I bought this powder after seeing it MUA's most recently reviewed section -- bought the vanilla cream color and it is just great! I've been using Lauren Hutton's Aqua Elements foundation powder in pink (I'm 54 years old) and although I still love it, the color was a tiny tad too dark for me. But I've been using the Too Faced powder first, with a little bit of the Aqua Elements over it and WOW!! I've been getting so many compliments on my makeup now! The Too Faced Amazing Face really hides so many flaws, while looking perfectly natural! It also stays very matte on my skin without getting shiny later on in the day. I use a powder brush and not the applicator pad that came with it. AND the container it comes in is absolutely adorable!
I am not one who uses powders, I usually use a liquid foundation and some bronzer or blush. I bought this to try something new. For a powder I loved it. It actually had pretty great coverage for just a powder. It matched my skin tone perfectly.
I've been religiously browsing through products for the longest time and attested that I'd never really gush over something enough for me to stop and write a review on but really-- it's THAT good.
I have the blessing of being born with less than average skin: dry, sensitive, at times eczema-prone and the occasional break outs. Due to this very multi-shitty faceted combination, I've struggled with acquiring a foundation worthy of HG status (oil control, even coverage, nicely matte without drying, yadiyadiya) that properly suits my preferences (I'm a never-on-time student, always on the go. I also like to clean up very nice on rare occasions I go out. So it has to be a product that I can use in a 5 minute swipe AND still function for daily+formal events)
As I winded through a jarring list of mineral+liquid foundations, I encountered something a little better than average which eventually became worthy of daily usage: Laura Mercier's Mineral Powder. However, I began to notice it made my overall dry face ironically oily and shiny and the finish was beginning to look dull and flat.
Off to Sephora I went and came home with this cute little thing. I applied this and was astounded with the results. Just smooth, matte, (I agree with what a user stated) hollywood porcelain-esque finish. The coverage however, was semi light and at the time didn't fulfill my need at the time for mediumish slightly full coverage.
I decided to use this in conjunction with the LM mineral foundation for better coverage (may seem like grossly layered but note that this product is also intended to be used OVER liquid foundations!) and found a convenient technique that has left my skin FLAWLESS, EVEN, MATTE, and gorgeous and safe enough to keep breakouts at bay (again this is coming from someone who grew up loathing how my gfs inherited their mother's complexion while I was left an epidermal mess lol)
Wash, exfoliate, moisturize, then I lightly apply LM mineral foundation evenly with an Ecotools Kabuki Brush (excellent product btw), conceal some spots, and gently even everything out with this foundation using the sponge (never thought I'd see the day using a sponge applicator but it works!).
Legitimate proof that it's worth the dough: Walking in and having your ridiculously over-critical younger sister who has a more than familiar history of condemning every foundation in sight stating they were either too drying, made me look like a flaky ass mess, too shiny, too cakey, too white, too orange, too yellow, too oily...finally say:
"Your skin looks nice. ... Are you even wearing foundation?"
Sorry but a product that garners a VERY long awaited compliment of that respect deserves a definite holyomggrail in my book.
Also for reference I'm NC 20-25 in Mac, Golden Medium in BM, Real Sand in LM (not a precise match due to it's lack of yellow undertones but this TF product evens me out perfectly)... and Perfect Nude was the right match for the very "Asian" tones in my skin. I also gently exfoliate on a daily basis with the Olay Cleansing Brush and it is greatly effective on smoothing out dry patches, allowing my moisturizer to even out and absorb well, and helping foundation adhere on like neva before :)
Horrible, it made my skin all flaky and oddly dry, and I have combination skin! The color selection isn't the greatest either.
So Im always looking for that perfect powder and saw the reviews from my fellow MUA peeps and thought Id give it a go! Its a great powder, covers well. Only downside is this runs out soooo fast! I just got it like 2 weeks ago and I already see the bottom of the compact! Ugh. I only use once in morning with a powder brush ever so lightly and if i need a touch up i apply later on in the day. So other then that its worth trying. Id like to repurchase but if I find something that last longer with the same coverage Im gonna party ways with this one. Its too expensive to run out so soon!!
*Update - My original review of this was Jan. 10, 2011, and I just repurchased this again today (June 16, 2012), and I haven't strayed from this product for over a year. I have to repurchase it pretty frequently as I use it every day and you really don't get that much in the pan, but it's worth it for me, and I've repurchased it over and over and over. This is mainly because it happens to be a fantastic color match for me, and, as I mentioned below, it doesn't get all gross/blotchy when my skin gets oily through the day. It does fade on my insanely oily skin through the day, but I prefer even fading over blotchy separating (as most foundations do). This is still the best-suited foundation for me that I've found so far.
