This powder is wonderful. I've experienced a few hits and a few misses so far with this "Flower" line at Walmart so didn't have my expectations too high when I bought this, but the Powder Trip Powder Fndtn has become my favorite FLOWER purchase to-date :)
For reference I'm almost 31y/o, my skin type is oily, my skin tone is fair (between MAC SFF shades NC10 & NC15 ATM) with mostly neutral undertones that lean slightly warm/yellow, very clog-prone (flesh colored bumps and blackheads) & semi acne prone. My "season" is considered a Clear Winter.
I recently read that my beloved Maybelline PureStay Powder Foundation is soon getting discontinued so I began my hunt for a reasonably priced replacement. My first try was Milani MultiTasker and while I like it, it's not my holy grail of powder foundations. My next to try was this and after 2 wks of use now I can indeed say that I'm in love.
For me, foundations need to meet 3 criteria or they're getting returned back to the store or swapped away without a second chance:
1. No oxidizing or slipping/sliding off my oily skin/turning patchy
2. No causing clogs, breakouts, or blackheads
3. Needs to have a shade match light enough for my pale-ness
This meets and exceeds those "needs" :) Powder Trip isn't an oil controlling *gem* or anything, but keeps my oil in check for a fair amount of time without making me look blah or ultra matte either. It hasn't given me any issues with breakouts, and the lightest shade is a nice match (it does look like it leans a little pink when I look at it in the pan but on my skin it's more neutral. I did notice in the store that the 2nd lightest shade appeared to be a tad darker but with more noticeable yellow undertones).
The coverage is light-med on me so those who need full coverage will likely use this as a setting powder. (I've used it alone as well as over foundation now and feel like it works very well either way)
The powder itself applies like a creamy dream. The talc is *very* finely milled and overall totally feels like it's worth more than $10 (which is approximately what I paid for it)
I only have two complaints for it and they're VERY minor - Of course the compact has no mirror, which sucks if touch ups are needed, and the brush it comes with is useless.. It works for dabbing a little powder on one spot, but is not realistic for using over ones entire face.. I'll probably keep the brush in there for a little while then replace it with a mini puff or sponge of sorts..
So far my favorite way of using this is either alone or applied lightly over Tarte's BB Primer. I've been applying with a large puff and can't believe that I look absolutely airbrushed (this is an amazing feat in itself with my jumbo sized pores lol) -I've also used it with a few powder brushes but prefer the look of dabbing it on with a fluff/puff, as it completely takes away my noticeable pores and *seems* to keep oil at bay longer?
So with all of that being said, if this were a high end powder sold at department stores I would easily pay more than $10 USD for it without a second thought. It's simply outstanding and a great value.
I highly recommend and would absolutely repurchase :)
I've been looking for a more reasonably priced powder foundation with which to replace Target's NP Set. This is probably it for me. The shade match is dead on for me. I'm a MAC C4 and found a good match in this line. The coverage is better than NP Set or most DS powder foundations, although it's not heavy coverage. It has a finish that isn't powdery dry or one that gets oily looking quickly. I find it way better than anything else in the drugstore and, at about $10, it's a deal.
If there's one thing I don't like about this product, it's the compact, but that's really minor. It's bulky and dated looking. Also, I would never apply powder foundation with a brush like the one that's included (which is more of a blush brush). I replaced it with a cosmetic sponge.
While I really don't like some of the products from this line (especially the lip butter), this one's a keeper.
I took off 1 lippie because it really isn't a powder foundation. I achieved sheer-light coverage even when I applied this with a flat top powder brush. If you can accept that this is really a setting powder, then I think you may like this product. I'm really impressed with the texture. It is very soft and finely milled, which is something that I hardly experience with drugstore powders. I have oily skin and bought both this powder and the loose powder within the brand. I find that this kept my face fresh-looking for longer than the loose powder. Needless to say, I'm keeping this one and returning the loose powder.
As with the rest of the Flower line, the packaging is very pretty. The brush is also functional. I use it to lightly dust the powder after applying the liquid foundation. I know that there were some complaints that this doesn't have a mirror. However, there is a reflective surface right under the brush compartment. It does give a golden tinge compared to what you see in a normal mirror, but it works just fine to see where you're applying the powder.
For reference, I'm about NC25/27, NARS Fiji, Flower About Face in LP4. I bought PP3, and it seems to blend in with my skintone just fine. I'm thinking that I could probably get away with PP4 as well, since the product is so sheer.