I love this powder! The smell, the texture, the color, and the age. I'm a total sucker for vintage anything, so my review may not be the most objective.
I really like this stuff though. It goes on smoothly, and I love the smell. It controls oil well and sets my 1930s foundations (Merle Norman Powder Base and Max Factor Pancake) very well. The vintage skincare thing is working for me. The lady at Walgreens thinks I'm funny when I come with my arms filled with Ponds Cold Cream, Pond's Dry Skin Cream, and the Coty powder.
Now, my major complaint is that they changed the packaging. I, for one, hate the new shifter plastic junk they use now. I can't ever get the correct amount of product to come out of the darn thing and it's ugly as can be! Plus, I like old stuff. I dislike when old stuff gets changed, especially for the worse.
Fortunately there are still the original boxes floating around. Also, this stuff is no longer made in the USA. If you find the original cardboard box, it's from here. If it's in plastic, it's from China.
I've used this powder for about 5 years, and I've gone through 3 containers before moving on to HE brands. I love my Chanel loose powder, but unfortunately during the winter it became too dark for me, so I decided to give this a try again. I have to honestly say I'm not a big fan of this anymore, while it works well for oil control it just does not compare to finely milled Chanel powder, and does not give my skin a very healthy looking finish. It looks a bit patchy, not as smooth, but it is not terrible, I doubt anyone but me would really notice. It is a great color for me, I have it in a light shade instead of translucent, it doesn't add coverage by any means, but it helps my foundation from oxidizing a bit. The scent doesn't bother me as it dissipates almost immediately after application. You can't beat it for the price, but I will be searching for something else to replace it, but in the meantime it works well enough.
This loose powder is absolutely wonderful! It is very finely grained, and provides a flawless finish to my makeup. It prevents my foundation from wearing down and keeps my oily t zone matte all day long! The prize is amazing for the large amount of product that you get (I bought mine at CVS for about $7). I recommended it to my sister (who is olive-toned in opposition to my very pale complexion) and she was surprised by how transcluscent it really was! She now swears by it, as well.
Because of all of the product packed into the container, it was difficult at first to get product out, but after a use or two, I had no trouble. The scent is very nostalgic and "grandmotherly," but I love it all the same. I was not pleased with the powder puff included, I found it a bit difficult to clean and it didn't provide an even coverage of the power. So I just replaced it with the e.l.f. Kabuki, and I'm loving life!
I will repurchase and repurchase and repurchase!
I have been using Coty loose powder for many years. I am 56 and my Grandmother used it and she would have been 106 now. She passed when I was 4 so that tells you how long ago that was. She was a make up girl as all of the girls in my family are. I swear by this product and have tried others buy always went back to Coty. My coworkers always comment on my make up because it looks flawless. I apply my foundation, then pat my entire face and below my jawline then brush off my face. This sets the foundation and powder together and then I use my compact to touch up during the day. Pat your face when touching up so it keeps the make up looking good. I am a beliver that expensive does not equal good. I get asked all of the time what I buy and I tell gals tha I love cheap make up! I but what is tried and true, Cover Girl, Maybelline, Loreal. I have done the department store stuff, all of the high end things and always went back to my dime store makeup.
Love it! It's only $6 at Walgreens, the packaging is not good, but you get SO MUCH product! Keeps the shine off my face no matter what! The smell isn't that bad, in my opinion. I'm used to it :) Highly recommend, especially if you don't want to pay so much for a HQ setting powder!
Great to mattify ,I love to use this as a setting powder,it keeps my oily skin in check without over drying it;.touch up through the day is nice too ...this stuff can easily last up to 3 years.
Keep in mind, this powder is highly fragranced! If you don't like that, you should buy the fragrance-free version. But Coty is the world's largest perfume manufacturer, and fragrance is going to be prominent in any product they put their brand on. Personally, I enjoy the sweet, old-fashioned fragrance, which is similar to (also by Coty) Sand & Sable perfume. But it is very strong.
This is a great product. It has a very fine texture and it looks and feels fabulous on. The price is a bit of an eyebrow-raiser, but when you consider how long this huge amount of powder is going to last, it makes sense. I was lucky enough to find one of the retro cardboard containers, and you'd better believe I snapped it up quick; I wish they had not switched to plastic. If I ever run out, I will buy it again.
I love retro stuff....and although I have this in the fancy-dancy plastic container with the sifter, it still smells old-school Hollywood....aka-highly perfumed. It reminds me of my grandmothers make-up bag when I was just a wee one putting her red revlon lipstick on my chin playing grown up.....ahh but I digress...back to the review. I have this is rose beige. Its a pretty good match for my NC25/N5 skin tone. It looks great as a finishing powder however, within an hour its shiny. the culprit is probably the mineral oil that's in it. I use it only on my days off when I'm home all day playing retro housewife. It's really a 3.5 but I gave it a 4 for nostalgic purposes.
***Update 1/22/12***So I'm cruising the internet and found an old ad for this powder. It actually came in different scents from the Coty line like Emeraude, L'Aimant, Paris and L'Origan. After more research I discovered the Airspun we purchase today is still in the scent of L'Origan. This explains why its so perfumed. Now my retro side is loving it even more! Also really loving this even more in winter. I use it to set my Merle Norman Powder Base foundation (another original formula from the 30's still in existence) Both are awesome for the winter/fall and I don't have to retouch up AT ALL during my 15 hour work day. Both have mineral oil, so they both melt together. Looks awesome. I'm upping my rating to a solid 5.
This powder has been around for a lifetime and with just cause, its pretty amazing stuff. As like many other reviewers have mentioned it is assessable, affordable, and dam good. Works wonderfully as a setting powder or alone to mattify the face. The smell reminds me of old hollywood glamour and disapates soon after application. And not to mention one of these may last you more than 2 years because you only need the smallest amount. HG for sure.
Most powders make my face look cakey and emphasize my pores. Not this one. Combined with Pan-Stick or even on its own, it make my skin look naturally flawless. I found mine at Walmart beneath all the false eyelashes for about $6. The packaging isn't that secure or convenient, so I just put my powder in an old BareMinerals container. This stuff is amazing and I will definitely be repurchasing.