This is a great powder I love it on days when I don't want anything too heavy and just light. It's also a great setting powder I use this along with the argan serum foundation and it mattifies and stays put all day and great for the dry winter air because the argan oil hydrates. As for the coverage it varies if you apply with a brush it can go on sheer to medium build able coverage but with the sponge it can go on very heavy full coverage and lead to oxidizing really badly if you apply it the wrong way. Try it sometime.
I am a little sad that the reviewers here aren't so crazy about this product as much as I am. Here is my experience:
I went into Sephora earlier this year (2013) to get another BareMinerals powder. However I felt like the one I was already using was too orange for me. One of the consultants helping me suggested I go even a darker BareMinerals than I was already going. But it was too dark and yellow for me and left an ugly texture on my acne prone face. I asked if she had any other products and she suggested I try out the Josie Maran Matchmaker Powder Foundation. It went great and smoothly on my skin. It feels light on my skin, gives me the perfect coverage , and doesn't look too yellow. I love wearing it everyday after I go through my regular skin care regime. Gives me that perfect coverage without looking too over done. It looks flawless and natural. The duo application pad it comes with is the best. It has two sides so you have two different methods of application--buildable coverage. I have found that the most effective way to apply this foundation is to pat it on your skin and lightly buff it. It completely resolves any excess oil and gives an even look. You do have to reapply every few hours but I think it is worth it.
I ran out of this product a few weeks ago and went into Sephora to purchase again. I wanted to make sure I had the right shade (I had light-medium before and thought I might need fair-light). The consultant helped me out and she applied the light-medium with a sephora 55 brush and it was amazing. Even the consultant was impressed with the flawless even coverage this product gives. I absolutely love it. It also does a great job of covering some pores. I honestly would recommend this product to anyone who has oily skin, wants a foundation that gives a buildable coverage, and has argan oil. I never ever have gone to buy a product again (except for the clinique perfectly real foundation). I think it does a great job. Pricing is a worth it for this product--at least for me.
This is a sheer powder foundation which actually matches my skin quite well. I am NC10-15 with neutral to yellow undertones. This powder was perhaps a little too pink but not so that you would notice. It was matte but not in a powdery way, in fact it was slightly glowy in that it looked almost like my skin.
Coverage is very sheer but sometimes I just wear concealer with powder so this works fine. It doesn't oxidize on my skin even when applied over a sunscreen although it does tend to cling to wet patches like most powders do. I gave it a 4/5 as it can look heavy over sunscreen and the heavier patches won't blend so you are stuck with patchy foundation. But the way round this is to apply all over with a fluffy brush, and blot away any excess moisture first.
I prefer applying with a brush rather than the applicators. I appreciate there being 2 double-sided applicators with this, one side gives full coverage and the other side gives a sheerer finish. The packaging feels a little cheap, it looks like it would be heavy but in fact it is lightweight.
I much prefer this foundation to Josie's liquid Matchmaker foundation as the color is not orange on my skin!
I've used many Josie Maran products. Luckily I got to visit a Sephora store in LA. They showed me this foundation and I was amazed! My skin is fair but now tan and it will work all year. I usually use bare minerals but its a tad dry or mychelle stick that are sticky. This foundation is perfect,natural and free of the parabens I'm allergic too. Plus it has argan oil which is another review of its own!
I wanted to like this product SO bad. I'd been lemming it for quite awhile, and finally bit the bullet. I chose light/medium for my NC30-ish coloring, because I'd read that the darker one oxidizes into orange. This one offers very little coverage. I got a compact with very little of the "white" flecks, mine's almost all shaded so I'd expect it to cover more, but nope. It also fades very quickly and leaves me quite oily. The compact is good; it houses the sponge separately from the product. And by the way, I think there's an error with the previous review, as I see nowhere on the box or container that there's any SPF in it. Sadly, this one is going back and the search for a quality powder foundation compact continues....
