You can apply it with a dry sponge for light coverage or dampen your sponge first for a more opaque finish. Make sure you moisturize and prime well before using.
I purchased this in Porcelain Doll based on reviews here on MUA. I was aware it could be a tad too yellow. When I tried it I found I really liked it. I haven't used a powder foundation before as I usually wear liquids. I wanted to try this for use when in a hurry or for a natural look for less formal days. I applied it with the Ecotools powder brush (telescopic) but didn't open the brush much so the surface would be firmer. I opened up the brush afterwards to buff the makeup slightly. It goes on really quickly and looks very natural. The shade is a tad too yellow but not much. (I'm an NC 15 - 20 for reference, neutral tone with no pink, leaning towards yellow undertone). Porcelain Doll adds a subtle warmth to my complexion and I can see this being good for summertime for that added warmth, as I don't ever let my face get tan. I will try Fair Maiden next as another reviewer mentioned it is slighly more neutral than Porcelain Doll but I can see myself repurchasing Porcelain Doll and I imagine I may use both in the future. Applied lightly it looks natural. I haven't tried heavy coverage with it but I imagine it would also look nice. Very good product.
Fantastic because my skin looks flawless from afar. The only trouble is is does not keep oil at bay so when you touch up certain areas it starts looking really cakey because its very heavily pigmented. So close up I felt very conscious people could see just how much make up it looked like I was wearing. I must say wearing this over concealer and a liquid foundation will be too heavy..which is sad for me because now I don't know how to get around that.
I tried a sample of this with an order for other products. It's hard to pick the right color, and the one I chose was too dark and a tad orangey ... I believe it was "Buff" which I chose because that shade in other brands always is a no-brainer for my lightish-medium skin. However, I tried it just to see if it even warranted getting in a more suitable color. I think this would work for oily and combination skin ... dry skin might require a good moisturizer underneath. The finish was very, very nice ... filled in pores and gave a really flawless look. My skin is not too bad, a tad blotchy, visible pores on the cheeks next to my nose, and a few broken capillaries. I'm combo in summer and getting drier every year in the winter. It did not seem to accentuate fine lines that are really almost wrinkles by my mouth/chin area, which is very important to me. I think I will be trying samples of more colors.
really LOVED it at first. it really does give you PERFECT healthy, airbrushed looking skin but for me, only for an hour at most. Doesn't keep the oil at bay at all! Looks even better with wet sponge but the problem with oilyness remains. for refrence, i'm lighter than NW15 and FAIR MAIDEN was a bit dark and maybe to yellow on me. This would be such a perfect powder for someone with normal skin.
my hg powder. the coverage, performance and price. Im fair and when I want to look amazing I wear this ontop the HD creme foundation. I always get compliments on my skin wearing this....if they only knew..lol
For now this is my HG foundation powder. It looks absolutely amazing on the skin=it don't show at all, not even on my skin! Thats not a small feat I tell you. Now a days I use it with a powderbrush from Adesign and it's rather similar to a kabuki so it's really good to work it in to your skin. I always spray a little water on the bristles before dipping in the product.
The sad thing is you run out so quickly! Would love this in a loose form! :D
Definately recommend this fella! :D
However I'm still interested in Yaby's counterpart. We'll see wich one makes it to my kit.
I am a hard-to-match foundation junkie. I have tried low- and high-end brands in creme, powder, liquid, and anything in between. I have always loved the finish of Studio Fix and Chanel's Dual Finish, but in both brands the colors were always off. For reference I wear N3 in Mac F/B; NW20 in Mac Pro Longwear; Maybelline's Creamy Natural, and I'm very neutral toned. I bought this sight unseen in Satin Sand, which is in the Neutral palette range, and the color is just perfect. Sort of like the old school Mac colors (i.e. N and W) and close to Mac N4 in Studio Fix, just not as pink. The finish is absolutely poreless and I use a Sonia Kashuk brush to tap and buff into my skin. My skin is normal/combo so I can't say whether this really guards against oiliness, however the powder stayed on for several hours while I ran around town looking flawless! You don't need a concealer with this foundation and looks great if applied on eyelids prior to applying your makeup to brighten darker eyelids. All in all a great powder foundation with perfect natural finish (if you use a light hand); great color scheme and great price!! A+++!