I'd forgotten how much I have always loved this product! i'm new to MUA, and have just sort of been wandering around the boards & product reviews, and ran across this because I researching primers, mineral foundations, mattifiers, etc... I was reminded - and had to get some again.
Anyway, I bought the translucent extra coverage version @ Walgreen's during lunch, and powdered up - felt drawn back in time to being 19 when I bought my first Airspun box. It was love at first brush! And the finish today is just as wonderful as it was back then - even though I'm 47 and my skin is very different.
I actually *love* the fragrance - and honestly I kind of like the new plastic container because the old one was hard to puncture "just right" to get enough out. So, the plastic feels chintzy, but it's more practical for daily use. Even though this is the first time I've bought it in probably more than seven years, I still have one of the old cardboard containers! I kept it because it was so useful for mixing things with a kabuki brush.
I bought this in Translucent because it was the only container left at Walgreen's. Fortunately, the shade works just fine for me (lightest shade in Revlon Colorstay).
I've always wanted to try Airspun, and I finally decided to take the plunge because my new moisturizer was causing my skin to be more oily, and my foundation alone was not helping whatsoever.
The great thing about this powder is that I use less foundation now because I only have to minimize red areas and undereye circles with my foundation, and then I apply a heavy layer of powder. It looks a bit dull and flat at first, but once it sets, my skin looks even and smooth, and I have almost no oily breakthrough during the day.
A routine of moisturizer, Boots' highlighting lotion, a little foundation, and Airspun makes my skin look luminous, yet porcelain. The smell IS a bit overwhelming, but I also apply with a heavy hand, so I could avoid this if I wanted to. It's not bad enough to deter me from using Airspun, especially for the price.
And as for the sifter, I just turn the jar over, shake it, then press my Shiseido velour puff into the lid of the container. I think it dispenses the product just fine. I own several loose powders - Ben Nye, Cover Girl, MAC, FACE, Sephora, and a few others. The packaging, price, quality, and oil-control of Airspun really makes it the most essential powder in my daily routine, and I'm thinking of buying more shades and the extra coverage formulation for my collection.
For reference, I am an NC30 warm-toned Asian. I have been using this powder for the past 9 months in Naturally Neutral. This powder gives a beautiful finish BUT it also has many cons.
First off, this is a classic, decades old powder so it was obviously originally formulated with WASPs in mind. This means that ALL the shades are cool (pink) toned. Even Naturally Neutral, the shade I use, is slightly cool toned. Because I am anything but a WASP, none of the shades totally work for me. I am able to use Naturally Neutral but it does give a *very* slight cool cast to my skin and it would probably ideally suit NW20/NC20.
My other gripe with this product is the scent. Now I like the classic scent but it is SO STRONG that after applying it everyone around me can smell it. It does wear off after 5-10 minutes but it will make all your brushes smell so strongly that it takes me multiple washes using Dr Bronner's to remove most, but not all, of the scent. If you even slightly sensitive to scents or don't want to smell like Grandma, you want to stay far, far, FAR away from this product.
Now, why do I keep using this product? I have normal-dry skin and I find that this powder gives my skin a semi-matte finish that doesn't dry out my skin but does absorb oil fairly well. It makes my already pretty perfect skin have a healthy, natural glow. But what my cheapie side likes most about this product is how freaking cheap it is. It was around $5-7 IIRC but gives a WHOPPING 65 grams of product that will probably last me until I am actually old enough to smell like a grandma. Okay maybe not that long but at least 3 years. I am 9 months in and have barely even used 10% of the product. I have the new, plastic packaging, and though it isn't as cute and retro as the cardboard packaging, I find that it is much easier to use because it there is a built-in sifter that allows for just the right amount to be dispensed. Because I don't always want to carry the product back and forth on trips, I like to depot some of the powder into a smaller jar.
Overall, if you're cool toned and light or light-medium skintone AND not afraid of scents, you should definitely give this powder a try. However, I won't be repurchasing this after finishing it up because it doesn't match my skintone.
I would give Coty 5 stars for this powder. I've been using it for over half my life. However, I despise the new plastic containers for a couple of reasons. First, it is much too hard to get the powder out of the container. I had no problem with the old container.
Also, the old cardboard container was environmentally friendly. The new solid plastic container is not.
I'm not using the powder as much as I used to because of the packaging, even though it has been the ONLY beauty product I have stuck with for over 20 years.
This product is a great powder...if you can get past the smell.
I don't like the smell,it smells like what my grandma used to wear,
and worst, the smell lingers and stays.
but this is a great setting powder.
i love this stuff. it really sets makeup and the effect lasts for hours, far beyond any other setting powder. i love that it smells like old ladies and dusty vanities, but the smell may not be for everyone. i got a huuuge tub of the stuff, which im convinced will last me the rest of my life, at walmart for about six bucks.
I love this powder and have used it for years (in translucent). When I bought it several months ago, it seemed different. They've added something that gives the skin a bit of a glow. I don't mind it, but it may not be for everyone. Still, it's the best powder I've ever used and it's very reasonable. I prefer to use a sponge powder puff instead of the one that comes with it.
i have this in translucent and in the new packaging. the new packaging is a little tricky because although its a sifter, the holes are so small and there arent that many of them. it's VERYY hard to get product out of the sifter. Very. the product itself isnt anything amazing. it's just a normal face powder and i like the way it smells too, which everyone might find odd, lol. reminds me of old things. [:
I've heard wonderful things about this and I probably would have liked it more, but the scent was overpowering. I set my whole face, including under my eyes, and it irritated my eyes. It did make my tan foundation also look not as tan (I purchased the translucent). It did work well, but the scent and the fact that it did alter the tone too much just made me not like it. The box and the powder puff it comes with are very nice. I especially like the puff.
LOVE LOVE LOVE this powder! I don't use the puff that comes with it, I use my favorite Ecotools Bronzer Brush instead. I have severe melasma and use a lot of foundation/concealer to cover it, this sets my makeup and it lasts all day! I actually like the smell of it--and the new plastic packaging that has a sifter was a brilliant improvement. I also have this in my refillable kabuki from Sephora--it is THE BEST loose powder I have ever tried, even better than the MUFE HD, etc...I actually have a spare one, just in case I lose it while traveling, or one of my kids busts it open or something...