Ok so this powder works well for me, I'm nc30 and wear the shade. Matte buff II. The shade is very well suited to my skin tone and the finish is so pretty. It doesn't look cakey but it keeps my skin matte all day. While I was pregnant my skin changed from oily to dry especially in the t zone. And this powder actually looks better than it used to. I'm still on my first compact and have had for well ove a year. A word of advice though, do not use the puff that it comes with I use a sonia kashuk face powder brush and the finish is flawless. Oh and the packaging is sturdy and the mirror is good quality I've dropped this so many times and it has never broken. for on the go touchups I use my too faced kabuki brush. Hope this helps.
I really liked this powder at 1st, gave me a really porcelain skin look but had to gave up on this since it started to break me out like crazy! I got this in the lightest shade, matte porcelaine and it matched really well with my NC20-15 skin. The scent is very powdery..baby powder? and I find using the puff better than the sponge..the sponge seem to make the powder go darker on the skin or maybe it's just me ahaha
great for normal skin. I used this dry with a sponge & it comes on great but fades & becomes very oily about 2 hrs later. perfect skin match & everything just not good for oily colored skin. my cousin in law has very fair skin so she uses this to retouch & as a foundation. but I have light tanned skin so it comes off orangey when I touchup. great product just not for me
I really hate to give a bad review for this product. I used it for a month, and honestly fell in love with it at first. The color match was perfect, and the coverage and finish was great!
Unfortunately, this product contains Mineral Oil (second ingredient) - which is a known skin irritant, and something I must be allergic to. It broke me out horribly after continued use. Luckily I was able to return it for a store gift card.
So overall, I think this is a nice product if your skin is okay with mineral oil - unfortunately mine isn't so it didn't work out for me. =(
I had been using Shiseido The Makeup Powdery Foundation for several months, and I realized that it was washing me out, as well as not giving me the coverage I wanted. I had used several Lancome products before, including their liquid foundations, but hadn't tried the powder foundation, so I gave it a shot. I am so glad I switched. It gives controllable coverage, and doesn't look powdery. When I'm in too much of a hurry for liquid before the powder, I just use concealer on spots that need it, then I use a kabuki brush with this powder, which gives a good overall base. Then I use the sponge it comes with, and dab the powder on anywhere that needs more coverage. It blends in so well! I was surprised there is no obvious powdery looking texture. It just looks even and smooth. This is honestly the smoothest looking powder foundation I've ever used, and the coverage is even and controllable (you can get full coverage). It does have a powdery scent, but I kind of like it. It smells feminine, and fades away fairly quickly. I feel it is just that extra something to add to the experience of the makeup application. I'm surprised the reviews here aren't better for this product. I can't rave enough about it. <3 Lancome
P.S. It wears well over the Teint Idole Fresh Wear foundation too, but I'm still looking for the right shade in that product - another awesome Lancome product!
I've never in my life used powder of any kind before but this is my new holy grail foundation. I had an SA in Nordstrom's apply some in Buff2 and man did it look awesome. I hate the look of foundation and since I have been working on my skin it is beautiful. I use Renova at night alternating with alpha hydrox, and Olay Night Effects. I also use my Clairsonic every day.
So now liquid foundation looks so much worse than my bare skin.
But this actually improves and evens out my skin so it looks incredibly flawless. It also conceals my dark circles, as long as I'm very careful to not let it get caked up in the fine lines. I never thought I would use a powder but this is a whole different story. I won't use it wet, but dry, it's amazing.
Buff2 is a perfect match for my neutral beige skintone. It makes my skin look so creamy. Do try it. Extremely natural looking. Perfection.
I am over 50 btw and my skin couldn't look any better.
EDIT: I got this as a small sample compact also as a gift with purchase, and applied that one with a brush, and it did not show up at all or do anything. This MUST be applied with a good puff to get the results of flawless skin. Also covers my dark circles well, but use a puff not a brush.
The finish on this powder is really nice, and I used it for medium coverage.
However, the smell does not agree with me, a powdery lady smell that really bothers me. A scent free version is supposed to exist, however the lady at the cosmetic counter did not inform me of this.
The powder also will pick up dry spots and really show them. Although I like the initial coverage, a few days in a row of wearing this I get clogged pores and bumpy skin on my cheeks and jaw.
This was a really expensive product in Canada, and I will not repurchase. I expect more for the price.
Love this powder foundation....goes really well with my Chanel Matte Lumiere liquid foundation.
Great coverage...doesn't feel too heavy and most importantly doesn't break me out. I also like how I could just apply a wet sponge to get a heavier coverage but I usually only use this to set my liquid foundation.
I actually like the smell it isn't so overbearing but I can see how it can irritate some people.
Lancome is known for having foundations that don't provide the best coverage. This made my face feel tight after application, and I got shiny after an hour. I had to cake a lot on just to get some coverage. I have since moved on to Shiseido Smoothing Foundation and haven't looked back.
Just returned my first Dual Finish powder (regular) at Macy's and exchanged it for the fragrance free version. My advice is definitely apply the regular kind in-store before purchasing and see if you can stand the added fragrance. ICK! It smells like my grandma's perfume bottles. The fragrance-free version at Macy's counter was the smaller size, which is awesome because it's $6 cheaper and fits better in my purse! I definitely prefer the slimmer packaging on the frag-free version. As a pressed powder, it's average so far, comparable to Bobbi Brown pressed powder. I am nervous to try the sponged-on wet powder method and might wait for summer weather to end before trying it.