this is my favorite powder, but i wish it weren't so expensive! I can't repurchase.
I actually really like this powder. I was never a fan of loose powders before. When I was younger I used Cover Girl's loose powder for a while until I realized it was breaking me out HORRIBLY. And ever since then I steared clear of loose powders. But I recently picked this up from sephora and so far so good. I got the lightest shade, or I think it's actually translucent... It works out great for me. It doesn't LOOK like I have powder on, it just takes the shine away. It doesn't get cakey. And best of all, it doesn't clog my pores. I have had no breakouts from using this. I mix my Clinique foundation with Neutrogena moisturizer to make my own tinted moisturizer (it just works out better that way for me) and then I dust this lightly on top, and guess what? it looks like my skin! I think this will last a really long time, probably at least a few months. I will most likely re-purchase.
[update 6/3/09] I'm still liking this powder quite a bit. I've re-purchased about 3 times I think? and this last time I didn't get the translucent shade (which is #12) I got the next one up that actually has some pigment (which is #14). I think it has a slight yellow-ish undertone. I wore it today by itself! I've been so happy with my skin lately that I felt confident enough to go foundation-free! I only wore some Neutrogena concealer on my undereye circles and uneven eyelids. Then used a fluffy powder brush to apply to the rest of my face. Looked pretty amazing! It concealed some red-ness and mattified the rest of my face. I wasn't looking for coverage since it is only a loose powder. But it was just enough for me to be confident with no foundation! will continue to repurchase!
this is an overall good mattifying powder, but i wish the matte effect would hold up longer...this product is called "super mat" afterall...
I'm still on the search for my HG mattifying loose powder...
This is ridiculously expensive for its price, much more so than the Coty Translucent l/p was I using before. The Coty had 2.33 oz (approx) of powder, and sold for $6.99 while this powder has 0.35 oz (approx) of powder and sells for around $24. This powder is incredibly expensive, but has better packaging than the Coty (would make traveling w/this IMPOSSIBLE - powder would get everywhere).
While this leaves a matte finish for a few hours, it doesn't keep oil at bay all day. I like how this didn't add a slight white sheen like the Coty did. But won't repurchase, too expensive for not even mattifying my face all day.
Like the reviewer below said, I too use it generously every day. It mattifies my oily t-zone very effectively. And the color selection is quite decent, although it is sheer enough that you don't really see the color. I have been using this for a few years now, for photography, stage, and every day, and it gives me a very smooth invisible matted canvas for my various makeup looks. It definitely my HG powder. But I was very sad that they discontinued my color. Gah! That always happens to me. *cries* It was a very yellow toned one. I don't know the name, but now I use a more orange toned one, cut with a lighter one. So I have to buy two. *ouch, my wallet hurts* But, still it is my fave powder because of it's magical oil absorbing powers! Will keep repurchasing. But wish I didn't have to buy two different ones. My skin tone is not THAT unusual is it? Oy... Not light. But not dark. What am I? It's always been very difficult for me to find makeup matches, but I find lines are getting better. I bet lots of you with mediumish tones agree with me. At least there is progress!!!!! :D
I use this product generously everyday. It is really good at keeping my skin matte looking after applying sunscreen which leaves me shiny. I bought this in the summer and use it everyday, I still have more then 1/3 left. Does not aggravate my problem skin and does not lead to clogging. Works well as a finishing out powder but on most days I just use this alone after my skincare routine. Leaves a natural finish, no trace of powder with the finish. 5 stars but I'm curious to see how the HD powder from this line compares.
I love this powder. it does the job, giving a matte look and unclogging my skins. so far i have no prolem with it. in addition, it lasts so long.
HG loose, oil-absorbing powder. The best! I really like the performance of MAC Blot, but the colors are horrible on me -- they go very gray/ashy. MUFE: I use the #14 for my half-Japanese, light-medium skin. Expensive, but totally worth it for me -- I have not found an equivalent and I've tried TONS of loose powders -- HE to drugstore. My only gripe is that I wish it were more readily available in B&M stores but, until then, I'll continue to go to Sephora to purchase. continued >>
after reading the rave reviews here, i just had to get it. and let me tell you this: i'm so glad i decided to purchase this coz this one definitely goes to my list of HG products! this loose powder is very finely milled it leaves your skin so smooth and supple, and the best thing is you can't even tell you're wearing it! i get many compliments using this. love, love, love it! will repurchase for sure!
It does it's job - mattifies! When first applying it, my face is super matte. So matte my face looks dry but not cakey or flakey. But after awhile, once my oil production gets through, my make up looks better, I'm not as super oily as I usually am which I really like. I have a little bit of a healthy glow once my oils start seeping through.
I have this powder in #12 translucent and I like it because it doesn't add any extra color.
I also like the packaging. The jar is large and there is a powderpuff to prevent the product from getting through the sifter so there is no mess when I open up the jar. This is pretty expensive but I don't use much of it. I just apply it on my Tzone.