I used this powder in transparency neutral for probably 10 years, usually just under my eyes to keep my eye makeup from migrating. It is sheer, light and never cakes on my dryish, sensitive skin. When I want to use it on my whole face, it's great, too. But I really hate loose powder, so I have switched to Laura Mercier pressed powder which has a lovely, light texture, is not messy, and travels well.
I don't use the brush that came with this but a big soft powder brush instead. The powder itself is finely milled and really gives skin a flawless look, no shimmer or radiance effects but rather a matte but very natural look. Doesn't sink in to pores or look cakey. It's also fairly good at keeping shine to a minimum on my combo skin although I need to reapply midday. I would buy this again because of the good results but I had to take a lippie off because of the bad packaging. I can't exactly put my finger on exactly what it is but you can't dust powder into the lid because the holes in the can are way too big and you'll end up with tons of powder all over your bathroom. Ehm, well, you'll end up with tons of powder all over your bathroom no matter how you do it. Feels like a waste.
I think Clinique Blended Face Powder in #08 Transparency Neutral was the first MU item I ever purchased. A nice loose powder that doesn't upset my dry, sensitive skin and a good match for my neutral- to cool toned NW10-15 complexion. This powder gives quite a matte finish whereas I prefer a slightly more glowy, satin finish so I often reach for my Clinique Derma-White Brightening Loose Powder or my Chanel Poudre Douce #Rosee but still this no-frills loose powder will always be a staple for me! Update: La Mer Loose Powder in #Translucent blows every other loose powder out of the water; I'll stick with that one from now on. *Pic in My Profile*
Ingredients: talc, zinc stearate, magnesium carbonate, kaolin, squalane, isopropyl myristate, trisodium edta, potassium sorbate, methylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben. May contain: titanium dioxide (CI 77891), mica, iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), bismuth oxychloride (CI 77163), ultramarines (CI 77007), manganese violet (CI 77742), carmine (CI 75470), ferric ferrocyanide (CI 77510).
Great value for product as this has lasted me for ages and will continue to do so. I dislike the packaging as the product goes everywhere. However it sets makeup/foundation well and as long as I put a little on, it looks quite natural. I won't repurchase as I think there are probably better products out there for a lower price. It contains talc which alot of people are weary of (although I'm not too bothered). I wasn't sure if I should give it a 3 or a 4, but the fact that it gives my face a more healthy colour pushed it towards a 4.
I've tried both Blended Face Powder and Gentle Light Powder and prefer this one. The main diff between them is that blended face powder is matte, and the other one has subtle shimmer in it. Not very sure about different shades though, I have transparency 3 in blended face powder and gentle light powder in glow 3.
Beautiful silky powder. I find this exceptional coverage considering that it is a powder, it's fairly long lasting, only requires one touch up about mid-afternoon. Can be applied almost any way, fingers, brush, damp sponge... Basically made my illuminater obsolete as it gives you a soft radience with none of the tacky glitter look. Almost impossible to mess up, unless you pile it on, then you have that powdery grandma look. I have extremely sensitive skin and I will get huge cyst-like things under my skin from almost anything, but this seems to be made of quality ingredients and keeps my skin porcelain and flawless. I had my first pottle for 3 years, using it every day and its only just run out, so it's worth every cent! I can't recommend it enough. This miraculous powder is what turned me into a clinque fan.
If it wasn't for the colour this would be a really nice powder. It has a nice texture, sets foundation well, doesn't make my skin look flaky and lasts pretty well too. I have this in the new invisible blend shade and it just isnt invisible. It looks slightly grey in the pot and goes on muddy looking on me, I only wanted this to set my foundation and I have a shiseido compact to take out with me for touch ups so I can still get away with using the clinique powder as long as it only gets applied once. The weird thing is that I used to have the compact powder in the invisible matte shade and that was great on me so I assumed this would be the same although sadly it isnt. I honestly dont know what skintone this would be good for because my skin is yellow toned and it doesnt work well on me, the powder is not at all pinky so I dont think it would be good on pink or neutral skin tones. Perhaps it would be ok on people who are very dark skinned? I love clinique skincare but their foundations and powders come in such horrible pink and muddy colours! I will continue to use this although I doubt I will finish the pot because its huge and will last forever and I'll probably want to try something better before it runs out, I definately wont be buying it again.
