Of course, I have seen this powder for EVER, I even remember it in my grandmother's bathroom. I'm actually surprised I've never bothered to try it. After reading the reviews here, though, I thought I'd give it a try. It's cheap enough, right? It seems many reviewers hate the scent, but I love it. I guess I'm old school, I love scented cosmetics. They remind me of my childhood, when everything had a distinctive scent, like the old Revlon lipsticks. The powder itself is like air, so soft and fine. It goes on like a dream (I use an old-fashioned sheepswool paddle applicator), and though it looks a bit powdery at first, it soon melds into my skin and gives it an air-brushed look. Controls my oily skin pretty well, and I've had no breakouts. It even works in my eye area--I never put powder near my eyes, it makes me look instantly old and tired. But this one I can! This is a really lovely powder, I'm not surprised it's still around (since 1935!). I bought the Translucent Extra Coverage version.
This powder is surprisingly good. I'm impressed with how finely milled it is which allows it to go on very sheer, leaving a matte finish that isn't chalky. It controls shine very well, too, rivaling MAC's blot powder. I'm very fair and find many foundations and powders lean toward the pink side with their fair-toned products. I chose Naturally Neutral 070-11 because it was more neutral and less pink than the translucent and translucent plus shades, although it's still lighter than I'd like. I use this as a light dusting over my foundation. I haven't tried it on its own over moisturizer, but can tell it wouldn't provide much coverage, if that's what you're looking for. This powder doesn't accentuate fine lines and imperfections any more than other powders and it's better at giving an airbrushed, flawless finish and hiding pores. For the price, you can't beat it.
I have used this powder since I was a teenager. I love it. Its not chalky but silky and it keeps me from shining like a light. I like the smell, if you don't like scented makeup, well you might not like this. But I love it. I have also used the luminious version of this as well as its great to give you just a soft glow, say for a night on the town.
For oily skinned girls like me, I think loose powders are the way to go. While black friday shopping, I decided to take the chance and try out this powder in Translucent. While the powder does have a slightly pink tone to it, I didn't see any color on my face when I applied this on.
People have complained about the cheap plastic film covering the powder, and I can see how this powder is a hassle & trouble for travel but I don't mind poking holes thru the plastic. This thing is heavily fragranced - I could still smell it on my face for a good hour after application and while it's a little annoying, it won't kill me.
It seems to have controlled oil better than my IOPE Pressed Powder foundation I was using before. I will try wearing this powder all day tomorrow and update this review.
I love love love this!!! It is the best powder I have ever used and it's all i wear now. It doesn't bother my skin at all. You get a lot of product for what you pay. It has a very smooth and light texture and pretty good coverage for a powder. It also lasts a long time.
I love it so much I wish there was a pressed version so I could take it with me everywhere!
So every day I have to re-do my whole face of make up at 1pm at work, because it melts off. You know, it creases and gets blotchy.With this...I don't have to. For real! I received this 2 days ago and love it. First, though the color translucent is a little dark, it blends. It really does just glide on and makes my skin look smooth. There IS coverage! I couldn't believe it. Usually I'll put on my foundation, my setting powder, and then powder foundation on my cheeks. I didn't need to! It looked better than anything I've ever done. Not only that, my face has not melted off. It still looks fresh (8 hours later)! The color hasn't changed. I just can't believe how soft I look, not to brag but I look airbrushed. also, I have enlarged pores on my nose, this just blended them away. I am dumbstruck. For YEARS I thought this was the cheapest, most bootleg thing I'd ever seen and never even considered it an option. I bought it while looking for a "light" colored powder from drugstore.com. I am so glad I did. I think it was like 7 dollars. I actually like the fragrance, it smells so polite, if you know what I mean. I HATE the packaging though, and like the other ladies, punched some holes in the plastic cover, and put a good sponge in there for application.
I noticed also, that when I applied it with a freshly cleaned brush (it was still slightly damp but I didn't notice.), that it went on wonderfuly. I'm going to buy a special loose powder travel case just for this. I can't say enough!
Oh, also, my skin reacts instantly (within hours) to things it does not like. Nothing yet.
This is pretty much the only powder I use now. After about two weeks of using this, I gave away/threw out most of my others, they just couldn't compete! The packaging is horrible, but I can get over that. This powder is very finely milled, has a grandma-ish scent, and applies like silk on the skin. It's also very inexpensive, and comes with LOTS of product (I couldn't imagine running out). Overall a great product!
