Holy luminous glow, Batman!
This is right up there with the best finishing powders I've ever used. I'd say it's on par with my beloved Scott Barnes Diamond Dust and Guerlain Meteorites, which for a cheap ass, clear perspex compact of pressed powder from NYX, is freaking awesome.
Love. Love love loveLOVE.
OK, so I bought this on a whim after it was on sale for 20% off on a website I use regularly, even though it has just arrived in stock. Awesome. So, very affordable, which is always good!
Six rectangles of soft pastel colours, white, blue, green, yellow, pink and lilac. This is quite soft for a pressed powder but the texture is firm enough that I don't get a lot of excess kicked up by my floofy powder brush, though this could be more on an issue if you're using something with really dense bristles, so YMMV. If you swatch with a finger, the powder looks a bit ashy and pale, but applied with a soft puff or a big brush, it goes on virtually translucent and leaves an amazingly subtle matte glow.
Only the white section has any detectable shimmer, and this blends beautifully with the rest of the shades to leave a silky layer of gorgeous luminosity that is in no way shimmery, sparkly or glittery.
The pan size is pretty generous, 12 grams, which is bigger than normal but since I've only used this a dozen times so far, it may be offset by the soft texture and be used up at a similar rate to more densely pressed or pigmented facial powders... we will see.
No fragrance, no mirror, no useless scratchy brush - nothing unnecessary to take up space. The compact is rounded square clear lucite, nothing fancy but it's not ugly and it does the job just fine. It's flat, so it stacks nicely and is slim enough to slip in a bag or drawer if needed, even though it's fairly sizable to begin with.
I was in a fancypants department store yesterday and wandered up to the Bobbi Brown counter to check out the L'Wren Scott palette (NOT impressed, BTW) and what do I see but a super expensive powder that looks EXACTLY the same (but about half the size, mind). I swatched it, blended it out and it looks absolutely identical. Similar texture, the colours are in exactly the same places and sure it's in a snazzy chrome compact with Bobbi Brown on the lid but, really?!
To be fair, I wasn't able to do a side by side comparison then and there but whoa. It's totally a dupe. I don't know who "copied" who or if these two brands snagged the same product at some mythical makeup production supermarket (do these exist? If not, they should and I want to go there immediately...) but I do know which one I'll be purchasing a backup of.
This was an impulse, "I'm standing in line and there's a new NYX display right next to me" purchase. I'm like a kid with colorful products, and this mosaic-style multicolored pressed powder caught my eye. It isn't even on the NYX website yet. Apparently it's part of the new line that will launch in full in January 2014. It's a pretty perfect dupe for the Bobbi Brown Finishing Powder in Porcelain Pearl at a very small fraction of the price.
When I swatched it, I was worried because it looked quite ashy and chalky on my finger. However when I applied it all over my face, I was so pleased! The finish isn't quite dewy but definitely not matte - luminous is the only word that really fits. Definitely no chunks of glitter visible on your skin when you apply it. Today I'm wearing it over just my moisturizer and blush and it applies evenly, without any patches. I've had it on for 10 hours and my skin still looks quite presentable - blush is intact, no shine (Can't say the same for my mascara :). The only reason I give 4/5 overall is that it's quite powdery - it ends up all over my counter when I swish my brush around in it.
So overall it's a very nice finishing powder for the winter months when your skin might need a little glow-boost! I am constantly impressed with the quality of NYX products.