Firstly, this is in the wrong category. This is not a foundation but a setting powder. Why it ended up under foundation I don't know. Needless to say. I love this powder. Typically I do not like powders at all because they tend to make my pores look bigger and my fine lines more pronounced, I even hate mineral makeup because I think it ages me.
Why do I like this? Because it's the First powder I have used that does not dry me out, look cakey or fake. I don't even look like I have powder on. It keeps the oil at bay in my T-zone and sets my foundation perfectly. I love the packaging, the little shaver idea is pretty cool, less messy than just loose powder. The powder gives me a slightly glowy appearance without being sparkly. I hated mineral makeup because I always felt like I had glitter on my face. I'm sorry, that's not attractive for a chick in her late 30's.
I normally do not like smashbox other than their lipglosses. Don't even like their much touted primers, just never did anything for me. But this one is a winner for me. Blends beautifully. Doens't accentuate my fine lines and makes my foundation last all day without being cakey. Love it!! The only reason I mark it a 4 is because it's damn expensive for a powder. Fortunately, I think it will last a long time because you need so little.
Purchased in Light. Such a lovely blendable and buildable powder that covers really well and the best part - totally cleared up my skin! The only downside was that the color is not "matte." It isn't sparkly or shimmery, it just gives off very cool "highlight" tones. I have yellow in my skin and this doesn't match so the foundation looks visible and obvious, it just makes me look ashy.
I've had the same container of Halo for about 18 months because I don't use it every day. At first I liked it a lot, but either the product or my skin hasn't aged well. The last few times I've applied it, the powder looks chalky even though the color is a good match for my skintone, and it settles into my pores more than other powders.
I love the packaging of this container. It has a mini shaver on the top where you turn it and it has freshly shaved powder ready for you to use.
The price was exey at 82AUD. Ouch!!!
It went on nicely however it made my skin quite oily within half an hour of applying. It had a nice matte finish to it but I don't like reapplying powder as it looks cakey quite easily.
I don't have dry skin, I would say it's more combination and acne prone so I don't think this was the right one for me to get in the first place. I gave it to my mum but it may be a tad too dark for her.
I like the idea of this powder, and I love the grinder. That's it for the good stuff. The undertone of this powder is wrong. I have the complexion perfection kit in dark and this powder was included in dark. I am NC45 in MAC right now and this powder makes me look ashy. It is described as having a neutral undertone and I have very warm skin, so this just doesn't work for me. No one wants the dreaded ashy face!!!
I like it but I am not sure I will re-purchase. Makes my skin look nice and matte, like any finishing powder does. I love the no-mess convenient packaging making it ideal for my purse. I've seen it compared with Bare Minerals...well, Halo is definitely not a foundation. It is just a powder. I say this because I applied it side by side with my HG BE Golden Medium (original formula) and my BE foundation still came out the winner :-). Halo does nothing for my pores (which BE nicely minimizes) and it provides no coverage for the redness around my nose. In the end of it all, it's a nice powder but it is no miracle.
I just started using this product product 3 days ago. I really like how it lays on my skin, it's very soft, light and looks so natural. It's a loose powder but doesn't give that drying effect at all.
I am super in love with this powder. I am a pretty loyal Make Up For Ever fan but I just can't find a HG status powder in that line. I'm not sure if this is it yet, but it has definite potential. I'm a little confused by a lot of the reviews. This was never presented to me as a powder foundation, but instead as a finishing/setting powder. I have dry skin and it really is hydrating and I don't look flaky. The packaging is fantastic. I love the little sifter/grinder thing. It wastes far less product and minimizes mess. I've seen a few people complain about the brush it comes with, and okay, it is a bit of a throwaway, but it's only advertised as a "travel brush", which probably isn't meant to be used every day. I use it with my sephora brand pink kabuki and it goes on just fine. Long lasting, and blurs imperfections without looking too matte. As far as the price tag, you have to remember that this is sort of a pressed powder and loose powder in one. The powder comes loose out of the sifter but actually has a lot packed in. Most powders range from 0.15 oz to 0.40 oz, this one is 0.75 oz. In the end, it's worth the price. I am a BIG fan!
I got this off the Cdn. Shopping Channel in a kit with a lot of other stuff for a very good price. Otherwise, I'd be ticked because sold on its own in regular stores, this product is not cheap and it simply doesn't deliver on its promises at all, IMO. I don't find it does anything to soften or diminish the look of my undereye lines (I don't have many but they are there) - if anything, it seems to make them look worse. The powder doesn't have much coverage for the rest of my face (I'm lucky - I don't need much but I do have some broken capillaries that I'm very conscious of and my PUR Minerals powder covers them perfectly). The packaging is ingenious and I like it very much...the "shaver" that shaves off a small amount of product is very clever and convenient. But at this price point, I expect better results. Oh, and there is no sunscreen (another point in favour of PUR Minerals!).
I have rated this 4 lippies as I used to like it very much. I am not sure what has happened but it has stopped working for me. Now it seems I have to apply too much to get the coverage I need and it ends up looking cakey and making my face feel very dry. It also goes orangey as the day goes on. My changing skin is not smashbox's fault, but just be aware if you need to up the coverage, Halo is not really your gal.
On another note, I was also rather disappointed that both Halo containers I have purchased have broken - spontaneously, without force! After a month or so of use, the lid opener got stuck in and the lid won't close.