I purchased this in fair/light. I wouldn't consider this a powder foundation, just a powder...and not the best one at that. The color-adjusting that works in JM's liquid foundation doesn't work here: the powder applies and stays on as one shade--in the case of fair/light, it comes out a chalky white. The powder can be blended out to look decent, but I shouldn't have to use extensive blending on a powder. Staying power is just like your average powder, nothing special here. Fallout when applying is horrible--whether I use puff or brush, I lose as much powder to fallout as I do to the application. To top things off, it's ridiculously overpriced considering it's subpar. At least it has SPF, but that's not anything that I can't find in another product. Disappointing product and one that I won't be repurchasing.
Update: I've found that switching to a flocked powder puff makes for a better application with less fall out than using the sponge/puff hybrid it came with or with a makeup brush. Because of that, I can apply and blend it so it looks better. I probably will not repurchase this, however.
This has the potential for greatness with a few tweaks. I purchased this for my little makeup bag in my purse to use on days where I leave the house with not much more than sunscreen on but decide for whatever reason at a later point to polish up a bit.
Pros: Travel friendly compact with mirror and quality two sided, two textured included sponge. Beautiful swirly cream to powder with soft focus finish. Non caking in my experience but I guess that would vary depending on user application. Very hydrating! More than light-medium coverage with sheer application, but buildable.
Cons: Three color choices only. Claims it is one of those self adjusting matching things which I find to be false. (surprise, surprise) Lasts around 4 hours, then it does oxidize a bit. If you don't mind regular touch-ups you should be ok.
It's worth checking out as it is a really handy thing for use on the go and if your skin color matches what they consider their template for light, light-medium, or medium-dark. I'm an nc40 olive, and certainly not who this product is formulated for.
I've finally found the magic combination to keep my skin matte, but healthy looking. Josie Maran sunscreen, Too Faced Primed and Poreless, followed by this powder. It's tricky to apply with the puff included, which is where other reviewers have legitimate complaints. It's worth it for me. You have to pat, not rub, and layer for coverage. It looks natural and doesn't dry out my skin.
This is such a beautiful powder, but I am so torn about whether I would buy this product again or not. I'll explain why below. What I was looking for was a compact powder that I could use to touch up any shininess or redness while I was at work, but I wanted one that wasn't too matte. Here are my impressions:
TEXTURE: The texture is Holy Grail worthy. It's actually so finely milled that it feels almost creamy. I've swatched it and rubbed it between my fingers, and there's just no way I could detect any graininess or even powderiness. It's very, very silky. I have huge pores and it doesn't fall into them or emphasize them at all.
COVERAGE: I'd say the coverage is light-to-medium, about what you'd get from the average tinted moisturizer. It evens out my skin tone and covers up any redness and shadows that peek through my foundation. It doesn't look powdery unless I really pack it on. It WILL look cakey and emphasize fine lines if you build it up too much. Since I use it only to touch up, this isn't an issue for me. If you really want to hide concerns with skin texture or acne, look elsewhere. If you'd use it as an actual foundation, the coverage is more for casual days, or for people with really good skin.
STAYING POWER: I don't know why, maybe because of the hydrating ingredients, this seems to last longer on my skin than other powders. It's definitely counter-intuitive, but even though I have combo-oily skin, certain hydrating products fuse with my skin better and last longer. Go figure. YMMV, of course.
SHADE RANGE: This only comes in 3 shades, which I guess is because it supposedly adapts to various skin tones. I don't know about that, but I have light skin with pink undertones and Fair/Light (the lightest of the three) blends in just fine.
PACKAGING: It's a rather clunky and cheap rose gold compact. It's got tons of scratches from being in my purse, and a lot of the rose gold is wearing off. Many of Josie's products are made with recycled/biodegradable materials, so this is not surprising.
VALUE: Here is the caveat, the one problem I really have with this. It's a fairly standard size: 6 grams. It's on the expensive side, for $34. I don't mind paying that much for a product I love. However, I hit pan only about two weeks after purchasing it! And I don't even use it as a foundation, but to touch up as I go through the day. It's so finely milled that it seems that the sponge just picks up a lot of product. Never in my life have I finishes a compact of anything so quickly. Even when I wore cream-to-powder foundation only, the compacts would last me months! I don't get it. If I just got more bang for my buck, I'd buy it again in a heartbeat.