- perfect color match
- smooths imperfections
- cakey in photos
- many clogged pores
I had to discontinue my use of this product after breaking out. Also, after looking at my skin in photos I realized it makes my pores look awful. So sad since it was $25.
Thanks, MUA, this is hands-down the best pressed powder I've used. It blurs pores, controls oil amazingly well and doesn't break me out. Way better than Dior, Estee Lauder, Maybelline, MAC and even my old standby Cover Fx. I have the oil-control version. I use it with their powder foundation and I don't blot all day. Usually I blot every 1-2 hours. Big fan! Worth the cost, will stock up when I can.
Great powder. Does just what it says. Very finely milled which I love. I apply it with the pouf or sometimes a powder brush, depends on the type of finish I am going for.
This powder makes me continue to love Merle Norman, particularly for foundation. I had the loose version of this and wasn't overly excited by it necessarily, but something led me to trying the compact and I am only on my 2nd one, but know there will be more. I usually use it over the MN Lasting Foundation or EL Double Wear, but on lazy days I use it alone and it's just perfect. Gives a nice finish without looking cakey or powdery. Although I LOVE to look for *even better* things, I realize that my research only leads me to finding lesser products for more money. Again, why should I ever stray from MN?!
I have this in the "Oil-Control" version, as my skin is quite oily. I think at my store I payed $24 for this, but IMO it is well worth it. This is by far the best powder I've used. I think now, the only shade they sell is translucent. It's so finely milled that it just blends flawlessly in with my foundation, which is the ever-shimmery Revlon Photready. :) It doesn't make my face extremely matte, but it does control oil significantly for a few hours and just sets the foundation beautifully. I've had it for about 4 months and use it daily, and I've barely made a dent in the freaking huge compact! And trust me when I say I apply this powder GENEROUSLY.
The only other powder I've used like this is Maybelline's Dream Matte Pressed Powder, which is very good also, but I feel like this one gave me more of a polished finish and way more shine control. This is just more expensive. I would gladly recommend either, but if you see this one at a Merle Norman outlet or something, I'd strongly recommend it. :)
I have to join in on the raves for this one... it is one of the reasons I recently became "sold" on the Merle Norman product line. I was using mineral makeup for years and found that by the end of the day it was just not looking too fresh and oxidizing quite a bit, so I decided to switch it up and go for a tinted moisturizer (Sonia Kashuk) and this powder on top to set it. Perfect combo... this powder is amazing! It is so light but yet you can tell what it is doing for you... airbrushed is a good word for it. I have it in almost tan. I would definitely purchase this again!
I've been a Merle girl for 11 years now, and while I 'stray' from time to time, I always go back to Merle; this fabulous powder is one of the many reasons why. I just received this pressed powder in a GWP (shade is 'Barely There') and it is absolutely perfect over my Bobbi Brown 'Skin' foundation. It sets my makeup and gives me an 'airbrushed' appearance and cuts down shine in the t-zone. It just makes me skin *flawless*, not chalky and washed-out, like most other powders seem to do. No irritation or breakouts either. I am definitely stopping by local Merle studio and picking up the full size of this powder. Great stuff! FYI: There is an oil-control version of this powder that just came out recently.
update: I went through 15+ compacts, there is no powder better than this one, I stopped searching. I tried chanel, lancome, absolutely ALL drugstore brands, some department brands, mineral makeup in the past, nothing compares...
Original Review: I have large easily clogged pores, this is the best powder I tried so far, I didn't like it at first, I thought no coverage, but you won't need any if you stick with it, it took me one-two weeks to clear up and get used to it, but later - less congested pores, no breakouts, no spots, and nothing to cover. I run out, no MN studio here, can not order online, and I can already see the difference, getting blackheads, breakouts again, have to spend way more time to conceal everything, despite of using retin a, bha, or aha, and the skin doesn't look flawless, smooth and natural with other powders as it did with this one. It gives nice smooth polished look, it does not oxidize, it's not chalky. It's sheer and it looks so natural, like you have nothing on your skin, but it's not translucent like some other worthless powders, you can put multiple layers of that stuff and when you're done you wonder what the heck?!?! there is absolutely nothing on your face, all spots and zits stand out and it looks like you didn't powder anything at all, well while Merle is translucent it still provides great coverage without being chalky (I do use artdeco to hide spots, btw the BEST EVER concealer for blemishes and dark circles), it goes on light, it takes out shine instantly (I have regular version, and it works great, haven't tried oil control one yet), skin looks smooth and beautiful, it hides pores and fine lines, evens out skin tone, love it, don't need any primer, it looks great on it's own, I can rave about it endlessly. I also have loose version, it's not the same, I didn't like it as much as pressed one. I would like to try chanel universelle powder only because merle is hard to find, but if I don't like it I will continue using Merle Flawless Effect pressed powder, guess I will have to stock up when I can (tried chanel, not good!!). I wish they had online store... I have fair/light skin and I can use three shades: translucent, nearly nude and barely there, all 3 work great for me.
ingredients: talc, synthetic fluorphlogopite, nylon 12, dimethicone, silica, iron oxides, trimethylsiloxysilicate, lauroyl lysine, tit dioxide, glycerin, panax ginseng root extract, gynostemma pentaphyllum leaf extract, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, water, acrylates/dimethicone copolymer, acrylates copolymer, alumina, phenoxyethanol, imidazolidinyl urea, bht 112905
This is the only foundation that doesn't cause irritation and redness for me. My aunt gave me a tiny sample compact about a year ago, and I just recently ran low and went and bought a new compact. I have it in barely there. Sadly, I think that color is discontinued?
Alright ladies, I have tried about every powder known to womankind. This is the best! I bought this in the pressed version and use a kabuki brush to apply overtop of my Kiehl's tinted moisturizer. It looks SOOO good!!! I am amazed at how much I like MN products. I got samples of a few things and have been so impressed with how glowy my skin looks after only a few days. It's not our grandmother's makeup, I promise!