I must have had this for a year or so and did not like it in the begining. I have medium and yellow based skin tone and gave a white cast to my skin (NC25).
Recently, I began using it with a BB cream. It made my skin look... I don't know how to describe it, just better. Removes any shine and my skin looks more diffused.
A little goes a long way, the full size would probably last me years.
This has been sitting in my makeup drawer for years. As a finishing powder, it did nothing to control oil for me. Absolutely nothing. I was still an oil slick not even an hour after applying. I remember it being expensive, and that is the only reason I never threw it out. SO GUESS WHAT I DID (I'm excited, sorry). I used it as a primer. And guess what it did. Controlled my oil the ENTIRE day. I'm talking blotting once... and for me, that is unheard of. If the oil that comes out of my face could be used as fuel, I could be a billionaire. That is how oily my face gets. I usually blot and powder multiple times throughout the day. I read one review, ONE, on the Sephora site, where the reviewer also used it as a primer. That was the only review I was able to find anywhere, where someone used it in that way. I figured what the hell? What did I have to lose? I powdered some on my face before applying my foundation, the same way you would apply it after foundation.. waited 5 minutes, and did my makeup as usual. I can't even begin to tell you the difference this made. I could actually go hours and hours and not worry about how oily I looked. I could touch my face and feel that it wasn't oily. If you're like me, and nothing you buy seems to be able to control your oily skin, and you just so happen to have this and currently hate it... try it as a primer!!!! I am beyond impressed, but am a little depressed by the fact that I'll now have to repurchase eventually :(
MY SKIN: Normal to oily, medium-dark skin, yellow undertones
PACKAGING: Loose powder in a screw top jar with a sifter. Packaging is sturdy and heavy weighted. The screw top doesn't allow the product to spill out - great or travel.
HOW I APPLY: Sephora HD foundation brush (which I do frequently use as a powder brush). I use this over Revlon Colorstay. I tap very lightly into the sifter and swirl it into the cap to distribute it evenly on the brush. I then brush lightly to my T-zone.
THE FINISH: Since this is marketed as "HD", there are a few finishes I have observed:
1) Natural light: Very matte finish, does not settle into fine lines. Give a lovely, smooth appearance. This will not, however, replace a highlight. You will need to blush, highlight, and countour to get a truly "finished" face. Otherwise your face will look almost too matte/flat and dead.
2) On camera without flash: Still maintains airbrush finish.
3) On camera, close up, with harsh flash: HELLO WHITE CAST! Here is where you see the ghost-like appearance that has been a frequent complaint. My face had a distinct white sheen that is evident compared to my neck color. Keep in mind this is only very close up and in BRIGHT flash.
WEAR THROUGHOUT THE DAY: Wears well and controls oil. However, I am not extremely oily, so I don't know how it would really hold up in that situation.
OVERALL: In person and in natural light, it's a wonderful product, but in harsh flash, it's horrendous. I would not recommend this at all for a wedding or any occasion with many pictures. I like it enough to use up the rest of it, but I don't think I will repurchase (considering the hefty price tag, although note that you do get a ton of product). I am positive there must be a finishing powder out there somewhere that will look good both in person and in pictures.
When I first used this I was pretty frustrated that I blew so much money on something that looked so cheap and powdery. But then I was due for a new kabuki so I got the Make Up Forever brush that you're supposed to use with the powder (it was two bucks cheaper that the other brush I was eyeing at Sephora and I like that it's small and travel friendly) and it worked! It's all in the brush!!
I hate that it's so expensive, I still feel a bit ashamed that I spent so much money on it... but I probably will re-purchase when I eventually run out (I'm pretty sure this is going to last me a very long time).
It can be a bit messy (it's loose powder!) but because it's white so it's not REALLY a problem. It doesn't make a mess I just feel like I'm wasting product.
I think it does what it's supposed to do. It doesn't look powdery but it helps control the shine. It's good stuff.
This powder is nothing extraordinary in my opinion. It does mattify but the results vary... too little, and you start to shine after a few hours, too much and you look chalky. I've used it dozens of times with different brushes and over different foundations and I don't feel that it makes a big enough impact to justify the price. It's okay but not something I would rebuy.
I love this powder! It is a finely milled white silica powder that mattifies skin and gives a beautiful, velvety, flawless, airbrushed finish. My skin tends to be dry, but I do get shiny nose during the day and often find myself touching up with powder. In the morning after I apply my foundation, I use a small amount of this powder buffed in with my MAC 182 buffer/kabuki. As with all HD products, you need to buff very well to blend, and apply this with a very light hand. You only need a tiny bit for your entire face - don't apply this with the same gusto as you'd apply a regular loose powder. Then I apply my regular loose powder atop that. This keeps my skin flawless and matte all day, with minimal touch-ups. I do think this is quite expensive for the amount of product you receive, but that said, you need to use such a small amount that one container will last a very long time. I also own the ELF HD powder and it is practically identical to this for much less money and a larger package, so if cost is an issue, that's something to consider. My one word of caution is if you're going to be flash photographed for an important event like a wedding or a prom, you may want to avoid this as it *can* leave a white cast. (Google image search "Make Up For Ever HD powder Nicole Kidman and Eva Longoria" to see what I'm talking about.) This is an awesome product and I will continue to buy it.
The first few times I used this I didn't like it. When you use it a fine mist of powder flies off everywhere. Also it made my skin look too dry. Then I read somewhere that the trick is to use *very* sparingly. Since then I apply it lightly to my t-zone only and I've been much happier. The cost is a bit too high for me to use it on a daily basis, so I save it for special occasions or when I'm going out. The jar is annoying to me because once you've used it a couple times every time you open it you end up with powder on your hands/legs/counter/etc. Or at least I do. I don't know if there's anything they can do to help that, though. Also don't be alarmed by the stark white color, or if you look in the mirror and feel like Casper the friendly ghost. After a couple minutes the powder "settles" on your skin and doesn't look white anymore.
I got this mini sample version from Sephora for the 100 point perk reward. This product may look white in the container but it is a translucent powder. The texture is great since the powder is finely milled and soft. This keeps my face matte all day and night and gives me an airbrushed effect. What's great about this product is that you only need a little bit to give you a flawless look! Make sure not to apply to much otherwise your face may appear white and chalky.
I use this all the time to set my makeup. It's a nice translucent powder that is very finely milled; you can apply layers and not look chalky.
- finish; It makes my pores smaller and helps give that Airbrush look
- in flash photos you will look chalky (if you apply a lot)
I'm still on my jar of this stuff, it lasts a long time. Although I use it sparingly. You don't need a whole lot.
I am finding my skin drier and switched to a tinted moisturizer. I wanted a very lightweight, sheer powder to go over it, just to set it and keep me from getting a little shiny as the day goes on. The Sephora sales girl recommended this. I bought the small size (0.17 oz) to try out. I am not really happy with the finish, especially not for the price, and I don't find it has much staying power. I also find it drying. I do not notice any difference when I'm wearing it other than my skin feels drier. Would not repurchase.
UPDATE: what this powder works awesome for is setting undereye concealer. With a light dusting, it is really invisible and doesnt settle into any fine lines. I find if I dont set my concealer, some of my mascara transfers. This works well to prevent that. However, I dont use it all over my face. Not sure if its worth the price just for that though, but since I use such a small amount, I wont need to repurchase anytime soon.