This is a weird powder. Like someone else said, it can be described as "dry". Not like most powders, it just sits on top of the face. It's hard to describe. Maybe like putting chalk on your face would feel? Also, it has shimmer in it. It's not noticeable on, but why would you put shimmer in something made exclusively to "mattify"?
The packaging is bulky, with a perfect spot for a mirror, but no mirror. Madness.
I still don't feel like it's absolutely awful. I hope they improve it and make it as good as the TOTD primer.
I didn't like this much. I think it could be use at best for setting under eye concealer as it doesn't get cakey. But it doesn't keep me matte one bit. I feel like with mattifying products I'm getting oilier. Which is hilarious because my skin's usually normal (and sometimes dry). WTF.
This wasn't the greatest product for me. I was really excited to get it too :( I do like that it's a pressed powder. And it's an OKAY setting powder. But it's just not amazing. I usually don't like any shimmer on my face, but this has a little shimmer and it's actually not bad; I don't hate it, especially over my very matte foundation. It hasn't caused any problems break-out wise. I tried wearing on top of my acne meds with no other stuff on, just to keep the oilys away... Not the best for that. I don't know, this stuff was just average for me. The packaging is bulking, definitely. And the little puff sucks. Silica powders might be great if there weren't other ingredients in there. I'll be trying NYX HD silica powder which is pure silica.
I was trying to decide between this product and NARS Light Reflecting pressed powder and ended up trying this one first because it's much more affordable. Unfortunately, this powder did nothing for me at all - it was a big disappointment. It made my face look grainy but at the same time, didn't absorb oil very well. The packaging is cheap looking, but that didn't bother me at all. I can live with cheap packing if a product works well. Sadly, this powder will either be returned or end up on my swap list. On a positive note, I ended up buying the NARS LRP and I absolutely love it! I will review that product separately.
I was super stoked to try this product, but it's just a miss for me. The powder was just very...dry? I guess that's the only way I can describe it, dry and scratchy-feeling. I couldn't pick up much on a brush (the little puff thing it comes with isn't good for much), and throughout the day when I was wearing it, my face just felt hella dry. When I got home from work 6 hours later, my skin looked gritty. The powder itself isn't really gritty, but it isn't smooth. God I hope I'm making sense trying to describe this, lol. It's just dry. And it didn't control my oil very well, other powders I've used to set my foundation that weren't aimed at staying matte kept me shine-free for longer than this did.
Also, the packaging is bulkier than it needs to be, having a huge space for the tiny little puff and then a thin square of the product.
For reference, my skin is oily and it takes a lot to make it feel dry or itchy, so I guess I was surprised this managed to do that. I'll find some use for it, but overall I wouldn't repurchase.
I'm really impressed with this powder! Typically even "translucent" powders show up as some sort of orangy cast on my very fair skin, so I've really been enjoying silica powders. Some "HD" powders (elf, MUFE, etc) leave my skin looking a little flat though. I like something with a hint of luminosity. I own and love NARS (loose) Light Reflecting Powder, but wanted something more portable. I was about to shell out the money for the pressed version, but stumbled across this at Walgreeens first, with a $1 off coupon it came to $3.99.
It does have a fine shimmer in it when you look at the pan, but personally I cannot see it on my face unless I am in bright sunlight, and looking very closely in a mirror. It is invisible in pictures. It tends to have a slight bit more of a white cast in flash photography than NARS LRP does, so I wouldn't pile it on. It gives my skin the same blurred look as my NARS powder, and doesn't make my skin feel dry. I like that it's difficult to pick up too much product, because it's not a loose powder. Since I haven't tried the pressed NARS powder I can't say for sure if it's a dupe. But it works well enough that I don't feel the need to buy the NARS Powder any more. It's awesome for initially setting my makeup, and for touching throughout the day!
The packaging isn't great, honestly. It's very lightweight, and looks a little tacky. There is no mirror, despite the compact being on the bulky side. But for the price I won't complain or take any lippies off. The sponge it comes with isn't the greatest either, but there's plenty of space underneath the powder to store a better one. I do recommend using a brush though, to avoid using too much powder.