Would buy again?: Yes.
Colour purchased: Translucent.
Price: $5USD at WalMart.
Being a fanatic of all things vintage, I find it a little odd that I have never once tried this powder. I remember going to my Great Aunts house and seeing it on her vanity, but I never gave it a thought as to what it was until I saw it at Wal-Mart and I remembered the distinct packaging. I picked up a box in Translucent Extra Coverage. I felt the Translucent was a tad bit to light, and the Neutral was too dark so I went with the middle shade. I am so glad I did! This stuff is amazing! Here's Why:
1) Can't beat the amount of powder you get for the price!
2) The powder is Fine Milled, which means it's not going to go on "cakey" and has less of a chance turning you that wonderful tangerine that so many cheaper powders have a tendency to do. I put this on with a kabuki brush and barely touched the powder but once, that covered my whole face. This stuff stays on, and keeps the oilies at bay for a good portion of the day. I put it on in the morning, and reapplied at lunch as it is my normal routine, but honestly I didn't need to ,I easily could have waited a few more hours.
3) The product has not changed since 1935. Some would argue that is a flaw, but I don't see it that way. SO many new powders are made with so much synthetic crap, we are liable to look like green martians when we a are in out 70's. My great aunt has used it since she was in her 20's and she is now 84 and has flawless skin.
4) The color choices. So many powders forget about us "paleies" and the companies that do make lighter colored powders usually have a strange rosy undertone, or oxidize and leave us looking like muppets.
5) the wonderful fragrance. I know, most people on here are put out by it, but I think it is so classic. Besides, you can't smell it once it is on your face so what is the difference? They do make a fragrance free formula for sensitive skin. I have not tried it, but know a few who have, same great product, just no smell.
I suggest you try it. It is a true piece of make-up history, and if you don't like it you are barely out 6 bucks.
Back in the 80's my BFF and I kept an open box of this on our shared vanity in our first Single Girls Apartment. It was always a mess but our daily routine of work, shopping, and then partying in the bars kept us toooo busy to be neat girls on top of everything else. More than 20 years later, I'm still too busy to be neat, and let's face it, this stuff is just a mess. Which is only one of its two flaws. The fact that it smells horrid is forgotten after you use it for a week or so, or at least I don't seem to notice it any more. Besides, they offer fragrance-free now. Get the green box!
I tried this again after stumbling on the reviews for it and saw that it's still getting raves after all this time. The packaging is just the same! Nostalgia! It came with a nifty bonus brush that fits inside the lid; I like it! While the finish isn't as matte as my previous love, Rimmel's Stay Matte, looking just a tad dewy on application, by comparison, it keeps the oilies away for hours longer. I dunno, it just does.
Now the heartbreaking downside: I'm breaking out again. I'm giving it a rest to see if this is the culprit, and hoping it's not. I haven't checked the ingredient list for any frowny faces, but suspecting there's something in there that doesn't like me. If not, I'm blaming the boyfriend's cat again. The one who peed in my new shoe. Doesn't that make me allergic?
Update 10/21/2008: This is NOT breaking me out! Yay!
I bought this product after 6 rec's from fellow MUA friends. I bought the translucent and have used it over my moisturizer, over my liquid foundation and on fresh skin in the hot summer months. I live in Ga where humidity is high and the summer months run long and hot and I use it to dry my face and freshen my look..
I am so pleased with this product I dont think I will ever try another. It is light, invisble and leaves my skin flawless.
Although it is bulky, the packaging is cute because it is very vintage looking. It reminds me of a product my grandmother would have used. The price is GREAT ($7 at Walmart) and I would pay more for it if the price were higher.
I took the suggestion of other reviewers and poked a bunch of tiny holes in the top with a straight pin. It worked like a dream.
Because I am allergic to perfume I was instantly concerned that I would not be able to use this product. Even though there are MANY products that I can not use because of their smell, the Coty Airspun smell did not aggravate my senses. The smell seems to dissipate soon after I apply. For some reason it does not aggravate my allergies. Thank goodness it doesnt bother me because I have been looking for a good (invisible - feels good) affordable powder for years. Now that I know there is a fragrance free version I will buy it next time, but in the mean time I am VERY pleased with this product.
At $7 this product is a must try.