This secret brightening powder is great! I just use a small amount of the powder over top of my concealer, just beneathe my eyes. I use a fluffy eyeshadow brush and sweep it on and it's like magic. It's silky smooth and soft and white white (I'm pretty pale) and has just a bit of reflecting specks that work so well. I would repurchase, however a little bit goes a loooooong way, so I don't know if I'll ever need to repurchase. Oh, and FYI: you may not want to peel the entire sticker off to expose the hole to sift out the powder...you may want to just poke a few holes and then you won't have a problem with too much powder pouring out!
I like it, it really does help the concealer stay put all day, even at the gym! I use moisturizer 1st, then I pat on MAC concealer, then with a brush I pat over the concealer to above cheekbones with the powder, buffing it off. Then I use my Bare Minerals makeup, but not under the eyes. At 1st I was alarmed at the concealer powder seeming to dry out my under-eyes, but realized I have to use moisturizer 1st...then I mist over my face with either burts bees carrot oil spray or bare escentuals mist...no more melting away concealer! It adds the tiniest bit of highlight but not much, really. Very subtle and natural.
Update: Not loving this as much, even when I use the smallest amount of powder and buff it and mist it, I find it too dry looking under my eyes. Sorry too, because it is a great color over concealer. I suspect it is the talc, which is not particularly a great ingredient anyway...so I will continue searching for the perfect undereye concealer.
The LM website lists this as available in two shades, #1 (for fair to medium skin tones) and #2 (for medium to tan and darker skin tones). I received this via swap, and the labeling doesn't indicate a shade name or number... Since the color of this loose powder looks more white than linen, I am going to assume mine would be Shade #1.
Product - It goes on rather translucent, providing the faintest amount of brightening/glow. I don't reach for this often, since the effect is so subtle (or my eyes are simply not observant enough). The effects are probably more noticeable in photos. But, since paparazzi don't follow me, I don't have need to look my best in photos on a daily basis :)
Packaging - Sifter pot with translucent plastic body, and typical LM shimmery brown screw-top with rounded top surface. Same style packaging as LM's Loose Shimmer Powder but not quite as wide; wider and taller than LM Lip Stains.
Overall - For me, this is relegated to the "For Special Occasions" pile. Nice to have, probably will keep, and certainly will never use up. Would not repurchase, since it's not a critical item for me to have around. continued >>
When I first bought this I was disappointed because it didn't work any better than my NARS loose powder. However, I noticed that when taking pictures, it makes my dark circles completely disappear. So I guess this is great if you take lots of pics and want to brighten up your eye area in photographs. Forget about real life, any good loose powder will do the same job.
This is hands down the best powder to set concealer with under the eyes.
Its so fine but it makes such a difference. It brightens and for me reduces the darkness and best of all you can't see its there! I got the brush that they use it with and it's perfect. It's expensive but you get so much product and you only need a tiny bit, one dip of the brush is enough for both eyes. I use this every day and I know it will last for ages.
Only one use, and I can tell this product is going to be a staple for me. It works much better for setting my concealer, as it's much less noticeable on me than the Loose Setting Powder. My only criticism is given how little of this product one needs, I would rather see it packaged in the same size as the bottom of the Undercover Pot, so I can swap out the jars.
This is a HG product for me. I use it less to conceal dark circles (it is too white for that) than to disguise fine lines and the beginnings of sagging around the eye area. It is so finely milled that it glides over fine lines and unevenness under the eyes, and mattifys them, making them much less prominent. I also use it as a light highlighter on the outer corners of my under-eye socket. A terrific product, and one I will definitely be re-purchasing.
I use LM's Brightening Powder #2 to set my concealer. I lightly brush the powder underneath my eyes stopping right before the cheekbones. Brightens up my entire face- I look refreshed and awake. Excellent product. I would repurchase regardless the price!
I tried this before I ended up finding the LM translucent powder. It wasn't until I started to see pictures of myself that I realized how unnatural and white the area around my eyes was looking. It was this powder! I am about an NC30 skintone, so I'm not that dark. Maybe I should have chosen #2, but in the end I decided to stop using this and switch to a basic translucent powder. Works much better.
I use this over LM Secret Concealer, just as all the SAs tell you to. It is perfect for keeping the concealer smooth and crinkle-free all day. I don't have any other use for this -- it's not exactly a luminizer, and it's too white to use anywhere else -- but I don't need another use for this. It is perfect for brightening under the eyes and setting concealer. I like the brush they sell to go with it -- just the right size for under the eye. I use this every day, even when I'm scarcely wearing any other makeup. A staple.