I was eager to buy this because it was only $7 and it seemed to have good ratings. When I did try it, the coverage was not that great. The lady at Sephora did warn me that this is only sheer coverage. That it is meant to apply after the makeup is put on (foundation etc.) and used to keep the makeup in place. And I thought that sounded like a good idea, so I bought it. I don't know about how it covers up blemishes and such....because I really think my foundation took care of that. I suppose it does cover whatever my foundation missed when I applied it on. Anyway, it was not a bad buy, since it was $7. And I can understand everyone's concern about the packaging, but since it's so sheer, is it that important to have a mirror? Plus, when I put on makeup, there is usually a huge mirror nearby. Buy again? Yes, only if it's $7...if not, maybe no...
So, I have bought this product twice but, never again. My first one broke and my second one broke. Sephora's packaging is the most unreliable packaging i've tried. I had their concealer palette and blush and foundation powder. Each one had the top lid pop off. I can't be the way i handle them because all my other products in a compact are fine.
This product is not meant for dry skin ! It will show it very clearly unless useing and fabulous moisturizer. I actually wanted to call this my holy grail till everything started coming clear. I usually use the pad that comes with and never noticed but, it makes yur face super caking looking. It also should be used to set any foundaion unless looking for a think coverage that makes your face look cakey and just ugly. Using a brush to it makes it very powdery. The color selection is great. Since it's at sephora they let you try it on and find your shade. But, overall, This product is alright. I dont plan on buying it again.
I agree on alot of these posts.. It is a wonderful powder but NOT a setting powder!!! I use Revlon colorstay/Photo ready & if i set it with this powder it gets so cakey especially on my forehead.. other than that.. it is wonderful! I have re purchased this like 5x continued >>
A very nice powder foundation. It covered very well and mattifyes ok. DO NOT use as a setting powder though! well, not over med-heavy coverage liquid foundations like revlon colorstay. it makes it look cakey and just too heavy. I like this just over concealer or touchups. It has silica so it's suppose to control oil very well but I assume it has very little silica since it doesnt mattify for more than 2-3 hours. Maybe it's just me.
This does emphasize fine lines and flakiness,so stay away if you have dry skin!
Overall, I do like it. If I dont find another powder, I will purshase this again.
I tried this product for its supposedly "mattifying" effect. It didn't live up to its name at all, and left my skin shiny after a few hours. It actually has a finish more like a liquid make-up; I felt like even after I had just applied it, I needed to set it with a little bit of powder. It also made my pores look huge, and got a little cakey after a couple of touch-ups. It just doesn't have a natural finish, and looks really "makeup-y," for lack of a better word. Wearing it made me feel self-conscious about my face, which is never a good sign. It's going back!
this is my first powder foundation... still love it.
I really like this foundation; I used it for 3 +years. I am fair skinned and wear D20, which matches my skin perfectly. This foundation has a wide selection of shades; it would be hard for someone to not find a match. It doesn't cause me to break out, although I think it might irritate my skin a little (perhaps because it contains talc) because it sometimes itches a little when this is on, but it is pretty minor. It blends seamlessly and leaves my skin looking almost flawless. It is a natural-looking medium coverage and never leaves my skin looking chalky or dry. Lasts very well, only need to touch-up once usually throughout the work day. Doesn't get cakey with touch-ups.
The product itself is near perfect. However, you have to get a new compact every month if you use it everyday and at $20 a pop, it gets a little pricey. Since it is Sephora brand, you have to go to (or order from) Sephora to get it, which is a bit annoying. Also, they keep repackaging and then it's out of stock for months at a time while they are working on the packaging - and there is no warning for this. So if you're out and they're out, you're just screwed. I really like this product, but I hate being at the mercy of Sephora for it!
Since I rarely use face makeup, I may not be the best expert on this particular product. That said, I have tried a few to nail down an everyday basic for myself, and this is the only one I'm happy with. Reason #1 - the color match. In my opinion, Sephora does a great job with shades that match those in-between skin tones, particular various shades of tan. Even more high-end brands haven't achieved this. I have D32 for winter when my skin is paler, and it is perfect for my medium-tan (and rather yellow) Indian complexion. I plan to get D34 or D35 for the summer when I'm darker. Reason #2 - it does what a pressed powder/foundation should do. Some decent light to medium coverage, and not all drying even on my winter skin. Reason #3 - Blends easily and I can barely feel it. Very smooth, fine-milled formula that doesn't highlight any blemishes or imperfections by caking over them. Supposedly, this works dry or wet, but I prefer dry for now. Very simple but worth the minimal effort. In terms of price, a great compromise between over-priced high-end products, and also over-priced drugstore products (think of the similar new product from Neutrogena which retails for about $15). I would stock up since earlier this fall, they were sold out of D35 for MONTHS (not just at stores, but from the manufacturer itself).
D33 is my shade (NC42). I don't like this alone as a foundation because it looks cakey. I *do* like this product applied very lightly as a powder finish over my BBrown Skin Foundation. Not only do I like the finish, but the subtle variation between the two shades (D33 and BB Honey) adds dimension to my face and keeps my face from looking, I don't know, flat. I miss a mirror and old-school puff applicator, but I'll buy this potentially versatile product again (good color matches are hard to find - I can't turn my back on this).
UPDATE: Finally figured out that this compact does, in fact, come equipped with a sponge and mirror. A tip from another reviewer sent me to the compact with an unfolded paper clip. Seventeen seconds later, I found them. The lateness of the discovery doesn't say much for the product design, but whatever.
UPDATE: Having tried other brands and products since writing this review, I declare this the winner. I wear this as a setting powder over what is essentially a tinted moisturizer with SPF. The color is absolutely perfect and the coverage is sorta buildable. My worry now is whether I can trust Sephora to keep the supply coming. Should I stockpile?
(FINAL UPDATE: Abandoned BBrown foundation as overkill; now using this Sephora dbl mattifying powder over a little Almay Smart Shade Smart Balance (applied over moisturizer/spf) with great results.
A lady at my local Sephora matched me up to a D50. I was very pleased with how close this powder foundation was to my skintone as I have trouble matching colors and have thus wasted money on products. In fact, the match is so close, most people can't even tell I am wearing makeup! This is used just about daily by me because it is very easy and quick to apply and blend into the skin. There are a wide variety of shades, so I don't think anyone would have problems finding a match--just ask someone who works there! For the quality, this product is relatively cheap ($20) and is definitely worth buying again.
The only problem is that with my combination skin the powder is not completely mattifying. I have an oily T-zone, and sometimes I need to blot my face in order to maintain a matte look. The lasting power is relatively decent--it should last you an 8 hour day.