i bought this in the horoscope compact and it's so cute! the powder is fabulous. i had previously been using mac msf natural and it broke my normally very clear but sensitive skin out badly. i got used to rubbing my powder brush into the powder to get plenty and dusting it all over. lucidity has a different texture. it's very firmly packed, so you can't get a ton at a time without some work, and if you do, you will wind up with the chalky face. if you dust a little all over to set your foundation, it's gorgeous. i never need to repowder, and at the end of the day, my skin looks perfect still. also-- something HUGE-- my eye makeup ALWAYS bleeds and creases under my eyes along with my concealer. i've tried benefit's powderflage, make up for ever's hd powder, benefit stay don't stray-- none of them worked for me, and if they did, they'd look cakey and heavy under my eyes. this powder keeps my concealer and mascara and liner in place.without looking cakey or ashy. this really is a great powder.
I've used this on and off throughout my adult life.In my early 20's I was an EL girl-we didn't have access to much else.I ordered this last summer and am now hitting pan-I think (gasp!) I will be getting another one to replace it.
I use this in transparent; it doesn't add color and gives the best finish of any powder (except Origins Silk screen) I've ever used.I've used T LeClerc,MAC,Lancome,Dr.Hauschka,Ben Nye,Alima,Guerlain and a variety of DS powders.Nothing comes close.
For the record,I'm combination to dry,depending on what my hormones decide to do on any given day.I had to go to Fl on a short notice last month (my mother passed away) so I had to pack light,and quick.I threw the EL powder in my traincase without giving it much thought.While I was there (in spite of the circumstances) my skin looked great.I got home and it was blah,despite all the things I was attempting to do to liven it up.Finally,I asked myself what I did there differently than I was doing here,aside from the fact that I was HERE (Maine,the state I despise).Then it dawned on me-lucidity (the powder,not the state of mind.)Bam,passable skin again!
I think most powders suck the oil out of my skin,leaving it sort of stuck in my pores (tiny pores are no treat either) and looking like spackle.Really attractive up close.This one doesn't,thankfully, and doesn't add color-just sets foundation.
Ladies with fair,dry skin who've tried everything as I have-don't overlook EL; it does add some luminosity without being glittery.I'll take it.
This was one of my first high-end powders, and for years I thought it was the best - until I tried MAC, which I actually prefer now. Still, this powder did well for me for many years. What was incredible about this powder is that the amount of product lasted for a long time (in the large blue compact). However, my mirror cracked about 4 months after I bought it. Then, I was at a wedding for a friend, and another guest was in the bathroom, and we were both re-applying our makeup. I noticed that she had the same compact as I did (the one reviewed here), and she said, "I love this! The only bad thing is that my mirror cracked." I was really surprised, because mine had too! I'm not sure if other reviewers experienced the same, but this is why I am giving it just a 2/5 for packaging.
When I first got this powder and took it home I thought the color was too dark for me. I have an olive skintone and I got this powder in Medium. I just dug this out of my makeup drawer a few weeks ago and I've fallen in love with it. It's perfect to set my makeup and controls my oil. It's light and my perfect powder. Would repurchase.
Works well, just as well as everyother translucent powder sets makeup without the color, which I really like. This can end up slightly cakey if you are not careful how you apply it.I enjoy this powder.
This is a fantastic powder! I use this in Transparent and i use it to set my foundation or tinted moisturizer. It helps my makeup last longer without adding colour of its own. What I love about it is the fact that it adds luminosity to my skin making it look vibrant/glowing. It also reflects light so that it draws attention away from my imperfections giving this illusion that my skin is flawless. I LOVE IT! I will always buy this pressed powder. I'm in total love!
July 2013: I came across Guerlain Voyage Pressed Powder in Mythic 01 which I've actually used up and have repurchased. The Guerlain powder is my HG pressed powder for sure. I can't live without that one.
I use this as a touch-up over mineral powder if I need to freshen up my face later in the day. It's amazingly quick and easy. It blurs fine lines, takes away shine and instantly my makeup looks just as good as it did in the morning. A little bit goes a long way with this powder. It's silky, not heavy and doesn't look cakey at all. I prefer a brush to apply, rather than the sponge puff. I use Medium.
I use the blue compact and have done so for years. It has excellent staying power, however can feel heavy. Will definately not change anytime soon.
I first bought this powder about 19 years ago. I keep switching makeup lines, and when all the niche lines started coming out in the mid-90s, I abandoned the classic companies like Lauder for the funkier ones. I came back to the Lucidity powder recently because I really did like it when I first used it. But I was surprised to see just how much the size of the compact shrunk since the early 90s. It used to be what seemed to me a giant blue compact. Now it's more of a regular size, but it sill comes in a gigantic box so I thought the compact was still very large. But what really disappointed me was the powder inside. The pan is smaller, and the compact has a wide inner ring of plastic, so the pan of powder no longer extends all the way out to the edge of the compact, again making the packaging from the outside look like the product inside is bigger than it actually is. How disappointing, but I guess all the cosmetic companies are doing this now (Origins, another Lauder company, is the worst offender). I really like this powder so I gave it 4 stars, but I gave it a 2 for packaging. I would probably repurchase for the quality of the powder, but I would do so grudgingly because of the downsizing of the product.
Alright I bought this in the blue compact, the gold one and an extra refill. The lady seemed intent on making me buy the blue one for "at home", whatever I figured I'd like it. I hate it. No matter what I do it looks like I rubbed chalk on my face. The only way for it to look nice is to put so little on it's like it's not there. I bought it because I liked that it was for a dryer skin type, which I am now that I'm using glycolic acid and BP. All it did was accentuate EVERYTHING and be chalky.I cannot by the laws of nature and physics blend this. Seriously, I've used dollar compacts that were better. In fact, one of the girls mentioned NYC powder and that stuff is FAR better than this will ever be. If I have a chance, which I know I won't, I'll be returning the blue compact and extra refill. I'm keeping the gold one because that's what I originally wanted just for the sake of a cute gold compact. Gr, this makes me so upset.