Silicone based HD powder in pressed form. If you've tried MUFE HD Microfinish Powder, ELF's HD Powder, NARS Light Reflecting Setting Powder or some similar product, you should know what to expect from this: extremely finely milled white powder that provides a soft not-quite-matte finish, that softly blurs features, and can make you look like a coke-fiend in flash photography. People either love or hate these kinds of powders, but I love them and was THRILLED to see Wet n Wild come up with a pressed form. I hate loose powders as they're too messy for applying your makeup on the go as I often do and can be very easy to over apply. So having an HD powder I feel comfortable slipping into my purse is a win for me.
The product has the same texture as NARS's pressed Light Reflecting
Powder in that it feels almost hard to the touch and doesn't give up its powder easily. I actually don't find this to be a bad thing as less product on the brush means that there's less of a chance that I'll over apply. I can't even see it on the tips of my brush (RT's powder brush has whitish tips) after I swirl it around the surface, but I can see and feel the difference in the surface of my skin after I apply it so I know I must be picking up product. It doesn't leave a white cast at all on me, but I'm fairly pale and am applying it sparingly so I wouldn't expect it to. It feels velvety smooth on my skin and does a decent job at softening the appearance of the giant pores in my T-zone. The finish is a softer, more natural matte with just a hint of a glowy sheen (the product looks a little shimmery in the pan, but it doesn't appear that way on my face) It actually does a pretty good job containing my oilies too, but then my skin plays particularly well with silicone based products so YMMV. I can go at least 6 hours without blotting. Talc and plant-starch based powders can usually only keep me from being shiny for 4.
The packaging is a little cheap and clunky. I kind of hate that it contains a separate compartment for an included puff, as that's just extra bulk since I always toss out included applicators of anything I buy. And there's no mirror which is sad. Still, for $5 I can't complain!
I picked this up at my local Walgreens as part of the 2014 spring collection. I really wanted to love this product. I was really hoping it would be a close dupe to the Nars pressed reflecting powder (which is amazing stuff) I can't say it's a dupe myself. I tried the product and it's not bad but it's not great. Just eh. I can see some sparkle on my face like small glitter. Overall didnt workout for me.
There's a whole slew of new Fergie for Wet N Wild products for 2014 and this is one of them. Silica powders are nothing new although they are slightly harder to find in drugstore lines (surprisingly ELF makes one but it is a loose powder). I was surprised to see that Wet N Wild is one of the first lines to make a pressed one for the drugstore. I have no doubt that we will probably see every drugstore line coming out with their own version soon.
I have previously purchased the ELF hi-def silica powder and found myself not really a huge fan of the loose version, especially because it just isn't portable at all, so I really love the concept of a pressed version.
I paid around $5 for this which isn't bad at all and considering there is almost always a sale going on somewhere for WnW products you are likely to not have to pay full price. The packaging to me looks and feels a little cheap but whatever, as long as the product inside rocks I'm not too much a stickler for packaging.
It comes with a puff, which is also kind of cheap but you can always buy your own powder puff/pad that will fit into the compartment at the bottom of this powder if you like. This powder is white but applies completely colorless and as a small amount of shimmer that isn't really detectable on skin. When applied it does have that slight silica powder feel to it.. soft and slippery, very smooth. This stuff knocks out oil instantly. See an oil slick forming? Blot a little powder on and voila, gone. Love it. Keeps me oil free longer than traditional powder. I also really love that it doesn't mess with my foundation or blush and it doesn't add any additional color. Even the most translucent of powders add something but this doesn't.. goes on perfectly colorless and doesn't give skin that powdery finish either. This is a much better solution (for me anyway) than using blotting papers.
I do want to add that I'm a little annoyed that this compact doesn't have a mirror at all. I know the powder is completely colorless so in theory you don't need a mirror because you aren't going to swipe it on and have an unblended streak of something going across your face, but I would like to be able to see where I needed to apply if I was on the go or something and make sure I had completely eradicated the oil. So in that respect, a mirror would be super helpful. So I took a lipstick off of the packaging for that. They really did just do the bare minimum for packaging for this, so keep that in mind if you are big on how things look and feel.
So far so good, I am really quite happy with it. Will update if anything changes.