I've tried endless setting powders and they always always change the color of my foundation!
I use mufe and Kevin aucoin foundations and this powder sets it, without adding color or oxidizing or changing it. Awesome. And cheap. I don't have oily skin and this works well for the Kim Kardashian golden triangle..under eyes and around nose to chin area it brightens so perfectly and renews foundation for touch ups. I use this with kevyn aucoins candlelight and it is divine. It is the only drugstore type cosmetic I use. They've discontinued it at Walmart so I stocked up like crazy..auuughhh I would die without this.
I blot with its sponge then lightly dust off excess without moving foundation.
Hate this product! Settles into my fine lines and doesn't last long keeping me matte. Fail.
I bought this some months ago on a whim and I really like it! As an oily skinned person a setting powder/mattifying powder is a must. I have been trying to switch my cosmetics collection to all cruelty free products (and drugstore). I love the tattoo art that Hard Candy incoporates into all of their products (although I don't love all of their products). I like the heart shaped sponge that comes with this product too and I use it rather than a brush for touch ups throughout the day (using a pat and roll motion). Even though I've had this product for a while and I use it every day there is only the smallest dent in the pan by my use. It is lasting a long time which is great for the price! It has a nice light and smooth texture as well. On those slow days that I don't feel like wearing a bunch of makeup, I will slide this into my pocket (I wear cargos a lot) or a purse and will use it as I get oily thoughout the day. I will definitely be repurchasing this and +1 for being cruelty free :)
I can see why people might like this but if you are prone to acne be careful. I've used it twice (two days each time) on my t-zone and got horrible cystic acne on my nose and chin. The chin I get but my nose?! I never break out on my nose. I didn't even know you could get cystic acne on your nose. I looked like Rudolph for almost two weeks. Horrible. Ethylhexyl Palmitate is a 4 on the acne rating score. Mine went into the trash.
I like this powder. I bought it after finishing my MAC blot powder, and I will say I'm happy its performance. It controls shine well enough, definitely better than a lot of other drugstore 'shine control' powders i've used. My problem with this powder is the packaging. At first I thought it was cute enough, and it is to look at, but it's not very practical. I bought this powder to carry with me for touchups, and it's bulky. Not only is it bulky, but the way the mirror is set up with the sponge and everything, it's just a dealbreaker for me. I'm on to look for something that's easier to carry and deal with.
Great for setting undereye concealer. Really brightens me up and convinces people that yes, I have had a good night's sleep, when in reality, I'm a walking zombie. It can also be used to brighten up other areas of the face that have been looking a little dull.
My skin isn't oily, so I can't speak for it's mattifying properties, but I do like that it goes on smoothly and doesn't cake.
I don't like this as an overall powder due to the lack of coverage, though if my skin were better I would certainly use it for that. If you have minimal skin issues this makes for one heck of a setting powder.
I also like the sponge that's included, though I never use it. It's just so gosh darn sweet-looking. Gotta love HC, even their sponges are cute.
I've tried several powders over the year and this is by far the best. A powder below is would be one I got from Avon some time ago. Anyways, I use this powder after I apply my Glamoflauge concealer and foundation. Less is more! Don't over do it though. I try to avoid applying powder where my skin creases (under bottom lip) and also between the brows on the forehead because it can sometimes look thick. Otherwise this powder is fantastic. The origin of these Hard Candy products is pretty interesting. From being sold in Nordstorms/Fred Segal and bought by Louis Vuitton (LVMH) and then sold to another buyer who made a partnership with Walmart so you;re getting really good stuff here for cheap.
I have to say this is my favorite pressed powder. It's a translucent enough powder that doesn't leave you looking like a pale ghost, but provides a great amount of coverage over foundation or if you just want a quick cover up for that unwanted shininess from oily skin. And it doesn't make me break out! Love this!
I bought this powder after reading some of the lovely reviews here. I've only been using this product for a few days, but I haven't experienced any reactions or breakouts associated with it (yet). *crosses fingers*
On my way to purchase MAC Blot Powder, someone hit my car and the engine blew. Looks like I won't be making that 40 mile trip to a Macy's anytime soon (claims dept. are taking their sweet time). I also don't feel like paying for S&H via the site. LAME. So, I was in need of a good dupe ASAP to tone down my very oily t-zone. This seemed perfect considering my Wal-Mart, which is literally five minutes away, sells the HC line.
The package is cute. It's a simple compact with a clear, pop-open lid. The Hard Candy logo is printed on the powder itself. I also think the heart-shaped puff is a nice touch -- uber soft, pink, and adorable. I don't use the included puff only because I find that it tends to look a little "cakey" or packed-on when I do. I like to use a nice, soft powder brush.
The powder is finely-milled, soft, with little-to-no fragrance. It applies smoothly and doesn't look "cakey" when a small amount is dusted on. It seems to keep me shine-free for about four hours; when the shine begins peeking through, it tends to create a dewy look rather than an oily mess.
All-in-all, this is a pretty good product. While I wouldn't consider this an exact dupe for MAC Blot Powder, I would definitely recommend it to anyone whose budget doesn't include a splurge.
The only reason I will probably not be repurchasing is because I'm planning on buying my HG powder when I get my car up and running. :)
Oh, my darling Welcome Matte powder, how I love you. I've tried countless different powders to try setting my foundation, but I still end up oily after a few hours. Then I discovered this little gem, and this is my HG setting powder. It lasts all day for me, and when I first apply it, it completely mattifies my face, and by the end of the day, while I'm not perfectly matte, I'm not shiny, either.
It is very pale though, which is fine for me because I'm white as a ghost, but if you have darker skin, it may make you look ashy.