I am a neutral to cool-toned PPP (NW10-15) with mild Rosacea. I don't wear much foundation, but do rely on loose powder to reduce SS shine, provide pinkness neutralization around my upper cheeks, and to create a matte surface for blushes when I wear them. I've tried other powders but invariably find them too dark or worse, too beige. I've had good luck with Trish McEvoy's Even Skin Loose Finishing Powder, but sometimes tire of the porcelain effect. BB's Pale Yellow powder is a bit darker and yellower than my skintone, but--when used with a light hand--it can work quite well. I can't speak to the effect on other PPP skin, but this particular shade has the potential to bring out whatever underlying neutral or warm undertones (mainly pale olive and golden), I have. If you have neutral to cool toned skin, you might find the same. The result is an evening out of skintone and reduction in pinkness that is much more natural and flattering, on my skin, than beige-toned powders. I've also noticed that Pale Yellow photographs well, probably because it neutralizes pink (which tends to get hyper-focused in film). Sometimes, this powder *can* appear too dark on me, but if I use a light hand, this can usually be avoided. Shade considerations aside, the powder is light, mattifies my oily SS well, comes in a sleek black container with an easily removable lid, and is stable enough to toss in one's bag without concern. I should mention that my skin is dry, so I can't speak to whether this powder could cause breakouts in the acne-prone. My skin is also quite sensitive, and I suspect I have a Bismuth allergy, (Bismuth is listed toward the end of the ingredient list.) However, according to Paula Begoun, Bismuth is often problematic only when it exists as a primary ingredient--as it does in many popular brands of mineral makeup. Suffice it to say, I have always found this powder extremely gentle and comfortable to wear. UPDATE: Although I still love this powder, it's become too dark for my pale winter skin. I now use La Mer Translucent. UPDATE 11/2010: I now go between using La Mer powder and this one. This shade continues to work for me most of the year when used *sparingly*--and is particularly helpful to wear over an otherwise whitening sunscreen. If I were a hair darker, I suspect the Pale yellow would be perfect, indeed. As it is, these two powders each perform a function and are the best I have found.
I don't like this powder. It is too yellow even with my yellow undertoned skin. No matter how I applied it, it just sat on the top of my foundation. I saw a sheen of bright yellow! I ended up put it in the trash can. I love Bobbi's products. But not this. What a shame!
I have combination skin and am trying to avoid using too much makeup. What this loose powder has done for me is to provide an overall sheer finish. I use it after concealing my dark eyerings and the powder doesn't cake on top of the concealer. I do not consider it expensive given that it is not a drug store brand. However, it would be good that Bobbi Brown adds in a sponge applicator to the pot itself.
I don't like this. I have ultra-combination skin (can be very dry and flaky, oily and break-out prone, or both) and this just sat on top of my skin, doing little to mattify the oily parts and highlighting the uneven texture and dryness/flakiness of the dry parts. After about an hour, I get major oil breakthrough and my skin ends up looking both greasy and dull--lovely.
The texture is very fine, but that is mostly because the first ingredient is talc. So the powder is very soft and light, but it's also too dull for my taste and doesn't have the nice 'creamy' feeling that ultra-ultra finely-milled powders do. So it doesn't offer coverage or keep the oilies away, makes my skin look dull and dry and make-up-y, and has a tendency to fly around when I apply it, wasting product and making me breathe questionable talc into my lungs. This is overpriced for what it does. I think even L'Oreal's Translucide powder is better than this in terms of oil-control and blurring imperfections. NYC's loose powder provides better coverage and looks more natural at like 1/10 the price. Thumbs down. continued >>
a little too expensive for how underwhelmingly it delivers. i mean, it's a pretty good powder, and i actually really love the yellow. but it tends to go on chalky, and it's not as finely milled as i'd like it to be. the only way i will repurchase this is if it suddenly drops to half its current price.
This powder feels light on my skin, looks natural and sets my foundation to make it longer wearing. The colour is perfect for me (I am NW20 in MAC or sand in BB). This photographs really well.
UPDATE: Now that I have experimented with other powders I have realised that although I still like this it is not as finely milled as other powders and I prefer MUFE supermatte powder now which is more natural looking.
Yippeee for yellow powder!!! This is wonderful for those of us who are sick of seeing pink on our golden skin! I'm very pale but with yellow undertones. Cle de Peau is gorgeous powder but it's way tooooo pink on. Bobbie got it perfectly right with this powder. No breakouts, and warms up on skin as day goes by. I normally pat powder into skin with puff and then fluff away excess with brush.
I first bought the BB Pale Yellow powder years ago when I was first exposed to the brand. Quite frankly, I remember being a little shocked at just how yellow it is. It is approximately the color of yellow cake mix. But I bought it anyway, along with the Moisturizing foundation, after being assured that *everyone* looks better in a foundations with yellow undertones. Make that everyone minus one. I look jaundiced in too-yellow foundation. After a few applications of the BB foundation and powder, I began to have my doubts. After taking my makeup mirror out on my deck and taking a good look in daylight, I KNEW it was just waayyy too yellow for me. I swapped both the powder and foundation.
A couple of days ago I had my makeup done for an event at Nordstrom. I liked the Ivy gel liner, the Sandwash Pink lipstick. But... the foundation is still way too yellow, and so is the Pale Yellow Powder. I went away from the counter with the gel liner, the fine liner brush, some eye shadow; but without either the foundation or the powder.
The bottom line: IF YOU HAVE WARM UNDERTONES, the powder is finely-milled and probably a better choice than most. IF YOU HAVE COOL UNDERSTONES, STAY FAR, FAR AWAY.
i bought this based on the reviews hoping it would help tone down some of the redness in my fair skin. this does its job extremely well, and the finish is very fine, from a finely milled powder. the yellow tones are very subtle. i am extremely happy and would buy this again.
After reading so many great reviews I went to the mall to buy Pale Yellow, took one look at how light it was and didn't purchase it. I was afraid the color would be too pale and I didn't want my NC20 skin to look lighter than it already is. A few months later I decided to look again and actually try it on. Dusted on with a fluffy brush, this powder tones down redness, doesn't look chalky at all, disappears into the skin and adds a soft finish to makeup. I was sold! If you are wondering if this powder is too light, go by the Bobbi Brown counter and try it on. Love that it doesn't have any pink in it or turn orange.