This is basically fairy dust in a luxurious glass tub. I love trying loose powders because I find that good ones truly do soften the look of foundation by adding a silken veil across the face, smoothing out the pores and overall prolonging the wear of the makeup. This is a beautiful loose powder that does all of that, and best of all, doesn't cake up or look the least bit powdery on the skin. I love it so much that I've transferred some of it into a small sample jar to take with me to work to touch up throughout the day. The oil control is not really there, however. It is meant to be a more natural, glowy powder that softens the appearance of fine lines and pores. Upon close inspection, you will find tiny microparticles of shimmer that are only visible in warm, artifical lighting (think department store). They are undetectable once on the face, with the exception of the 'Translucent' shade which has a bit of pinkish shimmer that is more visible on the face (some may think of it as "glowy", others, "disco ball". If in doubt go for the more skin-colored options like 'Creme' or 'Neutral'). I chose 01 Creme which is a light beige color that is suitable for a MAC NC/W15-25. Its a beautiful loose powder and I highly recommend!
Got a sample size of 02 (Neutral). This is fine with my Sephora Pantone 2Y07 winter color. This is a very nice light powder, both in texture and color. The lightish color is closer to what other brands would call Translucent. The main advantage is that this powder is life-like (due to almost invisible, subtle shimmer particles- not visible to the naked eye, but if you look carefully in a magnifying glass you can see them). It is very good in that it covers in a natural veil, and your skin does not look dead and flat (unlike some powders I could name).
For the summer the La Mer loose powder in the 03 color (beige I believe) is excellent for my summer Sephora Pantone 4Y07 skin tone.
In the spring and fall I mix them together (I am probably Sephora Pantone 3Y07 during those seasons).
You might like to know that this loose powder provides a reasonable blot/veil for 4 hours or so, but I wouldn't call it oil-absorbing for all day. It is perfect for going out in the evening or for a half-day professional event in the daytime. I find it very compatible with the La Mer foundations (both the fluid and the crème - check out my reviews of both). It does not settle into creases, and is anti-aging in that respect.
It would be especially good if you need to look immaculate for a special event, like a wedding, interview or TV appearance. Other anti-aging tricks you might like for a special event are: pearl or diamond/pave earrings to reflect the light onto your face, a light-colored silk (very lustrous) scarf or collar, a natural looking demi-lipstick half way between a gloss and a lipstick, just a shade livelier than your own lip color- MLOB. See my other reviews for products I think fit this bill. Also Google pictures of Christine Lagarde (IMF president) for what I am thinking of - professional and very feminine at the same time.
This powder is amazing however the translucent shade is too shimmery for my liking.. Will purchase shade 3 in future which i believe is yellow toned with no shimmer! If this had no shimmer it would easily be a Holy Grail powder!
Okay, so I bought this powder on a whim- I was highly sceptical about purchasing a AU$145 powder, but I will honestly say- I am in LOVE.
When I first bought this, I got all excited and quickly applied the product in the car over make up that had been on all day and I thought WHAT THE HELL HAVE I DONE? It was awful, cakey, powder and glittery.
The next morning, I applied fresh foundation and applied this over the top and was amazed! It is no way near the silkiest powder on the market, but the beauty light reflecting particles leave an amazing natural finish to the skin that does not look over the top and looks amazing in photos. A normal day, I have worn this powder for over 12+ hours and have not noticed it breaking down or looking cakey.
I will say, if you have EXTREMLY OILY SKIN and do require a powder that can be topped up during the day, take a clear step away from this powder and save your money.
If you have the money to spend, and normal to slightly combo skin, go ahead!
I use this in the Creme or Translucent shades. They also offer Beige and Neutral, not many options and they don't seem yellow enough for me either (NC20) The coverage is very sheer - less than light. I use this only for setting.
This is talc-based but is finely-milled and soft. I wouldn't say it makes anyone look airbrushed or anything and still looks like make- up but it's not bad either. This can make skin look slightly shiny, which may or may not be a bad thing depending on your preference and skin type. When I use this over foundation, my t-zone would get oilier than with other products so if you have oily skin or oily areas, like others have mentioned you will probably need a different powder to help absorb the oils. I did not like how "dusty" it was, sometimes it would fly all over my vanity from just being opened, and I would find the powder all over the place, specks on the mirror, etc.
Honestly - I don't see any difference between this powder and find my Dior powder superior and more natural. There are many great, skin-like and silky powders available from Dior, YSL, some MAC powders, etc and I wouldn't repurchase. It didn't "wow" me. Another issue is when being photographed (and I wore this alone, over a non-spf moisturiser), it can give the Michael Jackson pasty look - where your face looks super white/white cast and neck looks darker. I'd post the picture taken of me wearing this but I don't want to scare people. In "real life" it's fine though.
First review ever! I didn't want to love this powder because it's so expensive. I love it! Best powder I've ever used. I don't have to constantly reapply which I do with other powders. I didn't want to love it because I've been trying to talk myself out of buying their moisturizer for years but loving the powder this much is breaking my resolve down...
I cough when I apply it. It leaves me with a shine that is not so nice. I am using the "transparent". I have tried to apply it so many times, but every time it irritates my throat and worse than that, my eyes. I have used many others, my favorite being Chanel, and have even done a side by side. I find with the Chanel, I can control it much better, it does not irritate me, and my skin looks soft and lovely. This just doesn't do it for me, so back it goes, especially since it is really irritating. Also, beware not to inhale - it has talc which is not good for you.
Best powder I've ever used, period. Amazingly light and ethereal. You can't even see it on your face after you apply it. I use this as more of a finishing powder because it's so light. First, I purchased the Creme and loved it--sometimes I'd wear it alone without any foundation at all and it would take away all the redness and even out my complexion. After I ran out of the Creme, I purchased the Translucent and absolutely love the angelic glow that it gives. This is the most finely milled powder I have ever used. No irritation or acne or itching. It provides almost no coverage, but that's not important to me since I use this solely as a finishing powder. Staying power is phenomenal considering the lightness of this powder---I never need to blot during the day. Be sure not to throw on too much at once b/c due to the powder's fine texture, it's very easy to inhale it. My favorite powder.
this is the only powder that works on my acne-prone, oily skin. i have tried all the powder in the market and this is the only one that controls the oil on my face without making me breakout. it feels light and soft on the skin. it really lasts all day even after i sweat. i highly recommend this!
I really wanted to like this powder but it was just OK for me (if that). I got it in translucent and it was very sheer which I like In a loose powder. The problem was the staying power and finish. This product would not give me a flawless finish and it actually sat in my pores which I hate. Also, when wearing this powder I would start to see shine around midday which is unacceptable for a $65 powder. The container is large and not good for travel. If you want a fabulous powder that is worth the money try Chanel Universalle Libre or Ben Nye Banana Powder.