As other reviewers pointed out, the colors on this product run extremely light. I am very pale but purchased the translucent medium color and this seems appropriate for my skin color. The applicator sponge is useless as far as i'm concerned. I apply this with a big fluffy powder brush and have no application issues. Most importantly though, this product does what it's supposed to do - protect your skin from the sun! I brought my Healthy Wear powder on a road trip across Nevada/Utah/Colorado in July. I was outside in the sunlight for 8+ hours a day but my face never burned thanks to this product. That is the most important factor for me and that's why i give it such a high rating.
I'm a fan of PF mineral wear so I had high hopes for this. I purchased Translucent Light for around $15 and I am really disappointed.
First off, the price range for this brand is just ridiculous for drugstore cosmetics. For almost the price of a higher end brand I'm expecting something above par when it comes to drugstore here. Packaging I'm not terribly impressed with. I don't mind the colors but upon opening the compact the part that holds the pan of the pressed powder flops around flimsily in between the top and the section holding the sponge applicator. The potential for chipping/scraping makes me antsy when I see the product banging around like that.
There's no way to see the color of the product in store so upon opening it I was really shocked at how pasty white it turned out to be. But I thought, well it says translucent for a reason, right? Wrong. The consistency of the product is hard, I mean really really hard. So much so I felt like in order to even use it I would need to scrape at it to pick up any product. Once I managed to pick up any it applied like the texture of the product suggest; hard. It refused to blend out and just kind of sat on my skin... cakey? Chunkey? I guess I'll go with rough. I wound up looking even paler than I am, and I'm NC15!
This was developed with cancer patients in mind, and I suppose the high SPF might be a factor in the products consistency, but that does not excuse how poor quality this is. I was expecting something that would protect my skin and at least function like any other pressed powder, but instead the only use I can think of for this product would be as chalk. Because that's essentially what it is, expensive chalk for your face :/
"For broad-spectrum SPF 50 touch-ups," I asked myself, "How bad can this be?" The answer: so bad it's unusable. This stuff comes in an adorable orange compact that contains a rubber, hot pink application sponge. The darkest color offered is called "Natural Beige". There are no testers of this in drugstores, and you can't see the product in the package. Natural Beige seemed like it could work for nose & pore touch-ups, and that powdered SPF is something I need so badly...
Natural Beige is almost eggshell white - cream colored maybe? In comparison with the shades on MAC's website, it looks like an NW15. I'm an NC35. In the Winter.
I'm used to a lack of available shades in drugstore makeup, but that's not what I dislike most about this product. The texture is very, very hard. It doesn't spread well on my face, and after one use it got a dark coating on the top of the powder that makes it even hard to get any powder on the brush. If I were to use it again, I'd have to scrape the nasty coating off the top. I thought this may be translucent enough to get by (for the SPF) but it makes my face hilariously pale.
I'm a big fan of foundations w/high SPF, but I just couldn't find a shade that complimented my MAC NC42/CG Translucent Honey skin tone. It didn't cause any breakouts to my acne-prone skin, & it did a pretty good job of controlling oil. I'd buy it again in a heartbeat if they came out w/a good match, but for now it only comes in 4 colors. continued >>
I bought this in a bonus pack along with the tinted moisturizer last summer. While I love the TM, I really don't care for this product. I find that it has a tendency to pull a little orange on me, although the color looks perfect in the pan. I have the translucent medium shade which I got with the light to natural TM. In all fairness, that TM is a little dark and I usually will mix it with a touch of regular spf to tone it down. But looking at previous reviews, it looks like this particular shade pulls orange on a lot of people. I'll stick with my MAC Studio Fix or Lancome powder foundations. For the regular price of this, I'm not saving a whole lot anyway. I get far enough SPF protection from the TM where this isn't necessary.
i purchased this powder in translucent medium for my oily, uneven-toned skin
i love it! it's the only thing that has controlled my oil slick. i wear it in two ways:
1. i use a fluffy brush to apply it over my foundation and it does cover without making me lose the dimension in my face. after a while, my t-zone becomes a bit shiny, but i blot it with rice paper, and it never comes back!! i used to have to reapply powder all the time and even blotting papers would not work. this is amazing.
2. i use it with the sponge over a light moisturizer. this gives me a lot more coverage, but i don't like it as much as when i use it lightly.
-doesn't break out my acne prone skin!! (even when i slept in it.
- buildable coverage
-controls oil!!!!! the ONLY thing that has ever kept away the shine (with the help of one blotting paper)
-i don't like putting it on with the sponge that much. you can tell i have makeup on.
the compact is fine. i understand some might not like the colors, but it's cute enough.
I use this whenever I need a little extra coverage. It works great on giving me an even skin tone and a matte finish. I love that it has a SPF 50 in it. The makeup pad is very sturdy and easy to wash. I use translucent medium and it makes me look fresh faced and alive. I am NOT heavy handed with this product, so it doesn't feel chalky or look cakey. If you build it up though I could see it where it could get to that point - probably is best for people like me who have naturally dark eye lids and an oily t-zone.
Since I can't stand sticky sunscreens, this was an impulse buy when it was first launched. I was so excited to find a powder sunscreen at my local drugstore! This goes on quite sheerly with a foundation brush but a sponge gives better coverage. The sponge that comes with the compact is awful. I purchased the Translucent Medium as the lightest color looked way too pale on my skin. This one does turn a little orangey on me when applied. As long as I also swipe a little over my chest and neck (which need sun protection anyway) I don't look too bad. I did recently buy the Translucent Light in order to see if this one will be a better match. Great product, will try other colors and will repurchase if another color works for me. UPDATE: I tried the palest color and this works really well with my skin. Very happy with this product!
This is a great everyday powder for the warmer months. I got lucky and scored this at Target for under $5. The packaging is bright and colorful. It's cute but tacky. It does come with a sponge though [hot pink btw] which is helpful. I don't use the sponge it comes with, I prefer using a puff or a portable kabuki. I find that it goes on much smoother and natural looking.
I feel this is a good alternative to the Shiseido sun powder, which I also own [but is bloody expensive].
I had high hopes for this product and bought it for $15 which is pretty expensive for a drugstore powder. But I did it anyway, and I bought the shade translucent medium.
I wasn't really sure what color to get since they all looked pretty much the same but the one I chose is pretty close to my NW30 skin (a little light).
I was hoping that this would be a medium to full coverage powder that I could wear with just a little concealer and be set. But, turns out it is a setting powder with very little coverage.
Also, I have oily skin and this product did absolutely nothing for it. As a setting powder, there are much better products out there to do that job.