The only reason I have taken a lippie off this product is the fact that it is very expensive, but that fact aside this is the best loose powder I have ever tried!
It leaves my skin with a silky,satin glow and yet keeps oils away for me all day,(although I do have dry skin). Layered over Rose day cream is looks beautiful and the scent is lovely, the distinctive rosy Hauschka smell.
This is for the LOOSE POWDER (the pressed is not as good - much like many others, and a little chalky). I thought the Clinique was excellent; was dried out by or reacted to many others (LM, Nars, BB, etc.); the Hauschka is the best I have used so far. Losing one lippie because it sometimes makes me sneeze (the scent), then my nose gets red and irritated, and before I know it, lo and behold - dry flakes and/or spots.
Fine quality, colour match, and end result. As others have said, the packaging is poor: there's retro, and there's unforgivably unreconstructed. For everyday use, I decant a small quantity of this into an old Clinique loose powder demonstration tester container (obtained from a Clinique counter, as they were discontinuing that shade - 01, the one that works on pale blue people, grrrr). Can be applied using one of these microcellular latex sponges, or a brush, or using the Clinique powder rub-down method, or some combination of all three.
Works well as a very light and discreet concealer, using sponge. Used as a powder, the finish is light and impeccable. No greasiness (obviously, given the ingredients), no excess shine, no dry chalkiness, no flakes around the nose. Perfect.
No reactions or clogging leading to spottiness. No talc, no bismuth oxychloride, no tourmaline; mainly tapioca starch, silk powder, and three minerals (silicates, roughly speaking; and all naturally derived, if you're worried - from The Earth, just like good old mineral oil, heheh). And it's a fantastic match for very pale skin: this might make it too light on others, and not a true "translucent."
Con: the scent does bother me. And for everyday purposes, I prefer Clarins Express Compact Foundation: genuinely multi-purpose concealer, foundation, and/or powder. But Dr H is the best full-on Green make-up I've yet found: most such stuff is not up to cheap drugstore quality, and this is definitely department-store level.
Expensive - around EUR 25.00 for something like 12 g. But used with a light hand, and very little (my skin not needing too much), it'll last a fair length of time. As with all Dr H, no animal testing and other virtue and greenery.*
INGREDIENTS: Manihot Esculenta/Manihot Ultilissima (Tapioca) Starch, Silk/Serica Powder, Mica, Diatomaceous Earth/Solum Diatomeae, Silica, Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Black Tea) Leaf Extract, Fragrance/Parfum (Essential Oil), Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol, Citronellol, Coumarin, Citral, Benzyl Benzoate, Eugenol, Farnesol, Iron Oxides
* [There is some cultish near-religious New Age bunkum attached, but I'm willing to forgive them that, as the end result is that the company's production standards and methods are good, and the resulting end products stellar - except, of course, for insisting on ruining many otherwise fine items by putting in St John's Wort ...] continued >>
I have this in the loose powder.
BACKGROUND: I have combination skin that is sensitive and drier than normal due to Tazorac use. I have an oily t-zone, easily-clogged pores, and am breakout prone (due to both hormones and certain ingredients in facial products). I'm looking for a lightweight, sheer finishing powder that will set my makeup without changing the color of my face, breaking me out, or emphasizing any dry, flaky patches. I don't care about oil-control since I use OC Eight under my makeup on oily days and don't mind blotting or touching up with pressed powder either. I looked at the Top Rated loose powders on MUA and chose this one after checking out the ingredients carefully.
COLOR: Lightly-tinted powder. It's a sort of neutral light beige color that's supposed to be universal. It seems pretty sheer to me and doesn't add any color to my face or mess around with my base. I'm guessing that they add the bit of color in order to prevent a chalky look.
TEXTURE/WEAR: Nice, finely-milled texture. It's not as fine as Laura Mercier but not dry and dusty like Bobbi Brown. It reminds me of Sue Devitt's powder the most, but a little lighter in feel. Does a decent job of setting makeup and removing that initial shine without looking heavy, cakey or too dry. Does not emphasize dry parts of my face. Not a lot of oil control, but if you're interested in that, then you should look for a pressed blot powder.
SCENT: This powder is VERY strongly scented. It is sort of a sweet herbal fragrance that reminds me of licorice. I'm not sure if the scent is due to the ingredients (which include some essential oils) or added fragrance. Whatever it is, I'm not happy about putting such a highly-fragranced product on my face, if only because it is too much in the morning on an empty stomach.
PACKAGING: Awful. I paid about $34 for this powder and was surprised and unhappy to find that it comes in a very flimsy-feeling black plastic sifter jar. Cheap, cheap, cheap, cheap! And kind of ugly too. I'm really shocked since Dr. Hauschka skincare products all come in attractive and sturdy glass and ceramic containers. I don't know why they'd put an expensive, quality product in tacky, unattractive packaging that's inferior to lower-cost brands like Everyday Minerals. This also comes with a decent-enough puff but I use my own Laura Mercier puff to apply this powder. I kept the original puff just to fill up the space between the lid and sifter.
VERDICT: I began using this stuff in the morning to set my tinted moisturizer and concealer in mid-March. It began breaking me out about a week later. I know it was this because when I switched to pure silk powder several weeks later, I stopped getting cysts. Pity, since this is all-natural and looked good. I'd recommend this only for normal-non-acne-prone skin. continued >>
hate to be the dissenter, but this product is awful. broke out in cystic acne, and i haven't done that, well, ever.
just wanted to add that i really wanted to LOVE this product, since i've been trying to switch all my makeup/skincare over to all natural or organic products.
I'm using the pressed powder and love it. It doesn't give me any white bumps or breakouts. And it doesn't itch. Use it over my shiny sunscreen and it makes my make up last. The only bad thing is the packaging it breaks easily. The lid broke off. I like that it has a mirror though. Will be buying again.
I love Dr. Hauschka's skin care products, but I just couldn't get myself to like the pressed or loose powders. I tried both and the scent really bothered me. I found the scent too cloying and overpowering. The light scent of their skin care products is really nice, but the powder scent was way too strong and I could smell it all day. I thought the powder was on the heavy side too. I tried Jurlique's silk dust and I prefer the consistency of that powder more.
This is a review for the loose powder.
I bought this after my skin began to react horribly to Givenchys Prisme Libre (severe eczema reaction).
Smells nice, leaves skin natural - not too matt or shiny. Keeps my oily T zone matt enough for most of the day I just need one touch up at lunchtimeish. Didn't cause irritation and actually seemed to sooth my skin. Sets makeup nicely too.
The colour suits me as I am very pale - not sure how it would work on deeper skin tones though.
I've been using the loose powder since it does not contain talc. This hasn't cause any breakouts or irritation for me either which is rare. However, it has no coverage and it tends to dry my skin out. Also, it does not provide the skin with any kind of 'texture' or anything else you might achieve with other powders BUT it's natural and it does matify some if used correctly. I will be using this just for the 'natural , no - talc' factor.
This went unused for months after I bought it cause I thought it looked to talcy. Then I tried it over a Revlon foundation and it looked perfect. My only gripe...well two really...is the price of this stuff. I had to sell my firstborn to pay for the (second gripe) little amount in the compact! Nice pressed powder but I won't buy it again.
I love this product! I prefer the compact to the loose powder since it is a little drying and not transportable. This powder looks great on without that heavy feel and is not shiny like many other powders. Great for sensative skin.