Extremely drying and didn't even control oil like at all
I have been using this pressed powder since 1998! A true HG! A must for oily skin gals!!
I use color Light/Medium and it lasts all day! Does not look cakey, gives a great matte finish! I will always use this as long as they keep selling it. MY HG!
I am not sure how many of these I have purchased but I LOVE this product. I have probably purchased around 5 to 6. This powder does not get cakey, shimmery or anything. Can be used for touchups throughout the day without looking cakey which is a huge thing for me.
I don't normally buy alot of Estee Lauder products but this one I cannot live without.
I normally buy the transparent. I really, really like this product. Great matt powder which does not accentuate any lines. It is not cheap but lasts a VERY long time. Six months or more sometimes. I only use this for touchups during the day but cannot say how great this is.
Strange enough, I've nearly missed this product though I am in constant search for a nice setting powder which will also control oil. It only came to my interest when I saw it with a discount and blind-ordered it in 02 Light/Medium hoping that it will deliver what it claims. I could have well missed it at all and remained unhappy.
Both came true: I like the color, it's good for my Dior 020 skin, 'cause I am not that pale to try 01 Light (or 1st grades) and definitely not tan enough for a 03 Medium (3rd grades in high-end foundations). I am somewhere in between, this color is a good match and settles to invisible coverage soon enough though shows upon application.
It also controls sebum. It goes on very flat (more gross than just matte) if applied with a sponge enclosed, but if applied with a large kabuki brush settles almost to perfection and doesn't feel dry. My complexion is quite choosy, while it neads a good sebum control, excess oil control results in immediate tinging sensation which I hate. If applied as recommended it will not emphasize those wrinkles you might be worried about at 40+.
My only gripe apart from the package which is not comfortable to use and doesn't look any luxe, as other reviewers mentioned, might be lack of SPF whatsoever. Not that it is an issue to me, I anyway use high SPF Korean BB creams as tinted moisturisers, but someone with better or just younger skin than mine would have benefited from SPF added, if worn alone.
Already booked for repurchase, might want to stock a couple with a good shelf life period to not get worried about sebum control anymore.
This is a nice powder that will give you light to medium coverage. But it really has nothing over a decent drugstore powder. This powder controlled my oil about as well as my E.L.F powder -- but it costs 10x more.
This powder is terrific, and I've not come across anything else that works as well on my very oily skin. I apply it lightly over foundation. Once or twice during the day I'll use a blotting paper and perhaps reapply the powder lightly again. No caking and no buildup of product. Finely milled, soft finish. I can't imagine this being a good choice for someone with dry skin as it's quite matte and designed to absorb oil. But for us oily gals, it's a great one to try.
I used this powder when I was a senior in high school. It's a good product but nothing special. The lady in the counter who "matched" the powder with my skin end up giving me a lighter color than my skin tone. I have acne prone skin and this product didn't broke me out and it did control my (used-to) oily t-zone. But like I sad it's not that special because there are other brands out there that do the same with a cheaper price.
I am one of those oily faces that Must. Wear. Powder. This goes on a touch heavily with the sponge puff and provides more coverage than an average powder - not foundation level, but useful if you need that kind of thing. I dusted some off my nose, where it went chalky. Light was a good match to my PPP skin. Very matte effect. After an indulgent foodie lunch that had fried things, I powdered up and was still reasonably matte 4 hours later, so I'm calling this a win.
This powder does highlight a wrinkle or two, as powder does, but the effect is rather marked. And the compact is irritating: hugely branded, larger than average - what inspired them, a Moon Pie? A flying saucer? - difficult to open, and fingerprints really easily. The only plus is the large mirror. I'm putting up with the compact for the sake of the powder, but I hope it gets a redesign.
I love this powder. I actually helps with oil, and makes my skin look amazing. Though it is expensive, but that never stops me!
I use this product over Smashbox Antishine and it has worked WONDERS for my skin. I absolutely recommend this powder over any other I have ever tried.
UPDATE: I'm deducting one lippie after a year because my skin tone has changed slightly and due to the limited number of shades, I can't get it in a shade that perfectly matches my skin tone anymore. If it happens to match your skin tone, it's fantastic.