Good for skin as fair as mine, it works best if you just pat it on rather than wiping your face with it and gives fairly good coverage.
It made me look chalky and staying power sucked
Might work for others, for me, just...no
I got this on clearance at Target and was pretty excited to try it. I don't really care for it. I didn't have a problem with it until one day I noticed that my makeup looked okay...I just needed a little powder to touch-up the t-zone...put on a little of this powder...UUUGGGHHHH...it seemed to gather in all of my pores and really show them off. YIKES!!! I was at work and didn't have a lot of time to mess with makeup so I tried to brush it off a little but that didn't work. I prayed nobody got that close to really see the disaster on my face, but you don't wear make-up so people will stay 5 feet back so they can't see your emphasized pores.
I also think it has a wierd smell now.
I was really disappointed with this pressed powder. It goes on chalky and doesn't have much staying powder. It accentuated every pore on my face and created creases and lines that I didn't even have.
I much prefer the No. 7 Stay Perfect Loose Powder in both the oval container and the portable version with the built in brush.
This went back to Target.
First the good: Ermm..its an ok texture - first pressed powder i've bought, just to compare to my normal loose powder
The bad: Really quite orange, i seem to remember i got the lightest one and my friend pointed out my face looked really orange (no it wasnt the foundation, i'd been wearing it for months) therefore do NOT apply with the little sponge applicator, use a powder brush!
The UGLY: i thought this was just me, and was really worried as i definatly dont have greasy skin, after about a month this STANK of fish - the compact doesnt smell so much, but as soon as you put it on the brush and put it near your face ARGH! i was there thinking it was my skin that had done this to it, band was real worried lol but someone below says the same, seriously it is DISGUSTING, do not buy.
Such a shame as i love the stay perfect foundation..
Deceptively "good and basic" pressed powder. Excellent on more sensitive skin - both on the drier and oilier parts. I've used it off and on for years. This is a fine, sheer, light powder; slightly mattifying, slightly glow-giving - very subtle, so subtle that for a long time I was convinced it was "just" good and basic. Hence new review, as I am now officially wowed.
I used Translucent, which works nicely on pale skin with freckles. Partly because it is much lighter and finer than the more tinted versions: I gather it may be genuinely suitable for quite a wide range of skin tones. No oxidation and turning orange, either (this will depend on what you're wearing under the powder, to be fair).
I lucked out on the colour, though. Of the more tinted versions, there are not enough shades - I think another three or four, none suitable for darker skins, and little variegation. Fair, by the way, is too yellow for cool-toned pale blue people - Translucent is markedly better.
This was bought as a replacement for the gorgeous and discontinued Clinique Soft Finish; the effect was near enough, comfortable and silky-velvety, and approximately as finely luminous. The only comparable powder I've found, searching high and low, has been Prescriptives: similar end result to the Boots, at about 3 to 4 x the price.
Importantly, it is *great* on this sensitive skin. Fragrance-free. Minimal ingredients list: no parabens but does still have a milder preservative and bactericidal agent (thank goodness), and includes ingredients my skin happens to find blissfully soothing - borage oil, mineral oil, and titanium dioxide (I haven't ascertained the likely SPF/PPD). Silicones for smoothing, talc for oilies, mica for the right kind of shine. This is why it's deceptively basic - roughly the same ingredients list as many other pressed powders, but well-formulated and no faffing about with unnecessary extras.
Sturdy, plain compact. Plenty of product, lasts a good year. The sponge, as usual, is poor: but this stuff works wonderfully well with a big fluffy brush. The catch on the compact varies from lot to lot. On some, it is diabolically over-resistant. But it's an excellent buy - here in Ireland, it's EUR 14.25 and so closer to the drugstore than the department-store price bracket, but for department-store quality.
UPDATE: I tried out several other pressed powders, high end and low, then returned to No. 7 as I realised quite how very good it is. It remains the nearest I've found to my beloved discontinued Cliniques ...
INGREDIENTS: talc, mica, paraffinum liquidum, phenyl trimethicone, dimethicone, borage, titanium dioxide, tocopheryl acetate, silk, nylon-12, propylene glycol, butylene glycol, silica [+/- ci 77891, 77492, 77491, 77499] continued >>
Good stuff. Does the job well, does not look cakey, lasted through a night of clubbing. I applied with a brush. I use Translucent because I just want it to set my foundation.
The only thing I'm not crazy about is that the compact is kind of thick and clunky.
Edit: Oops. About a month after you open this stuff, it takes on the odor of FISH. I will have to throw it away. gross. Will not repurchase.
I really like this powder. I use the Perfect Light loose powder to set my make up on a morning, and use this for touch-ups throughout the day. I have a very fair skin tone, and find the Translucent shade to match perfectly, without ever looking orange or cakey. It gives a very good natural finish. The powder is hypo-allergenic, so is suitable for sensitive skin, and does not clog my pores or bring me out in spots. The packaging is also nice and sturdy, and has a mirror inside, which is useful for when you are out and about. One compact seems to last for ages, although the powder puff may need changing every now and again as it is quite thin. I like the No.7 brand, as I see it as better than drugstore make-up, yet more affordable than most higher-end brands. I will repurchase this product.
My first boots product! I purchased this last week in translucent and I am quite impressed. Usually translucent powders go ashey on my tan skin but not this one It applies on smoothly over foundation or coverup, eliminating excess shine but still leaving a natural finish. It also has diffusers in it that subtly even my skintone. I do think it is a bit pricey though, hence the 4 stars. But all in all, this is a great product that lives up to all its claims.
My HG powder. I use translucent. This is great, not too dense but easy to build up without going ashy or cakey. Covers well over foundation and looks great on its own. It also makes a good eyeshadow base, I find I have much less creasing when I use this on my lids. I have to knock a lippy off for some technical issues though. First, the new rounded packaging has a tendancy for the lid to disconnect (I've had this with two of them now) and the puff is rather thin and the backing where you hold comes away very easy. Still, it goes on very nicely with a powder brush and new puffs aren't too pricey. Cannot live without this.