Shade: Intensity 1.0 (lightest shade)
I really love this powder. It applies lightly with good coverage, but still looks natural and not too matte or too shimmery. My one complaint is that it is too dark for me. It is the lightest department store makeup I've found and the closest to my skin tone, so I will probably buy it again. If they make a lighter shade, I will be all over it.
It has a great texture, good smell, and totally worth the price.
I love this powder! My color is Intensity 2.0. I usually just swipe this on with a big, fluffy brush vs. the time consuming swirling that's necessary with BE and other minerals. Sometimes I do use the enclosed puff, which delivers more coverage. What I love about the puff (besides it being cute) is that it doesn't hang onto the powder and waste product. It really does all go onto my skin.
This goes on so smooth and natural looking that at first, I don't see much difference. When I look in a different mirror, you can't even tell I'm wearing foundation, yet my skin looks smooth, clear, and luminous. I haven't had any oiliness, irritation, or breakouts and the powder does last all day for me. (I have not gotten to wear it in the heat yet.) I can see how it would be easy to spill, so be very careful opening and handling. My only complaint is that there is no indication of sunscreen on the box or container of this formula. I believe the previous version did contain it, but I can't find any info that says if this one does. While I'm not crazy about the price, you get 11g and I don't wear it daily. I will definitely repurchase.
I bought this on a whim ("oh, gee, I just need a few more dollars for free shipping... maybe I'll try this...") and am SO glad I did! I got this in Intensity 1.0 and am very happy with the color for my skin.
I have never used the powder puff for application and probably never will. I use a kabuki and swirl it on to my face, and it's so fun to watch myself basically being airbrushed. The finish is so soft, fresh and pretty. I would say there is a slight shimmer/sheen to it... it's not sparkly, by any means, but it's not matte either. If you need additional coverage, it's easy to apply another light coat and erase redness or uneven skin tone. Best of all, this doesn't exacerbate any dry areas. I have some dryer patches that other foundations really pick up on, but this glides right over it and any dry areas are unnoticeable. That can be so incredibly difficult to find in a powder foundation!
I've found the staying power is fine if I'm not doing anything taxing, and haven't noticed any oily breakthroughs in my t-zone. I wouldn't wear this during any kind of sporting event, or if you plan on getting sweaty. I do competitive show jumping, wore this while doing that one day, and was less than impressed with the results. My other favorite powder, DiorSkin Forever Flawless Powder, holds up much better in that regard. However, this is great for an everyday kind of makeup and didn't require touchups on my combination-dry skin, even with a generous coat of moisturizer under it.
Aways been confident buying Estee Lauder products...but this powder in #3 does not apply well, it just looks uneven and feels awful/harsh on the skin.(later to reveal red bumps) Gives poka dot looking coverage and absoluety zero staying power. Compact gives great results, but loose is a NO!
If you're looking for a powder to set makeup with extra coverage or just a powder foundation with lasting power until you take it off, pick this up and try it. It's amazing.
I love the way this powder looks on my skin, Intensity 2 was a perfect match for me, great coverage with a fluffy brush and I would pat areas that needed extra coverage with a sponge. I have combination/dry skin and amazingly this lasted through the day (I put it on at around 6:30 am and by 9pm I still had good coverage). I rarely break out and I wore this for 4 days, and got 3 huge cystic pimples. Too bad because I honestly though I had finally found mu HG.
This is simultaneously the most overpriced and most brilliant powder I have ever bought. I had serious buyer's remorse after shelling out £26.50 for a loose powder, but I had been so incredibly impressed by EL's Double Wear concealer that I threw caution to the wind and bought this from them when my last pressed powder ran out.
The coverage is light, but you can dab with your finger or use a well-loaded highlighter brush over problem areas. But the main thing I use powder for is in small quantities to set my foundation in the morning. I don't like touching-up because I hate the idea of layering on even more product, so in the day I tend to just blot.
This powder feels light, looks natural, and isn't sparkly - which is fabulous because most mineral-based powders look like a childrens' glitter tub. The added SPF is a boon for me because I'm very fair and burn to a crisp if I so much as look out of the window in summertime.
I've been using this for about a month now and I've found that it usually keeps me from looking shiny all day long, and for a coloured powder goes brilliantly unnoticed (I preferred translucent powder in the past - particularly MAC's Prep & Prime). It hasn't broken me out, or made my skin ramp up the grease like one or two powders have in the past (I won't name names!).
The packaging is sheer genius: the sponge stays clean and separate and the mill doesn't leak into the screw at all. Admittedly, I don't really use the sponge (I prefer to swipe and dab it around my face with a kabuki brush), but the sponge has a lovely velvety texture and doesn't get too loaded when you dab it in the powder.
Usually I'm not a fan of loose powders just because they can get really messy due to poor packaging, however estee lauder created the best container for loose powder. I think it covers imperfections well & has a perfect satin finish. The only thing I don't really like, is that it only comes in intensities. It doesn't have warm, neutral or cool undertones. I have very yellow/olive skin & medium depth, so I went with number 2 instensity. It's okay for the winter but this summer I'll need a much darker color. I would advise those with yellow/olive tones to use any other intensity but 2. Most of them are cool or neutral.
I had high hopes for this stuff. I tried Double Wear Light and really really liked it since it matched my skin and stayed put all day, as well as controlled my very oily skin like no other. The bad is that I noticed these red blotches popping up on my cheek bones. So I decided to try this stuff. This stuff sucks for me. It did not control oil AT ALL. The only place is stayed put was on the non oily spots of my cheeks, The color did match me well (Intensity 2.0). The really bad part is that it is breaking me out in actual pimples. I am returning this and buying some bare minerals until I can find something else. Oh, and I know some people say they see a shimmer or sparkle with this loose powder.... I didn't notice this at all. If you have normal or even dry skin this might be a good product for you. It isn't drying and blends really well. Just not good if you are oily.
Overall, it's a nice foundation. The coverage is buildable (can be lightly dusted on for light coverage, or built up to full coverage). It makes my skin look flawless and it does not break me out, clog my pores or feel heavy. Even on days when I apply a little extra for heavier coverage, it still feels light-weight and comfortable. Also, this foundation does not over-dry my skin or accentuate the mild dry patches I get on my cheeks during the winter months.
I also quite like the packaging of this when compared to other loose powder products. It has a screw off lid with a little compartment for the puff and mirror...As well as a sifter. It's one of the least messy loose powders that I've owned.
HOWEVER, it's terrible for oily skin types. It does not control oil at all. I have to layer a translucent setting powder over this makeup or else my face will look greasy within an hour and the product will literally rub off onto everything that touches my face. And the shade selection sucks. I use 'Intensity 4', which is slightly too dark for me, whearas 'Intensity 3' was too light. Estee Lauder should definitely add a few more shades.
Overall, it's nice, but I won't repurchase simply because I feel that setting a powder foundation with powder should not be necessary. For someone who doesn't need any oil-control, this would be a nice choice for powder foundation...But pass this on if you have any issues with oiliness.
Another reason that I won't repurchase is the hefty price tag. It's around $45 Canadian. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind paying that for an absolutely amazing foundation, but in my eyes, this product is just good, not amazing. I've had cheaper powder foundations (Prestige Skin Loving Minerals & Neutrogena Mineral Sheers) that have worked just as good, if not better.
Nice product, but not my favorite.