I have over 40 dry sensitive skin with a bit of rosacea. I prefer this powder foundation compared to liquid as the application is easy to use, I can apply it as needed and there is less mess.
I wore Studio Tech by M.A.C. for several years but I could no longer afford the C$35.00 price tag. So after much searching I've happily found this product by mark. Costs $10.
The powder goes smoothly on my skin and doesn't show the lines. It covers the redness and blemishes. I find the coverage lasts about 5 hours. I have no issues with caking, breakouts or discolouring of product.
The packaging of Powder Buff is attractive but the compact is not as sturdy as the M.A.C. equivalent. I try to be gentle with the compact as once I broke a compact halfway through its use.
Given the price and the quality of the product, I consider this my Holy Grail and will continue purchasing Powder Buff as long as it is made!
Love Love Love this! Shiseido has been my HG for YEARS. I have tried a frillion powder foundations and this is the closest I can get to it coverage and overall feel- wise.
I have noticed some comments of this being too powdery or chalky. I solved this with buffing in a little mineral veil after bronzing, highlighting, and blush. It smooths everything out nicely. This is awesome for summer,I just use it right over concealer and moisturizer
The packaging is very nicely done as well. No flimsy sponge, nice weight, feels much more high end than $8.
I love this stuff! I got the second lightest shade (which, the name escapes me now, but good choice) and it applies like a dream. I use the little foam pad that came with it. I also tried using my SK Flat Top brush but it didn't apply so nicely. I know a lot of reviews say the applicator in the package is a cheap flimsy thing but I actually like it, plus it's easily replaced. Other reviews are correct in saying that it shows flakes of dry skin, so a word to put on a good moisturizer, and make sure it's sunk in before application. I have combo skin which usually leans to the oily side, and after about a week, no sign of breakouts. Last night I was out and some guy commented on my skin, calling it porcelain-like, I haven't heard that sort of comment in a while, and when I got ready today, I thought about using a different foundation, but grabbed for this based on that comment alone. I hope it continues to work well on me, and for $8 it's a total steal.
I love love love this product. I wear Powder Buff almost every day. Summer days, I wear it as a foundation by itself. Or with a tinted moisturizer. Nights out I use it as a powder with liquid foundation. It really evens everything out and puts a nice finish. No steaks or lines left. It also really holds down my blush and concealer.
I am so happy that mark makes this amazing powder foundation! I only have good things to say about it and have received many compliments on my skin. People say that my skin looks amazing. What girl wouldn't want to hear that, right! The color I use is Nude and is very natural. Definetly not orangey as many powders can come across being. I usually wear this on top of my foundation to set it and use it once or twice during the day for touch ups. The sponge is great and has a nice compartment under the powder to store it. Overall, a great product. I have used Merle Norman, Lancome, and Estee Lauder, along with Maybelline and Covergirl and always come back to this product. Why change if you have a perfect product! Oh, and no funky smell either!
Until discovering this amaing product, I've never been a fan of powder foundation. After experimenting with several from other companies - ranging from dirt cheap to 30 bucks - I found that they all provided inadequate coverage, looked cakey, and wore off within a couple hours. Had I not ordered the samples of this product from mark, I probably never would have tried it out based on past experiences with powder foundation. Do your skin a favor & try this one!
I dabbed some of my regular Cover Girl liquid concealer on blemishes and freckles before applying the mark powder foundation. (On my next order I'll be receiving the mark concealer & will let you know how that goes!) After a little concealer, I used a thin powder puff – not the thick puff that’s included - to apply the powder foundation. I was amazed at how easily it blended right into my skin while giving an amazingly flawless finish. Now I have far from perfect skin, but a few swipes of this makeup made it look like I had no pores, no freckles, no red marks & no acne.
Since I had a long day ahead of me, I put my regular liquid foundation in my purse, in case the powder wore off - which I was expecting. I went to a movie and dinner, after which I checked my face in the mirror. Much to my amazement, the powder foundation was still in place and my skin still looked flawless! It was about 50% less shiny than usual and my makeup still felt fresh. With most liquid foundations, my face tends to feel sticky and oily after only a couple hours, so that 'just applied' feeling was a definite plus!
Without re-doing my makeup, I went out to meet some friends for a concert & stayed out until 3am...at which time my makeup was still in place and looked great! I really couldn't believe it. About 14 hours after first applying the powder foundation, it still looked the same as it did 10 minutes after I first put it on. That has NEVER happened with any foundation I've ever used. I had no need for foundation touch-ups, just applied some Cover Girl powder about 4 times throughout the 14 hours to cut down on shine. Normally, I need to completely re-apply my foundation after about 7 hours because it always seems to magically disappear from my face - but not with this product. I'm in love with mark Powder Foundation!!!
The only cons? I wish the compact was thinner for portability. Also, I found that the cosmetic sponge, which sits in the bottom compartment of the compact, was useless. It has a waxy latex feeling and piles on way too much of the foundation at one time. I replaced it with a very thin foam sponge, and also tried a thin velour compact puff – both of which worked wonderfully!
i have repurchased the powder buff. i really like it. it covers very well. my only problem is that my closes shade is honey and it is a little dark. when i am tan it matches perfectly. i will def use this makeup in the summer.
It's my first time using a powder foundation and I really like it, except for the color match. I got this out of a catalog and I picked my usual ivory but it was too light when I put it on, I looked like a white ghost! I would buy this again but in a darker shade.
This foundation is super matifying! No shine for me through out the day but it was too dry for my skin. It will be perfect during the summer time.
Overall- very good foundation! Matte and good coverage!
I really like how they packaged it, it reminds me of MAC or somthing but this powder is soo powdery and cakey I really dont like it..
This stuff is amazing!!!! I used it the first time and was a little apprehensive, because some gets on your shirt (but nothing you can't dust off). That critiscism isn't enough to keep me away from this foundation. This powder covers everything, for an amazing price. The compact is super cute, too. Try to not accidentally drop it though, because it breaks kind of easy!