I love this powder! It doesn't look cakey on me, no matter how much I pack on, even though just a light dusting is needed. My skin looks infinitely better when I put this on (with a kabuki brush) and it feels like nothing. It does a decent job at controlling my oil and the price is not that bad, considering how little you need to use each time (just shake it a little and use whatever is on the lid, you won't need more than that). Will definitely repurchase!
First let me say that I find the packaging and consquently the application of this product to be kind of frusterating. sometimes i open it up and it's about to spill everywhere other times i open it and there is nothing in the top. Otherwise I love this powder - I am quite fair so I find it blends really well for me - I'm not sure how well it would work on someone darker...I used to use the coverfx setting powder which is not a bad option this one is just a way better option and they are about the same price. I have found using a kabuki brush is really helpful in perfecting the application. I find with this powder that my makeup stays on all day, and my face is not shiny and my whole face in general looks very soft focus, very magazine picture.
I got on the HD bandwagon and drove 50 miles to my Sephora to purchase this powder. I HATE it. I am fair and this powder shows up white on me. It made my face look ghostly. I will drive the 50 miles back to return it.
I've tried this twice in Sephora. I have no problem paying full price for this. Right after I applied, I looked matte and airbrushed, something I've been LUSTING for. It doesn't give coverage for zits, but that just means I need concealer. It's entirely translucent, no whiteness, no sitting on top of my oil, no nothing. It spread practically perfectly.
A couple of hours later, I'm a lot less oily than I would be, even though I am still a bit shiny, i can look at whatever I'm blotting with and SEE the difference in how much oil I'm taking off. The biggest problems with it is the poof you get when you're trying to get it on the brush- the powder does get wasted. But it's not a lot, especially if you're careful. It just takes extra thought. Plus, it doesn't take a whole lot to cover your face, nor is it the case where you can't tell where you applied. It's obvious from the moment it touches your face it just how matte it is.
I will buy a full container, and grab some concealer. It's worth the $30 to me. :)
I bought this because I was looking for something that could both set my tinted moisturizer without changing the look or feel of it (or adding texture) and that could cut down on the shine in my t-zone, which has been acting up lately in the unseasonably hot weather we've been having. I've tried a lot of pressed and loose powders in the past to try to accomplish those 2 things and nothing's quite worked the way I wanted to until now.
I actually found this by accident, while looking at MUFE lipsticks at Sephora. I happened to glance up and saw the MUFE kabuki brush sitting out and had to try it out because it looked soft and fluffy and I like things like that (it's fluffier but a tiny bit less soft than Too Faced's retractable kabuki brush, incidentally, although it's more chic looking) and the powder was setting next to it. Curiosity got the better of me and I rubbed a little on the back of my hand and was wowed by the texture (so velvety smooth, it's like it sank right into my skin and made it ridiculously smooth and soft) and the way it disappeared almost immediately. Even better, there was only one ingredient: silica. I like cosmetics with natural ingredients, the simpler the better.
After forcing myself to get over the $30 price tag, I grabbed a jar of the HD powder and brought it home to try out with my MAC Select Tint tinted moisturizer (and on its own as a shine reducer). The good news is that it takes very little of this to get the job done. The silica is milled very, very finely so it brushes on weightlessly and disappears right into my face (particularly when I apply it over the Select Tint), leaving it even softer than it did the back of my hand and looking perfectly natural, not made up in the slightest.
On its own it does a reasonably good job of stopping shininess, but there's next to no coverage on the areas that need the most help on me (my t-zone). It made my t-zone fairly matte on its own, but the redness and enlarged pores still showed through, which should be expected, I guess, since it's a loose powder and isn't made for extreme coverage.
Combined with the Select Tint, though, it stopped shine and set the moisturizer and made me look so perfectly natural that I was amazed.
While this powder is pretty expensive, I'd buy it again in a heartbeat. The jar looks like it'll last me quite a while, the pure silica formula is something I'm comfortable putting on my face and the effect is well worth the price I paid.
This powder is great over my MUFE Duo Mat (214). It is a fantastic finishing powder that really gives me an airbrushed look. I have actually gotten many compliments about my skin since using this product. It is not irritating on my skin at all and I have never reacted to it. If I ever finish it, I would definitely rebuy.
Holy maJeesum! This stuff is aces! I am so oily foundation usually melts off my face. This kills that completely. I use a kabuki to blend this in well as I am a dark brown black woman and it is completely translucent (as the MA suggested, I apply this powder first, then the foundation). Then I apply my Cargo wet/dry foundation and bam, I am set for the day in the warm San Fernando Valley sun. You can get copious amounts of this in a sample form at Sephora. When my 2 samples run out, I will have no problem paying full price for it! I do not like the packaging and you may have to pat a little of the powder out on the back of your hand and use a brush to apply that way, instead of trying to get your brush in the jar. But small hassle for big improvement, trust me!
this is the BEST translucent setting powder for any foundation. this is 100% mineral sicila powder, so it's only one ingredient not a thousand. It's a very fine, silky powder. It's very hard to describe, you have to feel it. SOO nice!!
It doesn't dull-out or "powderdify" your skin, no matter how fair or dark you are. It does not change the color of your foundation, it just sets it in for the day. My favorite way to use it is to buff it onto the face (using a soft, but short-bristled powder brush) right after you finish all of your complexion/foundation products, this will give your foundation a nicer, more airbrushed perfected look, but never a heavy look. it gets better once it blends with the makeup and natural oils in your skin within 1-2 mins. Apply color products after you set your foundation and it all stays put really nicely. If you prefer, you can apply a sheer lighter veil of the powder instead of my way, but I like the finish and staying power of the buffing way better.
This powder is awesome!! It's the only powder I have ever tried (besides Laura Mercier's secret brightening powder), that does not settle into the lines under the eyes.
It also makes your skin feel like silk. Definitely the best setting powder that I have ever used. go get some when you run out of mineral veil. it's 100x better.
OHHHH MY GOODNESS!!!! Where has this stuff been all my life? I'm honestly in a state of absolute shock! This is the most amazing, loveliest face powder of all time.....
I walked into Sephora looking for Hourglass finishing powder. I started using it recently after having received a generous sample of it, and I really like it. My Sephora didn't have it, and the sales clerk introduced me to this. She told me they can't keep it in stock and I can see why.
I loved it the moment I tried it, but all too often, I adore something in the store, take it home, and well..... Not this time. Everytime I use this, I marvel at how gorgeous my skin looks and feels. In fact, more often than not, I don't use any foundation at all - just a very thin layer of Monistat Chafing Powder Gel and a dusting of this. My skin looks great in the morning and just as great at dinner time and THAT has been the case through the hellish month of August.
Some mua'ers commented that at $30, this is a pricey item. I don't think so. In fact, I'd happily pay twice that price. HAPPILY !
i was very hesitant to spend $30 on a product that you can't see, lol, but that's the point! it's great and it really works (for me)! MAC powders (sheer select and studio fix) were making me oily, this one works all day with *maybe* one touch-up (and that, i feel, is mostly out of habit!). i check my face often, at least every hour, and my makeup looks great, like i just applied it. this powder is definitely responsible for it since it's the only thing i've changed :) i highly recommend it, even though it's pricey and even though the packaging is a bit awkward.
***UPDATE*** after trying the product for 1 week i decided that it's not worth the $$$ or the hassle. It's perfect for a couple hours at most, then i find i need to retouch but since it's such an awkward pkging, i keep it at home. i'll keep looking for something that works.