I was on and off of this powder over past 15 years. I have tried at least four colors in the "beige" group and nothing really matched for my neutral medium SE Asian skin tone. I just keep using anyway because it's cheap and make my crater sized pores seem smaller without spending $$$ on products recommended in the beauty magazines or beauty counters from department stores. The smell is a bit strong but I am familiar with similar scents from Sunsilk hair products (and I also know when to hold my breath whenever I am around smoking people) so not a big deal. My face do look frosted if I applied this powder over beige color liquid foundation or regular uncolored sunscreen. I enjoy using this as primer and it works (much better than using as finishing powder)!! I applied this powder over SS followed by pressed powder and my oil production is noticeably slower. Sometimes I mixed this powder with another loose powder in deeper color. I even purchased iron oxide and mixed my own color (in an electric blender). If you have oily face and looking for decent cheap powder, this is a good choice as primer as well as finishing powder. If you can spend $$ then, Laura Mercier loose powder is the best and my HG. The cheapest place I could find in these days is from Bath Bed and Beyond beauty centers with only $5.50 for 2.3oz.
Coty Airspun is one of those products that I wish would go away. Again. I honestly don't understand all the hype it receives. I've tried to like it and have tried to use it... but the more I've used it, the more I dislike it.
I think the "retro" packaging is unattractive, and the fact that the formula has remained the same for eons doesn't impress me one bit. In fact, it makes me dislike it even more. It's loaded with talc-- which looks awful on the skin, I feel. I also don't want to be breathing the stuff in! This is one powder that seems to get everywhere while dusting it on the face. I don't care if it's the same since 1930-whatever. Doesn't make it any good! Makeup formulation and performance has improved tenfold since then. I'd rather use a formula with more user-friendly and SAFE ingredients. I don't see it improving my "vintage look" any. Bollocks.
Definitely not for folks with dry skin! I think it looks rather cakey, and any dry spots or lines just seem to be accentuated! I'm not just speaking for myself-- I've noticed this on faithful Airspun users, as well.
The translucent shade is definitely not translucent. I could always rely on it to change the colour of my makeup, as well as make a once flawless canvas look streaky. I thought maybe it was some sort of incompatability with my liquid or cream foundation. I've tried several different brands, all with the same results.
I've tried different shades of Airspun. All seem so pink!
The smell is very off-putting, as well. It smells rather medicinal and I hate putting it on my face. Yeah, it smells old fashioned... perhaps of a 1920s funeral parlor. The smell of dying carnations and formaldehyde. Yuck.
You definitely get what you pay for, in this case. Yes, you get a lot of bang for your buck, but still... I still think the price of this powder is a waste. It just didn't work for me. I'll gladly stick to my high-end snobby powder!
Coty powder, where have you been all my life?!!!!!
This is definitely the HG loose powder I've been looking for. I don't wear foundation because I don't need it so most powders look very obvious and silly on me. All i need is something to take away the shine from washing my face/applying moisturizer. This stuff is like silk! It is incredibly finely milled. It is every bit as good as the most expensive products on the market. I apply just a little with my big fluffy powder brush (the black handled sonia kushak one from target) and i spritz it with a little rosewater to set everything. The smell is a little cloying, but on the skin it isn't nearly so bad, and the scent dissipates shortly thereafter. My beau actually likes the scent on my skin as well so no problem there.
I have very fair skin and the translucent fair forumula works beautifully. My only issues with this is the packaging. I love the vintage looking container, but the fact that it's cardboard makes it susceptible to being damaged or crushed, and the plastic cover has to have holes punched in it which is extremely annoying. Ideally, this would be transferred into a different container or at least covered with a proper sifter. Honestly though, the powder is so wonderful that it's worth the hassle. And of course, the price is wonderful. It will take me forever to run out, but when I do, i'll definitely buy this again.
Love the packaging; cannot tolerate the incredibly strong scent this has. I put it in a ziploc baggie inside another ziploc bag because it was stinking up my bedroom. Gives me a headache. This also really does nothing for my 40 year old skin but highlight my flaws and fine lines. I used this twenty years ago and the smell never bothered me. I guess sometimes you shouldn't revist your past. :)
I gave this 5 lippies because, as far as the product is concerned, I have nothing to complain about. I enjoy this powder because it's loose, light, smells pleasantly, and provides just the type of coverage that I need. It is easy to apply and even though it's loose, it is not messy to apply. The messy part about this product is the container itself, it's just not very practical, but the cuteness of the round cardboard-like container makes up for it. I will definitely repurchase, if I ever get around to it. I use powder rather sparingly -- I haven't hit the middle of the container just yet, and I bought this a couple of years ago.
I bought this a Walgreens, bogo for $6.99. Can't beat that right? I'm nc35 and I got translucent with fragrance. That was the only one they had left. I really liked it. I thought it would be too light, but it wasn't. It gave me a nice airbrushed look. I am VERY oily, so going 4 hrs without having to blot was wonderful for me. That means, I only have to blot a couple times a day.
Well, the smell is overpowering when you open the box, and it made me sneeze. That's why I took a lippie off. Oh, but the smell does fade once it's on your face.
I bought this in Frangrance Free Translucent. It does work well to matte my shiny face, but it makes me pale. I usually swipe brozer over my face to lighten it up.
Love this powder. I've tried many loose powders from the high end to the drugstore brands. I broke out using Bare Escentuals and MAC didnt give me enough coverage. I decided to give this old standy a try. I'm surprised I always surpassed this and even thought it was discontinued. Found them at Rite-aid.
Chose the neutral beige color and it's wonderful. Yes, the scent is a bit strong but tolerable. It didn't bother me all day and best of all, my face didnt feel like an oil slick after a few hours. In fact, I only had to powder my nose near the end of the work day. This is awesome!
I'm crossing my fingers that I won't break out in the next few days.
First things first...I have yet to find a replacement for Laura Mercier or Shiseido Enriched loose powder! With that being said I tried Coty Airspun Face Powder after reading some positive reviews here and frankly, it is not bad for an inexpensive loose powder.
The pros are that the wide range of colors are more than most companies offer in their lineup. The powder is long wearing and actually feels light in texture and could not be more jet milled - it is like silk.
The cons are that the fragrance will knock you out! It fades but it smells old fashioned:( Also, the packaging is unattractive - although I have read some reviewers like the nostalgia behind the packaging. The plastic film that covers the product is a joke...I tried to poke holes in it but decided instead to recycle an old Shiseido loose powder container and fill the contents with this so I could at least have a sifter! Also, if you have dryness or tend to get dehydrated be careful with this product it will emphasize those shortcomings!
Overall I gave it three lippies. I had to take one off for the fragrance that knocked me off my feet, the other was because of the tendency to dry my skin out with daily use (even though I moisturize). I didn't take another lippie off for packaging since I rated the quality of packaging so low.
I started wearing this when Christ was still in shortpants. Then it disappeared from the shelves and was impossible to find...that is....until today! There it was on the bottom shelf of a Rite Aid. Those beautiful cardboard retro boxes just the way I remembered. I could not for the life of me remember the color I had once worn however, pulling the tops off of every color I settled on Naturally Neutral, the color most suited to my NC15 skin. Once home I poked holes in the plastic film and sifted out enough to flouff over my by then, shiny nose. As it matted down my face to a perfect veil of flawless perfection I got that whiff of violets. Sweet Baby Jesus it was 1974 all over again. If only the inventor of Coty Airspun could still see how the throngs of devoted fans still love this powder, a powder that has not ever been tweaked. I love this product which btw beats the snot out of NARS, Chanel and Dior!!!