This product, in all of it's colors, gives me the ecstatic experience that Bare Escentuals promises (and apparently delivers for some) but ultimately fails for me in a cakey, rashy shame-filled episode of buyer's remorse. A sparkly, cakey, rashy shame-filled episode of buyer's remorse. I have ten colors- seven loose, three pressed- to make up my arsenal to accommodate my skin's color-identity crises. I am generally an orange person by nature not spray- possibly the only person to really love Benefit's Georgia powder which I also hoard when I can find it- and I find that where the beige-y green tans and blue tone pinks of foundation makeup fail me, this stuff works. It reaches up and slaps fluorescent and LED lighting away saying, "Vas-t'en!" and filters all light colors without the aid of fairy dust and unicorn farts (ie: "light reflecting pigments.").
I have not used this powder but ran across an ingredient list and it lists that there is a fragrance. This would probably be a deal breaker for some ladies so I just thought I'd post this info.
Talc, Oryza Satira Starch (rice starch), Fragrance
I knew from reading reviews that the product was messy, so I bought an empty container from a mineral makeup company - problem solved. But: Open it REALLY carefully.
This is OK as a fixing powder, but probably difficult for both very dry, or very oily skin.
Had a nice finish - not mindblowing, but nice.
The main problem for me is that it makes my skin break out immediatly - so every time I use it, I have to expect breakouts and make up free day the next day.
Not really a huge loss for me, since it didn`t have the "wow" effect on my skin anyway.
I think this can work good for people with a good skin condition, who just wants to have a fixing powder and doesn`t need it to either cover or matte down quite oily skin.
Don`t really get some of the great reviews I`ve read here earlier.
EDIT: contains almost only talc, which is a crappy and drying ingredient.
This is a good powder although the box is very messy and really rubbish for travelling. It spills everywhere.
The powder is good quality, offers good coverage but sadly it did give me some small pimples.
As powders go, this is a good one and much better than the mineral powders which I have been wasting my money on, as the minerals always break me out and scratch my skin.
If you are not sensitive to powders (which I am) then this is a great powder and I recommend it. If you have sensitive skin which breaks out when in contact with too much product then go with something else.
I have used many loose powders and this is the best. I use Banane and it's perfect on my italian olive skin. I have used LM and that was my HG until I got this. I will never buy a different powder again. Use a tweezers the first time you open it so you don't waste any (like the other reviewers mentioned). Goes on great with a puff or a sponge.
EDIT: This powder is so lovely it's addicting, the different colors blend into different sorts of neutrals. Now, in addition to Banane (red-banishing) I have transluscide (gives my winter complexion a porcelain look), bronze (essential when tan, bronzes up your overall look the rest of the year) and Orchidee (changes my olive undertones to p ink) I know this sounds odd that they change our skin tone, but it more accurately enhances it. My skin always looks natural but you can accent different undertones with different powders. I can't use any other powders, when I try them I'm horribly dissapointed. I'm also upping one for the packaging. I bought transluscide in their beautiful egerie cardboard LE packaging, and I realized how much nicer and neater the tin bottles are.
I would use this only on the days when my skin is completely smooth and flawless, because I found that this powder has the ability to accentuate blemishes...? I might be wrong. Looks really great on skin though if it works on you. I was given 5-6 different colours in full size tins as gifts last year from a french friend, I have not fully experimented with it but I will soon.
I use this in Char Ocree, which works well for my fair (Armani #2) skin. I rely on this to reduce the look of my large pores, which it does really well. The packaging is very pretty, but a little hard to use. I use a spoon to transfer the powder into a plastic travel powder container, and this solves the problem.
Hi, I'd like to know if these colors are out of production:
halè; banana dorè; rose thè; or scintillant
or if the same powders have been replaced with different names, thanks:)
Looks amazing on the skin!! Best i've ever tried, gives a gorgeous dewy look BUT it broke me out :((. I was so disappointed cuz I really liked it.
I had wanted to buy the Azur shade but it was supposedly d/c, so i took a gamble and bought the Parme shade to counteract sallowness in my NW15/20 skin
Got it at a steal in a nondescript pharmacy at Champs Elysees for only 24 euros(it costs 82 SGD!)
I had thought it too chalky-looking at first (I can look like Casper the ghost wearing it on its own), but after blending it UNDERNEATH my compact foundation, i get the most ethereal, amazing glow. It has gd coverage (funny that it should come from a normal loose pwder, but it DOES cover in nice way), and controls the oilies. Even when i perspire(and I live in humid Singapore) it somehow manages to look like i don't have powder on, just nice poreless skin with none of that icky yellow undertones.
I always reach for this when i want a porcelain look. It also makes the pink blushers come alive cos it cancels out unwanted yellow-ness.
I'm currently on AHA peels for my acne, and get a bit of that sunburnt look all various parts where i OD-ed on the medication. And though Parme is a light lavender, it cancels out the ruddiness.
I may want to try Everyday Minerals Sky Blue corrector (i imagine this to be a concentrated version of Azur) mixed with Parme to get more blue in my powder. Somehow, the blue just makes my pink blushers look more lavender and gives a gorgeous glow that seems to come from within.
All in all, definitely HG status for me.