I have read the reviews here on MUA and have saved money and potentially avoided costly mistakes. I have bought some products that I would not have even known about if not for you reviewers. So I thought I’d contribute too and hopefully others can make some informed choices as I have. I'm really impressed with this.
I'm impressed with this although it is not perfect so far I can say it is the best compact. On a quiet day at home I tried different foundations in natural light and I think this is the closest match to my NC45 complexion. I think if your skin is the darker NC45 as mine is it will be too light. However, there is never any sun in Scotland so for the winter months when my natural tan has faded it is a good match. So to make the most of it, I use it use almost as a concealer under eyes, on the nose and any areas I want to highlight or all over when my skin has gone a shade lighter in the winter months. It costs $14.
Very nice. I can wear it alone. Too much makes you cakey but very nice
MAC NW47/50 for reference. This powder is like velvet. You do not need to apply a lot as I find it can look like you have been dipped in flour. That said, a light application with a sponge or better still a brush really adds something. Word of warning though. You will need to use blotting powder over this at some point. I have dry skin and yet I start to look oily during the day. This powder is not my first choice for summer but definitely like using it in the cooler months
OMG, i mean OMG! I LOVE THIS ISh, it is perfect. I got this in clay medium and the clay medium dark for when i tan. I am nc45 and this powder is such a perfect match for my yellow undertones and i know the clay medium dark will be great for the summer bc i get pretty red when i tan. I mean i love my mac blot but mac powder doesn't have the color match that iman does, if you have any doubts about trying this powder get over it b/c this stuff is the truth, another plus is that this stuff looks great on all my foundations i have tried so far. I bought my iman stuff at the huge duane reade on 42nd and 8th ave in manhattan.
I got the Sand Light Medium and I love it! I have had trouble finding a yellow-toned powder for my olive skin in the winter and now I found the best one by far. It does not leave a noticeable chin line of orange/pink undertone that so many department generics do. It goes on smooth and is not too chalky or matte. Price was as much as a generic and will definitely keep buying!
I LOVE THIS PRODUCT!!! I NONE OF THE THE OTHER BRANDS HAD MY SKIN COLOR SO I GOT THIS ONE AND IT WAS PERFECT FOR MY SKIN!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!! I GOT IT IN MEDIUM CLAY :)
Does help the foundation set better, but seems VERY chalky. *sigh*
The colors are stupendous, really sandy based. I want to say yellow based, but that doesn't do justice to the shades, beautiful, I had no problem finding a match for my skintone that even MAC hasn't been able to match correctly. Coverage is better than a regular pressed powder, this would do in place of a sheer foundation if needed. The powder is smooth, no shiny bits, almost velvety.
The compact even looks elegant, price is not too bad, can be found at Walmart.
The problem is that this stuff makes me break out in a major way. Even when I was getting glycolic peels at the derms office twice a month, my skin was not able to tolerate this. I've long since thrown out the packaging, so I can't figure out what the culprit ingredient is, but I used it yesterday, and am now staring in the mirror at three large red painful bumps. sigh.
I have been looking for a pressed powder that doesn't turn orange or look chalky on my skin. I have not been having great results with my MAC Blot Powder. I went to the drugstore looking for Black Opal Pressed Powder and was very disappointed that the shade I chose from the website was much darker than pictured. So, as I turned to leave I passed the Iman products and was pleasantly surprised. There were several shades to choose from. I was able to pick out a matching shade rather quickly. I got in the car and put it on straight away. This stuff is great! My skin looks smooth without looking made up or cakey. I purchased the Clay Medium because it looked more yellow to me. I have medium brown skin with very obvious yellow undertones in the winter. Now, this all happened a few minutes ago, so I will post updates if anything changes.
I bought this powder (Clay Medium) after so many positive reviews. I have been searching for a new powder for a long time. It was very difficult to find a good shade or those that have my shade are too expensive. So, this powder is perfect!! I wished I would have tried it earlier. It is very light and smooth.