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.
This is for the old version of "clean powder". Cover Girl just has the new version and will soon hit the market.
I got for $2.50/per pack (buff beige). It has a strong "clean" smell. I wish it were a little lighter on the smell. I use it over Revlon color stay foundation. Very soft powder covers my pores well, goes on neither too shear nor too heavy ,and gives me a nice soft polished appearance. It also lasts for a good 3-4 hours. I prefer this one over the "fresh look powder" (Fresh look powder is too dry). I do like its finish but the smell.
-I would only purchase Cover Girl powders that do not contain any kind heavy smell.
-This gets very powdery when I try to touch up in the after noon.I am wearing Revlon age defying liquid makeup for normal/combination skins
-It wears well when being used only as a powder foundation. Gives a very even and natural finish with a light hand and get cakey when applied too much. I perfer this than Rimmel true matte pressed powder.
-Not bad for a DS powder at the price.
Since I have an acne history, I'm afraid to put stuff on my face other than pressed powder. I usually use NYC's pressed powder (which is absolutely amazing), but when I ran out, they didn't have any left. Bummer. So I picked up this powder instead. To my taste, it does not gives enough coverage when you use it alone. However, if you do apply foundation and would like to top with a light powder to keep the oilies away, I definitely recommend this to you. My skin is super sensitive, and I've not had a problem with this powder. The compact is really sturdy (which knocks down NYC) and the mirror is really handy for on-the-go touchups. Bottom line is: purchase for topping off foundation.
Overall this is just an okay product, another drugstore pressed powder. The product offers very sheer coverage (to none) and helps mattifying the face. Mine is buff beige (foundation W3 nude beige True Match), so it does a bit in brightening the face as well.
I do not like the smell of this product at all, but many of my friends do. For me it just feels kind of cheap.
I would recommend this product for those on a budget who need a daily shine control and mattifying pressed powder to set your make up and is portable. Also, you should have pretty good skin to make use of this product. Otherwise, you will definitely hate it, especially if you're looking for something that gives medium to full coverage.
Ugh what can I say about this product? It is grainy, offers no coverage, and has a horrible scent that is basically boyfriend repellent. I know mine loathes it.. If you have great skin and just need to tone down some shine, this is OK. Hey for $6 what do you expect?
This is amazing! It evens out my skin tone & makes it look light & fresh. I use this for school, and it lasts almost all day. The little 'puff' it comes with gets dirty easily, though it's no biggie. continued >>
i got this becuase i really needed a simple powder to set my foundation as i was going to a job interview the next day
the smell is a bit strange but oh well
this powder is definitely NOT for coverage
i find that it is fine for a setting powder, but would have been so much better if they had more shades
This was terrible on me. It turned orange and became cakey. Smells terrible!