This has been a staple in my makeup routine for years. It's the only thing that comes close to matching my super pale skin in the drugstore. I covers well, doesn't look chalky, and controls shine. A good, cheap powder that doesn't break me out either. It's good for throwing in your purse for touchups. The mirror inside is pretty big, so that's really convenient too! I will always go back to this stuff, unless they screw up the formula!
This powder was great, it has light coverage and eliminates shine. The only downside is that it smells like old lady, but you get used to it.
I love the clean liquid foundation. However I hated the pressed powder.
The greasies come through immediately.
The only plus that I can give it is the color range. My skin is so light (MAC NC15) that I can never find drugstore powders that match me (even translucent can be too dark) and the Ivory color matched me well...I just wish it lasted longer.
Despite assurances to the contrary from the CG website, Buff Beige does *not* equal Translucent Medium in (what was) Fresh Complexion or Fresh Look pressed powders. After 10+ years, Cover Girl has kicked me to the curb. Have it your way, Cover Girl. Peace.
It was about $5 at my Walmart and I had a $3 off coupon so I grabbed the powder.
- Low price, about $5 at local drugstores.
- Sleek and sturdy packaging, albeit chunky, can be tossed into my purse without worrying about a powdery mess ( aka MAC Studio Fix)
- Color selection is limited. I could not find a shade that is yellow enough for my Asian NC 35 skin tone, even though my skin is on the neutral side. Buff Beige has yellow undertone but a tad light, the next yellow shade Soft Honey is dark and Medium Light is just too pinkish. For a setting powder Medium Light is passable.
- I apply the powder with my Ecotools Powder Brush. Coverage is sheer to none but I don't mind since it's a setting powder. The powder however accentuates my dry patches. Now onto the oil control CG Clean Pressed Powder promise. Epic failure! For the first hour or so the powder keeps my face matte, but then it oxidizes into a hideous orange shade, feels cakey and utterly uncomfortable. And my face is oily, like 4 to 5 hours oily without touch ups kinda thing. Straight to the trashcan!
I love the natural yet matte powder it looks so great on me, it's prefect when you want to look fresh faced without having to put on concealer and foundation. I have fairly good skin so I just use this to even out my skin tone and sometimes set my makeup when I am having a bad breakout. If you want a heavy coverage foundation this is not for you but if you're looking for a light natural foundation this is perfect for you!
I like this powder, it looks natual on me, i dont know about others.
i have the soft honey color, but i hate how they keep changing the colors, then when i buy it again i usually buy the wrong color, and cant wear it, i have many of those. lol.
sometimes it can look cacky and orange, but thats only when you smack it on, i put it on, then with a paper towel i dab it along the face. it looks good afterwards:)
This is an overall good powder. It's not as finely milled as higher end powders but it does a very good job for the price. I'm a C7/NC45 in MAC and I have this in Soft Honey. I originally got it in Tan but, the undertones were pinkish and it sort of oxidized on my skin. Soft honey is more golden/yellow based but the colors are very similar in depth. It does not look chalky or to powder on the skin. I usually wear it alone on top of moisturizer or as an alternative to my MAC Blot powder. My skin is super sensitive and prone to a few break outs and this doesn't cause any breakout or irritation/rashes. I use the fragrance free version in the green compact. I think the packaging is fine. The only draw backs are that its not finely milled, the oil control is not as great as MAC Blot (but not bad) and color selection for anyone who is much darker is poor. Price is awesome I believe I paid 3-4 dollars for it.
So yes, it's probably nostalgia that makes me love this powder so much...but I swear it's also good too, lol! I love the noxema scent, I love smelling it every time I reapply it, and yes I even fool myself into believing this is helping my skin stay "clean". I don't like the newer packaging, and wish they had just left it the way it was (it was actually easier to open before and more sleek). I rarely use any liquid foundation, and just stick to powder, and this one offers light coverage, yet looks totally natural. I use "Soft Honey" and it's one of the only options for tanned skintones, so I wish CG would have worked on improving their shades rather than their packaging!
Well. Count me among the ranks of many who experienced this powder for the first time as a zitty, self-conscious middle-schooler. Since my best friend in 7th grade commented on how pretty it looked the first time I tried it, I was hooked. It's hilarious, but, like so many others, I clung to this powder over the years, thinking this was the only drugstore brand that came in my ghostly pallor. It's true--this is the only drugstore brand that actually does match my skin (NW15 or lighter in MAC terminology), but I have since found better powder finishes. First of all, this stuff is really dusty. I've sneezed countless times while applying it with a brush--I never really used the pad it comes with. That MIGHT be because it contains straight-up talc, but let me get to my second complaint: It feels really heavy. Right after applying, I can feel it weighing down my skin, my pores. It does NOT feel nice. That feeling continues all day long. When I was much younger, I just assumed that that was what all makeup felt like. Eesh. And thirdly, and perhaps most importantly of all: this powder emphasizes the HELL out of dry spots. Even after applying concealer, with just a light dusting over, dry spots are instantly visible. Even after moisturizing, I usually still have dry areas within my nasolabial folds, and I always wondered what was wrong with my skin after applying concealer then this powder over those areas. Nothing was wrong! It's just really crappy powder with no real coverage capabilities. It's very sheer. Oh, it also smells quite strong. I can't place the smell, it's something similar to a scrubbed really, really clean old lady's house. I WILL give it a plus for easy portability and durability--I've dropped it many a time and incredibly, it didn't shatter into smithereens. The same cannot be said for my MAC Studio Fix, sadly. It does control shine, but... eh.