I tried this in their new shade, Invisible Blend that just came out for Spring 2008. I thought it would work for me since Transparency 2 was a bit too pink for me. This turned out to be too muddy on me. I really wanted to like it though, and kept trying it with a lighter hand, a brush, a velour puff... but still the same muddy result. I have a very very fair complexion with pink undertones, and always take the lightest shade in powders. But when I put this on it looks like my face is a little dirty :( too bad too because the actual powder is great, its sets foundation nicely and keeps my nose from being shiny. Its up for swap on my list. Oh well. At least it was only $20.
I've got to be honest... I've bought this product because of the great reviews on this site. I was looking for a good face powder, to set my foundation and I didn't want to spent too much money. In one word, this powder is GREAT. It makes my skin even more even that the foundation already does (I'm using Teint Idole Lancome). I was so excited that I've tried to use it on bare skin (with just moisterizer on my face) and it was great too. Of course, it didn't cover as wel as the foundation does (duh, it's a powder...) but I was pleasantly suprise by the effect it gave. I also like the tiney little sparkles in it. There's just enough in the powder. I hate those powders where your face looks like a discoball. It's great for a night out, but terrible for everyday use. In fact, it has just enough sparkles to make your face glow, to give it a healthy touch. When I first bought it, I thought that the 03 was too light. The 004 was too pink for me. But the 03 is great, since it's transparance you don't see any color. It matches my skintone good, not perfect. That's the reason why I give this 4 lippies instead of 5: the color choice is not great and since Clinique is pretending to be an old time favorite, I don't understand why they don't make more color choice in this powder, but that aside, I just LUV it.
So, the brush that comes with it... people don't read the packaging I've noticed (same goes for Faux Cils YSL, bad reviews on the brush -> driying out, but on the packaging it says: clean the brush once a week. If you do that you don't have a problem). Same for this powder. It says that fot the best result, you have to put the powder on with your fingers (I admit, I prefer a brush). You sweep the access powder off with the brush. In that why it works great. I use the little brush also in my purse. I just don't wanna travel with the big jar, so I put a powder on the brush, close it and dure out the day I touch up with that. Workst GREAT!
So, if you're looking for a good powder, that isn't expensive and does the job... this powder is THE ONE
Edit: have to say it: it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOO great. I've been using it for a few weeks now and it is still incredible. Really, TRY THIS
when i first got my superbalanced foundation the SA reccommended i get this to set it in place. I cant make any comparsions to any other loose powders cos this is the only 1 ive ever tried. I prefer loose to pressed powders becasue they r more natural & its easier to apply it evenly. Anyway the brush with it is useless, it goes straight in the bin every time. I wish u cud buy the sponge/brush that comes with products separately if u do want it rather than having to pay for it inclusive in the price every time u re-purchase esp if u never even use it the first time, but thats a general gripe not specific to cliniqe. i apply it with a big cosmopolitan powder brush from superdrug only cost a few pounds and u use it every day so its no big deal. the brush they give u is all stiff and tiny. You can apply it with ur fingers but i personally prefer not to coswhenever i touch my face with my fingers, the natural oils in ur finger take off the foundation. i have it in transparency neutral and as the name suggests doesnt really serve to colour ur face in any way just to set ur liquid foundation in place. i make sure to brush it into my jaw and hairline. I also sometimes use it over foundation to cover blemishes or breakouts using the end of a cotton bud. it does seem to even my skin out tho. lasting power is pretty good. plenty in the tub, lasts ages!