So, I just went to Sephora to repurchase my second Too Faced Amazing Face SPF 15 powder so that I have it on hand, as my first one is very close to being completely used up, and so far it's the best foundation I've used.
My skin is extremely difficult and frustrating - it's *insanely* oily, breakout-prone, sensitive, with diffuse redness, so my IDEAL foundation would (a) have a completely matte finish (but not dry it out/make my skin flaky), (b) have a perfect skin match (my skin is very fair with yellow-ish but almost neutral undertones; most foundations are too pink, dark, or orange), (c) look natural, like skin, (d) have buildable coverage (sheer-medium for everyday, fuller for going out), (e) last, preferably all day, and (f) not cause breakouts or irritation. It should be noted that I don't expect ANY foundation or powder to ever be able to keep my oily skin matte for very long, as it produces such ridiculous amounts of oil, but it's essential that my foundation doesn't contribute to the oiliness.
Before applying this foundation, I moisturize, then use my trusty milk of magnesia as a primer on my t-zone. This powder foundation has a nice matte finish which I love, though I have to make sure I moisturize properly otherwise it will emphasize flakes. I use the shade Warm Vanilla, which is the best match I've been able to get so far from a foundation. Upon application it looks very nice and natural, especially if I apply it over a smoothing, silicone-based primer like YSL Touche Mat. The coverage is indeed buildable from sheer to medium; when I try to get medium-full coverage it *can* start looking a bit obvious/powdery. The lasting power is decent - I use blotting film throughout the day and it does remove some of the pigment, but overall, I can't expect much to last on my skin, and this does a pretty good job. I put it on at about 9am today and looking in the mirror right now at 8pm, there's still some left to even out my skin tone at least a bit. This absolutely does not cause me any breakouts, and no signs of irritation - my skin has been very clear and happy while using this.
Overall, I love this powder. I think the quality is great, and the compact is adorable. If my skin wasn't so awful I'm sure this would make me look flawless; unfortunately I can't expect a miracle. But I highly recommend this product, and as I mentioned before, I have already repurchased. I'm very happy I found this powder, as it is a definite step up from the NARS powder foundation and the Shiseido sheer matifying compact I had been using prior to this (see my reviews).
This stuff looks beyond natural. Very buildable. Super smooth and minimizes the appearance of my pores. So smooth that it feels like a HD powder to me. If you want to build it up to a full coverage look , it will still look natural ! That's what I love about this powder. You can pack it on and on and it will still look natural. I prefer this over my shiseido one just because this doesn't give such a heavy coverage (which I don't need) and looks a lot more natural.
Make up? or velvet in powder form? The texture of this foundation is AMAZING, even better than Jane Irredale. The coverage of this product is really great too, I wouldn't expect anything less from Too Faced. (despite their foundation fails) However, being Too Faced, if my acne wasn't under such good control, I'd fear that this would break me out like crazy. If you don't have that fear, give it a shot!
My favorite foundation at the moment. Best powder foundation I've ever gotten. Really worth a try :)
PROS. It's not heavy, covers well, lovely texture, long lasting, natural-matte finish, spf, oil control, gorgeous packaging
CONS. ehh... I don't think I have any complaints on this one. It's a little expensive, but it's definitely worth every penny. Shades may be a problem, but not for me. I'm an NC20 and got Wam Vanilla. It sometimes look a little light, but if somehow settles into your skintone.
... I love it! <3 continued >>
I'm on my second compact of this stuff and I still love it! I have sensitive, redness prone, combination skin and I have yet to have an allergic reaction from this. I find that the powder goes on smoothly and creamy and leaves a skinlike smooth airbrushed finish. The best way to apply this is after using a primer such as Ready To Wear Underwear Makeup Base, YBF Neutralizing Face Primer, because this will make a huge difference not only in how well the powder will go but also how long it will last. I also used the new Amazing Concealer under the powder to conceal some left over old blemish marks and undereye circles and it did so remarkablye well without caking. I use the new Too Faced Pouf Powder brush with this powder and it applies the powder very evenly and I can control whether I want a sheer coverage or a more fuller coverage. I like the fact that it sets quickly to a creamy flawless finish that lasts all day and I don't need to touch up until much later in the day. Other powders don't last quite as long and tend to become cakey, break up on the face, settle into fine lines or disappear during the day. Not this one. It stays just as fresh as when I applied first thing in the morning. It's also not drying and doesn't irritate my skin at all. As far as the sunscreen coverage, I was able to walk around in the sun recently during vacation and did not get a sunburn. This is definitely a keeper. I use Warm Vanilla which blends exquisitely into my fair, light skin with slightly warm understones. Highly recommend!